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Old 06-30-2019, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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How stress can affect our young Havanese

We have sold our home in MN and are staying at a temporary address in Naples, FL while we await the closing of our new home in Estero, FL. Our KC, who will be 2 in August, began to show signs of stress as we cleared out our house in MN. We spent 3 days driving to our current location in Florida. After being here for almost 2 weeks, KC got very lethargic. He lost interest in eating and barely drank water for a little over a day. He threw up 3 times over a 2 day period, and all that came up was bile and a foamy white slimy substance. We took him to the Animal Specialty Hospital in the middle of the night when he began to act strangely following a thunder storm. They did 2 radiographs to rule out any obstruction in his colon or large intestine. They hydrated him by injecting fluids under his skin and gave him two injections: one to help control the nausea, and the other to act like an anti acid to help relieve any pain caused by excess gas. It has taken a few days, but today KC ate some boiled chicken (and a little rice) and drinks water again. Late this afternoon he showed interest in some of his toys (which he had not done for the past 5 days). He has had diarrhea 3 times yesterday, but has done nothing but pee today. We are watching him very closely to make sure that he continues improving. This is the 3rd time in maybe 12 months that KC has shown signs of GI distress. The vet says that it could be a number of things ó including stress.
I am wondering if other Havanese owners have seen this in their dogs. Also, I would like to know if any have found it related to the type of food they are eating. I have primary fed KC Blue Buffalo for small dogs (chicken and brown rice), as well as the Blue Buffalo soft canned food. About a month ago, I began introducing TruDog Feed and some of their freeze-dried treats.
Has anyone else researched foods that are particularly designed to provide the best nourishment for dogs with sensitive digestive systems? If so, what is recommended?



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I donít know about tendencies overall in the breed, but I do know that when we picked up our new puppy from out of state, we were warned that even changes in tap water can cause stomach upset for some small dogs because of the geographical differences in mineral content. I was under the impression it can cause minor diarrhea and is temporary, which doesnít sound like what youíre dealing with.

Mine has a sensitive stomach but seems to do okay if we introduce new foods slowly and donít give him huge amounts of the same treats (DS has a hard time with this because he thinks the path to being the favorite is paved with extra cookies). Probiotics also help. We also found Heartgard was not a good fit for our puppy, it gave him digestive problems. When I first asked if it could be related the vet (not our usual vet because it was a sick visit) rolled his eyes. But, our dogís digestive issues are almost completely gone since we decided to switch to periodic blood tests instead.

I really hope your little one feels better soon! It must be hard to be taking care of a sick dog in a temporary residence, too. I hope you are able to get settled into your new home soon!
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Thank you so much for responding. KC only drinks purified water. Our old, as well as our new home, will have whole house water filtration and reverse osmosis. While away, we only give him bottled water, so that helped to rule out one possibility. I have wondered about the Heartgard; however, it always seems to be a couple weeks after he takes it that any digestive issues begin and it is not every month. It may be worth switching to periodic blood tests. How regularly to you have them done? Also, the probiotic may benefit KC. I am not educated about where, or what type to purchase. I may call his vet in MN and ask about that. We need to find a new Vet in or near the Estero area. Thank you for sharing your experience and the well wishes.
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Thank you so much for responding. KC only drinks purified water. Our old, as well as our new home, will have whole house water filtration and reverse osmosis. While away, we only give him bottled water, so that helped to rule out one possibility. I have wondered about the Heartgard; however, it always seems to be a couple weeks after he takes it that any digestive issues begin and it is not every month. It may be worth switching to periodic blood tests. How regularly to you have them done? Also, the probiotic may benefit KC. I am not educated about where, or what type to purchase. I may call his vet in MN and ask about that. We need to find a new Vet in or near the Estero area. Thank you for sharing your experience and the well wishes.
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Our vet does the test annually, but we live in a very dry climate. I don’t know if it’s done more often elsewhere. The only reason he recommended heartworm prevention at all is because we live in a microclimate by the lake with more mosquito activity compared to the rest of our region. It was really clear in hindsight the Heartgard was an issue, I was just a first time puppy owner and didn’t trust my instincts. I don’t mean to suggest that’s the problem, just what made a difference for us.

Our vet recommended the probiotic first and then when it was used up I ordered one recommended here on the forum from Amazon.

Hope he’s starting to perk up!

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Thank you so much for responding. KC only drinks purified water. Our old, as well as our new home, will have whole house water filtration and reverse osmosis. While away, we only give him bottled water, so that helped to rule out one possibility. I have wondered about the Heartgard; however, it always seems to be a couple weeks after he takes it that any digestive issues begin and it is not every month. It may be worth switching to periodic blood tests. How regularly to you have them done? Also, the probiotic may benefit KC. I am not educated about where, or what type to purchase. I may call his vet in MN and ask about that. We need to find a new Vet in or near the Estero area. Thank you for sharing your experience and the well wishes.
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I donít think you can afford not to have regular heartworm meds on board in Florida.
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LoriJack, I hope your Havanese is feeling much better by this time.

I wanted to include, just in case, that my Zumba had a very sensitive stomach. At the beginning diarrhea seemed to be a regular experience. And then she had it for over a month. i took her in to the local animal hospital, like you did. And, like your experience, they found nothing wrong with her. After about 5 weeks, I took her to the holistic vet about an hour and a half from our house. What a wonderful find she has been! Anyhow, she gave Zumba Plum Flowers Curing Pills, which are herbs inside vegetative capsules. That reminded me that the breeder had given me some herbs to give to Zumba in case of stomach issues. I googled it and found The Honest Kitchenís Herbal Digestive Supplement. That one is a powder I sprinkle on her food. I immediately started seeing improvement and within a day or two it was completely cleared. She started a new bout of diarrhea a couple of times after that. I sprinkled the herbs on her food, and it immediately stopped any further problems. I have not had any issues with her stomach since then.
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