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sorry if this is gross first thing in the am <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
does anyone know how long it would take a dog to show signs of parasites from the time of ingesting unidentified feces? let me clarify, my dog had coccidiosis REALLY bad when he was 3-5 months old. he's 10 months now and has been doing fine. we take him hiking a lot and he LOVES to swim and will swim in ANYTHING - lakes, rivers, streams, creeks, mud puddles. last saturday he ate what i think is bear poop. on tuesday of this week he had a peice of goose poop in his mouth, ate more of what i think is bear poop and licked some horse poop <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: he also has a hankering for rabbit poop which he scrounges up on our neighborhood walks on occasion. most of the time i can get him to drop whatever delicacy he's got in his mouth, but sometimes he's just too fast <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
anyway, he had some very soft yellowish stool last night and this morning. he's acting fine...playing, drinking, etc. no vomiting. i didn't feed him this morning and i'm bringing a stool sample to the vet, but most likely that will be negative (it always is).<br><br>
would anyone routinely worm a dog like this? i hate the thought of throwing meds at him for no reason, but his poos are not normal. i'm happy fasting him for 24hrs and seeing how it goes too. just thought i'd ask your opinions!
 

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well, he just had another BM and it was yellow liquid with blood <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br><br>
he's still acting fine, though. i'm scared just because of how horribly sick he got when he was a wee pup. he's at the vets for daycare today and they are going to watch him and do a fecal sample.....<br><br>
thanks for listening.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"> Don't you just wish they could talk and tell you how they are feeling? Sending healing pup vibes your way!
 

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Does his stool look coccidial again? Hopefully they'll catch a sample today.<br><br>
Yellow diarrhea isn't a sign of any particular "worm," though you're absolutely right that it's often a sign of coccidia. Coccidia is one of those controversial treatment things--everyone agrees that a SICK dog with coccidia should be treated, but sometimes if you throw Albon at every dog who even shows a single organism in its stool you actually make the problem worse because the coccidia become resistant. But of course in this case, where there's blood in the stool, if it's coccidia it should absolutely be treated.
 

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joanna - yeah, it looks like it did when he was really sick before <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> yellow liquid squirts streaked with blood. the thing is, he tested positive for coccidia when we first got him at 7 wks, but had no symptoms at that time. the vet treated him with albon anyway for 10 days. it wasn't until he was 14 wks that he started with the watery squirts with occasional blood and some vomiting. his stool samples at that time were negative and they treated him with metronidazole for possible giardia, etc. he had a waxing and waning course over several weeks and we eventually treated him with albon and it cleared up. he had been symptom free and doing well until today....literally 5 months later. so, i guess what i'm saying is i don't know that it was *definitely* coccidiosis at that time because it wasn't officially found in his stool <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
we've gone through the whole food thing and have him on california natural chicken and rice. nothing really has changed with his food....maybe he's had a new treat or two, but i really think it's got to be parasitic or bacterial at this point. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"><br><br>
oh well, i just really hate to see my poor miles sick. it breaks my heart.
 

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well, nothing found on fecal exam and he's continuing to have soft bloodyish stool. the vets said that he's having fun and playing, so that's good. they are giving him metronidazole AND albon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> i really don't want to give him these meds, but i've been down this road before with him and they seem to work.....
 
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