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Thumbs down Still having diarrhea issues after 5 months. :(

What on earth is wrong with my puppy Miley? We got her at 14 weeks and she has had diarrhea/soft stool troubles since day one. She was diagnosed with Giardia shortly after we brought her home. Over the past 4 months, she has been on 2 rounds of Panacur by itself (7-10 days at a time), then metronidazole in combination with Panacur once (10 days).

She FINALLY tested negative for Giardia after this, but started having problems again about a week after she finished up the meds. The vet sent off another stool sample and put her back on metronidazole. She was well again within two days and the Giardia test came back negative again.

A few days after finishing up the metronidazole, the problems started back again. The vet put her on a probiotic for 5 days, but it did nothing. He put her on the metronidazole in addition to the probiotic. It cleared up the tummy troubles right away. It has now been four days since she finished the metronidazole and the probiotic and then and she is having diarrhea again.

I just donít get it! Her problems always clear up within 2 days of starting the medicines, then come back within 2 days of finishing. We clean up her messes with bleach water. She has been on Prescription ID canned food since March. I added pumpkin to it over the weekend and it didnít help. I am taking another stool sample to the vet after work and we will start metronidazole once more. After that, I have no idea what we are going to do. Anyone got any ideas about what is going on?
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Sounds exactly like what we went through with a mixed breed pup we took in. After all that, I switched to a grain free food and the diarrhea cleared up and has never returned. We feed Fromm grain free.


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It sounds like Miley did well on probiotics so have you tried continuing to give them to her after she's finished her medicine? I give Emmie probiotics everyday. I open up a capsule and sprinkle it on her food in the morning and I give her a human-grade one that I also take myself - Now Foods, 8 Billion Acidophilus & Bifidus Capsules. -Jeanne
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You could try a holistic vet for a different approach, or a dog nutritionist. Many people here use Sabine, she is a vet that provides that service. It's worth a shot. I would try a different diet too, maybe something less processed than the Hills. Not to knock your current vet but with a chronic issue some different eyes on the situation might be good. If you live near Knoxville maybe try the university vet school.
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Im wondering, in addition to the probiotics, if you could give your pup plain, bland homecooked white meat chicken (cut up into small pieces) and boiled white rice for a week or so until things settle down and to start this before you finish the antibiotic and continue for a week afterwards.

My dog as a pup had stomach issues that were somewhat chronic and this was recommended to me to stop the cycle and also the inflammation that was possibly perpetuating the cycle.
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All are good suggestions. It just seems weird to me that the diarrhea only starts once she is off of the meds a couple of days. Is there something in metradinazole that firms up stool?

I gave her some plain/boiled chicken with rice once and the diarrhea was off the charts, so I am afraid to try it again. If I did switch her to boiled chicken/rice again, should I do that slowly or all at once.

I also tried slowly sprinkling some grain free limited ingredient food into the ID over the course of a few days and we had issues, although I am not sure if this was due to a parasite or a sensitive tummy.

I'll continue probiotics as this can't hurt. I am taking her to a new vet for her spay next week and will consult with them. UT and Sabine are the next steps. This is getting exhausting. My poor pup!
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Ok, if the chicken/rice caused more diarrhea then that might not be the best option even if it was due to the parasite or some other reason. I think getting the consult with Sabine, continuing with the probiotics and consult with the vet is the best course of action.

I sympathize with you as I had a similar semi ongoing issue with my dog when she was a pup and yes, it is upsetting and exhausting. Keep us posted on how she is doing.
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[QUOTE=MayBTheresHope;589986]All are good suggestions. It just seems weird to me that the diarrhea only starts once she is off of the meds a couple of days. Is there something in metradinazole that firms up stool?

That is exactly what would happen with that puppy I referenced that I switched to a grain free food.


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Can you list the medicines she's been on, and any listed ingredients? Which probiotics, and any listed ingredients in, or along with the probiotics.
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Just panacur, metronidazole, and I will have to check on the probiotic. That also had a stool firmer in it, which didn't work on Miley. I'll find out today at the vet and post the ingredients later.
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