Dog's recurring diarrhea after multiple antibiotics treatments
Larger than usual stool
We have a five-year-old golden retriever Max. Ever since he was a puppy he has always had issues with diarrhea.
For the entire first year of his life, he was repeatedly treated with antibiotics (at least one week every month) for diarrhea that kept returning. It would always start off with a larger than usual stool where the second half would be soft, yellow with mucus. This was usually followed by 8-12 hours of outbursts of increasingly watery diarrhea with mucus and sometimes blood.
Our vet could not find anything unusual in his stool so he would always prescribe the same antibiotic. After about a year, we were desperate.
I found that the cause was probably giardia and gave Max a course of Panacur for 7 days and then repeated that again after 2 weeks based on the regimen of greatdanelady.com
. This really helped.
We had no major issues and he would only get a bacteria diarrhea every 3 months or so. I believe the cause of this could be the fact that we live in a big city and the contamination levels are likely very high or that he likes to scoff food/other dog faeces when on the walk when we are not watching.
In February this year, Max was diagnosed with mast cell tumor and underwent a surgical removal together with a two-month course of Prednisone. I decided I wanted to make his recovery as efficient as possible and decided to change his diet (I feed him 1 cup of Artemis Fresh Mix + 1/2 can of Osopure canned food every day).
Additionally he gets 3 K9 Immunity Plus treats, 2 capsules of Natrol Milk Thistle 525mg, 2 capsules of PB8 probiotic and 2 wafers of Dancing Paws Multivitamin & Mineral DAILY (based on your advice).
About one week after his surgery he got diarrhea. Larger than usual stool, second half very soft with visible mucus (pictures attached). He also vomited a few times.
I immediately picked up a sample and took it
to the vet for testing. He found unusual long bacteria type (one that Max never had before) but he did not know the name. He prescribed 5-days of Doxycycline.
Two weeks later, the same issue returns. This time the vet suggested we have the bacteria type identified properly in a lab. A possible match could be a bacteria called "Clostridium Perfringens", however, I need to wait for a week for a confirmation from the lab. Max was given 10-days of Doxycycline today.
I see the possible cause of this could be him eating something bad outside, weakened immunity after Prednisone or food change (by adding canned food into his dry after surgery). It would not surprise me that his first year of life on antibiotics could have something to do with his cancer.
I would like to put an end to this and find supplements that could help his digestive tract become strong enough to fight off the hurdle of bacteria he encounters. Antibiotics may help short term but they seem to offer no solution long term.
1. PROBIOTIC - is PB8 potent enough for this? Would there be any benefit in switching to this (click here to see)
or any other more potent formula?
2. RUNNIPOO - I just purchased this as recommended on your diarrhea page
. Would this be strong enough to help? Is there anything similar I could give him every day to help fight bacteria and strengthen his digestion?
3. FOOD - Strangely he does seem to be more diarrhea-resistant on a diet that contains more fibre. Although this seems contrary to the diet prescribed to cancer patients. I was thinking about adding a couple of tablespoons of cooked rice into his meals. Does this make any sense?
4. TREATS - Max loves crunching on a piece of raw carrot or apple. He was always fine in the past but since his surgery giving him these somehow coincided with getting sick. Is it possible there is a connection?
Any help is greatly appreciated. Many thanks!
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