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Q: Develops diarrhea from food every six months

February 19, 2011 | By Lisa A. | 4 answers | Expired: 1141 days ago

Develops diarrhea from food every six months

About every six months, Ashley becomes intolerant of her food. We find a new food that works fine and after two months or six months or a year, she starts having a problem again. We rule out treats or anything else she could be eating. It isn't seasonal. It doesn't seem to be food allergies or it would show up right away. She doesn't have a problem with wheat. High fiber foods seem to be worse. My other girl is eating the same food without a problem. She doesn't have worms. Oh, and I always check the ingredients of the food and only feed the best kinds. They get senior food with the added glucosamine and chondroitin and the digestive enzymes.

Her symptoms are loose stool (not super runny) and very loud, squeeky intestines. It doesn't seem to bother her at all except that she has to go out a lot. She still plays and sleeps fine. She doesn't want to eat her food but still begs for and will eat chicken or rice or other foods.

Ashley will be 15 in April and I got her when she was 12. Her former owner says that she is pure Beagle but I'm not sure. She may just look a little different because she is so old. Her only other problems (that I don't think are related) are nearly constant ear infections in one ear. She snores very loudly but has a scar on the top of her snout that may account for that. Her voice is always hoarse and her back legs are really bow-legged.

Well, that's a lot of information! Thanks for reading and I would really appreciate any suggestions!

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Jillian
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Mar 02, 2011

If her stool is yellow and greasy, it's probably colitis, which is common in older dogs. What helped me was feeding my dog a little canned pumpkin daily. The trick is high fiber {like you said often gives her diarrhea} paired w/low fat. For Ashley I would give 1 tbsp daily whether she needs it or not.

Dogs can also develop food allergies simply by eating the same proteins every day. These allergies can be temporary, sometimes their bodies just need a break. Try feeding her a different protein {chicken to lamb to beef to salmon} every few months before the diarrhea starts. This way you won't have to suddenly switch her food, which is always hard on their digestive system. Make the change gradually by combining the old w/the new until she's adjusted. This should take about 2 weeks.

In the meantime, see a vet and have her stool tested as well as a blood test. At her age and w/reoccurring symptoms such as this, she should have a blood test done once or twice a year.

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daryl b.
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Feb 22, 2011

i agree with kelly it could be irritable bowel. check with the vet to see if there is a med for it. it is very common in people so there are meds that maybe able to be given

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Mary C.
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Feb 20, 2011

I agree with the other post but I would also like to add that we have a dog (7yrs. old) that had been on many premium grain free diets and always had loose stools, we always had him at the vet cause we knew something just wasn't right, to make a long story short and after many frustrating years ( and many differant vet opinions) we finally got our answer, he had colon cancer. We never even suspected such a thing, please take your dog to the vet so you can rule out anything serious, I hope it's something easily fixed.

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Kelly
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Feb 19, 2011

It sounds like she needs to get checked out by your vet. There are lots of reasons for sporadic diarrhea. It could be food allergies ( lots of times, chronic ears infections can also be a sign of food allergies), some sort of malabsorption syndrome, Inflammatory bowel disease...there are so many things that can cause diarrhea. I have a rescue dog who had sporadic diarrhea when we rescued her. Then she developed urgent diarrhea after a period of time. It turned out that she either has Inflammatory Bowel Disease or a malabsorption syndrome. She has to have further tests to be sure. Right now she's on medication for IBD & heavy-duty prescription enzymes for the malabsorption syndrome to get the problem under control. As far as fiber making it worse...some fiber in dog foods (pectin, soy fiber, bran) ferment very quickly in the intestines & actually have a laxative effect. Sorry I don't have a clear-cut answer for you, but diarrhea is usually just a symptom of something else & you have to find out what that is. Good luck to you & Ashley. I hope she's better soon.

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