Some of you may have seen my posts over the past few months about Molly's issues with diarrhea. Basically once a month since March, Molly has had a bout of bad diarrhea that lasts about 24 hours and comes out of nowhere. She was on TOTW since she was 10 weeks old and I recently switched her to Natual Balance Venison and Sweet Potato on the vets recommendation after the 3rd monthly diarrhea episode. After each bout of diarrhea, shes put on a course of Metronidazole and bland diet. Her stool returns to formed and as firm as possible on wet food within 24 hours. She has had 3 negative fecal tests. After the fourth time (which was this past week), the vet told me to bring her in for more testing. She had a blood test done for malabsorption, check her bacteria levels, and check her pancreas. Everything came back normal. The vet now prescribed digestive enzymes and probiotics and to keep her on the limited ingredient diet. He said that the next step will be a raw diet if it happens again.
Here's my issue. This started out of nowhere and comes in cycles every 3-4 weeks. Her stool is completely normal in between these episodes. It seems strange to me that suddenly her diet would cause this and it would continue after a food change. I've been thinking of every possible reason such as stress but nothing out of the ordinary happened this week, and it seems odd that four stressful events would suddenly happen each month. I wipe her paws after every walk to rule out that she is licking something off them. She is not getting into any thing at home either. Is it possible she has a parasite that isn't being detected in the stool samples? I don't think it could be a bowel/intestinal obstruction because I feel like after 4 months she would be getting worse and show pain and antibiotics wouldn't help that. She acts totally normal even when she has the diarrhea and her appetite never decreases. If anyone has any advice or suggestions, I'd greatly appreciate it as I am beyond frustrated and now worried! Thanks!!!! Molly also turned 2 last week so I promise to post some super cute pictures soon! :)