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My working cocker has been having progressively bad loose stools

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My working cocker has been having progressively bad loose stools , now just liquid . Very yellow no sign of blood or mucus . Only out on walks not in kitchen overnight etc.
Eating well and very perky
Should I just give her chicken and rice or does she need to see a vet ?
Have not changed food month or so .
Dr. Susan :

, I can help you with your question today.

Dr. Susan :

It sounds like Titch spends a lot of time outside, is that right?

Customer: Yes but walking so apart from rabbit pooh not eaten anything else .
Customer: Sorry about bad service had not seen question just that you could not subscribe medication
Dr. Susan :

Yes, unfortunately it's not legal to prescribe medication without examining the dog. I can help you come up with a plan , things to ask the vet if necessary, and some home remedies and OTC medications that might help.

Dr. Susan :

Do you want to continue, or did you misunderstand the service?

Customer: No I realised you could not prescribe and really wanted advice on managing and if I should starve her , give bland diet or give pro kaolin . I
Dr. Susan :

No problem. Let's keep going then. I'll continue to ask a few questions to understand her condition better. Don't worry, I've paused the timer1

Dr. Susan :

How long has she had loose stool?

Customer: Two days getting progressively more watery not totally liquid
Dr. Susan :

Any weight loss at this point?

Customer: Don't think so eating well
Dr. Susan :

OK, great.

Dr. Susan :

In that case, we can start with a bland diet of boiled white rice and boiled chicken.

Dr. Susan :

Continue this until her stools are normal, then transition back to her normal food over 3-4 days time.

Dr. Susan :

We can also use a dose of OTC imodium. How much does she weigh?

Customer: About 12 kegs
Customer: she is a very fit little thing !that was kgms !
Dr. Susan :

I figured she didn't weigh as much as 12 kegs ;)

Dr. Susan :

OK, she can have 1/2 tablet of Imodium (1 mg loperamide) every 8-12 hours as needed to control the diarrhea.

Dr. Susan :

You can also start an OTC human Probiotic like Culturelle. These are available at the regular human pharmacy.

Customer: Is that human Imodium ?
Dr. Susan :

Break one capsule over her food once daily (of the probiotic).

Dr. Susan :

Yes, human Imodium, 1/2 tablet

Customer: Ok thanks what a out yogurt ?
Dr. Susan :

No, I prefer the probiotic rather than the yogurt - some dogs are lactose intolerant.

Customer: Ah , good point .
Customer: Ok thanks will try that then . She had had colitis in the past but as this was very different as no blood or mucus so thought might be a simpler route than intervention
Dr. Susan :

Great! Please let me know if you have further questions. I am happy to continue until I provide the service that you seek. If you don't mind changing the rating, that would be greatly appreciated too (a new rating will override the old one)

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