Misha has had bouts of clostridium for about 1 year with it recurring every 2 weeks to 3 months. Diarrhea is unpleasant, but not the worst I've encountered. He's been treated with metronidazole and amoxicillin in the past.
My mom recommended diatomaceous earth. I know it's not supposed to be effective against bacteria, but may help flush them out. I gave it to him as a "can't hurt, might help" sort of thing.
We went to the vet who recommended a short course of amoxicillin, propectalin (antidiarrheal + probiotics) and panacur (dewormer) to cover all the bases. After the short course he is expected to start on long term tylan (tylosin) low dose antibiotic + fortiflora (probiotic). I brought everything home and intend to switch from fortiflora to florentero but wanted to have immediate access (fortiflora picked up from vets) for now and make the switch to florentero when I have more time to get it from Canada into the US.
I have not started Misha on the short course yet. The diatomaceous earth seems to be making him incrementally better every day. He still has some loose foul-smelling stool, but has not been waking up early in the morning having to go out or having accidents in the house. Should I continue with the DE alone in hopes that he will not need antibiotics as long as he continues to make improvements? Obviously if he worsens, I would then start the short course. Or should I do as the vet suggested from the get-go? TIA!