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Old 04-18-2014, 06:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My girl is Sonic, but I call her Goober. I've had her nearly three weeks, and she is 2 months and 3 days old.

Background: On the car ride home from the breeders, her poop was fine (what I assumed to be normal), toothpaste-like and a little green. But ever since she's been home, her poop has been more like mush, softer and darker. I did change her food from that of the breeders. They were feeding her Purina Lne Complete Nutrition, and I'm now feeding her Nature's Variety Instincs, the Chicken Meal Formula. I have also switched her from a water bottle to a bowl, and basswood bedding to aspen. She's in a large sterilite container (like the breeder used) being heated by a CHE kept at a balmy 77 degrees.

Problem: Yesterday was her first trip to the vet, who discovered that she had a UTI. She was prescribed SMZ, which she is supposed to take orally twice a day. However, today I was getting her ready for a trip to the pet store, and literally, no more than two minutes after being in her travel kennel, she had massive (for her) diarrhea. And it was dark and looked sticky. I immediately got her out of her mess and gave her a bath, and noticed the consistency was...grainy.

Any suggestions? I called the vet, and she requested that I bring in a fecal sample, which I'll probably do, but I'm just sitting here holding my Goober in a towel, worrying my eyes out.
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Old 04-18-2014, 07:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Did you mix her old food with her new food? A sudden change from one to another could upset her belly. I would take her fecal sample to the vet just to be sure. Good luck(:
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I second that! Food changes need to be gradual to work best for their little tummies. Slowly switch over the ratio of new to old food. Start out with 75% old mix and 25% new mix and little by little adjust it each day until she is totally weened onto the new food. Hope she feels better!


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Don't take her out on any trips right now - trips are stressful and she's already got a couple issues going on right now. It wouldn't be a good idea to stress her out even more on top of being sick and such.

Antibiotics often do quite a number on the GI system and can cause awful poops like what you're seeing. It's not a bad idea to take a fecal sample in, just in case, but if it's related to the antibiotics, you can help by giving her probiotics. This can be either small mammal Benebac (you should be able to get this from your vet, or from the pet store) or acidophilus (found in the pharmacy section near the vitamins). Make sure you don't give it right before/after antibiotics or the antibiotics will kill the good bacteria too and make it useless.
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I wasn't able to slowly transition her food because I can't seem to find the exact stuff anywhere. And the vet never mentioned the side effect of diarrhea, but I assumed it. I'll have to try to get her on some probiotics once she's done with the antibiotics.
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It'd be better to start the probiotics ASAP to help with the effects of the antibiotics while she's getting them. It'll take longer to get her GI tract back to normal if you wait until after the antibiotics are over completely, especially since she's starting them on a system that's already upset from the sudden food change.
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Old 04-19-2014, 01:55 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Ah, alright, I misinterpreted what you had said earlier. You meant not to give her the antibiotics around the same time as her antibiotics.
So for the Benebac, is the powder or gel better?
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Ah, sorry! Yeah, just want to make sure it's a different time of the day. The powder would probably be easier, IMO, since you can sprinkle a good-sized pinch on her food & she can eat it throughout the night. But the gel would work too, I know some people have used that as well.
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