|10-12-2013 02:07 AM|
|10-11-2013 08:30 PM|
Realize that bags of kibble have the "Minimum" listed so it could be much higher.
Two things that you need is Digestive Enzymes and Pro-biotics.
The digestive enzymes that contain "animal" ingredients such as Ox Bile and Pancreas are the most helpful as most of the ones on the market are only "plant" derived enzymes.
DIGESTIVE ENZYMES by Mercola: One scoop: Betaine HCI 25mg (protein digestion), Pancreatin 4X 25 mg (this is pancreas tissue), Ox Bile (bile for added digestion) 25 mg, Bromelain (Pineapple) 25 mg (proteolytic enzymes-), Papain (Papya) 25 mg (proteolytic enzymes), Protease 2,500 USP Units, Amylase 2,500 USP Units, Lipase 500 USP Units.
Healthy Pets Digestive Enzymes:
· Betaine HCl - breaks down proteins into peptides and amino acids and fats into triglycerides
· Ox Bile Extract – safely used for many years in human and pet enzyme products to support the liver's production of bile and offer supplemental bile for bile-deficient pets, critical for digesting fats
· Bromelain (pineapple) – one of the safest and most powerful enzymes to help break down and digest protein
· Papain (papaya) – a natural plant-sourced enzyme that works together with bromelain to digest protein
· Pancreatin – an animal-based pancreatic enzyme providing all three of these enzymes:
o Protease – helps break down proteins into amino acids for digestion
o Amylase – for splitting and breaking down long-chain carbohydrates, including starch and glycogen (the energy-storage molecule in animal tissue) for digestion in the small intestine
o Lipase – helps break down and digest fats
Some of the Pro-biotics also do not have particular ingredients to aide a dog with this type of condition.
"Human probiotic strains have been formulated to repopulate human GI flora. Giving human probiotics which are lactobacillus/bifidus/acidopjilus, can provide some benefit but providing additional species-appropriate bacterial strains such as E. faecalis, is more beneficial."
FOR PET'S PROBIOTIC by Mercola: 58 billion bacteria in every serving: (15 strains) BIFIDOBACTERIUM LACTIS - 5*LACTOBACILLUS ACIDOPHILUS - 5*BIFIDOBACTERIUM LONGUM - 5*BIFIDOBACTERIUM BIFIDUM - 5*LACTOBACILLUS CASEI - 5*LACTOBACILLUS PLANTARUM - 5*BIFIDOBACTERIUM BREVE - 5*STREPTOCOCCUS THERMOPHILUS - 5*SACCROMYCES BOULARDI - 5*BIFIDOBACTERIUM ANIMALIS - 5*E.FAECIUM - 5*LACTOBACILLUS RHAMNOSUS - 1*LACTOBACILUS BULGARICUS - 1*LACTOSPORE LACTOBACILLUS SPOROGENES - 1**BILLION VIABLE ORGANISMS.MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE, SILICA
*Digestive Enzymes Healthy Pets Digestive Enzymes for Optimal Digestion - Mercola.com
*For Pets Probiotic Pet Probiotics | Optimal Digestive Health for Pets - Mercola.com
You also may want to try human grade food called The Honest Kitchen. The Verve is fish based and would probably help. It is a dehydrated food so a 10 pound box is approximately $90 but re-hydrates to 35 pounds.
Hope this helps
|10-11-2013 06:45 PM|
Yes, it is SUCH a relief when they go back to eating...Glad she's got someone who will worry about her and spoil her.
Really good to hear she's feeling better!
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|10-11-2013 06:37 PM|
She is much more perky this afternoon. Her ears are up instead of laid back and her tail is out and she has more energy. She ate a little more than 1/2 of the food I cooked for her. The Vet said low fat and blans so I pressure cooked a bag of chicken breasts and boiled up some rice. So she had a chicken breast, 1 cup of cooked rice and 1 cup of regular dog chow that they have been eating for a while now. Both of her sister were also very appreciative of the chicken and rice too. Everybody got a special daddy cooked dinner treat... I don't feel so helpless now, but it sure isn't fun when you do...
|10-11-2013 03:04 PM|
Hopefully someone in the veterinary field will see your post and respond, because the first thing that came to my mind was pancreatitis. It is an inflammation of the pancreas and is caused and/or aggravated by eating high fat food. I had a cat with it and my vet prescribed enzymes and wanted him to eat a cat food lower in fat.
Hope your girl feels better soon!
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|10-11-2013 02:30 PM|
Fat content queation???
One of my girls was sick last nite. She ouked her entir stomach contents and they were clear. She has been uninterested in food since Wed, but that is hard to really tell because she will steal her sisters food if we are not watching closely. Anyway this morning she was still not her chipper active, Bull In A China Shop self so I took her to the Vet first thing. The vet did a fecal and said it had a trace of blood and during the exam she showed some tenderness in her belly. They gave her a shot to help stop the vomiting and an antibiotic for her stomach critters. The vet said this is common in shepherds and if it persists that I should reduce the fats in her diet. The vet used some ominous sounding scientific name for what she believes she has. If she isn't back to normal by Monday they want me to bring her back for another look. Anybody recall the name of the common ailment and why the fat would make a difference? Her current food is 18% fat and 26% protein. Any ideas what else I can do to make her more comfortable and not have flair ups later on??? I feel so helpless when one of my girls are sick, I hate it.....