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Old 12-31-2012, 11:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We adopted Dulce in May, shes a 2 year old boxer brindle rescued from PR. Shes had a continual bout with diarrhea since we've had her. We attributed it to the medication she was on for numerous treatments of worms and viruses. And thinking that eventually over time it would correct itself. Well its 7 months now and nothing has improved. We've had her to the vet a few times and the treatment was to switch her to a low reside die and flagel. I tried adding fortiflora to her diet, and an omeaga 3 to help with her itchy skin back in September. I haven't seen much improvment. The vet said that as long as she was gaining or maintaing her weight that it wasnt anything to worry about. I was reading up on hypo allergenic diets and thought that switching her to Natural Balance salmon and sweet potatoe would do the trick. I did this graudually as to not aggravate her system. I switched her in October and she has now lost about 10 lbs and has started licking our floors, and just about anything else she can get her mouth on. I took her to the vet this Sat he took blood and the results came back normal. What could this be ? Im afraid to try something new unlesss I know it will help. Could it be the food? Any suggestions would be helpful.
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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you might want to consider Raw for her and also have the vet check for Giaridia most vets do not routinely check for it and it can cause some of the issues you are describing
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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She could be allergic. Has the vet suggested allergy tests. I would definately ditch the food. I like grain free. Anything else my Porter is loosey goosey. But back to the diarreah. If the vet gave you flagil, did he say she had giardia? If it was giardia has she been retested to confirm it is done. My dogs both had giardia around this time last year. It was VERY difficult to get rid of. We must have done 5 or 6 courses of the flagyl and one with flagyl and metronadazle together. The worst is knowing that the giardia cells are shed in their poop and can live in your yard for months! They can reinfect themselves by walking in the yard and licking paws, licking their butts...etc. It likes it cold and damp so it is at perfect time of year for it living in the yard. I was a complete poop hound and picked up every poop right away and then I would spray the yard with bleach/water combo where he pooped. All that and I STILL had about 5 months to get it gone. I would have her stool tested again for giardia or other parasites. If this vet is just not taking things seriously, I would switch. I know that there is a forum member on here from Hicksville who is very happy with his vet. I am very near you as well, but Glen Cove is a hike from you for a vet visit.
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I would also have her retested for giardia. That stuff is awful!! Also keep your yard cleaned up constantly, as already mentioned. Otherwise, she'll keep getting re-infected.

You said you switched to NB Sweet Potato and Fish. That kibble also has some white potato in it, so you might want to try a potato free kibble instead. My allergy dog is doing pretty well on California Natural Salmon and Peas (it also has a better protein % than NB). You could also try a different protein if eliminating the potatoes doesn't work - maybe venison or duck? California Natural has these varieties as well.

The raw diet would be the best diet, if you can deal with that.
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The licking everything can be a sign of nausea. Whether something in the food upsets her tummy or the med she's on, not sure.
Pepcid AC can help with nausea, but check with your vet first to make sure it won't react poorly with her meds.
There are other grain free foods you can try as well. Sometimes it's trial and error to find a food that works with your dog.

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Old 12-31-2012, 09:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thank you so much for your replys.

I spoke to our vet today and asked to have her stool re-tested. I will ask about the pepcid, funny how our vet didnt even suggest it. And so strange how the vets only want to bandage the problem instead of solve it. If necessary I am willing to switch vets, so if you could suggest your vet in Glen Cove. Im originally from Sea Cliff and Glen Cove so I am used to the trek. Thanks again and I will keep you posted.
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I go to glen animal hospital in sea cliff on glen cove ave. I usually try to see dr. Hanlin. In any event I hope ur vet wks it out. U can pm me anytime for address and phone # of the vet. Keeping my fingers crossed that you find the prob and ur baby is on the mend.
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In the meantime try about a tablespoon of canned pumpkin in her food. Just pumpkin, not the pie filling. It really can help firm up the stool. My friend has been trying to get me to switch to her vet in glen head. She loves them. Been thinking about it. I could get u that info if u want too.
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