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    QuestionCampylobacter / Giardia / Diet

    Hi everyone,

    I've been reading the forum boards for some time now but this is my first post!

    My family & I recently added a new furbaby to our family, a black female Labrador

    A friend of mine purchased another female puppy from the same litter.

    Issues:

    1 - Over the first week that the puppies were with us in their new homes we both found that our pups had "softer" bowel movements than we would like ... my friends pup was also very "quiet and uninterested"

    Mine however was very active, just soft poos and drinking LOTS of water ...

    At the end of the first week my friend takes her pup to the vet and after doing a floating stool test the pup was diagnosed with Giardia. I contacted the vet (we have the same vet) and based on my pup being very active, eating and playing etc was told to just keep an eye on her....

    Fast forward to today (3 days later) my pup has super soft stools bordering on diarrhea. I take my pup and a stool sample to the vet and they tell me that there is no sign of Giardia however there is evidence of Campylobacter.

    My pup has been put on a course of antibiotics and told to basically see how you go ...


    2 - Now to further this, the breeder was feeding the puppies a puppy kibble and raw beef mince. My vet advised for me to no longer give the mince as it wasn't needed if on a good quality kibble (personally I'd prefer to have her on a home cooked diet but was advised against this as being a Labrador she is at risk of joint issues if not fed the right diet during her growing years) .... So since stopping the mince and just having my pup on the kibble the breeder had her on she has been scratching like crazy (like she has fleas however we can't find any evidence of fleas/dirt etc) and in the past 3/4 days she has all of a sudden got super dry skin with little while flecks all over her (very noticeable on her black fur) .... your thoughts on this? diet related?

    Thanks in advance
    Cheers, Penny x

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    How old is your puppy now? It could be that she's just starting to shed, and that's why she's itching/flaking. She probably would benefit by getting some fish oil in her diet as well, esp if the food is low in fat. What are you feeding?

    WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014

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    Hi there, my pup is only 9.5 weeks old ... I've only had her a week and a half.

    I think it's definitely "dandruff" and my vet has suggested an oatmeal wash.....

    I will also begin Billee Jean's (pup's name) transition to a better diet ....

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    I don't know where you live, but if you can find a good probiotic/digestive enzyme, that may be helpful. I'd stick to a good middle of the road kibble and avoid the high end stuff, personally since you can create a lot of problems w/ over-nutrition in growing pups as well. Be careful also about over-bathing a lab since you can strip the coat of its natural oils and make a dry skin issue even worse.

    WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014

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