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My 2 1/2 year old rottweiler mix has been struggling with GI problems since he first got sick 7/4/15. First it was diarrhea and dehydration so they gave him antibiotics and nausea meds. He gets better for about a week and starts acting weird. Panting a lot, restless, etc... so back to the vet he goes. Several x-rays and contrast imaging later they find out he has some motility problems. The vet figures it was something caused by his previous stomach bug and gives him metoclopramide. It seems to help him keep the food down but he's not improving otherwise. Back to the vet we go. This time she tries Prednisone on top of everything else thinking it's IBD. Aside from the prednisone side effects he isn't acting any different. Still lethargic, nauseous etc. The vet now says she is out of ideas. He is on a special prescription dog food right now, but even that seems to be making him nauseous if he eats more than a little at a time.

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Have you tried any probiotics? How about a plain diet of hamburger and rice? That is usually the go to diet for stomach problems.
 

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Have you tried any probiotics? How about a plain diet of hamburger and rice? That is usually the go to diet for stomach problems.
We did this early on in this ordeal when he was on antibiotics. The vet decided he should be on a wet food that he could digest easily with the motility issues being what they are. I was considering using the probiotics as well, but I am not sure how much of a difference they would make. Couldn't hurt I suppose :(
 

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1. Check your yard for poisonous plants:


Castor bean or castor oil plant (Ricinus communis)
Cyclamen (Cylamen spp.)
Dumbcane (Dieffenbachia)
Hemlock (Conium maculatum)
English Ivy, both leaves and berries (Hedera helix)
Mistletoe (Viscum album)
Oleander (Nerium oleander)
Thorn apple or jimsonweed (Datura stramonium)
Yew (Taxus spp.)
Any mushroom you cannot identify as safe

These types of vegetation are to be avoided for a variety of reasons. Do not plant them near your home or bring them inside as plants or cut flowers:

  • Amaryllis (Amaryllis spp.)
  • Autumn crocus (Colochicum autumnale)
  • Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis)
  • Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
  • Chrysanthemum (Compositae spp.)
  • Flower bulbs of any kind
  • Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
  • Jerusalem cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum)
  • Larkspur (Delphinium)
  • Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis)
  • Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)
  • Peace Lily or Mauna Loa Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum spp.)
  • Pothos (both Scindapsus and Epipremnum)
  • Rhubarb (Rheum rhaponticum)
  • Schefflera (Schefflera and Brassaia actinophylla)
  • Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica)
  • Tulip/Narcissus bulbs (Tulipa/Narcissus spp.)
  • Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
These tougher-leafed or woody specimens are also poisonous and should be avoided in and around your house.

  • Azalea
  • Box
  • Chinaberry tree
  • Horsechestnut
  • Laburnum
  • Oleander
  • Privet
  • Sago Palm
  • Rhododendron
  • Wisteria
2. When your vet is stumped, get a second opinion. It doesn't mean you don't trust your vet, it means you are looking for double the knowledge base.
I hope your baby gets better.
 

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We did this early on in this ordeal when he was on antibiotics. The vet decided he should be on a wet food that he could digest easily with the motility issues being what they are. I was considering using the probiotics as well, but I am not sure how much of a difference they would make. Couldn't hurt I suppose :(
You could try adding plain canned pumpkin into the wet food. It's the only thing that cleared up my girls diarrhea. None of the bland diet suggestions worked for her (rice, pasta, potatoes, rice water, chicken, burger, cottage chz, turkey...) I added one tbs pumpkin into her food at night and in the evening another and her almost 3 wk long diarrhea cleared up in 2 days. Real pumpkin, not pie filling. Amount would be based on your own dogs weight
I also agree about a second opinion. Your vet may even have an internal medicine specialist she recommends? They could work together for your dog. That's where I'm headed next.
Also, try several very small meals throughout the day if He gets nauseous easily. Maybe break it up into 6 if you have to.
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