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Old 03-22-2009, 06:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Yesterday when we were hiking, Jerzey cut her pad on her ankle part of her leg... we patched it up, since she didn't appear to be in any pain and, upon looking at it this morning, there seemed to be a bit of skin hanging off. We took her to the E-Vet this afternoon and ended up leaving her there because the vet was dealing with a dog that had been attacked.

Anyways, to the point... she might have to go onto either an antibiotic and/or pain killers and I wanted to know whether I should suspend her raw dinners until she's off the antibiotic. I know that they can kill both the bad, and good, bacteria in the digestive tract. I don't want that to happen and have the bacteria used to fight off salmonella and e-coli disappear from her digestive tract and leave her vulnerable to illness.

Do I really have anything to fear? Or will she be fine to keep the raw dinner? I can't say what antibiotic, exactly, she will be on or if she will even be on one but I wanted to get some help before she got home.

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Old 03-22-2009, 07:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Raw fed dogs and antibiotics/pain killers

I've never changed from raw while giving antibiotics...however, I do give probiotics during antibiotic use and for about 2 weeks afterwards.
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Old 03-22-2009, 07:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally Posted By: 2SableGirlsI've never changed from raw while giving antibiotics...however, I do give probiotics during antibiotic use and for about 2 weeks afterwards.
What kind of probiotics? Like yogurt?
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My female has been on antibiotics a couple of times while eating raw and has never had a problem. My vet didn't mention anything to that end, either. I feed yogurt every day anyway, but, yes, you would want to start adding some sort of probiotics if you don't already.

I am not sure that dogs have some sort of bacteria to fight off salmonella and such, they just have a much shorter digestive tract that doesn't allow those things to take hold. I could be wrong about that though.

Poor Jerzey, hope she's better soon!
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Default Re: Raw fed dogs and antibiotics/pain killers

Risa has been on both Tylan (for SIBO) and Clavamox (to prevent infection when she cut her paw) and I still fed her raw. I would also recommend probiotics while your dog is taking antibiotics (though not given at the same time). If your dog can tolerate yogurt, that can be a decent source for them. I give Risa an L. acidophilus powder every day.
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Default Re: Raw fed dogs and antibiotics/pain killers

Well, I wasn't exactly sure how their digestive tract works but I know that I've taken some antibiotics that haven't faired well with my digestive tract so I want to make sure that she doesn't have that problem or develop any kind of illness, like I said.

Thanks for the help so far! I'll have to go pick up some yogurt... Just a spoonful?
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You've probably heard it before, but, unflavored, unsweetened yogurt with live active cultures is what you want. Yogurt is best given first thing in the morning on an empty tummy. I give a couple of heaping tablespoons, but if your dog is not used to it you should probably start with a small spoonful at first and work up. Yogurt is usually pretty well tolerated by dogs.

I have read to feed probiotics and antibiotics a couple of hours apart but have never been able to verify that this is necessary.
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I didn't know to give it in the morning on an empty stomach, thanks for the info!
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Default Re: Raw fed dogs and antibiotics/pain killers

Also, do you buy something like activia that has added active cultures or just no-named brand plain yogurt?
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I buy from a health food store, something organic like Nancy's or Cascade. The yogurt should have at least 5 live active cultures listed in the ingredients. Not sure what Activia has.

HERE is a link to Nancy's brand yogurt, it describes the active cultures and what they do.
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