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My 9 month old male boxer pup has a constant loose stool typically the consistency of pudding. I've taken him to 3 vets already and nothing has worked. He's had 6 stool samples and blood work completed and everything has come up negative (no worms, giardia, etc.). The vets really aren't sure what it could be, but believe it may be colitis as he's had blood and mucous in his stool two separate times (each time he was taken to the emergency vet). The last time the vet prescribed Baytril for two weeks and his stool firmed up right away after the first couple days but by the end of the two weeks it was on and off again. The vet thinks a specialist may be in order and a subsequent Colonoscopy is needed. So I guess my questions are:

1.) Does anyone know any good vets in the Metro Detroit area and or have any suggestions? I've been told Michigan Veterinary Specialist are quite good.

2.) I'm not sure a colonoscopy will help as I've read colitis is simply an inflammation of the intestine and a trial and error method will likely follow and the colonoscopy only confirms the intestine is inflamed. Is this procedure worth it for any other owners?/What is the cost?

3.) Does anyone have any ideas suggestions the vets may have missed?

Thanks in advance everyone. My boy is happy as can be and is otherwise normal.

Also, just a little background hes been on metronidazole twice, had panacur to ensure whipworms which typically arent detected arent present and nothing has seemed to work. He's always been on heartworm prevention since I got him and flea prevention.
 

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Have you changed food? I haven't seen that on your post. What are you feeding him?
 

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he's been on TOTW made by diamond and a low GI recommended by the emergency Vet. The low GI did little to nothing when he was on it for two weeks so my main Vet said to put him back to the pacific stream.
 

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I would try changing foods before resorting to any of those measures... totw makes some grain-free foods you could try. Some dogs also get that way if the protein content is too high for them so maybe you could try a lower protein food. I've also heard nothing but good about a raw diet...
 

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Aspen had diarrhea all the time until I started feeding her raw. Since day 1 of eating raw, about 8 months ago, she hasn't had a single loose stool.
 

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thanks for the tips! Jess, do you have any good recipes for the raw diet? Or did you find them on these forums.
 
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I have started feeding my dogs raw as well and I have noticed a huge difference in their stool and the amount they produce too. (its alot less) And they love it ALOT more than that ole nasty bagged and processed dog food
 

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Kona was the same. Sometimes foods with higher protein content can cause this. I switched to totw pacific stream.( lowest protein content) They firmed up significantly. Then I started giving him the occasional broccoli stump and carrot and he has had firm poops ever since. Oh....also I found out that tap water is a no no for him as well...now I get the big jugs of h2o for him
 

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I'm going throw this out there, it may not be the answer, but it is something I have just noticed with my pup. He started having the same thing and I wondered if it was because of the treats my wife was giving him to learn commands so I told her to stop giving them for a couple of days and it worked, no more problems. Now just this morning, my wife went out with me to take the dogs out, he started it again and had pooped like five times, I was amazed and then look at her and asked her if she had been giving him more treats and she lowered her head and said yes LOL, so that just proves it again in our case anyway.

Like I said, it may not be the same for your baby, but I had to at least share this with you. Hope it works.
 

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Yeah,treats....

During summer valant gets frozen chicken necks (they are small)...way better than cookies,they also firm up stool due to small bone content.
 

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PROZYME - you can buy it at any dog store. It is truly a miracle for us. Maximus had "cow ploppy" loose awful stool since the day we got him. Tried every diet...Vet had him on science kibble, etc. nothing worked long term. We asked the vet if it would be ok to try it out b/c ran into a fellow boxer owner at dog park and they suggested it. The vet said could not hurt at all. WEll it is such a relief to see well formed heavy stool! Truly amazing stuff for Maximus. Good luck! Hope it works for you as well!
 

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My Dodger had loose stools for a long time as well (never any blood though), after a lot of trial and error with foods he's finally been consistantly firm on TOTW - Sierra Mountain. The Pacific Stream worked for awhile but then they went loose again, I'm very pleased that he's been so consistant on the Sierra, for at least twice as long as anything else so far (knock on wood). And it has the same lower protein content as Pacific.

Good luck!!!
 

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I 100% concur with Jess. The first year we had Jasper (and we got him as a pup) he had horrible poop - though none had blood (some have had mucous) and we too went through test after test and changed his kibble and nothing worked. We also gave him panacur multiple times "just in case". We switched him to raw and from that point on, no issues. Now that we have Lexi, she's on a puppy formulated kibble and has bad poops too. We're planning to switch her to raw soon and are hoping/expecting that she'll be good.

I've also heard that liver treats can be problematic, but Jasper eats quite a few of them and has been fine.

Good luck!
 

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I'm going throw this out there, it may not be the answer, but it is something I have just noticed with my pup. He started having the same thing and I wondered if it was because of the treats my wife was giving him to learn commands so I told her to stop giving them for a couple of days and it worked, no more problems. Now just this morning, my wife went out with me to take the dogs out, he started it again and had pooped like five times, I was amazed and then look at her and asked her if she had been giving him more treats and she lowered her head and said yes LOL, so that just proves it again in our case anyway.

Like I said, it may not be the same for your baby, but I had to at least share this with you. Hope it works.
This is very helpful as our 5mo old Boxer has had loose stools and diarrhea. Food has been the same from the one the breeder used— Joy SuperMeal. But we have given Gustav a ton of treats for training and he’s so smart and does every command so he gets a lot of treats!
question: since the treats your wife gave your pup were the culprit, what do you give now for “treats” rewards? Many thanks
 
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