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My working cocker spaniel has diarrhoea he has had it for48hrs

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My working cocker spaniel has diarrhoea he has had it for48hrs have given him some chicken breast with rice small amounts today but has gone through him I phoned my vet yesterday she said leave it 72 hrs I am worried can I give him a galpharm 2mg tablet
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.
Galpharm, is loperamide, which is identical to Immodium in the States. I really try to avoid it because it can really slow down the intestinal tracxt, and even cause constipation for a few days. It wouldn't be harmful, but I wouldn't even give a full tablet (no matter how small that tiny tablet may be). Only about 1/2 of the tablet at most. Another option is giving some Pepto-bismol or Kaopectate. You could give a tablespoon worth. Testing your vet may recommend could include a basic blood test (if hasn't been performed in past year or so), definitely a fecal test, if worried about any intestinal parasite issues (not just worms, but other microscopic parasites which is quite common).
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.
The bland diet was a good idea. If diarrhea is persisting, the vet may also want to switch Danny over to a prescription gastrointestinal food until things can be figured out. 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.- Generally, in older pets, I am also concerned about organ disease (liver, kidneys) and cancer.
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.
Hope that information is helpful. Dr. Andy
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yes thank you I will try small amount of galpharm just tonight and see what he is like tomorrow

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