He is a lovely lovely dog, beautiful temperament, lots of energy etc
But he really seems to struggle with his digestion. Over the years he seems to have gone through this cyclical pattern of loud rumbling tummy/excess salivation/off food/pacing/vomiting/diahorrea and then for no apparent reason he seems to settle down again.
Sometimes, we have to starve him for 24 hours (if its really bad) and then gradually introduce boiled rice and chicken, gradually building up to his normal dry food again.
We have consulted 3 different vets over the past few years. Stool tests have been inconclusive but all agree that he needs a 'sensitive' diet which consists of whichever brand they are promoting in their surgery at the time.
We have tried the Hills Diet and also Chappy (as this was reccomended), plus all of the other sensitive brands that we could find.
He seems to do really well to begin with, but after a few months we notice that the same problems are returning.
I am getting so sick of the smell (very windy both ends) and the constant trips to the loo. It's not his fault but its getting pretty hard to love with.
I have done a bit of research and it seems that the two main allergens for dogs are wheat and/or additives (we have never ever given him Bakers but I am sure that most brands contain these things anyway)
Is there anything else I am missing? What else could it be and can anyone reccomend a dry dog food that is totally natural?
Would it be worth just scraping the dry biscuits and cooking for him myself? (rice/meat/veg) or is this a crazy idea?
Any thoughts or advice would be gratefully received
It sounds as though there is something in the food your dog has already had which is difficult for her to digest. It could be chicken - it could be lamb or wheat or maize, it could be anything. To move away from the common ingredients, eg chicken, lamb, cereals to something based on just fish and potato might just help.
It's worth a try. And it's obvious, but only change one thing at a time - don't do the different food and slippery elm together for the same time.
It is really fab and our allergic sensitive lab is now rash free and does lovely firm poos. Miracle.
You need to feed quite a small amount as it does not swell up in their tummy so is pretty economical too. Oh and our fussy eater other dog also likes it so win win. They do not advertise but I am so glad someone recommended it to us. I think you can get a sample sent first.