|Purred: Fri Apr 17, '15 9:48am PST |
|Hi all! Wanted to ask this here instead of in the Food & Nutrition forum as I believe the answers here will fit more with my philosophy of pet care.
K had loose poop one day last week, which we assumed was due to her eating half a chicken neck, which was the first time she had a neck. A wouldn't eat any neck, and she didn't have loose poop, so that's why we assumed it was the neck. K's poop got better.
Now this week, they both have loose poop for about three days, the consistency of pudding, and this morning there was mucous in it, but no blood. It's hard for me to tell whose poop is whose as they share three litter boxes. I already tried adding Tripett tripe and pure canned pumpkin into their meals and it didn't seem to help. Both tripe and pumpkin are things they have had before. They have been getting a mix of kibble, canned and raw, with raw being fed in the mornings and a mix of kibble and canned in the evening. The kibble is Spring Naturals, the canned is Weruva, Weruva CITK, Almo Nature, or Go!, all of which they have had before except the Go!. The raw is typically Tollden Farms or Bold Raw mixes of bone/meat/organ and then I do the catinfo.org recipe. There were a few days where they only got kibble and canned. They have always done well with lots of variety and there was no digestive upset when I first started adding in the kibble and canned.
Anyway, I took them to the vet this morning as I wanted to make sure everything was ok and that they weren't dehydrated. They have been playing, eating, and drinking fine, but I got nervous. I took a fecal sample in for testing, which I should have back tomorrow. After their exam, the vet said they were not dehydrated. She suspects that I did too much variety in their food, or that they had a bad batch of food, or that it's the raw, or that they got into something outside on one of our walks or that they got into something in the house. I do not believe it is the raw and said so. The vet tried to sell me some hypoallergenic kibble and i/d canned, which I refused. She said I should feed something bland for the next few days like rice or a plain canned food, and she gave them each an antibiotic injection to help with bacteria in their digestive system as they did show some signs of slight distress when she examined their bellies. She also gave me a prescription for Metronidazole which they are supposed to have twice a day. The whole bill was $224!
So, I am basically just wanting some advice and suggestions for what to feed them for the next few days and if I should do anything that I have not already done. Also wondering the best way to give them the pills. I should get the fecal results tomorrow. I do not want to feed them rice unless absolutely necessary, nor do I want to feed a food he vet sells. My gut is telling me to go back to just the plain catinfo.org recipe for a few days since I am pretty positive is it not the cause of their loose poop. Or should I do 100% canned, like the plain Weruva chicken one? Or I have some Honest Kitchen here...
Also, doing 100% raw again is not yet financially feasible for me as money is still really tight around here. I could do it for a few days, though. Thanks!
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