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    Default Digestive Issues :(

    Well the not so Superdog has had some digestive tract issues which I thought had cleared up when I put him on a raw diet not so

    Basically he has been spitting up undigested food, had some X-rays with BIPS and after 8 hours they are still sitting in his stomach. We go back to vet tomorrow for another X-ray to see if the BIPS have moved.

    Any ideas about we could be looking at? His behaviour not changed still happy and active just spitting up
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    Sorry I can't help, but I'm curious, what are BIPS?

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    Barium impregnated poly spheres (BIPS) They are balls of various sizes show up white on X-rays enabling vet to Suss out digestive movement checking they are supposed to be certain places at certain times. Not my little mans...

    Hence the undigested food spit ups... His system appears to be very slow, he is normal in every other digestive way (still poops fine) no pain and still very active
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    Im not really up with the health/technical side of the woofs, but i do hope he is ok, and fast.

    good luck!

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    Me too... He is my special little man been through a bit for his tender year.
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    fingers and paws crossed here for a good outcome for Maxi. Keep us updated

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    Well, nausea and vomiting in doglets is caused by the same thing in humans - non or badly digested food... which you know already.

    If food isn't moving through his gut - does it move eventually - is he pooping at all? Is it normal size, or small and pencil shaped, or compressed like little canon balls? Oddly shaped poops would indicate a back end issue that the front end is slowing down to accommodate. Conversley, maybe he's not producing stomach acid, or not producing enough, or acid with the wrong pH level that is inhibiting his gut from breaking down food and moving it into the intestines. Lots of possibilities!

    Try researching holistic digestive aids for dogs. Ginger comes to mind for nausea, and punkin is great for back end issues - both loosening and tightening - but a holistic or naturopathic vet would be able to give you more ideas to help acidify him tummy and get his bits moving along (assuming that there is no root underlying cause like a tissue growth or blockage).

    Best of luck, and let us know how he's geting along!

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    Hi Pinkest thanks for the heads up about the poop shapes. I have been an avid poop watcher from when maxi first came onto our lives. The best he ever pooped was when he was on the raw, every now and again he would hang onto it for a day but after giving a high fiber vege paddy with some slippery elm and vit C he would be fine.

    He used to vomit undigested on a daily basis when he was on premium dry (advance puppy and then royal cannin), he did stop for a little while when we switched to royal cannin but started back again after a month or so, spitting up regular and whole undigested biscuits. He also stopped when I gave him a pumpkin, sweet potato cooked chicken paddy, to get his bowels moving which worked a treat.

    He has lasted the longest on the raw and was regular around for around 3 months with occasional spit ups but only when meat or mince was fatty up until a couple of weeks ago. The sign it was back was when he spat up turkey neck cartlige but no meat, then we were back to daily spit ups sometimes hours after food, pooping was still good.

    When we went to vet he ruled out bacteria infection and gave us sorban and 5 tablets, we had one incident of high mucus and blood spotted poo after this Maxi started pooing semi solid spinich green and sticky for 5 days, and occasional spit up but again still containing undigested food.

    All this time he has been on bland boiled chicken and boiled rice plus (a mix of rice, white, black, pearl barley, etc). Chicken has been spat up and rice is evident in golden brown non stinky poos. Except for yesterday and it was gassy and stinky (made my eyes water stinky) still had rice in it even though he has only had boiled chicken since Sunday night.

    So sorry everyone about this thread not the most glamerous topic. Let you know how we go today see if BIPS have moved and possible vet conclusions. Love Maxi's vet but don't think he's into the holistic approach but did say there are medicines to get stomach moving. Bit scared about what's next.
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    he might need some new gut flora eg yogurt or maybe rabbit or possum poo...

    my dog is not so great with the bones either. So she gets a lot of alternative stuff like dentastix, carrots, yogurt, roo jerky...

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    OK, so get him back onto the pumpkin, sweet potato and cooked chicken. Add in vitamin c, molasses and a tiny bit of garlic. then after he eats, put a teasoon of greek yoghurt (pot set) onto a saucer and let him lick it off (start him on the vanilla one first, the flavour is less sharp). Or, go the yoghurt about an hour before.

    If his gut is not digesting bones and cartlidge, then stop feeding him those for the time being, and stop with rice too - it used to go straight through Rosie too, so don't let the fact that rice is not being digested - a liken rice (especially white) to corn - comes out the same way it goes in.

    What colour was the blood in his poo? Red means it was added to the poop at the time of excretion - his back passage was probably irritated or scartched from a paritally digested bone particle. If it's black and stinks like blood sausage (very meaty and gamey), then it has occured in his intestines, and is an indicator for further testing requirements.

    Dogs eat grass for indigestion - he's trying to settle his stomach, so that's a nausea indicator. Can you remember what his previous 2 meals to the grassy poop were?

    Mucous is produced when a dog's intestines or colon is irritated, much the same as us. It's produced to protect the irritated membranes in the lower gut to allow the body to excrete the waste as quickly as possible - which is also why mucousy poops are often quite green - that is undigested gut acid (in humans it's more yellow - the colour of bile). It can also occur as a detox function in dogs whose diets fluctuate from raw to processed and then back again - once a dog's gut is aligned to process one type of food, it can throw some dog's flora out of balance when it has to process something with a different pH - say raw meaty bones vs cooked food. Watch for his body language when these mucousy poops occur - it may change - does his back hunch, does he hunt for just the right spot to poop for extended periods, is he straining excessively, drinking more than ususal, panting, worrying, licking and cleaning more than ususal? These can be signs that his back end is irritated and he's uncomfortable.

    I'm all for finding a vet that you like and trust to do the right thing by both you and your dog - so if your current vet is unwilling or unable to assist you with alternatives taht can help get to the bottom of what is going wrong here, then it's time to get friendly with google and find help yourself.

    *Fingers and paws crossed*

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