I have a German Shepherd that has had diarrhea for 6 weeks. His stool was tested and no parasites, corona, parvo, etc. were found. His natural intestinal bacteria is elevated. He has been treated with amoxicillin, flagyl, and zeniquin, going on for three weeks now. The stool thickened a bit but is now getting runny again. I have put him on a "sensitive" dry food diet, turkey and potato made by Blue Buffalo mixed with an organic canned food.I have spent over $600 and am at wits end. Any ideas?
Type of Animal: German Shepherd
Age: 3 yrs
Name of Dog: Gillespie
My breeder said to give him fenbendazole (panacur). She recommended a tube a day for three days of equine safe-guard which comes in a tube that is 25 grams of paste (10%)
Welcome! I would be happy to assist you. I am a 2003 graduate from UC Davis and a Medical Director of a veterinarian practiceHello, I agree somewhat with the breeder but not the dosing. I recommend you contact your vet and request to give panacur at 50mg/kg once a day for 5 days. Wait 2 weeks, and repeat the 5 day treatment. This is the protocol for treating possible giardia infection. Also, absolutely!!!!! must test for EPI!Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. It is tested for with a blood test called a TLI. The German Shepherd is the #1 breed for it. http://www.petplace.com/dogs/exocrine-pancreatic-insufficiency-in-dogs-epi/page1.aspxIf I am correct, this will be the best $13 you have ever spent and it could save Gillespie's life. Good LuckDr. Andy Please reply ANY time more information is needed using the REPLY TO EXPERT button. Please remember to leave feedback by selecting a SMILEY FACE followed by “Submit”This is necessary, so I may receive credit from the website for my response, even if you are a subscribing member. Only rate my answer when you are 100% satisfied. IF you feel the need to rate "bad" or "poor", please stop and reply to me via the REPLY TO EXPERT button. I would be happy to continue assisting further, and do everything I can to be of the greatest assistance. REMEMBER: Even after you submit feedback, you can still review our discussion or reply if needed. Unfortunately, I cannot legally prescribe medications or offer a definitive diagnosis without performing a physical examination, which is necessary to establish a client-patient-doctor relationship. Any medical therapy and treatment should only be performed after an in-person examination with your veterinarian. While information may be discussed, this is not intended as an encouragement for you to self treat your pet. After we conclude this question, I can be requested for additional questions through my profile at: Dr. Andy
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