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Chronic Diarrhea

Discussion in 'Dog Health issues and questions' started by SillySherlok, Jan 19, 2009.

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  1. SillySherlok

    SillySherlok Boxer Buddy

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    Ok, so I'm over this and I have no idea what else to do. I figured it will be good to turn to other boxer owners who might just know what I'm going through and can offer their personal advice.

    Sherlock has had chronic diarrhea and first, he was diagnosed with 3+ giardia. However, we treated it with flagyl and then two separate rounds of panacur. His stool has been fine for a month or so and now is back to the runny stuff.
    He has no appetite loss, no energy loss or anything. The vet said he believes he might have boxer colitis and if he gets a flare up in his gut, to use flagy; it is also an anti-inflammatory as well as antibiotic.
    Needless to say, I've been using it for three days now and nothing. He still has the runs.
    I'm also using brown rice and even bran to stop it. nothing is working.
    He is eating innova and I believe i might switch him to grain free or perhaps the royal canine for boxers. I have no idea what to do and if this is right.
    Does anyone know what might be going on?

    There are sooo many reasons for diarrhea in adults that I see as a nurse. I have tried sooo many things too, but nothing is working.
    Perhaps some of you have had this experience and can offer some words of wisdom for me. I thank you in advance:)
     
  2. silly24boxer

    silly24boxer Super Boxer

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    I have never ever heard of using bran. I would think it would make you go more. Gauge just got over the diarrhea too. I used boiled russet potatoes and chicken. The rice did not work for him but the potatoes did. We fasted for 24 hours and than feed the potatoes and chicken for 5 days than slowly very slowly added his other foods again.
     
  3. silly24boxer

    silly24boxer Super Boxer

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    You may want to ad fortiflora to his food you can get it at your vets. I would check out the food area of this web sites it will tell what the top dry dog foods are and royal cainn is really low on the list. Gauge is on oijen and natural balance duck and potato.
     
  4. Gruntsmom

    Gruntsmom Boxer Insane

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    Poor Sherlock! :( I agree with silly24boxer. The bran and brown rice may be further irritating the colon. The fast is good to give his digestive tract a rest - the bland food will be easier on it.
    Sending healing vibes to your boy, I hope he is better soon. Please keep us posted.
     
  5. BxrMommieNAZ

    BxrMommieNAZ Boxer Insane

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    Psyllium works WONDERS. I use Yerba Prima because there isn't a bunch of garbage in it but you can get it at Wal-Mart to see if it works. I get mine online but you can get Yerba Prima in health food stores. A bio chemist recommended it to me and it works great for my guy with colitis when he has a flare up.

    You can also use a probiotic which may help.

    For my colitis guy I use a probiotic with each meal, ProZyme, and then when he has a flare up psyllium.

    Good luck!

    Oh and I'd stay away from the Royal Canin Boxers it's a really crummy food.
     
  6. SillySherlok

    SillySherlok Boxer Buddy

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    Thank you

    I completely forgot the benefits of psyllium. I just started him on boiled chicken, white rice and pumpkin for 7 days. I am going to give his gut a rest, but something inside is telling me he might be allergic to chicken. My last white boxer was so and it took me forever to figure it out.

    Silly24boxer, how is that potato and duck working out? It's the grain free one, right? I was thinking after this 7 days, perhaps I can slowly introduce that food and hope for something great to come out of it.

    I feel so awful for him; straining. People are always asking me if he's sick and he's not.

    As far as the bran is concerned, it absorbs eight times its own weight and soaks up the extra fluid in the intestines.

    I really appreciate everyone's input:) Thank you!
     
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  7. silly24boxer

    silly24boxer Super Boxer

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    The natural balance duck and potato works great for Gauge. I am mixing it with orijen and canidea right now to use up some of the stuff I have left. I also make home cooked food for Gauge so he gets 50% homemade plus the kibble at each meal.
     
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    sonomagirl Boxer Booster

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    How ironic..... I fed my dog Innova when she was a puppy and her stomach has not been the same since. Chronic diarrhea for years after that. I finally went to a raw diet and things are better, but not 100%. My dog trainer said that she knows two people who had their boxers on Innova and both ended up having to have stomach surgery. Wish I had known that before I gave her that brand. Good luck.
     
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    EAO76 Boxer Insane

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    Yes this is true. In small amounts bran can help with diarrhea. And in case anyone was wondering this is also why pumpkin can help with diarrhea. It’s the fiber in pumpkin that absorbs excess water and bulks up the stools to make them firmer.

    Boxer colitis is the pits! I have seen many dogs come into our rescue with this condition. There is another treatment that you can try that includes a combo of two different antibiotics (I think one of them is Baytril and I can’t remember the other but a quick search on this board will get you the protocol). In the dogs that I have seen diets such as raw and home cooked has done the trick. I have also seen success with the natural balance duck & potato food.

    Also (as another poster mentioned) making plain russet mashed potatoes can work wonders. I had a foster that had terrible diarrhea and what finally cleared it up was about two days of eating nothing but the mashed potatoes. That really gave him the break that his system needed and then we were able to slowly introduce regular food again.

    Good luck
     
  10. Tiga

    Tiga Boxer Buddy

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    Homecooked or raw!! I was not a believer but now I am.
    It was the only thing that helped our dog. I tried experimenting, as well, and I found all rice/oatmeal/anything of the sort caused more runny poop.
    Sweet potatoes seem to be easiest on her.
    The recommendations for probiotics are also fantastic. Has there been any break in the runnyness? Maybe try fasting for a day and then starting on some homecooking for a while.
     
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