|08-22-2013 03:01 PM|
Thanks so much to everyone!!! I love this board, you are all so much more helpful than our vet!!! It's very comforting to know this is common with gsd's. I will get that herbal supplement for her, and last night we gave her food in her treat ball around 8pm...this morning she's fine! No pepcid either. :-) :-) :-)
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|08-22-2013 08:04 AM|
I ordered phytomucil which has slippery elm in it along w other intestinal helping properties and it has done WONDERS for bandits frothy spit up- he also LOVES it and waits patiently for it 20 min before every meal- I also feed early 6:15 am then lunch around noon-1pm depending on how long he naps and dinner at 5:45 -6
I posted on another thread w undiagnosedd GI issues and am having great success with tylan powder and honest Kitchen ZEAL for firmer bowel movements- bandit is 8 months and has had chronic diarrhea since we got him at 8 weeks
EVERYONE I talk to who owns a GSD said they all went thru tho I guess it's a breed thing and then their pups eventually grew out of it around 2 years old
|08-21-2013 04:23 PM|
Here are the instructions on how to make Slippery Elm tea. I am using it right now for Nikki's acid reflux.
Slippery Elm for Better Pet Digestion
|08-21-2013 03:11 PM|
We always question whether she's getting enough to eat too!! I ask our vet every time we take her in. She said 2 cups per day...!!! But no way is that enough, Indy's hungry a lot!! She weighed 67 pounds, she's on the small side. She has a waist like they said is an indication of not being overweight, and you can feel her ribs under a layer of padding. I hate that she's having stomach pain. I am going to try this.....
Breakfast at 6:15 of 1 1/4 cups
lunch at 12 of 1/2 cup in her treat ball
4pm milkbone snack
Dinner at 6 of 1 1/4 cups
snack at 9 of treatball with 1/2 cup food.
This bumps her up to 3 1/2 cups of food.
|08-21-2013 01:43 PM|
"Is 2 and a half cups enough food for her? It depends on what you are feeding, of course, but maybe she needs a bit more food?"
I kinda wondered about this myself. I have a smaller male GSD (~60lbs) and he still requires 4.5 cups of day. We feed a grainfree Victor formula and I would say that he is moderately active. Occasionally, if he has tummy problems, he gets a tablespoon of plain yogurt. You have prolly already tried that though.
|08-21-2013 01:18 PM|
You are welcome! I'm sure others will chime in soon as well.
Slippery elm is very good, I always keep in on hand but I haven't had to use it for over a year now. I think your feeding schedule is fine. I feed two times a day, 6am and 6pm, and a treat during the day and before going to bed. I give freeze-dried treats (Stella and Chewy). Is 2 and a half cups enough food for her? It depends on what you are feeding, of course, but maybe she needs a bit more food? My dog's is 5.5 and he eats Acana. He used to have symptoms identical to your dog's when he was younger so we also had to go through the feeding regimen adjustments and different foods.
I asked our vet why our dog refused food when he was obviously hungry, and the vet said that the spasms of the stomach were painful. The slippery elm works as a lubricant so it helps with the spasms and prevents inflammation. I have a special favorite food that I keep only for situations when my dog refuses food so I can wrap a pill into it and make sure he eats it. I give 2 capsules for his 82lb.
|08-21-2013 12:02 PM|
|08-21-2013 11:11 AM|
|GSD07||Give her slippery elm to calm her stomach. Also, how early you feed her breakfast? Sometimes shifting the feeding times can help a lot. I started feeding my dog at 6 - 6:30am instead of 8am, and it basically completely solved the problem of hungry vomiting.|
|08-21-2013 10:23 AM|
Hello! I've been reading so much on this website for the past 1 1/2 years, what a great wealth of information and caring people who love the best dog ever...german shepherds!!
I am in need of advice. Here are some facts about Indy:
She is 1 1/2 years old.
She has had digestive problems for the past 13 months.
We've discovered that she is allergic to chicken and very sensitive to certain grains.
She has been eating Blue Buffalo white fish and oatmeal...loves it, and it has helped immensely with her bm's...they are now formed and brown, as opposed to yellow diarrhea!
She gets one cup of her food in the morning, 1/2 cup in a treat-ball for lunch, and 1 cup in the evening. Her morning cup gets sprinkled with a probiotic, I open the capsule and mix it in her food.
Very, very often, she has seen the vet for vomiting a frothy bile in the mornings. She feels better around lunch time. No diarrhea with this. All stools have tested normal. This happens once or twice per week.
I've started giving her pepcid every evening, along with a dog treat (large dog milk bone...does not have poultry in the ingredients)...so that her stomach is not empty for a long period of time.
She is sick right now...she has not vomited, but she's laying down and her stomach is making really loud sounds. She refused her breakfast. This is happening so often now, once or twice weekly. Does anyone have any advice of other things I can do to help her? Should I give her more food late at night so her stomach isn't empty for so long?