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  1. OMG. The saga never ends. Most of you know about Frappuccino who was diagnosed with meningitis. Welll she went through a period of anorexia where she didn't eat anything. The poor thing looked cachetic: ribs sticking out, all fur and bones. In an attempt to boost her appetite, we started doing boiled chicken and rice or potatoes. Nico, our other greyhound ( 11 years old) started turning up his nose at his kibble because he "wanted what she's having". So I started butting maybe a 1/4 cup of the chicken/rice I not his kibble,(plus a spoonful of wet, mixed with water) just to appease him. Well, we are now about 3 weeks in, and now he has watery diarrhea. Oops. Too rich? What should I do? He did not touch his food this morning. Help!
  2. Everett has had consistently soft poop the entire time he's been with us, about six weeks. His foster mom told me they had the same problem with him, so we've been figuring it's his food. We just wanted to give him some time to settle in before we go changing foods on him. Anyway, about four or five days ago he started having totally liquid diarrhea about every 5 hours. He would wake us up in the middle of the night to potty, which he normally doesn't do. Luckily he's been pretty good at giving us enough of a warning that we have time to get him outside. We've been feeding him a bland diet of mushy white rice and cooked ground beef with the fat drained off to see if we could wait it out and reset his system. He's not off his food at all. In fact, he scarfs down everything we give him and would probably eat his regular kibble if we let him. He's been drinking slightly less but not enough to cause enormous concern. I wet down his meals until they're almost soupy, so he's definitely still getting water. Unfortunately even with the bland diet the diarrhea got progressively more urgent and frequent (about every 2 hours starting last night). No discoloration or blood, though, thank heavens. So this morning I carted him off to the vet with a stool sample. Hooray for our regular vet being open on Saturday mornings! She talked to us about his symptoms and then put the sample under the microscope while we waited. They're still sending it to the lab for the full testing, but she could already tell that he has an overgrowth of some kind of bacteria or parasite. I know it wasn't worms or giardia, but for the life of me I can't remember what she called it! We came home with a 10-day supply of Flagyl and a month's worth of FortiFlora. I already gave Everett the first dose of Flagyl in a little dollup of cottage cheese, and he ate it right up. He's been such a good boy through this whole thing - several days of diarrhea with only one accident in the house (our fault for not being fast enough) and no problems taking his meds. I really hope he starts feeling better soon. I can tell he's not quite himself, not really as perky. Right now he's napping very comfortably on our bed I have a few questions... 1) Since my memory seems to be defective, any ideas what the name of the infection would be? Something that the vet can see without a full lab workup that would be treated with Flagyl. I remember it was one of the first things she mentioned as a possibility, so I'm guessing it's pretty common. I've tried looking it up but nothing sounds familiar/right. 2) In your experience, is it likely that he'll need another round of Flagyl, or should 10 days do the trick? 3) I've been giving him a cup of rice with a half cup of beef three times a day. He normally has two meals, but I thought maybe more frequent, smaller portions would help. He acts so hungry still, but I don't know if giving him more will upset his system. He was previously eating 2 cups of Diamond Naturals kibble twice a day. His racing weight ranged from 65 to 70 lbs, but he came to us pretty skinny (we're guessing because of the stress of the transition from the track). We just had him back up to 70, then today he weighed in at 67. Any thoughts about portion size? I'm probably more worried about this than I should be. I know greys can have sensitive digestive systems, but as a new owner it's pretty concerning. I just want my happy, healthy houndie back.
