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6 month old puppy with constant diarrhea

  Hi all, our 6 month old goldendoodle,  Oscar, has chronic diarrhea since forever.  I want to preface this by saying he has an excellent appetite, is very active and does not seem ill in any way, other than this.

  We initially tried some home remedies such as white rice and boiled chicken, canned pumpkin and other home remedies, which helped for one or two poops but then he would go back to having diarrhea. We had told the veterinarian about it, and about 2 weeks ago we took him to the vet. He gave us metrodinazole, a probiotic and some special food (canned) which we mixed with his regular food. This worked slightly but his poops were firmer but not quite there. The medicine regimen was completed and our pup is now on food we purchased specifically for puppies with tummy issues. I also purchased an over the counter probiotic. However, he continues to have diarrhea !

  Poor Oscar is such a good dog he usually starts to bark when he feels it coming on so we can let him out but still. Regardless, he eats very well is very active so I'm not sure what to do about this. Other than taking him back to the vet, which I'm not keen to do because, sad to say, I don't trust them 100 % in terms of money vs. welfare of our dog. In other words, they do treat him and well, but they often add additional items that are not medicinal and when I've asked about it they say, "oh you don't have to buy it we just thought we'd put it in" and then they take it out. Or they have the patients see the vet tech instead of the actual vet, like seeing a Nurse Practitioner and seeing the doctor for 2 seconds, if that.

 We are stuck with this vet for now until October because we had purchased an insurance through them and both DH and I are retired and on a fixed income.

 At any rate, I didnt' mean to turn this into a rant but have any of your pups had on issue with ongoing diarrhea but otherwise healthy? Oscar is so playful and is always on the go. Other than that he seems fine.

 Thank you for any advice.

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Comment by Amy Schlichter on March 29, 2018 at 9:32am

My 16 week old pup has very soft stools as well, kind of like soft-serve ice cream. My vet said this is pretty normal for a puppy. As long as it has some form to it, it's fine. If they are watery, that is different. Also, if they eat a chicken-based dog food and you give them milk bones or training treats, those can have a beef base and that can cause softer stools. 

Comment by Ann Jakuboski on February 13, 2018 at 1:51pm
have you tried the prescription low digestive prescription food by royal canin. We had the same issue after about with giardia
Comment by DonMarie & Picco on February 10, 2018 at 10:38am

Hoping it's whipworm, like you said, easy fix!

Comment by Richard Somma on February 9, 2018 at 11:29pm

I believe it is most likely a ''food'' problem. I am guessing you are feeding your puppy store bought food. You should immediately switch to a healthy , safe, nutritious diet. This will work wonders for your dog and he will thrive on it.

Breakfast- fresh made gently boiled/ simmered whole chicken thighs [with skin and bone on] . Remove bone before feeding and give him soup as well. Can mix in a little bit mixed veggies.[carrot, green beans etc diced.

Lunch- beef liver 4 times week, chicken liver 1 time week [ can boil gently..in water or chicken soup from breakfast...good amount liver but mix in some hamburger[ also some mixed veggies] 

dinner-hamburger and mixed veggies....or salmon or pork[its ok for dogs!] 

other options are scrambled eggs, raw, yes raw chicken thighs as well as raw chicken thigh bone but remove both ends[knuckles]

I KNOW most dog problems stem from the '''cereal''' crap food sold at pet stores and marketed as good for the dogs.....Do you think any animal including us humans would last very long eating cereal 3 times a day for our entire lives????? 

And DONT fix your dog until he is at least 4 years old, if at all........ 

     

Comment by Teri Fernandez on February 8, 2018 at 8:19pm
Thank you yes we are giving her good food, I bit the bullet and took him to another vet today and am so glad I did ! She thinks he may have either whipworms (easy to diagnose and treat) or something more exotic and less likely Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency.
Right now we are doing the rule out for whipworm and also switched him to a (really expensive) gastrointestinal food to see if he improves. She did say what you did that these pups are very sensitive and have allergies and GI problems. Thank you so much for your response and comment!
Comment by DonMarie & Picco on February 8, 2018 at 7:26pm

Might be a food allergy?  Are you feeding a high-quality food?  Are you feeding store bought treats?  Search through the blogs, there is a TON of advice! Doodles tend to have sensitive digestion and allergies.

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