I have two dogs, a silky and a bischon. My silky has had extreme diarhea for about 1 1/2 months now! He has had every test possible run on him and yet everything has turned up negative. He's lost about 4 lbs which is a lot for a 12 lbs dog! We've tried about 4 different medications and have switched his food, however he refuses to eat the allergy free dog food. I'm on the phone with our vet about twice a week and we don't know what to do now. What should I do? Does the white rice and boiled chicken actually work? I'm sick up cleaning up doggie diarrhea all the time! Please help!!!!
Hi, my dog was having bathroom issues as well and we were only feeding her boiled and chicken and rice for about 3 weeks while we tried to figure out the problem, however all her tests were coming back negative. We decided to try taking her off the chicken and rice and on a non-chicken based dog food, and she's doing great (we have her on a lamb/rice selection). Turns out she has a chicken allergy, so in her case feeding her only chicken and rice for all that day actually made things worse! Have you tried different proteins, to see if any works better for your dog?
Try boiled brown rice, hamburger, and frozen veg. No corn. Also give the dog pepto bismol 3 times a day, or when ever you feed him. It will take a while for his stomach to settle, so don't expect immediate results, but it should at least start to get better. If it immediately gets worse, switch the meat. I have had amazing luck with this recipe, simple, and effective.By the way, how old are your dogs?
Thanks for the suggestions. My dog is 2 1/2. I have tried the pepto and imodim AD but they didn't work. I just boiled some rice and chicken today and Perry (the insane pooper) loved it! At this point I'll fix anything that he'll eat!
He was tested for Giardia. Negative. Then they tested him for several different intestinal disorders such as irritalable bowel syndrom and then they tested him for 2 other issues which I can't remember. All negative. They seem to run a different test every week. He turned up negative for parasites but we gave him dewormer just in case. All the meds they tried on him were for upset tummies. The latest meds they have him on are Metronidazole (not working thus far) and now we're on Prednisone to get his appitite back up.
poordoggie, both dogs have diarrhea, right? Do you know if the vet sent the fecal sample away to be tested for Giardia, or did he do it himself? The other question I have is has your vet mentioned the fact that all the antibiotics themselves could be causing the diarrhea? I just read your original post, and see that it's just the silky!
It is possible that the Flagyl is overcoming your dogs intestinal system without allowing the proper balance of good bacteria to grow, since it is killing everything. I would consider using a probiotic, like plain unflavoured, unsweetened yoghurt, along with the rice and meat. The other test I might ask the vet to do is a complete blood panel to see if there is a pancreatic deficiency, if he has'nt already done so.
The other sneaky thing about Giardia, is it is'nt easily detectable, and does NOT always respond to Flagyl. Ask your vet about this. You could also try Kaopectate, if pepto and immodium are not doing the trick. Good luck.
Try another meat source other than the beef or chicken first these are the two most common meats in dog food and alot of dogs develope allergies to beef if they are fed beef at too young of an age. Also Pepto has Asprin in it, I can not take it because of an ulcer so I can't think that it would be good for a dog with an upset tummy. Malox or Keopectate, much better for them ;)
I had the same problem for about 6 months with 3 and sometimes 5 of my Bordeaux. Same thing, lots of tests and meds and nothing, very expensive and frustrating. I gave them yogurt, Bene Bac Gel and cut back there food ration by half and fed it in two meals daily. Part of the problem was antibiotics and a struggeling immune system as the dogs reached sexual maturity I think. Another thing that probably contributed to this was that I was feeding a very high protein and quality food, because of the shorter digestive tract my dogs just could not fully process the amount of food I was feeding them. So cut back and see what happens.
Good luck I know that this stinks (literally)!
I prefur to have my Bordeaux with fur instead of a cork and bottle ;)
cooper had TERRIBLE diarrhea for months. it was so bad, that the shelter that had him wouldn't adopt him out for three months. we had to wait forever until they told us he was ok. he WAS NOT. we dealt with diarrhea and every medication for it for about a month...until one day i woke up and just had a random thought that he might be allergic to his heartworm meds. i don't know what made me think it, but that was what it was. we switched and haven't had a problem since. does your puppy take the heartworm pill? i really hope you can find out what's causing this. i know what it's like! yes, the bland diet does help- we do rice, potato, very dark white toast, and boiled eggs. it helps and if you try something like that, your dog might have more interest in eating it because it's different. also, try gatorade to help with electrolites
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Im also going threw this right now with my new puppy Louie. Hes now 4 months old and is a maltese. Hes had diarrhea since i got him and no matter what i try it doenst help much. Hes also been to the vet and tested for everything and the vet cant seem to find out why. At first he said colitis i think he said and gave me some meds and info sheets on it but he wasnt sure and never really told me to much about it. and then he said he had more bacteria then he should of and then put him on a antibotic. But nothing has helped and ive done the rice and boiled hamburger and also the chic and rice. Giving him kaopekate and some times it seems to harden a little bit, He still has blood in his diarrhea and really i dont know what to do. He doesnt act sick, very playful, eats and drinks. gaining weight, hes under 4 pounds but was under 2 when i got him 2 months ago. I read on this forum anther memeber had this problem and she switched dog food and it was the same food im feeding Louie the royal canie, but the breeder said hes been on this and she didnt have any diarrhea problems but my aunt had him before and said she noticed it. So im now in the process of switching his food to Nutro and taking him off the royal to see if its the dog food. Even tho the rice and meat didnt seem to help . Poor little guy, i feel so bad for him, it does seem every time he eats it comes right out the other end. Can dogs really ahve ibs? maybe i should talk more with my vet about this. He kinda just leaves it at what it is and says as long as hes eating and gaining weight and isnt dyhrdrated then well let it go for antehr week and we keep doing this. I dnt even know what to have done to make sure hes fine.
I hoping im not going to mess him up more with switching his food, this worrys me but im willing to try anything right now. The poor thing cant even sleep threw the night becasue hes gotta poop a few times anight. My other dogs slept threw the night by now. and i know he would if he didnt ahve to go potty all the time