Just need to vent a little. First off everyone has been to the vet . He is basically at a loss for what the cause is, so we are currently treating for Giardia. Background: All three small inside dogs. All very healthy,actually all had been in for their annual check-ups the previous week (arrghh $588 later for routine vaccines, wellness check and heartworm refills) All on Canidae dry food. One week after after her check-up, Maggie(3yr old Maltese x Yorkie) starts frantically eating grass outside in the yard (no we don't use anything on the grass either)So much grass that I actually have to go and bring her in each time she goes outside because she won't stop eating grass. Next day she starts with loose stool, mostly grass and she's still eating her food okay. Next day stool is looser and she's eating less food, but obsessive with grass eating. I fast them all even though neither of the other two have symptoms. The next day Sat morning, Maggie starts having loose stool in the house, it's black and tarry, and she vomits 5 times in a row, the last 2 have small specs of blood in it (of course with grass)I bring her to the vet immediately who Dx her with an ulcer in the end? Puts her on Sulcrate three times a day, Zantac twice daily and Metronidazole twice daily and to fast her (which I was already doing). He gives her an injection of Cerenia to stop the vomiting to avoid her from becoming dehydrated and an emergency visit on Sunday at the emergency vet. The Sulcrate and Zantac liquid are almost impossible to try and get into her. Drops make it in at best. But the Metronidazole is a piece of cake at least. Sunday she's looking better and acting better and the obsessive grass eating has stopped. Everyone gets rice for dinner :) Monday morning the youngest, Pipi (1 yr old Maltese x Yorkie) goes out in the morning and starts with the same looking loose stool and frantic grass eating. I call the vet who says "Okay it wasn't an ulcer Maggie had then it's something that is obviously contagious". Puts Pipi on Metronidazole as well, and everyone gets to fast once again. Tuesday everyone is back on rice. Maggie is getting a little firmer,Pipi is still loose and Kate (the middle child 2 yr old Maltese x Poodle) I notice is starting with the grass eating..arrghhh. Thursday the loose stool starts.Kate is also put on Metronidazole and yep..everyone gets to fast again. The vet is shaking his head, I'm thinking that my Saturday will be now filled with carpet cleaning and the only thing the vet figures it can be is Giardia. They all had their stools checked and nothing showed for any of them. Now I know Giardia is a tough one to get via stool sample. Very hit and miss. Maggie's stool is almost back to normal now, Pipi is probably 75% and Kate is still a work in progress. He's doubled their Metrondazole dose for another week as a treatment for Giardia. Everyone is still on rice (small bit of chicken in it)and I've started slowly adding in some of their Canidae to it. I'm hoping we are over the hump and that was the cause. My rice cooker is getting a good workout, my dogs have the cleanest bums around since they have to line up outside and be carried in one at a time to have their bottoms washed several times a day.My vet should be sending me a thank-you card for paying his mortgage this month :) Anyone with any other thoughts on what could have caused this would be appreciated as it's not something I want to repeat in the near future. Venting helped...see I feel better already :)
I feel for you! We had the 'bug' going here too. Same symptoms almost as yours, minus the vomiting. Loose stools, smelly with some blood in it, eating grass, refused food.
Vet visit with stool sample ran: Neg for coccidia, neg for giardia, neg for parasites. He says in our area there is a virus going around with these side effects. He treated with a shot of antibiotic and flagyl (same as you are giving) she was wonderful by that night. It raced through the house effecting 3 others, I treated them all with Albon and everyone cleared up and is great now.
Regardless of the neg for giardia etc....if any of yours are NOT having symptoms right now.....isolate them from the ill ones. Do not wear the same shoes from one area to the other, and wash everything down in ammonia/water mix of at least 10%. Scrub hands good between cares of well and ill.
Also it helps to do the same to your yard where they go out. Pour it over their area and let it dry before allowing them out. preferably do not allow the ill ones to potty in the same area as the well dogs. I do the yard treatment once everyone is no longer having the loose stools and are eating again.
Long road getting rid i it, but they should be great in no time.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
Thanks for the suggestions! I did question the vet about giving me Albon in case it was a parasite. He said since they were all on Revolution that should cover everything but tapeworm. He felt the odds of having so many stool samples looked at and not seeing a parasite in any of them lessened the chance for it to be a parasitic infection (except of course Giardia which is elusive)Now Kate did have Giardia about 2 yrs ago and it did not spread to Maggie. The other notable thing about Kates Giardia was the shockingly horrific smell. I mean, she had an accident on the kitchen floor, I was upstairs in the bathroom with the door closed and could smell it!! This time it looks exactly the same in all of them but oddly enough odourless? Unfortunately that means I've actually walked in a room and stepped in it...yuck. Last night for the first time in days I was able to take the youngest and oldest out for a walk. Unfortunately they are "walk..will poop...several times" dogs and I wanted to give their bowel a rest for a few days. Luckily they did great and it was a mess free walk. My cousin came for a visit last weekend from out of town and brought her dog with her. I didn't even think of calling her before hand to warn her about Maggie (at that point she was only doing the grass eating, loose grassy stool thing). In the 6 yrs of visiting me several times a year she has never brought her dog since her dog does not particularly like mine. By the time she arrived and I saw she was with dog in tow it was too late. I have talked with her several times since she's gone back home and her dog is still showing no symptoms. With any luck it will stay that way. Now I did read that it generally is about 2 weeks between exposure and symptoms with Giardia, so I think we can safely assume that if she's still symptom free by next weekend it's all good. IF it is indeed Giardia they have? I told her to keep me updated if there is anything odd happening. Keeping my three separated would be extremely difficult since they are all very attached to the others and hate being separated. If I accidently close someone in a room the others will bark, howl and cry outside the door until I let them out. I have been picking up their messes outside as much as I can and flushing the area for anything that's left (hard to pick up all the loose poop in grass) I've made enough chicken and rice to last for two more days so hopefully by that time they will be back on regular food and I can stop serving homecooked meals :)
as this started shortly after a visit to the vet i wonder if they didn't come in contact with something there or what about the possibility that those routine vacinations caused the illness? I have refused to allow my Chihuahua to be vacinated for anything other than the state required rabies every three years. He almost died from reactions to those routine puppy shots.
You know I did think about the vaccines they got. Maggie was acting a little abnormal from the time she got it until she got sick. None of them got the same vaccines though. Because they are each a year apart, they all got different combinations. Maggie has a really low pain tolerance level. She will yelp for a few days each time she has got a needle and you even pet her. After her spay she was horrible. It took her two weeks to walk normally without whining and crying and another 2 weeks past that before she was back to herself. The other two did not have that reaction at all with their spays. Pipi I had to put an e-collar on her the second day just to slow her down a bit. You wouldn't have even known she was just spayed and it kept her from leaping up on the furniture at the very least. I put Maggie's odd behaviour down to the two injection sites and the heartworm test this time around. I mentioned that to the vet and he said "noooo they don't get sick from their vaccinations" hmmmm. I don't know. It was fast whatever it was but it starting to clear in everyone finally. There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.