03-07-2019, 07:29 PM
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What kind of dog is she? Is there any people food she can tolerate? What Hills food did you try? One of my dogs was on Hills z/d which worked well. This is going to be trial and error for you. Sometimes their intestines get so enflamed that no matter what you feed it's going to set them off. Try fasting her for about 12 hours. That gives them a rest and a chance to heal. Then try changing to a limited ingredient food like Natural Balance, feeding very small meals/snacks. If she can tolerate any people food like sweet potatoes, mix small amounts of the new food with that and then gradually over days, increase the amount of dog food. Some dogs can't tolerate all the additives they put in the foods. Use something that has fewer ingredients and a different protein than what you're feeding, like beef or fish, etc. Read the labels carefully. The bag may say fish formula with some brands, but they throw in chicken meal, turkey meal or chicken liver or chicken fat. Stay away from anything that's remotely related to any kind of bird. If that doesn't work, then try an adult dog food. Sometimes pups get to a point where they can't tolerate the high fats in the puppy foods. I had to switch one of mine to adult dog food when she was around 4 months old. I've been through this with several dogs. Right now I have one that I considered putting down because she got so sick from dog food. She went down to a rack of bones and literally was starving to death. She was eating, but it was coming out as fast as it was going in. Metronidazole doesn't work at all for her. She was fine on people food. Then, I found Orijen. A lot of people don't want to spend the money on such an expensive food, but it's the only food standing between euthanasia and a healthy happy life for my girl, Dea. It's cheaper than vet bills. There are other foods out there that might work for your dog. Just keep looking until you find one. I spent countless hours in pet food stores and on the internet reading the labels on the food bags. You may have to switch foods several times before you find one that works. Home cooked is an option , but it requires a lot of research. There are very specific formulas to follow. You can make your dog very sick over time if the meals are not well balanced. I considered it, but could not find reliable sources for well balanced recipes. There's a lot of information out there, but it's hard to determine what's legitimate. Another option is raw feeding. Again, a lot of research is required.
One other thing you might do if the change in food doesn't work. Have your vet check your dog for EPI. It's an expensive test and done with a blood test. But, if it's EPI, then it's treatable. One last thing I learned, the more you research food and food issues, the more your going to know, which is probably more than your vet. The vets I've gone to always lump the intestinal issues into one group, IBD / IBS. I had to learn everything on my own by trial and error. It's been my good luck that each dog I get has issues with dog food, mostly food intolerances and food allergies. A good resource for any kind of stomach issues is EPI4DOGS.com. It covers not only EPI but other intestinal issues and explains the differences. I hope that helps. Good Luck and please keep us posted.
Last edited by Koby; 03-07-2019 at 07:35 PM.