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My sweet Charlotte is a 1.5 year old miniature poodle. She spent her first year being an extremely fussy eater and we tried her on many different kinds of food. At the suggestion of her breeder, we put her on Fresh Pet a few months ago, she loved it and began to gain weight. A few weeks ago she began to have stomach issues again, vomiting and diarrhea off and on. We've been to the vet and she has had antibiotics and Prilosec (she is still on the Prilosec). She seemed better for a few days, now is sick again. She can't seem to keep any food down. We are at our wits end! We have tried feeding more frequent, smaller meals, nothing works. Has anyone had a poodle with celiac disease or pyloric stenosis? Our vet seems to doubt these could be the problem. Any advice welcome!
 

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Poor Charlotte :( And poor you!

Do you have a holistic vet nearby? When I'd reached one too many dead ends with my own health woes, I sought the guidance of a doctor of integrative medicine (who I'd previously avoided due to the cost) and I made more progress in a single appointment with her than in the past 30 years!!
 

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My cairn terrier has had stomach issues. She would eat fine one day then skip a meal, this became more n more frequent, she would also throw up first thing in mornings mostly clear or brown liquid, Her stool was on the loose side on n off n would look Yellowish n stringy, After many tests my vet said she could possibly have it’s or early stage cancer of the intestine as one X-ray indicated a thickening of the intestine wall, She is 7 years old. I sId no more tests right now n we put her on canned science diet digestive care regular formular- wShe loved this food and ate it right up. Iveadded the kibble to the canned but I must presoften it for at least 2 hours before I give it to her, She rarely misses a meal n no longer throws up and her poo is normal. I have found if I give her hard kibble or a hard biscuit the next day she won’t eat. Good luck with your pup n I hope she feels better soon. Keep us posted.
 

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I'm sorry to hear Charlotte isn't well. I haven't had either of those issues so I'm not able to help there. What did your vet check for? Were any tests run?
 

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Prescription digestive food, especially the canned variety, can really help a dog through gastrointestinal problems.

My dog Navy has had a few rounds of gastritis. About a year ago he was very sick, had lost a lot of weight, and we just couldn't seem to get out of vomiting-mode. $500 at the vet got us a lot of lab work, prescriptions for anti-nausea meds, appetite stimulate meds, acid-reducing meds, the above mentioned rx food, and IV hydration. Labs ruled out a lot of bad stuff, which allowed us to just focus on the likely gastritis.

GI issues such as this can involve a recovery time, sometimes it's a few months. Navy needed the canned prescription food and rx acid-reducing meds for about 6 weeks, then I was able to transition him to the dry kibble version of the canned food and daily over-the-counter pepcid. He has been stable since then. I recently added a probiotic called VetriScience Probiotic Everyday Gastrointestinal Health Bite-Sized Dog Soft Chews. I am not sure that this is doing anything for him, but it is my understanding that probiotics for dogs are different strains of bacteria than what is beneficial for humans thus plain old yogurt may not be the best choice AND it seemed like the one thing that might be missing from his diet.

Best of luck to your sweet Charlotte. I hope you have confidence in your vet, if not consider getting a second opinion. If you are comfortable posting where you are, you might be able to get advice on nearby specialists. Or you could private message a PF member who lives near you to ask for a specialist recommendation.
 
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Yes what I'm feeding my cairn is prescription food too. Our all was like $1900. by the time we figured it out and he still wanted to do more tests. I said well.. lets wait and see and if necessary we will go further but lets give the food a chance. It worked so all is good.
 

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I too have had good results using canned sensitive diet - I now keep some of the Royal Canin to hand just in case. The combination of "fussiness" with D&V would have me considering intolerance of certain ingredients, which can take a while to emerge when feeding a new food. I would feed a limited ingredient food and keep all treats etc to the same protein (tiny scraps of cooked meat are ideal, and mean you know exactly what she is getting), and keep a diary of exactly what she is eating. One PF member eventually pinned down the canine toothpaste she used as the cause of her dog's longstanding digestive woes, so it is worth considering everything.
 

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I would try to find what she is allergic to by feeding her only 1 ingredient foods, 1 protein at a time. Any commercial food will have dozens of ingredients in them, so hard to find which one doesn’t agree with her.

You could start with beef only meals, like ground beef, and if she does well, then try chicken. And go from there. You could then find raw/frozen all prepared meals that only contain a select few ingredients such as vitamins, vegetables and fruits. That’s what I would do.

Unfortunately vets aren’t nutritionists.
 

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Fresh pet has carrageenan as an ingredient known to be an issue with the digestive tract
pkease do your research this is a really bad ingredient in all food products.
I cook all the food my Maggie Mae eats she is very healthy
 

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Have you looked into pancreatic insufficiency? I had a dog (mix) that had diarrhea, sometimes bloody and/or mucousy off and on from when he was a young pup and that is one thing we tested for. I had a hard time keeping weight on him too. His was normal, I ended up putting him on a prescription gastrointestinal diet for several years. I think I finally switched him off at 4 or 5, and he was fine. Earlier on I had tried to take him off it and he would be right back to the intermittent diarrhea.
 

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My old poodle was the same, she was put on Hills canned I/D, was for sensitive stomach. This changed her life. Stayed in it until she was nineteen with no issues. Not sure if a different type is the solution but it worked for us. Good luck!
My sweet Charlotte is a 1.5 year old miniature poodle. She spent her first year being an extremely fussy eater and we tried her on many different kinds of food. At the suggestion of her breeder, we put her on Fresh Pet a few months ago, she loved it and began to gain weight. A few weeks ago she began to have stomach issues again, vomiting and diarrhea off and on. We've been to the vet and she has had antibiotics and Prilosec (she is still on the Prilosec). She seemed better for a few days, now is sick again. She can't seem to keep any food down. We are at our wits end! We have tried feeding more frequent, smaller meals, nothing works. Has anyone had a poodle with celiac disease or pyloric stenosis? Our vet seems to doubt these could be the problem. Any advice welcome!
 

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About 8 years ago I spent over $2,000 on vet bills and prescription foods. He had lost a lot of weight and had gotten to the point of not eating or even drinking. He was on IV fluids, had every test imaginable. I actually feared he was dying. I called his breeder and she said to try raw, not the raw food processed and sold, but actual fresh raw human grade meat, not even ground as it has more bacteria. .

I ran out and bought some chicken thighs. He ate one of them, bone and all. And then drank some water. I kept him on chicken for a couple of weeks, then added beef, again for a couple of weeks. I was so glad I called his breeder as the vet thought raw was a no-no.

Several months later I tried some of the prescription food the vet had sold us. He totally refused it. Fortunately the vet reimbursed me. I donated all of the partially used bags of various expensive kibbles that had been recommended to the humane society.

He now eats a large variety of raw meat, plus many fruits and vegetables, and organic only organ meats. The vet is impressed, and my beloved Spoo has never had a problem since.

I so hope you find something that helps your sweet Charlotte.
 

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try raw rabbit. check out natural dogfood stores. I know someone that dog had same issues, inflamed intestines and put dog on raw rabbit and visborne probiotics and vet said keep doing what you are doing the inflammation is gone
 
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