Not Over Diarrhea Yet

chisueJune 18, 2013

Our 13.5 year old male Westie (Eliot) began regurgitating, then developed diarrhea w/blood six days ago -- began overnight. Took him to the vet the next morning. Stool sample OK. Fed rice and chicken until yesterday. Vet prescribed a probiotc, 5 mg Pepcid AC, 250 mg Metronidazole daily for ten days.

Yesterday vet said to go back to Hill's canned i.d. restore low fat. (We feed 4X daily due to lifelong 'sensitive stomach' -- excess acid.)

He is 'better', not as listless, but I'm still finding small dabs of loose-ish poop -- in his bed at night, around the house during the day. He and I are pretty unhappy about this. He is urinating normally. He eats his food.

This is our fourth Westie and first experience like this. How long might this go on? What if it never stops? Diapers? Is there anything else I can do now?

This dog has never been a 'drinker'. I add water to the Hill's just to get some into him. He's also a bolter of yard junk -- mulch, rabbit poop, etc. but that's not *new*. I know he's 'not made right'; is a puppy mill rescue dog we've had since he was 3 mos.. His arthritis is bothering him more lately -- legs and feet not right, down on his pasterns.

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Add 2 - 3 tablespoons of canned pumpkin to his food. (not the pie want plain with no sugar.) This works great for loose poop! Curiously, it also works for constipation. Not sure why, but as a long time dog owner, I'm not compaining!

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 2:03PM
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weed30 -- Thank you for the pumpkin idea. I spoke to our vet today, and she's on board with that. She says her Border Collies love pumpkin; it should help by adding fiber.

Now I wonder if it will help Eliot sleep! Don't we talk about pumpkin and turkey putting people to sleep after Thanksgiving dinner? LOL

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 6:41PM
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Hi Chisue--remember me? I posted years ago about getting a Westie, actually my son getting one. I have Oski most of the time now, and he's a very fun dog, 3-1/2 years old.

Sorry to hear about Eliot. Were you able to find the plain pumpkin? Is it in a can? Is he better?

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 1:23PM
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spedigrees z4VT

OK here are my thoughts. Usually diarrhea or loose stools that do not clear up in a couple days are the result of a parasite. I treat my dogs and cat on a regular basis (about once every 3 mos with a praziquantel/oxibendazole wormer). I buy these medications from this place. They do not require a prescription. (They are located in Australia so weights are listed in kgs rather than lbs on the package label, but both metric and American weights are listed on the website.)

48 hours after a single treatment if a dog is still symptomatic, they most likely have one of two protozoaic parasites, giardia or coccidia. I treat for giardia first by giving a single dose of the wormer mentioned above on 3 consecutive days. If this improves things, then repeat after 10 days or two weeks.

If giardia treatment does not work, treat for coccidia. This link explains this treatment and is very helpful.

Many animals including dogs carry coccidea or giardia, but many have no symptoms and only develop diarrhea under stressful conditions. Your dog can become infected through contact with other dogs or through drinking water from a puddle, brook, or pond where the protozoa lives.

I hope this proves helpful to you. I'm in the process of treating my own dogs for coccidia after unsuccessfully trying the giardia treatment. They developed diarrhea after spending a few days at a daycare/boarding kennel while we were out of town. Thankfully they are responding to the sulmet coccidia treatment.

I share your pain. Nothing is more frustrating than dealing with the mess, and witnessing your dog's discomfort, during a prolonged bout of diarrhea. As the writer of the article at the above link writes, you can spend thousands of dollars at the vet on repetitive tests that seldom show the parasite responsible for your pet's affliction, and the end result is that your dog suffers untreated for months.

I hope this helps you and that your dog feels better.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 6:23PM
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