I took Riley to the vet today because (and this makes me a bad dog mom…) she’s been having loose stools (not quite diarrhea) since October. I’m sure she’s tired of having them and I’m sick of cleaning them up in the yard. I thought maybe it was something in her diet, but nothing had really changed. So then I thought well maybe she has a parasite or bacteria…yuck.
Riley still weighs 54 pounds (yay!) and was negative for heart worms and Lyme disease so that’s good. Her stool sample (this is where the stick up her butt part was involved) was also negative for parasites, so that’s also good. Our wonderful vet, Dr. Hall, thinks that maybe her Rimadyl is causing her stomach to be upset. She said that after a dog has been on it for a while it can mess with the liver and cause GI upset. She took a blood sample and is going to call me tomorrow with the results.
In the meantime, Riley’s on a white rice and boiled chicken diet (which she is going to LOVE!!) and is off of her Rimadyl for three days to see if her runny-ness improves.