My senior German Shepherd has had a few bouts of diarrhea recently, and I'm not sure why it's happening or how to stop it. I haven't changed his food, and fecal analyses and blood work didn't turn up anything. Is occasional diarrhea just something that happens, or should I be more worried?
had a recent bout of explosive diarrhea, pretty much apropos of nothing. I took him to the vet, and upon noticing that he had lost about four pounds (yikes!), the vet was very worried and asked to run a bunch of tests. He brought up EPI (Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency) as a possibility, but it does not appear that my dog has EPI (thank god), and that usually shows up at a much younger age. He also tested negative for parasites.
So, just some flukey diarrhea, right? On our walk this morning, my poor pup had a normal stool, and then stopped for a few squirts of nasty dog diarrhea. (I really tried to clean it up, but without a hose . . .) Fortunately, I had an extra course of diarrhea meds from the vet, so I started him on those this morning in the hopes that my bedroom will not be destroyed by dog shit when I get home from work. Last time, he was unable to control his bowels at all, and at least this time he seemed to have some control over where and when he let it out.
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We just moved this weekend, and moved a month earlier. I'm hoping that this current place is a long-term situation. The doggy and I are both pretty stressed out.
It's been really hot in LA. September is the cruelest month here.
He's been working on a peanut butter stuffed Kong for a few days, and before he got sick the last time, he had also eaten a fair amount of peanut butter. Peanut butter is like crack for dogs and he loves it, but is it possible that he has a problem with peanut butter?