  3. First, I apologize for the long post. We are desperate to help our boy feel better and I wanted to make sure I provided all the details... In the 3 months we've had him, I can count, on my hands, the number of times Puddy has had a solid #2. He's been to the vet 4 times now and we're still at a loss. Before I take him back to the vet, I want to make sure I'm able to bring them enough information to work with. I'm hoping you can help. Here's a synopsis of what's been going on: Meds & Tests Puddy came to us half-way through a course of Heartguard, which we finished during his first dinner. At the time, he had pretty runny #2s, but we figured this could be attributed to any number of things. A week after being with us, Puddy was Rx'd a 6-week course of Drontal at the vet after a stool sample tested positive for hookworms. For about 72 hours after the last pill, poor Puddy was literally howling in pain every time he pooped, which was actually more like explosive diarrhea. Stools were a bit bloody (hematochezia) and very, very runny. Like melted ice cream. A couple of weeks went by after the last dose of Drontal and Puddy continued to have diarrhea pretty much every time we took him out. Sometimes it was bloody, too. Figuring it couldn't be the after-effects of the Drontal anymore, we were concerned and took him back to the vet. They did another fecal swab and determined that he still had hookworms. He was Rxd a second round of Drontal for the hookworms and metronidazole for the diarrhea and suspected colitis. Round 2 of Drontal had very similar effects to the first round- howling Puddy, explosive diarrhea, a little blood. The effects subsided after about 72 hours again, but the diarrhea remained. The metronidazole did not seem to have much of an effect of Puddy other than firming up his poop to the consistency of mashed potatotes (at best). Food Puddy was eating Purina One Chicken when he arrived at our house. We transitioned him slowly over to Acana Wild Prairie over the course of a couple of weeks. His poop was never solid, though we weren't sure if it was the worms, the dewormer, stress, or ??? Our vet recommended we switch to a different protein to see if perhaps his diarrhea was related to his food. We switched to Acana grasslands and had maybe a week of pretty good poops after 2 weeks of being on his new food. Then, without warning or any changes to his diet, those lovely poops eventually went back to diarrhea. Thinking his Acana was too rich, we recently switched to Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream, which has a lower protein content. He still has diarrhea (with blood occasionally), though the first couple of days on the new food produced some nice poops. Other things: We've played around with his portions, giving him anywhere from 4 cups total to 2 cups total (he's 80lbs) per day. It didn't seem to make much of a difference, unfortunately. Puddy has had a couple of stints (one weekend, one 12-day stint) in a boarding kennel while we were out of town. He is very happy there and I do believe that the people take great care of him, but he always seems to come back home with tummy issues. We've eliminated all treats. He only eats his kibble and two .75in pieces of string cheese (I shove his daily meds in those) a day. He has maintained an appetite and weight through all of this and drinks a seemingly normal amount of water His coat is shiny and soft, so it seems like he's at least getting those nutrients Even when he has diarrhea, he can typically wait to go until we're on our normal walks. There have been, however, about 8-10 instances where he's stood politely by the front door or whined so we would take him out to go. In those instances, it was pretty clear that it was urgent. He has had one accident in the house, and that was about 24 hours after his last Drontal pill. We've given him rice and ground beef and it seems to clear him up for a little bit, but several days after going back to his regular food, it starts up again We were giving him a couple of TBS of pumpkin with his breakfast (man, he loved that stuff), and it seemed to be firming things but, but I'm not sure if that's just masking his other issues. Questions: 1. Are we switching his food too quickly? Is it common to see improvement followed by a period of decline? Can we expect to see things bounce back? Are we not being patient enough? 2. Recently, his poops have gotten much darker in color. I am afraid there is something wrong higher up in his GI tract since it appears to be blood. Any thoughts? 3. Is it possible that he still has worms? With two complete rounds of Drontal under his belt, I'm wondering if we need to move to something stronger? But I'm also concerned about the havoc it could wreak on his tummy since he had such an uncomfortable experience on the Drontal... 4. Are there other things we aren't considering? 5. How long does a food typically stay in their systems? In other words, if we gave him boiled rice and ground beef for several meals and then switch him back to his regular kibble, would solid poops on day 1-3 back on his kibble be residual effects from the rice and beef? Or does it move quickly enough through their systems where we can confidently say that he's having good poops on his kibble? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! We just want Puddy to be comfortable and happy. We're willing to try pretty much anything but I want to make sure we're going about it the right way and not just making things worse for him. Please help!
