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Loss of appetite and drinking lots of water. Doesnt eat lots

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Loss of appetite and drinking lots of water. Doesn't eat lots of mornings and somethimes throws up yellow liquid. 10mth old boxer has had sensitive stomach from day one. He was thowing up on occation and very little loss of appetite before we changed his food. Even more now sense and thats when the increased water intake started. He's known for eating things around the house...underwear (thru up-twice now), rubber gloves (pasted through), plants (diarrhea/gel like poop), he's become very whinny and you can here his tummy gurggle. Poop has not been very solid and is the color of the food he's eating. Little bit of a runny nose. Eyes a little red I think. Can't think of anything else. What else should i look for.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Roger L. Welton, DVM replied 7 years ago.
Has he ever been dewormed?
Has he ever had a stool sample checked for parasites?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Yes he has had all shots & deworming treatments. We did have his stool sampled 3mths ago when he had blood in his stool. Can't say I remember what they checked for. I don't have the paper work with me.
Expert:  Roger L. Welton, DVM replied 7 years ago.
<p>Okay,</p><p> </p><p>Your dog seems to have a fairly substantial case of inflammatory bowel disease, which is inflammation of the bowel due to sensitivity to ingested proteins. He is a bit young for this, so before making this assumption, I would recommend running a comprehensive blood profile prior to focusing squarely on managing inflammatory bowel disease.</p><p> </p><p>If blood panel does not reveal any problems, then you can move forward attempting to manage IBD by feeding exlusively a low residue diet, such as prescription Hills I/D or Eukanuba Low Residue. These prescription diets are available at your vet's office. He may need a course of an effective gut friendly antibiotic, such as metronidazole administered concurrently in order to get his recovery jump started.</p><p> </p><p>If the course of antibiotic and diet alone gets your dog's gut straightened out, then you have your answer - feed the prescription low residue diet exclusively, indefinately. Some cases of IBD are so severe, however, that they require long term treatment with metronidazole, but if this ends up being necessary, as he matures, you may be able to take him off of the medication at a later time. </p><p> </p><p>Feel free to discuss my recommendations with your vet.     </p>
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