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Hello, dog people!

I'm Gus. Nice to meet you. I have a 9 year old rescued dog. She weights around 30 lbs.
Dog Dog breed Carnivore Companion dog Working animal
The thing is she suddenly started with diarrhea with bright red blood in it (she has always eaten dog food and nothing more), and some mucus that looked like rope worms (I believe those are not parasites), and tissue. After washing the ropes, they turn to threads.
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I Immediatly called her vet and she prescribed Metronidazole. The stools stopped being a soup and started to come back to "normal", still with some "ropes".
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First off, her vet is amazing. She has treated my dogs for 10 years and is always on point.

But now, after 4 Metronidazole days she's back to bloody, mucus stools. But the last one today was much like tissue.
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She's on a rice+chicken diet. She doesn't have a fever and she's as playful and grouchy as usual. She's not down at all.

Any thoughts? Please? Help?

Thank you!
 

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What did the vet actually diagnose her with? Was a stool sample taken? Blood parasite test? Any other diagnostics? What makes you think it's not a parasite?

Did the vet say how long you should have to wait before seeing an improvement? If she didn't mention, you should call and ask. If it's a parasitic infestation, the die off is going to continue showing up in her stool for a few days, but you need to call your vet to make sure your observations are normal.

If your vet can't answer those questions or failed to run what I would consider pretty standard tests for a dog presenting with unusual things in their stool, then you should consider getting a second opinion.
 

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What did the vet actually diagnose her with? Was a stool sample taken? Blood parasite test? Any other diagnostics? What makes you think it's not a parasite?

Did the vet say how long you should have to wait before seeing an improvement? If she didn't mention, you should call and ask. If it's a parasitic infestation, the die off is going to continue showing up in her stool for a few days, but you need to call your vet to make sure your observations are normal.

If your vet can't answer those questions or failed to run what I would consider pretty standard tests for a dog presenting with unusual things in their stool, then you should consider getting a second opinion.
Hello, Lillith! Thank you for the quick response.
We are in constant contact with her vet. She was happy with the improvement, but today was a setback. Our dog's siblings have normal stools (four of them). Our vet was more determined to stop the bleeding and diarrhea and then running the tests, but with this we are going to run the tests earlier than we thought.
 

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In that case, you should continue to follow the advice of your vet until you get a concrete diagnosis. I know it can be frustrating, but sometimes these things can take some time and testing to figure out what is actually going on. If your vet is stumped, though, then it's time to get a second opinion, or have your vet refer you to a specialist.
 

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In that case, you should continue to follow the advice of your vet until you get a concrete diagnosis. I know it can be frustrating, but sometimes these things can take some time and testing to figure out what is actually going on. If your vet is stumped, though, then it's time to get a second opinion, or have your vet refer you to a specialist.
Thank you for your kind words, Lillith. I'll follow your advise.
 
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