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Old 10-05-2018, 07:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Inflamed intestine Issues

We have a 5 year old 40 lb pitbull who has been experiencing blood on her stool since July. Otherwise she is in wonderful shape and really no other symptoms. At first the consistency was fine with just a few spots of blood on the outside. Now it jumps all over from being mushy or diarrhea. Or sometimes it will be perfectly fine. About two weeks ago she had a solid week of no blood and solid poop. We have had her on 2 dewormers, antibiotics, carafate, had a fecal and rectal exam, bloodwork and an ultrasound. The bloodwork showed a slightly elevated liver level which vet thinks is due to the antibiotics and the ultrasound showed inflamed intestines. She is on day three of prednisone and she is having diarrhea with spots/streaks of blood consistently. We have been to three different vets and no one is able to pinpoint what is wrong. We had a recommendation to change her food to purina pro plan for sensitive stomachs which we were not thrilled with. We are feeding her the salmon and rice blend and have had seen an increase of energy since we have changed from her prior food that was chicken and rice. However, the poop has not improved. We will be transitioning her to nutrisource chicken free soon and also plan to incorporate wet food in with the kibble. Anyone experienced anything like this or have any suggestions? We are looking for a more holistic route of treatment. We are racking our brain what could be wrong.

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Old 10-05-2018, 07:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Have you gone to a specialty hospital? Or a University hospital? I would recommend one or the other. Get a scope done to make sure there isn't anything in there causing the issue. I had a friend who's dog ate a squeaker, a piece of it stuck in the intestine and was tearing it. It was small and plastic and didn't show on any scans until they did the scope.
Bloody butt problems are usually a big deal. Constantly changing food isn't going to help solidify things either.
I'm really sorry that your baby isn't feeling well. If you get cleared that there's no damage to the body, then you can try a very mild fish based kibble adding strong probiotics and pumpkin to help ease the cannon butt and inflammation.
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Old 10-05-2018, 09:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Make your own dog food. It's super easy and very healthy vs the dry kibble that causes numerous deaths and health problems. But we're talking about billion dollar industry that spends tons of money on kick backs to vets for them to recommend their dog food brand even though its complete garbage. Dogs lived great lives before WW2 when dry kibble was introduced due to the war and the lack of metal. Dog food use to be canned and no such thing as dry food.

Eat a dry package of ramen noodles and then have a nice cooked meal and tell me what you prefer. Not all dogs are able to process or handle commercial dog brands.

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Old 10-11-2018, 12:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
 

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If you have ruled out the possibility of a foreign body stuck in her intestines then you should consider improving the quality of her food. You’ve tried 2 rice based kibbles so try something without rice. My boy can not tolerate rice. Try a high quality kibble like Orijen Grain Free Fish or feed raw or dehydrated. Chicken is a low quality protein source so try something else. I use Honest Kitchen Grain Free and I rotate fish and beef. I mix in Primal frozen patties and rotate rabbit, venison and beef. Sometimes a probiotic helps. I include it in every meal.
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As others have mentioned, rule out foreign objects first.
Has your vet run an allergy panel?

As Betty mentioned, some dogs cannot tolerate rice (esp brown rice, and certain proteins or legumes for that matter). I personally prefer a rotational everything diet but you need to identify the cause of your pup's issues. If a food source, obviously you want to identify it so you can avoid it. I am a little reserved using Grain Free kibble, though. Grain free means some other starches and legumes are used instead. I have found some kibbles that use oatmeal or barley instead of potato (Castor and Pollux is one). I'm okay with sweet potato--but it's sweet--and dogs don't need that. Some dogs have a problem with chickpeas, but mostly gas, so I try to limit that as well.

Honest Kitchen makes what I call "Magic Powder": Perfect Form Digestive Supplement. Always good to have on hand to "soothe a savage butt". Here's wishing your pup's intestines return to normal quickly.
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I 100% agree with EchoMac. Please have your vet refer you to a specialist (veterinary internist).

I am an emergency veterinary nurse and assistant to our internist, neurologist and surgeon for 8 years now.
I think it is your next step if your vet(s) can not find an answer. And this doesn't mean your vet is stupid or anything.. sometimes they just do not have the right equipment or experience (meaning specializing) at their office. If simple metronidazole isn't helping, I would seek aggressive diagnostics.

If your pet is doing better (I hope) since this post, then that is great news!
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...and please don't go changing foods until you speak to your vet, or found answers to the problem. Some foods, without you knowing , can make your pet worse.
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Old 11-15-2018, 01:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
 

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Just wanted to post an update on Matilda. We have since changed her food to nutrisource, grain free high plains select. NO chicken or rice for her. We are feeding a small amount kibble but mostly supplementing with canned nutrisource and ground turkey. We also have had her on a regimen of the honest kitchen beef bone both, animal essentials colon rescue and probiotics, and super snouts cbd. I am very happy to report she has been blood free for a little over 3 weeks now. She is having very healthy stools. She has actually gained a little weight which she was very small before and we believe this is because her body is finally agreeing with the nutrients she is getting now. We appreciate all your comments to try to help us figure this out. It was lots of days and nights of stress for us and we hope she continues to remain blood free!
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Thanks for sharing the fantastic news meechie. So glad Matilda has you as her owner and that you persevered for a solution. Way to go!

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