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Q. Chronic diarrhea and flatulence. This bas been going on for over a month. We have changed the kibble in hope of a resolution but it has not helped.

Answered By
DR. JENNIFER LADD, DVM

A. If your dog is clinically normal otherwise than I would recommend starting some probiotics. I also have some Chinese veterinary herbs that I use often to consolidate stool if you would like to try an alternative therapy. More traditional protocol would be submitting a fecal sample. He could have a bacterial colitis, or a parasite such as giardia that are easily treated.

Answered By
ANGEL ALVARADO

A. 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 doesn’t stop, see your veterinarian. Submit a stool sample to rule out intestinal parasites. Discuss food allergies and food elimination trials with your vet. Consider using a probiotic such as Prostora.


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