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Loss of appetite

Not as playful

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The symptoms you're observing in your American Bully, including decreased playfulness, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and the persistence of these issues for six days, can be indicative of various underlying health issues. Diarrhea that occurs multiple times a day can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances, which can contribute to the lethargy and decreased appetite you're noticing.

Firstly, ensure your dog has constant access to fresh water to prevent dehydration. You can also offer a bland diet, such as boiled chicken and rice, which can be easier on the digestive system. This can help firm up the stools and provide some relief from diarrhea. However, it's important to introduce this diet gradually to avoid further gastrointestinal upset.

Probiotics specifically formulated for dogs can also be beneficial in restoring healthy gut flora, which can be disrupted during episodes of diarrhea. These can be found at pet stores or through your local veterinary clinic.

Given that your dog is not currently on any flea and tick preventions, it's important to check for any signs of parasites, as these can cause gastrointestinal distress. Regular deworming is also crucial to maintain your pet's health and should be discussed with a veterinary professional.

While the diarrhea is not bloody or black, which can be signs of more serious conditions such as gastrointestinal bleeding, the ongoing nature of the symptoms is concerning. If the diarrhea persists despite these initial supportive measures, it's crucial to seek veterinary attention.

Be alert for additional symptoms that may indicate an emergency situation, such as vomiting, extreme lethargy, a bloated abdomen, signs of pain, or if your dog becomes unresponsive. These symptoms could signal a more serious condition that requires immediate veterinary care.

Remember, maintaining a regular vaccination and parasite prevention schedule is key to your pet's overall health. Keep track of any changes in your dog's condition, and if there's no improvement or if symptoms worsen, it's important to have your pet evaluated by a professional.

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