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#1 littlepickle

Posted 16 April 2019 - 10:48 PM

I will preface this by stating that I have made a vet appointment for after the Easter break (we are currently 600kms away from home).
I changed our dogs food to a different grain free brand for approx 2 weeks back in early March. He ended up with some nasty loose stools as a result whic evolved into an anal gland problem ( due to loss of bulk). Changed food to rice/ chicken for a week and on the advice of the vet withheld his anti- inflammatories. Also started him on an animal specific probiotic. Over the initial 2 week period he last around 1.2kgs ( currently 8.6, usually we keep him between 9.4-9.8 kg due to a significant front leg deformity)
He has always had a prolific output in relation to poo but now they are consistently mustard yellow colour/ start solid but loose toward the end / non- offensive/ no mucous/ no blood. Approx 2-2.5 cups per day!
He also appears to have increased anxiety in the evenings and paces (tail down) and has also taken to trying to consume his own poo.

I have him back on chicken / rice/ previous grain free biscuits. Eating 3 meals a day to Increase weight gain, removing poo from the lawn ASAP.
He has also been wormed

He is back on his anti- inflammatory and also takes gabapentin for neurological pain related to his leg.

What could I do to help slow his digestion down so that he is absorbing all the nutrients and gaining weight?

He is a jack Russell cross 5 years old.

If you got this far... thanks

#2 Ellie bean

Posted 16 April 2019 - 10:59 PM

Sorry I don’t know but will your vet speak to you by phone? I know mine would make the time, in that scenario if I rang up and told the receptionist, they would phone back
I hope someone more helpful has answers!

#3 SummerStar

Posted 17 April 2019 - 06:25 AM

I would give royal canin hypoallergenic food a go. We had one that was outputting some awful stuff a while back and the vet suggested this, it helped at the time and she didn't have to stay on it forever. Some might and it seems to help of they have issues with normal foods.

Edited by SummerStar, 17 April 2019 - 06:26 AM.


#4 fols

Posted 17 April 2019 - 07:10 AM

Great ideas above. Give your Vet a call as they know your dog best.

Other options are intestinal diet such as royal canin or hills id. There are also dog specific probiotics. All available from the local Vet.

Also try feeding 4-6 small meals through the day. It doesn’t overload the gut and allows better absorption as the gut is healing.

#5 littlepickle

Posted 17 April 2019 - 09:34 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies. I will get my parents to bring some vet prescribed food down on Friday.
Already on the dog probiotics

I have worked out that the “anxiety” is probably pain -  the gabapentin is a capsule and with his current rapid transition through his gut is probably not having a chance to dissolve. Today I opened the capsule up in his food and he has been much more settled this evening.
We spent the day at the beach where he swam for about 3 hours so I gave him a couple of small meals while there to ensure calories were higher than expenditure.
Thanks all

#6 littlepickle

Posted 01 May 2019 - 08:25 AM

Well things went rapidly down hill after my last post with significant weight loss, continuation of the yellow poo and then subsequent partially digested food being eliminated. Removing rice and just feeding chicken and pumpkin helped but the weight loss continued at a rapid rate. 3 vet visits and finally a diagnosis of EPI : exocrine pancreatic insufficiency- he no longer produces the enzymes required to digest foods but still produces insulin etc... so with the addition of these enzymes with every meal for the rest of his life things should rectify. Just thought I would update in case anyone else has this experience with a dog in the future.

#7 *Spikey*

Posted 01 May 2019 - 01:26 PM

Thank you for sharing. Poor little guy, glad you have meds to take care of it now.

#8 kadoodle

Posted 01 May 2019 - 10:47 PM

I’m glad you got to the bottom of it. Poor pooch.

#9 Chicken Pie

Posted 02 May 2019 - 09:40 AM

Sorry to hear must  have been very stressful! Hope it resolves with the diagnosis for you




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