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8th March 2011, 10:14 PM
Gracie seems to have a problem keeping a good bacteria balance in her bowels. She ends up with a tad of colitis very easily every 4-6 weeks or so. Mostly leads to diarrhea and/or muscousy poop. She is on Flagyl again for third time since we have had her. We have really made it impossible for her to pick up stuff outside or inside she should not eat and the vet thinks she is just easily prone to this. In the process, we have learned that chicken is off her menu forever... home-cooked or canned. The home-cooked boiled chicken made her even sicker.

The vet suggests putting her on probiotics daily for at least the near future and we will have to further restrict her diet to something like lamb/rice or venison/rice. I would love any suggestions you all have for:

On-going diet for fussy bowels
Probiotic products that are effective
Given that she can't eat chicken, what do you all recommend as a bland diet alternative with rice when she needs one?
She is just about 10 months old and I sure feel bad for the wee thingl. Just when we have her eating consistently, she gets a bout of this and we start all over again with a routine. Any help is appreciated.

8th March 2011, 10:53 PM
Would turkey work instead of chicken? It might be too similar. Maybe some kind of white fish, my dad always gives that to his dogs for upset stomach and it seems to work on them.

8th March 2011, 10:55 PM
I can get fresh white fish at a local market pretty cheap... never thought of that! Had no idea if it was gentle on the tummy or not.

Margaret C
8th March 2011, 11:27 PM
White fish & rice is very good for upset stomachs.
Pro-koline probiotic
Goats yogurt?

Brian M
9th March 2011, 08:04 AM

I agree with Margaret Goats yogurt.

9th March 2011, 11:27 AM
Pippin used to get severe collitis and also has a major poultry allergy (especially chicken).

I feed him James wellbeloved lamb and rice variety, dry kibble.

Find pro kolin and goats yogurt good when needed.

Hope this advice helps:) Collitis is very distressing...

9th March 2011, 01:01 PM
I think the lamb and goat yogurt is a great idea. I will have to find a source of the goat yogurt here, but we have a speciality foods place that very likely will have it.

9th March 2011, 05:59 PM
Maddie has had a few bouts of this - like Gracie we have to avoid chicken with her, and turkey also upsets her a bit but mnot as much.

We have her on Fish 4 Dogs (not sure if its available outside the UK) and she is brilliant on it. Firm output, no colitis this year, and she really likes it. My friend with a labrador with colitis issues has also changed to this food with good results.

When she needs a bland diet we give steamed white fish.

I hope Gracie is better soon.

9th March 2011, 09:48 PM
Gracie is doing much better. We went back to giving her some lamb & brown rice (with no additives) for past two days with a bit of yogurt. We are slowly adding in a high quality lamb & rice wet food that is more balanced but VERY slowly and will start adding back her dry kibble tomorrow. I have ordered a US version of the probiotic gel that several of you recommended. The vet recommended Probiocin and so I ordered about 5 tubes of that and Gracie LOVES it... lickey lickey. :thmbsup: Thinks it is a treat!

I also found some organic yogurt probiotic treats and I ordered one package. Will let you all know if that works out well or not.

I definitely will try the white fish next time instead of chicken. She has not been crazy about any fish stuff so far, even a taste. So not sure if that will work or not.

12th March 2011, 10:04 PM
I have heard great things about this probiotic (made for youg children, babies, etc)


13th March 2011, 04:05 PM
We are slowing transitioning to all lamb/rice diet, using a mix of wet food and kibble. Also got several tubes of Probiocin in a tube that is made for dogs. Gracie loves it and is working very well.