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Old February 21st, 2009, 07:57 PM
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8 month old pup with colitis

Hello everyone!
I am at my wits end with this. I have an 8 month old American Bulldog pup. When she was 6 months old she started having bloody diarrhea. I took her to the vet and she had a slight case of Giardia, put her antibiotics, subsided a little bit, took her back and she tested negative. Bloody diarrhea is still happening, but much more frequently and every now and then refuses food. I took her to the vet a third time, again tested negative, but he went ahead and put her back on antibiotics and dewormer. He said it is colitis and a diet change could help. She has been on Orijen (really bad then), Instinct Rabbit, Prairie Lamb and Oatmeal, and now on Innova (which what she was on before problem started). I have tried pumpkin (good for a few days) slippery elm (good for a few days) and have fasted her and started with cooked hamburger and rice, in which all work for 2-3 days and then back to bloody diarrhea again. She has accidents all the time in the house, ugh. After she goes, then she will go 2-4 more times after that with it being blood (bright red). Anyone have experience with colitis, and suggestions on what else I can do or feed???! Please help me! Thank you in advance! :sad:
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Old February 21st, 2009, 10:26 PM
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Did they test for other, more obscure parasites and bacteria? Do they always give her the same antibiotic?
The fact that she was on Innova before this started and is still having problems even after you re-introduced it makes me think it is not the food.
Have you thought about seeing another vet, maybe a specialist?
Hopefully someone will have more intelligent suggestions , just wanted to wish you well.
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 10:37 AM
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When Missie was small about the same age as your puppy, she developed colitis. High fever, bloody stools and cramping. We used Baytril and NeoSol.( I keep this on hand all the time even now, when expires I just get more to keep on hand, for just in case)
I tried ever kind of food out there, and some people is going to say the food I feed Missie is crap.but it worked for me. I feed her hills Prescription ZD and have had not had any bouts with colitis in 2 years. (knock wood) I tried other high quality foods and the colitis came back. I do give her treats of chicken, eggs carrots, apples etc only now as she is stabilized. Spent thousands of dollars trying to cure her. She is healthy and happy and no more bloody poops. Scared the snot out of me every time she had a episode. The high fevers scared me. She would shake and the highest her temp got was almost 104. We had to cool her down with cold water. I did a lot of crying because I thought she was going to die. But she is HRH Missie the poo and she is now healthy. I also make sure they get pumpkin with every meal. they love the stuff.
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 06:09 PM
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Thanks so much to both of you! I am going to ask my trainer if she knows of a good vet for a second opinion. I will try those two things you recommended. She hasn't run any fever thankfully, and she acts fine, just the many accidents and so much blood. Hopefully I can get her better soon! Thanks again.
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 06:12 PM
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Badger,
They did say they found more bacteria than normal, but nothing to be alarmed about. And yes they did put her on the same antibiotic. I forgot the name of it, my husband already threw the empty bottle away..Metritzol, or something like that??
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 07:51 PM
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it is metrozonidole, Harley has a life time supply of it. I have found this site to be pretty helpful. Harley was finally diagnosed with IBD, but they did test him for colitis.
http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/colitis.html
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 07:51 PM
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One of the side effects of Metrodinazole is diarrhea. I wonder why he prescribed it again, especially when she tested negative?
Have you thought of giving her probiotics, to build up her good flora?

Great site, Rottielover. Thanks.
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