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02-20-2009, 11:07 AM   2 links from elsewhere to this Post. Click to view. #1 (permalink)
Old Puppy with diarrhoea
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Hi there. Our 17 week old Berner puppy Ollie has had bouts of diarrhoea for the last few weeks. We've had him at the vets on 3 occasions now and the vet still can't seem to find out what's causing it. We're beginning to get a bit concerned as it's been going on a while now.

He seems quite well, hasn't had any vomiting, is eating fine and is full of energy - the only symptom is diarrhoea which he gets for a few days at a time. The vet has tried a course of antibiotics and we've had Ollie regularly wormed with Drontal so its not worms.

On our last visit to the vet he put Ollie on Hills prescription diet for a week and so far so good - no diarrhoea at the moment. We normally feed Ollie on Eukanuba Puppy (dry) but are thinking of trying something else. Just wondered if any of you had problems with your Bernese having a sensitive stomach (assuming that's what it is) and if it was a common problem with the breed? This is our second Berner and our previous dog had no problems with this at all. Before that I had German Shepherds who often seem to have very sensitive stomachs.

We're thinking of trying another dry puppy food - possibly a hypoallergenic on and are looking into a few different brands (we live in the UK). Any advice on this would be welcome, thanks!
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02-21-2009, 09:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My Levi also had a lot of problems with diarreah when he was a little puppy. The vets also couldn't find anything wrong, and suggested that I feed him rice and chicken to help with the diarreah. So when the diarreah got really bad, I'd just cook up some rice, with some boiled chicken, and it did help. The diarreah lasted a few months off and on, but now he's 8months old, and only gets diarreah, when he gets into the trash and eats whatever's in there! So hopefully your baby too, will outgrow the diarreah.
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02-21-2009, 12:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for that - good to know someone else has had a similar problem!

I did try boiled chicken and rice when Ollie had the first episode of diarrhoea and it did help a bit though didn't stop the diarrhoea altogether.

We've just about finished the prescription food the vet gave us and so far so good, no more diarrhoea. He advised us just to go back to his usual food (Eukanuba) once we'd finished the prescription diet and see what happens so fingers crossed! That's good that your Levi grew out of it, hopefully Ollie will too. He is still quite young and I suppose at that age their stomachs must be quite sensitive. I think if the problem continues we'll also ask the vet to do some tests. Will let you know how we get on.
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02-23-2009, 09:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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We have the same issues with Ivy, our 9 month old puppy. She has been having problems for several months. We also have her on the Hill's ID food which has been working very well. When she gets sick the vet prescribes an antibiotic for 5-10 days which usually get her back on track. She just got sick again last week and the problem is usually from bacteria build-up. Our vet is special ordering a new treatment that should be in this week that helps the digestive system. I don't know what it is yet but I can give you the info when I find out. I am relieved that others have the same problem and it isn't just me!
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02-23-2009, 09:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hi there. Thanks for your reply. Would be really interested to know what new treatment your vet has ordered for your dog and if it helps.

We've now finished the Hills prescription food and have got Ollie back on his usual food, Eukanuba as the vet said to do this and see what happens. He's been back on this a couple of days and he's okay at the moment, fingers crossed though this is what usually happens - a few days of diarrhoea and then he's fine for a couple of weeks till the next bout.

There seems to be a lot of natural dog foods out there that are aimed at sensitive stomachs so if we get further problems, will definitely switch to one of those. Look forward to hearing how things go with Ivy!
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02-23-2009, 05:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Our pup had diarrhea pretty bad when he was on Orijen.... we took him off that right away. Vet recommended their brands but I don't trust that food. Too many fillers and just not good enough in my opinion....

We put Toa on California Natural. It only has a few ingredients-- the first being lamb and brown rice. Such a God-send if you ask me. I will never put him on Vet brand, and it seems to me that your vet keeps putting him back on Eukanuba and then treating the diarrhea and then putting him on it again.... find a different food. Do some research on dog food and find something that agrees with him. They shouldn't have reocurring diarrhea, that just doesn't sound right.

Try new food
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02-24-2009, 07:05 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks, although Ollie does seem fine at the moment on the Eukanuba, I am planning to change to another dry food and have been looking into some brands available in the UK - Burns, Arden Grange and Hills. We only chose the Eukanuba for the glucosamine etc in it which we thought was important for the joints in a fast growing puppy but it doesn't seem to be agreeing with him.

If there's anyone out there that's tried any of the 3 brands I mentioned above with their dog, would be interested to know how you got on. From what I can gather all these foods seem suitable for puppies/dogs with sensitive stomachs and have natural ingredients though I know every dog is different and we might need to try a few brands before we get it right. Thanks everyone for all the advice, will let you know how things go!
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02-24-2009, 11:11 AM   #8 (permalink)
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We have tried several different types of dog food for substantial periods of time only to have the same problems after switching off the Hills ID food. However, we do mix a little Solid Gold Wolf Cub Puppy food with the Hills for a little meat. She does really well when the majority of the food is Hills. There must be something in regular food that is too rich or that upsets their stomachs.

Where do you live in the UK? My husband and I are heading across the pond this weekend for a week to spend some time in London, Lincoln, and Glasgow and Edinburgh!
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02-25-2009, 04:48 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Hills prescription food certainly settled Ollie's stomach very quickly too so we may well need to have him on it most of the time.

We live in the Highlands of Scotland, just north of Inverness. Hope you enjoy your week in the UK!
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03-02-2009, 11:09 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear about Ollie I have an Ollie too he will be 3 in June, he did sometimes get an upset tum , but he is fed mostly raw and does have honey and natural yoghurt in his diet the yoghurt is meant to help problems in the gut.
I have been changing his food over as he has developed a lameness in one of his legs after resting, luckily he seems to adapt very well.
I have him on the Joe and jacks natural food at the moment but will be moving him onto Arden Grange Senior as he tends to put on weight and this food had Glucosamine ,Chrondoitin and MsM in it he will also get some raw with it and his usual garlic, honey, apple cider vinegar, natural yoghurt and mix of fruit and veg. Like you I prefer the natural foods.
If you google Joe and Jacks it will bring their site up to have a look at and also if you google natural foods for dogs it brings an awful lot up to browse through.
Good luck finding the right food for Ollie.
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