Sorry this is so long! So our almost 7 mo old Boston Terrier has had diarrhea pretty much since we got him at 8 weeks. We have taken him to two different vets, and probably about 7 different vet visits at this point. At first he was diagnosed with cocodia, then around 2 months ago with cocodia again, in addition to giardia & tapeworm - after drinking some stagnant water at a local pond where a lot of dog owners take their dogs.
It has been two months since that diagnosis, and after our two week booster shot and medication, he had the clean bill of health, no more cocodia/giardia/tapeworm.
We took him back after a couple weeks of him still having loose stool, and he was given some probiotics. Now it's been another month, and he still has loose stool. We took him in again, because I notice there are tiny little white specs in his stool (not sure if it's the food - Innova) and he seems to be itching at his rear, a lot. I also noticed what seem to be traces of blood in his stool. I again, took him to the vet a few days ago with a sample, but they insist that he is clean, and just have us giving him plain yogurt and told us to give him pepbto bismal.
Any other suggestions? This has now cost us over $500, which is fine, but for that price tag we feel like he should be all better by now.
Any suggestions?? Should we slowly switch his food? Is there some other kind or rare worm they're missing? I should also add, that through all of this, he has other wised seemed health and energetic. He has an appetite and drinks fine.
Itchy rear generally means the dogs anal glands are bothering them & a visit to the vet to have their anal glands expressed should solve that problem. I would suggest you doing it but it's messy & smelly especially if they are really full not too expensive & although the doggies don't like it done once it's done they are so grateful. The anal glands generally express themselves when the dog has a bowel movement the stool presses against these two small pea sized glands & the small amount of liquid comes out but since your dog has loose stools this is not happening via mother nature. Anal glands that are full are uncomfortable to doggies. Sometimes dogs scoot along the floor when the glands are full trying to get them to express themselves but when they don't they start licking their rear or nibbling at it . When doggies can't get to what is bothering them because of the location of the problem they will chew or scratch another area of their body creating little sores or hot spots. As far as the constant loose stools I'm sure the dog has been tested for Parvo & given his/her shots so I would try a different food even though the food you are using is 'excellent' it may not agree with the dogs stomach & digestive tract, too rich. I use Blue Buffalo dog food www.bluebuff.com another food on par with yours. I'm am confused though on the use of yogurt I would think the milk etc in the yogurt would give the dog 'loose stools'. Although I am not a vet I have been doing animal rescue work for years & have become familiar with many issues. I hope this helps you & the baby.
I was concerned some more about your dog so I did a search & found this web site http://www.boston-terriers.com/food.htm and in it they refer to the food that you are using.. Here is an excerpt from the article which is lengthy::
Then before I had heard about my friend's experience, I bought a bag of Natura's Innova EVO Red Meat Small Bites since this food seemed to be the up and coming "thing to feed" amongst breeders (I fed it for 2 nights and they all got black diarrhea), so upon looking closer I could see all kinds of things sticking out of the food. This is supposed to be a grain-free food. A friend who has some of my dogs also tried it but said the stools were always bad on it and she stopped using it too. I scanned a piece of kibble from this EVO Red Meat Small Bites formula, and here is what I saw:
Actually I have seen that site before. We're switching back to his old food (slowly) right now and hoping that helps. He threw up last night, but I'm thinking it might be because of the food change. If this doesn't help, we're going to have to find a new vet! thanks for writing - I appreciate. Oh yes, and I also was suspecting his anal glands might need to be squeezed, but my other though is that he's having some kind of allergic reaction to the food.