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Old 11-15-2009, 09:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone else experienced chronic diarrhea with their puppies? I have heard it is somewhat normal when they are younger until you figure out what food works well for their bellies. Izzie has never really had "normal" poops. She was on Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy when we brought her home from the breeders, then we switched her to Royal Canin Large Breed Puppy about 2 months later (at the recommendation of our vet). At that time, the poop continued to be soft/runny and brown, with blood in it sometimes (she strains to go often times). A few weeks ago, we put her on Chicken Soup Puppy, which did not help either. So, I started feeding her boiled rice and chicken about a week ago, and stopped that after about 3 days, since her poop was yellow, seedy water (the worst it has ever looked). After looking at all of the ingredients, I assume she has an intolerance to chicken, so we started her on TOTW Pacific Stream a few days ago. The first 2-3 days were GREAT - normal poops! But within the last couple of days, we are back to brown soft/watery poops. We have taken her stools in to the vet for cultures 4 times total now. The first couple had bacteria in them (probably from eating mulch, etc when she was very young...which was treated with Flagyl and pro-biotics). The most recent one I took in last week, that looked really awful, nothing was wrong with it (except for it looking terrible - she has not been getting into mulch or anything lately). We have transitioned each type of food very slowly as well. We are getting so frustrated, because we feel terrible for her poor belly, not to mention all of the wasted food we have left over and the messy clean-ups.

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Old 11-15-2009, 09:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How long is your slow transition to the new food? Aso how long are you leaving her on these foods before you change again?
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I was going to ask the same question. A good transition should be weeks, not days. I'm not an expert by any means, but I hope somebody here will chime in with some good solid tips for you. Good luck with your pupper; she sounds like she doesn't have a happy tummy at all.
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Maybe coccidia we had a pup get that and if it is I feel for you what a mess.

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Usually, we transitioned the food over 1-2 weeks. We kept her on the Eukanuba for about 2 months. The Royal Canin we kept her on for about 2 months also. The Chicken Soup and the boiled chicken and rice we did for short periods of time because the stool was so terrible and we felt bad for her. What is coccidia and how do they find it? We have had 4 different stool cultures and they did not find it on any of them. What is the treatment?
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:12 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Have you tried a limited ingredient food? Natural balance has a grain free LID food that is pretty good, that is what we are feeding Duke. He seems to like it. He had Coccidia, it is a parasite they get from eating poop. Treatment is antibiotics. I would think if they have done 4 fecal test they would have seen it. But you might want to double check with them and ask if they have checked her for it. Duke had a fecal test but they didn't look for Coccidia or Giardia (you get from drinking water contaminated with poop) until the second time. The part where you say her poop was seedy, remind me of Duke's. When the vet questioned me about Duke with blood, mucus. None of that-his was really loose and had what looked like yellow seeds.

I understand how frustrating this can be. We have been there. Don't give up.. she WILL get better.

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Old 11-16-2009, 08:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I would have thought that if it was Coccidia it would have shown up in any tests, plus Flagyl usually will take care of it , but maybe give your vet a call and just ask about that..Maybe her belly needs something a bit milder, like a sensitive stomache formula? I know a lot of people swear by Purina Pro Plan sensitive Stomach
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Aww poor girl. I dont have much experience, but have read alot. I think if I was you my next step would be a limited ingredient diet food like natural balance, and try fish or duck based diets since the chicken didnt settle. Does the vet have no other advice?
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Old 11-17-2009, 01:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Her stool actually looked a little better last night. Color is definitely better, and consistency is a bit more formed. I am going to give it a little bit more time (she has only been on the TOTW Pacific Stream for less than a week). Her poor belly. At least we know not to feed her anything with chicken in it. I guess we are narrowing it down a bit. And as far as the coccidia, she does not eat poop at all, and we actually give her all filtered water to drink. I will just make sure my husband does not let her drink out of the water bins at the dog park. Thanks for the suggestions, and keep them coming if anyone has any different ideas!
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