- 8 years ago
We’ve had a 4 year old adult rescue since February. She seems to have a sensitive stomach and we’ve struggled with what food to give her. Ideally, we want to give her dry kibble.
We jumped through lots of hoops – she was being fed Science Diet at the pound, we transitioned her to Blue Buffalo (grain free) but she was having loose stools. A pet store recommended California Natural Chicken and Brown Rice (because it’s for sensitive stomachs) and she’d do pretty well on that.
I think at some point we were overfeeding her, causing soft stools. When we’d let up, she seemed to be doing fine… until we introduced too many treats (or too much peanut butter) and that would produce loose stools as well.
She’s also more nervous than calm, and I think that affects her stools too.
Fast forward to current…. she’s been having really loose stools the past week. Normally, I’ll make some boiled chicken and rice, put a T. of canned pumpkin, and give her a couple slippery elm capsules and she’ll firm up in no time. Well, this time, her body wasn’t having it. So, yesterday, I took her to the Vet.
We did a stool sample (currently being evaluated). The vet recommended the following:
1) Start her on Flagyl (500mg 2x’s a day for 7 days)
2) Start her on a new dry food: Hill’s Prescrption Diet i/d (for Gastrointenstinal Health). It’s basically a version of Science diet and is complete crap, IMO. The first ingredient is corn – here’s a link from dog food advisor:
I told the vet I wasn’t happy with this food because of the ingredients and corn being the main component. She told me that we needed to get her stable and then could ween her off, but not all dogs do well on premium food (which I can understand but am not satisfied with!) 🙂 She wanted me to keep her on the food for 2-4 weeks. It doesn’t help that the entire office is stocked with this stuff, which makes me frustrated because I feel they are just pushing their product.
I didn’t even want to start the antibiotic until the culture came back, but I knew her stool was not normal and figured a round of it was better than nothing at this point. I also started her on the new food last night… and she had a much better poop this morning.
MY QUESTIONS ARE:
1. How long do you think I should keep her on the crap food …. and
2. Do you have any suggestions of kibble to feed her. I’m especially interested if you’ve dealt with a dog with sensitive stomach…and, I know that all dogs are different. Someone told me their dog was fine with boiled chicken but couldn’t stomach the chicken kibble. I’m thinking about trying fish for her next to see if that’s something she can handle… but, as you might guage from this post – I totally feel at my wits end and am NOT looking forward to any rounds of soft poop as I try to find a kibble that sits well in her stomach!