When my dog has an upset stomach, he’ll start licking his chops, licks his paws, and then drools. Like a river flowing out of his mouth. It’s happened in the past due to changes in food. Vet told me that whenever it happens to hive him Pepcid and make sure he drinks a lot of water to rehydrate after the drooling.
So it’s been months since the last incident. And tonight he ate his newish food (he transitioned to it fully last week with no issues) and we added a new stew type canned food as a topper (I had tried it the other day and neither dog was really interested). Since I had originally bought 5 cans of that type, I opened another one to see if they liked it (before I go and donate the rest). Both of my dogs ate it right up. Completely different outcome than the other night where I wasted cups of kibble that was mixed in.
Only it’s been about 3 hours since they ate that I noticed Sir-Drools-A-Lot licking his chops and sure enough I’m ushering him off the couch and onto the floor because he’s been laying in a puddle of drool.
I don’t think it’s the kibble that he transitioned to because I haven’t had any noticeable issues in the past few weeks since he’s been eating it. It could be the stew canned food that he ate 3 hours ago. But between eating his food and now, he had been eating one of those filled bones.
BTW…I was given the bones as a gift. I just checked the ingredients and see the first one is corn syrup. So I don’t think I’ll be giving those to my dogs every again.
It is probably the new can food and the filled bones.
Your dog’s’ symptoms are identical to what my Freddy went through for a number of years, culminating last year in over $5000 worth of vet bills, long-term hospital stays and near-death at one point. Finally was referred to a gastro specialist and he was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and bilious vomiting syndrome. After working with some meds and food changes it has now been 3 months with virtually no symptoms. I switched Freddy to raw food (from our local butcher who makes a blend of chicken, beef liver, veggies, brown rice and ground bone for calcium) and within days noticed a huge difference. Despite all the controversy about raw food for him this was the answer. He is still on Metonia as part of the issue with his diagnosis is his difficulty digesting food properly, any food. He also is on Pepcid and 1 tsp of Metamucil a day (although I buy a natural fibre the pharmacist said was better, and cheaper). It sounds like a lot, but not only is Freddy healthier, no bouts of drooling, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea since November, but the food is 1/3 of the cost of his prescription food he had been on, he poops only once or twice a day, nice solid poops, his coat is fabulously soft, he has way less gas (he’s a Frenchton so I thought farting a lot was normal… not!). The Metonia is not expensive, $17/month, dog food now around $80, compared to $255, Pepcid & Fibre combined $10, a far cry from the expenses from before. In addition, it is important to keep their stomachs full so his meals are broken up into 4 a day and ABSOLUTLEY NO KIBBLE, NO BONES, and only low fat treats — I buy dried sweet potatoes and fruit, fresh fruit like blueberries and apples (NO skin as there is a lot of fat in apple skins, who knew?). It may sound strange to say “low fat” when he is on raw food, but it works. The specialist I worked with did not recommend the raw food, that was my desperation, but he did not discourage it either. You can google him, Dr. Gelens in Kelowna BC Canada. Good luck with your dog, I hope this helps.
I’ve been researching different ways to introduce and transition to raw (or at the very least away from kibble to something canned or refrigerated). Cost is killer. Two dogs, weighing 120 lbs and 45-50 lbs, equate to a lot of food.
My vet is 110% against raw diets, even long term cooked diets. He’s all Purina Pro Plan, all the time. He doesn’t even like that I’ve given my dogs supplements since normal kibble has everything they’d possible need.
@ Christie B
Check out Fromm Classic Adult https://www.gofromm.com/fromm-family-classic-adult-dog-food
as a base, most veterinarians approve.
Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach is good too.
PS: Forget about raw, forget about supplements, listen to your vet
Suggestions for a topper:
I boil a small chicken once a month in a huge pot, nothing added, then let it simmer for 3 to 4 hours.
Let it cool for a couple of hours.
When cool enough to handle, remove the chicken and debone, be very careful and throw out small pieces and such as tiny bones could be in there. When in doubt, throw out.
Put the pot of broth in the fridg on cold temp for 24 hours, the fat will rise to the top so that you can easily remove it.
Separate the broth in individual containers or freezer baggies (3 or 4 day supply each) store in freezer.
Do the same for the chicken meat.
Its a bit of work and messy, but cost effective, and you know for sure that there are no added ingredients.
The store bought has preservatives and salt. The more expensive brand in the organic section might be a little better.
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