  4. Hi everyone, Winnie, who just turned 4, has been having soft stool for the past three weeks or so. It started with a bout of explosive diarrhea, which resolved relatively quickly after I put her on a rice and pumpkin diet for a few days. But then every time I tried switching to her normal kibble her stool will get totally loose, unless I mix it with massive amounts of pumpkin. I have been feeding her Zignature (grain-free, potato-free, limited ingredient) for about 6 months with good results and I don’t know what could have suddenly gone wrong, assuming the problem is her kibble. I tried switching to a rice, pumpkin, and boiled chicken for a few days and that seems to fix it rather quickly. I took her to the vet who gave her a course of metronidazole and ran a parasite test which came back negative, but I’m worried that Winnie has lost 3-4 pounds since the last time I weighted in February. I’m taking her back to the vet on Monday, and wondering if there is some specific tests I should suggest the vet to run. Alternatively, I was wondering if anyone has had similar experiences with Zignature –or any other kibble for that matter- suddenly upsetting their hound’s tummy. Among other things, most kibbles I’ve tried in the past –including Zignature- have always made Winnie poop a lot. And when I say a lot, it’s A LOT. It’s almost like the same volume of food she eats basically goes out the rear door, and I am wondering if that suggests she’s having some food assimilation/allergy issues. Vets have never really taken me seriously when I tell them the volume of her stool is alarming. Any thought or suggestion would be greatly appreciated!
  5. Will drive me nuts using incomplete sentences, but will do so to detail as much as possible. Greytly appreciate anyone's feedback/suggestions... Our 12 yr old Grey girl, Molly, vomiting & diarrhea started Feb 1st. No more vomiting other than that 1st day; diarrhea every time she poops--sometimes squirting out (no visible blood to date), frequent nausea; still eating (better the last coupla days); on bland diet since issues started--boiled chickn & rice, canned i/d or canned Iams intestinal . Molly has lost at least 8# so far, is losing muscle strength & is more unstable on her hind legs than usual (has arthritis in multiple joints as well as cervical pain that causes nerve pain/disturbances in her hind quarters prior to these issues). Lately she is alert & responsive, even playful at times, interacting w/ our other younger Grey girl & has been eating every time I feed her (small amounts 3 times a day). Initial bloodwork revealed elevated pancreatic enzymes;local vet treated for pancreatitis (Flagyl, Reglan, Prostora, subq fluids a couple times, 3 doses of Panacur, Amoxi for a couple days, but interfered w/ her appetite/nausea...) Supportive care for pancreatitis not resolving the diarrhea to date. Fecal was negative (not diagnostic, in my opinion: after Panacur, looking for coccidia); Abdominal & chest xrays normal; abdominal ultrasound no significant findings in intestines although there's a 2 cm nodule on her liver & her spleen is enlarged but looks grossly normal. Specialty vet who performed the US said liver nodule would not cause the GI issues. Will address liver nodule/spleen after stabilizing diarrhea condition. Had blood panels done: cortisol & bile acids were normal (no Addison's or underlying liver dysfunction); awaiting results of GI/pancreas panel. I've read the forums on IBD & diarrhea...I can't locate the posts I found last week about fecal/intestinal cultures that should be done as it was found in that specific case that there was an overgrowth of normal flora in the intestine that was the cause. Can anyone direct me to this topic or provide more info about this? Thanks for any insight, feedback, suggestions & positive prayers you can offer Molly & I... P.S. Don't have a smart phone or tablet, so my responses may be a bit delayed (also live in the SE)...
