Ender's 2.5 month or so battle with giardia has finally come to a close (at least until the next flare up) and I'm HAPPY to report things seem normal and Ender is even gaining a bit of weight and not looking so skinny.
Special thanks to all of you for helping me figure out what was wrong with him and helping me cope with my frustration.
An extra special thanks goes to Labby Laura who held my hand and walked me through the entire thing from begining to end, answering PM after PM, showing me how to argue with the stubborn crabby vet, and helping me get the medications and dosages Ender needed online.
Great news Lindsay!! So what was it anyway?
"Each is a creature of Earth and is entitled to reside on it with dignity"
So glad to hear he is finally feeling better. Poor baby.....hope he doesn't have any more problems.
Giardia is basically a parasite that is EVERYWHERE... usually dogs' own immune systems keep it in check unless under stress or some other mitigating factor, so many dogs have it but don't show any signs nor dose it cause a problem usually. Pups are more susceptible to it though so Ender's system was having a hard time fighting it. This caused him to not be able to digest everything normally so he actually got a bit on the skinny side... also the other symptom he has was very loose and STINKY stool.
Also the vet I was dealing with (not my normal vet) was a bit screwed up and was requiring that I get additional fecal tests to "prove" that Ender still had the giardia befoe she'd give me a new prescription of the meds. And then, she wouldn't give me the dosage that Labby Laura recommended and after doing two rounds of that, and Ender not getting better, I said SCREW IT and just ordered the meds online and treated him myself.
Oh and Ender was also throwing up on the first day of the meds on each round so I had to add an extra day at the end of each round.
Ahhhhh that's great news! Glad Ender is doing better!
~Laura and Trooper Edgewater, MD<br /><br /><br /><br />
Glad that Ender is doing better and you were able to find the support here to take matters into your own hands!
Great job Lindsay!
~Jo & CoCo
yay! Glad to hear Ender bender is well! ;D
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♣ Laura ♣
Congrats Ender. Glad you are feeling better!
I'm so glad Ender is doing better.