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  • in reply to: So confused about what to feed… #172617 Report Abuse
    jeanne e
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    can you post information as to his age. health condition, internally or physical problems?
    does he need a prescription from vet diet food?

    in reply to: Raised ALT 1yo dog – food intolerance? #172477 Report Abuse
    jeanne e
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    I have had rescues, including shitzu, for 50 years. I just brought my dog home from ICU full service hospital. Took him there after my current vet was not able to help.
    1st off, changing anything in food diets has to be eased into slowly, till Rodney is on the food you want him to. Mix in the original food with the new food. 3 cups OLD with 1 cup NEW. Do that for about 2-3 weeks.
    Then 2nd change might be 2 OLD, 2 NEW foods for a few weeks.
    Finally put him on the NEW FOOD, no OLD food.

    Vomiting BILE is not good. The gallbladder, liver, pancreas are pretty much working for digestion system.

    I suggest ULTRASOUND and XRAY to see whats going on. Also a Internist doctor that specializes in digestion might be of more help.

    My dog was eating his dog food way to fast so I took him to vet and asked for a comprehensive blood work , no matter the cost.
    BW came back with extremely high liver counts and ultrasound showed he had a gallbladder full of sludge.
    Vet put him on URISIDIOL for 3 + months, came back and levels were worse. His liver enzymes should have been 180 normal. His were over 1,000.

    Another ultrasound showed the GB mucocele was slightly gone enough for the vet to see but BW levels were still abnormal and Liver was near 3000. The 3000 was 3 months after the 1st ultrasound. Vet did another ultrasound.

    My vet called in a specialist Surgeon to operate on my dog and immediately remove the GB. Stopped the Urisidiol. Surgeon works on his own and goes to different Vets to do operations that my Vet does not do. Operation went well (?) As expected never does a doctor, lawyer, any professional ever admit to a mistake but my dog was okay for 4 days post op, then would not eat and vomited bile, 3x’s in 5 minutes.
    Immediately I took him to my vet and more ultrasound, IV hookup and kept overnight. Dog was worse next morning and we rushed him 1 hr away to dog hospital emergency dr. They did ultrasound and saw his stomach, all organs was filled with bile, infection, etc. I had 2 choices, euthanasia or try to operate. The problem with operation was his blood was NOT CLOTTING and they did not feel he would survive.
    We felt if he was going to die we wanted to at least let him die by TRYING the operation.
    Once the NEW surgeon opened him up, his tummy internally was a mess. NEW Surgeon squirted some liquid in and found there was a puncture hole in his common biliary duct. Squirting the water in showed where he was leaking the bile. He immediately CLAMPED that bile duct area , sucked out, cleaned up, suture what needed, etc. then stapled him up and kept him for 5 days in ICU, critical condition. My dog is 11 years old.
    He has been home almost 1 day, ate very little speciality dog food from hospital yesterday. Very weak in walking, 8 different meds to keep him on. Has not eaten today yet so I am going to call hospital as soon as I am done here. I saw your post and felt my story may help.
    My dog seems a bit stronger today, not as wobley, definetely drinking water just fine, but no interest in food yet. Probably the meds are making him sleep, but I tried the food the hospital gave me mixed with pureed baby beef, chicken or turkey. Since home he only has eaten about 2/3 of a cup of food, but is still drinking water and peeing, 1 loose bowel movement so he seems okay, but needs to eat to strengthen him up.
    I need to call hospital and see if I can try soft boil egg, or chicken breast meat or tuna in water. Need to get their okay because I don’t want to make dog worse.
    The 2nd NEW SURGEON performed a MIRACLE OPERATION, cleaning up another surgeons error of a mess. 1 day at a time for now. Dog is not moaning, doesn’t show discomfort, but I cannot leave his side. Using kennel crate, slow walk for potty, no activity other than necessary.
    Hope this helps and best wishes & prayer to your baby.

    in reply to: Need help with a picky eater. #172251 Report Abuse
    jeanne e
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    Honestly as hard as it is to do, try keeping the treats away from her completely. Those bully sticks, rawhide chews, ( < they swell up in tummy ) any goodies, are filling. If her health is fine, then when she gets hungry, she will eat. Being tiny the treats are yummier and might be why she is not eating completely.
    I’ve had rescue dogs for 50 years and have learned quite a bit and still learning. I had to cut out dog treats because my dog was putting on weight and tore her cruciate. $4,000 for ACL surgery. Her weight was causing damage and she went from 60# to 42#s and felt a lot healthier.
    Just a thought, but try filling a KONG up with low fat yogurt, oatmeal, some organic honey, organic peanut butter and mix in some kibble. Freeze overnight, put a towel on doggie bed and let her go at it. My dogs loved them. Having 3 dogs at once I used to make up about 5 days worth and freeze them. You can slowly add more and more kibble and less yogurt. Just work out the consistancy so the food stays in.

    in reply to: Test Topic for Diet and Health Forums #168152 Report Abuse
    jeanne e
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    Usually ingredients are listed but NOT the toxic chemicals used in the processing of the treat or food.
    I did not base my research on 1 article. I found the toxic ingredients on many professional & non-professional websites.
    Hopefully people really check out what they are feeding their pets.
    40 years of having dogs I assumed all were tested and safe. Most treats are not. I found my research also pertained to some pigs ears, some bully sticks and other treats. Speaking for myself, I wish I had researched and not just assumed everything is safe. Also check out the country from which the item comes from. Sometimes the item is ONLY packaged in the USA, but actually made in another country.
    Hope this info can be of help to all.

    in reply to: Test Topic for Diet and Health Forums #168047 Report Abuse
    jeanne e
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    RAWHIDE STICKS, BONES, CHEWS & other processed chew treats.

