Help! I have an 11 lb dog, 6 yrs old all shots and heart guard that has bloody muscusy diarrhea. I took her to the vet and was told it was an allergic reaction to a new food. She was at that time eating small amounts and drinking. No temp. Two days later no change. I took her back to the vet and was told to try some perscription drugs. Then she stopped eating and then she stopped drinkingfor two days. Last night she ate a small amount and this morning she drank 1/2 bowl of water. Does anyone know anything to give me some encouragement? I have no reason to question the vet but I never had a dog sick this long- One week today.
I assume you immediately took your dog off the new food? If she still has diarrhea, I’d recommend taking her to a different vet for a second opinion. It’s never a bad idea to have two veterinary opinions.
If the problem really is dietary, I expect your vet will recommend feeding her a bland diet until her system gets back to normal. Cooked white rice mixed 2:1 with boiled, lean hamburger is the bland diet my vet usually recommends.
If the bloody diarrhea persists, ask your vet about treating for giardia and/or coccidia. These are parasites that are difficult to diagnose through fecal exams because they are not consistently shed in the stool. They also are not eliminated through routine deworming.
In all cases of digestive problems, it’s best to feed several small meals through the day rather than one large meal. It’s also essential to provide fresh water at all times because diarrhea is dehydrating.
I hope your girl recovers quickly,
Whip worms cause bloody diarrea and vomitting, and is also hard to detect, but the treatment is not harmful to your dog at all. My vet recommends that I treat all of my dogs(4) at least once a year, especially since my 2 big girls r outside alot and if 1 has it ,it’s likely they all do. I would also ask 4 a blood work up if he hasn’t already.