  6. Hi all - New greyhound owner. We've had our retired racing greyhound for almost a month now. She's our first family dog so a lot of things are a learning experience. She's been settling in and is given lots of love and attention. However she's been having some looser stools the last week or so but nothing too bad (although I was wondering why that was happening). But on Monday my daughter had a bath and left a bar of soap on the bathtub. The dog got ahold of it when no one was looking and ate part of it. Not the whole bar but she definitely got a few bites. Yesterday, she still had some loose stools and she's been burping a lot. This morning, she had full on runny diarrhea. I'm assuming this is from the soap. Is this something I need to take her to the vet for? I looked it up online that night and it didn't seem like we needed to do that which is the only reason we didn't. So now her tummy has soap on top of already having loose stools. So my questions are: 1. Should we have taken her to the vet? 2. Is there anything I can do for her now? 3. Is there anything I can do for her in the future to get her stools from being loose? She is currently eating the green bag of Iams on instruction from the foster family she had been staying with. She also likes carrots and I will cut some up and put them in her food sometimes too. Any advice you have would be great! Thanks for your help.
  7. Luna's been having tummy troubles for the past few days, and I don't know what to do next (aside from a vet visit, which IMO isn't always super helpful). We have not had a super-recent change in foods (fully switched over to Costco's lamb & rice about 2-3 weeks ago). She is being weaned off Clomipramine currently, which I know can cause some diarrhea, but would not expect it to look like this. It started with about a day of liquid diarrhea, followed by two days of brown pudding poop, followed by a day (and now this morning) of small amounts of mushy, stringy, mucous-y, orange poop. I had the vet do a fecal float about 2 days ago (I had thought I saw thin, string-like formations in the poop which made me think worms), but it came back negative. I've been feeding her boiled chicken with a scoop of pumpkin, slippery elm bark powder, and 1/4 tsp of a probiotic powder. I ran out of chicken so had to go back to kibble with pumpkin and probiotic this morning (she pooped before she ate, though). Aside from these symptoms she's had a normal appetite and normal behavior. She has taken more time than usual to poop for the past day or so, and it was only on the first day that she had extreme urgency to go out for the Big D. I've read here that a negative fecal can be misleading, and that some of you have dosed with Panacur-C anyway. I also have a bottle of Tylan powder that I haven't used. What would you recommend I try before going to the vet (I can go as soon as Monday, just would like to see if I can nip this myself)? ETA: Luna has had poop issues since I got her 4 months ago, very infrequently having a hard stool, typically switching between soft (some sticking to the grass) and just hard enough to pick up, with some random pudding poops. Haven't seen a difference in stool with her on Earthborn Holistic grain-free or Kirkland lamb & rice.
  8. Hi all, Kind of a long story... about a month ago Dunkin's face swelled up and I took him into the vet and they determined that he needed to have teeth extracted. We scheduled a dental (Nov 15) and about a week after, he had major swelling in his neck gland that was draining into his chin and chest resulting in a jowly face and a waddle. They aspirated and determined that it was a salivary gland issue. Vet wasn't sure if it was blocked or infected or both so she prescribed Clavamox and that brought the swelling down. He's since finished the course of Clavamox and was on a soft food diet (his regular kibble, softened with warm water) and ate all his meals just fine. He had some tummy trouble around Thanksgiving, which I don't know if it was attributed to the Clavamox or he did get a hold of what I suspect was cat poop in the yard. He had some vomiting and diarrhea but continued to eat. The vomiting and diarrhea have cleared up but now he's not wanting to eat his kibble. He'll take the high value treats (soft and smelly), table scraps, etc. The other night I cooked up some rice, quinoa and boiled beef and he ate that right up. Additionally, he's going out 3-5 times a night to either #1 or #2. Sometimes there are multiple #2s a night. I'm interested in any thoughts the group has. Am I dealing with a new picky eater or does this sound like something else is going on? -tired and worried Dunk's mom (aka Emily)
  9. Poor Luna is having a sickly day. She was fine w/ normal appetite and stool this morning, but I got home from work and she had had diarrhea (no blood and not much mucus, just...D) all over her crate. I put her in the bathroom to clean things up, and 5 minutes later the bathroom was covered too. Once outside she had another episode. I took her to the vet where she vomited and $170 later she had a fecal sample (negative), got 2 injections (1 antibiotic, 1 to settle her stomach), metrodinazole pills (starting tomorrow), and I/D canned food (starting a very small amount tomorrow). Since we got back from the vet, she's had 3 more major bouts of D (two outside and one on one of our huge Costco bolster beds while I was cleaning out the crate, ugh). I live in a 750 sq ft apartment so the whole place reeks! We're also on the fourth floor so making frequent trips outside has been rough. Does this "bug" sound familiar to any of you, and if so how long do you think it'll last? I'm thinking I should probably just suck it up and get a sub for tomorrow and just take the day off (I'm a teacher...takes forever to write plans for a full day sub). Also, do you think I could give her a Pepto pill on top of the injections? The pooping is out of control.
