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Old 02-02-2013, 07:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Smile Hello all, I am in need of advice (diahrea issues)

Hi, I am excited about being on this forum. Ive never added to one before just thought it would be helpful to me. I have had my 4 year old shepherd for 3 years. I adopted her when she was 1 and sadly missed out on her puppy stages. She's my best friend though and the worlds best dog. I recently got a male GSD for christmas. After having Sasha, I really wanted a male. Unfortunately he did not come from good breeders and Ive had him for 2 months. He is my little ray of sunshine and I wouldn't trade him for anything. But he has had diarrhea since I've had him. I work at an animal emergency hospital and he has come there several times and been to his regular vet multiple time. Been on many types of meds for his diarrhea and change in diet. I am now considering sending off a fecal panel to check for things like IPE, large bowel syndrome, bacteria overgrowth (sibo) and various other things. He otherwise is a happy, healthy puppy. Gains weight and no vomiting. Canned pumpkin has helped greatly. Just wondering if anyone else has ever had this issues?

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Old 02-02-2013, 07:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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We're dealing with long-term diarrhea (since Thanksgiving, give or take) and had Rebel tested for sibo, epi and b12 deficiency. The only one positive was the B12, but now he has a middle ear infection and is on antibiotics that commonly cause diarrhea.

Have you tried the typical bland diet of rice and meat for a few days? Sounds like a blood panel and fecal would be a good idea in the meantime. Good luck.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, it helped some. I was concerned with keeping him on it because he is so young and it wasn't something I was comfortable with keeping him on because of nutrients. He has been on two doses of metronidazole (an anti-diarrheal/ antibiotic) and pro pectilin and forti flora. I guess that is my next best option. Trying to do research on the GSD gastrointestinal system and best foods for them
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Yes, it helped some. I was concerned with keeping him on it because he is so young and it wasn't something I was comfortable with keeping him on because of nutrients. He has been on two doses of metronidazole (an anti-diarrheal/ antibiotic) and pro pectilin and forti flora. I guess that is my next best option. Trying to do research on the GSD gastrointestinal system and best foods for them


Good luck to you! Whatever I seem to "discover" only works for a very short time... I too didn't want to keep mine on the rice/meat mix due to nutrient issues.
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Welcome to the forum Sorry about the food issues though.
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Welcome! What is his diet like?
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I switched him to a grain free chicken sweet potato pumpkin diet by natures recipe.


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Welcome to the forum and have to say our breed does seem prone to stomach/poop issues.

Hopefully you'll get a handle on it when the test results come back.

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Sounds like you've got a tough problem. The panel of tests is a good idea. I would call his breeder and ask what they fed. It wouldn't hurt to know. The food you picked looks pretty bland and no grains, unless he is sensitive to chicken. Is he getting treats? Is he eating the bigger dog's poop? Good luck to you, hope this is something the vet can id.
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Default Hello all, I am in need of advice (diahrea issues)

He came from a first time breeder :/ they didn't really know what they were doing and did not do their research. Luckily I didn't pay much for my pup. His first real meal was cat food he was malnourished when I got him and it took lots of meds and good meals to get him healthy. Minus the diarrhea that is


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