Update on the GI issue dog...got the test results back.
Background: Dog began going off food and having diarrhea about 3 mos ago. Thought it was a bad bag of food, bought new, situation resolved temporarily then back to on again/off again eating and loose stools.
Had bloodwork done, fecal, and dental done, all looked good. Switched to I/D, gave metronidazole for 10 days.
No improvement. Went to MSU. Initially thought lymphoma, but blood work didn't show anything like that. Did ultrasound and rads, ended up redoing the anastimosis from last year as there was some distention in front of the previous surgical site. Had foreign bodies in stomach, removed those( paper products). Biopsied intestine, no indication of a problem.
Recovered well from surgery but diarrhea and decreased appetite persisted. By that time, dog had lost 20 lbs and about 50 cm of small intestine.
Moved to VA. Switched food, more metronidazole. Appetite improved but still liquid stools.
Last week, did another CBC/Chem panel and a malabsorption panel through TX A&M.
Results came back yesterday. CBC/Chem panel looked good. Malabsorption test showed normal B12 levels but low Folic Acid.
Vet suspects either a food allergy or IBD. Switched food again to Z/D. Added Tylan and more metronidazole. And because I'm tired of renting rug doctors, I added some kaopectate last night and this morning. Haven't seen stools yet.
I'm not a fan of changing multiple variables at one time, but am at the point where the diarrhea has to stop so decided to throw the full arsenal at him and once he's got solid stools, I can back off things one at a time and figure out what is really helping, if anything.
Many of you have chimed in with ideas so I wanted to give you an update. Right now, I'm almost 24 hours out w/o diarrhea.
Vet got a little snippy/dismissive of me last night, but I'm sure I'm just a pain in her butt with all my questions because I'd really like to understand what is going on and what the plan is.
But we're essentially throwing out "plans" and just doing whatever we can think of to make him feel better.
If you have any additional thoughts or questions, I will be following along. Else, just wanted to give you all an update. I'm crossing my fingers.