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I'm sooooo frustrated .....Smokey was a year in Jan...Sissy a year in Feb...they have been on the same food since I first got them and the only transition was from the puppy formula to the adult formula.....the puppy(Misty)is now on the puppy formula.....4 the last 4 weeks (since the time we brought the puppy home) all of them have had terrible bouts of diarrhea.....they have all been to the vet and they have had stool and blood tests run and NOTHING shows up.....they can't explain why ALL of them have it.......there are stray cats in the neighborhood behind my apts and they have it too......I thought there MUST be a connection since the dogs are in the same yard the cats would be in but the vet checked for that today and again the answer was NO....they have kept Smokey the last two days ALL day and he does nothing there but as soon as I get him home he starts vomiting between 6 and 8 times..........all we do is walk in the door...........I'm thinking about boarding all of them thru the weekend and see if the vet can get it cleared up........thoughts? suggestions? ideas? I'm desperate......thanks in advance
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I should add...both times Smokey has gotten sick when I brought him home they had just given him meds...possible that meds make him get carsick? He has never been carsick before but it seems kinda odd that he is fine there all day.......
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Has your apartment building or grounds been treated with any insecticides or herbicides?

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I asked..they told me no they were not planning on treating with anything and have not used anything.
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I hope someone will jump in with any ideas. The fact that the cats around the building are also sick sounds to me as if it could be all connected. Did they have diarrhea before you brought the new puppy home? Did your vet check for Giardia? It seems that there have been others on the forum who brought new puppies home who had that. It is just strange that they get sick when you come home. Did you bring anything new into your home about the time all this happened. Is it possible there is someone around there who doesn't like animals? Just throwing any thoughts I can come up with out there.

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Ideas....

Eating too fast? Eating too much? Too much exercise after eating?

Nerves? Anxiety? (See if you can figure out what is happening before the stools).

Too many treats? A particular treat might be giving diarrhea?

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any new cleaning products, dishsoap, air fresheners, etc? That sounds frustrating and I hope you can get it figured out. Lizzie had Giardia and it is VERY contagious. Lives in the grass for a long time.

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Since you have went to the vet and the vet is not pin pointing anything. Also since you have ruled out cleaning products. I would now look at stress, dogs can get stressed about many things that we would think innocuous, since you have two, watch their interaction with each other, maybe one needs a break from the other, or if you separate them from each other this could be a stressor. Door bells and ringing noise, even the computer shuting down many times a day. What I am saying is it could be something very odd to us as people. Remember dogs don't reason and they have to be introduced to new people and different things slowly when young, they need to build confidence. As a child we had a Border Collie that hated the way a certain house keeper used the vacuum cleaner, her movements made him nervous .

You might need to change the food if your are giving a high protein food, you might want to go with a low protein food, or visa versa slowly. You might try dry food only and a little pumpkin.

These are just suggestions, I know it is very frustrating not to be able to have a definite answer. Just hang in and these kind of things often get resolved after a time.

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I'm sooooo frustrated .....Smokey was a year in Jan...Sissy a year in Feb...they have been on the same food since I first got them and the only transition was from the puppy formula to the adult formula.....the puppy(Misty)is now on the puppy formula.....4 the last 4 weeks (since the time we brought the puppy home) all of them have had terrible bouts of diarrhea.....they have all been to the vet and they have had stool and blood tests run and NOTHING shows up.....they can't explain why ALL of them have it.... thought there MUST be a connection since ...there are stray cats in the neighborhood behind my apts and they have it too......Ithe dogs are in the same yard the cats would be in but the vet checked for that today and again the answer was NO....they have kept Smokey the last two days ALL day and he does nothing there but as soon as I get him home he starts vomiting between 6 and 8 times..........all we do is walk in the door...........I'm thinking about boarding all of them thru the weekend and see if the vet can get it cleared up........thoughts? suggestions? ideas? I'm desperate......thanks in advance
That is weird that the cats have it too. Are you sure that that is the only food they are getting. Back in about end of January both Maddie and Zoey had diarrhea and Maddie got sick all night. I thought it was either my homemade chicken mix maybe had more grease from skin or some pain killers she was on. Maybe their is a dog and cat flu . If they are fine at the vets that is also strange. Maybe they give something to stop the vomiting and it wares off by the time you get home. I hope they get better soon. Ps my first thought was poison like decon . Did they walk to the front door?

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I've eliminated all treats. The vet tested for giardia and something else that started with a "c" that cats tend to carry. They go out on leashes and I'm pretty careful watching that they don't grab anything from outside. I kinda police the area a few times a week to make sure there isn't anything weird like cig buts, etc..lying around that they could accidentally grab so I don't think it's anything they are eating when outside. When I'm home the dogs seem to interact with each other fine. Smokey and Sissy have been together since they were about 10 wks old. Misty is the new one that the bf brought home. Since it all started about the time she showed up......and the vet has ruled out any bacterial causes....but she did say it could be viral? and that would kind of just have to "work itself out" ..........I'm kinda leaning towards Misty being what is stressing them out...that is the only change in their normal routine in the pat year.........if that is the case how do I eliminate the stress w/out getting rid of Misty???
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