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Hi all. My little girl was diagnosed with colitis a couple of months ago. She had chronic soft serve stool for most of her life with us. She is 9 months old. We've had her since she was 8 weeks. I have switched her food many tomes from very high quality to now science diet. I know it's crap but it's the only thing that has been able to bind her poops. So my first question to anyone who has experienced similar issues is, any better food that I could feed her that is good for boxers with colitis? The second question is has anyone had issues with introducing antlers to their dogs who had colitis. I don't want to cause her diarrhea and I'm slowly starting to introduce new things to her. Appreciate the info.


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I have considered raw but I can't right now. My vet doesn't support it, my insurance won't cover her and I don't have a deep freezer to use. I just have a small freezer right now. It isn't an option for me right now. Eventually I would love to go that route.


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I think most vets would discourage raw diet. Well my girl used to have peanutbutter poop until we switched to raw. :). But do the research first
 

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Tyson did as a puppy and was prescribed Royal Canin sensitive stomach. He did well on it but we could only get it at the vet and it was so expensive. So I switched him to Royal Canin boxer. We figured that it was in the same brand so it wouldn't be too harsh on his stomach. He was on it until he was two. At the age of 2 he was switched to Blue Buffalo and is doing amazing. I want to switch him and Echo to TOTW but I am afraid. You know the saying, if it ain't broke don't fix it lol

So I know many wouldn't agree with me but I say go with what works. You could be feeding food a whole lot worse.
 

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Tyson did as a puppy and was prescribed Royal Canin sensitive stomach. He did well on it but we could only get it at the vet and it was so expensive. So I switched him to Royal Canin boxer. We figured that it was in the same brand so it wouldn't be too harsh on his stomach. He was on it until he was two. At the age of 2 he was switched to Blue Buffalo and is doing amazing. I want to switch him and Echo to TOTW but I am afraid. You know the saying, if it ain't broke don't fix it lol

So I know many wouldn't agree with me but I say go with what works. You could be feeding food a whole lot worse.

She was on blue buffalo for sensitive stomachs. She was fine at first then got really bad. I think that the grains are helping. I agree I could be feeding worse, I've heard laird of fibre and carbs help. I've done lots of reading. I've heard Pulsar is good also. It's high fibre and great quality. I'm thinking about waiting until she's over a year then switching her. Pulsar is an all stages diet. I just want as much info as possible and as many opinions on this. For anyone who has shared these experiences.


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I know you mentioned in your above posts that you can't do raw now but I just wanted to add in my little bit of advice on it.

My first dog, Kiwi, had a very sensitive stomach tried over 5 different brands of food from high quality to single ingredients to no grain to salmon etc. Nothing helped. We got her on raw and she was like a completely different dog. We fed her the premade raw (Natures instinct I believe it was). That way I wasn't as worried about "Doing something wrong". I have since switched her back to kibble after being on raw for about 7 months +. She does great on kibble now but I think it helped her stomach in the long run.

Like I said I know you said you can't now but maybe keep it as a resort in the back of your mind :) My little Boxer mix Diesel is going through some rough times with diet and it's almost to the point where we are going to do the raw for her.

Hope things get better for you two!
 

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I have considered raw but I can't right now. My vet doesn't support it, my insurance won't cover her and I don't have a deep freezer to use. I just have a small freezer right now. It isn't an option for me right now. Eventually I would love to go that route.


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1. Most vets won't accept a raw diet.
2. What does your insurance have to do with your dogs diet?
3. You can buy weekly amounts and don't need a deep freeze.




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We just had our first visit with the specialist to figure out loose stools that have gone on for over a year. The dog is 2-1/2. We've had every metabolism test, and poop test that Idexx provides. A switch to I/d low-fat kibble made no difference. The specialist tested for Atypical Addison's which can cause loose stools. That ran $60.00.

Before doing an endoscopy we're going to try a novel protein diet that contains either Bison or Duck. The vet foods are awfully expensive, so I'm looking at the Natural Balance L.I.D. (limited Ingredient line) which offers Venison. Duck, Bison, Rabbit, or Lamb meal for novel proteins. None of them have any chicken or turkey product or fat. Has anyone had experience with these? The cost of endoscopies (both ends) is quoted at about $2,100.00. Ouch!
 

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Bailey is on Natural Balance L.I.D. sweet potato and venison and this is the only food that agrees with her. Her poops used to be soft serve ice cream consistency and now they are solid. She has been on this food for 9 months. I tried the Natural Balance L.I.D. bison and sweet potato and we again had the soft serve poops. So it is strictly sweet potato and venison for Bailey.

