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gastroparesis & my dog: the good, the bad …& the crunchy
January 12, 2008, 2:33 am
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it has been a while since we talked about cody bear’s canine gastroparesis. (again, if you’re new to this blog and found your way here looking for gastroparesis info, …click the word gastroparesis in the “tag cloud” to the left) and please remember, i’m not a doctor, i just have a three year old dog with gastroparesis. i don’t mean to tell you what to do, i just want you to know what works for us.

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today I thought I would mention his diet to you, in case you’re struggling to get something your dog can easily digest, with help from reglan, of course.

it is VERY hard to keep weight on cody bear. between his condition, and the fact that he is always on the go go GO, he is super skinny. i have gotten used to the comments and surprise. he is so fluffy, so he looks like he weighs at least 55 pounds, but really, he is just a 47 pounder. people are surprised at first because he looks chubby from the fluff, then they pet him and are aghast that he is so thin. I have gotten a few judgemental looks from dog people and a few dog professionals.

in addition to his high energy, the stomach condition is often aggravated by stress, so he needs tons of exercise to keep him at a healthy stress level, so he gets nice long walks a couple times a day, attends class so he doesn’t get stressed from boredom…you get the picture?

anyway, i have tried many things and found several that work. i do change his diet every so often so he doesn’t get bored, but i only use tried and true foods that are super high quality. no “bargain hound” dog foods for dogs with gastroparesis! (oops, didn’t mean to sound so bossy! i recommmenddddd no cheapy food for your dog) they need lots of nutrition to make up for what they lose when they’re sick to their tummies. i keep his portions small so his stomach doesn’t have to work too hard.

so, this month cody bear is eating:

breakfast – ¾ cup “wellness” brand dog kibble “chicken super5” flavor (i serve all his kibble meals in a molecuball. it is exercise for him and exercise keeps his stress level low)

lunch – ½ cup the same

dinner – ½ cup the same and a couple table spoons of “wellness core” salmon or chicken canned

night snack, one medium kong with a bit of kibble and ¼ cup canned wellness again.


he has also done great on a few flavors of “the honest kitchen” dehydrated dog food in place of the canned. but he does NOT do well with the flavor with oats. (sorry, can’t remember the name of that one)

many vets & people recommend rice for dogs with a temporary stomach problem. I find that the rice hangs out in his stomach a long time and if he is already having a flare up….he rarely digests that well.

now treats are important. i find the fewer ingredients the better, and he is less likely to barf treats that are “natural”. meaning plastic-y ones like snausages or pupperoni…while all dogs love them….tend to just hang out in his stomach and it takes forever to break them down.

so, he likes crunchy peanut butter biscuits. also, for training, he gets some yummy stuff because its so much fun for him! and training is so important that we want him to be really be into it. so sauteed chicken, dehydrated beef livers, cut into tiny tiny bits. also, he responds great to tiny bits of chesse! he loves it! and it sits well with him. HOWEVER, a compounding pharmacist i spoke with said you should not eat cheese if you’re taking reglan. but my human friend, who is an m.d. and has gastroparesis, loves cheese and has not had an adverse reaction. so like all things….****i super strongly recommend talking to your vet AND your pharmacist. ****

well that’s alot. hope this helps. and if YOU have tips for people who have a dog with reglan, please leave them in the comments below.

thanks for stopping by!

…for more tid bits on gastroparesis in dogs…click on the “gastroparesis” word in the “tag cloud” at the left of this blog.

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That is all so interesting. I have English bulldogs and only know about bulldog issues. I’m astounded I have not heard of this ailment before because bulldogs are prone to every health issue imaginable. I wish you and your baby the best of luck with his diet and tummy issues.

Comment by Irrepressible Angst

hello i.a.! glad you stopped by the blog!
thanks for the well wishes. we’re doing great, but we sort of have to work at doing great, if you know what i mean.
good to meet another blogger with dogs!

Comment by goodbear

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aw i just stumbled across this.. i have gastroparisis, i feel for your dog lol.. if you only knew what he was going through, because i sure do =/ if you want some pointers you can e-mail me: xokm811xo@comcast.net

Comment by kate

hi kate. thanks for leaving a post. i think i would like to ask you some questions, actually.
i’m sorry you have gastroparesis. have you always had it?

Comment by goodbear

no, I actually just got it almost 3 years ago.. but i’ve had it since and life hasnt been the same. give your dog kisses for me.

Comment by kate

hi kate!seeing how queazy cody bear has been, and knowing dogs are alot tougher when it comes to discomfort, i have to say…i imagine you’re quite uncomfortable.
any advise you have is appreciated.
do you find it is a worse feeling periodically? and what triggers it?

Comment by goodbear

hehe. this is very funny. basically explains it all.

Comment by super bulldog

my dog eat wellness core mix very fat

Comment by donseed

I stummbled on this, I am doing research for an animal blog of mine on this subject because I have Gastroparesis and my vet knew more about it then half of the doctors that I saw. Not a lot of people know it can affect animals too.

Comment by St.Dacker

Hi I’m so glad I found the name. Please can you guys help me odis was having lots of vomiting stomach sounds and pain. So he went for lots of test and no answers. Took him to new vet and they did X-rays with BS. He told me that it might be plastic due to BS stil in stomach after 9hours he so he operated. Called me and told me odis nervous has been damaged and his stomach is not making normal contractions. So he cut his parloric valve and and told me to feed him huskey dog food we don’t get a lot of good food in SA. The huskey is making his poop like it is coverd in plastic please any advice on foods home cooked dieets. The huskey also has small pieces of bone in it witch is comming outin is poop.

Comment by jenny

Is the a blood test or any test to find out if my dog has Gastroparesis??

Comment by sue66




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