Minnie’s Food Struggle

We have had Minnie since she was almost 8 weeks old. She is almost 10 months old now. 

During this time, we have really struggled with finding a food that she liked eating and that she could keep down.

November 2016: When we picked Minnie up, the breeder let us know that she had low hemoglobin (our poor little baby had anemia). However, the vet wasn’t worried and had suggested Recovery by Royal Canin.

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After being feed recovery, the breeder switched her to Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Canine DEVELOPMENT PUPPY SMALL DOG dry puppy food. We bought this food and brought her home.

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December 2016: She had begun to adjust really well to living with us in the city, however, she was really not eating as much as I felt she should. We took her to the vet and after blood work and a check up, the vet realized that there was something off with her jaw. Her upper jaw was growing slower than her lower jaw which had caused sores inside her mouth. The vet referred her to a specialist and we switched her to soft food (mixing about a 1/4 cup of dry food in each day). We began giving her Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Canine DEVELOPMENT PUPPY SMALL DOG wet puppy food.

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January 2017: Soon, she began getting sick a lot and was having a hard time. We thought maybe she had an allergy to something in her food. We began trying all kinds of food. We bought her fresh food from Tom and Sawyer and other speciality foods. Nothing seemed to work and her stomach seemed to be extremely sensitive. It was common for her to be sick.

March 2017: We were living in Canada and went to Sweden for two weeks. She went to stay with my mom during this time and she got really sick with both diarrhea and vomiting. My mom brought her to her vet and they thought that maybe she had parvo (even though she had all her shots). My mom questioned the vet and they advised that it is possible if Minnie didn’t have the proper antibodies to fight the vaccine.

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After several tests and blood work, the vet couldn’t find anything wrong with Minnie. They prescribed her antibiotics and probiotics and switched her to EN Gastroenteric Canine Formula Canned Food. This seemed to be work well.

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April 2017: Minnie was still have issues with her stomach and was prescribed probiotics and antibiotics for another week.

May 2017: Minnie seemed to be doing much better. She stopped having the same stomach issues and was eating well. However, she hadn’t gained any weight in 2 months. We began trying to introduce high protein and fat with her EN food. The vet suggested feeding her eggs and chicken with her EN food.

June 2017: We were trying to move out of the country and Minnie had two flights ahead of her. She went to the vet to have a check-up (which is required for her documents). She ended up being sick the next day. The veterinarian told us that it is most likely stress and they prescribed Bismuth for her as well as another round of antibiotics. Fortunately this allowed for us to make it to Sweden without any issues.

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The next issue was finding food. Since her food contained meat, we were not able to bring any with us on our flight. We had to find some when we landed. We went to a vet near us and bought Hill’s Digestive Care Canned Food.

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There is also a pet shop down the street from us and to add more fat to her diet, I have been feeding her a combination of Four Friends Puppy food and Hill’s Digestive Care food. She seems to be doing the best she has on this combination.

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Though I feel we haven’t determined exactly what Minnie’s issue is, it seems to be under control. For the past few weeks, she has been doing really well and the food seems to be working for her!

 

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