Armley – September 2017
Meet Digsy the Golden Retriever, who is the Armley surgery Pet of the Month for September 2017.
Digsy is not yet 6 months old but has been suffering from diarrhoea quite a bit over his short life. His owners had tried some of the usual advice, such as a 24-hour period without food, before bringing him in. He was also tried on higher quality diets and bland food. For the next step, we prescribed some antibiotics and a digestive support paste. Though this initially improved the situation, the diarrhoea soon returned. At this point, we sent a faecal sample to the lab for analysis. This test checked for Campylobacter and Ecoli amongst other things. This test came back negative, meaning we were still in the dark about the cause of Digsy’s digestive problems.
As a next step, we advised a complete diet change for Digsy. He had primarily been eating fish based diets up to this point, so we recommended that he stop these entirely. He was then to start on a bland diet, before slowly introducing a meat based dog food. If this did not improve his condition, we would need to book him in for an ultrasound scan. Fortunately, since this change in diet, Digsy’s digestive problems have completely resolved. It was a long road to get him back to full health, but we hope that he is now back on track for a long and healthy life with his owners.
Throughout his treatment, Digsy has always been a model patient, so we think he is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award this month. Well done Digsy!