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    Good evening, I have a 4 month old french bulldog named Coby. He has soft poop/diarrhea problem since we got him four weeks ago. His poop was soft and thin when we first got him. He was feeding royal canin medium puppy food. A week later his poop got even softer and had mucus in it. We then switch to IAMs puppy food and the problem is still there. A few days after we switch the food, his poop had a little bit blood in it. So we took the poop sample to see the Vet. The Vet check Coby said the temperature is ok, and gave us dewormer and metronidazole. Coby had dewormer and metronidazole after that, and it did not help. A few days later, the facal sample result is out, the vet said is ok. He just gave us some dog vitamin and progut plus. The progut did help a little, but after we stop, the diarrhea came back again. I talked to a lady works at shelter, she recommended feed coby rice for few day and gradually move to raw food. Coby's poop was ok when he eating rice, but couple days ago when we stop the rice, the diarrhea came back.
    I don't want to go back to the vet, cause he just keep push me to buy his special royal canin dog food. I talked to one of my coworker who has a french bulldog. He said his dog had the same problem unitl 2 years old. Is this a common problem for french bulldog? Can I do anything to stop it? Any ideas will be welcome.

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    Coby is a little bit skiny because we feed him rice for a while and we cut the food because diarrhea. He slept quite bit, about 16 hours a day. He ate so fast, usually can finish his meal in 15 seconds.

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    Re: 4 month old french bulldog diarrhea problem

    Did the vet check for giardia? thin, mucus and blood in poo is usually a sign of giardia and most vets do not commonly check for it in the regular parasite testing.

    also, food -- raw is the best way to go, royal canin, IAMs are crap .. a lot of fillers and no real nutrition. I would feed your pup a bland diet , rice or egg noodles with boiled ground turkey till you get him settled.

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    Re: 4 month old french bulldog diarrhea problem

    I agree; I would suspect a parasite because of his age and the fact that he came to you with it. From what I understand, giardia is very common in puppies.If may take several courses of treatment to lick this as giardia can be very stubborn. Get baby Coby on a good food that will give him the nutrients that he needs. Tell the vet "thanks, but no thanks" when he tries to push Royal Canin. If he insists, tell him that you have Coby on a highly rated food and are comfortable with your choice. Good luck and please keep us posted.

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    Re: 4 month old french bulldog diarrhea problem

    Yes, make the sure vet tested specifically for giardia.

    And do not feed RC or Iams, both are really poor quality and may not be helping the situation. Raw would be the best option but if you don't want to go that route, that are some high quality kibbles out there like Fromm, Acana, Orijen, Zignature just to name a few. The Honest Kitchen is a dehydrated raw and all you do is soak it in warm water for a few minutes.

    Try a bland diet for a few days of rice and either chicken or turkey or even hamburger meat. You can also try adding in a a bit of pure pumpkin (not the pie filling). Also continue with a probiotic.

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    Thanks for the reply. The thing I don't understand when we feed Coby rice, his poop seems ok. If he has giardia, would he had diarrhea as well?
    Really appreciated your guys help, I will collect the poop sample to test the giardia.

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    Also When I feed him raw food, he poop way less than the kibble food(3 times a day compare to 7-8 times a day).

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    Re: 4 month old french bulldog diarrhea problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Niurou View Post
    Thanks for the reply. The thing I don't understand when we feed Coby rice, his poop seems ok. If he has giardia, would he had diarrhea as well?
    Really appreciated your guys help, I will collect the poop sample to test the giardia.
    Quote Originally Posted by Niurou View Post
    Also When I feed him raw food, he poop way less than the kibble food(3 times a day compare to 7-8 times a day).
    I would just call the vet and ask them if they tested for giardia. They might have so then you don't have to pay for another test.

    And yes, when fed raw they poop less. Jax eats raw and usually only poops once a day, sometimes 2.

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    Re: 4 month old french bulldog diarrhea problem

    We are actually dealing with Giardia on a new pup right now. All same symptoms. After 6 days on meds he seems to be doing better. We have another fecal check next week. I hope you guys get it sorted out, I know how rough and worrisome it can be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cbrugs View Post
    I would just call the vet and ask them if they tested for giardia. They might have so then you don't have to pay for another test.

    And yes, when fed raw they poop less. Jax eats raw and usually only poops once a day, sometimes 2.
    Just got back from Vet, and he was not happy that I asked so many questions about the poop sample. I specific asked did they test the giardia, he said he was not sure. I picked up some panacur from Vet(in canada you can only buy it from vet) that the breeder recommended, we will see how is that goes. Coby is getting a little bit better in last couple days, I cross my finger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbrohux View Post
    We are actually dealing with Giardia on a new pup right now. All same symptoms. After 6 days on meds he seems to be doing better. We have another fecal check next week. I hope you guys get it sorted out, I know how rough and worrisome it can be.
    what kind of treament are you doing? My vet gave me panacur and probiotics, I don't even know if that would help or not. He wouldn't tell me if the giardia test result.

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    Re: 4 month old french bulldog diarrhea problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Niurou View Post
    what kind of treament are you doing? My vet gave me panacur and probiotics, I don't even know if that would help or not. He wouldn't tell me if the giardia test result.
    Quite often they treat giardia with panacur and metronidazole at same time, although panacur is the mainstay. I think it's a good idea to retreat without testing after two weeks, since it's hard to eradicate with one treatment. Quite often testing doesn't show giardia even if dog has it. Also make sure to clean dog and surroundings daily to help prevent recurrence.

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