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Old 07-15-2018, 11:31 AM
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Is my dog’s food making her sick?

Hello! I have a pit/staffordshire rescue pup, she is about 5 or 6 years old. She is notorious for having GI problems... few cases of colitis in the past few years, overgrowth of bacteria, all the things. We’ve changed her food at least 3x in her life with us (we have had her almost 4 years). Right now she is on Purina Pro Plan Focus for Sensitive Skin and Stomach, which is a salmon protein. A few weeks ago, around June 20th, she seemed to be losing her appetite a bit, didn’t want to eat, would pick at her food a little if at all. Then, few days later she started having loose stool, and then the dreadful stool with bloody mucus. I immediately fasted her for almost the full 24 hours , got her switched over to white rice and some pure pumpkin.. few days of this and she was back to normal, firm stool and appetite back... gradually got her back to her regular food... about 4 days later, it started again.. low appetite and then loose stool .. but instead of waiting for bloody mucus stool, I immediately started the rice and pumpkin again. Few days of that, and her appetite was back, transitioned back to her food and all was fine for about 3 days. That brings us to the present. She is AGAIN having low appetite , does not want that food!! She does eat the pumpkin no problem, and even some rice, and a different kind of kibble that we still had. Her stool was normal and firm this morning. We are hoping to take her to the vet tomorrow if they can get us in. But just wondering anyone’s thoughts?? Is the Purina Pro Plan making her sick? Does she just not like it?? Any help is appreciated.
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I will add, she is a very nervous and anxious dog, and we are in Florida. The first time this happened in June, we blamed it on loud thunderstorms making her upset. The second time was during a week long of 4th of July fireworks.. but today, I have no explanation for what could be causing her to not want the food.
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It could be the food, they can be sensitive to just about anything in their food. I know back when my dog had colitis, it was triggered by a months worth of thunderstorms. I was feeding him chicken and rice and could not get his stool to firm up, I decided to switch to sweet potato and lean ground beef. His stool got better. Put him back on a chicken based food and we were back to progressively soft bowel movements. Turns out he can't handle chicken.

Switch your girl to a food with a protein that she's not had and one without ground rice, canola meal, and oat meal. When looking for the new food make sure that those 3 ingredients, Salmon, and Fish Meal and Fish Oil, are not anywhere in the ingredients list. If she gets better then it's one of the ingredients in the food that's causing her the problems. You can slowly add them back in, one at a time, to try and further narrow down which one it could be.

I also ended up getting my dog an anti anxiety medicine to help him get through thunderstoms and fireworks. Doing the same may help your girl.
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Ours was never a real enthusiastic eater, and sometimes would not eat, until, we switched to all fresh. Since we made that change she is really excited about eating and is so consistently. It has convinced me to stay away from processes foods, and keep her on a fresh food diet. She has literally been a different dog, and not once has she had any gastric issues on the fresh diet, which occasionally she would have with processed food.
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