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Discussion in 'Dog Food and Diet' started by AmyBear05, Jan 21, 2020.

  1. AmyBear05

    AmyBear05 New Member Registered

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    Hello Im new to the group and im looking for advice for my 15 year old dog Amy.

    She is a labrador x springer spaniel. We have had her since she was a puppy.

    So ill tell you a bit of her back story before i get on with asking my question. about 3 years ago amy had a vestibular attack even though she recovered from this attack the vet said it was quite a violent one. Unfortunately this changed things for her not completely she just became unsteady and unbalanced on her feet.

    A year and a half after this she got pyometra luckily we caught this in the early stages and was able to get her in to have an op before this got worse. Yet again she recovered from this very quickly.

    Now to present day she is quite unsteady on her feet. She has been diagnosed with doggy dementia, she is blind (only see`s from one eye but even then her vision is limited she only see`s shadows), a bit deaf or ignorant we cant decide, she has some sort of digestive problem (currently eating only white fish or tuna with brown rice), she has gone down from 14 kg to 11kg in just 2 weeks. She also has become incontinent.

    We have recently taken her to the vet for some advice and tests to be done. she had a blood test and a urinary test done to see if there was anything else behind her incontinence. Both have shown that everything is okay there was a slight worry of kidney failure but after reviewing the urinary analysis they have decided there is nothing to be greatly worried about at the moment. The advice i was given is that things wont get better and it would be nicer to put her to sleep now before things get any worse. I tried to see if i could get some advice on some sort of nutrition but the vet wasn't very helpful in this department.

    Now for all those who are saying put her to sleep. I agree i would like to do this but she is a family dog and the choice is not mine alone. My moms view is that so long as shes eating and shes happy in herself, she is happy to let her continue.

    Now i would like to try and get her if possible to gain some weight now i know that this will be either really hard if not impossible as elderly dogs do not absorb the nutrients from there food as they use to when they were younger. But i would feel like i have failed if i didn't at least try for her benefit. Now she is very keen on food we have tried recently to feed her twice a day instead of the usual 1.

    I guess my question is can anybody recommend something that we could either add to her food or a different food that may suit her better.
     
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    opps sorry i meant to post this in nutrition
     
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    JoanneF Well-Known Member Registered

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    Plant based enzymes help dogs (and other mammals) draw more nutrients from their food. Lintbells do one called Yudigest, there will be others.
     
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    What an amazing age for Amy! Sad when they start to get to the age where things don’t work as they should do :( I would really be inclined to give her any food she really enjoys, I lost my Springer through kidney failure but she was only 9 years old, also became incontinent . Vet prescribed Urilin for this which really worked until a couple of weeks before we lost her. Amy will let you know when she’s had enough so enjoy her and make the most of every day with her, we would have loved to keep Molly with us for longer but we had to be kind to her in the best way we could. It’s the quality of life that matters .
     
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    Finsky Well-Known Member Registered

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    The fact that your elderly girl has still her appetite is good. Why not giving the food that is going down particularly well in smaller portions and more often. She might not be able to put anymore weight on, but given it little more often is less hard work for her digestive system. There is also canine digestive product available, in powder form that you sprinkle over the food. It will help her to digest the food and get the nutrients into her system bit better.
     
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    AmyBear05 New Member Registered

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    I had looked into these I think I'll definately give them a try.

    Anything to give her a better chance.
     
  7. AmyBear05

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    We were suppose to be getting something for the incontinence but it will require another vet visit.

    She will be going back soon for her usual check up for her other tablets and a refill as well so I'll see about it then.
     
  8. Finsky

    Finsky Well-Known Member Registered

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    Our vet recommended to my little one some Pro-Enzorb which I did get. It ain't cheap but afterwards I made some more research and found out there is several different enzyme products on market and MUCH cheaper too. I don't know if some are particularly better than others?
    Pro-enzorb does have some b12 too..so given that Amy's dog is elderly..just like us humans..when we get older, vitamin b12 deficiencies become more common...that would be very useful addition for the dog's diet.
     
  9. Rinkydinkydo

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    My old girl is 17 1/2, if I'm honest she can eat what the hell she likes,and she does. She is rather fond of mackerel in tomato sauce and Sheppards pie. If she's happy and keeping weight on, I'm happy.
     
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