I gave my 12wo a can of food straight w/o the kibbles after her first trip to doggy kindergarten. Today, she's got watery stools. It looks like the food went straight thru her. I'm assuming that the stress of the school and the change of food were a bad combination. The good news is that she's very alert, hungry, active, and drinking well.
Her first trip to the vet at 8 weeks showed that she had giardia. She received treatment, but I'm wondering if it's come back. She's due for her second round of shots this week, so she's going back to the vet.
In the mean time, has anyone actually gotten their dog to take something like pepto-bismal to help quiet their gut?
I have that in my vet e.r. kit but this thread reminds me that I need to look up the proper doses. I would not give it to a puppy w/o checking with my vet first.
Any diet change can be hard on a GSDs system, much less a puppy. I would let her tummy rest and then give her a light meal of rice with either her kibble or some meat mixed in. If she's not better by tomorrow, do call your vet. The little guys don't have that much weight to lose.
I had given my pup a tbsp of Pepto mixed with 2 tbsp of plain pumpkin to soothe her stomach. I have since switched to Imodine, since easier to medicate.
If your pup refuses to touch the mixture, add a small amount of boiled chicken & broth. That is what I did, although the general rule is to withold food. I give this 3-4 times a day, nothing else. I also offer Pedialyte to my pup when she has the runs, since these little guys dehydrate quickly.
As for the Giardia, I can't offer any wisdom but I personally will not do it till I know she is in perfect health.
The stools are looking better today, but still wet. At least they look like stools now. She seems perfectly happy and active otherwise. I think I'm going to repeat the worm test with the vet. I suspect she re-infected herself.
Well the results are in: Giardia (again) and as an added bonus, tapeworms. Just goes to show that you shouldn't assume that your problem is fixed even with a course of medication. When in doubt, retest.