Gastrointestinal Issues Case Studies
Nearly 6 years old, spayed female, long-coated Akita
Nyoko experienced severe non-responsive inflammatory bowel disease for more than a year, lost nearly half of her body weight, and her hair fell out and failed to regrow. She had diarrhea that was often very bloody. The veterinary specialist that saw Nyoko recommended euthanasia as her case was deemed hopeless. She was also showing noise phobic behavior, especially to thunderstorms, fireworks, and motorcycles; testing revealed concurrent hypothyroidism. In desperation, the client searched for advice and learned about Nutriscan, which she performed.
Reactions to chicken, corn, cow’s milk, soy, turkey, venison, wheat, white fish, and millet
After removing the reactive foods and correcting her hypothyroidism, she regained her normal weight of 85 pounds. Her energy levels has fully returned, and she eats mostly rabbit, eggs and vegetables. Her life was truly saved by the correct diet!
3 year old, neutered male, Belgian Tervuren
Trevor had digestive problems began with weekly episodes of vomiting that contained some blood specks. Some days he refused to eat and lost weight. He had periodic soft stool or sometimes very loose diarrhea. He also had an elevated eosinophil count in blood panel (otherwise blood, fecal, and urine tests were normal).
Intolerance to grains, dairy, soy, white fish, salmon, beef, chicken and turkey, and venison
After removing all offending foods, Trevor gained back all his weight plus a few pounds, had no episodes for 6 months at follow up and was off all medications for 3 months. He runs to get his meals rather than hiding and earned his obedience CD title with high in trial scores and a wagging tail! He is strong, healthy and high energy.
Trevor’s current diet is raw Australian lamb minus the fat, fresh pork, small amounts of pork liver, plus lamb heart and powdered bone, steamed yams, pureed parsley, carrot and celery, an egg, coconut oil, vitamin E, dried blueberries for treats. He eats 4 meals a day to help with his digestion.
8 year old, neutered male, Golden Retriever
Leroy had bloat with gastric upset; could not tolerate high protein foods, citric acid preservative, brewer’s yeast, and roughage. Vomits food without GI sedative, and had chronic diarrhea. Eating commercial holistic diet containing several grains and white fish, with steamed Basmati rice.
Reactions to corn, soy, turkey, venison, wheat, and white fish
After stopping the white fish and not introducing the other reactive foods, Leroy’s bowel has been fine, he gained some weight and now has tylocin powder (Tylan) at about 1/5 teaspoon twice daily to keep his GI tract stable.
10.5 years old, neutered male, Toy Poodle
Deacon has had cycles of extreme itching and a bout of pancreatitis. He was switched from home cooking meals for years because he became a picky eater and developed an anal sac abscess. Stools had been normal as well as soft, and he suffered from bouts of stress colitis. Deacon had been eating a low fat commercial diet, but decided to check NutriScan.
Food reactions to venison, wheat, white fish, barley, lentil, millet, and rice. The food he was prescribed included most of these grains and fish oil!
After removing all of the offending foods and home cooking again, his loose stool is gone.
6 year old, spayed female, Boxer/Labrador mix
Since being adopted at age 2 1/2 years, Sara has had intermittent colitis which was controlled with metronidazole (Flagyl). Her sensitive stomach only tolerated home cooked chicken and low residue. Once the medication was withdrawn, the colitis always returned. Her diet was switched to limited ingredient turkey meal, plus roasted turkey and chicken. Other foods would give mucous diarrhea.
Reactions to venison, wheat, white fish, oatmeal, peanut, quinoa, and rice
After changing her food accordingly, her inflammatory bowel has healed and she now can eat turkey, a wide variety of vegetables and melons, low fat cottage cheese yogurt and eggs. After nearly 3.5 years of diarrhea, she has firm stools and boundless energy!
9.75 year old, neutered male, Maltese
Frankie was plagued by digestive problems for a long time, then he started losing weight and his hair began to fall out. He had difficulty walking and was subsequently diagnosed with liver dysfunction; his caregiver thought he would surely die. Because a friend’s dog had recovered remarkably after applying the results of Nutriscan testing, Frankie was also Nutriscan tested. At the time, he had been eating a turkey, potato and yam diet.
Reactions to corn, milk, turkey (with both IgA and IgM antibodies), and wheat; the soy reaction was borderline.
The offending foods were removed from his diet. Lo and behold, Frankie gained back his weight, and has become a happy, healthy and fluffy white dog again, with no more signs of a liver disorder. His veterinarian is even amazed!