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Lola has a touch of the runs... will brown rice do the same trick as white? I only have brown rice in the house & would love to make her some now to mix in with her breakfast rather than waiting until I go to the market later today. Just wondering if it would be as effective as white. Has anyone given their dogs brown rice instead of white when they have an upset tummy?

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I am not sure. Brown rice has much more fiber, so it may not have the same "binding" effect that white rice has. I have used boiled, cubed potato instead of rice when my boys have had the runs, and that did help.

I actually prefer potato to rice because it doesn't get stuck in their beards.

I hope Lola feels better soon!
 

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I agree with Jane about the fiber..............
PS-I keep a can of pumpkin just in case.
 

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Sally, have you ever had to clean up after pumpkin squirts? YUCK! I will never do pumpkin again for loose stools. For constipation, yes, but not for the runs.
 

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Sally, have you ever had to clean up after pumpkin squirts? YUCK! I will never do pumpkin again for loose stools. For constipation, yes, but not for the runs.
Thanks Kimberly -I heard it was good for both but never had to give it to them :redface: .........
Get well soon Lola
 

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Thanks everyone! I ran out to the market and bought some white rice. She was thrilled to have something other than her kibble and ate it all up. Hopefully it does the trick b/c my mom is watching her thurs - sun. I don't want my mom to have to deal with a poopy butt dog!
 

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Funny that you mention that....whenever my mom was watching my dogs for me, Scout would inevitably get the runs. I think it was just the stress of missing us :( so I put boiled potato cubes in his meal as a preventative measure. :)
 

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Good thing I didn't give Lola pumpkin then b/c my floor would be stained. Her tummy is worse :( She got up at 1am and about every hour, then half hour after to go. Once she didn't make it to the front door....good thing it was on the wood floor. Poor thing felt so bad. I'm waiting for the vet to open so I can bring her in. I've never seen a dog have such explosive diarrhea:puke:

Hope its nothing serious :( Guess its a good sign that she doesn't seemed to be bothered by it. She's still full of energy and tossing her ball around right now. Little devil, not even the runs slow her down!
 

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Sally, have you ever had to clean up after pumpkin squirts? YUCK! I will never do pumpkin again for loose stools. For constipation, yes, but not for the runs.
Kim, I guess this shows us our pups are different. The few times Tucker has had diarrhea, pumpkin worked wonders - no more "squirts". The same if he had a bout with constipation - back to normal.
 

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Galen has had several bouts of diarrhea. Each one was a $150 to $200 vet visit. No worms or anything in the blood work. No answer as to why. The last time I called and said give me something I can do until I can get her there because chicken and rice is not stopping it. “For a 10 lb dog, Kaopectate 1 teaspoon ever 4 hours. NO MORE than 4 doses and do not exceed the 1 teaspoon”. I mixed it in with the rice and chicken and she ate it. The diarrhea stopped after her first dose. No vet visit that time.

I’m almost positive it was a new treat because each bout started the night or day after her agility class where she would have gotten more than usual.

Good luck I hope Lola is better by now.
 

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I hope Lola feels better soon. Good thing to take her to the vet. She might need some meds if she picked up a parasite or bacteria somewhere.

When rice and potatoes don't work to firm the stool, I keep a can of Veterinary Intestinal Low Residue dog food (which I get from the vet - might be prescription?) in my pantry. That seems to work to firm up their stools every time. But, if the diarrhea is really bad, it it best to take them into be seen by the vet. Let us know how Lola is doing. :hug:
 

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Many years ago I had a dog with bloody diarhea. Vet said to feet it rice and hamburger for a while. Back them I actually cooked the hamburger. Now I just cook the rice up--big pan full. Then I take the rice and mix in some raw hamburger for each meal. Dogs love it and it clears up the diarhea and the hamburger satisfies their craving for meat based food. Also a good way to fatten up a skinny dog. I fed a stray this mixture for about a month until he put on weight and then transferred him over to kibble and rice then just plain kibble.
 

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The vet thinks its either a doggie flu or a parasite. She gave me flagyl to kill any infection/parasite and carafate to soothe her tummy. She'll call me with her stool sample results Friday. The meds are in liquid form and I have to use a syringe to give them to her which she does NOT like. The vet said Lola was too small to take the pill forms. She couldn't even take her temperature b/c her little tushie was too irritated. I'm trying to limit the butt baths, but I don't want her to be laying around the house with a germ-y poopy butt. I did one quickie. I think it was soothing b/c she didn't put up the fuss she normally does.

She seemed to be in good spirits this morning, but now I can tell she doesn't feel well. She's going even more frequently, sometimes every 15 minutes. The vet said it would take a few days for the meds to kick in. She said she could give me an opiate based med that would stop her colon, but she didn't recommend it b/c it would make Lola loopy. So I figured I'd hold off on that for now and use that as a last resort. I don't want her to be all drugged up & confused.

Hopefully she gets better soon and its nothing serious. I'm such a worry wart.... bad diarrhea could mean so many things.
 
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