Would a low fat kangaroo diet for dogs help with my canine’s diarrhea?
Original Question: Reggie my dog has been having diarrhea since he was less than 6 months old. My vet checked him for parasites etc, which came back negative. He has been on Tylosin and Metronidazole, with some improvement from both. He has tried Hill’s Science Diet i/d and w/d. The w/d diet worked extremely well for three months and now his diarrhea has come back extremely bad. For the last 2 weeks he has been back on Tylosin 100mg × 2 a day. Finally he is starting to feel somewhat better. He has been on Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diet Hydrolyzed kibble for 2 weeks now. He has one more week of the Tylosin and if the diarrhea comes back my vet said we should try and deworm him and start on a low fat kangaroo kibble. What are your thoughts Dr. Greenway? Any suggestions or comments will be greatly appreciated. Thank you. - Cheryl
Reggie sure does seem to have a complicated problem. The steps your veterinarian has taken so far are certainly appropriate and the future plan going forth would be a reasonable step as well as to include the low fat kangaroo diet for dogs, as they are definitely a novel protein that he would not have been exposed to. If these steps are not helping, then it might be time to consider getting some biopsy samples for a definitive diagnosis. Steroid trials are tricky but useful as they may show improvement but do mask any biopsy results plus have side effects (increased drinking and urination, increased appetite, muscle weakening).
I hope this helps.
Dr. Ryan Llera
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