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    Can water cause diarrhea?

    I adopted a pug one week ago from a reputable rescue.

    Two days after I brought him home, he started with pretty severe diarrhea. Took him to the vet and sbe put him on antibiotics and a probiotic.

    He's on the same food as at the rescue. I did switch to chicken and rice with no change.

    The only thing I can think of is the change in water.

    Oh, fecal was normal.

    So I'm thinking about boiling his water. Couldn't hurt, might help?

    Originally Posted by JSwan
    I love feral children. They taste like chicken.

    Well, yes. But only if there was some kind of bacteria/contaminant in the water, OR if it was highly treated with water softener or chlorine. I'd try bottled water first.

    And, just because the rescue was reputable doesn't mean the dog couldn't have contracted giardia or something else. Giardia can be very tricky to identify with a standard fecal test.

    Stress can also cause diarrhea.

    What antibiotic did the vet put him on; not sure I would have advised that without more than just diarrhea as a symptom.


      Stress is a huge factor in many animals lives and that alone can lead to diarrhea. Water changes can cause issues ( mineral content, sulfur content) , though I would put more on simple stress. If anything I would get distilled water. Boiling is to rid pathogens, it does not change the element make up

      I agree that not all parasites can be diagnosed with a fecal flotation. A good tech should be checking a direct smear as well, particularly from the rectal thermometer and the offered sample.

      it can take up to 48 hours to see a change when using the boiled chicken and rice technique. I would also contact the rescue and see if the surrendering owner reported stress diarrhea

      I would do several serial fecals, particularly as the feces clear up. IF there is a lot of mucus in the diarrhea, it can be challenging to get a reliable float

      -- * > hoopoe
      Procrastinate NOW
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        I second S1969 ... bottled water ... added bonus you will know exactly how much water he is drinking.

        Jingles & AO ~ this is a quick fix ~

        What’s his name ?

        Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


          Original Poster

          This is Pooh Bear. He is 10 years old and a doll.
          Vet put him on metronidazole.

          The water source is good, but I will try bottled water to see if that helps.

          I will call the vet tomorrow to discuss the possibility of giardia.

          He's not showing any other signs of stress. He's very happy and playful.

          He had no intestinal issues at the rescue or previous owner. He was only at the rescue from May 1, so he has had a lot of of change. 10 years with the prior owner, then dumped.

          Originally Posted by JSwan
          I love feral children. They taste like chicken.


            Love your “Pooh Bear”

            Thanks for sharing !

            Bless you for giving him his forever home ~

            * inspite of his seeming to ‘bounce’ ... lots of change for this old man ... So glad he has you to help him decompress and settle into his “happy life” again ~

            ((hugs)) laced with peace and comfort for both of you ~
            Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


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              Thank you Zu Zu! ♥️♥️♥️

              Originally Posted by JSwan
              I love feral children. They taste like chicken.


                Awww, love his silly little ol' face. try bottled water. I moved to a house where the landlords told me it was perfectly safe to drink the water. It wasn't. Within 4 hours me and all my cats had developed explosive vomiting and diarrhea. Bottled water it was. And though outwardly he may not appear stressed his little guts are telling you otherwise. Stick to plain and simple. I'm glad he lives with you and will live out his days happy and spoiled.
                "Cats aren't clean; they're covered with cat spit."
                - John S Nichols (1745-1846,writer/printer)

                Don't come for me - I didn't send for you.


                  Put the toilet seat down (I know he’s too short, I hope)

                  Water can be full of “stuff”, and I can’t drink from our tap, it upsets my stomach.


                    how is Pooh ?

                    Jingles & AO !
                    Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "