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Seeking some advice for my 11yr old pug Carlos, he’s had bad case of diarrhoea for 2 months which the vet has been monitoring and treating with probiotics and anti diarrhoea tablets, however couple of nights ago it flared up and kept us up most of the night. He’s only eating boiled chicken and drinking lots of water. Has anyone experienced anything similar with their pug and if so what advice do you have for us ? Thanks from me and Carlos x
 

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Ask your vet if your pug may be intolerant of chicken. Has the vet taken a stool sample to check for giardia or coccidiosis? Has your vet done a complete senior dog blood panel?

Whatever you do, consult with your vet. At 12 years old there could be many reasons for your dog's illness. I cannot say it enough.. continue to work with your vet!
 

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I second getting fecals done if that hasn't happened already. Even if it has, some intestinal parasites are notoriously hard to detect and may take multiple fecal samples before they're confirmed - the giardia and coccidia 3GSD mentioned are both in the "hard to diagnose" category. Has your vet discussed trying a round of dewormer or antibiotic to see if symptoms improve? If not, you might want to discuss further testing with them, or whether trying a treatment for parasitic infection would be appropriate. Don't just try over the counter dewormers without veterinary approval - these aren't typically effective on the trickier parasites like giardia and coccidia.

If you've already ruled out any kind of parasites, it may be time to get a second opinion from a different vet or request a referral to an internal medicine or GI specialist. General practice vets are wonderful, but since they have to know so many things about so many diseases, disorders, and injuries in a wide range of species, sometimes they miss things that are rarer or more complicated. There's no shame in checking with a different professional to see if they can find something your regular vet missed, or if they have a different approach that works better for your pup.
 

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I second getting fecals done if that hasn't happened already. Even if it has, some intestinal parasites are notoriously hard to detect and may take multiple fecal samples before they're confirmed - the giardia and coccidia 3GSD mentioned are both in the "hard to diagnose" category. Has your vet discussed trying a round of dewormer or antibiotic to see if symptoms improve? If not, you might want to discuss further testing with them, or whether trying a treatment for parasitic infection would be appropriate. Don't just try over the counter dewormers without veterinary approval - these aren't typically effective on the trickier parasites like giardia and coccidia.

If you've already ruled out any kind of parasites, it may be time to get a second opinion from a different vet or request a referral to an internal medicine or GI specialist. General practice vets are wonderful, but since they have to know so many things about so many diseases, disorders, and injuries in a wide range of species, sometimes they miss things that are rarer or more complicated. There's no shame in checking with a different professional to see if they can find something your regular vet missed, or if they have a different approach that works better for your pup.
Thanks for your help. He’s just had bloods taken so waiting anxiously now for results 🙏🤞🐶
 
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