I know this is not a pleasant topic. But, I could use a little help. Our new puppy, a mix lab, has had Diarrhea for 8 days. When we picked him up at the shelter, (9 days ago) they told us he had Kennel Cough, So, he is on medication for it. After the first day or so, he developed this Diarrhea. . We thought maybe the stress, so we only were giving him dry food. Still he had the same problem. 2 days ago we started feeding him only rice with a little chicken broth (for flavor) but still no help. The stool is not like water, but not as it should be. I have been taking him to our local vet & she said I am doing everything right. Late on Friday, I gave the vet a stool sample. The results should be back Monday. Any Ideas?? He has only had an accident twice in his crate. Other than, I also think I have been lucky.
don't worry, i'm a nurse. used to it. what medication is he on for the kennel cough? is it an antibiotic? if so, these can cause diarrhea, both in humans and animals. antibiotics can wipe out the good bacteria in the intestinal track that prevents diarrhea. my cat gets it when he has to be on doxycycline. it could resolve when he is done with the antibiotic. if it started a couple days after the medication it is suspicious for that. rice is good, could mix in some puppy food with the rice so he gets a bit more nutrition, smaller feedings frequently. have lots of water available. i've given my lab peptobismol when she was a puppy with diarrhea. 1/2 tab twice a day. the vet recommended it. it could be stress related, too. puppies do get this. i had lots of fun giving my lab a bath at 4am several times. plain yogurt helps people with antibiotic related diarrhea. maybe dogs too?
You can also give him 80% steamed white rice and 20% boneless breast chicken cooked in the microwave, no skin. If he has had this problem for this length of time, he needs to go to the vet and be checked. There could be other things going on and he may need a medication.
Sorry, looks like you are doing all the right things. Hopefully the blood work will come back fine. Some times it takes new pups a while to get used to a new food after being adopted. They have been fed different things and then come to a home with yet another new food. Kind of hard on their little tummies.
Sorry to hear that your puppy is not feeling well. Everyone here has given you great advise. Did your vet check for worms? Worms can cause runny poop or bloody poop depending on the type of worms. The lab results will detect if worms are present. If you switched dog food, it could cause runny poop. Puppies stomachs are sensative and if switching dog foods, the original food should be mixed with the new food and then gradually decrease the amount of original food. I hope your puppy starts feeling better.
Great News. Our puppy is back to normal. We began training & he is coming along great. Thank you for all the great help. It turned out it was the dog food he was on. The clerk at the local petsote said to give a big puppy adult food instead of puppy food so he will not grow so fast. I thought he knew, My vet said...He's nuts. Since we changed, 2 days later our little guy is. Again, Thanks for the help.