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2 September 2013 - 10:03 am
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We started Atlas on the Power Mushrooms two days ago and he does not seem to feel well. I know they can cause gastro upset and think this is what’s going on but it has me concerned. Atlas has always had a very sensitive stomach so we have been reluctant to mess with or change his diet once we found Merrick years ago. He is always so excited for his food bowl but did not even get up to eat this morning. I held back on all his supplements this morning (3 fish oils and 2 power mushrooms) to see if he starts feeling better and coaxed him with hand feeding and he finally ate. I’ve been sitting with him all morning and his stomach is grumbling a lot more than usual and his gas smells like he pooed his bed but he hasn’t. I’m still waiting for his bowel movement to see if its normal but thought I would check in with the Tripawd pawrents to see if anyone has experienced this.
Thanks for any insight.

Patricia & Mighty Atlas

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2 September 2013 - 10:36 am
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Hey Patricia, we didn’t have any GI upset on mushrooms but it’s not unheard of. I hope this isn’t the case with Atlas, poor guy! I would withhold them to see if that makes a difference. Also keep your vet in the loop too, that’s always good.

 

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Darn.  No, Jackson didn’t have problems with Power Mushrooms.  We went through the whole bottle and then switched to MUSH.  By my research, MUSH has MORE of those magical mushrooms than Power Mushrooms.  Look into it.

Maybe some Petpo Bismol tablets for Atlas?  Certainly withhold Power Mushrooms and see if that helps!  Or, some good ‘ol rice and chicken for a few days?  I’ve got friends who love using diatomecous earth for loose poos (similar to Jerry’s favorite, green clay).

Awww.  Sorry to hear your big guy isn’t well.  Keep us posted.

~ Katy & Jackson

ACL tear in right hind leg 12/5/12 and scheduled ACL repair surgery 12/21/12. Pre-op xrays revealed osteosarcoma. Amputation 12/28/12.  Chemo (carboplatin) started Jan 10, 2013 and ended on April 5, for a total of 5 doses. He handled carbo like a champ!  No side effects.  We started metronomic therapy at his third chemo and have been also doing some holistic treatments.  He's a lively, playful 10 year old huskie-boarder collie and a very proud member of the Winter Warriors!  Our love. Our funny little guy!

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Well shoot. Maybe it’s the new fish oil supplements??? About a week ago we switched to the capsules that were 1000 mg omega 3 per capsule. The old ones were only 350 per capsule. Maybe it’s the combination of both??? Either way, the boy is definitely not feeling good. Very droopy and lethargic. I had to make him get up and go out and finally we got a poo and it was normal so I don’t know what’s up with him. His temp is 102.6 which is maybe a tiny high for him, but not considering the temp and humidity outside. And he is drinking lots more water than usual.
I put a call in to his vet so we’ll wait and see what he says.

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Oh boy, now he has vomited three times. I was just sitting on the porch enjoying the crisp air after the rain showers and I heard some noise, went inside to a big pile of throw-up! Then two more. Poor buddy does not feel good. I put in another call to vet. Still waiting to hear, but it is a holiday so….

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Whoooah! Poor Atlas. We hope he feels better soon, please keep us posted OK? We are thinking of you.

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Ooooooh.  Yucky.  For everyone.  Well, let’s hope he feels better now!  I’d say, leave him off PM and the new fish oil for a day, then add 1 back in and see how it goes. 

FYI – I ran the math on a lot of fish oils, and found the Nordic Naturals Pet to be the best, but I purposefully didn’t evaluate pills.  I figured at some point Jackson would get tired of pills.  Thankfully, he loves this fish oil and it’s “cheap” compared to many other brands for the same daily dose!

Feel better, Atlas.  Let your big tummy rest.

~ Katy & Jackson

ACL tear in right hind leg 12/5/12 and scheduled ACL repair surgery 12/21/12. Pre-op xrays revealed osteosarcoma. Amputation 12/28/12.  Chemo (carboplatin) started Jan 10, 2013 and ended on April 5, for a total of 5 doses. He handled carbo like a champ!  No side effects.  We started metronomic therapy at his third chemo and have been also doing some holistic treatments.  He's a lively, playful 10 year old huskie-boarder collie and a very proud member of the Winter Warriors!  Our love. Our funny little guy!

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Wlell doggone it Atlas! What the heck boy? You know we pawparents go nuts at the slightest little hiccup around here!

Now Patricia, if Atlas didn’t have these…you know…”issues” that make most of the dogs here tripawds….you would just chalk this up to him getting i to “something” I can definitely tell you that fish oils DO cause upset tummies in a lot of dogs. When I had Benny (55) oh them years ago, He would o ly tolerate one third of the recommended dosage.

