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We’ve been making our pup Sadie’s food for about 4 months now and the past month or more has been full of vet visits. She’s had to go in for multiple ear infections and she keeps getting diarrhea. So far all her stool samples haven’t been concerning, but it’s worrying that it keeps coming back. She is also losing weight and we’re struggling put weight back on her. Does anybody have suggestions on what to be doing differently with her food or anything that can help this problem? 

This is what she is eating currently:

75% of cooked meat (chicken, ground beef, canned salmon)

5% of raw liver meat (usually just a quarter sized piece)

20% steamed veggies (zucchini, broccoli, carrots, green beans)

A spoonful of cottage cheese

We’ve also added some cooked rice the past month to try and add some weight on her, but originally we were trying to do a grain free diet. Any advice is appreciated, thank you!

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I know I might not be popular with this thought but where you write “raw liver” is that totally raw? My quadpawd, Jasper, was just at the vet for some loose stools issues and her vet asked if she was on a raw diet. I said no and he said good – it can sometimes cause that. Just a thought (and also not a vet here). I am sure others will weigh-in. 

I cooked for Shelby too when she was ill… 

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Yes, the liver is raw… we buy a pack and cut up quarter sized pieces and give her one piece each meal which is twice a day. Maybe that’s not settling well with her anymore. What else could I do besides that or if I cook it will that help?

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birdmckenna said
…all her stool samples haven’t been concerning 

Is Sadie taking any NSAIDs? (Metacam, Rimadyl, etc?) Some dogs have adverse reactions to certain NSAIDs than can cause sever intestinal distress than can become dangerous if not addressed. Rimadyl tore Jerry up inside, but he did well on Metacam for 2± years.

Regarding weight losss, you might ask your vet about putting her on a Hydrolized Protein diet. Wyatt was on some premium high-protein foood for a few months before we realized he was wasting away. The prescription HP diet processes and absorbs in the body better has him looking good again.

For diarrhea, you will find many suggestions in the Tripawds Nutrition blog . Green Clay works wonders for Wyatt! Is Sadie on any probiotics?

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I cook pretty much the same things with a few more additions, like sardines and such. The only other thing is that I do in fact also cook the liver instead of feeding it raw. I also feed a little more cottage cheese. We have not had any problems. However, we have less pooo than before so we now have anal gland issues, but, oh well. We also have more of a problem of keeping the weight down than losing weight but that has always been the case. 

I just talked to a colleague who used to have her dog on raw. Her dog is a tiny, tiny Maltese-havanese-bolonka something. It didn’t work for her and her vet said not every diet is for every dog due to physical differences, like fangs, size, and so on. Don’t know if this helps at all 😳 Just my thoughts. 


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You mentioned ear infections. Any antibiotics to treat those? They can cause soft poops and/or diarrhea. I know this because my dog was on amoxicillin and it DEFINITELY caused her to have loose stools.

For what it’s worth, I’ve read that raw diets aren’t the best for dogs with cancer. I’m no vet, so take my advice with a grain of salt. Maybe use pumpkin to get a bit more fiber in there? Maybe there’s too much fiber with the veggies? 

You could always ask the vet for a round of metronidazole … it’s good to heading off diarrhea and might help temporarily. But my gut instinct tells me to think about the timing of the runs compared to oral antibiotics, if any!

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