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I have a 5 month old large breed puppy. Got him at 8 weeks. No issues. Got his vaccination...no issues. Went for follow up vaccination and dr recommended Leptospirosis vaccine. Since he was sniffing everything (at the time) while on walks, I decided it might be a good idea. 2 1/2 hours after vaccine and Leptospirosis shot he started having very bad diarrhea...to the point he couldn't even make it outside. Once diarrhea started I paid even closer attention to him on walks and made sure he did not pick anything up. Gave him plain white rice he got better. Then added kibble slowly to rice and back to diarrhea again. Switched his food to better quality. He has even put on healthy weight. Growing nicely. Diarrhea still present though. He is eating fine. Drinking fine. Absolutely no lethargy. No blood. No vomiting. Always walked on a leash so I keep a very close eye on him. Called vet and they tested stool. No parasites. "Happy and healthy puppy". They ended up giving him meds metro...which helped with the diarrhea. As soon as pills were done, back to overnight diarrhea again. He does not get into garbage. Not picking anything up outside. No milkbones. No rawhide. His food is quality brand. Absolutely no human food. Has anyone had this happen? I see lots of stories here that are similar but noone posts how it turned out or what was the problem. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!
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There is a test for Guardia but it's tricky and most vets send it out and get the results the next day. It might take two or more rounds of meds to knock it out, but I would ask the vet to actually test for Giardia instead if just treating for it "just in case."

If your vet can't get to the bottom of it, I'd find another vet and get another opinion.
They did test for parasites... everything came back clear. The pills were like an antibiotic. Thank you for your reply
Yes. Years ago I had a dog that developed a chronic issue and it was the food. She actually stopped eating the food and it was VERY high end. I actually thought it was exocrine pancreatic insufficiency but the symptoms did not quite add up. He suggested I switch to an all life stages food of lower quality (not grain free but rice based) and that fixed everything.

I also bought a puppy in KY that came home and had Giardia. The big issue there is re-infection and cleanliness as well as treatment. Another thing to consider is coccidiosis. BOTH can return a negative stool sample as the parasite creating the issue does not always shed evidence of its presence (especially true of Coccidiosis).

The treatment for giardia is different than the treatment for coccidiosis and both are relatively mild to the dog and inexpensive. You might want to ask your vet to treat for each starting with giardia. If the dog responds to the treatment then you probably have the answer. I have learned over years of having livestock and pets that sometimes you jump to a treatment (with your Vet's blessing) and then see if it works, especially when diagnosis can be variable....
Thank you so much for your reply. Along with your recommendation, I found someone else also had a possibility for this issue. I am waiting for my vet to call me today as in office visits are off limits due to covid. I will bring this up. Thank you!!!!
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update after speaking with the vet, I found out that he has already been tested for coccidiosis. The result was negative. She recommended that we try a high fiber diet (vet prescription food) and see if it will help the issue. I will continue to update in case others are having the same issue.
update he has now been fully transitioned over to the new food. Royal Canine Gastrointestinal high fiber. Day 2 of only having new food and....No diarrhea!!!! No overnight walks. I am not sleeping now because it's been so long that this has been the "regular". I now keep waking up thinking I either have to take him out or it's too late and I gotta clean up poop. I hope that no diarrhea continues and my pupp will be ok going forward.
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update woke up to accident in the crate this morning. Poo was getting less solid throughout the day. No accident in days. All of a sudden accident in house in afternoon, about 10 minutes after coming back from walk (he also went outside). By 10 pm...full diarrhea again after about 3-4 days of solid poo.
update so it seems it was a one day thing....I don't want to jinx it but since that one day... everything has been good. High fiber diet is the solution
Thank you, Kriskass, for the updates. So often people post a question/problem and we never hear from them again.
Oh believe me I know lol I read a thousand threads before deciding to post my own problem. I promised if I get it sorted out..I will post so others can find a solution. So many similar stories i read 200 comments on just to get to the end with no solution. All while dealing with the issue..hence the reason I'm here and running out with him hoping I don't lose my spot in the thread. If my posts helps one person...then I am happy 😊 also thank YOU for your input. I appreciate everyone who commented because it got me closer to the solution.
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