This month, Dr. Moser talks about dog allergies and help for a dog with loose stools.
Q: I have a collie that has loose stools. Usually she does best on a high fiber diet. Which of the Wellness foods would be best for her?
A: I would recommend that you ask your veterinary hospital to perform a parasite check on your dog’s stool sample. Intestinal parasites can produce abnormal stool and any dog can be infected.
I have two recommendations for Wellness high fiber dry kibble diet choices for you to try with your Collie that has fiber responsive diarrhea.
- One is Wellness® Super5Mix ®Healthy Weight Dog Food (about 8 % crude fiber and 325 kcal ME per cup).
- The second is the Grain-Free Wellness® CORE® Reduced Fat Dog Food (about 8.5% crude fiber and 350 kcal ME per cup).
Q: I have a 14 year old Lhasa Apso who is very healthy but I do know he has allergies…not sure to what but he gets allergy pills/shot from the vet. He still constantly licks at his paws. Do you have any recommendations as to what I can do to help him?
A: Your veterinarian is currently treating the dog for atopy. A food trial would be appropriate because many itchy dogs have a combination of food and environmental allergies. Only about 20% of allergic dogs are “only food allergic”, but up to 40% are “also food allergic” says Dr. Goulet a board certified dermatologist based in Florida quoted in a recent veterinary journal.
Wellness Simple Food Solutions are novel protein diets. The diets are: Rice and Duck, Rice and Lamb and Rice and Salmon. Select the diet whose protein source the dog has not been exposed to in the last year.
Experts agree that, owners must be strict with the trial diet, which can last 8 to 12 weeks. No treats, no table scraps, no chewable pills, etc. Feed only the Simple Food Solutions diet.