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Hello everyone! My family and I added our pup Simon into our family in the beginning of May. He is currently 4 1/2 months old. He was eating Taste of the Wild. We planned on keeping him on it for a short time (through the initial adjustment) and then switch to another puppy food. About a week after we brought him home he started having very loose stools (mainly overnight). Collected sample and results came back negative for any parasite. Vet decided to treat anyway. We had him on chicken a rice for a few days and started to introduce puppy food back in. We decided to switch his food to Nutro since it had been over a week since he had puppy food. We did it slowly and diarrhea came back when we were feeding him 1/2 cup chicken and rice mixture and 1/2 cup food. Another stool sample and another negative result. Vet decided to treat Metrozandole (sorry Spelling) for 2 weeks. As soon as the meds were out of his system the loose stools to diarrhea consistency returned. Vet put him on Hill’s Prescription ID. He had diarrhea the first night. Called Vet and she put him back on the Metrozandole for another 2 weeks. Soft stools to diarrhea with some mucus returned. Called vet and they wanted to do another round of meds. Decided to get a second opinion. Blood work was done and all labs look normal. Stool tests were clear too. The 2nd opinion felt like it could be a sensitivity and we should look into different foods. She recommended PPP Sensitive Stomach and Skin. Thankfully Simon is very healthy other than his tummy. He is active and loving, and so cute. He has been on chicken and rice for the last 3 days. Wondering if anyone has had similar issues and what food helped their pup? Thank you!
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Hello everyone! My family and I added our pup Simon into our family in the beginning of May. He is currently 4 1/2 months old. He was eating Taste of the Wild. We planned on keeping him on it for a short time (through the initial adjustment) and then switch to another puppy food. About a week after we brought him home he started having very loose stools (mainly overnight). Collected sample and results came back negative for any parasite. Vet decided to treat anyway. We had him on chicken a rice for a few days and started to introduce puppy food back in. We decided to switch his food to Nutro since it had been over a week since he had puppy food. We did it slowly and diarrhea came back when we were feeding him 1/2 cup chicken and rice mixture and 1/2 cup food. Another stool sample and another negative result. Vet decided to treat Metrozandole (sorry Spelling) for 2 weeks. As soon as the meds were out of his system the loose stools to diarrhea consistency returned. Vet put him on Hill’s Prescription ID. He had diarrhea the first night. Called Vet and she put him back on the Metrozandole for another 2 weeks. Soft stools to diarrhea with some mucus returned. Called vet and they wanted to do another round of meds. Decided to get a second opinion. Blood work was done and all labs look normal. Stool tests were clear too. The 2nd opinion felt like it could be a sensitivity and we should look into different foods. She recommended PPP Sensitive Stomach and Skin. Thankfully Simon is very healthy other than his tummy. He is active and loving, and so cute. He has been on chicken and rice for the last 3 days. Wondering if anyone has had similar issues and what food helped their pup? Thank you!
Tummy issues have been our biggest challenges so I feel your pain! Sullivan is 12 weeks and we had/have some stomach issues with him (he wasn’t pooping and part of that may be because he got into food he shouldn’t). The vet put him on metrozandole aka flagyl for five days and it really helped with getting him back on track. Now that he isn’t on it he only goes 2 times a day if we are lucky. The vet said if he does have a food sensitivity that we won’t know what it is until he is older. He is currently on purina puppy chow complete (which my vet recommends and my friend who is a vet and in a cardiology program
Highly recommended for heart reasons). I was checking with my friend who is a vet and told her that someone who I had talked to about Sully’s belly issues said her dog is on a probiotic powder and I asked my friend about it and she said she would usually only recommend that if the animal has diarrhea. So maybe check with your vet and see if that may be something that can help?
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Hello everyone! My family and I added our pup Simon into our family in the beginning of May. He is currently 4 1/2 months old. He was eating Taste of the Wild. We planned on keeping him on it for a short time (through the initial adjustment) and then switch to another puppy food. About a week after we brought him home he started having very loose stools (mainly overnight). Collected sample and results came back negative for any parasite. Vet decided to treat anyway. We had him on chicken a rice for a few days and started to introduce puppy food back in. We decided to switch his food to Nutro since it had been over a week since he had puppy food. We did it slowly and diarrhea came back when we were feeding him 1/2 cup chicken and rice mixture and 1/2 cup food. Another stool sample and another negative result. Vet decided to treat Metrozandole (sorry Spelling) for 2 weeks. As soon as the meds were out of his system the loose stools to diarrhea consistency returned. Vet put him on Hillís Prescription ID. He had diarrhea the first night. Called Vet and she put him back on the Metrozandole for another 2 weeks. Soft stools to diarrhea with some mucus returned. Called vet and they wanted to do another round of meds. Decided to get a second opinion. Blood work was done and all labs look normal. Stool tests were clear too. The 2nd opinion felt like it could be a sensitivity and we should look into different foods. She recommended PPP Sensitive Stomach and Skin. Thankfully Simon is very healthy other than his tummy. He is active and loving, and so cute. He has been on chicken and rice for the last 3 days. Wondering if anyone has had similar issues and what food helped their pup? Thank you!

Metrozandole can be very rough on the tummy as well, and destroys the good bacteria. Perhaps ask your vet about adding some unflavored yogurt or Kefir to her food. Mine was on another med that wiped out the good bacteria..My vet said fine to Yogart, but opinions might differ.
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Thank you everyone! I should add that he is also on Purina’s FortiFlora probiotic. It seems to have helped a little, but we can not get his stools solid.
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Even if the fecals are clear, things like Coccidia can still be an issue, so your vet was correct to treat. My first thought though was that maybe the treatment should last longer than 2 weeks.

One of my puppies had an ongoing issue with diarrhea and soft stools. Her vet tried treating with metro and flagyl, in 7-10 day increments. Not successful. Xrays normal, bloodwork fine, stool samples clear.

I have an old girl on long term Tylan (intestinal issues caused by teeth abscesses) so I gave her some Tylan to try on the pup. Two weeks (14 days) of Tylan and the puppy has not had any more issues in almost a year. Itís worth asking your vet.

I have also had great luck with the Proviable kit for diarrhea. Itís like a miracle sometimes! Your vet may even have the kit on hand.

https://www.chewy.com/nutramax-provi...arge/dp/101468

Finally, I feed my young girls the ProPlan Sensitive Skin and Stomach Salmon and Rice, and I love it! I still put my momís to be on ProPlan Sport 30/20 but otherwise I feed the PPP SSS. Not, of course, grain free.

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We never had her tested but we are pretty sure amber is allergic to chicken so we don't go that route anymore. She was on the science diet Id for quite a while before finally getting onto regular food. We did it very gradually over a few months. Zignature was recommended by a fellow member and it's worked out well. We give her a combination of wet and dry and probiotic powder to help her tummy.
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Liquid and mucousy stools say either coccidia or giardia to me, even though the tests were negative. We had three negatives before we finally got a positive for coccidia. I would treat another two weeks, THEN do the probiotic (not together at the same time). Treat the problem, then rebuild the good bacteria. I would also keep him on the ID food for at least two more weeks (we used the Purina EN for the duration) because it is just easier on their systems, and everything helps. Hang in there.. it can take a long time to get by these pesky parasites.

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I just posted something similar as I didn't see your thread first. Our 9-month old pup has a sensitive tummy too and we haven't found anything that works besides Hill's i/d. I will be interested in any suggestions you get on food types!
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