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I’m well aware of my puppies symptoms and her behavior. I’m well aware that she could get dehydrated, she has diarrhea, remember? Slippery elm is not going to firm up stools if it’s giardia or cocchida. Period. I already know this. Slippery elm is given at night time and meds in the mornings. This way the meds become completely absorbed and the elm works through the night to help soothe the intestinal wall. This is common sense.
And yes, I do know more than this particular Vet. As we speak she is being processed and fired. Too many complaints about her own behavior and her lack of knowledge and lack of compassion. Too many tests being ordered at great expense to the client which are not necessary. Many have complained. My complaint, which has more value than most, tipped the scales. I’m incredibly proud of that because I have the integrity to speak up and declare that I would not trust her with my puppy or any other animal. And no, I did not book an office session with her but the vet I went in to see was called on an emergency surgery and I was not going to waste another day.
One third of vets are NOT knowledgeable and not sought after because of this. Vet clinics need EVERY vet to know their stuff and to be empathetic, this is required in the healing arts. I would know. If they aren’t generally concerned about their patients, it shows and no one wants to book them. It’s time to get rid of them, let them find an occupation which suits them better. As far as I am concerned, I use vets for serious business, broken bones and blood…..and in this case an ongoing situation where natural healing just won’t prevail.
There is nothing more RIDICULOUS than NOT complaining about incompetence !
I’m sorry both of you had to go through that as it’s extremely tough and emotionally draining. Healing is a process and I’m afraid most sickness is induced by Vets themselves. It’s a money making business and that’s the bottom line. Frankly I find them useless in most cases.
Last night after I gave her the Panacur, was the first night we got through without a tremendous amount of kennel coughing. I have always put coughs and tapeworms together as this seems to go hand in hand although no VET will ever tell you this or even ponder the issue. Can you tell me how long it will take before I see some stool forming? She got quite a bit of diarrhea out through the night so we’re still doing a lot of purging.
Yes, I have been using slippery elm since the beginning and am hopeful that it will soothe the digestive tract and help it to heal. I can get her to eat it most of the time and if I put a bit of raw honey in it she like it all the more. Slippery elm won’t help bulk up the stools if it is giardia or cocicida…..and so this is why I believe it is one or the other or both. I’m using raw goat milk yogurt to help the digestive tract and this is helping to add nutrients as well. This is such a tough battle for just a little bitty girl and it’s really bringing the vibrations down in the whole household. Will this cure the overgrowth of bacteria if that is the case?
Well, we made a trip to the Vet today and as usual, it was ridiculous. I’ve never seen such an uncaring and incompetent person in the healing field. Today my puppy would not eat breakfast and the water/diarrhea has a bit of blood in it. She is not lethargic and does not have parvo as the Vet wanted me to consider. She doesn’t have any of those symptoms. I refused the metronidazole and ordered her to give me both Albon and Panacur. I will try these to see if there is some improvement. The kennel cough is back as well and she should have gained more weight by now. The poor little thing just needs an answer which is not fully available and I’m really disappointed after all this time that there is no straight answer for shelter dogs with severe diarrhea. No wonder we have so many of them thrown away in the shelters. I hate medical antibiotics but it’s at a stage where we have to try this as something must be done.
She looked at the feces under the microscope. FINALLY, after I asked her to do so 6 times. She said she saw absolutely nothing. That is generally what all tests say for both Coccida and Giardia~ nothing. Vets like to play this out for months just to fill their pockets. I’m so disgusted with the medical field, when will it ever end.
I was able to get her and her two sisters out of the kill shelter and they were adopted upon transport arrival to our town. The puppies are about 3 months old on the 28th….the vet wasn’t completely sure but they were about 10-12 weeks on arrival. I have given her July 28th as her birthday as that’s what comes through…. She is a terrier/chihuahua mix and at this point she is 5.4 pounds. I’m a bit concerned with her weight but I’ve never had a chihuahua before so maybe gaining just one pound in 2 weeks is normal.
With the worming process she went from 4.6 pounds to 4 pounds and I finally have her at 5.4 pounds this morning. I am basically giving her two tablespoons of food every 3 hours and she’s always coming back for more. I don’t want to give her too much food because that can cause diarrhea, but she seems quite satisfied after eating. She has gobs of energy and is extremely loving and playful. She looks exactly like Rudolph in that Christmas show, she’s the same color, but more petite like Clarisse…. We are on day 18 now.
My puppy came from a kill shelter and she has all the issues from being in a bad place. Kennel cough, regular worms, tapeworms and now that I’ve cleared up much of that mess the diarrhea continues so I assume it is coccidia or giardia or both. I am doing grain free and have started the Slippery Elm. I made a sauce out of it and mix it in her food. The slippery elm has helped the kennel cough quite a bit but done nothing for the diarrhea. I have had her on a tiny bit of organic sweet potato from the start and she loves that so this helps a great deal. This week I will focus on the coccidia. I am going to use natural herbal drops which worked well in the past. If you have any other suggestions, I’d love your advice. Thanks.
I’m having trouble with diarrhea in my puppy as well and have not tried Slippery Elm. How do you buy this and where do you purchase this for dogs? Thank you.
Thank you for the protest link, Turbo. I have signed it and passed this information to everyone on Facebook, etc. I feel it’s important to spread the word when things like this surface.
This company seems to have gone off the deep end. (sigh)
Thanks so much.
Thanks Sandy… I love these treats you have suggested. It’s even better when I can get them through Amazon.com’s Subscribe & Save program or use their Prime membership so I can get them within 2 days. I have added the Stella & Chewy’s to my list also. I just read an article today about Stella & Chewy’s…..
Thanks so much…I will order some today. I do occasionally use the ZiwiPeak lamb as treats, but mostly for puppy training class. But hey, they are so expensive !
Thanks for the good advice…and suggestions !
Thanks, Becker’s book seems to be out of print? Maybe I can find it at the used book store.
Thanks HDM…I’ll put it on my list immediately !
Do you have book suggestions, Patty?
I’d appreciate your favorite book list…..
I’d like to think that people are bright enough to make homemade meals for dogs which are nutritious for them but most people can’t make nutritious meals for themselves. We have epidemic proportions of people who are so sick themselves, they can’t think straight.
I’ve never known a Vet who knew anything about nutrition, but then again, I’ve never asked one. They are just like human medical advisors who give out ridiculous information based on statistics from big pharma studies.
HDM, can you recommend a book on making homemade meals for dogs which you feel is *The Bible* for nutrition for dogs? I would like to own one. Thanks a bunch.
Thank you so much for this list InkedMarie…I have finally gotten my dog’s stools stable and now I need to find a better food for him. I believe it is the chicken he is either not tolerating or is allergic to…. this list will benefit us greatly… much appreciated.