Yeah, I haven't had time to post....
I took Dom in again for bloodwork, and we got all the results back a few days later (and $600 later). They did EVERYTHING, and it was all negative. The vet called a few days after my appointment to tell me that nothing was wrong with Dom and that her best guess at this point was to change his diet (from raw, of course). She recommended Science Diet or Eukanuba - one of the hypoallergenic formulas - for 4 to 6 weeks to see if we noticed a difference.
I don't really buy the "diet" bit, especially since a) the diarrhea didn't start until LONG after he was on the raw diet...long long long...and b) we put him back on the dry food that he was on before we ever stared the raw, and he still has the runs. Ugh.
My only guess at this point is something like Dientamoeba fragilis, which would be extremely hard to detect in a fecal and also very hard to eradicate. The vet agreed that it *could* be the reason, so she happily prescribed me Metronidazole for three weeks.
While I'm upset that we can't pinpoint the problem with Dom, I can't complain about this vet. She's been very helpful, very concerned, and she will price match ANYTHING. I got 100 Metronidazole for less than the vet's price for 42.
However...haha...we were rubbing Dom's tummy on Friday night, and guess f*cking what? The dog has ringworm now, too. None of the other dogs have it, nor do we (thank God), and I know that young dogs or dogs with a lowered immune system are more likely to contract it, so I can only guess that he was susceptible to it because of whatever is causing the diarrhea. What do you think??
My vet is out of town for a week, and the attending vet doesn't know me, so she wouldn't give me medical advice over the phone... I'm doing Betadine baths every 3 days (whole body), applying Betadine just to the lesions every morning, and using antifungal cream (something like Lotrimin) every night. I wanted to do Lime Sulfur dips, but I can't find the Lime Sulfur concentrate at any of the garden supply stores around here. I'll order it online if I don't see an improvement in his condition by next weekend. Thankfully, we caught it while there are still only 4 or 5 lesions, but I don't want it to become any more widespread.
We've also sanitized the environment as well as possible. His kennel, cage, and the back porch have been bleached, and we've vacuumed as best we can.
I swear, I've had more problems with this pup than any other dog I've ever owned. For now, I'm going to attribute it all to the fact that he got a really bad start, but does it sound to you as though he may have some sort of an immune deficiency? My mom has a rescue dog that has a compromised immune system, but he suffered years and years of abuse and neglect before she got him.
Okay, enough rambling. If you have any specific questions, I can get detailed results of his tests.
Thanks, as always.