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Old 12-17-2016, 05:14 AM
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We have a 2 year old Labradane who weighs 81 pounds and has had diarrhea for about a week. I checked with my vet and he told me Pepto Bismal twice a day and rice mixed with broth and chicken. We have been feeding her 3 X a day with 3 cups of the rice mixture and my husband was not watching during the week to see if she had diarrhea and last night I noticed she had diarrhea again. So do i start all the way back over with the Pepto and rice mixture? She is SO hungry with only the rice and my friend had mentioned canned pumpkin, but not how much to give her. I am calling the vet today when he opens at 8 to see if she needs to be seen also. Any other suggestions?
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Old 12-17-2016, 07:37 AM
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Good idea. The vet can give her a shot to stop the diarrhea if needed. Hope she feels better soon
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Definitely time to be seen by the vet if the diarrhea has gone on for more than 3 days or gotten worse from when you originally noticed it. Continual or severe diarrhea causes dehydration which only leads to further health issues.

When you called initially and got the recommendation to give Pepto, what questions did the vet office ask you? And did you speak directly with the vet or was the recommendation made by someone else in the office?

Unfortunately diarrhea is one of those generic symptoms that can be caused by a multitude of different health problems. Without a detailed history from pet owners or a conclusive test result, it can be very difficult to pinpoint the exact cause which is just as frustrate ain't for the veterinary staff as it is for a pet owner.

At my work the main reasons why we see diarrhea in pets is an obstruction of the GI tract, dietary indiscretions, pancreatitis, intestinal parasites, food allergies, or stress. Depending on the pets history our standard test protocol includes xrays, bloodwork with a lipase and cPL SNAP(this test for pancreatitis), and routine fecal test with Giardia check. With that protocol our vets are usually able to pin down a diagnosis in about 90% of our patients. For that other 10% we either end up doing further testing, like diarrhea panels or food allergy testing, and are able to make a diagnosis or the owners elect to just treat the symptoms due to cost and leave it as an open diagnosis.

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Thank you for the suggestions!!!! She is getting better, I think. Toni is now on a diet of white rice, boiled chicken breasts, broth from the boiled chicken and pumpkin for at least a week. I was worried too about Giardia, one of our dogs had it before and it was hell. She has a very sensitive stomach and when she gets stressed she gets diarrhea also. She was abused (we think) since she cowers every time you try and throw one of her babies or a toy for her And we are working on the trust issue with her with lots of love and patience She has come a long way from the sad, scared dog in the corner at the Humane Society Our vet said she can have up to 3 cups a day (3 times a day) of her special diet if she does not get to full and throws it up. She seems more content and not so hungry on this diet. It's hard to keep an 81 pound dog full on this diet-LOL!!!! To answer your question animalcraker, I did talk with our vet directly on Saturday (since I think his staff is out on Saturdays and he answered the phone each time I called) and he said 2 pepto tabs twice a day would be fine for her weight. And she is drinking her water just fine, so I will keep and eye on her so she does not get dehydrated. Will let you all know how she progresses. Thanks again!!!
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Thank you for the suggestions!!!! She is getting better, I think. Toni is now on a diet of white rice, boiled chicken breasts, broth from the boiled chicken and pumpkin for at least a week. I was worried too about Giardia, one of our dogs had it before and it was hell. She has a very sensitive stomach and when she gets stressed she gets diarrhea also. She was abused (we think) since she cowers every time you try and throw one of her babies or a toy for her And we are working on the trust issue with her with lots of love and patience She has come a long way from the sad, scared dog in the corner at the Humane Society Our vet said she can have up to 3 cups a day (3 times a day) of her special diet if she does not get to full and throws it up. She seems more content and not so hungry on this diet. It's hard to keep an 81 pound dog full on this diet-LOL!!!! To answer your question animalcraker, I did talk with our vet directly on Saturday (since I think his staff is out on Saturdays and he answered the phone each time I called) and he said 2 pepto tabs twice a day would be fine for her weight. And she is drinking her water just fine, so I will keep and eye on her so she does not get dehydrated. Will let you all know how she progresses. Thanks again!!!

Are the symptoms you are seeing like the ones in this article Learn the Signs and Treatment of Colitis in Dogs | VCA Animal Hospitals

If they do then she may have colitis. My dog had a pretty bad bout of it in May of 2015 and it took a bit to figure out what worked for him to get him better.
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Hope she is fine now. You can go with the rice and mixture thing. @KateBren is right.
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