With Atlas havi g such a sensitive tummy, the mushrooms, the oils,etc. seem to be the likely culprit. It all just cam e on too quickly to be anything else. Did puking make him feel any better? Was it frothy? Was it u digested food? Did you see any “debris”…bones, sticks,etc? We study everything arou d here! Could he have gotten into ANYTHING else? Cat food…goat stuff…anything else? The gurgli g tummy sou ds like a tummy upset from so ethi g he’s injested.

Of course these things only happen when the vets are closed! That’s a given!

Okay, keep in mind, this is really not a big deal, it’s just because of all the “other stuff” it makes our mi ds go ballistic! keybd disappeari g love you hang tough!

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Ok Dr. Williams called me….he thinks its most definitely the mushrooms. With Atlas’ GI history of extreme sensitivity and I mean the boy looses his intestinal and or stomach lining (not to gross out, but its always slimy from lining mucus). He did not feel it was the fish oil as even the lower dosage would have made him sick before now. However, he did say to withhold all supplements and food for next 24 hours to get him well. He recommended Zantac over pepto tablets as those need to be chewed to work and Zantac can be swallowed whole. He also said to give Atlas Pedialyte. Which is not a problem, the boy is drinking tons of water. Poor buddy.
So we got Zantac and fluids in him, he quit vomiting and is resting quietly. Now we wait…. And I take a shower….that was the nastiest clean up in a long time. Giant breeds make giant piles……shop vac is my friend. Ewe!

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2 September 2013 - 7:11 pm
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Ohhhh good! That’s fixable! Such a huge sweet boy with a huge heart is, of course going to have a sensitive stomach!

We lw k ow dogs with sensitive tummys can be sensitive to mushrooms! Sometimes it feels like all of us on nere are o e big “study class” for everything tripawd! Thank you for your co tribution today Atlas! Nw, you can go aead and stop cotributing in these ways, okay?

Toasting some Pedialyte to you big vy!
And Hapy Hannah said to tell Atlas not to worry, she’ll eat enough for two until he feels better!big-grin

Let us know as he starts feeling better, okay?

)))))))hugs))))))))

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That’s comforting, huh, to have your vet on board?  I’m glad you got a phone call back and could talk about the recently cleaned up mountains of puke!  Feel better, Atlas!  If you do find it’s the Power Mushrooms, there are other mushroom products still to try.  Good luck working that out.

I’m so glad things are a bit better!  Now…PLEASE write a review for that wet/dry vac of yours on Amazon.  It’ll hold a special place for all puking giant-breed pawrents!  laughinglaughinglaughinglaughing

~ Katy & Jackson

ACL tear in right hind leg 12/5/12 and scheduled ACL repair surgery 12/21/12. Pre-op xrays revealed osteosarcoma. Amputation 12/28/12.  Chemo (carboplatin) started Jan 10, 2013 and ended on April 5, for a total of 5 doses. He handled carbo like a champ!  No side effects.  We started metronomic therapy at his third chemo and have been also doing some holistic treatments.  He's a lively, playful 10 year old huskie-boarder collie and a very proud member of the Winter Warriors!  Our love. Our funny little guy!

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Oh I’m glad you got to talk to the vet. I’d have to agree that if you have already been giving him the fish oil, it could be the mushrooms.

We have our paws crossed for both you and him that he’s better today. Upset stomachs are a pain for everyone!

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I hope Atlas is feeling better today- any update?

 

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Oh the poor boy, nothing like a lousy tummy. Hope he’s on the way up.

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It’s been a tough couple days. The Mighty Atlas is still not feeling so mighty. He vomited again last night, mostly bile and the one bite of boiled chicken he had. The thing that’s got me freaked is that he has lost all his strength. He can manage to get himself up, but then collapses pretty fast. Mostly his back end just goes down but then he did a face plant and fell forward which has not happened since amp. I’m very distressed but I’m trying to keep it together for my boy but I feel so guilty that I poisoned him. He was doing fine until I gave him those damn mushrooms. Agh!!! Tears flowing. Do you think that no food for 24 hours and dehydration could cause him to be so weak? I’m just hoping there is another reason for this other than the wobblers. It’s just weird that GI upset would zap his mobility so drastically. But then again, this guy has the most sensitive system that I have ever seen in a dog. Dr. Williams will be here this evening for his acupuncture and a check up so that’s good.

im a little extra stressed because of our other dog Luba. When we returned from vacation I noticed her limping and of course called the vet immediately. The good news is the X-rays showed what the vet believes to be just a broken toe and infection. (Words probably only said by a guardian of a cancer patient) It explains why she was licking that back foot like crazy for the past month. We all just thought allergies last month at the vet when she had all her work up and they discovered Cushings disease. Poor girl, we didn’t catch it then and she’s now got an infection. Good news is that she has responded very well to the antibiotics and we are not currently looking at another amputation surgery which was a fear. (Just the toe)
More good to focus on is that Sophie is doing great and has not had anymore seizures.

Shew….

Patricia & Mighty Atlas

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