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Old 02-20-2018, 09:37 AM
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My dog has IBD and food allergies, and hates his special diet

My mixed breed large dog is three and a year ago was diagnosed with IBD and food allergies after several times having liquid diarrhea. Mainly after I let him have greasy fried people food (chicken nuggets from drive through McDonald's only one or two small ones). I did this with my last dog his whole life and he never had stomach issues so I never thought this dog would have an issue.

I rarely eat that stuff myself and mainly eat healthy fruits and vegetables and lean meat and poultry that I cook on my George Foreman grill which supposedly removed any more fat. But occasionally I'll eat something unhealthy like a cheeseburger or fries or pizza, very rarely and it never hurt my last dog to have a couple of bites so I continued that with this dog. Last dog lived to be almost twelve and was very healthy and active with no health issues until he died of a genetic spinal disease.
So the hospital specialty vets did a bunch of tests and put him on a bunch of meds and insisted I had to completely change his diet to a limited ingredient novel protein diet. Tell him that, he hates it. Now he literally won't eat until after midnight and I literally have to spoon-feed him and stand there with him for half an hour to an hour every night telling him to eat his dinner for every bite. The most I can get him to eat is one to two cups of dry food a day, usually one, and one large can. For an eighty five pound dog.which isn't much.
I finally figured out that his flagyll was actually causing his chronic diarrhea the past year. He had liquid diarrhea every day I thought it was from eating snow and ice. Vets said keep him on the flagyll. I ran out and took a couple of days to fill it and no more diarrhea, perfect solid poop. Now I took him off it and no diarrhea ever since. Took him off the antinausea meds too since he hates taking pills so much and he eats a little better.
He's still on a probiotic and his separation anxiety med.
I ran out of his special canned food and made it to the store too late so had to get what they had at the all night convenience store. Which was his favorite bacon and filet mignon flavored Alpo. He inhaled that in seconds the past two nights, and no more diarrhea! That's what I gave my last dog his whole life who was healthy. He still has his prescription dry food.

If it's not making him sick, should I keep forcing him to eat food he clearly hates or let him go back to food he loves? I've been giving him bacon treats all along for training and to improve his recall so the type of food hasn't changed. And I always give him a few pieces of whatever meat I grill for myself. It seems the key to his stomach is no fried foods more than the actual proteins themselves.

Money's definitely an issue now so cheaper food is better, but I also feel cruel spending an hour every night practically force feeding him food he hates. I'm very positive and praise him tons but I hated being forced to eat stuff I hated when I was a kid, good for me or not.

I've tried several different novel protein brands, the one he gets now is the only one he'll reluctantly eat at all. He's gone up to five days without eating a single bite when I tried to outstubborn him.
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I have Chrons. Like IBD. Same symptoms i have a special diet. I can eat anything i have cooked. No additives what so ever and i am fine. Anything shop bought = symptoms. I will try new foods out n watch n wait. I would lay money on anxiety being the dogs main driver on loose bowels. IBD is not a diagnosis, it is a desriptor in latin that means bowel is inflamed. Does not tell you why. Thats for you to do detector work. If no reaction then food is safe. From an ibd point of view. So start adding 1 new food at a time. Irritation is also dose related - lots of a food will upset but a little maybe ok. Trial n error. But bring back the bacon! Unless its filled with gluten as a bulk agent. Check packets carefully.
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I bought two weeks worth of his favorite Alpo cans (deal they had fifteen cans for ten dollars, so much easier than paying forty dollars for that many cans).
He loves it! Now when I say dinner and open the can he gets right up and goes over and inhales the whole can in two minutes, no nagging or begging and I can be doing other things and not with him.
Of course he picks out the prescription dry food out and leaves it so I still have to encourage him to finish that but he does much more easily. He even wanted more and actually ate three cups of dry food and his can the other day! And is more consistently eating a cup of dry food early on the day before we go anywhere so eating two cups a day and the can.
And no more diarrhea even with no more meds. Nice solid poops, just with probiotics and his separation anxiety med.
I know Alpo isn't top quality food but he loves it, he's getting top prescription dry food and my last dog ate it for almost twelve years and was very healthy his whole life with no health issues. He died of a genetic spinal disease which no food can help. And the price difference really makes a difference right now. Most importantly he's enthusiastic and happy with food and has healthy poop, which wasn't true with expensive food and tons of medicines that I read can cause cancer with long-term use.
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