Reoccuring Dog Diarrhea
My dog has had reoccurring cases of diarrhea and has had 2 UTIs. She is currently free of UTI but just started having diarrhea again a few days ago.
She is a 5 month old blue Great Dane puppy. We normally feed her Innova Large Breed Puppy Food but have switched her to chicken and rice with a little canned pumpkin until her stool returns to normal.
My concern is that this will keep happening and I will have to keep switching her to chicken and rice which I am sure does not have all of the nutrients necessary to her quickly-growing body.
She has always been a little on the slim side. We let her eat until she is full 3 times a day, and she has had relatively loose stools for the most part, but not diarrhea.
The breeder had us feeding her Iams puppy food but I switched her to large breed and to what seems to be a better quality food after some reading.
She did have Giardia when we first got her but she was not symptomatic. I am having her poop tested again to make sure that did not come back.
The more I think about it the more I see a correspondence with her vaccination schedules - the diarrhea usually starting about a week after the vaccine. She also has some patchy hair loss on her lower back and tail which seems to get worse with each vaccination. I am starting to wonder if she is having a reaction to those.
Back to the diarrhea: I am wondering about the best way to feed her to avoid this is. I have read a little about raw diets but they seem very complicated and I am unsure if they are a good idea for a large breed puppy.
So I guess my question is - Is there a relatively simple way for me to alter her diet or some kind of supplementation that can help avoid the diarrhea? The vet is insisting she have another DHVP shot in 2 weeks despite the fact that she has had 3 already. I think they are refusing to count the one the breeder gave her so I am worried about another bought of this, but I'm even more worried that this is a chronic condition.
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