My 2 yr old Kelpie is a rescue dog, we got him from a pet rescue place that housed quite a few other abandoned cats & dogs at the time. His name is "Wingnut"We've had him almost 4 months now and he's a loving bundle of energy. However his stools are almost always runny. We have a female Kelpie that he's bonded with and she is 7yrs old. They get exactly the same foods and her stools are normal dog poops. We thought it was change of diet and/or environment but isn't 4 months long enough for that to have adjusted by now?Thanks so much, Ms Dee Garratty.
Type of Animal: Dog Kelpie
Name of Dog: Wingnut.
A mix of dry dog food, canned Pedigree dog foods, lactose free dog milk (in small doses), he will eat carrots and small pieces of apple but those are occassional treats.
He is desexed and wormed.
Hello, I am Dr. Peter a licensed Veterinarian. I would like to help. I need to ask you a few questions to be well informed and give you the best advice. There is no additional charge for information request.1- Any blood in the stool?2- Has he been dewormed?3- What are you feeding him?
No blood in stools, yes he was wormed with broad spectrum wormer from our vet. He has dry biscuits mixed with canned good brand dog food.
One of the most common causes for chronic diarrhea in a young dog would be intestinal parasites. There are 3 parasites (coccidia, giardia and whipworms) that are known to cause chronic diarrhea and yet be negative on routine fecal analysis. For this reason it is always a good idea to deworm and rule out the above mentioned parasites. I would strongly recommend you repeat the deworming targeting the above 3 parasites. This is what you can do: 1- You can speak to your veterinarian about deworming using Fenbendazole (panacur) give it once a day for 3 days. Then, repeat after 3 weeks. Panacur will treat against giardia and whipworms. To rule out coccidia he will need to be treated with Albon. Panacur is also available online (amazon.com) 2- Start him on a probiotic (fortiflora), these are friendly bacterias that help with regularity. You can find this over the counter in any pet store. 3- Change his diet to rice (75%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (25%) until stool is back to normal then wean back into regular dog food. 4- If after doing the above the diarrhea continues, then your vet will follow up with some diagnostics like xrays, sonogram and blood work. Hope the above helps, if you have additional questions I will be glad to answer them. Dr. Peter
Thank you for your info and i will try to follow up as you suggested. My next question regarding the problem is that we are in Australia, so, do you know if these meds are available here or would they be known under a different name? Thanks.
I am certain it should be available in Australia. These are very old medications used worldwide. I don't know however if you can get it in Australia without a prescription from your veterinarian. It may go under a different name, but, Fenbendazole is the active ingredient for panacur and that name does not change. Albon, is "Sulfadimethoxine" which is the active ingredient and that should not change either.Dr. Peter41124.6960113773
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Hi Dee,I'm just following up on our conversation about Wingnut.. How is everything going?Dr. Peter