she definitely gets a loose stool when she's had a lot of excitement, like a long play date or an energetic ball session.
we just got back from the vets, and here's the news:
-he discovered a parasite in her fecal smear-despite having a fecal exam at a different vets 10 days ago that came back negative. he said that unless a fecal smear is done on site immediately, anytime a fecal exam is sent off site, it's generally treated with a chemical that separates the parasites from the stool, which can also kill down the number of parasitic eggs in the sample, so it's always best to get a fresh exam!
- i mentioned a concern about addisons disease, and instead of running the full test, he's testing her resting cortisol, which will determine if she's needs to have the rest of the addison test run.
- he also took blood to run, results to come shortly.
- he prescribed a course of Metrondazole (Flagyl) pills for the parasite, and once that is finished, if/when she has loose stool again, then to give her Sulfsalazine pills which act as an anti-inflammatory, and will help solidify her stool.
-and last but not least, nil-by-mouth except for the Prescription I-D dry food (3 cups a day). No treats, nothing else. Once she's more frequent/constant then we will see what the next step is with her food options, as she definitely has a weak stomach.
i'll post her blood results once i get them, and thanks for all your input.