• My dog had bloody diarrhea once, then diarrhea with a white film, then normal diarrhea (very liquidy poop with some soft stool) over the weekend. I gave her rice and chicken for two days, then reintroduced her dry food (Blue Buffalo) into her past two meals, and she had very loose/liquidy/almost diarrhea again Tuesday morning. She is also very hungry and peeing a lot more lately even though I take her out the same amount. Other than those symptoms, she is showing no other symptoms (sleeps the same amount, is energetic and playful with other dogs, eating, etc.) Is it likely that it is a developing allergy to her dog food? It is Blue Buffalo chicken and rice adult life recipe. If her poop should be tested, am I able to bring in my own stool sample without bringing her into the vet? Thanks!

    Hi Alison,

    I recommend that you take her into see a veterinarian as soon as possible. The diarrhea along with the other symptoms is concerning. There can be a few different causes for the symptoms incluiding intestinal parasites, infection, inflammation of the GI tract, or a more severe underlying medical issue. Your vet can talk to you more about the cause of her symptoms after they have examined her. They may recommend some lab tests including a fecal test to help diagnose or rule out certain diseases. Sometimes a fresh fecal sample that you bring in can be used for this but some tests may require a collected sample. Your vet can recommend the treatment that she needs based on the underlying cause of her symptoms.

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