Hi!My Labradoodle is nearly 1.5 years old and has vomitting/diarrhea every 2 months. The diarrhea eventually becomes so severe (watery) that we take him to the vet and he is given antacids, anti-emetics, and antibiotics. But then it recurs 2 months later - same symptoms. It starts as just random vomitting, then pudding diarrhea, and then watery diarrhea. We have started him on the bland diet when the vomiting first starts but it still progresses to watery diarrhea. We have also switched food to multiple times and are now using acana.
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I'm guessing your vet hasn't been able to determine the exact cause of the problem, right? This is fine, by the way - it doesn't mean you have a terrible vet.
we have had an abdominal CT and multiple stool samples.
With young dogs we usually end up trying a lot of different things until we find out what works. Just use the REPLY tab to post your response.
Oh, WOW! You've really had your dog worked up thoroughly, then.
he had giardia as a puppy - only 4 months old and i think he had c. dif at one point.
We have spent a lot of money and we really want a solution for this poor guy. Right now, he's lying next to me and I can hear his tummy gurgling.
The giardia may have been just taking advantage of your pup's already compromised gut, too.
Do you treat it the same way every time, or is it just coming and going every two months regardless of what you treat it with.
we have seen every vet at the clinic (5). it's usually the same routine - injected anti-emetic, and antibiotics.
last time they added forti flora for one month.
we have been giving him acana food and adding pumpkin and yogurt - one spoon each day.
are you still there? my internet just cut out.
I'm excited about the possibility of controlling this with probiotics and diet, but it won't make a difference overnight.
Yep. I'm here.
what food is best?
Did they say how long to give the acana?
My favorite food for this type of problem is Eukanuba Low Residue. I like it for many reasons, and have really good luck with it.
There are lots of good probiotics. I like Prostora the best, but Forti-flora is good too.
We also need to be sure there's not a reexposure issue in the environment to some kind of parasite.
Has your dog been treated with fenbendazole yet?
let me check his records and see if i can tell what he was given.
That's fine. I'll be here.
You actually want to look for a 5-day course of once daily fenbendazole. It's usually little white granules.
then that was not given.
we have only had capsules and tablets.
we chose it based on internet reviews. the vet would not recommend a food.
previously we had used nutro naturals because we thought he couldn't handle rich food. he started out as a puppy with continuous pudding diarrhea and the vet just said it was because he was a puppy. finally, we switched vets and they gave an antiobiotic and it went away immediately. but now, every 2 months or so, it's back.
we can buy the eukanuba low residue. should we keep giving yogurt or pumpkin? the last vet mentioned possibly a high fiber diet?
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I feel a little like I'm going out on a limb making recommendations contrary to a vet who's had a chance to see and examine your dog and even do an abdominal CT, but I certainly think a 5-day course of fenbendazole is a good idea. Our specialists here make us front-line vets do that before they'll even see a dog for advanced imaging and endoscopy. Maybe that will help....
Eukanuba low residue would be a great choice. I like the fiber content (not high) and beet pulp for dogs with digestive issues. I've had really good luck with it. I would encourage you to feed it EXCLUSIVELY - no yogurt or other supplements - for three months before making a decision on it. If you do choose a different food, likewise. Feed that food and that food only for three months only before making a decision.
It takes time for these diets to work.
But I would still use the probiotic. Every day won't hurt.
the invoices unfortunately don't specify which medications were given.
where can i buy the priobiotic you recommended?
i just called and left a message for the vet today so i may be taking him in again soon and i'll ask about the fenbendazole.
Yes. Good idea. 5 days worth of fenbendazole.
Sometimes I think we make these dogs worse by trying too many different things at once and not really giving any one thing enough time to really work.
is it ok to continue giving famotidine 10mg tab bid?
Yes. Continue doing this. Eventually if it seems like the problem is under control with just the diet and probiotic, you can hope to wean off it.
It's probably not helping, but not hurting either.
we will try the new food for 3 months and slowly transition and see how it goes.
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great! thank you so much for your help!
One of my very own vet technicians here is going through the same problem with one of her new puppies ---- it's even spreading to other dogs in the house. It's a mess and it's frustrating and it takes a lot of patience, but you will solve the problem.
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