Please help with my dog's chronic loose stool problem!
July 25, 2012 3:44 PM Subscribe
My dog's had diarrhea and soft stools on and off for about two months, despite rounds of forti-flora, tylan powder, metronidazole, and anti-parasite medication. Please help me figure out what's going wrong inside her!
posted by Lakmir to pets & animals (17 answers total)
My dog's had a problem with her poop for the last two and a half months! I've been back and forth with her vet and nothing seems to be helping. She's a terrier mix, roughly 25 pounds.
Some background: I came home from work one Saturday to find that she'd had diarrhea all over the living room. She'd also thrown up. Towards the end of the diarrhea, there were a few very small blood spots. I cleaned it up, held her food for a day, got some Royal Canin Gastro-Intestinal HE from her vet, started her on that. She didn't pass for a few days, was solid for another few, then bam, diarrhea all over the place the following weekend. This cycle repeated for a few weeks, and finally the vet put her on Tylan powder. It bound her right up, but as soon as I took her off of it, the issue came back. Tried metronidazole as well (for fifteen days!) with similar results. Given this we've ruled out the kind of infection an antibiotic would kill.
At this point it's been about two months. Last week my vet gave her an anti-parasite medication on the thought that she might have whipworm, which doesn't always show up in a stool culture (she's had several - all were, ahem, "clean.") It's now been about a week. I've been giving her 2/3s of a can of the GI food since her last diarrhea episode last week, and her stools vacillate between firm and soft. When they're soft, they're slightly greenish in tinge, and appear slimy or filmy. They're not completely liquid-loose, but they're not firm like they used to be.
When she's NOT sick she gets Dave's Naturally Healthy dry food, and she's been getting that for two years easily without issue. She has a healthy appetite and is more than willing to eat whatever I put in front of her, and while she's not drinking much water she still urinates regularly and it's pretty well concentrated. I'm assuming she's getting hydration from the canned food.
She's been getting fortiflora powder on and off, and I'm not sure if that helped. I've got maybe ten packets of the stuff left, but she hasn't gotten any of it since getting the parasite killer last Wednesday afternoon. She's off of almost all her supplements, which included glucosamine and powdered cranberry as a preventative for persistent urinary tract infections and l-theanine for anxiety. She's still getting the cranberry in her breakfast, though. She developed a UTI pretty quickly when she was off of her supplements, and ended up with both doses of the Tylan AND cipro in the morning, which can't have been good for the flora in her stomach, but she hasn't had any of that sort of thing in a good 2-3 weeks.
I'm not really sure what to do at this point, and I don't think my vet knows, either. He was suggesting subcutaneous vitamin b injections, but that to me doesn't really seem like it's addressing the core underlying problem. Again, the metronidazole and the tylan powder helped, but seemed more to mask the symptoms and not the core issue.
Does anyone have any suggestions?