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Old 03-04-2019, 12:45 AM
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My 4mo has had non stop diarrhea since we got her at 12wks, with no other symptoms! If she didn't have loose stool everyday you would think she was fine!
We've been to the vet multiple times, done multiple fecals, and no real clue to whats going on! They're going to do a blood test next, I believe.

Shes been wormed, and has had meds for giardia and hookworms, just incase.
She's currently on a probiotic chew, and we do have another vet app soon.

For about two weeks after we started the probios, she was starting to have more of a solid stool, but then my mom accidentally bought the chicken/rice instead of lamb/rice formula of the same brand. It messed her up and were back to step 1. Shes on diamond natural's puppy food. We have tried Hills, as recommended by our vet and it didn't make a difference. Diamond is the same food the breeder had her on.

I think she might be intolerant to something, but its like shes intolerant to everything! Even pumpkin and plain rice/chicken sets it off.
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Echo had a similar problem until we put her on wet food (honest kitchen) for a couple of months then slowly reintroduced dry. Hope that helps.
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My dog is very allergic to any chicken. So all the bland chicken and rice diets give him awful diarrhea for days. He can eat red meat, pork, sausage, bacon, bologna, turkey, burgers, Swiss cheese, steak, hot dogs, pumpkin puree, no problem!

But even small amounts of chicken or peanut butter and I'm running up and down the stairs all night and just basically live in the dog park for hours so he can have five or more bouts of pure liquid diarrhea.

Metronidazole or flagyll makes him worse and that's the antidiarrhea medication all the vets swear by. It helped him at first but he was on it for a year and had daily diarrhea so they kept insisting he stay on it. Finally I ran out and noticed daily that each day without it his poops were better and better.
I just give him probiotics daily, let him lick the cup when I eat yogurt daily but make sure the yogurt I eat is natural, is flavors that are safe for him and have no artificial sweeteners in it that could kill him, and give him a few spoonfuls of pumpkin puree a day.
But your pup could be allergic to chicken. Try boiled hamburger instead and try sweet potato or boiled regular potato instead of rice. Try the severely limited ingredient diets to rule out food allergies.

My cat is literally allergic to everything. And my dog is strongly allergic to some foods or changes in his diet but both like some variety. He gets diarrhea and nausea and won't eat well for weeks if he eats new food.
Good luck, it's a major challenge and pita!!!
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If you could get her off any process food and feed only fresh, that would probably help. It worked wonders for ours in multiple ways.
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What kind of dog is she? Is there any people food she can tolerate? What Hills food did you try? One of my dogs was on Hills z/d which worked well. This is going to be trial and error for you. Sometimes their intestines get so enflamed that no matter what you feed it's going to set them off. Try fasting her for about 12 hours. That gives them a rest and a chance to heal. Then try changing to a limited ingredient food like Natural Balance, feeding very small meals/snacks. If she can tolerate any people food like sweet potatoes, mix small amounts of the new food with that and then gradually over days, increase the amount of dog food. Some dogs can't tolerate all the additives they put in the foods. Use something that has fewer ingredients and a different protein than what you're feeding, like beef or fish, etc. Read the labels carefully. The bag may say fish formula with some brands, but they throw in chicken meal, turkey meal or chicken liver or chicken fat. Stay away from anything that's remotely related to any kind of bird. If that doesn't work, then try an adult dog food. Sometimes pups get to a point where they can't tolerate the high fats in the puppy foods. I had to switch one of mine to adult dog food when she was around 4 months old. I've been through this with several dogs. Right now I have one that I considered putting down because she got so sick from dog food. She went down to a rack of bones and literally was starving to death. She was eating, but it was coming out as fast as it was going in. Metronidazole doesn't work at all for her. She was fine on people food. Then, I found Orijen. A lot of people don't want to spend the money on such an expensive food, but it's the only food standing between euthanasia and a healthy happy life for my girl, Dea. It's cheaper than vet bills. There are other foods out there that might work for your dog. Just keep looking until you find one. I spent countless hours in pet food stores and on the internet reading the labels on the food bags. You may have to switch foods several times before you find one that works. Home cooked is an option , but it requires a lot of research. There are very specific formulas to follow. You can make your dog very sick over time if the meals are not well balanced. I considered it, but could not find reliable sources for well balanced recipes. There's a lot of information out there, but it's hard to determine what's legitimate. Another option is raw feeding. Again, a lot of research is required.
One other thing you might do if the change in food doesn't work. Have your vet check your dog for EPI. It's an expensive test and done with a blood test. But, if it's EPI, then it's treatable. One last thing I learned, the more you research food and food issues, the more your going to know, which is probably more than your vet. The vets I've gone to always lump the intestinal issues into one group, IBD / IBS. I had to learn everything on my own by trial and error. It's been my good luck that each dog I get has issues with dog food, mostly food intolerances and food allergies. A good resource for any kind of stomach issues is EPI4DOGS.com. It covers not only EPI but other intestinal issues and explains the differences. I hope that helps. Good Luck and please keep us posted.

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My vet gave me a referral to a veterinarian nutritionist at Tufts veterinary hospital. They do phone consults and research medical records and will design a home cooked fort and/or commercial dog food diet for you. They also tell you other vet nutritionist that do phone consults.
It's not cheap but very thorough and they recommend considering all your dogs history.
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