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Dog is 18 months old hound underweight with bloody diarrhea

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dog is 18 months old walker hound underweight with bloody diarrhea for months....ive given him ivermectin and fenbendazole....only thing that helps is Bactrim.....does he have coccidiosis?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about dog?
Customer: no
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 month ago.

Thank you for using Just Answer. My name is Rebecca; I am a veterinarian. Please give me a moment to type my answer.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 month ago.

I am sorry to hear you are worried about your dog's diarrhea.

Have you had a stool sample tested for internal parasites? He might have Coccidia, the only way to know is to look for these microscopic parasites in a stool sample. Bactrim is an antibiotic, so if he improves with this medication it may be the anti bacterial properties that are helping.

I might try metronidazole in case he has Giardia (fenbendazole can treat some cases of Giardia but is not always effective).

How much ivermectin did you give him?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Alot
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 month ago.

Ivermectin has to be given in tiny doses; it can cause blindness, seizures, and other neurologic signs. If you use the cattle Ivermectin, you would give a 60 pound dog about 9 mg which would be less than 1 ml (1 cc) of Ivomec cattle wormer. Some dogs that have a genetic mutation can't even take that much.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 month ago.

I hope you were able to see my responses; I have not heard back from you! How is he doing? Do you have any other questions?