Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Brooksville, FL
Re: Kibble for senior dog
After reading the symptoms, sounds very similar to how she's been. So without doing a biopsy, I'm going to try the diet change. Says to feed a protein they haven't had before. Um she's had all of them..
"Dietary Management: A food trial using hypoallergenic diets is usually one of the first steps in the initial treatment, and is used to verify the diagnosis. The key is to use a protein source and carbohydrate source the animal has never eaten before, such as duck and potato. The pet must eat nothing else, including treats, and the trial should be maintained for two to three months.
If a hypoallergenic diet does not improve the condition, other diets may be tried. When the colon is the major portion of the digestive tract that is involved, diets high in fiber such as Hill's r/d have been beneficial. Oat bran could also be added to the diet to increase the fiber content. When the small intestine is the primary site of involvement, some animals benefit from a highly digestible, low-fiber (low-residue) diet.
Diets low in fat are generally better tolerated in dogs with IBD. Carbohydrates low in gluten may also be helpful; avoid wheat, oats, rye, and barley. Homemade diets are sometimes used, however, they often are not completely balanced and commercial diets are preferred for the long term"
so i guess I'll have to find something she hasn't had lately. oats would be a no no for the gluten (boy I remember doing gluten free when my allergies started and it said i was allergic to wheat. that was tough to find grains!! poor thing!)
have to see what other go! is available and look at the nb
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