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07-14-2014 04:25 PM
Zuiun
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Originally Posted by Galathiel View Post
Not sure where you buy your food, but I had an issue with that and it was a bad bag of dog food. I had purchased it online.
I generally buy my food from a local pet store.

As I had mentioned in the original post, a bad batch of food was one of my first thoughts, since both got sick at the same time.

I ordered online from a completely separate provider and I also called the company to see if anyone else had reported problems or if they had changed their formula.

So while I can't completely rule out the food (it's possible they are doing something *slightly* different that, by production standards, doesn't count as changing the formula) as a culprit, I don't think that was it. Or at least not the primary cause.

I'm starting to wonder if it just wasn't a perfect storm of a lot of little things that set them off.
07-14-2014 01:15 PM
wolfy dog Put them a week on raw green tripe (www.greentripe.com)It has all the enzymes in it.
It has worked for most digestive issues with my dogs.
Another treatment I was wondering about is the following. They have started in human medicine to inoculate a sick digestive system with fecal bacteria from a healthy person. I don't know if this is available to dogs.
07-14-2014 12:13 PM
Sunflowers Have you tried any sort of enzymes? Many people find Enzyme Diane to help a lot.
07-14-2014 12:09 PM
Momto2GSDs Glad to hear they are doing better!

Moms
07-14-2014 12:04 PM
Galathiel Not sure where you buy your food, but I had an issue with that and it was a bad bag of dog food. I had purchased it online.
07-14-2014 11:46 AM
Zuiun Just a quick update...

Tried the Slippery Elm. I think that and the Metamucil might be FINALLY making a difference.

I'll have to give it a bit more time to see how much more they stabilize (and whether they remain that way).

But thanks for all of the suggestions, guys!
07-11-2014 04:23 PM
Zuiun Thanks for the tips so far, guys. Anything I haven't tried yet is worthwhile.

@Momto2GSDs: Yeah, it hit them both literally at the same time. As in within 24 hours. And since it was not unreasonably long after opening a new bag of food, checking for a formula change was one of the first things I looked into.

And treats are another no-no where Brody is concerned. Very, very rarely and always the same brand. And since I live alone, I can pretty much guarantee that no one else is giving them anything -- again, unless they've learned to treat themselves and are VERY good at hiding the evidence.

Thanks for the suggestions about the food. If I need to switch, I'll definitely look into those.
07-11-2014 03:54 PM
llombardo I had a similar issue and it drove me nuts. I started feeding them less and no more problems since, I was over feeding them. It was a simple fix, I hope you can figure it out.
07-11-2014 03:47 PM
Momto2GSDs No new treats by you or anyone else???

Sounds like a good Digestive Enzyme/Probiotic might do the trick to keep their gut healthy.
This one is human grade and fantastic: Sunday Sundae Nutritional Supplement

You may want to try some Slippery Elm (available at health food stores) as this coats and soothes the gut. A couple of capsules about 1/2 hour before they eat when their tummy is acting up.

If they have been on ONE dog food their whole life, they may have become sensitive to it, but strange that it would effect both dogs at the same time...doesn't make sense. The Nature's Variety has Montmorillonate Clay in it, which is similar to what the Kaopectate does for them.

There is another food on the market with Montmorillonate Clay in it
called Nature's Logic - no GMO's or synthetic vitamins: INGREDIENTS: Chicken Meal, Millet, Chicken Fat, Pumpkin Seed, Yeast Culture, Spray Dried Chicken Liver, Dried Eggs, Suncured Alfalfa Meal, Montmorillonite Clay, Kelp, Cheese Powder, Porcine Plasma, Dried Tomato, Almonds, Dried Chicory Root, Dried Carrot, Dried Apple, Sardine Meal, Egg Shell Meal, Dried Pumpkin, Dried Apricot, Dried Blueberry, Dried Spinach, Dried Broccoli, Dried Cranberry, Parsley, Dried Artichoke, Rosemary, Mixed Tocopherols, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium Bifidium Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus Coagulans Fermentation Product, Dried Pineapple Extract, Dried Aspergillus Niger Fermentation Extract, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Trichoderma Longibrachtum Fermentation Extract

But my first choice would be the Honest Kitchen Brand Human Grade Dehydrated food for your IBS dog if you do change. It is the ONLY pet food in the USA that the FDA will legally allow to use the words 'Human Grade' on their packaging and advertising. Fantastic results for dogs with problems like this! All Natural Dog Food - Dehydrated Pet Food | The Honest Kitchen

Moms
07-11-2014 03:30 PM
Zuiun
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Originally Posted by misslesleedavis1 View Post
IBS but can you home cook them something until they are totally firm for a few days straight then introduce a new food similair to the older brand.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I did try the boiled hamburger and rice option. Neither responded at all to that.

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Also are they getting into something you are unaware of, maybe outside on walks or stashed in the house?
just thoughts
If they are getting into something in the house, then they have become masters at hiding it. I keep a pretty clean environment, so unless they learned to throw their trash away, I'd have discovered it by now. And they are kept at my side on walks -- no long leads. [edit: They also aren't allowed outside unsupervised. I don't have a fenced yard, so all outside trips are under my watch.]

I am genuinely puzzled by this.
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