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Old 06-05-2011, 01:35 PM
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I have a 14 year old poodle mix I adopted 11 years ago. Every once in a while, and 'frequently' more now, her stomach makes gurgly sounds. It is very uncomfortable for her and she gets diarrhea. It really knocks her for a loop. I take her to the vet, they give her a shot and some meds and she's better in a few days. I have fed her so many different kinds of food it's not funny. She' s now on Natral Balance potato and venison. Before that she was on the potato and duck. She does okay on a food for awhile, then it happens again. When she isn't having this problem, she acts like a three year old. Would just love to resolve this for her once and for all. She woke up having this problem again this morning. Her stomach gets inflamed. She's had the stays, and there's nothing wrong. It must be a food allergy.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Have you tried a food where the meat ingredient is listed first? In natural balance sweet potato and venison the first ingredient is the potato. Also what kind of shot and meds are they giving her when this happens?
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This last vet visit about 4 weeks ago, he gave her Tramadol 50 mg tablets in which she actually foams it out of her mouth, and 'metacam 10 ml' a liquid. I don't remember what the shot was. I even took her to another vet to get a second opinion, as the vet I have gone to for 30 years could not pinpoint what is actually causing this.
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hmmmmm Could be IBD? Does she ever vomit? Do her bowels ever have mucous in them?
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Her stool only gets mucousy when she has this problem. I've always though it was an 'irrital bowel', but what to do about it? No vomiting, but she occasionally coughs like something is stuck in her throat.
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sounds like it could be that. My dog had mucousy bowels and our vet wanted to rule out IBD or allergies, his wound up being allergies. He is on a grain free food with meat as the first ingredient.

I would mention IBD to your vet
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try prebiotics like yogurt for dogs
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The only thing that stopped that problem with my 6 year old foxhound was a home cooked meal. I did the same thing tried every dog food out there including vegetarian dog food thinking it was the meat he was allergic to. I decided to try home cooking for 3 months to see if it would help. Within a week the stomach problems went away and stayed away. After about 6 months of a vegetarian diet he had lost weight which he needed and was healthy and happy. I got the recipe for this from a well known vet that wrote and article in the home dog journal about dogs with IBD. It is posted on the food thread under veggie delight. Because of the problems with grains I changed to quinoa which is a great protein source and very easy to digest. You also need to use a good vitamin and mineral supplement to supply the things your dog needs. I have since added turkey back into his diet without a problem. You could also make it easy by just cooking ground turkey and using cooked grated sweet potato like the limited diets do. You can use a crock pot add both things and cook until the meat is cooks. Its easy and your dogs tummy will appreciate it. Make sure and freeze any food you cant use in 3 days. I put it in meal size containers for easy use and dont forget to add a daily vitamin and mineral supplement.
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Sounds like it could definitely be irritable bowel. Only intestinal biopsies could tell for sure unfortunatly. Dogs can present with it differently so there doesn't have to be vomiting. I'd try a hypoallergenic diet or a novel protein diet-- cooked Tilapia and yams seems to be a good combo. After a few weeks of this, you'd need to add in a multi-vitamin. Usually Vitamin K and Calcium (without Vitamin D) need to be added as well. If that doesn't help her, the way to treat IBD is with steroid therapy.
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