Hi, my 11 month old pug/beagle mix has had an upset stomach for about 3 days now, she is still eating but has had a mixture of diarrhea and regular stool. We've been slowly switching her to a new food over the past couple of weeks, but only in the past few days has she been having these symptoms, and we haven't given a drastic difference in the amount of new food vs the old. I've heard that rice and chicken are a good home remedy to an upset tummy, but then I've also heard minute rice is not good? Should I use brown rice vs white rice? Should I stop switching her to the new food? She's not lethargic at all, her normal puppyish self, just having bathroom issues. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
Thanks for the advice. Savannah, the food she was on was Blue Buffalo puppy, and I was switching her to PMI nutrition puppy food, she seemed to like the taste better but I can't tell if its the food thats not agreeing with her or if maybe she has a little stomach bug of some sort? I take her to the dog park all the time, maybe she picked up something there? So hard to tell in dogs the source of their discomfort! She's also hesitating when going outside to the bathroom, almost like she knows it will be uncomfortable. She was ok this morning, but I'm thinking maybe I should take her to the vet today with a sample stool just to be safe.
good morning. You know, i'm actually not familiar with that food :-(
I think taking a sample in and ensuring she does not have a worm or parasite is very smart. Never can do enough for our babies. Let me know. Also be very careful at the parks, you're right, they can pick up anything there!!
Thank you Savannah, I really appreciate your advice! I just made an appt. to bring her in tomorrow morning, so hopefully that will straighten everything out. Out of curiousity, why is minute rice bad for dogs?
truth, I dont know! I just know that over the years I have personally experienced differences between minute and the regular that takes time to cook. I think it has something to do with the processing although again, I just dont know.
I took that same question you are now asking to my mentor and other breeders within my breed years ago. They all said the same thing I am telling you now LOL.. so if you figure out why or if someone knows, let us all know. We just know it's different.
Interesting, thanks, good to know about the minute rice because that's probably what I would have made. :) She is still on the mixture of old food and new food this morning (I didn't see your post until I was already at work), but I will try the chicken and rice tonight. I just would have thought if it was a reaction to the new food, she would have shown symptoms of that right away, as opposed to a couple weeks after starting it.
reaction to the new food has variables. If you switched almost over night, then immediate reactions. If you switched slowly but the food does not agree with her, when she's completely on it you could see a reaction. It may or may not be the food. That's why doing the mixture, getting her back to normal, AND ensuring it's not worm/parasite related is so smart of you.
I actually just assisted someone else here with the problem. This person's pup had a reaction to the new food after the pup was on it completely. Food simply did not agree with the puppy. Here's a "food" for thought, pardon the pun...
It's NOT what you feed. It's how the dog performs on what you feed.
Statement ONLY related to very good foods, not the "crap" out there, again pardon the pun HAHAHA
Minute rice has almost no nutritional value, it's not that it's bad persay, it's just a filler. That's why we should'nt eat it either.And I still say pepto seems to work wonders, at least it does with my dogs.
ok here's a wacky funny I did... Pepto... can you believe after all these years I say to my vet recently... "i'm not using pepto, the dogs spit up that horrible stuff".. he says to me.. "are you using the pills"... WHAT PILLS
Savannah, are you sure you're not blonde hon? Of course it comes in tablet form, and in children's tablet form. I use it and it works like a day off. I thought you said it upset your Labs delicate little tummies? Or was it that you were trying to make them DRINK THE LIQUID? Flaming Nora.
Update - Took Maggie to the vet, she thinks shes has whipworm and prescribed granules to sprinkle over rice (long cooking!) and chicken for the next 3 days. Maggie seems to be doing better, I think the rice is probably absorbing whatever is going on in her tummy, and she's VERY happy to be eating fresh chicken and rice every day! Thanks to all for the advice, it was very helpful!