Our Dog Has A Magical Butt…Time For Fish

Our Dog Has A Magical Butt…Time For Fish

I love coconut. My sister hates coconut. I love it so much that as a kid, I ate an entire bag of flaked coconut. It was good! My sister had a spoonful and threw up. How can two people, from the same parents have such dissimilar tastes? Memories from a long time ago recently came back while feeding our dogs. Our boy Mookie? I can feed him anything. Duck, turkey, beef, buffalo, sardines, you name it, he eats it with no problems – pretty sure he’d eat sasquatch and be fine. Our girl dog, and Mookie’s sister, Lulu? Everything but the sardines gave her the runs…dog diarrhea! Then it hit me, our dog has a magical butt…time for fish!

Magical Butt Dog – or – Dog Diarrhea

It really didn’t matter what I gave our sweet little Lulu – she gave it right back…from a different end of her body. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes she’d give it immediately back just like my sister with her coconut aversion, most times it was the other end. I became a purveyor of dog shampoo. Washing my Lulu’s magical dog diarrhea butt became a lather, rinse, repeat deal. It didn’t start this way with Lulu – it began eight months after we adopted her (from CA). Lulu never gave me a hint she had issues with her meals other than her diarrhea. She happily gobbled down anything. And it wasn’t constant. If we rotated the protein in her meals she’d do okay for a little while, but eventually that would be it. Break open the dog shampoo.

Why Our Dog Has a Magical Butt

Tips for Managing Your Sensitive Tummy Dog, by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogIt took some time to figure out what was causing issues for our pup. Pet supplements, yogurt, and bone broth added to her diet helped, but long-term progress never came…. Until we took Lulu to a veterinary nutritionist and had her undergo a comprehensive DNA analysis. Honestly, neither the vet visits nor testing were invasive and we should have taken her sooner. I think we were fearing the worst. Scans turned up nothing, but the DNA analysis… Bingo! We were given a PetMedella© testing kit and within 10 days we had our answers: Lulu was allergic or sensitive to nearly all protein sources except fish!

30 Days Post Fish Diet – No More Dog Diarrhea

Whitefish can be a magical cure for dog's with sensitive tummies! Read more from Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog.com!What a difference a month makes! After all the testing and DNA results we put Lulu on a fish-based diet. We tried a variety of fish dog foods and found that whitefish was the key. Lulu no longer has a magical butt and I have a cache of partially used dog shampoos available for the taking. Lulu now eats organic eggs two times a week, our homemade green veggie mix, and has whitefish with every meal. For a pet parent who takes her fuzzy one’s care seriously, this little diversion into ‘what the heck is going on with my dog’ was a bit concerning. But thanks to our vet and DNA testing we figured it out! PetMedella’s DNA testing is now available online – check them out here.

Tips for Managing Your Dog’s Sensitive Tummy

  • Tips For Managing Dog's Sensitive Tummies, by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogUncover the source of your dog’s stomach issues. If your dog is sensitive to food they tend to regurgitate. Yup, there it is. Regurgitation involves the small intestines, whereas vomiting is tube-shaped (esophagus) and more serious. See your vet to ensure no underlying cause and obtain specific information through DNA testing.
  • Food elimination. Use minimal ingredients during this 4-8 week phase. Introduce a protein not previously eaten, our personal favorite: whitefish (omega-3 helps fight allergies). Control the ingredients your dog eats during this period by making his/her meals and treats: organic potatoes/sweet potatoes and protein source.
  • Reintroduction. After the elimination phase your dog’s tummy should be calm and happy. You can test your dog’s tolerance to a different protein (e.g. chicken or beef) and if the tummy issues reappear, viola you know – immediately return your dog to the elimination diet. We personally skip this step and go directly to the permanent solution.
  • Permanent solution. Now that you know your dog can handle the whitefish/novel protein diet, find a long-term solution using the same source. Pet food is advancing every day. You are likely to find a good quality ‘commercial’ brand that uses your dog’s ideal protein source.

