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On Friday night me and Hubby went out for the evening...and we had our neighbour who is a zoo trainer come in to look after Lady. She had only been in her crate for 1 hour when he got there to find the poor baby had thrown up everywhere and had bad diarrhea inside her crate. When I got home the poor babe was so covered that she needed to be bathed. We called the vet that night, they told us to monitor her over night and if she got worse to call them back. At 3:00 am she woke up and had another bout of Diarrhea on my bedroom carpet. So Half asleep hubby was cleaning her, and calling the vet, and I was cleaning carpets. The vet made us an appointment for first thing in the morning. Now you would think Lady would be tired, or acting ill, but she was herself.

When we got to the vet, Lady was inspected and diagnosed with Colitis. They have her on some medication, and very pricey canned food...which of course she loves, and she had to have a fecal test done, which has since come back clear...so now the vet has said she has either developed an allergy to her food....she is on Orijen kibble, or she ate something that she shouldn't have.

Has anyone had issues with their dogs on Orijen?
 

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I wouldn't panic about changing her food just yet- colitis is inflammation of the large intestine (colon) and can be associated with simple v&d. She may have picked up a bug or eaten something which has upset her tum but if she has been on orijen a while i wouldn't have thought it was that. Keep to bland food little and often until she is normal, then gradually introduce her normal food back in but stick to little and often (so as not to 'overload' her intestines). If she seems ok with this, gradually increase feeding volume and reduce meal numbers until back to normal. If she starts again at any point, take a few steps back and go slower. Lots of dogs have bouts of colitis at some point but it is usually easily sorted. :)
 

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Oh no lovely Lady .....

Amanda so sorry to hear Lady has been so sicky ...

I have no experience of this ...

I used to feed my dogs Orijen but have moved on the Barking Heads .. which I would recommend to others ... fab toilets, no dog breath and natural ingredient plus my dogs love it ..

Please keep us posted on Lady ... how is she this evening ???
 

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So sorry to hear that Lady is poorly Amanda.

Oakley had a similar problem over a couple of weeks when he was 10/11 weeks old with a messy crate & constant diarrhoea, although he acted normally in every other way!!! We think it was eating too many treats (probably with loads of additives) at the vet run puppy party. We put him on Royal Canin Gastro Intestinal tinned food but as it was expensive we mixed in some chicken & rice. We gave him Pro-Kolin (from the vet), a kaolin based paste which binds the gut. This took effect within a couple of days & both times he was back to normal & back on his Royal Canin kibble within a week .
I now make sure that any shop bought treats are additive free & fingers crossed all has been fine.

Sending you & Lady huge {{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}} from me & Oakley XXX
 

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So sorry to hear that Lady is poorly Amanda.

Oakley had a similar problem over a couple of weeks when he was 10/11 weeks old with a messy crate & constant diarrhoea, although he acted normally in every other way!!! We think it was eating too many treats (probably with loads of additives) at the vet run puppy party. We put him on Royal Canin Gastro Intestinal tinned food but as it was expensive we mixed in some chicken & rice. We gave him Pro-Kolin (from the vet), a kaolin based paste which binds the gut. This took effect within a couple of days & both times he was back to normal & back on his Royal Canin kibble within a week .
I now make sure that any shop bought treats are additive free & fingers crossed all has been fine.

Sending you & Lady huge {{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}} from me & Oakley XXX
Similar problems with Rocky, very sensitive tummy and sadly, gets bored very quickly of food so even when we find a good one, its not for long. We also used Pro-Kolin (from the vet) following a bad bout of colitis. It worked well and quickly, so I bought some from online (around £8.50) to keep at home to avoid the £50 vet bill (appointment fee and medicine) in case it happens again!!! :eek:

Hope Lady stays fine. Not trying to sway you in any way, but Rocky's bad bout of colitis happened a week after he had been switched to Origen too. xx
 

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We had a couple of the big D moments when Cara was on Orijen and always soft poops towards the end. We had a previous dog with colitis and were told to watch out for mucas on the poops as a sign.

Cara went off orijen and most other kibble. She has been on nature diet and poops are solid little nuggets and we add in a bit of kibble (science plan) - I need to get through the stock I have. She polishes off between. 500 - 600g a day now with no fuss and no sloppy poops/bad tummy.
 

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Aww, poor Lady. Hope she is feeling 100% soon!

It really sounds to me like she ate something she shouldn't have(or too much of something) rather than the cause being the Orijen, just because of how sudden it was. Unless there was something wrong with the bag of Orijen; I guess that is always a possibility.
 

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Hi Everyone, Thank you so much for your concern....and Susie with all you are going through with your little boy...to think of Lady...such a sweet group of people we have on here!
She is doing quite well. Her poos are soft but WAY more solid than they were. she is acting just perfect.
it wasn't a bug...so the dr said since they did do a fecal scan....and yes to get graphic her poos were full of mucus...Not any more just really soft.
I am not sure if it is the orijen or not...she will be getting a bit in her food at dinner tonight. we are half way though a bag, so I don't think it could be the bag. Unless she has all of a sudden developed an issue with it I don't think it is that. but anything is possible. The vet also told us that my skinny little girl needs to put on some weight as she is on the skinny side....so it looks like we may be mixing soft with the kibble to entice her to eat more. She isn't the best eater on the orijen, she eats it more out of need than love.
She is her normal happy cuddly self....thank goodness....and she is pooing at her regular times again. so i think we are over the hump. I am going to look into that paste tho....becuase if it happens again $140 vet bill is a little hard to swallow if it can be quickly rectified at home.

Thanks everyone for your love and concern...Lady sends kisses all around~!
 

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Hi Amanda

Glad to hear Lady is feeling a bit better - I agree with JoJo Barking Heads is very good - like Orijen but not as rich. Betty really liked it but I switched again a couple of weeks to NI in the hope it will help with her scratching...no improvement so far ( in fact iT seems worse). I have read high meat/protein diets can make allergies worse so have already been researching other brands.
I came across Wafcol today - they do a salmon and potato variety which seems to be good for allergies but also for Colitis. Not sure if you can get this your side of the pond tho...
 

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oh Colin, Thanks I will have to look into it. I have heard that fish is better protein for allergies....I will look into all of those brands....I haven't seen any of them at the shops...but doesn't mean they aren't there. Thanks guys!
 

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Oh Amanda, just catching up, sorry to hear poor Lady has been poorly :(. Obi didn't do well on Origen either. I think it's too rich for some doggies. If Lady has a sensitive tummy then I would definitely look in to the fish options as they are much easier to digest. Keep us posted about the lovely Lady.
 
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