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Not a Cinch
Breed: Australian Shepherd
Age: 2.5 years old
Sex: Male (intact)
Around 18 months of age, Cinch developed severe diarrhea. The veterinarian thought he had gotten into something and put him on the antibiotic mixture of Metronidazole and Clavamox. Cinch immediately got better. As soon as the 10 days of medicine was depleted, the diarrhea returned.
Another veterinarian x-rayed him and nothing showed up. The vet put him on a canned prescription diet for gastrointestinal health. The next morning Cinch was pooping straight, bright red blood and grass. The vet then put him on another prescription diet specifically designed for food sensitivities and intolerances. Every time his caregiver attempted to try a different food, the diarrhea returned. She was subsequently told to keep him on the prescription diet forever until it did not work. Along the way, an endoscopy was performed and it confirmed Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
It was noted that when Cinch ate something that did not agree with him, he would eat grass with a vengeance. He would even wake up his caretaker in the middle of the night to go outside to eat grass.
Cinch’s caregiver was never comfortable feeding the prescription diet and sought out a third veterinarian, who placed Cinch on freeze dried raw diet and he was doing spectacular. He had been eating it for about one month and had had no diarrhea up until the point of NutriScan testing.
His caregiver was fairly certain his diarrhea was caused by peas, which have a high cross-reactivity with lentils. She also wanted to ensure to give the right proteins to Cinch and concluded to have a NutriScan panel run.
Cinch has food sensitivities to corn, chicken, duck, cow’s milk, turkey, venison, wheat, white fish, barley, quinoa and rabbit. He does not have a reaction to lentils.
After finally having verifiable results as to what avoid and peace of mind, Cinch’s mom kept him on the freeze-dried beef and eventually switched him to raw so he could gain some weight. He is doing great and has not had any bouts of diarrhea since.