My pup Ember has started to have tummy issues. I am quickly becoming overwhelmed and just need to bounce ideas.
I took her to the vet last week and found no blockages. Just a very slight fever; opted for antibiotics and finished those up on Sunday. Vet wasn't concerned about it being life threatening or anything contagious. Second dog in house is healthy as a horse.
She is 35lbs and has always had a voracious appetite. She is just over a year old. She is a high energy breed, but a great mix of craziness and chill. When we brought her home we switched her over to our current dog's food, a mix of dry and canned, with dry in the AM and dry+canned in the evening. Dry was Halo's Spots Stew Lamb, and canned was Blue Buffalo "Family Favorites" mostly beef varieties. She was great on that for a few months, then stopped eating the dry in the morning. I started to put water in with the dry and topping it with Blue Buffalo Wilderness toppers and she started eating her morning meal again. The toppers are really expensive for what you get, however, so I just switched to dry+canned+water for both morning and evening meals.
In December when things started getting cold enough to freeze everything, we learned that she has an affinity for eating poo, as she kindly brought some into the house one night and started mindfully gnawing on it while on one of the couches. Since then we've been doing our best with trying to get her to stop, and I started putting a spoonful of canned pumpkin into their food. That seemed to curb the habit for a couple weeks.
About three weeks ago I went to let her out of her crate in the morning and noticed she was very subdued. Alert, just not her normal bouncing-off-the-walls self. Then about an hour later I realized her stomach was growling and gurgling loud enough to be heard across a room. She wouldn't eat her breakfast. I stayed home from work with her to make sure she wasn't going to vomit or have diarrhea, and after about an hour she went to her food bowl and ate. After that the tummy gurgling stopped and she became her normal self again.
Things were fine until a couple days later when she regurgitated her dinner. But she was fine before and after that happened. Two days after that she had another morning of gurgling tummy and refusal to eat. That time she refused her food all day. That scared me, so I took her to the vet, findings detailed above. That night and the next day, I put both dogs on a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice. Which they both loved. On the third day I started to reintroduce her food. She seemed to be fine for the rest of that week. Her tummy seems to gurgle and growl in the mornings until it's time to eat, but it's not loud.
I decided this is probably related to nutrition and something that she's eating is not "doing it" for her, so I'm in the process of switching dry food out to grain free, no soy-wheat-corn, etc. I opted for Nature's Variety Instinct Beef & Lamb. I also put them on a probiotic & enzyme supplement, and a small spoonful of coconut oil in breakfast. No more pumpkin since I add the supplement, though considering putting it back in for breakfast since the supplement is once a day and they get it at dinner. Things seemed to be going smoothly with everyone happy.
Now this morning she pooped in the house - totally my fault, as I had let her out in the morning after she woke up but didn't watch to see what she did, and ended up calling her back inside instead of letting her come to the door when she was ready... she tried to tell me that she needed to go back out, but she just learned that ringing her "potty bells" gets her humans to walk over to the door and let her out, so we are trying to deter her from ringing them every five seconds, as she is doing right now... so I ignored her, and she ran from room to room looking anxious, which I read too late, as I found her in the living room, pooping.
It was loose, but not diarrhea. After that her tummy was growling and gurgling again, not loud, enough for me to know she was hungry. But when it came time for breakfast, she wouldn't eat. I let her out and when she came back in she tried to eat, but would just spit it out - and it was all the new kibble.
So now I just don't know what to do next. She really prefers canned food, so I'm thinking of maybe switching to to that. Ideally I would do a raw diet, but I am so nervous about it. I have a huge raw-meat germ phobia. Plus, I travel for work, and when I'm going my husband is on dog duty, so it has to be super convenient. I'm just not sure he'd remember to take on a meal for it to thaw and come to room temp.
Ideas? Have you been in a similar situation? What did you try?