Blaine came into the shelter as a stray over a month ago. He had a special talent: he could climb over the kennel gates and would run loose in the kennel area. He was a dog who couldn’t be caged.
At first, he displayed some aggression but only when we would try to put him back in his kennel. His talent earned him the nicknames “Climber” and “Jumper.”
It wasn’t long until Jumper was adopted. Unfortunately, he came back to us after it was discovered someone was trying to sell him on Craigslist.
When he returned to us, he had an unusual problem: explosive diarrhea.
We held him in the quarantine kennel area and it wasn’t long until I heard a rumor that he would be put down if we couldn’t resolve his intestinal problems.
Blaine wasn’t the only dog with this problem. There were three other dogs with grainy watery diarrhea. My first thought was it had to be the food. Since I’ve become somewhat of a dog nutritionist, I reviewed some material written by Dr. Lew Olson regarding digestive system issues and decided in order to help Blaine and the other three dogs, we needed to do something different with their food.
I bought four pounds of chicken drumsticks. I boiled them in water to create a sort of chicken stock. Then, I removed the chicken from the pot and boiled 6 cups of rice in the chicken stock. When fully cooked, I put the rice in a bowl and added pieces of the chicken. (Please note: because I had cooked the chicken, I could not put the bone into the bowl. Cooked bones can splinter and cause problems for dogs. Although, bones are good for correcting intestinal problems; however, they must be served raw.)
Before feeding Blaine this new food, I fasted him over the weekend to allow his digestive system to heal. He had access to fresh water over the two days. On the following Monday, I took the mixture to work and fed it to the four dogs over three days. Each dog received:
2 cups of the chicken & rice mixture
1 cup of plain yogurt
1 tbsp of canned pumpkin
On the first day, two things happened. First, Blaine’s stool was solid and less bulky. Second, Blaine was less hyper than when he received kibble. The other dogs responded in like manner.
For the duration of his stay, I continued to add pumpkin to his food each day and fed him a mixture of canned food mixed with a holistic kibble formula. This helped manage his system and fortunately he went home.
Had I not taken the initiative to do something to help this dog, he would have been on death row. Fortunately, my efforts produced a friendly, laid-back dog who was adopted the first day we put him into the adoption pool.