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Old 02-08-2018, 11:43 AM
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6 month old Goldendoodle with chronic diarrhea

Hi all, our 6 month old goldendoodle, Oscar, has chronic diarrhea since forever. I want to preface this by saying he has an excellent appetite, is very active and does not seem ill in any way, other than this.

We initially tried some home remedies such as white rice and boiled chicken, canned pumpkin and other home remedies, which helped for one or two poops but then he would go back to having diarrhea.

We took him to the veterinarian about 2 weeks ago, he gave us metrodinazole, a probiotic and some special food (canned) which we mixed with his regular food.

This worked slightly but his poops were firmer but not quite there. The medicine regimen was completed and our pup is now on food we purchased specifically for puppies with tummy issues. I also purchased an over the counter probiotic. However, he continues to have diarrhea !

Poor Oscar is such a good dog he usually starts to bark when he feels it coming on so we can let him out but still. Regardless, he eats very well, is very active so I'm not sure what to do about this. Other than taking him back to the vet, which I'm not keen to do because, sad to say, I don't trust them 100 % in terms of money vs. welfare of our dog.

In other words, they do treat him and well, but they often add additional items that are not medicinal and when I've asked about it they say, "oh you don't have to buy it we just thought we'd put it in" and then they take it out. Or they have the puppy see the vet tech instead of the actual vet, like seeing a Nurse Practitioner and seeing the doctor for 2 seconds, if that.

We are stuck with this vet for now until October because we had purchased an insurance through them and both DH and I are retired and on a fixed income.

At any rate, I didnt' mean to turn this into a rant but have any of your pups had on issue with ongoing diarrhea but otherwise healthy? Oscar is so playful and is always on the go. Other than that he seems fine
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Old 02-08-2018, 01:05 PM
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Keep working with your Vet, he or she needs to come with a diagnoses and a treatment plan. Meanwhile you can increase fiber in his diet, which may help. Whatever insurance you have, it should allow for a second opinion, especially when the Vet you are seeing, seems to not be making any progress. Push for that, or at least I certainly would.
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What are you feeding?
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It sounds like they tried treating him for colitis which would be one of the things the Metrodinazole is used for along with the prescription food, so that's one of the things I was suspecting off the list.

I'm going to echo SirRiley, what foods are you feeding him? I'm suspecting a sensitivity to something in the food, maybe chicken, but it could be anything really. My boy kept having chronic diarrhea and one of the causes of it was stress induced colitis. Colitis has a pretty distinctive smell, basically the diarrhea smells horrid, along with some other tell tale signs, so I don't doubt that it was one of the causes. Once the treatment for it was finished he kept having diarrhea, despite my feeding him chicken and rice, or the canned prescription diet. I finally switched to lean beef and sweet potato (something he'd never had) and he stopped having diarrhea. I switched him to chicken free, grain free, kibble, and got rid of any treats that had chicken in them, and he didn't have diarrhea, I tried giving him some chicken and he had soft stool.

I'm betting that most of what you feed him has an ingredient in common, might be corn, might be chicken, or something else, and that's why you can't seem to get the diarrhea to clear up.

There are other things it could be like giardia, coccidia, or another type of parasite but hopefully your vet would have screened him for that.
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I would get a fecal test done, I work at an animal hospital and itís surprising the amount of puppies we see with giardia.
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My Aussie had a case of giardia at about 9 months old, with symptom similar to what you are describing. Her appetite was good and she was still very active, just had diarrhea or loose stools a couple of times a week. It did take two separate fecal tests to test positive for giardia, but I think it is one of those parasites hard to detect. She went on a 7 days of fenbendazole and metronidazole (sorry if I misspelt these), and then we gave her pumpkin and probiotics for about 4-6 weeks after this before her poop went back to normal. I would go back to the vet and get a fecal test done.
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