Chronic diarrhea in Rottweiler
by aimee pochron
My intact female has been having diarrhea for about 5 weeks now. She is about 7 years of age. We have had abdominal x-rays, CBC, multiple fecal tests, physical exams all to be normal. She has been on flagyl throughout most of these past 5 wks, amoxicillin for 2 wks, panacur, pepcid, food trials and nothing makes any difference.
She has had only one small vomit during these weeks. Appetite is excellent, mood and energy excellent. No weight loss. I would say she seems to act like she is always hungry and drinks somewhat more than previously.
The stools are watery except when on the flagyl, then they could be called unformed. No blood or mucous. Usually lighter brown in color.
Any thoughts? Thanks much Aimee
I wish I could help with this, but as I'm not a veterinarian and you've had multiple different tests and evaluations done on your dog, I doubt that there's anything different that I can come up with.
The only thing that comes to mind is perhaps a food intolerance or allergy. This can occur even with a food that a dog has been eating happily for years. Often canine allergies will also cause skin symptoms such as hot spots, itching, rashes or ear infections. So if your dog has any of these symptoms also, then an allergy could be responsible.
Some parasitic intestinal conditions are difficult to diagnose as an individual fecal sample may not contain any trace of the parasites, so I'd recommend having more fecal tests done if things don't get better.
I really wish that I could help more as I can imagine how frustrating and difficult this must be for everyone. The good news is that your dog doesn't seem to be unwell in any other way, or being made uncomfortable by this problem, so hopefully it's an isolated condition and your vet will be able to get to the root of the problem.
I wish you all the very best of luck.