Monday, March 30, 2009

The Bland Diet

Cat Person? No Way! Dog Person? Yup, that's me! I have two dogs right now, an eight year old "Boxer-mix" and a 5 month old Border Collie/Brittany Spaniel. For the sake of this post let's call them Old Son and Young Blood (note: not their real names). The older pup is the sweetest thing you could ever meet, and the youngster is such a spasmodic nutjob, a loving, but spasmodic nutjob.

Last week, Young Blood started to have a serious case of diarhea. Now, the vet decided to give him some meds, but also told us to put him on the Bland Diet. Old Son is now having the same issues, and so we started him on the Diet already but have to call the vet today. Any time Old Son has been sick in the past, the vet at the time (this is going across two states) always told me to put him on the Bland Diet. The Diet works really well, and in my mind, is always the first step in treating any doggie illness.

****NOTE: I am not a Veterinarian and my advise should not replace that of a properly trained vet.*********

The Bland Diet

4 parts plain cooked white rice
1 part boiled ground beef OR 1 part boiled chicken

Mix these together and feed to the affected dog 4-5x per day. Also, feed approximately 50% more than their normal amount of food per day as this Diet does not contain as many nutrients as normal food. Continue for about 5 days and then begin mixing the regular food for 5 more days until the dog is eating only its normal food. If the first 5 days does not deal with the situation, call your vet immediately and ask for advice/when you can bring them in. (Ok, so I wouldn't be waiting 5 days, but 1-3 days on the Diet to see if it has any affects seems reasonable to me!)

I will tell you more about my experiences with these wonderful animals in posts yet to come. This has just been in my thoughts much more than anything else right now.


Chris W said...

Just curious, what food are they getting? We had the same problems with our bloodhound till we found a food that agreed with his digestive system. We went through at least 5 different ones until science diet finally did the trick.Boxers are notorious for stomach problems too.

Art Blomquist said...

Just got through the same thing with my dog. the bland diet coupled with some drugs cleared it us is about a week.

FarmerGeek said...

We have been sticking with the Blue Buffalo food. Old Son has done really well on this for over a year, and Young Blood was on their wilderness diet and we were starting to bring him on to the standard adult food that Old Son was eating. This time around, it doesn't seem like it is the food, more they got some sort of stomach bug.

Young Blood had this problem when we first moved him from one adult food to the other (it was a drastic switch instead of gradual because we ran out of his food too soon). Old Son is kinda picky, at least about what he can keep down!

I do know some dogs that are allergic to chicken. Makes finding food for them a pain, cause the food companies work it in at some level in so many foods. Luckily, we don't have that issue!

Art, glad to hear things have cleared up for you! We are just waiting on the drugs for the second pup to clear it up for him. Young Blood seems to be doing just fine!

Lisa said...

Ok, Chris has lost his mind because our dogs eat pro plan, not science diet. With both of them getting "the trots" let ask, are they getting raw hide? my border mix cant tolerate much raw hide, he gets the trots from it. Especially those flavored ones.