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    Hi All,

    I don't come on the board very often, however I felt the need to speak to other Cav owners out there today.

    Our tri Rio will be 3 years old next week and over the last four weeks he has had a poorly tummy due to Colitis. It got so bad one night two weeks ago that while my parents were away in Tunisia that my sister and I were up and down to the garden 6 times in one night as he had mucusy string diahorrea and passing blood. We took him to the vets the next day as the blood was becoming more seen through the loose stools and they told us it could be also down to stress with my parents being away which is not true as they go on holiday and he is always fine.

    They gave us Salazoprine tablets (1st course was 6 tablets). He finished these and was litteraly back to normal stool wise within 3 days and back to his bouncy self. After my parents returned at least a week after the same symptoms returned again, this time he could not hold his bowels and emptied on the rug. We luckily had a sample bottle and my Mum immediately took him to the vet along with the sample. The results came back as Colitis as the definite cause and they re-issued us with the same Salazoprine tablets (2nd course - 10 tablets)

    They seemed to work up until he finished the course last week and we thought he was back on the road to recovery, however last night he had 2 colitis attacks between 2am-5am. It is so sad, as he desperately thrashes on the door to gain entry to our rooms and as I am a light sleeper I always hear him trotting around desperately until I can take him to the garden. We are all losing sleep and are worrying so much. My grandparents have been watching him this afternoon, taking him out to the garden when he has needed the toilet. Which he has went to 6 times today !

    These tablets only seem to work for a week then its back to square one all over again and it just isn't fair on our poor pup to keep having this on and off.

    Do any of your Cavs have this problem and if so what actions did your vets take other than this tablet?

    PS: We also had to cut all treats out for 4 weeks and switched him from dentasticks to Royal Canin oral bars (10kg) size, to rule out any dog biscuits that coukd cause the tummy upsets. He is also on Burns dry mix, Chappie and has boiled fresh vegetables which he adores.

    So we are just so confused as to how this keeps happening.
    Love Melissa, Rio and Family

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    Our vets are the best in the area and always great to react when there has been more serious issues in the past (bee stings)

    It just seems that lately we are going back and forth and not receiving any other medication or alternate advice to help him, we are currently looking for a second opinion.
    Love Melissa, Rio and Family

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    Not sure if this helps but I went through 2 years of this with Pippin before I discovered he had a severe allergy to chicken and poultry.

    I now feed him James wellbeloved lamb and rice and make sure no treats have poultry of any sort in them.

    I recently had the problem resurface when I gave him his usual wormer and didn't realise that they had decided to add a chicken flavour to it.

    I'm not saying the same thing would be wrong with your cav but the allergy thing may be something to check out. It will mean being quite restrictive with the diet until the culprit is found. The only way I know was that every time he got sick we were giving him chicken and rice and after a while I started to notice a pattern as he got more and more allergic to the chicken,from having it so often both on it own and in foods that we were told to try him on. One day after a really bad bout I put two and two together and suggested to my vet that I thought it was the chicken making him worse instead of better. We stopped it straight away but did have the odd set back when ingrediants in foods and treats were not checked.
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    Do the Vets have specialty foods? I would think a low residue diet would help as his bowel is surely inflammed and , I believe, it takes quite a while for that to calm down. He may have to forego his regular diet completely for a time to get his GI tract settled.
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    Smile Colitis problems................

    At our kennels we have the occasional dog with Colitis but we recommend and feed VITALIN SENSITIVE. lamb and Rice, being Hypo etc and Gluten free. Not the cheapest by far, but it works and we very rarely get loose poos.

    It is well worth a try.

    Good Luck, Mark.

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    Not sure if this helps but I went through 2 years of this with Pippin before I discovered he had a severe allergy to chicken and poultry.

    That was my first thought....an allergy problem. Jake had bad tummy problems as a puppy. He's just recently been through a bout of vomitting. I ended up feeding him a homemade fish and potato diet (50% whitefish, 25% potato and 25% yams) for two weeks that has been gentle on his tummy....and it's worked.
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    Also wondering about foecal retesting as it is not uncommon for the real problem to be missed on a single testing. Could be a virus, colitis, hemorrhagic gastroentiritis (which can become very serious very quickly), worms, allergies. I'd move to a quality food designed for sensitive stomach/allergies -- eg try James Wellbeloved or a Burns food. Watch out about treats too as people change foods but then forget about ingredients in treats.
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    My Cav lady is prone to colitis, it flares up every so often and we are in and out of the vets. Sometimes it last maybe a week and others it can be for up to six weeks. She tends to be put onto anti inflams and, if needed, an antibiotic, and unfortunately it really can be a waiting game until the inflammation in her colon goes down. My vet has told me that this can often be the case (initial treatment, or long term if needed, and then waiting for their bodies to sort if out). Stool samples have been taken a few times and each time it comes back "colitis" or "colitis due to infection" (thus the need for antibiotics). My lady eats fine while she is having a bad bout but she can be a bit miserable and cranky (esp with my other dogs) though.

    I have found that what is key for her is food. Having tried nearly everything out there Royal Canin Sensitivity is my conclusive favourite, it's miricle food for her. She does so well on it while she is unwell and I tend to keep her on it for a while afterwards too, then wean her back onto her normal food (Origen or Arden Grange). It is the best stuff I have found, it's free from grain and other allergens and she loves it. I don't keep her on it all of the time because she does well on her regular food when her belly is good and if she does get a bout I want to have something gentle to give her. I have a neighbour whose dog has IBD and she swears by it too (her dog is on it all of the time). It's def worth a try.

    Also, beause my lady has a sensitive belly she tends to pick up bugs a bit more readily than my other dogs, which can then lead to a bout of colitis. Just minor infections from the grass out on walks (and people not picking up their dogs poo ) so we do watch what she chomps on while we are out. She doesn't eat poo but if it is left lingering in the grass for a while the bugs get into the grass. I cannot count the number of times my vets have said they see dogs with infections they pick up from walks etc.

    Hope Rio feels better soon

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    I'd certainly go with gluten free lamb and rice food, Arden Grange was one that I've always been pleased with.Also you could try adding probiotics which are great for balancing the intestinal flora. You an order probiotics for you dog on line, it's just a powder that you can add to their food.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sins View Post
    I'd certainly go with gluten free lamb and rice food, Arden Grange was one that I've always been pleased with.Also you could try adding probiotics which are great for balancing the intestinal flora. You an order probiotics for you dog on line, it's just a powder that you can add to their food.
    Sins

    What is the powder called?

    I buy the pro-kolin paste for the occasional dodgy tummys , but would think the powder would probably be less expensive if you want to give something long term?
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