|09-25-2013 01:24 PM|
|Rangers_mom||Thanks for the comments everyone. I am so pleased that Ranger is doing a little better, but I am still apprehensive to say this diet is the silver bullet. Ranger's problems started when we picked him up on August 17 after a 2 week vacation. My gut feeling is that our absence stressed him out. For about a month he had a day or two of lose bowels followed by a day or two of nice firm stuff. Nothing was helping to clear up the problem. Then about a week ago he started having nothing but diarrhea day after day. That is when we put him on the prescription diet. I am just hopeful that the diarrhea doesn't come back.|
|09-25-2013 11:52 AM|
I'm so glad to hear that Ranger's feeling better!!!
I've always felt that prescription diets have a place in the care of some of our pets. I know a lot of people pan them without having any personal experience as to why it's sometimes necessary to feed a dog or cat a prescription diet, they seem to parrot the same scenario without any true knowledge as to why a prescription diet is often the only solution to a serious health issue. I've owned dogs for over 55 years and during that time have had to put two of them on a prescription diet for an extended period of time ... one for kidney disease (he was on K/D for 8 plus years until he died at the age of 16) and one for SIBO (about 18 months until he was able to be weaned back to a normal diet and never had another digestive problem until he died at the age of 12-1/2).
|09-25-2013 11:09 AM|
Glad he's feeling better! We were having the same issue with Revy - chronic diarrhea and very dry fur with lots of flaking. The boiled meat and rice, nor pumpkin was helping. The vet put us on prescription Iams food (Iams kangaroo and oatmeal) and said NOTHING ELSE. When we finally listened to her, the diarrhea cleared up, her coat looks better and she's gaining weight again. It's been a week of consistent poops and I'm thrilled. The last couple of days we've given her a small amount of dehydrated duck treat and also crump's sweet potato treat for training and the poops have stayed firm, so that's a relief.
Like you, once we are through this bag I'm hopeful that we can transition her to a better quality food. We think she seems to be sensitive to beef and rawhides, but it'll be a case of trial and error to figure out what she can tolerate and thrive on, I think. We suspect duck and sweet potato will be the key, but we'll have to see. We are just happy that we didn't have to put her on tylan powder to resolve the issue.
All the best to you and Ranger.
|09-25-2013 10:59 AM|
|Shade||I'm glad he's feeling better|
|09-25-2013 10:57 AM|
|Daisy&Lucky's Mom||Glad Ranger is doing better.|
|09-25-2013 10:15 AM|
Well the prescription diet did help
Ranger had his first normal poop in a week. He seems to absolutely love the food, which leads me to believe it must be the McDonald's of dog food. Two weeks, that is what the vet said. Two weeks of nothing but the prescription dog food. Maybe I should keep track of his blood work and vitals and write a book like the guy who ate nothing but McDonald's for a month.
Hopefully this will get his system back on track and I can quickly switch back to a decent food.