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02-23-2014 11:57 PM
JJJ89 Well he went to the vet last week and they sent samples to a lab for a some more testing and some of the results came in. He tested positive for salmonella and a large bacterial growth. Vet said he would need to be on long term meds to get rid of the growth. Seems my boy has a very weak immune system and hasn't been handling the raw well.

He has been back on a bland diet and his poops are good again so depending on the rest of the test results we might have to switch back to kibble. Not really a fan of this but I'm starting to see no other options.
02-14-2014 07:52 PM
Shaolin I'm not a RAW/BARF pro by any means, so take this with a grain of salt, but my dog can get seriously loose stools when I let him have the skin of the chicken, but handles chicken just fine. No clue why, but it's a few days until he's normal again.

Once the Giardia treatment is done, you could try taking the skin off and see if that helps.

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02-14-2014 07:24 PM
JJJ89 The chicken is not real fatty but I do leave skin on. Breast are always skinless but everything else has skin. He did get panacur the first 3 days of treatment. To be honest I would have to look up the name of the med he was taking.

I threw away all his toys and bought new ones when treatment was done and washed everything twice to ensure I got rid of it.

I was counting heart as organ thanks for the correction.

We have been thinking he might be allergic but not sure as he was good with it before he got sick. We are also thinking his stomach might still be weak so it can't handle the raw. He has a vet appointment Tuesday to see if the giardia is back until then we have started his bland diet again to see if that helps.
02-14-2014 10:58 AM
Originally Posted by JJJ89 View Post
I wasn't very clear in my post he gets one RMB a day. So he is getting 50% MM and 50% RMB. We had just started on organ so he was getting a tiny bit of liver or heart every once in a while and then we started having his worms now giardia so he hasn't had any raw or bone in the past couple weeks.

Didn't look ahead to see if someone already mentioned mentioned organ as liver and heart....liver certainly qualifies....but I have been told to view heart more as MM...which makes sense seeing how the heart is one solid muscle to the greater degree.

02-14-2014 10:50 AM
blackshep Didn't read the whole thread, what did your vet treat the giardia with?

Metronidazole upset my dog's tummy big time. I also had a HORRIBLE time getting rid of the giardia. Wash EVERYTHING, including the dog, bedding bowls & toys. Get a steam mop.

Are you feeding a lot of fat with the chicken (skin on?). That can cause loose poop as well (as does organ meat).
02-14-2014 09:12 AM
AmyOle Have you considered puppy might be allergic to chicken? We feed raw, but have to stick to turkey, beef, buffalo, etc. my girl has diarrhea when she gets chicken in any form!
(Also- check ingredients on training treats! Easily overlooked!)
02-14-2014 12:38 AM
Doc Try 10% liquid goat wormer for Giardia (Panacur). Then go with chicken then try pork.
02-14-2014 12:25 AM
Lauri & The Gang I would suggest cutting back the amount of food a bit. Loose stools when feeding raw is usually a sign of OVER feeding.

I would feed 20 ounces of food twice a day for a week and see how that goes.
02-13-2014 12:28 AM
JJJ89 Jack turns a year 21st of this month and is about 85 lbs might have lost a little while sick but nothing I can tell. He eats 1.5 pound twice daily. Meal consist of 15 ounces of RMB thigh,wing, neck or back And 9 ounces of breast. Also gets the occasional egg w/shell usually every other day and is not calculated in his meals. Also takes a probiotic twice a day and fish oil with vit E in it. No organ currently was gonna wait till all health issues were solved. I usually buy whole butchered chicken with no organ and separate the whole thing into portions listed above.

This is increased over the old 12 ounces of breast and 12 ounces RMB or 50/50 that I stated early.
02-12-2014 11:55 PM
Lauri & The Gang
Originally Posted by JJJ89 View Post
I increased his rmb a little like suggested and he was doing great. Until late last night when he went from great to horrible with no signs and he had very watery stool which is still occurring.
Need a bit more info ...

How old is the dog?
How much does he currently weigh?
How much (in pounds and ounces) are you feeding each day?
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