Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
Re: Soft stool for over a month now...
His fecal sample four days ago was 100% clear/healthy.
I'm not sure if Giarddia is part of what the tests look for but but when I heard the test was negative (compared to last time where he had the hookworm/coccidia) I was happy and figured he just needed to get used to a normal food...and yes, he was on a bland diet for the past 3-4 weeks off and on. In other words, he would have loose stools so we'd give him just boiled chicken/rice. Then they'd firm up and we'd start mixing in pro-plan puppy chicken/rice a little at a time with the bland diet. Then once he was back on 100% pro-plan he'd get loose stools again. This would start the cycle all over again. He was on a bunch of meds. Two that come to mind are the sulfacilicide and flagyl. His last sulf. pill is tomorrow. I've been giving him the flagyl at the request of my vet and another vet at the practice was only too happy to give me more but again, it just seems like a band-aid, not a cure.
I'm going to mention the two mentioned already (EPI/SIBO) to my vet. She's a good doc. It was a slow/frustrating road to recovery with our chinchilla (had to force feed/hydrate) but she pulled through and is full of piss and vinegar still today! So if this is just a slow recovery (BUT FROM WHAT?!?!?) fine, if not, and it's a life-long thing...I'm not really sure where to go with that.
"Sheep fear the sheepdog because it is not a sheep, but when the wolves come around the sheep all cower behind the sheepdog"~LTC Dave Grossman, RANGER, Ph.D