  10. UGH! Brought another fecal sample to the vet yesterday. Good news is that they didn't find any hookworm eggs (keeping fingers cross that it's not a false negative), but they did find what looks to be whipworm eggs. I say "looks to be" because the vet said that they are similar to what whipworm eggs look like, but they have never seen the worm eggs that Brady has up here in the NE. They sent the rest of his fecal sample to a lab for analysis, and I should hear back today or tomorrow morning. The vet did say that whipworms are just as hard to get rid of as hookworms (great) and take several rounds to get rid of them, but we've already done four rounds of Panacur (which the vet said is standard treatment for whipworms). Does anyone have any experience in treating whipworms? I did a search on GT, but all I could find were posts about hookworm (SEVERAL) and roundworm (one).
  11. Hi all. Sorry about yet another hookworm post, but I'm wondering whether the symptoms of hookworm typically get worse before getting better. For those of you who have experience treating dogs with hookworm infestations, what was your experience once treatment began? I know some of you have said it took MONTHS to get rid of them and your dogs had bloody diarrhea and vomiting, but did it start out that way and gradually get better or did it seem to get worse before getting better? I spoke with the vet yesterday to give her an update and told her that Brady's diarrhea is worse than ever (marbled rust/orange colored and very wet/slimy/gelly like) and he wasn't feeling well when he got up yesterday (ran outside and started eating grass while wimpering with gurgling sounds coming from his belly). She said she wants to see him Monday and that she will check his stool and do standard bloodwork on him to see if it could possibly be something other than symptoms of hookworm. I really hope his bloodwork comes back normal. For those who haven't read my previous posts, we've been treating Brady for hookworms since May 13 (adopted him on May 10) with Panacur every three weeks, but lately we've been giving it to him every two weeks. He's on a bland diet, on Flagyl, and FortiFlora. With the exception of the FortiFlora, we have seen improvement in the past with both the bland diet and Flagyl, but it doesn't last. I'm definitely going to discuss trying another dewormer with the vet. Other than Drontal Plus, what other dewormers work well treating hookworms? Thanks in advance for any insight/help you can provide. This is so very frustrating and I feel so bad for Brady!
  12. Hi all. For those who are or have used FortiFlora or other probiotics to reduce/eliminate diarrhea, how long did it take for you to notice an improvement, if any? Did your dog have gas when first starting a probiotic?
  13. Missy tends to think anything left on the floor is a free-for-all. Yesterday we had a spill on the table so bowls and plates went on the floor while we cleaned it up. Before we knew it, Missy was flying in from the other room and got two big mouth fulls of avocado before we could drag her away. Now she's sick. She woke up at 6am and started walking around, asking to be let out. Her tummy is making audible bubbling noises and she won't drink or eat. She went to the park and had no problem jogging, peeing and pooping, but it's the first morning since we've had her that she hasn't eaten her breakfast. And the grass hasn't made her vomit yet. Does anyone have any experience with avocado? Is this a serious thing I need to talk to the vet about or will it pass?
