September 7, 2010 3:11am CST
Does anyone here have any experience with E-Coli in dogs? Our Siberian Husky was diagnosed with it last month. The antibiotics that he is on do not seem to be working. He has the occasional bloody nose, not too bad though. He doesn't have the energy that he used to. Our walks are only 10 minutes at best. We used to go for miles and miles but sadly, those days are gone. This is not the nasty, deadly strain of the virus but it is sure taking a toll on him. We are having to crush up his pills as he won't just take them without taking your fingers off. He's been on the antibiotics now for 3 weeks. We were hoping for some signs of improvement by now. Any ideas, suggestions would be welcome.
• Marion, Kansas
7 Sep 10
How did your dog get e coli? What I would do now is make sure his food is easily digestible, and I would get some good quality yogurt, or make some from homemade if you have that skill. I make homemade yogurt for my cats.The vet says it is a good idea. The antibiotic, in addition to killing the e coli, has killed all the healthy flora in the dog's intestines. Giving him active live yogurt culture will start replacing them. I would go with Dannon all natural plain yogurt. That is what I use for starter. You also may want to feed him sourdough bread.Both the infection and the antibiotics will have sapped his strength. Make sure he gets good quality food or make some for him at home.
7 Sep 10
Many thanks for your reply. We do not know what triggered it off. Dogs and cats carry e-coli normally without any health problems. Sometimes it spikes and turns nasty when they get a urinary infection. This has sapped his strength. I must admit, I never would have thought of giving him yogurt. It does make sense though. Thanks for the suggestion! At the moment his diet consists of pasta, chicken mince (for dogs), cheese and some kibbles.
• Boise, Idaho
7 Sep 10
Mutations of the E-coli can cause problems. Does your dog have diarrhea? If so it might be that the antibiotic is not doing its job. How old is your dog? The E-coli is quite common and is even found in our digestive systems. I would wonder if your dog might be having a reaction to the antibiotics.
• United States
7 Sep 10
I am so sorry for your dog not only because I have dogs too but because I have two huskies! Personally, I don't have any experience about E-Coli but I would like to recommend you a website that I consult constantly when I need some information or suggestions: allexperts.com Check in Pets category and then Dogs and then under Huskies and contact any of the experts available. Hope this help you in some ways. My prayers with you and your doggie. Blessings!