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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-29-2011, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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weimaraner woes

Hello to all.....

We have a question about our weimaraner and would like your advice please...the weimaraner forum isn't as cool as the V forum.....and this post is in the "other pet" section.

She for the last week or so has had diarrhea on and off....really gassy....and seems to be losing weight. She plays normal....sleeps normal etc. We were thinking worms??

She went to the vet about a month ago for gastrointestinal upset and her vet put her on meds.
She recovered just fine.....until now. Before she was throwing up....she doesn't do that this time. She does eat alot of grass though. We did change her food to a chicken based about 3 weeks ago from a lamb based. Breeder recommendations.....

Would an allergy to her food cause these symptoms? The V is fine...no problems what so ever other than being real anal when someone comes to the house.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-29-2011, 02:10 AM
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It could very easily be the change in diet. Prime suspect. Otherwise, if the diarrhea is very slimy, I'd ask my Vet about putting her on a course of Metronidazole just in case it's Giardia. Avery gets Giardia off and on and the three key symptoms for her are 1) pale slimy diarrhea 2) ferocious gas 3) weight loss.
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She does eat alot of grass though.
Our male, Bailey, has an iron stomach for the most part. But anytime he turns part cow and munches on a lot of grass it is assured he will throw up that evening.

Post I did on dog's digestive tract.

http://redbirddog.blogspot.com/2011/...almonella.html

Hope that is of some help.

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Re: weimaraner woes

Odd. The reason the dog eats the grass is because his stomach is upset. Most dogs do this intuitively. All of mine have and do. Most of the time they end up vomiting the grass back out ... which seems to take care of what ever ailed them in the first place.

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Like Avery, Rosie had giardia. I have read it doesn't always show up on the first stool sample--sometimes you have to get a re-test if symptoms persist. Rosie had the same symptoms (her diarrhea was pale in color)--minus the weight loss. But because she was a puppy, the vet went ahead and gave her a cocktail of de-worming and anti-parasitics (including metronidazole) pending the results of the stool sample. He said because of her age, you don't take any chances. We were also lucky that the giardia was caught on the first try, and the metronidazole cleared it up nicely.
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Re: weimaraner woes

You might try some Tagament, same stuff as humans use. A bowl of warm rice, with some shredded chicken, or beef.

I had a V that had stomach problems his whole 14 years./ Cost me over $1K in vet bills until I learned about Tagament. 1 Tablet in the Am, 1 in the PM.

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Re: weimaraner woes

Good ideas...thanks to all who have replied. ;D

I mentioned her symptoms to a Vet friend who said it could be a digestive issue since she seems to pass loose stools that look like crunched dog food.....like she isn't digesting all her food. I guess that could explain the weight loss. :

He mentioned prebiotic and probiotic enzymes?? Has anyone tried these for digestive issues? What were the results?

As far a giardia goes i will look into that....the vet mentioned probably not because the stool didnt sound like the typical stool seen in giardia patients.
But would need testing...... I can follow that up with her Vet.

@ Gunnr..... Tagament....interesting.... what were his stomach issues like? If its anything like hers that might not be a bad idea.... thanks.

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Rush would go on and off his food. He'd get cases of really runny poops, maybe diarrhea. He'd vomit his food back up, really gross, and graze like a cow in the pasture.
He also lost weight, and would get somewhat lethargic.
We were constantly having to change his food, which just seemed to accelerate the issues and boy could he be "aromatic".
It started early for him, maybe 3-4 months old, and went his whole life. After about every test they could do, the vet suggested Tagament, and rice, supplemented with yogurt.
It would take a few days to turn him around and then he'd be alright for a few months, and we'd be back at it again.

Even today, Gunnr and Tika get Blue, with a spoon of yogurt once a day. They've never shown signs of having stomach issues, but they like the yogurt, so they tend to eat in one sitting and not mess around.

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