  14. Hi all. We've been treating Brady for hookworms since a few days after we adopted him (May 10) and he is still having symptoms (mainly pudding poo and occasionally grass eating followed by vomiting). Brady just finished his third, three-day round of Panacur on Saturday and his poops don't look any better, although he is going less often. We are going to do another three day round starting three weeks later (July 4). He's also been on Flagyl twice. The first time (about a week after adopting him), his poop was perfect the next day after starting a 7 day treatment, but then got worse over time (although the terrible stench didn't come back). This is when his stool came back positive for hooks. The second time he was given 14 days of Flagyl (with some improvement, but not much), which he just finished yesterday. Considering he just finished anti-biotics and has a bad case of hooks, I'm going to start giving him Forti-Flora tonight to see if that helps. I'm just wondering how long it's going to take to get rid of these things! And when should I start worrying that this treatment plan isn't working. If you're dog has had hookworms, how long did it take for you to get rid of them?! What was your treatment plan?
  15. My 12 year old Grey girl, Molly, has puddin poop, sometimes formed when she initially poops then turns into diarrhea the last bit. This symptom was part of her gastritis or mild pancreatitis she developed a week ago, coincidentally (?) after starting a new bag of Canidae Platinum for seniors which I've since discontinued. She has been to the vet a couple times last week for bloodwork, fecal, fluids & meds. I've been feeding her the bland diet all week. She's been on the Flagyl all week & a probiotic made by Iams called Prostora Max (expensive! $26.25 for 15 tablets at the vet!!) with limited results. Can the probiotics generally aid a Grey's digestive process? Is it worth keeping her on it long term? Is there a better brand than another & are any of them sold over the counter? I was also researching the use of slippery elm bark to help firm her poop. Any opinions on this herb in Greys? Effectiveness? Powder form or loose, dried leaves you brew as tea & mix with their food? Dosage of powder form & tea mix? Any specific brand or place to purchase it from? This is the first chronic loose poop our senior girl has ever had that didn't clear up. I've added a small amount of pumpkin to her diet daily which she likes. I'm not confident in the vet's Greyhound competence, although diarrhea treatment is probably the same in any breed of dog. But the vet said that I shouldn't give Molly people yogurt for the probiotic purpose as their intestinal flora is different than humans. But the probiotic in Canidae Platinum is the same as what's in the human yogurt (non fat, plain)...Makes me question the vet's overall knowledge--maybe not a fair conclusion, but we've probably all been there before, right? Thanks for any feedback y'all may have--I greytly appreciate it!! (sorry for the novel!!)
  16. Hi all. We've had our new boy, Brady, since Friday. I had to start him cold turkey on his dog food because the adoption agency doesn't use one particular dog food--they mix several brands together (whatever is donated). I completely expected diarrhea between the dog food switch and nervousness in being in a new home, etc. He may also have worms (did a fecal test at the vet's which came back negative, but I saw one in his stool), which he is being treated for. I'm going to leave everything be until I'm sure he no longer has worms, but if it is indeed the food, how long should I give him to adjust to the new food before trying something else?
  17. Hi, I've had my grey Chelsea for 2 months, and she is having constant diarrhea (some days mudpie, others full out liquid squirts). I've closely followed the recommendations of my vet and adoption representative, but nothing traditional is working. I've done the chicken and rice, pumpkin, yogurt. I used to feed a high quality kibble, but switched to Purina Dog Chow on my adoption rep's advice to firm things up for a while (which it did at first, but now we're back to squirts). She only gets the kibble, and I'm sure she is not eating anything else. Flagyl has not worked, nor has FortiFlora. Nothing on the fecal. The only think I can think of is the other items she's ingesting--Biotene water additive for her teeth, and pet toothpaste (CET and Petrodex) every day. Both have glycerine and sorbitol as the first ingredients, and both are also used as laxatives (which I found out yesterday after desperately researching every lead I could think of). I haven't found anyone else talking about this in regards to dogs, but there is a lot of information about the problems it causes people. Anyone on here have similar issues? Obviously, I'll stop giving her both products and see. But I hate to let her teeth go. Anyone have a rec for a toothpaste that doesn't list sorbitol as an ingredient? Thanks so much, Danielle and Chelsea
