Please Help- Sick dog, Unproductive vet visit
So took the dog to the vets today for the third time in as many weeks.
During the weekend of Mar 25-26 I noticed that the dog was coming down with something stomach wise so we switched him to just kibble. He was getting progressively softer stools and doing little stretches like his stomach hurt. We normally feed him kibble in the morning and raw in the evenings and for the most part he's had an iron stomach (until now). On Monday night it progressed to diarrhea that he could not longer hold, became bloody, and he started throwing up. We live in the middle of rural Japan and no vets clinics were open until morning. I considered knocking on some doors (2 of the local vets live in houses attached to their clinics and will answer emergencies), but the dog was waking me up every hour to let him out so I took him to the earliest vet clinic to open first in the morning. There he got an anti-nausea shot, diarrhea pills, and an antibiotic. Stool test was negative for parasites. After the vet appointment he seemed to improve. No more bloody diarrhea or throwing up. Just weird poop, but that is to be expected while on antibiotics.
I thought once he got off the antibiotics his stool would slowly return to normal. Instead of returning to normal his poop regressed to a constant state of diarrhea with intermittent episodes of blood and nausea. In other words he was still sick, just not as severely as that one night.
Took him to our normal vets again this Tuesday. He was scheduled for his yearly vaccines and wellness check. I told the vet tech about the illness and she recorded the symptoms (the vet was in surgery) and instead of vaccines he got another stool sample test and an appointment with the vet today.
Today they just basically took the stool sample, lightly admonished me for giving him uncooked food and bones, and said it might be remnant of bones still hurting him but they can't do xray until at least after Tuesday. I'm pretty sure if he had a perforated intestine since the end of March he would be dead by now and if he did wouldn't that be a medicals emergency, really Tuesday!?
They said feed him just kibble and nothing else even treats starting now, to try and get back to a baseline. The problem is that is what we've been doing for three weeks now. We did try also try a few meals of high quality chicken breast (We live in Japan, I'm talking the sashimi grade stuff) and one of pork tenderloin since he wasn't improving on the kibble, but made no deference to the diarrhea. We even threw out the old kibble and bought a fresh bag just in case.
The stool test took today is to test for salmonella and other bacterial (instead of parasites that the first two tested for). The problem is they had to send the test to a lab and the results won't be back for 1-2 weeks?! Is that normal? In the mean time the dog is in obvious discomfort.
Of course there are remedies like slippery elm and dog specific probiotics that I could order from the internet, but it defeats the purpose if they take 1-2 weeks to arrive. Is there anything I can purchase from the grocery store and give him in the meantime that could help him out? Already tried pumpkin in his kibble.
Last edited by Bjax; 04-21-2017 at 07:24 AM.