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Chronic but Modest Dog Diarrhea

by Jordan Erenrich
(New York, NY)

My dog's had modest diarrhea since I got her and I've tried several remedies with no luck (yogurt, pumpkin, switching to a grain/gluten free diet (natures variety dog food), and most recently boiled lean chicken and white rice, supplemented with a probiotic pill with bacillus coagulants).


She is an 18 month old female black lab from a rescue 6 weeks ago.

For the first day, the chicken and rice diet firm up her poo mostly (it was solid, except for a bit at the end). But then, she went the other way....she'll still only poo twice a day outside, but it is now complete mush, worse than its been before.

And she's healthy otherwise. Loves to play in the dog park, and run. Only slight issue is that I noticed some dandruff yesterday and more scratching than usual.

Can I try anything else? She's been on chicken and rice for 3 days, and her poo was mush this morning. Should I switch her back to dog food?

Thanks,

-Jordan

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Oct 10, 2011
My Online Vet Response for Chronic but Modest Dog Diarrhea
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Jordan,

It sounds like you are doing everything right, as far as the diet. Was a fecal done when you adopted your dog? In some cases parasites may not show up if the stool is too loose. Therefore, continue the chicken and rice diet with the Acidophilus
in each meal, to get a somewhat formed stool and submit that sample for testing.

Did the loose stool start after vaccinations were given? It might be a good idea to have a holistic veterinarian take the case and treat for what is called 'vaccinosis', if there is a possibility that vaccinations may be at the root of the problem.

The dry skin is probably due to a few factors, from loss of moisture with the chronic diarrhea, lack of fat in the diet, and lack of absorption of nutrients. I would NOT add any fat to the diet at this point until the diarrhea has been resolved. And once the diarrhea has cleared up, and more nutrients are absorbed the dry skin will disappear once a more 'balanced' diet can be fed.

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Oct 12, 2011
Follow up - Diet
by: Jordan Erenrich

Hi Dr. Tillman, thanks for the quick response. She's had the diarrhea since I got her and she doesn't have any history before that (so we don't have any way of knowing if the diarrhea was caused by vaccinations). I just fasted her for 24 hours at the advice of the shelter owner and started her on chicken and rice again....her first stool was mushy.

How long should I keep her on chicken and rice before trying something new?

Also, she has lost a bit of weight, but perhaps that's just because the chicken and rice has fewer calories, and I should increase the portion size? (She weighs 55lbs and I feed her 4 cups daily of the 2:1 rice/chicken mix I cooked)

Oct 12, 2011
My Online Vet Response for Chronic but Modest Dog Diarrhea
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Jordan,
I wrote,
"Therefore, continue the chicken and rice diet with the acidophilus in each meal, to get a somewhat formed stool and submit that sample for testing"

It may take up to 5-7 days to get a more formed sample with the Acidophilus
added.

A 55lb dog would need 900 calories per day, or 450 calories two times daily. So, you may have to do some calculations on how much rice and how much chicken to feed.

In plain grilled chicken breast (grilled with the skin on and then removed before eating), there are:
- 184 to 188 calories in 4 ounces of grilled chicken breast (no skin)
- 46 to 47 calories in each 1 ounce or 28g of grilled chicken breast (no skin).

In cooked short-grain white rice, there are
approx 267 calories in 1 cup.

In cooked medium-grain white rice, there are
approx 242 calories in 1 cup.

In cooked long-grain white rice, there are
approx 205 calories in 1 cup.

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Therefore, if each meal should be about 450 calories, you would need to feed about 5-6 oz chicken plus (approx) one cup of rice.

Once the stool has more form, then have it checked for parasites. It may take 2-3 weeks before the stool stays consistently formed, at that point it's trial and error, adding in one food or another to see what will be tolerated.

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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