Allergies And Diarrhoea In German Shepherd

Updated On 05-Feb-2021 By Dr. Susanna

Hi Susanna

You may or may not remember me but your advice saved my German Shepherd Bruno from a horrible life with allergies. He turned 10 last week and hasn't been to vet in 4 years because he is fit and healthy and allergies have gone.

I have since rescued my 18mth GSD who I have been raw feeding for 12 mths. He got haemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE) on 31st May and it has all been downhill since.

He was treated by the vet and discharged on sensitivity control diet (Royal Canin). He has been re-admitted twice since he had HGE because he simply will not eat.

I think he would eat his raw diet but vet thinks he is just pushing my buttons. There was some suggestion he might be EPI ( Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency ) as his TLI (Trypsin-Like Immunoreactivity) is 4.9, B12 536 and Folate 4.4 which apparently is abnormally low but is to be retested in a month.

Vet thinks he has a food intolerance and so do I probably to chicken. He is starving and wants to eat but not the kibble diet. I am at my wit's end as to what to do next as he has gone from being a healthy bouncy boy to this.

Hi Anne

Just got your email and Facebook request, so here's a quick answer, then if you'd like more, let's arrange a phone / email consultation.

Shame he wasn't on Pet Plus before as prevention is really the way! Glad to see you ordered some, so that's the most important bit of help.

Give him 2 tsp per day spread out in all his meals till he's better, then go down to 1 tsp a day and stay on it forever!

Do give him raw food! He's unlikely to be pushing your buttons! He knows what's good to eat and what's rubbish! That's why he won't eat the kibble.

I'd suggest raw wild rabbit from Honeys. You can get other meats than chicken from them.  Or maybe try turkey.  Does he like fish?

  • Mix with boiled brown rice and feed a little and often. So 6-8 meals a day.
  • Mix with liquidized greens like broccoli.
  • Make sure he has filtered / bottled water to drink.  Do not give him tap water.
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