I had the same problem with my pup and she also did the panacur and had her on a bland diet during the treatment. She gave me a few suggestions on dog foods such as hypo-allergenic foods (trout & sweet potato or venison & sweet potato) I did have her on lamb & rice but switched her to chicken and rice(grain-free) . I had read that some labs have a sensitivity to lamb. Not sure how true that is but she eventually did firm up. Good luck.
He had been treated with metronidazole (for giardia) for a few weeks, and stayed firm only as long as he was on it. There is some speculation that giardia has become pretty well resistant to metronidazole. The panacur totally knocked it out, and I'm pleased to say 5 years later...still no more issues!
The thing with giardia is that it seems to exist in a low level, and their poop is normal, until something changes like different treats, different water, stress from a test, etc. Then it blossoms and you get the loose stuff again. that's why intermittent diarrhea is sort of a classic symptom of giardia.
So since I brought him home the stools have been loose but nothing showed up with the test should I go ahead and have them treat him for giardia or just try something different. Vet said let him fast for 24 hours and then feed him again instead of twice a day like I have been. Really stumped on what to do????
1. Make sure he is not eating dog poop. That will do it. and nothing can be found on testing.
Its not going to hurt anything to just treat for coccidia and/or giardia. I dont see how cutting his food back is going to help, other than making him thin.
Its frustrating- a lot of clients come in wiht the complaint of their dog with soft stools- monitor whats going in (ie- no poop, etc...) and that often clears it up while they are here. Worst comes to worst, change his diet and see what happens. Not much more frustrating than a dog with loose stools.
I just had one guy in the vet, who developed WATERY diarrhea. Absolutely no other signs of illness. they did a fecal, didnt see any parasite, did a snap test for giardia, nothing. Did find YEAST in his stool. Treating with antibiotics and anti yeast Rx. within two doses his stool has been normal.
Not assuming thats it with your dog but it was so unusual , just another thing to think about...
yeah its frustrating because he is eating and drinking fine doesnt act like he feels bad or has an upset stomach but just has loose runny stools. Probably more so to do with changing his food and just bringing him home 2 weeks ago so may be a little stress added there. Dogs attitude is great along with appetite just concerned with the stool issue.
how loose is your stool???????
Rash could be a reaction to topical flea/tick meds. It will start to get better then flair up again after the next months treatment.
loose stools - could be overfeeding. feeding multiple times a day verses once may help. also going from the large breed kibble to regular will make a difference. don't know why but it does.
News on the loose stool... Started mixing pumpkin in with his food around 2 table spoons with about half of what I normally feed twice a day and stool has firmed up to normal after 2 feeding with the pumpkin. Next question do I quit the pumpkin or keep him on it or gradually use less and less pumpkin to try and maintain the normal stool?
Been waiting on you to reply on this suggestion. I'd give the dog's intestines time to rest a little. Keep the food volume low for a few more days and gradually reduce/eliminate the pumpkin. Then don't immediately build the food volume back all at once, instead let the dog's weight and stool consistency tell you the correct food volume as you increase his food.
Originally Posted by Brettttka
I had a similar problem with a dog & this approach worked. I finally determined that the problem was dried berries from a China-berry tree. The fruit is mildly toxic and I was not paying attention to her eating the small berries. But the pumpkin helped absorb the toxins and keep her regular too.
Thanks for the reply. I will try and slowly eliminate the pumpkin over next couple of days then work then food into larger amounts and see if i can keep him regular. Firm stools 2 days in a row and only 2-3 insted of 5-6 loose ones.