AllisonPibbleLvr wrote:Which meds is she on specifically? Has she had a fecal float done?
mtlu wrote:Hmm, I'm not familiar with the condition of rectal prolapse but I would be very concerned with her being on antibiotics for a year. Since antibiotics kills all bacteria, then she has no "gut flora" - i.e. good bacteria - that is also necessary for the digestive system to work properly.
If there's no reason for her to stay on antibiotics (again, I'm not familiar with what causes/happens with rectal prolapse), then I would start her on a good probiotic and wait at least two or three months (it takes a while to rebuild the gut flora) before starting to slowly transition her to a different food. Giving probiotics at the same time as antibiotics is useless because the antibiotics will nullify the effect of the probiotics.
AllisonPibbleLvr wrote:Cases like starry's can be difficult to resolve. Was the rectal prolapse caused by a pre-existing condition that was made worse by poor nutrition or are her current issues a result of the prolapse?
Metronidazole is often used in chronic GI cases but if it isn't working, I'd recommend doing some more testing to get to the bottom of her issues.
Also, there's no point in you guys spending a small fortune on z/d if she's getting other food/treats/etc. z/d is kind of like the "end of the road" diet.
It seems to me like something isn't quite working. If it was my dog I'd be tempted to do some more digging to find out the source of the problem rather than just treating her symptoms.
A case like Starry's should be closely dealt with by a vet you trust.
In the meantime, I'm sure proviorics wouldn't hurt but as human gut bacteria varies significant from that of a dogs, there's no guarantee that human grade probiotics will help.
Our foster dog had diarrhea after being on antibiotics for her skin and we used Fortiflora with some success.
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