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Super, thanks! The Specialist sees quite a few Boxers. She also talked about the specific colitis where the Boxer react with an inflammatory response to normal bacteria in their intestines like e.coli. I didn't realize the Boxer colitis can be a chronic problem, but I know it can be very successfully treated with different types of antibiotics. This vet seems to give the vast majority of IBD dogs doses of prednisone.
 

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1. Most vets won't accept a raw diet.
2. What does your insurance have to do with your dogs diet?
3. You can buy weekly amounts and don't need a deep freeze.




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I'm not sure why, but in my insurance policy it states that she would not be covered if she was on a raw diet. I'm not risking any insurance at this point as she has cost me quite a bit of money at this point. I'm guessing b/c vets don't support raw diets, they won't cover either. Anyways at this point I'm not willing to compromise that.


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I know you mentioned in your above posts that you can't do raw now but I just wanted to add in my little bit of advice on it.

My first dog, Kiwi, had a very sensitive stomach tried over 5 different brands of food from high quality to single ingredients to no grain to salmon etc. Nothing helped. We got her on raw and she was like a completely different dog. We fed her the premade raw (Natures instinct I believe it was). That way I wasn't as worried about "Doing something wrong". I have since switched her back to kibble after being on raw for about 7 months +. She does great on kibble now but I think it helped her stomach in the long run.

Like I said I know you said you can't now but maybe keep it as a resort in the back of your mind :) My little Boxer mix Diesel is going through some rough times with diet and it's almost to the point where we are going to do the raw for her.

Hope things get better for you two!

Thanks so much. I appreciate the info. That's really great to know.


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My one year old has sime issues that the vets have determined ti be either food allergies, colitis, or ibd. I am not doing the b iopsey since treatment foe all is diet. We are having good results right now with blue buffalo basics fish and potato. After research u i am also giving her a good pr obiotic, omega 3 with salmon oil, fiber (benefier) and bovine collestrium. No vomit for 5 weeks. Woo hoo!
Its a lot if hit or miss. I wish u luck
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Hi all. My little girl was diagnosed with colitis a couple of months ago. She had chronic soft serve stool for most of her life with us. She is 9 months old. We've had her since she was 8 weeks. I have switched her food many tomes from very high quality to now science diet. I know it's crap but it's the only thing that has been able to bind her poops. So my first question to anyone who has experienced similar issues is, any better food that I could feed her that is good for boxers with colitis? The second question is has anyone had issues with introducing antlers to their dogs who had colitis. I don't want to cause her diarrhea and I'm slowly starting to introduce new things to her. Appreciate the info.


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Switching food many times is hard on their digestive systems. That could very well be your culprit there. I think I read some place on here that it takes several months for a new kibble to actually cleanse the old out of their system. Pick a food and stick with it for a few months regardless. The multiple switching of foods is hurting your dog more than you think. I would also suggest to eliminate any and all treats, including antlers until you can get the digestive system under control.
 

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Allie always had loose stools. The only thing that works with her is Nature's Variety Instinct LID Lamb. Her poops are always firm but the food is a little pricey.
 

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Switching food many times is hard on their digestive systems. That could very well be your culprit there. I think I read some place on here that it takes several months for a new kibble to actually cleanse the old out of their system. Pick a food and stick with it for a few months regardless. The multiple switching of foods is hurting your dog more than you think. I would also suggest to eliminate any and all treats, including antlers until you can get the digestive system under control.

Her bowels are under control now and I wasn't frequently switching her food. She was on one food for quite some time. I switched and it got worse and she had explosive diarrhea in her crate. I decided to change it to something her sister was on as my cousin has her sister and it has worked thus far. But I'm looking into ideas for future. Not looking to change anything now. I have been slowly introducing her treats back due to training purposes. I have eliminated ones that have not agreed with her. I'm curious if ppl have had issues with antlers if their dogs have colitis. That's the reason for posting. I can't find anything online about it.


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Have you considered dehydrated foods such as The Honest Kitchen? They have several to choose from. The one called Preference is a base mix all you do it add the protein source which might be helpful figuring out which protein is best for your pup. Everything is their foods are human grade.
Preference - Grain Free, Homemade Dog Food Mix | The Honest Kitchen

I see you tried pumpkin as a fiber source and it didnt work. You can try psyllium or sprinkle some bran on his food
 
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