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Can anyone tell me the symptoms of stress induced colitis. My grey appears she might be suffering from this as there are flare ups now and again. If so, what is the best way to treat. Just thought I would check before going to the vet. Thank you -- any input would be appreciated.
Guest posted a topic in Health and Medical discussionHi all, New member here! It's been a complex journey for our 5 year old girl, and we're hoping for some advice from this wonderful forum! Warning: novel ahead. We adopted our girl Clover in early July. After 1 week of pudding poop streaked with blood, room-clearing gas, and a rumbly tummy despite a decent appetite (was eating about 2 cups of Blue Buffalo wilderness salmon or chicken flavored moistened with water once at night because she either hates her food and refuses to eat it until she's starving, or she only eats after her last walk of the day - we're not sure which), a vet checkup told us she had hookworm, which was treated with 2 rounds of Drontal plus and a 5 day course of Panacur. During the time of her first Drontal plus dose, she proceeded to have slightly more formed poops, but still extremely soft as we continued the Blue Buffalo Wilderness food. She had less gas and less tummy rumbling around this time, but still present. We found out during this time that she refused to eat pumpkin or yogurt. After 2.5 weeks, she started having loose pudding poops again, and we figured it was close enough time to deworm with Drontal again (technically we were supposed to give it after 3 weeks). She also got into the trash and ate several cooked ribs and chicken bones. She had horrible liquid maroon diarrhea which brought her back to the vet. We were never sure whether the liquid diarrhea was a reaction of the Drontal/hookworms dying, or irritation from eating too many cooked bones. The vet prescribed a 5 day course of 500mg 2xday metronidazole, and we put her on a bland chicken and rice diet again. Since running out of Blue Buffalo, the bland diet was slowly transitioned to a new kibble, Diamond Naturals grain free chicken and sweet potato flavor. She seemed to like the Diamond grain free chicken food well enough, and would occasionally eat 2 cups 2x a day if I bribed her with add ins like sardines, boiled chicken, or cheddar and parmesan cheese (usually dinner and midnight snack - she's not a very enthusiastic eater of kibble in general, and always skipped breakfast/lunch). I also started giving her Fortiflora each day mixed in with cream cheese or peanut butter (she refused to eat her kibble with it), and her poops were AMAZING for about 2-3 weeks. We were also attempting to train her basic commands with cheese, and she was enjoying bully sticks, beef trachea, or greenies as her daily chew treat. She went from her racing weight of 52 to a healthier appearing weight of 55 during this time. After these 2 weeks of perfect tootsie roll poops, no gas, and no rumbly tummy, the vet told me Diamond naturals food used to be the worst kind of food back in the 80s and made lots of dogs sick, and recommended changing foods after the current bag, so I did some research and found Fromm, which sounded like great food. During the transition to Fromm Holistic Gold (grain inclusive) she started having pudding poops streaked with blood again. We panicked and tried to put her back on Diamond grain free, the whitefish flavor because of the great reviews here. We were not sure if it was the grain food transition or the cyclical loose stool happening again. Two fecals done within a week apart showed no parasites, but I was encouraged to deworm again, this time with a 5 day course of Panacur. She deteriorated scarily fast during deworming, refusing to eat and pooping a variety of tiny blobs of orange mucous every few hours, as well as having liquid maroon diarrhea again. The vet put her on a 4 week course of 250mg 2xday metronidazole with a different brand of probiotic, and did a variety of blood and stool culture/fecal exams, which all came up negative except for one test for pancreatitis that was mildly elevated. She also dropped back down to 53 pounds at this time. The vet told us she definitely had some kind of colitis, but was unsure if it was from hookworm or a food/treat sensitivity. She told us again that Diamond was a bad brand of food and advised us to stay away from it. She also warned us that dogs cannot have cheese or any other fatty foods, which may (she didn't sound very sure) have set off a mild case of pancreatitis which could lead to EPI, necessitating pancreatic enzymes for life. We decided to cut out cheese, and tried a new high fiber, low-fat, different protein-based food, Blue Buffalo Healthy Weight Red Meat, which is 33% protein mostly beef, 9% fat, and 10% fiber. We transitioned Clover to this new food from a bland diet of cooked/drained ground beef and rice along with the metronidazole, probiotic, and Olewo carrots, and after 3 weeks, her poops ranged in color from light brown to orange, and from pudding to formed but soft. She refused to eat more than 2 cups a day of this food, which was definitely not enough to maintain her weight, but she still ate bully sticks and beef trachea with gusto. After 3 weeks of this, we had friends sing the praises of a raw diet, and decided to add 1 Primal beef patty each day to her 2 cups of kibble. She loves the raw patty and wolfs it down greedily any time of day I put it down instead of after her last walk of the day. However, after 1 week of the Primal, her stool has not improved, and is getting stinkier, with horrific gas, tummy rumbling, and grass-eating. She does not appear to have gained back the lost weight despite eating about 1200 calories/day in 1 meal. At this point, we are completely out of ideas, and dangerously low on money for additional vet testing. We don't know whether to finish off the bag of beef Primal since she's not had any improvement in 1 week of it, despite her LOVING to eat it more than any kibble. We don't know if we should try the chicken flavor of Primal since she seemed to do so well on a chicken based diet in the past. We don't know whether to ask the vet for more of the 500mg 2xday dose of metronidazole because she did so well after that first 5 day course rather than the second 3 week course of 250 mg. We don't know if we should try a different antibiotic such as Tylan. We don't know whether to try Olewo beets instead of carrots, since apparently beet pulp is the miracle worker in Iams Green Bag. We don't know if she actually had pancreatitis and need to continue a low fat, high fiber diet (I bought 5 different other brands of low fat, high fiber foods to try with various protein sources after the Blue Buffalo including Merrick, Wellness Core, Canidae, Annamaet, and Fromm). We don't know if she now has EPI and needs to be on pancreatic enzymes. We don't know if we can switch her back to Diamond Naturals grain free chicken, since it's not a low fat/high fiber food, and the vet seems to have a vendetta against it. We don't know if maybe we should try Iams green bag. We are just lost as to what would be the next best step to try, and would appreciate any advice going forward. Thank you!