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Hello this is Dr. Holloway but you can call me Dr. H.
I am sorry to hear your pet has some stomach upset. I do have a couple of additional questions for you however.
How old is your pet?
Have you noticed any vomiting?
- Dr. H
Ok. Thanks. Sounds like she at the very least has an upset stomach, its good she has good energy level and doesn't seem painful.
Does she normally get dog food only? Or occasional people food?
Yes scant feces can be caused by decreased appetite. Just trying to figure out why she has a decreased appetite and if this is something potentially serious or can be managed with a few changes here.
Some dogs will refuse their normal kibble if they get anything else. They will selectively wait out for the yummier meal, this is very common. She doesn't have any symptoms of a gastritis (inflamed stomach) or enteritis (inflamed intestines) that you will generally see with pets that have an upset GI tract from ingesting things they shouldn't. She also doesn't have any diarrhea that I would expect to see with GI upset.
The stuffed toy that she got into, I don't have any reason to believe at this point that it is the problem because she would be vomiting or having diarrhea as well.
So it sounds like she may have grown tired of her food or is waiting for something else she likes better.
Even a little people food here and there is enough to cause dogs to refuse their kibble. I believe this may be what is going on with her.
Yes, as mentioned above I would look out for vomiting, diarrhea and a painful abdomen. These are tell tale signs that she is in trouble and needs to see a vet for potential gastroenteritis or foreign body obstruction. But she isn't displaying any of these symptoms right now.
I would recommend just a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice or cottage cheese. What is her brand of dog food?
Yes I can understand that. But her energy level is good. She is not vomiting or having any diarrhea. I would recommend perhaps investing into a higher quality dog food to see if she likes that better. Such as Hill's Science Diet, Evo, Eukanuba or Iams is even a little better quality and still relatively inexpensive. I know having a large breed dog can eat away at the pocket books when it comes to dog food. : )
For the bland diet I would say around 3-4 days, nothing more she seems to be just having a finicky eating episode mostly. But if anything changes with her symptoms then we have to re-investigate possible causes. - Dr. H
For the portion size, it would be what you normally give her in the bowl. A rottweiler can go through a lot. You can resource this website to help you with portion size. https://secure.balanceit.com/
And yes you can mix canned with dry just fine. This will hopefully entice her to want to eat the food also.
Ok that just about covers it. Is there anything else I can help you with today concerning your pet Rottie?
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