YAY!! for a clear biopsy! Glad your girl remained stable after her big procedure, I can only imagine the worry you were going through!! Also would love to know how THK works out for you. @Liffey
glad your boy has been feeling better minus the carsick episode! Hope it stays that way!
So after getting the bloodwork results back this week we have decided to tackle the elimination diet hurdle. The last food she was on claimed
to be a "one-protein" LID but come to find out it did have chicken fat... which obviously is in a fat form but still chicken nonetheless. We recently switched to Nature's Variety Instinct Limited(lamb & peas formula) so will be giving that a go for awhile and see if there's any changes. If we can't eventually find a kibble or canned that works for her then I'm willing to go the raw route, but as others mentioned it will be a space/time/cost factor to consider. I am not at all
educated on raw feeding so at this point it's overwhelming to think about getting into it when I'm so overwhelmed by everything else already going on.
She is on probiotics(Fortiflora) but TBH, I don't even know if it's making a difference. She has been on it a month. I think it helps to slightly form her poop, but not enough of any change for me to think it's been a gamechanger. There are several products out there I have been researching and am very interested in trying out, including:
Perfect Form from THK, Sunday Sundae from Carm's feed-sentials, slippery elm, Adored Beast Leaky Gut treatment or the Gut Soothe digestive enzyme/pre & pro-biotic, Pancreatin from Enzyme Diane
The problem is I don't know how much is too much or too many supplements to give - I know some give their dogs a probiotic and enzyme every day, some give THK perfect form and enzymes, etc etc... I obviously wouldn't just give her 6 things at once because there would be no way to figure out what was actually helping. I just don't want to overwhelm her system either, so I'm stuck trying to figure out 1. do we stop Fortiflora and just try one new thing 2. keep her on Fortiflora and add one new thing 3. give the new food a couple weeks before doing either 1. or 2. at all ....
This is how the past week has gone poop wise - Thursday/AM & PM normal *** Friday/AM normal, PM diarrhea x1 *** Saturday/AM & PM normal *** Sunday/AM normal, PM diarrhea x4 *** Monday/AM normal, PM diarrhea x2 *** Tuesday/AM & PM normal *** and today so far has been normal. So as you can see, this is just maddening. I should mention that "normal"
poop for her is by no means normal poop for most other dogs... it has slight form but is extremely soft and just falls apart/smooshes when picked up.
I hope I didn't stick my nose in uninvited on this thread but it's nice to know others are in a similar boat. I do want to thank those who have offered sincere comforting words of support and advice, in PM's and other posts here. This has taken over my brain, as @Liffey
said my head is too a mess. I have cried more than a handful of times, snapped at my husband, and I'm sure annoyed many on this forum with my newbie "help my dog has diarrhea all the time" questions. On the upside, I have become much closer with my vet LOL. He considers Ghost his current "challenge" and has been super open with all my questions and rants. I get so defeated and discouraged every couple days when the diarrhea comes back, especially when she has gone 2-3 days with normal stools. Every time I think maybe something is finally taking hold and changing for the better I get my a** kicked right back to square one again. Sometimes I feel like I'm being too OCD and overthinking things or wasting my dang time taking notes and looking at poop. But I equate this almost to one of my kids being sick, and even though it has me emotionally and mentally ragged - I just want to fix it. I just want to get it right. And it's hard to feel positive sometimes when you feel like nothing you are doing is helping.
So thank you for posting this thread. I teared up while typing all of this out, but at the same time it feels good to get it out and to hear others' stories who understand and are experiencing similar issues. Even though I hate
thinking I'm "that annoying new chick who is always posting about her white dog's poop" - I am glad for the kind support I have received here. So thanks, y'all. From the bottom of my heart.