GSD's have extra sensitive stomachs?
My Riley is 3 now and I imagine we've had a super diarrhea episode at least a dozen times. Today was the second time I had to rush her to the emergency vet for bloody diarrhea and vomiting. No fever, clear xray, blood work fine. Gave her a shot of something to help with nausea and vomitting and fluids. Came home with a three different meds too, and to add famotidine as well.
This almost always happens when there is a change in diet or she's given something totally different. When I enrolled her in puppy classes after we got her, the treats they used caused her her first awful diarrhea bout. Taking her to daycare caused frequent diarrhea and I suspect they were giving her treats there as well. Changing her diet caused diarrhea if great care wasnt' taken in the switch. Bad dog food (ProPlan sensitive stomach no less) caused diarrhea in BOTH dogs after they'd been on it for a few weeks.
This time, I was trying to change her to a rabbit and lamb and turkey protein from the salmon she was on with Acana and Orijen. She's been very itchy and I thought she might need a protein change. Now that I type that, I realize what I may have done. two different foods, one is rabbit.. one is lamb and turkey. I mixed them together and started replacing her regular food with a small scoop of that mix. I wonder if I got a little heavy handed with the new mix. Or just not using my brain and too many protein sources at once.
Or maybe she ate some of the cats food. Or she ate Tuckers food. I have no idea. But it's almost always food related when she does this (once we believe happened because she drank soapy water in the driveway when my husband was washing cars).
Is this a GSD common issue? Is Riley's stomach just a diva.
right now she's lying down (drooling from nausea I assume) and trying to rest. She's definitely not well and not acting well at all. I'm hoping bloat would have shown up clearly on the Xray while we were there... she doesn't have a bloated abdomen but she is definitely not herself, and I panic about the possibility of bloat. This diarrhea started yesterday so again, assumption is if it were bloat, we'd know by now.
I hate this. I hate that my poor dog is miserable and I'm the blame. I'm very much ready to switch her to raw and I pray this will be our answer. although I'm nervous about that but I've posted in that forum for that concern.
Please tell me at least i'm not alone and that she's just a sensitive dog that needs me to use my brain more. If she's not perked up by morning I'm going to take her to our regular vet. Sadly I feel comforted knowing we have plenty of meds here to "fix" her, but I really wish I could avoid this all together.
Riley 2/25/10 Tucker (Lab) 10/10/03
plus assorted cats in different flavors