This is a follow up to My Barfy Little Dog. Bender has been on his new food (Blue Buffalo Healthy Weight Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe) for about two month. After the switch things improved. He wasn’t barfing as much. But he was still throwing up. I even tried giving him a bit of food before bed with some fiber. Which helped but still he was throwing up. I could tell Bender just wasn’t feeling good.
After an extensive search I found some thing that might help… Probiotics. Probiotics can help with a lot of digestive issues, including reducing acid production.
I started giving Bender Advanced Probiotic Balance once a day during his evening meal. The capsules come apart so I spread the contents over his food along with his fiber, add a little bit of water, wait a few minutes then feed him. It has been about three weeks and he hasn’t thrown up once. He has a higher energy level, not burping and has stopped eating grass as often.
i just stumbled across your blog while desperately trying to find someone out there with the same issues as me. i have a 12 lb diabetic brussels griffon, diagnosed 2 years ago. i am having the worst time trying to get him to eat. i started home cooking 1 1/2 years ago and now he’s decided he just doesn’t want it anymore. i’m going to try blue buffalo. i see that works for many. what extra source of fiber are you adding? he gets green beans in his meals but i’m not sure that is enough fiber. thanks!
I give Bender just regular granulated fiber like Benefiber, but the Meijer brand (store generic, 1/3 of the cost), plain kind. He is 45lbs so I give him a 1/2 teaspoon for every meal. Mix it in with his food, and some water.
Blue Buffalo is a pretty good brand. Bender’s glucose levels are a bit higher than Wellness, which means a slight bit more insulin.
As for your dog not wanting to eat. Try teaser foods that he just loves. Or take him for a show walk before feeding time. That should get him hungry.
But as always, ask your vet.
Why the advanced? And where di you but this stuff? On-line or do you think walmart carries it?
It actually just called “Advanced Probiotic Balance” I think its just how they named it rather than an advanced formula.
I checked CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart sites and none of them carried it.
The only place I found it was on Amazon.
Here is the 240/2 bottle link (better deal)
The 120/1 bottle link
I don’t think the probiotic helps Bender diabetes. But it sure has helped his digestive issues and has stopped him from throwing up.
Great to hear you got a handle on this stuff. Cats are even more sensitive to EVERYTHING they eat and look at and I’m sure you know that one little thing that throws off a diabetic animal can really send their health spiralling!
I might have to ask my vet about probiotics they recommend because we’re really trying to keep ahead of DKs side effects of diabetes as she gets older (along with regular stuff like arthritis).
The last comment sent before I meant it to… I was going to since my cat’s love milk, I give them (plain) yogurt occasionally and it always seems to put a lil’ bounce in their step. I don’t know why I never thought of probiotic supplements.
I don’t know much about diabetes in cats so I would definitely ask your vet.
I was going to say probiotic’s don’t have much to do with diabetes but thinking about it, having a healthy digestive system will help your cat or dog’s diabetes to some degree.