Giardia and stool issues with my puppy

Discussion in 'Labrador health' started by Kelly Wiley, Jun 19, 2020.

  1. Kelly Wiley

    Kelly Wiley Registered Users

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    Hello all!
    This post is about my 6 month old black lab puppy Moose.
    I am so glad I found this forum. When I got my puppy in March, he had loose stools right off the bat. I thought it was just stress, and I didn't think much of it. After 3 weeks, things got worse. I took him to the vet, we did a stool test, and found Giardia. He was on Panacur and Metronidazole for 3 weeks. He has since had 3 stool tests, all showing no parasites, however, his stools never got back to normal. He has had constant loose/watery/diarrhea and goes 6-10 times a day. Sadly, he's never gone a full day with all normal poop. Here are the things I have tried:
    -Expensive blood tests to check for malabsorption, maldigestion, pancreas issues - all came out perfectly normal.
    - Grain free food
    -Prescription food diet
    -Changes of protein in his food (chicken, beef, turkey)
    -Honest Kitchen food
    -Fiber supplements
    -Probiotic supplements
    -De-wormers

    All of which have been unsuccessful. Three days ago he started having another round of uncontrollable diarrhea (all over the house, his crate) and he was having bowel movements 10 times a day. We are on another round of Metronidazole and I have been giving him a little Imodium. This is helping. Has anyone ever had an experience like this? I am just lost and exhausted. It's so hard to maintain with the constant clean-up, ruining the yard and house with the bowel movements, and I feel like it's affecting his growth, health, and behavior. He also had a double ear infection last week.
    We love him so much, and it's hard to see him suffer. If anyone has any advice at all, or has dealt with something similar, I would really appreciate it any feedback. I often feel hopeless, and it's an awful feeling.

    Thank you so much.
    -Kelly
     
  2. Jillydm

    Jillydm Registered Users

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    Hi Kelly
    We have experienced very similar to you with our yellow Lab, now 2 years old.
    Virtually same time as you, we had giardia, campylobacter, ear infections. One after the other. Giardia three times and campylobacter twice. Three or four ear infections. Very loose stools from day one, so grim to pick up. Even after treatment the loose stools would return. We’ve had lots of tests, all clear. Been on probiotics, have changed food, dropped all treats ( just giving him his meal food for treats).
    I think we have cracked it at just over two years old! He is now on Scrumbles. I saw this food on Dragons Den - especially for dogs with sensitive stomachs. Also the first dog food apparently to have probiotic in it.
    On Dragons Den they said it was only the dry KIBBLE that was for sensitive tums and that the treats were not. I’m not sure about the wet food either.
    Bailey only has the chicken kibble, fish has caused bad poops in past. I am going to try him with a small amount of wet soon.
    He has a tiny bit of apple as a treat sometimes. He can’t have carrot, it causes a lot of gas and runny poops!
    Good luck Kelly, I feel your frustration.
     
  3. Kelly Wiley

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    Thank you so much for sharing! I really appreciate it.
     
  4. J.D

    J.D Supporting Member Forum Supporter

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    So sorry you are having such a rotten start with your pup.
    Mine had loose stools from day one but nothing like the problems you are having. Has also had Campylobacter and Giardia.
    The only foods he has been ok on are Royal Canin Anallergenic (not hypoallergenic) and raw. Since switching to raw complete meals we have never looked back. I hope you find a solution soon.
     
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