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
It 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
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
- Uncover 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.
- Darwin’s Intelligent Design Liver Support (prescription only), home delivery, Dog Food Advisor Rating (5 star)
- Zignature Whitefish, limited ingredient, available on Amazon, Dog Food Advisor Rating (5 star)
- Grandma Lucy’s Valor Whitefish, freeze dried, available on Amazon, Dog Food Advisor Rating (4½ star)
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!
Thanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!