Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spoke Too Soon

So, apparently I spoke too soon. Last night there was a terrible surprise waiting for me when I got home from work. We were back to the super liquidy diarrhea, and it was everywhere. I was worried about the chicken or rice making her face swell again, or causing her to vomit, but didn't really expect to find what I found last night. I had to toss her in the tub and spent a good hour cleaning up the bedroom.

Was it from the shock to her system, or maybe the chicken or rice? I'm guessing the rice, but I really have no idea. I decided to feed her nothing but chicken today, so she got 2 cups of the boiled chicken from yesterday. I'm hoping the crate is clean when I get home and I see some improvement in her stool.

She was banished to the bathroom last night, in her crate of course, and she's there now as well. She'll probably spend the night there tonight too... it's a lot easier to clean that stuff off tile than it is to clean it off carpet.

The good news is, she feels totally ok. She was full of energy today and we played outside in the gorgeous weather. She was really good on her walk and enjoyed dragging sticks out of the woods and depositing them all over the yard. That's one good thing about all this... at least she's feeling ok. It would be awful to see her feeling yucky.

My stick!
So maybe she has an intolerance to grains? The rice yesterday, the oat bran or brown rice in the canned food from Sunday, the oatmeal or barley or brown rice in the Fromm... rice rice rice. Itchy face, upset tummy, frustrated mommy...

Depending on what I find tonight when I get home, I'm thinking about either trying raw (which I'll probably do anyway for a little while to see if she handles it ok) or trying a grain free kibble of some kind. Perhaps Orijen's large breed puppy, or a Taste of the Wild flavor. It would be nice if it was as "simple" as finding a grain free kibble she does well on... that would be a lot easier than feeding raw or cooking homemade food.

In other news, Lilly is on the schedule for vaccines, a coggins test, and another ACTH test Monday morning. You all remember Lilly, right? Poor girl has been a bit neglected this month...

8 comments:

  1. I would ask your vet to refer you to a specialist. They should have no problem doing so since their advice hasn't worked.

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    1. I was thinking about trying to find a holistic vet too... maybe they would be more helpful and have better ideas about nutrition other than to feed SD.

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  2. Oh wow, how frustrating. I was going to mention on your previous post that Smidgen was really itchy with her food allergy, too. Not necessarily the face but just scratch scratch scratch all the time. The sound could keep you up at night. Scratch scratch scratch. She has problems with both grains and chicken. We've been feeding her 4Health Grain-Free from Tractor Supply and so far so good. Sure hope you find a solution soon!

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    1. Rylee used to be super itchy too, licking her paws a lot and stuff, but I thought she just had dry skin, so I put her on fish oil and vitamin e. It really helped, but she never stopped with the face rubbing after her meals. I just never put the two together. I'll put the 4Health on my list too. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  3. Actually I am not at all surprised. This will happen anytime you change a dogs food, and since she is having issues anyway, it was almost inevitable. On a "normal" dog you would give them a couple of days to get used to the new food and then if they did not get better, you would know that it does not agree with them at all.

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    1. I guess I thought because it was part of the "your dog has an upset tummy, so feed her chicken and rice, it's super bland and cures what ails you" diet, that it wouldn't cause diarrhea. So wrong, I was.

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  4. Has she been checked or treated for giardia? That's what this is sounding like to me.

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    1. Yes, they've actually done two different fecals on her since this all started. She had giardia once before, so my vet thought she might have it again. Both times her stool samples came back negative.

      Just to be on the safe side, though, she's on a broad spectrum dewormer (I'll have to check what the name of it is). She got one dose when I picked up the meds, and she gets the other dose on the 10th.

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