Gloria Atwater Posted March 22, 2013 Report Share Posted March 22, 2013 Hi everyone ~ I've some questions pursuant to my previous post, OVER HERE, where I told about Nick's bouts with intense diarrhea. After having a sudden-onset episode on February 1st about 3 hours after working sheep, he had another episode 7 weeks later, on March 15th a few hours after a 5-hour car ride. (Maybe triggered by physical and/or mental stress?) In each instance, the attacks came on fast, hit hard, and were gone within 12 hours and he returned to seeming normalcy. Anyhow, a recent blood panel came back "beautifully clean," but a fecal exam tested positive for both Cryptosporidium and Clostridium Perfringins. My vet has him on Metronidazole (flagyl) and I'm also giving him yogurt, ProBios probiotics and Metamucil. His stools now look entirely normal and his attitude, appearance and activity levels are 100%. He has not lost weight and his appetite remains excellent. So, there's that. But I have some questions, if any of our medically-minded folks have some thoughts. One, is Metronidazole alone going to do the trick? I hate to second-guess my vet, but she's a new young gal and ... to sound perfectly awful, I have trouble feeling as secure in her treatment advice as I would if it were the older, senior vet at our hospital. (I hereby apologize to all young vets!) Two, I have ordered a jar of Tylan (tylosin) soluble powder which should come by mail in a couple days. I now plan to keep that around as just part of my doggie med-kit. But can I give that to Nick in conjunction with the metro, or is there risk of drug interaction? (I can ask my vet that, too, but it's 9:45 at night and I'm thinking too much!) Three, depending what I read on the internet, I can, A.) expect Nick to respond beautifully to the metro and his immune system will subsequently kick in and kill off the rest of those microbial little nasties, or B.) he'll remain a walking hazmat site for the rest of his life and I should bleach everything he's ever touched. What's the real deal, there? Four, why did Nick get this stuff? Why did he get sick when none of the other dogs around him have? The vet seems to feel, and is undoubtedly correct, that he got it from drinking tainted water, most likely due to livestock. Between the little pond on our place and the irrigation ditch at one of our training sites, there's every chance he got into bad water. The ditch, especially, has cattle upstream and to cool off after working, he was getting into a standing pool in the ditch and pawing up really mucky water - (and biting whatever floated up) - which resulted in him churning up all sorts of gunk in a wonderful mucky soup. But other dogs get in and drink this same ditch water on a regular basis. Dogs on ranches and farms the world over play in and drink ditch water but they don't all get Cryptosporidium and Clostridium Perfringins. So ... why him but no one else? That's all I can think of now, so thank you in advance to anyone who can offer their thoughts. Respectfully submitted, Gloria Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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