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Hi everyone,
I was hoping to get some advice on helping my pup with her diarrhea issues.

To start off, her names is Luna and she’s currently 5 months old. When we got her, she was around 11 weeks old. Her eating was fine. She was eating the royal canin golden retriever puppy food (chicken) and everything seemed to be going well until her 3-4 month mark. That’s when she first started to vomit her food. I noticed that her kibbles where always never digested and so I assumed that she was eating too fast and I started to feed her with a slow feeder. That seemed to be going ok but she would still still dry heave and that still persists to this day.

Around the same time, she started to have loose stools. It would be solid and then consistently get softer and softer to the point that it was watery. I also noticed a mucus layer encasing her poops. Unsure of what it could be, she went to the vet and the vet prescribed her antibiotics and a bland diet of chicken and rice until she felt better. Her poops got firmer with the antibiotics and I thought everything was ok again. She was gradually put back on to her regular kibble and was doing fine until 2-4 days into the kibble, the progression from a mostly solid stool to diarrhea returned :,( I ended up bringing her back to the vet. At this point we have already done two fecal test and both showed no parasites or anything weird in her stool. The vet suspected that it could be colitis and gave us another course of antibiotics (I believe it was metronidazole both times) to maybe clear up any bacteria she has left. She also recommended us switching to Purina pro plan sensitive stomach puppy kibble to see if that would help since apparently puppies can suddenly not take well to kibbles.

She was on the antibiotics and during the time, she did not poop (due to antibiotics) and we gradually introduced the PPP kibble (specifically the salmon one) into her diet. Seemed to be going ok but yet again, 1-2 days into finishing the antibiotics and starting the kibble, the diarrhea has returned :.(((. I thought maybe the kibble was introduced too quickly and so I put her back on the chicken and rice to hopefully re-transition her at an even slower rate; however, this morning she had explosive poop. Her poop is watery and it turns black when left out.

I'm literally so confused on what to do. I don't really give her anything out of the ordinary. She only eats dog friendly things like blueberries, carrots, and training treats which she has been eating since we got her. I've also tried stopping treats completely for a while but it doesn't seem to do the trick. My best guess is that maybe she's eating things outside the ground and picked up something bad. I've also tried switching up the treats based on protein but it doesn't seem to be helping.

It makes me so sad that she just can't seem to breakdown her food properly. I can't help but think that I'm doing something wrong. Also those vet fees be so freaking expensive and insurance takes a billion years to reimburse. I also feel a lil embarrassed to go to the vet every week because I'm scared they'll think I'm a bad owner. Regardless, for her, I'll empty my pockets so I made another appointment today.

But anyway, thanks for listening. I also just want to mention that despite this issue, she is not lethargic, always excited to eat, and still has a ton of energy. Happy that she does have this much energy but this itself also confuses me because she's literally pooping herself out.
 

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See if you can find an internal specialist. Sometimes IBD presents this way and she’ll need more extensive testing.
 

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I'm sorry to hear about the challenges with your girl. Our puppy went through some major diarrhea issues, and continues to have soft stools at 11 months old. Several rounds of Flagyl (whichI think is the same med you mentioned above) were needed to help clear the diarrhea, it would be fine when she was on the meds, but as soon as she came off, more diarrhea (and always at night, in her crate). After round 4 or so she stopped having it, at that point the vet also prescribed a probiotic that we give daily. We are super careful never to feed her anything that could upset her stomach (which seems to be everything). She currently eats PPP salmon sensitive stomach adult and seems to tolerate it. I'm not sure if our girl has some sort of IBD issue, and I hope that things don't get worse in the future. Hope you find a good answer for your puppy, keep us posted!
 

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I'm so sorry you're going through this. I just went through a similar issue with my puppy who is also around 5 months old. Everything was fine, nothing out of the ordinary, same type of food every day (kibble, training treats, carrots, blueberries, etc.) until a few days ago when his stool just started to get really soft. Eventually he had watery stool.

I read on this forum about 2 things. Supposedly, overfeeding could cause very soft stools. We had just switched our puppy to 4 cups a day just a few days prior to his issues starting. So I reduced his kibble intake to 3 cups a day. I also read that pumpkin puree would help to harden the stool; so I gave him a tablespoon of pumpkin puree in the evening before we went to sleep (if you try this, make sure that the pumpkin puree has no ingredients in it except for pumpkin - cinnamon is dangerous. Also make sure you don't feed too much pumpkin - if you give too much it has the opposite effect, and can cause stool to be runny). The next day his stool was normal.

I'm sorry I don't have any other suggestions and I hope you're able to find a solution for this.
 

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Hey guys, thanks for the advice! So Luna was taken to the vet yesterday and this is the course of plan for her.

Since there is a possibility that I could have introduced her to the new kibble too quickly, I'm going to do the chicken and rice again and introduce the kibble even slower than I did. If her diarrhea persist throughout this time and does not stop, then i'll call the vet and she will prescribe antibiotics one last time and a prescribed diet.

The vet told us that usually puppies grow out of this and I really hope that's the case. Vet also said that if the final course of antibiotics and the special diet does not help, then we can think about the possibility of doing an ultrasound and a more in-detailed fecal test.

This morning she went to poop in the bedroom cuz she just couldn't hold it. Except this time, the stool was just mostly mucus and I even noticed a little bit of blood. Worried about that because usually I would have a hard time cleaning it up because it's so watery but today it was literally just a clump of mucus that came out that I picked it up so easily. The blood scares me too. It's only a little bit of blood but still.

I'm going to try giving her pumpkin today.
 
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