Glad to here Abes doing OK now
Nothing worse than a sick dog like that...poor thing.
LOL at the bent pooch......best walk its ever been on i bet !!
More poo talk...well now I'm a bit worried that my vet may be right about a food intolerance of some sort - actually he specifically said proteins from different meat sources - often beef. I had told him that Abe's poos before the bout of diarrhoea had always been on the soft side, and his response was that once we get his bowel settled we may find he has an issue with one of these protein sources and we'd have to sort that out. Because prior to this he was thriving, and his poos were pretty much consistently the same since I got him I didn't think too much of it.
Anyway, we've finally fully weaned off the chicken and rice, and I put him on the VIP grainfree food I mentioned earlier. As he was recovering, he went from diarrhoea, to slightly constipated, to about right (which coincided with when I started adding the new food). So I thought he was doing ok on it. Now day 2 of being off the chicken and rice his poos are back to how they were before it all started - softer than a few days ago. On the ground they look to have some 'dogpoo' shape, but really it's just a pile of very soft poo when I pick it up.
I don't know if this is something to be concerned about, and will be mentioning it to the vet when we speak thursday, but I'm curious if anyone has had a dog with a sensitive digestive system and if any of this sounds familiar. I'm worried I spoke too soon and maybe he's not as right as I thought.
'dhru' - what else are you feeding him with his dry ?
Riley at the moment he's getting nothing but the dry on vets advice.
I switched Frosty from Advance to Nutro (and now on black hawk) - because she was getting the runs every couple of weeks on the Advance - which is supposed to be very good. But the Nutro is better. Oddly - she's fine on Supercoat.
It doesn't seem to matter which flavour I feed her now, she gets beef, or roof in the casserole, and chicken or lamb in the kibble and all sorts in the treats.
I also feed her a couple of spoonfuls of yogurt - the current batch is Paris Creek "organic" - cheapest yogurt in the shop go figure... I think this helps her gut flora but I don't know for sure. She likes it and complains when she doesn't get it.
My mothers poodle mix has a sensitive stomach. Occassionally she gets the most terrible upsets. Mum has tried all sorts of food from home cooked to expensive kibble like Californian natural etc. Oddly enough she does best on tinned Pal and a Supercoat Nutro natural choice kibble mix. When she has the odd upset, Mum puts her on chicken and rice for a few days.
Occassionally my dogs will have soft poos for a couple of days and then everything is fine. Maybe your dog is just recovering from a very bad intestinal bug and will take a little time to recover.
Long ago before I knew much about nutrition I did have one dog that was allergic to any type of kibble, gave her terrible runs, she thrived on cans of Pal and Chum for 15 years LOL.
Hyacinth how often do you give her the yoghurt?
Kalacreeek I'm hoping that is the case and it will just take him a while to recover, but because his bowel movements have always been a bit like this I'm still a little concerned that he's not quite right.
Abe was on Supercoat puppy, but was taken off it because it was too rich, this new one may be too. Maybe at some point I should try the supercoat nutro but when it comes to changing food brands to try him on something else, how would you guys do this? gradually, or just finish one and start the other? I want to give his poor bowel time to recover and don't want to upset him again by changing him again too soon. I'm aware I need to be careful not to rush his recovery because I'm so keen to see him put some condition back on. He seems well within himself and has loads of energy and smiles, but he doesn't look like he's thriving to me - his coat looks dull, he's shedding more than usual, and he seems to be drinking an awful lot of water now. I'm not 100% sure about the water as he's always drunk alot (and not a hell of a lot actually goes into his gob, most ends up all over the floor), but I do feel he's drinking more now, and he pees and pees and pees - must have a huge bladder. Now I'm worried about diabetes or some bloody thing, and I too am starting to feel the pinch financially vet-wise. Not that that will stop me taking him back if he needs to go.
Last edited by dhru; 08-07-2013 at 02:02 PM.
I'm feeling your pain dhru. I've tried every food and diet with Misha! She was happiest (and had ber best poos!) on a raw diet, but I found it very expensive and it was a worry to ensure she had all the nutrients. I'm tempted to switch to the cheapest tinned supermarket food plus raw bones which is all we used to feed our dogs in the good old days, and they live long healthy lives!
I have concerns for their health if feeding nothing but kibble.
Last edited by grevillea47; 08-07-2013 at 05:54 PM.
Ok today was our touch base with vet day, and I've gotta say that I'm pretty happy with him, he's been so helpful - no suggestions whatever that I need to spend more money since the initial visit (I'm his kid' swim coach, that may help). His feeling is that I have about a 50/50 chance of him having another upset, he said he's not convinced it was a bug, but feels he's a bit on the sensitive side gut-wise. Now Abe's settled, he doesn't want me making any changes just yet, but to let him recover. If we have another upset the advice is to do exactly what your mum does, Kalacreek, and put him on chicken and rice for a few days until it settles, and to bring him in if it doesn't settle in 3 days or so. He has halved his steroid - now down to a quarter of a pill every second day. So all in all, we seem to be doing ok. But wait, there's more....I'm a total FW!!
I'm a coach, and I swim. Last week at work I hurt my good shoulder (already have a dodgy one). Looks like a torn rotator-cuff tendon (whatever that's called) and not only am I in pain but terrified I won't be able to swim again. So I'm off to the physio this morning, struggling to hold the steering wheel with my bad arm, , and......bang! I backed into my poor pup!!! As if the poor boy hasn't had a bad enough week, now his mum's trying to run over him. I'm usually really careful but was so distracted and now so PO'd with myself. He's ok. Little bit of bark off and maybe some bruising but he's not even limping. Of course I went right over him, related what I'd found to the vet, and he said if he's moving as well as I say that most likely he has some bruising and to just watch him for a few days. Damn! How awful is it when you hurt your own dog! Not a great week for us
Oh 'dhru' - you poor thing !
Your vet sounds like a 'keeper' to me ! A lot of sound advice and a caring nature.
Let's get things in perspective here - how fast was the car going ? The car went over him - not the car and the tyres over on him ?
My advice to the both of you is - keep warm, keep hydrated and eat good food - watch what comes out of the back ends - and sleep well !
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