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Do you know what type of stool test was performed?
How is the appetite?
I'm not exactly sure... the vet bill says "Ova and Parasits by Zinc Sulf"
his appetite is great, I feel bad b/c he always seem hungry
Is there weight loss?
he's 8 months old, 140-150lbs and used to eat 7-12 cups of dry kilbble a day
no visible weight loss
Ok - here are some thoughts. What are the most common causes for diarrhea at this age?
Eating things he's not supposed to and probably worms? We haven't noticed anything he could have eaten lately and if he's outside we're always with him...
1) Viral infection2) Bacterial infection3) Parasites - (LINK HERE), giardia (LINK HERE), and coccidia (LINK HERE). 4) Diet change, new treats, people food - termed dietary indiscretionThere certainly are times when a stool sample is negative, and a repeat sample is positive, especially for the harder diagnoses (giardia, coccidia, campylobacter) For this reason, as the diarrhea has continued, best to consider repeating a fecal.Dogs can also have dietary intolerances - consider changing the diet (for example, brand and/or flavor - protein)
Probiotics can also be considered - LINK HERE or LINK HERE
We changed his food about a month ago... he was doing great on it for about 3 weeks (until this bout of diarrhea started), his treats have been really limited and no people food (other than the pumpkin & sweet potatoe)
It seems strange to me that he would do really well on the food for a few weeks and then have it cause an issue? so maybe his stool stample needs retesting
Yes - absolutely a good idea at this age.
If it's just viral or bacterial, would he just get anti-biotics?
Cant tell you the number of times a repeat sample has shown a positive result!
Yes - he would.
Ok, so looks like I have a call into his vet. One additional question, if we started giving him his food back too soon or he ate too much could that have caused the diarrhea to come back? (since it did get better for 2 days)
It is possible, and whenever changing food / diet, important to do it SLOWLY, often over minimally 3-5 days.
when we changed his dog food it was generally over 7 days or so...
when he was just on the pumpkin & sweet potatoe I felt bad b/c he kept licking his empty food bowl so maybe I also gave him too much food too quickly
Yes - good!
It is certainly possible.
If only it was much easier to figure out the cause... so many choices!
Yes - I know!
thanks for your help
You are very welcome!
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