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Can anyone recommend a food for a dog with an extremely fussy and unpredictable digestive system??? Since nothing ever goes according to plan, I do not have an unlimited budget for very expensive foods.
I am at my wits end yet again and have no idea how to help my dog. He gets random bouts of explosive diarrhea and the vet can't figure out what is causing it. He gets no treats, nothing other than his kibble and he still gets the bad runs. There is nothing outside for him to get into either. He gets a digestive supplement daily and probiotics. He was doing very well on a lamb and oatmeal blend for sensitive stomachs for a long time but recently he's regressed again and is loosing weight and just doesn't look good. I need help in finding something new and really don't want to have him on the junk vet prescription kibble.
I get mixed messages with grain or grain free. Some say that grain-inclusive can help bulk up a dog with digestive issues while others say to avoid. I tend to stay away from foods with corn, wheat, and soy but am willing to try a grain inclusive as long as the rest of the ingredients are good.
Please, can someone help?
 

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What foods have you tried? Jessie is on raw and her digestive system is relatively stable however feed her a protien her system doesnt like it can range from gassing me out to suspected colitis (where she strains so much has watery diareha and feels she still needs to poo so even more straining when all is out)

Also whats the fat percentage in current food? Jess does well on low fat foods not that dry food will ever agree with her and i love her on raw so lean and so much healthier minimal health problems etc.

If you want to stick to dry id try a less rich and more bland protien with 10% fat to see how that goes. What protiens have you tried?
 

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I've tried raw for him multiple times, all a disaster. Poor boy was miserable and his diarrhea just kept getting worse on raw and lost a dramatic amount of weight.

His current food is 12% fat and is lamb based. He's been on chicken, beef, turkey, and fish foods in the past. All with the same effects after a while.

Has anyone tried The Honest Kitchen? I was thinking, maybe it's something else added in the food that is causing him problems. From what I've read it doesn't have preservatives found in kibble. Does anyone have insight on this food?
 

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@Rain fed zody it she might be able to help
 

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I did try Zody on THK base mix, but Zody did not do well while on it. I'm honestly not sure what it was that was causing him the problem because a lot was going on back when I had him on it, so if it was the food, stress, protein I used, treats, or something else I never did figure out. I got tired of trying to unravel the mystery and put him back on Fromm.

If you go with it I'd suggest using the base mix so that you can choose which protein you use. They have grain free, grain and fruit free, and grain inclusive recipes to choose from The Honest Kitchen If I remember right they'll send you samples if you contact them and ask.
 

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Could be a meat intolerance. I finally figured it out by trying every meat on the market at the time with no change. Finally out of frustration I home cooked a veggie diet of lentils and veggies. Within a week my dogs symptoms were gone. After 3 months of this I added turkey back into his diet because it was the only meat he had not tried and that was fine and has been ever since. Finding the right meat can be difficult and intolerance can happen at any time My dog had been on chicken for 2 years when he developed symptoms , if he gets any now his stomach goes
nuts. Zignature , Go sensitive and shine or Blue Basics have single protein and grain free
 

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To be fair sometimes the vet foods are the best options, if they are the last option between your dog suffering and your dog thriving. They do amazing testing on their foods and the rx foods are definitely something to look into. Not saying I'm a fan, but I've seen many dogs with IBS and sensitive tummies thrive on what you call "junk" rx foods because they do work. Just saying..

Have you thought about doing a single protein diet plan/feeding trial? Could he be reacting to opening of a new bag and his stomach takes time to settle in? Stress can also lead to the squirts... Have you tried adding a probiotic like fortiflora or kefir? Also has your dog been on a grain-inclusive before? Or even eating say oatmeal as a treat?Sometimes it helps, but it definitely won't if he has a reaction to it. My girl is lucky, she can eat pretty much everything so long as it's flax free and chicken free.

Personally I would look into the food you currently feeding and find something with different protein/different inclusions. I like Champion, and know them best, so I'll recommend their LIDs like Pork and squash, Lamb and Apple, or Duck and Pear. Pacifica could even be considered LID only in the fact that it's all fish based, though different types of fish.
 

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I sort of want to preface this by mentioning the possibility of visiting a specialist if you try some of these other foods and STILL nothing helps, or he continues to have regressions. There's always a possibility it's not the food, but rather something up with his GI tract. An abdominal ultrasound with a veterinary ultrasonographer isn't a bad idea. They may also want to do a barium study to see how his system works.

Also, I'm assuming he's been checked for internal parasites right? If not, I would ask for a routine ova and parasite check, including giardia.

Grains are not the end of the world. It's sort of a trend to be "grain free". Yes, there are some dogs that are allergic to grains. But most aren't. And dogs actually have evolved an enzyme in their stomach that lets them break down and get energy from carbs, unlike wolves. This was an adaptation that occurred during domestication, when proto-dogs were hanging out around human villages for the most part and were eating a LOT of grains.

As for foods, you could always try Hill's gastrointestinal. I'm sure your vet carries it or could order you some. I do think that the quality of their food could be improved, and it's not something I'd feed if I could avoid it. BUT, like Kay said, they have done extensive testing and we know that the foods DO work for their advertised goal. The GI food is formulated to basically be a bland diet. Not very rich, not very fancy, least likely to upset a dogs tummy. At the clinic where I work, it's what we feed to just about everybody who has a GI issue like parvo or pancreatitis, and what we feed to all of our post-op patients who are likely to have nausea and diarrhea from anesthesia and stress.

If you don't want to try that, I'd suggest sticking with kibbles that have only a single meat source and in general are limited ingredient. There are many dogs that simply cannot handle how rich some of the better quality kibbles are. There's too many meats, no carbs, lots of stuff. KayWilson mentioned Champion brand having some LID foods, Natural Balance has some LID stuff, Acana has their "Singles" line of products
 

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My dog has many allergies and will vomit after eating certain foods. She eats Wellness Simples Lamb and Oatmeal and doesn't seem to bother her. For treats I only use freeze dried lamb and turkey chew with no additives.
 
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