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Suggestions for an intestinal calming diet

Discussion in 'Puppies 101' started by Sonoma girl, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. Sonoma girl

    Sonoma girl Premium Member

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    Puppy had perfect gastro system for 4 months, now has periodic loose stools 2 months. Did 2 tests, nothing showed. Playing havoc with our potty training.
    Vet says try different diets. Maybe just a chronic condition.
    Any success stories? Pup has boundless energy, growing and healthy. There was no diet change when this started.
     
  2. Ann

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    The first thing I'd do is get your puppy on a good daily probiotic. Research has shown that every dog benefits from daily probiotic use. I like Dogzymes Probio Max which I get from Chewy. I'd also add a spoon of pure, canned pumpkin to your puppy's meals twice a day.

    I'd avoid skipping around to too many different foods...that can play havoc with a digestive system too, especially in a Sheltie. Find a good quality food, perhaps limited ingredients until things settle down digestively, and stick with that. Sometimes foods that are too rich can cause issues too.
     
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  3. corbinam

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    I'll second Ann's suggestion of finding something that's limited ingredient. I'd go so far as to choose something without chicken. That's a typical culprit, as are low-quality grains.
     
  4. Sonoma girl

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    Very good suggestions. Thank you.
     
  5. Caro

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    Yes I'm surprised the vet hasn't advised you to try an elimination diet as it may be a food sensitivity. Deska was unwell on lots of different foods as a pup until I discovered it was chicken. Sticking to limited ingredients is the best approach, usually you start with a protein the dog hasn't had before - fish and potato seems to be the first one the specialists recommend. You're lucky in the US to have so many options - over here the limited ingredient options still have chicken fat in them!
     
  6. Sonoma girl

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    One vet recommended rice and boiled chicken. Did not know chicken could be problematic.
     
  7. Piper's mom

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    Just curious...did you at any point put him on a bland diet to settle his system before switching foods? Could be that his digestive system is upset and needs a bit of a rest. I've given my older dogs slippery elm (ask vet if it's ok to give a puppy) if not then I'd try a lean ground beef and brown rice and pumpkin for a few days and then slowly add in the kibble and see how he does. I agree a probiotic would also be beneficial (make sure you get one specific to dogs), it'll help get his gut healthy again.
    Finnie had bouts of diarrhea when he was younger and this is what I'd had to do.
     
  8. Sonoma girl

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    Hi,
    Did not change diet before the condition started. Gave boiled chicken and rice only after bouts began. Some days are normal and then he has problem again. Have started probiotic and pumpkin. It is helping.
    I will try lean ground beef.
     
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  9. Piper's mom

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    I also found that Piper would get diarrhea from his heartworm pill (he'd get a bout just hours after giving it)...this happened probably the first few months he was on them.
     
  10. take4roll10

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    I've noticed my girl gets loose stool when I overfeed her. When she was a puppy, she had loose stool because she had an intolerance to chicken in kibble. Only in kibble though.
     

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