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    I don't even know what to do anymore

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    I can't handle Elliot being sick anymore. I have spent more money on the vet in the lat two months than I have in the last 3 years prior to that. Elliot won't stop having diarrhea! I tried changing his food but that didn't help. I don't know what it is. Ghost gets sick occasionally but always gets better in a day or two. Elliot gets horrible diarrhea that won't stop for weeks - but will clear up almost immediately after a trip to the vet. They give him antibiotics every time which help for a week max and then stop working. And they aren't trying any other treatments because clearly they are fucking idiots. I just can't afford this anymore. I don't know what to do.

    I'm giving him pumpkin and hoping it helps with this most recent bout of diarrhea. I'll probably boil some chicken and rice for him to eat for the next few days. I don't know what else to do though! Nothing is working and it's driving me insane. No food makes it better. Bland diets don't usually work. It's like he's getting sick solely so he can go to the vet and then immediately after the trip he feels fine.

    Somebody help me figure out wtf is going on
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    Can you take him to a different vet?
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    Is there anything at all in your yard that he could possibly just keep eating? I don't know if they're leash walked, just let out, or on a run but my mom had a dog like yours that constantly would have the diarrhea and vomit and she realized that the dog was eating one of her plants constantly when outside and the dog knew to eat when she wasn't watching so Sneakers had to be watched like a hawk for potty breaks.

    Yu said you've changed foods, have you tried the really high quality foods like e ones that completely cut out grains and whatnot? (Sorry, I'm not up on which brands are what) My dog is super sensitive and we had to change brands since our NEX stopped carrying our original brand and he's responded super well to Purina Pro Plan for Sensitive Dogs. He used to have issues to the point where one dropped piece of table food would wreak havoc for a week at a time and now he's been so much better with this.

    Other than that, I've really got nothing but for you. I can't imagine how frustrating, not mention money sucking, it is to have a dog with issues like Elliot has.
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    If your vet is only focused on temproary relief of his diarrhea, then I agree with Crazy (your new temporary nickname ), look for a new vet. Even call around, or ask to go visit and speak with the vet staff, to get a feel for their treatment philosophy and experience.

    In my line of thinking, your vet is doing you and Elliot a disservice by not further investigating his symptoms...they need to be CURING the problem, not just treating it like they have been doing.

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    I know how difficult it is to know your dog has an issue and not be able to solve the problem.

    Can you get a referral to a specialist? When our vets were unable to solve the problems our dog is having, we got referred to the vet school. We saw many specialists at the vet school, spent a lot of money and are still trying to find a solution, but at least we feel like we are headed in the right direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by huladangelo View Post
    Is there anything at all in your yard that he could possibly just keep eating? I don't know if they're leash walked, just let out, or on a run but my mom had a dog like yours that constantly would have the diarrhea and vomit and she realized that the dog was eating one of her plants constantly when outside and the dog knew to eat when she wasn't watching so Sneakers had to be watched like a hawk for potty breaks.

    Yu said you've changed foods, have you tried the really high quality foods like e ones that completely cut out grains and whatnot? (Sorry, I'm not up on which brands are what) My dog is super sensitive and we had to change brands since our NEX stopped carrying our original brand and he's responded super well to Purina Pro Plan for Sensitive Dogs. He used to have issues to the point where one dropped piece of table food would wreak havoc for a week at a time and now he's been so much better with this.

    Other than that, I've really got nothing but for you. I can't imagine how frustrating, not mention money sucking, it is to have a dog with issues like Elliot has.
    We use purina pro plan sensitive stomach also. It is the only thing that stopped Owens diarrhea. He would shit liquid for weeks straight. But when he did it came out of nowhere. Like he'd be fine one day, then the next it was liquid poop every 20 minutes.

    Seriously this food is the only thing that helped. If you have a petsmart they will take back any food that made the dog sick. They sell his food.




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    Did the vet test to see what is causing it? If he is drinking from puddles or stuff he could be picking up giardia (or however you spell it) and the antibiotics would clear it up but if he drinks from the same nasty water again he'll start all over. I'd try a different vet that will get tto the root of the problem of what is causing it.
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    I'm sorry hun

    I would stop giving Elliott pumpkin... it can be a good option for diarrhea - but it is also used for dogs who are constipated (ultimately having the reverse effect you're looking for.) Switch instead to the boiled chicken and rice you mentioned.

    When you go to the vet, do/did they pull any blood? Anytime my dog has had diarrhea its been due to another issue/illness and that the loose stool was a symptom. Like PPs mentioned - try another vet! Is there anything around the house that Elliott could be ingesting that's upsetting his stomach? A treat, a toy, a chew, some bad water outside? Maybe he has developed an allergy? (My dog is allergic to chicken, and so we had to feed his boiled hamburger meat and rice).

    I know most of these are pretty common to look at - but I hope something comes up as a cause... I do understand the drowning in vet bills thing. Jax takes human doses for meds because he's 140lbs... it seems like the second I get comfortable with savings, he has a major issue. Its been 6yrs now that I've had him.... and this is the first summer we didn't have multiple ear infections, hot spots or any other ailments. It took awhile, but I'm pretty good at steering clear of his health triggers (well, the somewhat controllable ones )

    Best of luck to you and E!
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    What specific tests have been done to date or are they just throwing antibiotics at it w/out having done blood and stool tests?
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    They've checked his poops for worms, odd bacteria, etc already. They do that everytime I bring him in. He has had bloodwork done once. He has actually seen 3 different vets so I don't honestly think changing is going to help, but I will probably try anyway.

    As for food - he has tried Orijin, Blue Buffalo, Taste of the Wild? I think it's called, was on Purina chicken and rice for years and that helped and now he's on Nutro sensitive stomach formula since the Purina evidently stopped being good.

    I'm thinking his tummy problems may be anxiety related since he always gets sick after long trips and such and the recent diarrhea recurrence started after we got Ghost. I'm not sure what they would do if that's the case though :/
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