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Need to change dog food-bring on the suggestions!

Discussion in 'Doberman Nutritional Care' started by Hemismommy, Jun 22, 2018.

  1. MyBuddy

    MyBuddy Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    So they didn't do the neuter, right? Because I wouldn't put him through that in his condition.

    You are getting some great advise here. I hope you get to the bottom of this and he starts to improve. Sometimes you just have to keep nagging your vet or change vets. Which I know you did. I'm just saying. When YOU know that something isn't right and no one listens, it's time to change. You did right by listening to your gut. I mean, honestly, just looking at him I can tell he is in poor condition and I am far from being a vet. It breaks my heart! We all will be eagerly awaiting updates from you. Good luck and give him a big hug from all of us!
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  2. Hemismommy

    Hemismommy New Member

    Yep, we have a lot of ticks, especially so far this year! He has been on flea and tick preventative since it started getting warm. I think I will try to bland meals as you guys have suggested. Thank you! I think when I go back to the new vet for his weigh in I will go ahead and have them do the testing you all suggested.
    And oh yeah, I am super frustrated! Seems like they would have insisted on those tests! Ridiculous. I will try the bland diet for now and see how that goes. I will definitely keep everyone updated! Thank you again!
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  3. Hemismommy

    Hemismommy New Member

    They did end up doing the neuter because all the blood work came back perfect
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  4. Tropicalbri's

    Tropicalbri's $ Premium Subscriber $ Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    What heart worm and flea prevention are you giving him?
  5. Hemismommy

    Hemismommy New Member

    He is on Heartguard for heartworm and I honestly can’t remember the name of the flea preventative. It was a topical preventative. Maybe called Simple Guard??
  6. Antman408

    Antman408 $ Forum Donor $

    I advise to get off all of those, have they done any anti body tests for bacteria?
  7. Hemismommy

    Hemismommy New Member

    No, they didn’t do any antibody testing. Scared to take him off the preventatives because the mosquitoes and ticks are really really bad right now where I live
  8. Antman408

    Antman408 $ Forum Donor $

    Make an apple cider vinegar solution and spray it on him before going outside. I live in a rural area and there’s a lot of fleas and ticks. I’ve yet to have a problem. I also recommend going back to the vet and telling them to run every blood and fecal test available.

    I’d find a good premade raw grind and start feeding him several meals a day 3-4 and find some good probiotics for him as well. I think @AresMyDobie can chime in with some good supplements.
  9. Prushanks

    Prushanks Hot Topics Subscriber

    ^^^^^ THIS!!!

    Would definitely not start any raw feeding until you have a diagnosis. EPI, Malabsorption, IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) would be my go to rule outs. My last Dobe dealt with what turned out to be IBD her whole (short :sorrow:) life. Only when she was diagnosed with something else going on did that get diagnosed as well and resolved when she was treated with steroids for the other condition.
    Also another thing is a very slow transition to a new food.. I do a 2 week from kibble to kibble.

    That said, dong get the wrong idea- I’m Pro-Raw feeding and I would love to have my guys on it if we could afford it, it’s just important to get to the bottom of this first.
    (My girl would bounce back and forth from beautiful to Emaciated like a yo-yo)
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  10. Kaiser2016

    Kaiser2016 Active Member

    Any update?
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  12. Hemismommy

    Hemismommy New Member

    Sorry, haven’t had time to get on here lately. Been busy with a ton of crap. So, I talked to the vet, and she said to keep him on this new food for a couple months and monitor his progress. I am happy to say he is slowly gaining weight, and now his poops are solid and regular. Thank God, no more diarrhea! He is seeming more active than usual. The only thing I am concerned about now is that his coat still looks crappy. However, the vet told me that his coat can take a while to noticeably improve. I will post pictures soon.
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  13. Drogon

    Drogon Hot Topics Subscriber

    What food did you switch him to?
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  14. Hemismommy

    Hemismommy New Member

    I ended up putting him on Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete. He had the runs for like two weeks while he adjusted, but no has solid poops thankfully!
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