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Chronic Dog Diarrhea for a Month and a Half

by Lynn
(Cape Coral, FL, USA)

Angel December 2011

Angel December 2011

Angel has had chronic diarrhea on and off for a month and a half. More on than off. I gave her Pepto Bismol, which would work for a day but if I stopped giving it to her it would come back.

She is a 7 year old Golden Retriever. We have given her the same dog food her entire life, Pedigree. We have two other Goldens who are not having diarrhea.

My husband was laid off and we cannot afford to take her to a vet. With 3 dogs and more bill than we know what to do with, I can't afford the vet office visit. Every time we would go in the past we couldn't walk out without paying under $300 and that was when everything was ok. When we got her in 2004 we could afford to take care of her but now we can't afford a vet bill.

I love my Angel and want to help her. She acts like she is fine - she's happy and go lucky - but how can she be with chronic diarrhea? I desperately want to help her, I don't want her to suffer.

Thank you for any help you can give.


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Feb 23, 2012
My Online Vet Response for: Chronic Dog Diarrhea for a Month and a Half
by: d

Hi Lynn,
From the photo of Angel, she does not look too thin and her hair coat looks good. So, I do not think her diarrhea is TOO severe; for example, caused by a malabsorption or maldigestion problem, or pancreatic insufficiency.

I DO think that her diet should be changed--DRY DOG FOOD is more difficult to digest than a canned or raw diet. The intestine must secrete more fluid for digestion and work 'harder' than it does to process/digest a canned or raw diet. It is amazing that she has tolerated it for the past 7 years! (And so have the other dogs!)

Therefore, here's the plan:

1. Stop the DRY dog food and feed her a BLAND diet of ONE cup cooked rice mixed with 2-3 jars of chicken or turkey baby food per meal, THREE times daily. Feed this for the next 3-5 days. The small bland meals will help to 'rest' the GI tract.

2. After 3-5 days, add in a small amount of canned Nutro, Nature's Recipe, Spot's Stew by Halo or a RAW diet. See 10 Best Dog Food options for other suggestions. To give you a rough idea of HOW much to feed, you'll need to base it on her weight and the number of calories she needs.

For a 60 lb dog, feed 950 calories per day, and it is best to feed 425 calories TWO times daily.

For a 70 lb dog, feed between 1,000-1,100 calories daily. OR 500-550 calories two times daily.

(If she is less than 60 lbs or more than 70 lbs, please send me a note and I can tell you exactly how many calories she needs.)

3. Open and add 2 capsules of Acidophilus
into each meal for the next 2-3 weeks to replenish the gut flora she has lost from the diarrhea.

4. Give her Slippery Elm in food, or just by mouth, at 1/2 the human dose every 6 hours for 3-4 days, then as needed, for the diarrhea.

5. When the stool has some 'form' and is more solid, take a sample in to your veterinarian to have it checked for parasites. If the stool is loose, it may give a 'false' negative result because it is too 'diluted'. It is better to submit a more formed or solid sample (If it is positive, the other two dogs will also need to be dewormed!).

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Related Pages:
- Dog Diarrhea Medicine,
- Ask a Vet Online Library - Dog Diarrhea, Constipation and/or Digestive Problems Section

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