I finally feel like we are getting on top of all our little guys ailments, but boy oh boy has it been a journey. The itching is definitely now under control with the anti fungal shampoo, but the upset bum is taking longer. However, we do know the cause – he has colitis. This could be just from being a puppy and eating things he shouldn’t which can damage the colon and cause innflamation or it could be something he has all his life.
The kind of funny (funny in annoying way) thing is that when we found out about his colitis, we also found out that all our best intended efforts had actually been doing him no good – we had been buying him more and more expensive food and treats with higher levels of protein, when he actually needed the very opposite. The vet wanted to give Watson Hills ID food, but we’ve tried it before and he just won’t eat it unfortunately. Along with the fact that every food went right through him and came out liquid, was the fact that he is super fussy!
We have finally found a food he likes that should be ok for him – Royal Canin Junior – which is the exact food he was on when we got him! His poop is definitely firmer but still not 100% healthy, so I’ve started adding in some Psyllium husk and so far so good.
As for his energy levels, I thought the colitis diagnosis had also given us a turnaround in behaviour but clearly he was just having a low energy week. He maybe had a bit of pain from the colitis thing bless him, whereas we hoped he was actually feeling better and growing out of being a crazy puppy.
It was honestly like a different puppy that week after diagnosis – after his walk with Kev in the morning he would sleep right up until the walker came at 9.30am – he NEVER did that before. Then when he came back he would sleep for a few hours and then sit quietly in the window. Again, he NEVER did that. This week he is reverting back to his usual cheeky self.
We also had some separation issues with him, although some may say I overreacted as I balled my eyes out after seeing a video of him when I left him for half hour – he was howling & biting the bars :0( I’ve now concluded that he wasn’t feeling well that day as it was before his diagnosis and he had a particularly unpleasant bum that day and he also hadn’t had as much as exercise before going in his crate. Despite my conclusions, I’m having a trainer come over next week to give me some tips and tricks on how I can make things better for him. Oh, and also maybe how to not feel so emotional myself!