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Help? Combo diet/diarrhea question

Okay, I'm tired of this. But, getting good at quicker back-side baths.

About a week ago Tucker just stopped eating. As always happens when he does this he starts getting runny stools after a day or two. Usually it only lasts a day or two, till I can sweet talk him into eating a bit, then he gets hungry and eats on his own, and all is back to normal until the next time.

I've been feeding him Evo chicken, small bites, now, for about a month. I thought--maybe food went bad halfway through the bag? But the expiration isn't until July 09. (That's pretty late, seems to me, by the way...)

I've tried pumpkin a few times, but he won't even lick it.

I've tried the chicken/rice mentioned here a lot, but, though he loves it, if he gets much he throws it up, and he still has diarrhea, anyway.

I've wondered about trying yet another food, but, if he's already got the runs, this isn't the time to give him a new food, when I can't even mix it, right?

Oh, and he's acting just fine, like normal.

Sigh.... Any ideas?

Sheri and Tucker

Oh, he IS eating a few pieces here and there, if I give him a bit of Natural Balance first,...you know the tubes of food? (To kind of prime-the-pump.) He loves that, but I don't dare feed him all that...do I?

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Hoping someone has some advice. Do Havs have unusually fussy digestive systems?

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Sorry Sheri I can't help but I do know someone that only feeds her hav the Natural Balance "log"
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I use something called Olewo Karotten, it comes from a german co. I think but I get it from a supplier locally. It is a dehydrated carrot product and seems to help keep the stools firm when there is a problem. Private email me your address and I will send you some through the mail. It may take a couple of days but it is worth a try. There is a website with info on it at http://www.olewo.de but I have never tried it and don't know if it is in English or not. You can't feed to much at a time, I give them like treats just a little at a time but because they are dehydrated they will swell in their stomach so don't give to much and make sure he has plenty of water around to drink.

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Hi Sheri,

I'm sad to hear Tucker is not eating and having runny stools. I used to grate the NB roll over my dogs' kibble - they loved it because I think there is sugar or glucose in the ingredients - yummy! Lincoln has a stomach of steel, but Scout has a very sensitive tummy - any changes can cause the runs.

I wouldn't change foods now while his GI system is upset, but I would probably stick with homecooked, easier to digest foods, like boiled potato cubes and some cooked chicken. Another idea: you can ask the vet for a prescription canned food: IAMS intestinal low residue diet. I have used it for Scout when he had liquid poos and chicken and rice did not work because his diarrhea was so severe. It really does firm them up. I slowly transition back to regular food once all is well.

My vet will let me get the prescription food anytime, as long as my dog has had a well-checkup within the last calendar year. I'm not sure what your vet's policy would be though - they might want you to bring him in first.

I wonder why Tucker stopped eating though - what the root cause of that would be.

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Sorry Sheri I can't help but I do know someone that only feeds her hav the Natural Balance "log"
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Thanks, this is good to hear. Maybe I'll go crumble some on his food...he still hasn't eaten anything yet today.

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I use something called Olewo Karotten, it comes from a german co. I think but I get it from a supplier locally. It is a dehydrated carrot product and seems to help keep the stools firm when there is a problem. Private email me your address and I will send you some through the mail. It may take a couple of days but it is worth a try. There is a website with info on it at http://www.olewo.de but I have never tried it and don't know if it is in English or not. You can't feed to much at a time, I give them like treats just a little at a time but because they are dehydrated they will swell in their stomach so don't give to much and make sure he has plenty of water around to drink.
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Hi Sheri,

I'm sad to hear Tucker is not eating and having runny stools. I used to grate the NB roll over my dogs' kibble - they loved it because I think there is sugar or glucose in the ingredients - yummy! Lincoln has a stomach of steel, but Scout has a very sensitive tummy - any changes can cause the runs.

I wouldn't change foods now while his GI system is upset, but I would probably stick with homecooked, easier to digest foods, like boiled potato cubes and some cooked chicken. Another idea: you can ask the vet for a prescription canned food: IAMS intestinal low residue diet. I have used it for Scout when he had liquid poos and chicken and rice did not work because his diarrhea was so severe. It really does firm them up. I slowly transition back to regular food once all is well.

My vet will let me get the prescription food anytime, as long as my dog has had a well-checkup within the last calendar year. I'm not sure what your vet's policy would be though - they might want you to bring him in first.

I wonder why Tucker stopped eating though - what the root cause of that would be.
Thanks, Jane. I'll crumble some of the Natural Balance on his kibble and know he'll at least sort that much out. Maybe he'll grab a few bits of kibble while he's at it.

I'll check into that canned food, too, when the vet opens tomorrow.

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