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  1. There are four things I would do: (1) Change her food. Get her off the Merrick and on to something like IAMS Lamb & Rice, Purina Beyond Simply9, or Royal Canin gastro. One reason I say that is that I spent $$$ and much worry some years back trying to figure out why my dog vomited at least once and sometimes twice every day. I changed foods for other reasons and it was like turning off a tap. Never had the problem again. Make a SLOW transition -- as in, add 1 tablespoon of new food for 3-5 days, then add another for 3-5 days, etc. Add in some Fortiflora too. (2) Get a muzzle with a stool cup so she can go out in the yard and you can not worry about her eating grass, dirt, etc. You'll both be happier. (3) Stop spoon feeding her. Establish what seems to be the most acceptable feeding routine for her and stick to it. She's gained more weight than she needs to carry, so she can afford to skip a few meals while you establish a new normal. (4) If problems continue, get an appointment at Tufts. They are one of THE authorities on food, and they'll help you. Hugs and best luck.
  2. Glad Penny has improved! Hope her dental went well?
  3. I'm so sorry for your loss. Godspeed, sweetheart. You were the very best.
  4. Vet check, and perhaps a mid-day dog walker temporarily. Most pups can wait 8-9 hours when nothing is going on, but sometimes they have to work up to that. The camera is also a good idea.
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    Bisbee

    I'm so sorry for your loss.
  6. Batmom

    Jax's passing

    I'm so sorry for your loss.
  7. Purina and Royal Canin both make veterinary foods for digestive issues. Purina's is EN, Royal Canin's is Gastrointestinal something-or-other. Dogs that don't like the Hill's often do like Purina's. If your vet doesn't have them, she ought to know a local vet who does.
  8. Hugs as you remember your special boy. I too can't believe it's been two years. A long time to be without Mayhem .
  9. Big hugs. I can't believe it's been 5 years. Surely only one? Rest well, perfect angel Seamie.
  10. PS Here's a really good article about food allergies: http://vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2017/01/food-allergies/?fbclid=IwAR1uL98OeAewrbSxZwfc2BA3QSjdi52-8mAbZgqFXW7WKAiIr4YrwJ-t_iU
  11. Please don't rely on blood or saliva tests for determining food allergies. They tend to give many false positives, which can complicate your life unduly. Instead, work with your vet on conducting an elimination diet and rechallenge using a prescription hypoallergenic food. That is the only way to accurately identify food allergies in dogs.
  12. I'm so sorry for your loss. Godspeed, sweetest girl .
  13. Thanks for posting! It's a real eye-opener, isn't it? Here's the link to the nutritional DCM group for folks who are interested. It's a really valuable group to join because they've collected so much research and expert veterinary commentary in their Files and learning Units. https://www.facebook.com/groups/TaurineDCM/
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