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09-05-2014 01:20 PM
osito23 I agree with checking for EPI, SIBO, and parasites. If those tests come back negative, then this is what I do for a dog with diarrhea:

The dog skips a meal to rest the gut. Then I feed rice and one protein source. I prefer using scrambled eggs or chicken, but others good options include ground turkey or ground beef. I add in some canned pumpkin to help firm up the poop. Depending on how the dog does, I'll feed this for a few days. Then I'll slowly start transitioning the dog back to its regular diet. Home cooked and raw are options, but if you want to stick with kibble, then I would find a good simple food with limited ingredients. I would go for a moderate protein/fat content and a higher fiber content (4-5%). California Natural makes nice foods. I also hear good things about Nature's Variety's limited ingredient formulas.

Some dogs have more sensitive stomachs than others and will take time to adjust to new foods, and puppies tend to be especially sensitive. Your girl is 9 months old and has already been on 4 different formulas. Take it slow with her. Probiotics are a good idea, and canned pumpkin can really help firm up a dog. Also keep in mind what else the dog is getting in the way of treats etc.

Best of luck with your girl!
09-05-2014 10:11 AM
blackshep My dog had chronic diarrhea until she was 10 months old. I was convinced she was an EPI dog, my vet said no because she had an EPI dog, so knew it well.

Have you ruled out giardia? I had a terrible time with that.

I got desperate and tried raw feeding. Within 24 hours, she had a solid poop and we've never looked back. I'd suggest trying it (you can start out with prepared blends), if you've ruled out other health issues.
09-05-2014 02:58 AM
arctic Did you try Orijen 6 Fish?
09-05-2014 02:26 AM
Pax8 I agree with checking for the issues Jax mentioned first.

Mine is very similar. Really doesn't do well on pretty much any dry food. The only one he really does reliably alright on is Acana. Mine does best on raw. Actual solid stool and no stomach upset. But dry vs. raw will depend on what you are comfortable feeding.

We did try Honest Kitchen recently and it agreed very well with Kaiju. It's a little different than a dry food and may be something to try out.
09-04-2014 10:50 PM
lyssa62 we are using Taste of the Wild with Bison /grain free ---- we were using blue buffalo lamb and rice with no issues other than Roxy seemed to get bored with it...besides the fact it looks more like cat size kibble....she seems to like the bigger stuff.
09-04-2014 10:29 PM
Stosh It seems to be a common problem with gsds. My dog did really well on one food for a while, then couldn't tolerate it. After several bouts of diarrhea, my vet put him on Science Diet Prescription i/d to rest his gut. It's working amazing well. Then we'll introduce limited foods gradually. I'm going to try Fromm.
09-02-2014 07:34 PM
Nigel Didn't think I'd ever recommend Purina, but check out this older thread, several people have used it with their dogs.

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...tive-skin.html
09-02-2014 06:10 PM
KdawnK I'd prefer if at all possible to stick with a dry or kibble diet with maybe supplements.

So if my dog were to be EPI is this going to be a super expensive life haha?
Can I not just feed my dog as if she is an EPI, regardless?
What I read in your link is grain free, with low fibre food. I mean I need to start her on something.

I'll call my vet about it soon and see when I can make an appointment, but regardless I'd be getting a new food soon.
09-02-2014 04:36 PM
Harry and Lola Yes, talk to your vet about EPI - here is some info EPI in Snapshots - EPI * Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

I have an EPI GSD and a non EPI GSD, they are both feed grain free kibble in the mornings and raw (no dry food) in the evenings.

Couple weeks ago I stopped giving the grain free kibble to my EPI GSD, he gets raw in the mornings and evenings and the change is amazing, within days his gut issues cleared up and he seems more fulfilled.

Just something to think about, maybe ditch the dry kibble and look at either a raw diet or home cooked diet.
09-02-2014 02:24 PM
kr16 Try Natural Balance synergy. That worked on my moms dog who had colitis. Its not grain free but has grains that can help
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