Gastro Problems Need a new food to try, help

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    M F
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    Hi My dog is 5 years old and recently he started throwing up is 4 star rated food, there have been no recalls on the product and I called the manufacturer and they have made no changes, my other dog had diarrhea on the same food, I purchased a different bag of it and she is now fine, however it still upsets my boys stomach. I have taken him to the vet and blood-work is all normal. The vet suggested I put him on Prilosec and boiled chicken and rice for 14 days, well we only have a few days left of that and he does keep that food down with no problem, so yesterday I decided it might me time to try and put him on dry again he weighs 62 pounds so I only introduced an 1/8 cup of dry with each of his two chicken and rice meals, that produced an upset tummy at 3 a.m. this morning and a partially normal bowel movement at 4:30 a.m. coupled with a bloody loose bowel, I don’t think he can tolerate the chicken and rice food he was on and at this point I’m thinking of trying a different kind of food and if that doesn’t work taking him to a gastro vet specialist, I don’t think its a grain allergy because he keeps down the white rice, he also keeps down the at home boiled chicken, so funny it is a protein problem, I’ve been told Lamb is easier to digest, so thought I might try a lamb and rice food, any suggestions?

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    Susan
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    Hi, have you thought of feeding a cooked diet instead of the kibble?? just be careful with the Prilosec its a Pump Proton Inhibitor & cant just be stop once taking for more then 2 weeks….Vet said only give Patch 10mg Losec for 3-4 days only when his acid reflux is bad, then he said to stop only use Prilosec when needed (its for acid reflux)…. Has the Vet tried Metronidazole for 2-3 weeks?? Metronidazole is an antibiotic for the stomach & bowel….Vet gave me 4 scripts of Metronidazole to use when Patch starts doing sloppy yellow poos has bad wind/gas & I change his diet… I’m learning when I rotate kibbles Patches his poos have stayed nice & firm… I feed limited ingredient kibbles that I know Patch can eat, no corn, no gluten meal, no tapioca, no barley, no chicken
    Have a look at “Honest Kitchen” Zeal you just add water Honest Kitchen also has base mixes you just add the protein & its balanced…. http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/dog-food/zeal

    Sometimes just 1 ingredient in the kibble, they can be sensitive too, if you want to feed kibble try
    “Canidae” Pure Formula limited Ingredients Pure Land, Pure Sea, Pure Wild, http://www.canidae.com/dog-food/products
    “Natural Balance” Limited Ingredients the Potato & Fish & Potato & Kangaroo
    http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/dog-formulas/special-category-limited-ingredient-diets

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    M F
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    Hi Susan thanks for the information and the links, I don’t mind cooking for my dog, (by the way his name is Patch too! He is 1/2 cattle dog, 1/2 greyhound and 1/2 Saymoyed, his face looks quite similar to your Patch, face is 1/2 black 1/2 white and black eyebrow on the white side.) it is just hard as normally we travel 2300 miles in the summer each way to go across the U.S. to our summer place, if I can’t get him feeling better I won’t go, because vet care in that area is poor. What is really bothering me the most right now is that in just the bowled chicken and rice I know he isn’t getting enough nutrients. I am going to look into the links you sent and give something else a try. I’ve been to the regular vet, blood work is good, and he does keep down the boiled chicken and rice, his old dry was a 5 star chicken and rice food, so not sure what is in it that he can’t tolerate, he had eaten it for several years, I guess it’s not a grain allergy if he can eat the white rice? Perhaps one of the other ingredients is not tolerated. I guess my next step may be a gastro internist to make sure there are no other issues, however if this is a food intolerance only, then hate to put him through a bunch of unnecessary stuff. I am done with 14 days of Prilosec today, and Vet told me to keep in on it, but I am stopping it, it says only 14 days for people and there have been several commercials touting it to cause Kidney problems. He had a health problem several years ago and had to be on an acid reduction medication then for a short time and he kept throwing up on Pepcid, that’s why we switched to Prilosec, not sure what other anti-acid to try if I need it. I also found that some salt free soda crackers seem to keep his stomach settled for the night. Thanks again for the info!

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    Susan
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    Hi, have a look at Dr Judy Morgan, http://www.drjudymorgan.com/articles/food-therapy/
    Dr Judy has cooked meals on You-Tube & sells the supplements to balance meals, she also uses the Honest Kitchen Base Mixes to add to her meat loaf for one of her sick dogs…have you tried adding some sweet potato or boiled potato & some boiled broccoli instead of the rice, swap them around a bit…after you stop the Prilosec if Patch seems to have acid reflux give some Liquid Mylanta about 4mls in a syringe, I found the Mylanta seems to help the best… cause when they are on an acid reducer some days they don’t have acid reflux, so they don’t need to be taken an acid reducer all the time also look up “Hypochlorhydria” is lack of Stomach Acid, as we get older we start making less Hydrochloric acid & have trouble digesting foods & an ant acid can make it worse, so I like to use Mylanta when Patch gets his acid reflux…..low fat diet is best …..Good-Luck with Patch, I hope Patch starts feeling better soon… 🙂

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