Does anyone elses Cavvie have a very sensitive tummy?
Lola seems to have vomitting/diahorrhoea about once every 2months! Our vet isnt worried but i am! We think its to do with rawhide chews maybe.. she seems to wolf them down cause she loves them so much as we're wondering if maybe they are the issue? Anyone have any experience of this? Thanks x
oliver had a really sensitive stomach..he had to have a certian food..and we couldnt give him dog treats or anything.. if he did it would just wreck him for days.
i wouldnt worry either. as long as youf ind a food that goes with their stomachs.. keep them off the things that 'wreck them'
i always felt bad for him because he KNEW treats..hed had them before.. i used to give him one whenever we left grandmas (we stopped in on our nightly walks) hed get those big pleading eyes..bulgy..lmao.
i wouldnt worry too much though.
My Oliver gets a runny bottom when he eats chicken. So nothing with chicken in now and he is a lot better.
He does still get the odd runny poo but nothing like before, I've not managed to work out if there is something else that sets him off.
He used to eat Royal Canin for Cavs and that is chicken flavour!! As soon as I changed him off that it was really obvious whenever he ate a bit of chicken the next morning would be an unpleasant pick up for me! ;)
I'd cut out the rawhide and see how you go. If it is rawhide it might be all beef products... So try a completely free from beef diet and then give a little bit of the excluded food and you can easily confirm an upset tummy on the re-introduced food. You might need to just exclude raw hide or it might be everything beef related.
I had a dog would loved rawhide as well, did the same thing to him. What about treats what kind do you give her? I had a cat (one and only) she was allergic to dyes in so many cat foods....this was a long time ago, I didn't know better. How old is Lola, puppy runs is pertty common, every once in awhile.
Try no more rawhide, and cut back on any treats (or switch to something simply, like raw carrots....I cut a baby carrot in half), also try canned pumpkin with her meals. I was suprised how well it worked. I feed Wellness kibble and I switched Fletcher from the puppy to the regular, my vet said to add a tablespoon of pumpkin just to help with the switch over. He loves it!!!! I now use pumpkin as a topper with his evening meal.
Hi our Ruby has a similar sensitive tum, i worked out that dentistix were too rich for her,as is chicken. i give her pooch & mutt probiotics on her tea which does help BUT she can go ages,all normal then she gets poorly tum again(couple of times a year)out of the blue,so off we go to the vets for the tablets for her as nothing i can do at that point makes her better-bless.
I to have had problems with sensitive tummies with my two, Dentistix was a problem with my oldest dog, so we stopped him having them, but partly he had problems because of this age but Chappie has helped him as part of his diet and he is so much better. Ollie my youngest has had on and off problems for a while and I changed him from James Wellbeloved Chicked and Rice to Burns Chicken and Brown Rice which did help for a while, but then we had problems again, I have recently put him on Burns Lamb and Rice, he really likes this food, he did`nt seem to like James Wellbeloved Lamb and Rice, and finally he is so much better, so it must have been chicken that did`nt agree with him. I am really careful what treats they both have and am pretty mean and only give them one small treat for their supper every day.
I honestly think that rawhide chews are hard for any dog to digest let alone the smaller breeds like a Cavalier.
Even our large dogs had trouble w/ them ( same issues..> diahrrea)...sooooo we quit giving them all together.
A raw carrot like Melissa suggested is better for them..and it gives them something to knaw on for awhile.
If you want to give them a bone ( to help w/ dental cleanliness)..I would purchase a real antler bone. They sells them now at most Pet shops. The dogs like them & rather them getting a piece of rawhide...they chew on these forever !!
In the hot weather.. I also melt a bouillon cube & add water to a butter dish & freeze it. Give them each one out on the deck and they LOVE it !
Whenever our dogs would have tummy issues ( for whatever reason??) ...there are various natural ways to help them.
FLAVORLESS sport drinks will help your pooch after a 'bout w/ diahrrea. It's just like us...they may need re-hydrated..and it will add the needed electrolytes they may have lost. Just do so "very" sparingly. You don't want to give much to a small dog. ~
( 1/4 a cup)
Another great tummy treat is plain yogurt. Coates their tummy w/ the "good bacteria" for the intestines. A few teaspoons.
AND..dogs CAN take Tumms. It isn't going to hurt them at all. If in doubt..call your Vet..but ours has advised them at times. One for a dog 10lbs. or so should be plenty.
Probably related to something she eats at that time. You'd expect the issue to be far more common I think, if it were just the rawhide, not just every two months, unless sometimes she is perhaps swallowing large pieces (which is dangerous). What does she bring up? What has she eaten the previous 12 hours or so? Next time she does it, I'd make a list and start eliminating the suspect foods.
Also -- does she tend to eat things on walks? This can cause reactions like this.
I have one inveterate sidewalk surfer who snatches things fast (Lily). She also has a sensitive tummy from time to time. She can be prone to bleeding diarrhea as well but I know with her, that she doesn't need to rush to the vet as it basically goes right away of I stop food for 12-24 hours. I also keep Prokolin and might give her some of that or some pepto bismol tablet (but correct dosage is important).
I'm sure she just is prone to tummy issues (Lily). Even on a raw diet she still has mixed hard and soft stools.
The main thing to watch for is that these can be signs of chronic gastroenteritis -- which has a higher rate in the breed than in many others. Gastroenteritis can be very serious. So good to keep an eye out. Fatty foods tend to initiate vomiting/the runs with gastroenteritis (eg scraps from the table, pig's ears etc(.
Thank you all for your replies! Its so hard to try and work out what exactly is the cause of her problem. I think its a combo of swallowing large chunks of rawhide, and also the day she was ill, she'd had a jumbone, and there were large chunks of it in the vomit. We fasted her for 24hrs then have her rice and chicken and shes right as rain now. No more vomitting or diahorrhoea. The issue with Lola is that she is SUCH a picky eater. She point blank refuses to eat 99% of dog foods, and believe me, we've tried them all. She'll just about tolerate iams.. but even thats a struggle and needs to be mixed with something else. Do any of you feed your dogs Liver? Thanks xx
I had problems with one of my boys Baxter as he had a very sensitive tummy, he constantly had the runs and we were at the vets weekly to have his anal glands emptied. It took just over a year to find a food that both of my boys were fine with, I tried every food going from the cheapest to the most expensive, then Hills brought out a new range called vet essentials, our vet nurse recommended the food to me and we haven't looked back, it's quite high in fibre which is good for their tummy although I buy it from petmeds now and not the vets as it's a little cheaper, I buy the adult mini, it's normally around £28 for the 7kg bag or £35 at the vets
I do feed my boys Liver but as well as frying it I make a Liver cake which always goes down well, 1 Pack Liver, 1 Large egg, 1 crushed garlic clove, 2 tablespoons self raising flour. Blitz the liver in a food processor until it turns from red to pale pink, add the egg and garlic and mix again. Stir in the flour and put in the microwave for up to 4 minutes or until the 'cake' is cooked through. You can then chop up into squares and freeze for up to a month. Be warned though it smells awful when it's cooking but they will love you for it ;)