We adopted a 6 yr old short haired collie/lab stray from a shelter. First we discovered he was allergic to his food (Science Diet), he was biting himself terribly, he was on steroids and we switched to Blue Chicken/Brown Rice which cured the skin issue. After a few days with him, we discovered he had anal gland issues which has become chronic. He’s been on Flagyl, antibiotics, steroids for about 4 months. I ordered Medibulk by Thorne from you, because I know fiber helps. Pumpkin was not working. About 2 weeks ago, I started diluting 1/4 tsp of Medibulk in hot water and poured over his food only at dinner.
We feed him 2 times a day, but he only get the Medibulk 1 time a day.
His stool was firm, but lately he has 2-3 movements a day, when he begins to go to the bathroom, the stool is solid and as he continues it turns into diarrhea. Do I need more or less Medibulk?
It appears his GI system is moving too fast, usually soluble fiber (psyllium) slows the gut whereas insoluble fiber (wheat bran and pumpkin) speeds up the GI.
I suggest increasing the Medibulk to 2x day and see what happens. If it gets worse then decrease it.
Since he showed signs of food allergies, I would still consider that might be an issue. Chicken is actually very allergenic to dogs, so his next diet I would suggest the Blue Basics diet and see if that also helps with the anal gland and the digestive issue. Best of luck.
Colleen Smith DVM, CVA