My 6 month old male Akita puppy has had on and off issues with diarrhea ever since I got him. Changing his food used to help, and now that he is on a good food, it has kept him pretty steady for over a month. Starting a couple weeks ago, he now has diarrhea ONLY when on walks/hiking/at the dog park. The first stool is firm and normal, but after that, it gets ridiculous. At that point, he tries to go every 15 minutes, and it's all diarrhea, but each time there's less and less. I took him in for a fecal last monday(1 week ago) and the vet found simply an overgrowth of coccidia-there's never blood present in his stool either. She said since he only has it when he's excited, and she found his rectum was swollen, it could be stress colitis.
She gave him the same antibiotic he gets every time, but while that used to cause improvement in just a few doses, he is STILL having diarrhea on walks. He has three more days of this medication left, so there's still time, but not much! I talked to our obedience trainer and she gave us some tips to keep him calm, but try telling a 6 month old puppy that a walk isn't a reason to get excited. It's tough, but I'm working on it. Still hasn't helped yet though. He also gets probiotics, to no avail.
He had his follow up appointment today, and they said everything looked just fine- excpet he's still having diarrhea. They said to wait a few more days. We're pressed for time because he is scheduled to get neutered on Thursday- when his antibiotics run out- and the vet might want to push back the surgery if he's still sick. I think the antibiotics are taking a toll on him now, he's not eating much and was gagging last night, throwing up saliva. He's still happy and active, drinking a lot of water, but I'm getting more and more worried and frustrated! Do we just live with the constant diarrhea, or risk harming him in some other way by trying to fix it?View Thread
Well, he got neutered last Thursday(11/14), and is recovering very quickly. His stool was normal for the first few days, and now that I'm taking him on walks again- his diarrhea is back!! Still, only on walks. I've added a pumpkin fiber powder to his food that's supposed to firm up stools, but still not helping...
Is it possible for an allergy to food to only affect him on walks? Or is this just still colitis?View Thread
Thanks for your response! I used to add fiber to his food when he was younger, and I forgot about it and haven't tried it since. I will definitely try that today. His appointment is tomorrow, so I'll see what the vet says.View Thread
Do you notice any changes in your dog before this happens? Is his listless at all, staring off, or drooling, licking his lips?
I ask because I knew someone who had a very well-behaved dog otherwise, that even when exhausted would suddenly attack her other dog. Then he would stop suddenly and act like nothing happened. It turned out to be neurological and a kind of seizure.
So I know there are a million and one discussions on what are the best foods for your puppy, if you should even feed puppy food, or if you even need a large breed food...
I wanted some personal answers from people.
I have an akita puppy, 16 weeks, not growing very quickly (which I've heard is just fine and probably better for his joints), he doesn't eat much, but is filled out just fine. He recently had a problem with "indiscriminate eating" and had to be on antibiotics... anyways, the vet said it's possible his food could be to blame and not something he randomly ate. He was on wilderness blue buffalo large breed puppy, main ingredient chicken. Right now he's on a RC perscription food for puppies with gastrointestinal upset, main ingredient is brewers rice, then chicken, but he's doing great on it. He's running out of it quick and I have to make a decision.
Should I keep him on BB large breed or try something else? The vet keeps pushing RC puppy food, but the ingredients don't look all that impressive for so much money. I want something as plain and simple as possible. Suggestions?View Thread
See a vet! That sounds a bit like what happened with my akita puppy(16 weeks). He had diarrhea off and on and then then horrible constant pure liquid diarrhea last Tuesday. I fed him turkey burger and rice and he got better for a day, then once he got back on his food, he got worse again and I saw him throw up twice-not his food, just bile. He was active this whole time, not showing any lethargy either.
I took him into the vet that day, they did a parvo test and giardia test and they were negative, but a fecal test showed an overgrowth of coccidia. I guess it's a common bacteria in dogs, but usually something is required to set it off- like a virus or eating something abnormal.
Now, my puppy also chews plants and eats dirt, but he's done that since day one, so with the sensitive systems of akitas, I think he's developed some kind of aversion to his food, or found something even worse to chew on when I wasn't looking. Puppies do that.
The vet gave him several medications, an antibiotic to kill the bacteria, something to calm his stomach, and probiotics to build up the good bacteria in his system again. After one day, he did fabulous and no more diarrhea! He's also on a perscription puppy food for sensitive stomachs until we're sure he's all good, and then I will start him on a new food when it runs out.
Make sure to see your vet. Since she's had this for a while, I don't think it's parvo, but you always want to rule it out, because it will easily kill your puppy, and even with some shots, she won't be fully immune yet. Giardia is also common in water or could be transfered through wild animals in ways you wouldn't even consider. The important thing is to keep her hydrated. Try feeding her bland food like cottage cheese and rice, or chicken and rice- remove the fat! It gives her stomach a chance to reboot. Make sure she's drinking and try gatorade or pedialite to make it more appealing if she's not. I hear yohurt has the probiotics to help her digestive system too, but I would see a vet to rule out anything worse. Good luck!View Thread
I've not personally had experience with this, but it sounds like my nephew's night terrors where he can't tell the difference between dreaming and reality sometimes. I'm sure dogs could suffer from it or it might have even been a simple dream and he was startled and still confused after waking up. The fact that he never broke the skin and he's such a large dog is probably a good sign that he didn't mean it. He could have easily seriously hurt you or kept attacking you. It simply sounds like he was startled and unless that sudden aggression transfers into fully conscious moments, I don't think I would worry too much.View Thread
My 11.5 week old Akita puppy has some seperation anxiety so I've been working really hard with him and he now spends the night in his kennel without trying to escape or whining. Well, I came back yesterday after only an hour to blood on the floor around his kennel. I've found his top two canines are both broken-probably from chewing on the water bowl. I can see the red pulp. (Clearly we still need to work on the seperation anxiety). He's eating, playing, drinking, and chewing like normal. I'm pretty sure he's already started teething, so I know new teeth are on their way, but I don't know when! It could be another few months. I've heard a ton of conflicting information on when canines come in and whether or not to have the teeth pulled. My vet is of course closed. Has anyone had this happen and has advice? Thank you!View Thread