Puppy with excessive shedding and diarrhea

Our puppy was found on the side of the road. She is a very timid and frightened dog with everything, still playful and loving. She has excessive shedding and every other week has cases of severe diarrhea. We've changed her diet, basically changed everything. We are worried that she might have a medical condition. What do you think?

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    By: Rebecca Osterfund El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    It is very common for puppies to have intestinal parasites such as roundworms and hookworms. These parasites can cause diarrhea and a poor quality hair coat. These parasites can also be passed on to humans so it is important to have your pet and a fresh fecal sample examined by your local veterinarian as soon as possible. Other possible causes of diarrhea and poor hair coat is poor nutrition. Not all dog foods are created equal and not all pets do equally well on every brand. If she appears to be less than 6 months old make sure she is on a quality brand of puppy food for the added nutritional value. Make sure that she is not being given any table scraps and avoid giving her additional treats or rawhides to see if there is a correlation between ingesting these items and developing diarrhea. It is possible that she was abandoned at the side of the road due to having some other underlying medical condition, and this would best be determined by your veterinarian performing a physical exam, a fecal exam as well as possibly blood and urine tests.

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