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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-14-2013, 05:10 AM Thread Starter
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Diet, vomiting, diarrhea

Angel will be 6 next month. She has always seemed to have a somewhat sensitive stomach. She has been on Iams Proactive health for about 3 yrs now and had seemed to be doing ok until recently.

She seemed to have on and off diarrhea for several years and the occasional "normal" vomiting episode. The past few months she seems to have gotten much worse. She first had a serious episode after sneaking to the neighbors and eating scraps. After getting that under control she is back to a routine of having normal BMs for a week or so and then another bout of diarrhea of varying degrees. The past couple of months she has begun to vomit within minutes of eating the Iams kibble. She also eats grass like she was a cow.

Lately I have been mixing her kibble with canned pumpkin whenever she has an episode of diarrhea with good success.

Any thoughts or ideas to address this issue.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-14-2013, 05:25 AM
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What has her vet said about this, anything?

Also, have you done any pro-prebiotic with her?

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What has her vet said about this, anything?

Also, have you done any pro-prebiotic with her?
We were mainly focused on her intestinal infection, she expressed some concern for her vomiting but we did not go any farther than getting the infection under control.

Please understand and forgive me but I am certainly not up to speed on many of the terms I am finding here. My vet did do some blood work, and I don't remember what all the tests were but they all came back negative.

I'm beginning to wonder if I don't need to find her a different food but I'm not sure where to start.
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You might want to try the Purina Salmon Sensitive Stomach formula. A lot o people have had good luck with that. http://www.proplan.com/dry-dog-food/...omach-formula/

What helps is to keep a chart of her poops and pukes - date it happens, how it looks, when it happens after eating. That way you can see very clearly what the pattern is. My GSD has gotten progressively more pukey and poopie as she has gotten older. This helped me when I went to the vet.

Also look at any treats you are giving. She may be sensitive to fat/ingredients there too (and no chews from China).

I would start with the food and see how it goes. I'd transition 1/4 of that for 1 week, 1/2 of that for week 2, 3/4 for week 3, and fully that for week 4. Though to be honest if I see a food is working well, I will move that schedule along faster.

Chart that and puke though!


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Eating grass is a sign of some nutrient deficiency. Does she eat the grass before her kibble? If so, that may be why she is vomiting. Also, with a sensitive stomach anything can cause diarrhea. Has there been any changes to her daily routine? Rocco is also very stomach sensitive and he gets diarrhea and vomiting when he is very stressed.


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Make sure that the grass your dog is grazing on hasn’t been sprayed with herbicides or pesticides which are very toxic. In 2008, fertilizers were one of the top 10 causes of pet poisoning’s.
Grass is a living food containing Chlorophyll, Potassium, Phytonutrients (carotenoid, beta carotene) AND is a good source of Digestive Enzymes which is why she may be eating it. Sounds like your dog really needs the Digestive Enzymes and Pro-biotics (especially if she has been on antibiotics). This one has both!
http://www.thewholisticpet.com/products/canine-product-line/digestive-support/wholistic-digest-all-plustm.html

Also Sunday Sundae is fantastic for these type of problems! Carmspack Working German Shepherds, Feed-Sentials


You may also want to give her some "Slippery Elm" when she has these bouts. You can purchase it at any local health food store. Give 1 to 2 capsules 2X daily.
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Slippery Elm contains mucilage. Mucilage is a substance that when mixed with water, turns into a lubricating gel. It works to coat and sooth the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines. It also contains antioxidants that help relieve inflammation. In addition, Slippery Elm triggers reflux stimulation of nerve endings in the GI tract, thereby promoting increased mucus secretion. This helps protect the GI Tract against excess acidity and ulcers."

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I will look for the Purina Salmon and give that a try. Thanks for the suggestion on charting her health, I hadn't thought of that. Will try to pick up a calendar/planner this weekend and get that started. My memory is spotty and out of sequence when I try to recall her troubles.

If she is not having a stomach episode then she will not eat the grass but very minimal. When she is having stomach/diarrhea problems then she will seek the tender grasses and graze like a cow. At this point, starting about a month ago, I will give her canned pumpkin. It seems to have an immediate improving effect. She also does not seem to eat grass as long as I feed her pumpkin but I don't want to feed her pumpkin continuously, I'm not sure if that is good for her long term. I normally give her two table spoons of pumpkin mixed with a smaller portion of kibble.

I haven't even been to bed now for 24 hrs, just got back from the grocery store where I picked up 3 more cans of pumpkin and fed her two large spoon fulls of straight pumpkin with no kibble a short time ago. Will probably end up crashing soon but wanted to start getting advice as soon as possible. Thanks everyone.
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