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My corgi has had bad running liquid diarrohea for four days

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my corgi has had bad running liquid diarrohea for four days now he is hardly eating or drinking is their anything I can do for him till I get him to the vet tomorrow .he has just lay in an empty room very lethargic he wont come to anyone
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 7 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Any gagging, retching, lip licking, drooling or vomiting?

Can he keep water down?

Are his gums pink or pale/white? Moist or sticky?

If you press on his belly, does he have any discomfort, tenderness, or tensing?

Could he have eaten something he should not have (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, etc)?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
thedog had been sick after playing with a plastic toy we later realised one of our corgis mustof chewed the edge off the sqeaky toy and we put it in the bin it was only a small edge.what the dog brought up must of been lying in its stomach undigested.his gums are healthy pink but the wind he is passing is very rife so I have to keep the windows open round him his breath is very strong he allows me to press his abdomen he is very obese anyway
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 7 months ago.

Thank you,

First, I am glad to hear that his gums are pink but if he could have eaten bits of this toy, we need to tread with care. This is because a foreign body could cause the signs we are seeing, though we'd also have to be wary of a bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections, or other general dietary indiscretions.

With this all in mind, in regards ***** ***** care for the short term, we do have some options. Since his lack of appetite likely is nausea drive, you can try him on an OTC antacid like Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac) or Milk of Magnesia (0.25 tsp every 8 hours). Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption. Of course, do double check with your vet if he has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned.

Once he is more settled, you can plan to try small meals of a light/easily digestible diet. Examples you can use are cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, or scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (garlic/onion free only). The aim of these diets is that they will be better tolerated/absorbed by the compromised gut. Therefore, it should get more nutrients in and result in less GI upset and less diarrhea. As long as improvement is being seen, I usually advise continuing this until the signs are settled, and then weaning slowly back to what you normally feed.

Finally, as long as there is no blood in those stools, you can consider trying a pet safe anti-diarrheal. As I am sure you appreciate, these would not be a cure for infectious issues; but it can still be of benefit. It will reduce diarrhea load, allow the body to absorb more water/nutrients, and soothe the upset gut. In regards ***** ***** options, the one we most commonly use is OTC Kaolin/Kaopectate (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/kaolin-and-pectin-kapectolin-k-p)). Otherwise, Propectalin, Canikur, Fast Balance, and Protexin Pro-Fiber (which is available OTC at vets, pet stores, and even Amazon) would be another option. All will slow diarrhea and those last ones have the added bonus of providing support to the delicate good GI bacteria. So, these can be used as a short-term means of soothing his upset GI.

Overall, a wide range of agents could trigger the signs we are seeing. If he is refusing food, we need to tread with care. Though we can try the above over today to see if we can soothe his signs. Though if he cannot keep that or water down, appears dehydrated already, or doesn’t respond to the above within 12-24 hours; then we'd want to get his vet involved. They can assess his hydration, rule out fever, ensure nothing in his stomach that shouldn't be, or any sinister viruses present. Depending on their findings, his vet can treat with injectable anti-nausea medication, fluids, +/- antibiotics to settle his stomach and get him back feeling like himself.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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