Food recommendations for GSD with sensitive gut and picky eater
In late December, I adopted a four year old male GSD named Max. Since that time, he has gained 20 pounds and looks so much better. However, we seem to be engaged in a battle with his gut and appetite. He has had several episodes of colitis and one episode of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis since I adopted him. He has been fed Purina Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach kibble, Purina Pro Plan Selects Salmon and Brown Rice, Taste of the Wild Bison and then Lamb kibbles and now Chicken Soup Large Breed Adult. The salmon and rice kibble formulas have high calorie and fat contents and he needed that due to his lack of weight when rescued. I then thought that perhaps the fish and high fat content might be the culprit for diarrhea and switched him to Taste of the Wild Bison and Taste of the Wild Lamb (separately). He would eat these for about one to two weeks and then stopped eating them. I have also tried the Chicken Soup Large Breed Adult kibble and he won't eat this now, again after about one to two weeks.
When he does not have diarrhea, his stool is formed, but soft and is frequently pretty foul smelling. My vet put him on Flagyl (metronidazole), but I now wonder if the metallic taste that one gets as a result of the Flagyl might be putting him off of the food offerings. His kibble is floated in warm water with a spoon full of canned food in it and he is walking away from all food now. I have stopped the Flagyl to see if this will help.
He is being given lactobacillus acidophilus capsules twice daily to try to help his gut regulate itself. He refuses yogurt.
I have also done some readings through the threads on the board and found out about fructooligosaccharides (FOS) and their impact upon gut health for German Shepherds and other dogs with sensitive gut or colitis challenges. I also saw to avoid kibble with Enterococcus faecium in it as well.
We have had an awful Spring with frequent thunderstorms and he is somewhat thunderstorm phobic/anxious too. I wonder if the frequent storms are affecting his gut too.
Can anyone recommend a kibble food that has fructooligosaccharides in them for gut health that are available at a store such as Petsmart? I don't have a lot of choices beyond Petsmart for super premium dog foods as there is no Petco here and my choices are typically either Petsmart or feed stores.
Max has truly blossomed in the past four months and my vet does not think that he has EPI or SIBO at this point. He wants to wait a little bit longer before working him up for SIBO and see if he just needs more time to settle in and adjust to all of the changes in his life. This is the reason for the search for a kibble that will entice his appetite and not challenge his gut at the same time. Any ideas?
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