My puppy is 4 months old and very energetic and eats well. She does not look like she is sick she is gaining weight, so why has she not had formed stools. I took her to the vet to have a fecal test because I noticed blood and mucos in her stool. The stool is pudding consistency not really watery. The test was negative, but the vet said it is very hard to identify coccidia, so she is treating it like it was coccidia. I have had her for about 2 months and she really has never had consistent formed stools, but I thought it would get better. I notice blood occasionally , but not all the time. When I purchased her she was on antibiotics for a cough. I later found out it was kennel cough. Could she really have coccidia?
I went googling to find more information on Coccidia. Here's some base information http://www.cm-d.com/buckeye/tech_manual/8_27.html The fact that your dog acts fine other than the fact that it has diarrhea to me would indicate it may not be coccidia (though your'e definitely not making a mistake for being on the safe side) But what i'm wondering is what do you feed your dog? Some dogs just don't take to some dog foods, regardless of the passage of time eatting just the one food. My Akita never really got used to eating IAMS, even thouhg my other dog did wonderful on it. So we swapped to Canidae, then the mixed breed dog got diarrhea and the Akita did fine. Finally we settled on a walmart 'premium' food called maxximum Nutrition. Ask your vet if the food may be the problem. BTW Kennel cough is an *extremely* common thing in dogs. It can be vaccinated for, that's the Bordatella vaccine, but I've heard that it's not 100 percent effective.
Coccidia is not hard to find under a microscope?? Have her tested for Giardia as well some vets don't test for this so see if they did.Giardia does cause diarrhea as well. Also re-evaluate the diet. Diets like I/D Prescription from the vet could get mixed in to the food your feeding now to firm up the stool. of course I'm sure your not feeding anything extra, that may cause it.
Yes, Thanks for the advice. I am also giving her hills perscription I/D (canned). The vet reccomended this for a few days. I was previously feeding purina puppy chow and some pedigree puppy canned food for some extra taste. I have been feeding my adult akita cross purina dog chow for eight years and she is fine. I also started her on purina puppy chow. I guess some dogs are different my puppy is a pembroke welsh corgi. I am thinking of changing food. Any Suggestions?
Hi, I have all the same symptoms as you, and the same age as well, I have 4 month old Pom... I had the Giardia test..and he came up positive. I am having a hard time getting rid of the parasite....I am now doing a herbal treatment..My pom was just gettting so so sick on all the meds my vet was trying....i would definaltey recommend the Giardia test...If this is what you might have I will let you know how the treatment goes...Oh yeah I have tried all that expensive food the vets give W/D , ID ...I gave up on that and am now using $7.00 natures recipe...senstive stomach it fims the stoole the same way the other Hills food does with out the expense...the Giardia test run $50.00 a pop..and I have had 3 already...I have spent around 500.00 already to try and clear this up....
Our Akita did horrible on IAMS while my other dog did fine on it. She had runny poop, we knew it wasn't parisitic because of frequent trips to the vet. Finally we swapped her to a premium food, and within a week there was a noticible difference. IF you have doubts about the food, it may not be the dry food but the canned that is causing problems. Or vice versa. In any case, try feeding her just one type of food for a month or so. Also, putting a tablespoon of plain yogurt in the food might help too.
You know what, I have expensive taste, and am not afraid to pay for the best quality.One of my dogs is on Z/D and is 70 dollars a bag, thank god hes a small dog! My first choice would be a home made diet reciepie that the vet has available.But I have a hard time keeping it up. When you do make the right choices your pet will have the good quality of life, and see the vet less because all their nutritional needs are met. Science Diet/Prescription diets are the same company. Their diets are guarranteed to meet those requirements.(All the ingrediants are human grade, thats why the cost is higher). No one else guarrantees their food. Its the pets that are not guarranteed. They put all their profits into research instead of advertising and a fancy bag. I cringe when I see pets on Purina. I would compare those types of diets as fast food. They'll live on it fine but will pay for it later in life. In Canada we have a diet line called Med-ical. They have a few diets and have really proven themselves and some people were asking for it before we even new about it. They only sell to vets. They have one diet I really like its called Vegetarian diet, most dogs love it. I guess some pets with allergies/skin problems would benefit from the diet. The line is known for its skin/coat benefits.and is cheaper than Science diet. My female is 10 yrs and is on a new diet out called B/D Brain diet. It can be used as a preventative or to help with syptoms that come with old age.