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Old 02-22-2017, 08:43 AM
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2 weeks of diarrhea with puppy!

Hey everyone,

I have a 4.5 month old husky named Remy who I got when he was 2 months old. He has been fed Blue Wilderness dry/wet food since I have had him and has had normal stools up until about 2 weeks ago.

The diarrhea started two weeks ago. His stools started as half hard / half loose and by the third day were 100% loose. I switched him to a chicken/rice diet for a few days and things seemed to get better. A few days into the chicken and rice, I took him into the vet and she recommended I place him on a Royal Canin gastrointestinal diet for a few weeks. The first night of the royal canin diet, he had multiple terrible diarrhea episodes outside. It was brown and purple in color and smelled like his royal canin food. I called the vet the next day and we decided to put him back on chicken and rice and started him on a 10 day medication for his GI tract. She also did a Giardia and Fecal exam, both came back negative.

The plan for the bland diet was to keep him on chicken and rice for 4 days and then slowly introduce blue wilderness back in. She decided to keep him on Blue since I have had him on it for almost 2 months with no issues. Over the course of the 4 days, I fed him twice a day and cut back a bit on his serving size. By the third and fourth day of the bland diet, he had normal stools and things were looking promising. On day 5, he had three meals. I sprinkled some blue wilderness on top of his chicken and rice in the morning. My mother put Blue wilderness on top of his lunch and dinner (I am sure she gave him a heaping serving since she is a mom). She says she gave a little more blue wilderness with his dinner. Around 11pm he had a very loose stool. This morning he had a second loose stool.

Any suggestions?
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Is he drinking water in any real quantity? The danger, of course, is dehydration, which if severe for a prolonged period of time, could lead to internal organ failure. Since he seems to be doing a bit better feeding twice a day, try cutting quantities and feeding three times a day. We have had issues with Samantha throwing up, and finally figured out she does much better with small quantities of food, more often. In our case feeding her three times a day solved 99.9% of the problem. Certainly would be worth a try.
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Thanks for the response. He is drinking a normal amount of water and readily has access to water whenever he is out of his crate, which is a good portion of the day.

I'll keep him on smaller meals for a while and monitor it.

He isn't throwing up or anything and generally has a good amount of energy.
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Try switching foods. It sounds like it's something in the Blue that's causing him issues.
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Thanks. This morning he had chicken with rice and some Blue Wilderness mixed in and then for lunch he had primarily chicken and rice. At some point after lunch he had a 85% hard, 15% soft stool.

When I got home around 530 I gave him chicken and rice for dinner and mixed in an increased quantity of Blue Wilderness. Around 830 he had a squirting stool. It wasn't a lot but it was really loose. He's on day 8 of 10 of Metronidazole. I imagine by now he shouldn't still be having these issues. I'm going to bring it up to his vet tomorrow.

Is there a dog food brand you recommend?
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I feed Zody Fromm, and rotate between a few of the grain free options. The thing about grains is that some dogs do well with them, some do better without them, and some it doesn't make any difference, so you'll have to play around and see if it matters with Remy.

A few other decent foods that I can name off the top of my head are, Orijen, Acana, Zignature (I'm wanting to try that one for variety), Taste of the Wild, and Merrick (although Purina recently bought them out). While Orijen is a great food it's too rich for some dogs and has been known to cause tummy upsets. With Taste of the Wild look for a formula that has a single protein since you don't know what it is that's causing the problem.
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Blue Wilderness is very high protein. It's a good food, but some dogs can't handle the protein in a large quantity. My dog had terrible diarrhea when I tried him on Wilderness. Both of my dogs eat Wellness brand now. The fact that you noticed improvement with a bland diet, but it went back to being runny when you reintroduced the kibble, makes me think that maybe Wilderness is not the best choice for him. Also, Blue Buffalo had a recall, but I'm not sure if it covers the Wilderness lines. But something you may want to look into just in case, as you mentioned he eats the wet food also.
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We started feeding Samantha food that comes from a kitchen, that cooks food only for dogs. Its all UDSA certified for human consumption, and there are choices, beef based, chicken based, venison based, lamb based and many others. All contain organ meat, so necessary for dogs, vegetables, fruits etc. all lightly cooked and packaged. Since we have had her on this food, she has virtually become a different dog, coat is thicker, eyes brighter, more energy, more alert, appetite significantly better, and I could go on and on. Because she can have a bit of a weight problem, I keep quantities down but supplement it with a small amount of diet kibble, which she gobbles up. Used to be able to leave kibble in her dish, and she would graze on it during the day. Not any more, its gone in a flash. I know getting away from processed food has certainly been good for Samantha.
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Thanks for all the info. His vet put him on another 5 days of metronidazole and switched into a Hill's science digestive diet. I'm supposed to gradually mix that in with his chicken and rice. This morning he had a solid poop!
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Update.

Gradually got worse as his diet changed to 100% Hills I/D. He was having very loose stools again before I took him to the vet yesterday. I also put him back on chicken and rice as the stools got really runny.

She increased his dosage of metronidazole and wants him to take it for another 5 days. During this period he's 50/50 chicken and rice with hills and that transitioning to 100% hills by day 3. She also started him on a daily probiotic supplement. Today was his first day on the "new" treatment and he had loose (oatmeal consistency) stools all day. The stools were low in quantity.

She says if this cycle doesn't work, then there's another antibiotic she wants to try.. and if that doesn't work, then she wants to try an allergen free dog food.

He'll be neutered in a few weeks so they'll take a blood sample to see if anything else is going on.

I am concerned that even when he's on chicken and rice, his stools never returned back to normal. They were a step up from mashed potato consistency.
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