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Thank you, everyone! I appreciate everyone's responses here... really great info to sift through.

I got the fecal results back from the vet today... it came back positive for hookworms!! Both dogs have been on Heartgard monthly but I just ran out of their last dose and since it has been so cold out I have been procrastinating the refill. Certainly learned my lesson. My poor puppy. :(

I had been taking her to daycare quite a few times a week, and I can certainly see that if she wasn't current on her preventative that she was totally exposed. I just wish the vet would have pressed for a fecal the first time this all happened. But ultimately it's my fault.
 

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@storms226 - I'm glad you got a diagnosis! If it makes you feel better, Heidi was also diagnoses with hookworm when she was young and had none of the symptoms of Ember - just soft poops, so don't beat yourself up, it's so hard to tell. :(
 
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I got the fecal results back from the vet today... it came back positive for hookworms!!
Yay for an easy fix! :) Hopefully that's all that's wrong and she'll be feeling better soon. I've read/heard/seen a fair number of anecdotal reports of dogs that are on monthly HW preventative with intestinal worm prev. and still have worms... my understanding is that they will usually adequately "prevent" or "control" infections, but not necessarily cure if the dog has a high worm load. If she's never had a fecal, she may have had them since before you had her, or maybe she was infected while you had her at just the right time to not be protected by the heartgard. Hopefully now that you know she has them, you can treat both dogs to knock them out, then heartgard can prevent any reinfection from your yard or their daycare. Make sure you are picking poop up frequently, as that can be a source of reinfection, and I would let the daycare know as well so they can take precautions (a lot of daycare facilities require negative fecals to attend due to this). It would be a good idea to maybe recheck a fecal on her every so often at least for a while to be sure she doesn't pick them up again, given her risk factors (prior infection so there may be worms in your soil, frequents daycare, eats cat poop).
 

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Thank you - I feel better about it now! I have added diatomaceous earth to their food so hopefully that along with the monthly stuff will help as well. She is already looking much better and we're back to solid poop! Yay! :)

I do have a question on hookworms, maybe someone here knows.... I live in the suburbs of Chicago, and barring one weekend, it has been COLD here. Everything I've read about hookworms says that they live in the soil, and only when it's warm and moist. So how in the heck did she even contract this? Everything has been frozen here since December, and the house is too dry to warrant a "moist" environment. The only thing I can think is that she was going to a daycare at a local veterinary hospital who partners with a couple rescue groups, so maybe one of the rescue dogs they brought in was from the South and came with hookworms... those dogs usually were put in the daycare room with the regular daycare dogs, and if Ember stepped in the poop then cleaned herself.... well. That's all I can think.

I will be getting a fecal done on my other dog, though his poop seems fine and a fecal done on him a week prior to Ember getting sick also came back negative.
 

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So, it's been a few weeks since my last post, and unfortunately we are still in the same boat. :-( She finished her dewormer and next fecal came back negative, but she still has boughts of vomiting and diarrhea, sometimes with red blood in it. This morning her poop was just all mucous and blood, so I took it and her in to see our vet. We now officially was a mystery case. She has no fever, no weight loss, no pain, visually is in perfect health, and has no change in energy level or temperament. She just has these boughts of digestion issues. It is very frustrating. :-( Dr did not think it was time yet for a barrage of tests since she seems to be healthy otherwise, and so we are starting systematic approach with diet. Hopefully can figure out what is going on soon :-(
 

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We experienced very much the same with our girl. We tried all kinds of high end kibbles doing slow transitions to each and still, she was always hungry all the time, had diarrhea every day, all day and barfing frequently. We had her tested for everything under the sun and nothing came back.. after hundreds in vet bills we finally decided to try raw and just like that, it all changed. She was great! No more barfing, no more horrible gas, no more barfing or diarrhea.

We'll never know what it was about the kibble that just didn't sit right with her but she's been amazing ever since switching her to raw.

It might be worth a try?
 

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That was going to be my suggestion too, maybe try a raw diet.
 

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So, it's been a few weeks since my last post, and unfortunately we are still in the same boat. :-( She finished her dewormer and next fecal came back negative, but she still has boughts of vomiting and diarrhea, sometimes with red blood in it. This morning her poop was just all mucous and blood, so I took it and her in to see our vet. We now officially was a mystery case. She has no fever, no weight loss, no pain, visually is in perfect health, and has no change in energy level or temperament. She just has these boughts of digestion issues. It is very frustrating. :-( Dr did not think it was time yet for a barrage of tests since she seems to be healthy otherwise, and so we are starting systematic approach with diet. Hopefully can figure out what is going on soon :-(
Have you tried single protein food. Stomach issues can be a meat intolerance.
My hound will do what your dog does if he eats any other meat than turkey.
 

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We experienced very much the same with our girl. We tried all kinds of high end kibbles doing slow transitions to each and still, she was always hungry all the time, had diarrhea every day, all day and barfing frequently. We had her tested for everything under the sun and nothing came back.. after hundreds in vet bills we finally decided to try raw and just like that, it all changed. She was great! No more barfing, no more horrible gas, no more barfing or diarrhea.

We'll never know what it was about the kibble that just didn't sit right with her but she's been amazing ever since switching her to raw.

It might be worth a try?
Do you feed raw via a brand, or do you make your own raw diet?
 

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Have you tried single protein food. Stomach issues can be a meat intolerance.
My hound will do what your dog does if he eats any other meat than turkey.
I switched her main meals to just Turkey, but I realized today that I've not been very diligent and so I'm changing EVERY protein now to turkey and go from there. I have a feeling that her intolerance is to dairy, beef, and lamb.... This all started when she was on a lamb diet, and I switched to beef and she refused it all together. Then last week I bought new treats that were cheese based and now suddenly she has bloody diarrhea again. Also the one thing that I've never stopped giving her is dried beef liver - she gets that only when she has to be crated, but it's still a regular thing and she gets about 6 pieces a day... so, not inconceivable that it's a factor, I don't think.
 

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Do you feed raw via a brand, or do you make your own raw diet?
We make our own. She gets a mix of raw, all bone in, un-ground, turkey necks, backs, wings, organ meats, sometimes beef liver, sometimes chicken backs, or whatever else is on sale and whatever veggie ends we have left over with an oil supplement drizzled overtop (just look up what veggies they can't eat).

She's 70lbs so I don't worry about cutting any of it up. She does that all herself and as an added bonus, it seems to tire her out really well. :)
 

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Often times dogs that have an issue with meat in kibble are fine with that meat raw, just something to remember if you do decide to try raw. And liver can cause loose stools in quantity. How much varies from dog to dog.
 

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Often times dogs that have an issue with meat in kibble are fine with that meat raw, just something to remember if you do decide to try raw. And liver can cause loose stools in quantity. How much varies from dog to dog.
Definitely true about liver with our girl. Given OP's situation, I would probably ease into organ meats a little later.
 
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