We need your expertise. We have a beautiful BC named Jasper, he is 19 months old and a very happy, outgoing dog who loves people and other animals. We love him to bits and he is basically the baby of our family.
Since Christmas time, he has had an on again off again upset tummy. We took him to see our vet whose opinion we trust, and he prescribed antibiotic and neo-sulcin to form up his poos and lessen the amount of mucus as well as feeding him solely boiled chicken and rice. His normal diet is a combination of chicken, white rice and sweet potato twice daily and some Black Hawk Grain Free/taste of the wild grain free kibble.
After a couple of days of meds he vomited a few times in one day so our vet recommended taking him off the neo-sulcin. He finished the weeks course of antibiotics and we hoped that would be the end of his sore tummy, but we were wrong. It has continued since with some form poos but equal amounts of runny poos. So today we took him back for a follow up and the vet (a new vet that we don’t normally see because our regular vet has moved overseas) recommended Royal Canin hypoallergenic DR21. She basically said to try it and if he responds, he will need to eat this and only this for the rest of his life.
We’re worried that this food isn’t the answer for him. If his tummy upset is due to an allergy there must be another answer, like determining the actual cause of the upset, not just recommending a plain diet of so called ‘specialised’ kibble. Jasper is only a pup and has eaten his normal diet his whole life, with the extra tuna, red meat in there as well and always had a very healthy tummy.
At the moment the main constants in his diet are rice and chicken. From what we have read so far, the likely causes of allergies are usually the grain or the protein, so we’re planning to change to a red meat/sweet potato and grain free red meat-based kibble type diet for a bit to try to eliminate either rice or chicken as the ingredients that he might be allergic to. Has anybody ever tried a similar approach? Has anything worked for your BCs??
I know that nobody can tell us the exact answer but we are desperate for some experience based guidance from you guys who look at your BCs in the way that we do, and care for them like their your baby. It just felt like this new vet didn’t care and was all about antibiotics and vet recommend dry diets.
Im so sorry about the lengthy story but please know we appreciate any stories or experiences you guys have had and so grateful for your help and support.
Bec and Phil