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Recurring Diarrhea

Our boy Duke has had recurring diarrhea for the last six years. We have taken him to the vet several times and had diarrhea tests done as well as put him on Collitus medication but it still won't stop. The diarrhea comes every 3 to 4 weeks and it goes to the point where it's water and mucus. We have tried every dog food possible from high-protein to the most expensive dog food there is and nothing seems to resolve this problem. I'm wondering if anybody else has ever had this issue with their dobe. Duke is now turning eight years old in July and he didn't have this for the first two years of his life until we moved to our new home. When we first got Duke he was living with me at my parents house for a year and a half until my husband and I got married and moved out and got a home of our own. Shortly after that is when the diarrhea started and it's been pretty consistent since then. Any help or feedback is greatly appreciated!
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Since you noticed it beginning after your move, is it possible he is eating something in the yard he is allergic to?
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I wish that were the answer but we don't have a yard, we live in a town home and have a large patio but nothing for him to eat.
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Any chance he is experiencing some sort of repetitive stress--maybe a regular change in your work schedule or something like that? Dogs who are anxious sorts or highly sensitive to changes in their environment can develop IBS--Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (different from Inflammatory Bowel Disease) which can result in intermittent flare-ups of diarrhea when the dog is stressed. Does he have bouts of constipation between his diarrheal episodes (another symptom).

I’m reaching here--but it sounds like you’ve ruled out ordinary causes......

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Something in the water???
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First, thank you for the replies! The only major change from what I can tell is that when we moved, he went from being at home with two other dogs and my dad all day to being by himself. But do you think that would have only been temporary, right after the move, and not going in for 6 years now?

As for the water, it seems to be fine. Just normal tap water. Just guessing but if it were that, wouldn't he always have diarrhea and not just every 3-6 weeks?
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The intermittent yet regular nature of the diarrhea is strange. So I researched (good old internet)--has your vet mentioned chronic Clostridium perfringens infection (clostridial enterotoxicosis)? According to the articles below, this infection may cause recurrent and regular episodes of diarrhea which can persist for years. Maybe worth a glance?????

Diarrhea Due to Clostridium perfringens in Dogs | petMD

https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-p...icosis-in-dogs

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Wow that sounds like exactly what he has. Thanks for finding this! Also sounds like there is no treatment we are switching him to a high fiber diet and will add a probiotic to see if that works.
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Hope you get to the bottom of his problem. The list of symptoms for chronic Clostridium overgrowth are pretty non-specific; they would fit just about any diarrheal problem. Except the episodic nature of it--that struck my eye.

But I’m not a vet. It would probably be best to run this possibility past a vet (include your sources) and see what he thinks. It does look like a long course of antibiotics might help get the problem under control if a Clostridium overgrowth is what is going on, which only he could provide. Though if I’m reading it right, a high fiber diet seems to be the appropriate long-term management technique, so that could very well be the best place to start--certainly couldn’t hurt.

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Good find on the bacteria, my first thought was he probably needs a probiotic. You can also give him a calcium supplement to slow things down, more of a symptom reliever than a fix though.
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