Whitefish Dog Food Recommendations and Our Thoughts

How Its Going

Now that we have Lulu’s magical butt (and more importantly, her sensitive tummy) under control we have her on a solid whitefish-based diet rotating between two of the three above. She can eat salmon dog treats, green lipped mussels dog treats, and even fresh and dehydrated fruit treats. Now that she keeps everything down, and we no longer relive coconut flake flashbacks, we think all of her is pretty magical, not just her rump. Yes, dog diarrhea is a gross subject…but somebody had to do it!

Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogThanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!

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  1. I would love to get DNA testing on our Lyla! How interesting that your pup is allergic to all proteins except FISH! You have a cat dog perhaps!
    Glad you found the source of the problem and now you all can live a much more comfortable, and clean life! 🙂 I am so glad Lulu is tummy trouble free now!
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  2. Through trial and error you got to the bottom of it phew, I have been down that road also with Madam including the itchies and what I have found and is working fantastic with her today is either ground Turkey or Chopped up Beef which I mix in with Grandma Lucy’s Artisan Mix (has no proteins) so it is very versatile, and voila the problems have disappeared.

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    • Grandma Lucy’s is pretty good – she had a bit of an issue with the rehydration (until we got the water right – more is best for our Lulu). We would try the Artisan Mix and put in our own whitefish – this is a great idea – thanks for sharing!
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  3. I’m glad that her problem was so easily controlled! I didn’t realize that a DNA test could reveal food allergies.

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    • I know – but honestly, the DNA test really helped us in a number of ways, not just food allergies. We didn’t know a lot of Lulu’s past, but do know that they tried to breed her and her puppy was stillborn. This likely messed with her hormones, so we’re treating her with some holistic methods to help bring her back into balance.
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  4. Oh wow. I didn’t realize DNA testing could uncover that kind of information – so helpful! BTW, I adore coconut, too.

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  5. DNA tests can do THAT?? Wow. Thank goodness for Lulu’s sake. Now you know exactly what to feed her which is terrific. Thaank goodness you kept a level head and went to the right place.

    I wish we had that for Dusty, his tummy hates almost everything!!
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  6. I am so glad her little butt is doing better. Diet is everything. We love fish here too.

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  7. I think it is so amazing that we can now test for our dog’s allergies! And what a blessing, because we all know how hard it is to deal with their upset tummies!

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  8. How interesting. I knew you could have DNA tests to determine breed, but didn’t know about this result.

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  9. Wow, you had quite the journey! I wasn’t aware of the testing to uncover the digestive/allergy triggers. Thanks for sharing the details and resources, it’s great information!

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  10. Interesting. Mr. N will regurgitate sometimes but I don’t know if it’s enough to predict that he has a food allergy (once every couple months?). I’m glad you found a diet that is working for her.

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    • It varies – and with Lulu it truly wasn’t a bright line. A little here and there – but with chicken, it was guaranteed! Even beef is too much for her. So we learned!
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  11. Wow, I had the same experience with Bailey! She literally can’t have any meat, other than fish. She eats kibble that is based on white fish and potatoes (by Arden Grange; it’s their Sensitive line), but she also does well after salmon. She does okay after fruits and some veggies, too. But it took a while to figure all of this out and it was very stressful.

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    • We have twins! It was hard to piece together at first because Lulu took her time in ‘giving back’ the food. She can’t do kibble due to it bloating her – she eats too fast so moist is her beset bet. I’m so glad you figured this out for Bailey!
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  12. she’s a pesco-vegetarian! bless. Just like us. 🙂 Glad you got to the bottom (ha) of it. Horrible to have a pet with sensitive gut and feel powerless. That would make travel tricky mind you.

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    • That’s right – Lulu is a pesco-vegetarian! We’ve figured out her travel pretty well now, but you are right, when we didnt’ know what was going on it was a bit of a challenge (for us and her)!
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  13. Wow! The resources we have today are incredible. It would have taken forever to figure that out. Poor Lulu. Although, I’m sure she’s happier being ‘Pescetarian’ than feeling poorly.

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    • Exactly – the resources available to us is beyond compare! I received so much helpful information from the DNA test – it really gave me a sense of ‘knowing’ how to care for our little girl!
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