I have a 13 week old Papillon Puppy and she has had loose stool since I brought her home. I took her to my vet and he gave her panacur and metronidazole for 4 days. That seemed to make her stool normal and less frequent. But I also found a dead roundworm in her stool that after 4 fecal tests they were not able to find traces of worms.
She has been off of the meds for 7 days and the stool is soft again. The vet today put her on metronidazole and albon. She was also on Animax for 7 days for bacteria in her ears and one of the listed side affects was diarrhea, occasionally blood. So I wasn’t sure if she was just having a reaction to the ear meds.
Do any of you experienced owners have any experience or advice?
I have worked really hard at house training and have had really good success. She goes to the door when she needs to go out. The problem is when she is in her kennel she still will have an accident. I also keep her in a kennel at night by the bed and get up whenever she whines and paws at the kennel door, so the accidents are only occuring during the day when we are gone for 4-5 hours. Could this be related to her bowel problems? Is this a sign that she will be difficult to kennel train?
I also have a 7 year old ShihTzu should I be concerned about his health with the current puppy stool problems?
Any advice you all can give would be greatly appreciated.
I'm not familiar with your breed or the meds so I don't know if either has anything to do with the soft stools. You might want to consider changing foods. When my girls (Siberian Huskys) were younger, I went through about seven different kinds of dog food before getting "firm" results. When they first got to my house, they had been eating Iams Puppy and Eukanuba Puppy. We tried Merrick's dry for a while, but they didn't seem to care too much for it and still loose stools. Changed over to Innova. Still had loose stools to the point of puddles. Decided to try Eagle Pack Holistic Lamb. They firmed right up. Thought I'd add some variety to their diet and started changing between the Eagle Pack (for dinner) and Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul (breakfast). Found out one of my girls is allergic to chicken. I then tried Natural Balance (the duck and sweet potato). Apparently, they didn' really care for it. We ended up with Eagle Pack Holistic Anchovy, Sardine and Salmon. It's what a lot of mushers feed. The girls like it and nobody has any allergy problems with it. Once in awhile, I'll buy a bag of Solid Gold Wolf King for them. They like it and it gives them a bit of a change. I will also supplement with Natures Variety (frozen) raw on occasion. As you can see, it took quite a while to find a food that agreed with them and they really seemed to like.
Metronidazole is usually the chosen treatment for giardia and Panacur can be used for that as well. Metronidazole is also used for diarrhea of undetermined cause. Albon is generally used for coccidia. When treating giardia with metr. the treatment period should be 5-7 days. When treating coccidia with Albon the treatment may need to be done for up to 21 days. Do you know what the diagnosis is? Perhaps the medication wasn't given for a long enough period of time.
One of my mini schnauzer's was put on Metronidazole when he was home just 4 days and was vomiting and having diarrhea of unknown origin as his parvo was negagive as was giardia, coccidia & other parasites. He did take it for longer than 4 days though, more like 10. As for the Animax, I have used that on several dogs with no adverse reactions. I would contact the vet again, especially since your puppy is so young.
Check with the Vet before trying this. Some docs/vets believe that loose stool is a way to get the garbage out of a person/pets system so wouldn't want you to hinder it too much. So if you get the ok get some pumpkin pie filling, plain Libby's, make sure there is no sugar. The fiber in the pumpkin will help firm up the stool so less chance of an accident. I always keep cans in the house for my dogs just in case.
with the high amount of antibiotics the pup is on, the intestines bacterial system is out of whack. There must be "friendly" bacteria to help with normal stool formation and if this bacteria is gone, you will continue to have problems. I would go to an organic health food store and get some kefir I think that's how it's spelled. anyway, it looks like really thick milk and it's loaded with all kinds of beneficial microbes that are neccessary for the guts. the clerks will know what you're talking about. itcomes in quart bottles and i would give about a tablespoon a day.this can be fed to them forever, it's really good for them. If you don't have a health food store, then yogurt will do just make sure it has active cultures in it.
My Bernese Mountain dog had diarrhea from the day I brought her home. It took the vet 6 months to figure out what was wrong. We tried many different drugs and gave them each time to work. Unfortunatley nothing worked. Then my vet did some research thinking she had Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or lymphantasia (where she cant break down the fats and preservatives in the food) so we put her on pills for that and that didnt work. These drugs included metronidazole, Albone, steroids, benadryl. Nothing worked. Then my vet did more research and found that...since she has had diarrhea for so long her system might just be really screwed up. So she was on Clavamox (antibiotic) Metronidazole (diarrhea) Pepto Bismal - B vitamin tablet, pet tab vitamin, Prozyme.switching her food to hamburger and rice and acidophilus pill since she was on all these med we wanted her to have the "good' bacteria too!! After 2 weeks of these medications we finally cured the problem.
After trying different meds and many different dog food we finally cured the problem! This was great news. Sometimes with diarrhea you have to be patient. It was very hard to do, but after 7 months we finally cured the problem and she is now gaining weight and growing nicely.
I would add yougurt, or and acidophilus pill to her meals as it produces the good bacteria in her system. See if that helps. If not she may have the same problem in my dog....she just might have a bad system from having diarrhea for so long and just may need to be on some different meds and a change in food.
I would continue with the metronidazole and albon. The others had it correct with giving Acidopholis and that will do wonders with helping get everything back on track. When I have a litter of pups that start to get soft stool I buy the liquid Acidopholis from the health food store and give them like 3cc 3X a day and it always works. Keifer is good too. All of my dogs got diarreah at the same time and I thought it was the food and I changed it. It still did not help and this poo had the worst odor to it. I took them to the vet and spent so much money to walk out with a negative fecal every time. We did Albon then Corid. We did metronidazole for a week then I ordered more off the internet and kept them on it and Acidopholis for like 18 days and it worked. I still give my dogs Acidopholis regularly. They love the liquid and have great poo. I still never found out what was wrong but it was very expensive to treat 8 grown dogs and a litter of 13 pups. The vets were left scratching there head every time and I walked out with a new med and a 100.00 bill everytime. It stressed me to no end but turned out ok. Oh make sure you keep the poo in the yard picked up everyday.
***Edited By: utopia on 8/9/2006 12:25:55 AM*** Reason: mm