Wed, Jun 5, 2024
Weight loss
Inappropriate urination

My dog Bella has recently starting feeling unwell and can't control her bladder or her bowel movements, her poop is sorta yellow and light brown and her pee is normal..
She's been sleeping more and I keep hearing her stomach gurgling. I need help

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It sounds like Bella is experiencing a range of symptoms that could be interconnected, which is understandably concerning. Diarrhea, weight loss, itching, and inappropriate urination are all signs that warrant attention, especially when they occur together.

The yellowish-brown diarrhea and stomach gurgling suggest a gastrointestinal issue. This could be due to dietary indiscretion, infections, parasites, or even more serious conditions like inflammatory bowel disease. The weight loss and increased sleeping indicate that Bella's body might not be absorbing nutrients properly or that she is expending more energy than usual, possibly due to an underlying illness.

The itching could be related to allergies, parasites such as fleas or mites, or a skin infection. Inappropriate urination might be a sign of a urinary tract infection, bladder stones, or even behavioral issues stemming from stress or discomfort.

For home care, you can try the following steps:

1. Ensure Bella stays hydrated by offering her plenty of fresh water and consider giving her an electrolyte solution designed for pets.
2. Feed her a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice for a few days to see if her diarrhea improves.
3. Monitor her for any changes in her symptoms, such as worsening diarrhea, vomiting, or increased lethargy.
4. Check her skin for signs of fleas, ticks, or irritation. Bathing her with a gentle, hypoallergenic shampoo can help soothe her skin.
5. Keep her environment clean and stress-free. Ensure she has a comfortable place to rest and avoid any sudden changes in her routine.

Given the combination of symptoms and the fact that they have been ongoing for two days, it is crucial to seek veterinary care as soon as possible. Bella's condition could worsen without proper diagnosis and treatment. A veterinarian can perform necessary tests, such as blood work, fecal exams, and skin scrapings, to determine the underlying cause and provide appropriate treatment.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask. Thank you.