IBD: Atopica and Corn food
The loose stool saga continues in our household with our two youngest Coons, Charlie and Rosie. They've had issues since we got them home and were feeding them the Royal Canine dry food sample supplied by the breeder. Charlie actually had explosive diarrhea, which prompted us to take them in to the vet again, after their initial visit. Rosie had some kind of skin irritation/allergy thing going on which resulted in some kind of waxy, brown crud appearing on the inside edges of her little ears. She got a shot of Convenia antibiotic and Charlie went home with some Metronidazole. The got FortaFlora probiotics as well. Unfortunately, we got sucked into buying Hill's dry food crap at that time.
Rosie's ears got better and Charile's explosive diarrhea seemed to go away but both continue to have very loose, vile smelling stools.
Our slightly older Coon, Suzy, (2 months older) from the same breeder, but obviously not from the same parentage, has had no problems, even though she's been on the same diet regimen.
We researched and found that grain free/wet food is the way to go and that the grain laden nonsense that is Hill's was bad news. So, we got Weruva wet Peking Ducken, Halo Spot and Nature Variety Duck to feed them.
No real help after two weeks.
So, last Tuesday, back to the vet we went. She diagnoses them with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. This time, the little guys got Atopica and IAM's low residue dry food. I have my reservations about the IAM's as the ingredients list corn, corn particles, corn dust, corn tidbits, corn byproducts, corn mash, corn bits, corn tidbits fortified with grain dust, corn grain, grain corn and corn leavings etc rather predominantly. (I exaggerate slightly, but corn is a feature.)
We're supposed to follow this regimen for two weeks and see if it helps. The yellow vile stuff seems to have stopped but they're both very loose yet.
If it hasn't stopped the vet says she will treat them for whipworm even though the odds of them having worms are remote.
Naturally we're worried about the little guys and are looking for some insight. We thought going to a quality wet food like Weruva would be the answer.
Last edited by NETim; 11-10-2012 at 09:53 AM.