Good things to know
If your puppy has diarrhea, it's important to know that they're at an age where they're curious and exploring everything. Avoid taking them to busy places with other dogs until they've completed their shots at around 15-16 weeks old.
If you're changing your puppy's food, do it gradually to avoid upsetting their stomach. Switching their environment and food all at once is tough on them. If you're thinking of a different food, start by mixing a bit with their current food, like TLC. This food is good because it's made fresh, doesn't have extra stuff, so you feed less, and there's even a link to buy it.
Did your puppy eat something unusual? That's often a cause of diarrhea. Here's a list of other possibilities. Remember, I'm not a vet, but it's important to find a trustworthy one. A story of a friend's experience with different vets is shared here.
Now, let's get back to poop lol.
The most serious concern is a disease called Parvo. If you've followed my advice and limited their exposure to other dogs, it's likely not Parvo. But you'll need to see a vet for this. Don't be afraid to ask if they've had any cases of Parvo recently. Parvo is contagious, so avoid letting your puppy play on the floor at the vet's office. If your puppy is acting sad, not eating, vomiting, and has bloody diarrhea, Parvo might be suspected. But if they're still playful and eating, it's probably not Parvo. There are other things with similar symptoms:
Giardia: A parasite that can give your pup diarrhea. They might have picked it up from water or wet areas. Different stages of diarrhea are described here.
Testing for Giardia: It's tricky to detect. Multiple stool samples are needed, and there are different tests.
Treating Giardia: Medication might be prescribed, and after treatment, your pup should be bathed to remove any of the parasite. Clean everything they use, and disinfect your surroundings.
Remember, a reliable vet is your best guide. If your pup's not feeling well, it's wise to consult a professional."
Coccidia is another parasite that can mimic the symptoms of parvo. It's crucial to get a diagnosis from your vet if you suspect it. For prevention, I use something called Cocci-Guard on their food. However, if a puppy has coccidia, it should be treated with Albon from a vet.
Hookworms are another concern. They can lead to anemia, diarrhea, and other health issues in pets. Regular deworming with a product like Panacur can help prevent hookworm infections.
Lastly, I highly recommend putting your pet on a monthly parasite preventive regimen like panacur to protect against various parasites..
I've conducted extensive research to provide this information, but please remember that while these precautions can reduce the risk, they can't guarantee complete protection. Be informed about these common issues that can affect your puppy's health, and feel free to reach out with any questions at 501-584-4693.
I'm not a veterinarian, but I want to share some advice about Giardia, a potentially dangerous infection in dogs. While I can't promise complete protection, it's important to be aware that Giardia can be hard to detect through regular fecal exams. To reduce the risk, we clean up our dog's feces twice a day and use bleach to disinfect. If Giardia goes untreated, it can be life-threatening due to dehydration.
I personally use Panacur (fenbendazole), which you can buy from places like Tractor Supply or Amazon for around $30. It's a versatile wormer that can also treat Giardia. The dosage is 1cc per 5 pounds of body weight for three days for regular deworming and five days for Giardia treatment.
Metronidazole (Flagyl) is often prescribed with Panacur to manage diarrhea. You can order this medication from Revival Animal Health, and they offer a fish version called Fish-Zone. For a 10-pound puppy, half a pill is usually sufficient.
Additionally, consider adding a probiotic to your dog's food if they're not on a special diet. You can use yogurt, cottage cheese, or a product like NuVet. The TLC food I recommend already contains prebiotics and probiotics. Plain canned pumpkin (about a tablespoon mixed into their food) can also help firm up their stool.
If your dog has persistent diarrhea even after taking medication for about three days, it's crucial to consult a veterinarian. Untreated Giardia can lead to complications like twisted intestines.
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If you are from out of town the Holiday Inn Express is 7ish miles away. Ask for the Arkansas Labs rate and you can get a room for $84 plus tax.
Have them check the binder not their system.
Holiday Inn Express
4900 Talley Rd Little Rock Ar 72204