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Abril's tummy still upset...

Hi, Abril's Mommy here. Abril was having bowel issues, first constipation and then green and mushy which turned to watery/mucusy. Went to Vet who gave her a shot for vomiting (she did this just before we left to go to the vet) and was put on Metronidazole and Prescription Diet for Canine Gastrointestinal Health. I have been gradually putting her back on her normal diet as her bowels seemed to be normal. Well now she is constipated for the last 24 hours. I am keeping her on her meds and just put her back on her tummy diet. She had blood work and I was told she did not seem to have any of the normal stuff and they were not sure what the problem was. My question is, is there anything I can do here at home when I see she is starting to get constipated. She does drink water but I do not know how much is enough, but it is offered at all times. Sorry this is so long, been many years since I was a doggy mommy...oh Abril is 4 years old, we have had her for just 3 months so we are still new to each other.
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A spoonful of either canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie mix) or canned squash mixed into her food can help with either constipation OR diarrhea because it adds fiber to the diet and makes them more regular. It's good nutrition too, so there's no worries there.

Another thought is, is her "normal" food kibble? If so, the change from the water content of the canned GI food to the lack of water in the kibble could be the problem. She may not be drinking enough to make up for the difference. (one of the problems with a kibble diet) If you want to continue to feed kibble, it might help to mix water into it (or a little low sodium chicken broth if she likes it better) so that she gets more liquid in her diet.


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Thank you for the answer. I do give her a quarter cup of Whole Earth Farms dry and a tablespoon of Alpo chicken with veggies & gravy. But I will try the pumpkin or squash, with the dry.
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Thank you for the answer. I do give her a quarter cup of Whole Earth Farms dry and a tablespoon of Alpo chicken with veggies & gravy. But I will try the pumpkin or squash, with the dry.
Alpo is considered a pretty low quality food. It has a lot of fillers in it. (Check the Dog Food Advisor) your dry food is actually a lot higher rated than the canned food. I'd either switch to a higher quality canned food (first choice) or just serve the kibble wet. Scrap the Alpo.


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Thank you. I will check into other brands of canned.
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There is an article on healthypets.mercola.com, titled "The Perfect Bowel-Soothing Food for GI Upsets and Diarrhea" by Dr. Karen Becker. I tried to attach the link, but somehow couldn't do it. Thought it might help. Hope Abril gets better.




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There is an article on healthypets.mercola.com, titled "The Perfect Bowel-Soothing Food for GI Upsets and Diarrhea" by Dr. Karen Becker. I tried to attach the link, but somehow couldn't do it. Thought it might help. Hope Abril gets better.
Here's a link to the article, The Perfect Bowel-Soothing Food for GI Upsets and Diarrhea:

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites...ary-fiber.aspx

Dr. Becker recommends pumpkin (over rice) and ground turkey for a bland diet to curtail diarrhea.

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Thank you both for the article which I found very informative. She is starting to poop once a day like when we got her. I just need to find a new brand of canned to add to the dry to hopefully prevent a recurrence of this issue. At least I know what to try now.
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I am just a novice, but my dog was on Stella and Chewy's raw food,(got to be too expensive) which he loved, however, I noticed that he still had acid reflux. So I have now switched to Honest Kitchen and it has really helped. And he does love it. Just in case you you want some options. Good luck
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Thank you for your help. I am boiling chicken, giving pumpkin and green beans (I blend them up as she picked them out when I offered whole ones) along with her dry dog food. I add a little water or sometimes a dash of salt as she does not drink much water.
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