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Small mixed breed, believed to be

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Small mixed breed, believed to be Shit Tzu/Cocker. He's been on Blue Buffalo for Small Breeds/Senior for about two and a half months. He gets half a cup of pumpkin every morning. He acts like he is having a BM, but nothing there, not active, he has laid around all morning, haven't seen him eat, he drinks water.

He's a short, long boy, weighs about 21 pounds. He gets better, then not good, since I changed his food. I like the brand, but think he needs another choice.

Thanks for your help,

Diane xxxxxx

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Dr. Andy
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Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.

I am sorry to hear about this concern for Sami.
Well, I actually hear far more problems with some of these more ultra holistic diets than just the regular premium foods. My suspicion would be that you may simply be better off with just a regular diet like Science Diet senior or Royal Canin.

I prefer these founds because they make their own food, and no outsourcing of ingredients from other countries like China.

Also, with his defecation issues, I would have a veterinary examination done including having his anal glands checked as well as palpate his colon to ensure no palpable polyps or tumors that could be causing any straining to defecate.

Here is a bland diet recommendation of some other regular foods that may get him to eat a bit:
Boiled boneless, skinless chicken breast OR low-fat cottage cheese
And
Cooked white rice
*Never add on salt, pepper, oils, butter to any of the above
*Ideally, give 1/3 chicken or cottage cheese, and 2/3 white rice
Veterinarians will often prescribe some prescription bland diets as an easy alternative including
Science Diet I/D
*It is important to remember that if improving on a bland diet or prescription food like I/D, when you transition back to the old diet, do so gradually over 3-5 days.

Lastly, if no basic testing has been done in the past 1 year, that would be very important.

A canine basic blood test and a urine test (urinalysis) may answer a lot of concerns, or at least rule-out many possible explanations.

What can tests tell you:
Chemistry Panel
CBC (complete blood count)
Urinalysis

Please let me know if there is anything I did not cover for you. I hope that information has been helpful.
Please remember to select Reply to Expert, if for any reason you need further clarification, have more questions, or were expecting a different type of answer. Please, hold off providing your feedback rating until you have asked all your questions. My goal is to try and provide you the best answer possible.
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Hi Diane,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Sami. How is everything going?

Dr. Andy
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Customer reply replied 4 years ago


no more info, problem resolved. thanks for help. don't need this service anymore

Sounds great.
Good Luck.
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Customer reply replied 4 years ago


I feel I'm in a "round", thanks for your help, it's not necessary to reply to this, I no longer require your service.

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