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Old 07-08-2016, 01:07 PM
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Not sure if any of u recall the tummy troubles I've been having for years with Lola....I will quickly recap ... It's been going on for 3 or 4 years ... Every month or two she would get a grumbly tummy ... Go off her food for 12 to 24 hrs then seem fine again...after several vet trips and test nothing was really found so its was recommend she go on a vet prescribed diet low fat gastro .. Fast forward to April 2016.... Er vet visit because she was acting weird bolting round the house wanting ppl to pick her up ... Vet says it's her anal glands .... Had them expressed ... I don't think that was the problem ... So off and on since April she's been having tummy ? Issues ... Been to the vets a few more times ... She now is on famotidine again x2 a day and metronidazole ( for soft stool here and there? ) vets want to run blood work and x rays again last time showed nothing so I am reluctant to do this again... But I am at a loss on how to help her ... Her symptoms are noisy tummy and hard tummy and she will be sleeping or just standing there and what I call bolt get up and take off and try to settle elsewhere .... She is restless when having these I will call attacks ... Is she having gas pains ? Acid refulx ? Anal gland issues ?? Or none of the above ... Just fishing here once again for some kind of advice ... I'm very worried she can't live like this ... Oh she has been eating thru these issues since April... Any ideas chihuahua ppl ?
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What else does she get other than her food? Treats, chews, flea meds, supplements, things outside?


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the odd liver treat....maybe the smallest piece of toast...and cooked vegetables....and not everyday...I am at a total loss ...I've tried so many things...maybe its even allergies to something in her food....I've been thinking about trying her on a raw diet...
Oh and the vet just put her on a probiotic as well once a day
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I would start by feeding nothing but her regular food for a month. If it is something else upsetting her, it should be clearer if she is good after a month of boring diet.


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I wonder if this is an atypical appearance for epilepsy? The 'bolting' from sleep, or just standing there make me wonder. Epilepsy symptoms can appear without a seizure. Ask the vet? Just wondering, as my dog with focal epilepsy acts this way. I would massage this dogs belly when she is gurgling. Helps my dog.
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I started massaging her belly the other night it does seem to help....its just getting worse instead of better....its been a daily thing sometimes up to three times a day now....My other chi has epilepsy and this doesn't seem anything like what he goes through....I bought some meds that babies are giving for gas issues....gave it to her twice so far today....she is in the midst of another attack ( of gas) I will just continue doing what the vet said for a few more days and pray something changes soon
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Are you giving the simethicone drops for the gas? I would keep her on one food, but feed small meals several times a day. I wouldn't give any cooked veggies. After she's been eating just one food for a few weeks, I would give one or two raw green beans once and a while for a treat. The simethicone drops are safe and can be given as much as is needed and they work. Is she deficating? Is it runny or is she straining to go? I would also recommend strongly to put a few drops of apple cider vinegar on her food. ACV is great for everything and helps tremendously with digestion, acid reflux, gas, etc...
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What a puzzle.

I'm with Lisa, and others who suggested giving her nothing but her kibble for a month, and seeing what her response is to that. The strategy here is by process of elimination, or addition, you can possibly determine what is causing, and/or helping, this issue. It won't be a short experiment, but it will hopefully help isolate the problem(s)

If she reacts to just the kibble, try changing it. Change to grainless. Change the brand and protein source. Change the number of times a day you feed, or the time of day. I wouldn't add anything additional to the diet, no supplements, no meds, nothing else until you've determined as definitively as possible that her kibble is, or isn't, the issue or part of the issue.
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