Health problems returning, SO fruturating....

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Health problems returning, SO fruturating....

Postby AmstaffMommy » Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:10 am

After a horrible weekend of sick doggie, I am so frusturated. Need to vent!

Last summer/fall Rocky started having all sort of digestive issues. It became a cycle of 12-24 hours of loose poop, then fine for a day or so, then another session of the runs, then fine for a few days, then EXPLOSIVE diarrhea that would require a vet visit, fluids, fecal tests, blood tests, and they would give him antibiotics and then it would go away. Rinse and repeat every 4 - 6 weeks. Nothing was ever found in the fecals other than "bacteria" and I got so annoyed with the constant patching up with antibiotics insteads of figuring out what was causing it. And the other mystery is when this cycle started he got these bumps on his head and shoulders. They dont itch or bother him, but are very small little solid bumps (3 to 4 at a time) that would pop up, go away, etc.

So we switched his food back in the fall from Merrick to Canidae and poof, everything seemed to clear up. No more stomach issues, no more bumps. I thought we found the issue (an allergy to something in his food).

NOPE! it is all back, the runs, the same pattern of it coming on slowly and going away before getting bad, and the BUMPS are back. The idea of going back to the vet time and time again with no results is not something me or the BF are looking forward to, and the thing is our vet it the BF's SIL so me asking to maybe get a second opinion doesnt go over well with him since she is family. But something has to get solved here!

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Postby Maryellen » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:02 am

what water does he play in? does he run around on the grass? is he caught eating duck /bird poop???

it sounds like there is some sort of environment thing bothering him... like him eating something yucky..

or it could be a parasite from whatever he is eating outside, or reinfecting him self...

does he drink from standing water outside? or streams, ponds? stuff like that?

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Postby Maryellen » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:03 am

start writing a journal of rocky. what he does, every day, and this way you can see what possibly triggers these episodes..

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Postby pitgrrl » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:42 am

I don't know about the bumps, but Streets seems to have his worst bouts of digestive issues in the time between summer/fall and winter/spring. In fact this morning, which is almost down to the day of when it happened last year, Streets had mucous filled, runny stool. Like in your case, nothing definative is ever found as a cause and all regular vets have to offer is round after round of antibiotics which do little if anything.

So all that to say, I don't really have any answers, but I can certainly sympathize with the frustration.

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Postby AmstaffMommy » Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:02 am

pitgrrl wrote:I don't know about the bumps, but Streets seems to have his worst bouts of digestive issues in the time between summer/fall and winter/spring. In fact this morning, which is almost down to the day of when it happened last year, Streets had mucous filled, runny stool. Like in your case, nothing definative is ever found as a cause and all regular vets have to offer is round after round of antibiotics which do little if anything.

So all that to say, I don't really have any answers, but I can certainly sympathize with the frustration.


Yep, that sounds like the poop, running, mucus filled nastiness :po:

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Postby pitgrrl » Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:07 am

Actually, one thing I can suggest is slippery elm powder. You can get it at health food stores and it's been far more helpful with Streets than anything the vet has given me. I give about 1/3 tsp with each meal.

I suggest this ofcourse with the assumption that you know what's going on, I wouldn't want it to seem like I'm saying not to go to the vet if something is wrong.

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Postby pblove » Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:49 am

AmstaffMommy wrote:
pitgrrl wrote:I don't know about the bumps, but Streets seems to have his worst bouts of digestive issues in the time between summer/fall and winter/spring. In fact this morning, which is almost down to the day of when it happened last year, Streets had mucous filled, runny stool. Like in your case, nothing definative is ever found as a cause and all regular vets have to offer is round after round of antibiotics which do little if anything.

So all that to say, I don't really have any answers, but I can certainly sympathize with the frustration.


Yep, that sounds like the poop, running, mucus filled nastiness :po:

so you don't feel alone, Paige also has the same twice a year issue here. same time of the year as pitgrrl's dog, Streets !

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Postby cecollins » Mon Mar 10, 2008 12:56 pm

Oh No! I wish I had some words of wisdom for poor ROcky and his momma. :hug:
I can only send warm wishes and crossed paws in hopes that he is feeling better soon! Please keep us updated!

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Postby Carla » Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:14 pm

Ask for a referral to a canine dermatology specialist. Expensive, yes, but one will help zero in on the problem quicker.

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Postby AmstaffMommy » Tue Mar 11, 2008 6:07 am

Carla wrote:Ask for a referral to a canine dermatology specialist. Expensive, yes, but one will help zero in on the problem quicker.

Carla


We have decided the next step is doing full allergy tests to see if that is the issue and what he is allergic to.

Maybe it isnt even allergies, who knows :(

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Postby chewbecca » Tue Mar 11, 2008 6:21 am

I hope Rocky feels better!!! I really hope you get some answers!

And I want you to know, that Ella gets the bumps, too, but she doesn't get the digestive issues.

BUT, we're off to the vet today because I'm SICK AND TIRED of the freakin' skin issues that I could SCREAM!!!

We find out there's bacteria in the sores/bumps/cysts/ whatever-the-hell-they-are, so we treat with antibiotics. But that's NOT the solution to the problem, ONLY the solution to the SYMPTOM.

I'm straight up asking the vet today what we can do to find out EXACTLY what these sores are and WHY they keep popping up (once we have them cleared) every 3 months or so.

If I don't get answers, Ella will have a resistance to every antibiotic out there that is good for skin issues. Then what? She'll be screwed.


Sorry, I didn't mean to post about Ella's issues. I just wanted you to know that I can relate to the frustrations of not knowing what the hell is causing the problem. Good luck!

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Postby jewelsdaddy » Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:09 am

Carla is right. Dermatologist are great. A little more expensive but will in the long run save you money. My regular vet kept treating Jewel for allergies and giving her low dose pred. We got tired and found an out of town vet that comes here twice a month. Turns out it wasn't allergies bumps but staph. The Pred the vet was giving her makes the inflammation go away but without antibiotics the staph never goes away. Now she is doing a lot better than she was.

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Postby dragynflye » Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:26 am

poor rocky! i hate the thought of him not feeling well!

**hugs** to you and him, and i hope you find what the problem is!


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