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  • OT - but my dog needs some help!!

    Hi everyone-

    Sorry for the OT post but I think it may be related to food - but for my Dog. My dog is a boxer/retriever mix who never had any GI problems his whole life. I moved to California about 7 months ago and he was okay. In November I moved to a different house he was fine at first. Since December, he has had intermittent symptoms of nausea, indigestion, vomiting. I have had to take him to the emergency vet 3 times (last time today) because of the severity. Today he had bloat - which thankfully passed without surgery. The vet said something is causing him to have chronic inflammation of his stomach. He did have elevated liver enzymes at some point. She rechecked them today. He is taking an acid reducer.

    I tried switching him to Stella and Chewy's dehydrated raw food - he got quite ill from it and ended up in one the ER visits. I decided it was chicken causing the problem. So I put him and Sweet potato and fish food - grain free. I though it solved it, but this weekend he was very ill and I had to take him in again for fluids and anti-vomiting meds.

    I just don't know what to do for this dog. The vet recommended getting Costco duck and sweet potato food and giving him nothing but that to see. Does anyone have any experience in this area? Any suggestions? He is an amazing dog (rescued from a really bad life) and I can't stand to see him so miserable. Plus the vet bills, stress, and missed work are really taking a toll on me too.

    Sorry for the long rambling. I know there are some great dog people here and I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction. Thanks!!!
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  • #2
    Hey, don't apologize. I just wish I could help, but I don't know dogs. Hope you find the solution soon.
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    • #3
      Does he have access to a yard? Maybe he's eating plants out there that don't agree with him. My sister has a plum tree. One of her dogs will eat any fruit that she can get from the tree. It ain't pretty when she does.

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      • #4
        I know you probably have already done this but have you checked your yard to make sure there is nothing toxic in it causing a problem? Mushrooms, oleanders and lilys can be toxic to dogs. There are other plants that cause tummy irritations as well. I have two labs and they tend to nibble on things, so I have to be careful with what I plant and I always watch for mushrooms.

        I hope you figure it out and he gets better. It is tough when our best friends are sick!

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        • #5
          could it possibly be lyme?

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          • #6
            Thanks Daisy Eater and vh67...it's a good suggestion....I have wondered about some type of plant issue. I do have a yard, but he didn't have unsupervised access to it until about a month ago, his symptoms started well before that. However - he is a grazer and has a pretty liberal definition of "food". So I think it could be possible. There are tons of plants back there and I have NO idea what they are. There are also wood/cedar chips, which I know he will eat if given the chance. Maybe I should keep him out of the yard for a week or so to see.

            Thanks for the suggestions!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by snoopy View Post
              could it possibly be lyme?
              We hike a lot out in the woods so he has had a quite a few tick bites. However, I believe they tested him for that at one of the visits and it was negative. I'll try to dig up the results for sure.

              I didn't know Lyme caused GI issues.....off to do some reading now. Thanks!!
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              • #8
                Lamaderm.... by Natural Life. For Real. You get it at Walmart. It is as good if not better than the RX $$$$$ food diet by the vet. read the reviews. My Golden Retriever young male had greasy oily stool, itchy, losing hair. I had him on all the holistic grain free BEST food out there. He could not digest it. I put him on probiotics, still greasy, gassy, loose stool. I did NOT want to believe this food would work. I felt hopeless. I put him on it 2 months ago. He has the most beautiful coat, most firm and small stools. He is THRIVING on it. read up on it. Good luck.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Hedonist View Post
                  Hey, don't apologize. I just wish I could help, but I don't know dogs. Hope you find the solution soon.

                  Thank you Hedonist. Nice wishes are most welcomed right now
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                  • #10
                    I'm not sure if it causes gi issues in dogs, but I'm currently dealing with lyme myself and it has caused a lot of gi issues for me. Thats what made me think it could possibly be causing your dogs problems.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PrincessGrok View Post
                      Lamaderm.... by Natural Life. For Real. You get it at Walmart. It is as good if not better than the RX $$$$$ food diet by the vet. read the reviews. My Golden Retriever young male had greasy oily stool, itchy, losing hair. I had him on all the holistic grain free BEST food out there. He could not digest it. I put him on probiotics, still greasy, gassy, loose stool. I did NOT want to believe this food would work. I felt hopeless. I put him on it 2 months ago. He has the most beautiful coat, most firm and small stools. He is THRIVING on it. read up on it. Good luck.
                      Thank you! I am reading about it right now. I do have him on a limited ingredient diet right now, but he was getting some other stuff too. It would be pretty interesting if instead of the crazy expensive dog food - this stuff from walmart would keep him healthy.

                      I will definitely add it to the list of things to try. Thanks!!!
                      Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

                      http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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                      • #12
                        I could be totally unrelated but the symptoms happening after a move make me very suspicious. I'd be scouring every inch of house and yard looking for something poisonous. We had a little Dalmation rescue who could find a mushroom in middle of a desert in August. They made her deathly sick every time but she'd go right back after them. It got so we could never let her out alone.

                        I sure hope you can get to the bottom of it soon. Poor baby, it's so hard to see them hurting.

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                        • #13
                          Hi Jammies,

                          We have a 9 y.o. black lab that had elevated Liver enzymes this past January. It got to the point were he wasn't eating and if you know labradors it's got to be bad if they don't want to eat. We found out that he had eaten something bad outside in our back yard that put him in liver failure. After that irritant was removed from the equation we had to get to work on healing him from the inside out and support his liver. We worked with our holistic vet on getting his system healthy. We removed all dry food and went with a raw diet. In the beginning we didn't care what we gave him just to get something down into his belly since he wasn't eating. We started with organic canned pumpkin. We were told that it is a good bulking agent and does help to move things through the system. We mixed some of the pumpkin with grass fed hamburger.

                          We got to the point we were trying many different things because he would get finicky. At one point he was eating Elk. We gave him milk thistle which helps to support the liver. Other things we worked with were homemade broths and fermented foods. We used keifer, beet kvass and sauerkraut to help rebuild his gut. Very slowly he regained his health and is doing even better than he was before because we continue to support his body with clean healthy food. We usually make our own homemade raw food but have also used PawNaturaw which is a good brand that you can get at Amazon.com. Hope this helps. I would think the best thing for him is to have the cleanest food possible, ie: raw. That is how our guy got back to health. A few other herbs that were helpful are Sangra De Drago and Cat's Claw both are amazon herbs that we order from the Amazon Herb Company.

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                          • #14
                            Did the vet x ray to see if there are any strange items in his GI tract....like rocks, GI joe's, etc. There may be a blockage.

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                            • #15
                              We adopted a dog from the pound about a year and a half ago. She is the sweetest thing...except she has a VERY sensitive stomach. We tried all differnet types of food and different combinations. The ONLY one we found that works for her is FreshPet Select. I also have to REALLY monitor her when outside. She was eating acorns from the ground in our backyard and they were causing havoc with her GI tract. She would grab and eat them before we could even think to pull on the leash. I assume it is because she was a stray for quite a while and had to forage for whatever she could find!

                              Now, riddle me this one, with all of the tummy issues this dog has, she eats cat poo and is TOTALLY FINE!! I know...EEEWWW!!!

                              Carrie

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