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Havanese and sensitive stomachs?

We have had a lot of threads recently with around various stomach related issues and I thought it might be useful to start a current thread around the general question of whether Havanese have sensitive stomachs. I just had a fairly short round of soft poops (cleared up now) and during our visit to the vet she said that small dogs just generally have more stomach sensitive issues. It made sense to me. Many of us have come to Havanese after having had larger dogs with bigger intestines etc so this is new.

In my case, I suspect too much chewing on a bully stick in both episodes...she has only had two bouts and each time, when I withheld bully sticks, did a boiled chicken and rice diet, it cleared up in about four days.

I was curious if anyone has any thoughts, particularly those with older Havanese. Of course, each dog may or may not have particular food reactions. Cassie has always had chicken or turkey as her primary protein, never beef, but I have seen posts for people with dogs that are reactive to chicken or turkey, but fine on duck or some other single ingredient diet. And, of course, some forum members have been dealing with more serious gastrointestinal issues..I am thinking more about all the posts with these fairly brief episodes of stomach related distress. I wonder if this basically is just a small dog issue, which makes sense to me, rather than a breed specific issue.

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My 2 have food intolerances. Riley can't have beef (diarrhea). Reo can only have venison, lamb, pork or salmon. When he consumes other proteins he has voluminous, very stinky poops and loses weight.

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My oldest, Kodi has food intolerances (beef, fish and dairy) but they present mostly as itchies, though he did have some intermittent tummy trouble until we figured that out. Since being on a diet without those ingredients, he has been absolutely fine. Both of my girls seem to have cast iron tummies. No problems at all.


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Nickie had some tummy problems about a year and half ago that took about 2 weeks to fully clear up. We of course took him to the vet right away. There haven't been any problems since then nor were there prior tummy problems. So, except for that, no sensitive tummy and hope it stays that way. Now my huskies were the ones with most problems.
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Lola has an iron gut. From cat poop to lizards, she's gotten into everything. Tonight she managed to open the cabinet under the sink and get into the garbage, eating a large section of a paper plate that had the chicken wings from dinner on it. So far, she's been fine.

...hope I didn't just jinx things.

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Other than a bout of giardia without runny poop to right after finishing the treatment when she did have runny poop for about 3 days, Java has the gut of steel. I try to keep her on low fat stuff, but she does get vanilla ice cream and a few other fatty treats.
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food intolerance Dr. Jean Dodds on Dog Food Sensitivities
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Im sooooo jealous of you guys with iron gut pups! Sophie's is made of wet tissue paper I think!
Thanks for that link too Dave! Dr Dodd's nutriscan was very informative for Sophie and I'm sure many other dogs.
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Django's middle name is sensitive belly! From day one, he's had belly issues. Allergies to beef, lamb, pork, He's had pancreatitis twice, on more Flagyl to control diarrhea over the past 12 years. He's had more boiled chicken and rice in his life than most dogs. It's very strange how their bellies go from normal to the opposite end of the spectrum in a quick second.

I do have to say however, and I know many will poo-poo me however for years (11), I always tried feeding my dog "the best food out there" with no success. He was never a good eater, days where he wouldn't eat, he'd have diarrhea, and the list goes on. Finally when I switched vets 2 year ago, she put him on Royal Canine, their basic bland chicken for belly issues and for the first time in 10 years, he can't wait to eat his food. He eats every single piece of kibble and I don't have to feed him by hand any more. HE does the happy dance when he knows he's going to be fed. My vet said sometimes we try so hard to give our dogs the best and sometimes the simple stuff is what they need and what works. For me, this has been a life changing event for my dog. His Addison's numbers have never ever been better, they are actually all within the normal range, an occurrence that hasn't happened since he was diagnosed.

Maybe the answer is keep it simple. Everyone has to do what works for them, all i know, is this has been the best change for my dogs life, health and well being. And best of all, no more sensitive belly!
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Django's middle name is sensitive belly! From day one, he's had belly issues. Allergies to beef, lamb, pork, He's had pancreatitis twice, on more Flagyl to control diarrhea over the past 12 years. He's had more boiled chicken and rice in his life than most dogs. It's very strange how their bellies go from normal to the opposite end of the spectrum in a quick second.

I do have to say however, and I know many will poo-poo me however for years (11), I always tried feeding my dog "the best food out there" with no success. He was never a good eater, days where he wouldn't eat, he'd have diarrhea, and the list goes on. Finally when I switched vets 2 year ago, she put him on Royal Canine, their basic bland chicken for belly issues and for the first time in 10 years, he can't wait to eat his food. He eats every single piece of kibble and I don't have to feed him by hand any more. HE does the happy dance when he knows he's going to be fed. My vet said sometimes we try so hard to give our dogs the best and sometimes the simple stuff is what they need and what works. For me, this has been a life changing event for my dog. His Addison's numbers have never ever been better, they are actually all within the normal range, an occurrence that hasn't happened since he was diagnosed.

Maybe the answer is keep it simple. Everyone has to do what works for them, all i know, is this has been the best change for my dogs life, health and well being. And best of all, no more sensitive belly!
The "best" food for one dog isn't necessarily the "best" food for another. If it's working, I'd say don't rock the boat!


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