Loose stools and vomiting last night

@lisastewart:

We feed taste of the wild fowl version and have not had any problems.

I am glad to hear that, at least it is a little relief to know that the food is not causing, at least in your case, food allergies or anything like that.

how old? i would request a parvo test as well.

@Nilo:

Update: It is night time and Nilo is feeling better 🙂 his mood has changed into the one he usually shows, playful and curious. However I will keep on giving him electrolytes until tomorrow morning when I am going to start with the bland diet. I hope he has a good night rest and I am going to request the vet further testing. I should request blood and fecal, right?

Yes, blood and fecal test…..

What about EPI-Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficency? I would have a complete blood test and stool test done first to rule out other things since he has had this problem off and on. There is a test for EPI.

On the BCOA website, it talks about IPSID and EPI. EPI gets confused with IPSID.

Jennifer

@starrlamia:

how old? i would request a parvo test as well.

Nilo is 10 months old. Is EPI test done by regular vets or do I have to send a sample to a special lab?

The internist collected the blood but sent it out but I do not recall to which lab. I believe it is called a TLI test and I think the dog needs to be fasting. I would rule out other things like Parasites, Coccidia, Giardia, Clostridium, etc. for the loose stools first. If nothing shows up on the fecal test, you may want to give your dog 5 days of Panacur anyway which would treat Giardia and many Parasites. Giardia does not always show up on the test. I usually Panacur my dogs twice a year but that is because I bring rescues into the house and take my dogs to places where there are other dogs.

Jennifer

@dcmclcm4:

The internist collected the blood but sent it out but I do not recall to which lab. I believe it is called a TLI test and I think the dog needs to be fasting. I would rule out other things like Parasites, Coccidia, Giardia, Clostridium, etc. for the loose stools first. If nothing shows up on the fecal test, you may want to give your dog 5 days of Panacur anyway which would treat Giardia and many Parasites. Giardia does not always show up on the test. I usually Panacur my dogs twice a year but that is because I bring rescues into the house and take my dogs to places where there are other dogs.

Jennifer

And many times Giardia will not always show in the stool sample and can go on for months and months, even years. My OJ was an example of that… until an aggressive course of meds were we able to finally move past it...

Yes, I have been reading about Giardia and it seems it does not show up easily, thank you for the suggestions. Nilo is back to normality, his good appetite came back on Sunday, and his stools look normal as well as his mood. As I posted in another recent thread, since I should proceed with these tests I was wondering if they would be covered by any health insurance or this condition would be considered as pre-existing and therefore, not covered. I want to have these checks done, I am concerned about Nilo's apparent disorder and I want to go ahead before it is too late, but we know how expensive all these tests can be…:(

(Next Episode of Nilo's Fatty Diarrhea story)
Well, as of today Saturday, Nilo is officially well again, we've just come back from the vet and here is the summary:
Seeing that his stools were still showing mucus/fat I decided to take him to the vet so we went on Thursday, I explained the symptoms as I did at the beginning of this post and requested stools and blood test. He told me that there were a lot of dogs here in South FL showing the same symptoms this time of the year, due to the frecuent rain and subsequently, ponds and stagnant waters all over the place infected with bacteria. Well, he started then with fecal test first and leave blood work for second in case he would find anything suspicious. He took stomach and intestines X-rays as well, and told me what he was seeing there was colitis, so he gave Nilo antibiotics (Amoxiciline and Metronidazole or something spelled like that) and bland diet, and told us to come back for a second sample of X-Rays to compare in 48 hrs, so we did and today we went back and the X-Rays showed that the intestines and colon were in much better shape.

I do not like much the fact of giving antibiotics since they sweep the beneficial bacteria away from the lining of the intestines, but what I am thinking it might be good is to protect Nilo's intestines with Probiotics and non lactose good bacteria to thwart the impact of the antibiotics.

So this is the end of the story, I just hope this is the real end of these fatty stools and not a complicated disease!

Greetings 🙂

It's good to hear that Nilo is now officially 'cured'. I agree with you about antibiotics but sometimes they are the only way to hit a disease..

@Patty:

It's good to hear that Nilo is now officially 'cured'. I agree with you about antibiotics but sometimes they are the only way to hit a disease..

Thank you Patty, it was a relief!
🙂

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