    My dog is very sick. BW showed liver level of 950. Normal is about 130 ish. Doing research on the above chew sticks that he loves I came across these toxic ingredients. High liver enzymes can be caused by anything ingested that is toxic. The above, on many different websites showed the following results.
    When tested: Lead, Arsenic, Mercury, Chromium salts, Formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals have been detected in rawhides. So it’s safe to say that any sort of glues can be used as well!
    3-5 days to digest, so whatever given amount, the rawhide with the toxic chemicals sit in their organs and do damage.
    The piece of rawhide may be flexible enough and get broke down by the intestinal tract enough to pass (it can take 3-5 days)

    in reply to: Which dry food has the lowest % of fat? #164735 Report Abuse
    jeanne e
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    I use the HILLS PRESCRIPTION. RD . My dog went from 60# to a
    Normal weight of 42#. Also in losing weight Vet told me not 2 gi e big dog treats. Break it up. Dogs don’t know the difference in
    Size. As for digestion, in switching foods blend at 1st with current food. My dog had no digestive issues. HTHs 🐾

    in reply to: Diet for as dog with Cushing’s Disease #162930 Report Abuse
    jeanne e
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    NY puggle was 15 yrs old.

    in reply to: Diet for as dog with Cushing’s Disease #162929 Report Abuse
    jeanne e
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    My puggle had cushing’s and my vet put her on HILLS Prescription Distdiet. I think it was W/D Dry kibble, plus medications. She passed away in 2017 so I dont remember for sure. Check with your vet. I remember her appetite increased and her tummy bloated.

    in reply to: Hypoallergic food #155769 Report Abuse
    jeanne e
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    I get from my et the HILLS SCIENCE SENSITIVE SKIN & STOMACH for my dog. I also take Coconut Oil and once a week massage a small bit on my wet hands into his hair, the take a very wet washcloth and massage it it further. I bought the Nutiva Virgein Coconut butter at Amazon.

    Hope this helps.

    jeanne e
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    I think she was allowed non fat foods and if I remember right I used fat free yogurt and pushed it into a KONG / froze it for her treats.
    Not sure, but I think applesauce, sugar free foods were used for treats or food I put in also & froze. Check with Vet though. My vet gave me a print out of a diet to go by. HTH’s

    jeanne e
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    My dog had pancreatits for about 1+ years. I had to cook ( boil) white chicken breasts, only egg whites, etc. Homemade diet. Nothing fried. Eventually towards her end she so badly wanted her normal dry dog food . She started losing weight and with the winter here in NYS I chose to put her down ( 2015 ) as I felt with the snow, bad weather she would have a more difficult time with strength to get around. I had 3 dogs & a doggie door so all 3 of my dogs were used to going out as needed. Anyway, I was afraid she might go out on her own & collaspe & die. She was 15 years old, rescue, mixed breed and I know the end would happen with her weight loss. I did not want her to suffer.
    A Pancreatitis attack is very painful. Pancreatitis with prescription medicine is controlable.
    As for the chews or any type of treat ask your Vet, but I would have NOT given any to my dog as any type of food or treat that is harder for the dog to digest puts more stress on the digestive system. Hope this info helps.

    in reply to: Help needed for puppy bowel issues! #117708 Report Abuse
    jeanne e
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    My dog has had this problem and my Vet put my dog on the Hills Science PRESCRIPTION dry dog food. Need prescription. Anyway, unless symptoms get really bad immediately give whatever you do use a few weeks or so to take effect. Always start out mixing the new food with the old to eventually just using the new food. Like people, dogs can have tummy, stool problems. Never just start using any new food immediately. Just a gradual change.

    in reply to: Help for dog with bad teeth #89039 Report Abuse
    jeanne e
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    in reply to: Help for dog with bad teeth #89038 Report Abuse
    jeanne e
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    Hi,
    I use the CET chews with the hextra added (not sure of the spelling). Anyway, Amazon,
    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2/157-2494300-5950164?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=cet+dog+chews CHEWY.COM, entirely pets.com, etc. sells them online and most online pet stores too. Also, the more you buy on some websites, the cheaper they are JMO, but I never thought they did much for my small puggle. Having 3 dogs, and 40 years of rescues, I think it depends on the dog. Smaller dogs seem to lose their teeth more so than bigger dogs.
    As for the electric toothbrush,, I bought a battery operated childrens brush and I got my dogs used to it by turning it on and running the end of it along their back. NOT the brush, lol. Anyway, after awhile they adapted to the toothbrush.
    The problem I have is that they all tend to eat the toothpaste before I can get it to the teeth. Also I have tried many different types of manual toothbrushes and same results.

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