Back in September (2014), I wrote a post for the Caring for Critters round robin about the digestive issues my three knuckleheads were going through. You can find that post here. At the time, it seemed that the probiotics were working for all three dogs. And they were – for Callie and Shadow. Ducky was another story. That’s where “Part 2” comes in.
Back in November — two days before Thanksgiving in the USA — Ducky started experiencing her upset tummy issues again. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out what was triggering them again. My husband had not given any of the dogs any people food for months; I had not changed her diet since the barium test in June (including the one treat the vet had said I could continue giving her); and she was still getting the same probiotics, digestive enzymes, and camelina oil that I’d been giving all three girls since September. Back to the drawing board. But what to eliminate? I started with the digestive enzymes. They didn’t seem to be helping anyway. They didn’t seem to be hurting her, but they weren’t helping either. Poor dog had an upset tummy again that Saturday, so I cut out the camelina oil and added some water to her food bowl instead. The issues seemed to resolve themselves, so I didn’t think about them again.
We made it through the entire month of December without any “episodes” until New Year’s Eve. Early that evening, it all started again. A call to our regular vet. I sent hubby to the store to get some Imodium. After giving her one, she brought up half of her breakfast – undigested. She seemed to feel much better almost immediately. She made it through the night and all New Year’s Day back to her old self…driving Shadow crazy and pestering Callie. I cooked some plain rice and hamburger for her meals instead of giving her the dog food. Then, Friday morning, she had a little diarrhea again, but seemed fine otherwise. When I dropped her off at daycare, I asked them to keep an eye on her and call me if she got sick.
Friday afternoon, she had a little more diarrhea at daycare, but they said she seemed to feel fine. When I got home with her, I gave her another half of an Imodium tablet. She seemed fine, but I decided to leave her in the kitchen while we went out to eat. While we were out, she got sick all over the kitchen floor. My poor baby was miserable. After cleaning up and then feeding her sisters, I took Ducky out in the yard where she got sick again. It was time for a visit to the emergency animal clinic.
The veterinarians at the emergency clinic are wonderful, and very thorough. Ducky and I were there for nearly two hours while hubby stayed home with Callie and Shadow. The vet tech took her “history” and then the doctor came in and we talked some more. She tried to get a fecal sample but there was nothing left. So, they gave Ducky subcutaneous fluids to help rehydrate her, an injectable antibiotic, an injectable acid reducer, and some Cerenia to curb any nausea. And they gave me two pages of instructions along with more Cerenia, some Metronaidozole, and a nice big bill. But if all this helps get Ducky’s issues under control, it’ll be all worthwhile.
On Tuesday morning, I took Ducky to our regular vet for a follow-up. We decided that Ducky needs a diet change. A bland diet of plain rice and plain hamburger meat, and bland treats. So, I’m cooking her meals, at least for these next two-three months. And, at least for this week while she’s still on the antibiotics, no daycare. I need to keep her on the leash in the yard to control her yard trash diet and keep it as close to non-existent as possible. So far, it’s working. I know, I know, it hasn’t even been a week yet. And, she’s still taking the antibiotics (Metronaidozole). But minus the yard trash in her diet along with the bland diet, she has been steadily – albeit slowly – getting back to her old, ornery self.
Meanwhile, when I was trying to decide what food to start giving Ducky instead of the Fresh Pet, I had an idea. Jen at My Brown Newfies was kind enough to share with me some specifics about her Leroy’s diet. Jen also gave me some treat ideas: rice cakes (sometimes with canned pumpkin) and apple slices. I figured “what have I got to lose?” So, I bought a package of salt-free, fat-free (taste-free too IMO) rice cakes and a package of dehydrated apple slices. All three of my girls love them! The rice cakes remind me of the puffed rice cereal I used to eat as a kid, with a pound of sugar and a quart of whole milk to give them some flavor. But, hey, if my dogs are happy, I’m happy.
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