  18. I've posted about our poor guy Mika and his chronic diarrhea before. We're still having problems, and so far he's done the best on home cooked meals. The main question I have is how much to feed him - I can't find any information about how much food he should get. Background: We got Mika in December, and he was a bit underweight (68lbs; racing weight 72lbs) and having pudding poop while on the food his foster family gave him (Purina One Lamb & Rice). I tried gradually switching him onto Iams Lamb & Rice (which our other grey eats) and when that didn't work, tried the green bag of Iams. Basically he just had MORE diarrhea with that. We've tried grain free (Wellness, Nutro), novel protein (venison, fish, buffalo), etc. Starting in late February, the loose stools turned to almost complete liquid, and we tried Flagyl and boiled hamburger and rice. For 5 days he had perfect poop! But then it deteriorated again. Since then we've tried low fat novel protein (Solid Gold Wolfking), and most recently, even a hydrolyzed hypoallergenic food (Purina HA). We tried Flagyl again. We've tried Tylan Powder. He's had a round of Panacur. He has control of his bowels, but what comes out is bright yellow, mucus and frequently liquid. He had tapeworms when we got him, and he's been treated for those. He's been tested for SIBO and B12 deficiencies. SIBO was negative, but B12 was low, so he's on supplement shots, once a week. He's dropped down to about 64 lbs and we can see his ribs. His coat is shiny and he still has lots of energy. All other bloodwork is normal. Saw the vet again yesterday, and we decided to go back to hamburger and rice for a few days before trying a prescription high-fiber food. So last night he got hamburger and rice and Tylan powder, and this morning, he had the first solid poop in 2 months. I don't know if it will last, but I'm beginning to think maybe he will need home cooking. My big question is this - how much should I give him?? He LOVES food of all kind and will absolutely eat until he pops if given the chance. He even eats his food with the Tylan powder on it. So his appetite is no indication. Mixing rice and hamburger about 1:1 for volume, how many cups should a 70 lb dog get? Do you measure it by packed cups? And should I feed more to get his weight up? We split his food into 3 meals a day to try to keep the volume per meal lower. Any other useful hints or ideas would be appreciated!! Here is the culprit:
  19. Oh look, another post about poop.... (Sorry.) Our new guy, Mika, has had various levels of soft stools since we adopted him in December. His foster mom said that she never noticed a problem, but she also has 5 other dogs and just turns them out in the yard, so I'm not sure she would have noticed. They've always been yellow and soft - sometimes partially formed, but usually more like a milkshake in consistency. He's always had control over the bowel movements - they're just soft. He did have tapeworms when we got him, so we treated those. Negative for other worms in two tests. His foster mom had him on Purina One Lamb & Rice, so we started with that, and after a few weeks, things had not improved, so I tried transitioning him slowly to our other grey's food - Iams Lamb & Rice (red bag). He basically just had more and more diarrhea on that, so we transitioned to a different protein and tried Nutro's Chicken & Brown rice. We occasionally got slightly better, but it was still very soft and yellow. So I figured I'd try a novel protein and grain free, and we went to Nutro Natural Venison & Potato. He'd been on that about a month and was gradually showing a little improvement, though 2/4 poops a day were still runny and always yellow. He had a dental about 3 weeks ago and was on a course of antibiotics, but that didn't seem to affect things one way or another. Then last Tuesday, he woke us up barking and carrying on in his crate. Got him out just in time, and he had explosive diarrhea in the yard. Poor guy. It went on most of the day, and so I took him to the vet. Stool sample was free of parasites, though a smear showed one organism that may have been a giardia cyst. Certainly not a big infection, though. Vitals were all OK, and we put him on Flagyl and Panacur (just in case). No real improvement last week with continued runny stools, so took him in again Saturday, and they did a blood draw to look at his intestinal & pancreatic functions, and also B12 and Foliate levels. Those results are pending. Saturday night I started him on a bland diet - rice and boiled hamburger. Sunday I added some beef baby food, and today started adding a little cottage cheese. The diarrhea stopped right away! Which makes me wonder if it's been his diet all along. This morning, he has the first brown poop I've ever seen! The vet is recommending Purina's hydrolyzed protein food - supposed to be hypoallergenic. It's CRAZY expensive stuff, though. $62 for a 16lb bag. If we end up having to do that, we can, but yipes! I'd also prefer something that was a little more widely available. Anybody have any suggestions for a food for a sensitive system? Clearly he's doing OK on rice and beef. Anybody tried the new Iams Simple & Natural? Thanks for any suggestions.
