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Hi my puppy is 3months old he has the runny poos but his fine

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Hi my puppy is 3months old he has the runny poos but his fine in his self wot can be wrong with him?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 3 years ago.
Welcome! My name is Dr. Andy. I am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.

I am sorry to hear about this concern for him.

Well,
My primary concerns for diarrhea with or without blood include:
- Dietary indiscretion (eating something you do not know about)
- Stomach or intestinal foreign body
- Something that was given to them (new food, new treat, human food)
- Intestinal parasitism (not just the worms, but the microscopic bugs like Giardia and Coccidia). They can cause vomiting also.
- Toxin exposure would be less likely, unless you have reason to suspect exposure to a chemical.
- Less commonly, endocrine diseases.

At this age, to try and narrow the list a bit more, I would be suspicious of:
1. A new treat, recent change in food, or getting some human food as the cause
2. A possible intestinal parasite. Not worms necessarily, but definitely, a giardia or coccidia infection. Quite common.

To help diarrhea you can give some pepto-bismol, but I strongly discourage using it repeatedly as it can cover up a more serious problem.
Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate
You can give it every 8 hours. The average dose is 1ml per pound of body weight, and that is the TOTAL dose for the day. So, if a pet weighs 30 pounds, they would get a total of 30ml a day or 10ml every 8 hours. This is dosing for regular strength Pepto-Bismol. If you use maximum strength liquid, give half as much.

Most vets would prescribe a medication like flagyl (metronidazole) to help the intestinal tract, and maybe complement this medication with a veterinary probiotic.

Very sorry that he is not feeling well today. I hope that information has been helpful.
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