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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!
Hi Heather, My dog was diagnosed with Pancreatitis at only two years of age and she was put on Hills WD chicken and rice, that worked good for her for a number of years but then at age 13 she was diagnosed with IBD and she could no longer tolerate the Hills WD because at that time they had made a slight change to their formula, now let me say I am not a fan of Hills they really aren’t that highly rate. I cooked for her for close to a year trying to find food she could keep down, then I discovered Royal Canine Gastrointestinal Low Fat dry dog food Chicken and Rice formula and she did great on that and lived to be seventeen years old, I also found that giving her salt free soda crackers at night before bedtime broken up with a little water on them helped to avoid an upset tummy in the morning, she could also tolerate carrots for treats which I think helped give her extra fiber, of course what works for one dog doesn’t necessarily work for another, I wish you good luck, I thought perhaps you might also try some boiled boneless skinless chicken ground up in a grinder very small and then stir a tablespoon of that in with the try, maybe it will entice him to eat.
I find this an interesting topic. I had two dogs who lived to be 17 and 18 years old. One a Border Collie and the other an Icelandic Sheepdog. The started out there lives in Arizona and then spent time in both Florida and Michigan and then back to Arizona. Anyway, when we lived in florida my Border Collie became itchy and was diagnosed with allergies, in Florida their snap test does not test for Lymes disease as it is not prevelant there. Finally after three years with no good results, I am up in Michigan with the dogs and find out the Border Collie has Lymes and have him treated and all the allergy problems go away. Quite interesting. We always used frontline on the dogs and also checked daily for tics, It still didn’t prevent the Lymes disease. I now have two dogs again an Icelandic Sheepdog who is 4 now and an Australian Cattle Dog Mix who is now 5. I winter in Arizona and summer in Michigan. When I got the cattle dog I decided I would vaccinate him for Lymes because of spending time in Michigan, after the Lymes Vaccine he developed ITP and almost died, he never has gotten Lymes though, therefore I decided not to vaccinate the Icelandic Sheepddog, she ended up with lymes at age 1, was treated and has been doing well, I do worry about her though because my Border Collie who had undiagnosed Lymes for three years developed sever arthritis. Anyway I just wanted to share my story, because although all these dogs were on frontline and also checked for tics daily, two of the four ended up with lymes and the other two did not. I also want to mention that while the Michigan property is in the woods, they do have a grass fenced yard, which is mowed short and treated for pests at the beginning of the season with an organic product two months before the dogs arrive. I’m not a believer in using pesticides around my dogs, yet I do use the frontline. In conclusion I am not sure of the best thing to do, I do know I will never give another one of my dog’s a Lyme Vaccine after what happened to my boy. I haven’t had any adverse reactions with the frontline, however I only use while in Michigan for about four months per year, fortunately in the area of Arizona I live the rest of the year we don’t have a big problem with fleas and tics. I’m not even so sure about the frontline though because it didn’t prevent two of the four dogs from getting lymes. I would not feel comfortable giving my dogs an oral flea and tick preventative, seems like giving them poison but, I don’t know enough about that oral medication to give sound advise.
This reply is to theBCnut first of all I wanted to tell you that my dog looks almost identical to the dog you have in your picture, 1/2 black 1/2 white face on the same side, but my guy has a black eyebrow on the white side, I would like to talk to you more about where you got him etc, I did a dna test on mine and found out what he is. Anyway, he just started having what the vet thinks is acid reflux, he was eating his food fine and then one day throwing up, so I put him on cooked chicken and rice at home and he did just fine, then I get him transitioned back to his regular food and he does fine for several days and then throws up again, so I took him in for tests, and blood work is perfect, so the vet told me to give him Prilosec for 14 days, quit feeding the home cooked meal and just give him his regular food, well we made through 9 meals this way (he eats twice per day) and then thowing up all over the place, so now I’m back on home cooked chicken and rice and trying to decide to try a different food, or go to a gastro specialist, he keeps the home cooked chicken and rice down and his stool is always great on his regular food, he tested negative for pancreatitis. I’ve read to try a lower fat lower protein food but I haven’t decided what to try yet. Any advice?