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    Hello everyone

    My little Penny is worrying me AGAIN! We have had her about 1 month now and whilst she is the happiest little girl I am not convinced that she is all that healthy.

    At least once or twice a week we have a soft gooey poo (sorry for the details ). Occasionally its quite runny, but not diarrhea(?)....the vet suggested that it might be just a sympton of stress and that as she settles it should go away. I am a bit of a nervous nelly but don't necessarily want to be running off to the vet every 5 minutes....so I have just let things go along there own merry way.

    This morning we were at the park and she did a gooey sticky slippery poo and then about 2 minutes later she did a similar but bloody poo.....the thing I don't get is that she is still eating like no tomorrow...(thats why we have knicknamed her Piglet!) she is a happy little thing...no distress at all...I am definately taking her back to the vet....but was wondering if this sounds familar to anyone?

    Thanks
    Vellela

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    How old is she?

    If she is a fully vaccinated adult or adolescent, I would suggest an irritation possibly food related. Just as some humans suffer from allergies and conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, so do dogs.

    Your Vet is the best to advise.
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    Hi Anne - we think she is about 18 months old. She is a rescue. We have had her fully vaccinated.
    Vellela

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    I assume she's up to date with vaccinations and has been regularly wormed? I'd probably guess at food. I look after a wombat sometimes (he's not really a wombat...but he looks like one) and he has food sensitivities. We put him on raw with a good deal of mashed pumpkin for his meals and it helped him a great deal.

    P.S. He's really a Pug...but looks like a giant wombat.
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    Yeah all vac's are up to date...she had really bad case of worms when we bought her home, she was wormed twice in a month.

    Your wombat sound like my piglet....oops I meant penny...she is a JRT x but looks like a piglet....
    Vellela

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    I agree with Anne that it could be diet.
    Also ,could she have had access to any cooked bones at all? Or anything that may have perhaps 'scratched'
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    Have her checked for Whipworm.

    If she was wormy when you brought her home and she had whipworm, she could be reinfecting herself just by walking over places she has pooped on in the past. Whipworm eggs are mongrel things to get rid of and can live in the soil for 10 years or more. When infected and when the bowel reaches saturation point with worms, soft poo/diarrhhoea or bloody poo is the result.

    Diet could also be a cause , the dog reacting to something in her food. Some dogs are wheat intolerant or they react to oats etc. Personally i would go for a natural diet but there are dry foods available for dogs with 'sensitive' stomachs etc. So have a talk to your Vet about both possibilities.

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    Well we took Penny to the Vet last night, as expected the Vet is not really sure what the problem is so we are going through ticking things off. The Vet gave me some anti-inflam/antibiotic tabs with the view that it could be bacterial colitis. This is the third lot of antibotics Penny has had in 1 1/2 months That can't be good for her. Have read the threads about yakult and yoghurt so might add some of that to her diet. for a wee while.

    If the tab's don't get rid of it the next step is an elimination diet. I am skeptical with this as she has been on the same diet since she came to me but only has this problem on the odd occasion....oh well now we wait....
    Vellela

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    Sorry to hear this happened to ur baby. My dog had a same problem as yours before. I collected his poo (it's bit disgusting) and took that to the Vet. The Vet did a test for him. They said my dog had Giardia which is a kind of parasite. Well, I personally think U should do the poo sample test to find out the exact problem ur baby has. As u know, too much antibiotic is no good for her.

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    Hi There Vellela and Penny,

    When I read your post the first thing I thought was Colitis. I'm not a vet though and not giving you vet advice, just my opinions from experience. A friend of mine about 2 years ago had a pooch that displayed very similar symptoms and was found to have Colitis (won't go into the whole thing). Usually a test of the feces will happen by the vet in the first place.

    I think you are doing the right thing in getting Veterinary advice. It's not unusual for Vets to eliminate certain conditions to find the right one .. I don't know your Vet, she/he is probably awesome, but sometimes I know with Vets I have seen they just need a bit of a 'push' sometimes if you're not getting the answers as quickly as you should. So keep them on the ball ok!

    Do a little bit of homework on diet as usually for dogs with a condition such as Colitis or Gastro Sensitivities etc the first and key method of treatment will become diet - low fat, easy digestibility, high fibre .. oh, and keep her fluids up, even maybe using a pet-suitable hydration supplement if she really is defecating really really frequently.

    Anyways just a few non-expert thoughts. I really hope Penny goes ok - I'm sure she'll be fighting fit really soon. Keep us in the loop.

    Best wishes, SH, Lola n' Zep

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