  20. Three times in the past three months both of my hounds have experienced gastrointestinal issues (one watery diarrhea, the other with blood in her stool and upset tummy). After the third episode I got out the calendar and found that in at least two instances, the problems occurred within two days of administering their heartworm med, Iverhart Max. Our vet said: IVMax has pyrantel, ivermectin and praziquantel--it is hard to say if any of these have caused it or it is coincidence. Therefore, we could try HGPlus and see if any change; if it is the ivermectin causing it the only other thing to switch to is currently off the market. Has anyone else had a similar problem? Did switching to a new med resolve the problem? If so, what product did you switch to?
  21. I adopted Rocky in February and he's always had pudding poops. Sometimes they would firm up slightly, other times they would be more liquid but never well-formed. When I adopted I was told that he had tested positive for hooks and was treated for those. At a introduction/wellness visit at my vet in February his fecal was negative. I transitioned him from Pro-Plan (which is what he was fed at his one-week foster stay) to Flint River Ranch "Fish and Chips" (trout and sweet potato) which is what I feed my non-grey. I thought maybe he was having difficulty with the food transition, so I transitioned slowly. I added greek yogurt, I added Psyllium. Nothing really made a big difference. A month ago, I took him back to the vet and ran another fecal--positive for both hooks and giardia. He was treated with two courses of metronidazole, two courses of Panacur, and forti-flora probiotics. No improvement. A fecal result Monday said negative for all parasites. So, on my way home I picked up a small "green bag" and fed him half and half last night for dinner. Now I swear his morning poop this morning was firmer than it has ever been! He had another half and half portion for breakfast and I plan on going 100% iams for dinner tonight, but if the trend continues I don't care how subpar I may have thought Iams food was, I will be sticking with it. Paying 1/4 of the cost of the FRR would just be an added bonus. I will monitor to ensure the positive firming trend continues, then test to make sure my other mutt can tolerate the Iams (I would prefer to avoid feeding two separate foods if it is not necessary). If everything goes well, I'll be adding another testimonial to the pile (tee hee, pun not intended) of happy customers. I just wanted to post in case the information I add can be helpful to anyone else.
  22. Hi everyone, it's been a while since I've ventured onto the forum. We've been busy, and the last time I had written on the forum had been about Sarah's IBD like symptoms that ended up wracking up a huge bill at the emergency vet. Well, the saying if it ain't broke don't fix it is ringing through my ears right now. The vet had told me to put sarah on purina sensitive skin and stomach. After switching from wellness she felt so much better. Her poops were normal and we had no accidents. Well, I felt badly giving her purina. I was happy she was feeling better but thought she might feel even better if she was on better quality food. I had done a lot of research in limited ingredient diet foods and switched her (gradually) to natural balance LID food. She was doing alright up until yesterday. She took longer to go to the bathroom and last night she did not eat her food. This is VERY unlike Sarah. This morning when she woke up (or should I say got up!-She's very lazy) she ate her bowl of food from last night that I kept out for her just incase. Then I promptly took her outside for a walk to see if she'd go to the bathroom. She pee'd but was taking a long time to go poop. So I walked her around another block near our street and she stopped to go and all that came out was blood. There was VERY minimal stool in the blood. Like bloody diarrhea but more like blood with a tiny bit of diarrhea. I called the vet and they are fitting me in for an appointment in about an hour and a half. I feel really badly if this was all caused by the food switch but even when she had that drastic upset belly last time there was very minimal blood. I'm just worried it might be worms or something else. I really don't think she got into anything...she's really good about not eating anything but her food. Any thoughts or insight would be appreciated. Thank you, Sarah's mom.
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