Q. Chihuahua (7 lbs) has diarrhea and dark urine. He's 8 yrs old. Any OTC med OK?
A. Do not give any medications to your pet without the advice of your veterinarian. Withhold food for 12-24 hours. Allow small amounts of water or unflavored PediaLyte. Resume feeding a bland diet (1:1 ratio of plain boiled boneless chicken and plain white rice). Feed in small, frequent amounts waiting at least one hour between feedings. Continue feeding until the stool is normal. Transition slowly to the regular diet. If the diarrhea doesnâ€™t stop, see your veterinarian. To rule out UTI, submit a clean urine sample or have your vet collect a sterile sample for urinalysis and culture. Blood work may be able to diagnose kidney disease.