Post # 1
For the record, my dog went to the vet this afternoon, is fine, and we’ve been following the professional advice. That said, I feel like they help him get better but they don’t help prevent the problem in the future so I would love to hear from anyone who has encountered similar issues.
We have a (very adorable) King Charles Cavalier who is just over a year old. In the last few months his stomach issues seem to have gotten worse. First he started getting blockages every few weeks (he won’t want to eat, you can hear his stomach grumble, and he gets super cuddly). He likes to try to eat things he shouldn’t so we stopped giving him any sort of bone, tennis balls (he’d try to pull the fuzz off and eat it) etc. We’ve always been vigilant about never leaving him with a toy unsupervised and when we’re at work he’s crated and the dog walker takes him out.
Today was his third trip in two months to the vet (one to the late night emergency vet, twice to his regular vet) for bloody diarrhea. It is usually prefaced by constipation and vomitting hours (or a day) before and is really scary when it happens. It leaves him dehydrated sometimes, but his blood tests have all been pretty normal. This time around he is super tired out too. His normal diet is Wellness wet food (lamb) mixed with Natural Diet (Sweet Potato and Byson). It seems like every issue has come from getting a table scrap (first time lamb, third time boiled chicken.) Obviously we will try a lot harder to make sure that doesn’t happen, but the chicken especially was in such a small quantity I want to understand what the heck is going on. The vet thought it could be fiber related from his food being too rich but he doesn’t normally have issues with his food so I’m dubious. Could it be fat related? The lamb had some fat and the chicken had some skin.
Sorry this is so over detailed, he’s our first dog together and we aren’t having kids for a while so I think I’ve taking dog loving to a slightly obsessive level… sorry. Thanks for reading though!
Post # 3
Has he been checked for pancreatitis?
Usually, when dogs have food issues, you’ll need to first look at the carbohydrate source. if the issues persist, then try switching the protien.
Fat could very well be giving his issues. I’d also talk to your dog walker to make sure he didn’t get into anything…especially if he’s let off leash! (puddle water will do it)
Post # 4
What is her breeding history? Pet store, shelter, , backyard breeder?
Post # 5
Thank you for responding! I don’t know if they’ve checked for a pancreatitis- I’ll ask when we goes to his follow up tomorrow. Would his stomach be sensitive to the touch then? They said his general physical was fine. I talked to the dog walker each time this issue came up and they were adamant he hadn’t been into anything unusual and he is never off his leash (he’s a runner with a short attention span) and I trust her.
He’s a purebred from a reputable breeder.
Post # 6
What a doll!
Ask them about colitis as well. It can be controlled with meds and a diet change. Good luck!
Post # 7
@SandyDollHair: Yes! Ask about colitis
Post # 8
Could he be allergic to something? Wheat in his kibble, or puppy milk.. anything? I guess it’s unlikely if it seems to be triggered by table scraps 🙁 poor little dude.
Post # 9
Thank you all, I will ask the vet about all of these suggestions!
Post # 10
@fireworksgirl: What a precious puppy!! Have you tried a different dry food? Maybe give only dry food for a while and see if that makes a difference. It may just be too much for his little tummy. I’m not sure if this makes a difference but are the pieces of food large? He may not be chewing them well? That may not mean anything, it just popped in my head.
Post # 11
I would ask your vet about using pepcid. That’s what we were using for my dog. And he’s great now.
Also how many times a day is he eating? Is the puking happening at a specific time? My dog was getting sick at 5pm almost on the dot every night. Turned out he needs 3 smaller meals a day. Picked up a (though pricey) automatic feeder. And he hasn’t puked since.
Post # 12
My yorkie had IBD, inflammatory bowel disease. I would ask your vet about this too! He couldn’t have the smallest of table scraps or he would puke and/or have explosive diarrhea. We had to put him on anti-inflammatories and a very bland low fat food designed for stomach issues (medi-cal gastro).
Good Luck – I know how hard it is to see your little guy suffer like this!
Post # 13
I second (third?) the colitis suggestion. This seriously JUST happened with our hound. He is prone to stress-induced colitis and he had just been to the vet for surgery, and so he got a little colitis cause of that experience. He started with the skirrly tummy and progressed to the bloody diarrhea (sooo gross!) too. It was cleared up within the week with a round of antibiotics and bland food.
Post # 14
One of my kiddies eats everything and he’s 7. Last bout of stomach issues and constipation, I took to the internet and found an extremely bland diet:
Pumpkin- Organic pumpkin in the can is great.
Rice-Brought a rice cooker cause it took us a month to get his tummy under control.
Chicken Stock- To give flavor
I fed him for a good month and added chicken w/out skin when he was doing better.
For deyhdration, add clear Pedialyte to his water. Great source of electrolites.
My other kiddie has a weak stomach and she’s a senior. We discovered that lamb didn’t work well for her so I switch to chicken only.
Also I found blogs that discussed our particular kiddie’s breed and now have figured out which brands are best for them. Yes, its taken me several months but now the kiddies jump for joy when I feed them.