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Bowel resection- What type of food?

March 24th, 2007, 02:04 PM
Hi everyone,

Last week Wednesday my 5 year old doberman had to undergo surgery to remove a blockage and they also removed some intestine. There were complications which resulted in me rushing her to OVC at the U of Guelph on Monday were she underwent emergency surgery where they removed more of her intestine and a large abscess that had formed. Things were touch and go for a bit but she's made an amazing recovery and is being released tomorrow :D

Now, her doctor says that right now they are feeding her ground beef and rice and she will have to be on some sort of gastro-intestinal food, possibly for life. She is at risk of having short bowel syndrome due to the resections. There's also a possibility that she will need Vitamin B supplements as well.

Does anyone have experience with this and what brand/ type of food for gastro problems has worked best for you?

Thank you! :dog:

March 24th, 2007, 11:46 PM
Wow, that's a tricky one! So I guess the abcesses occured from the blockage, do you know whether is was the large intestine or small intestine, as feeding issues in each can be different?
Sorry, I see here bowel, okay a pre and probiotic definitely to help lay down the good bacteria. As well something very easy to digest, not too high in soluble and insoluble fiber. Are you looking for a kibble or a home recipe?

March 25th, 2007, 07:24 AM
Hi Gypsy,

The abscess in Jetta's bowel was a result of infection from the stitches breaking down a few days after the first surgery. Basically, the vet at the U of Guelph said what happened was when the infection started this abscess started to form around the infected area (around the internal stitches) to keep it closed in.

I know the problem has been with her lower bowel and they've removed the ileum as well which helps in the absorption of vitamin B.

Right now, she is still in the hospital and they are feeding her ground beef and rice. I'm fine with doing this as well. But if there's a decent gastro formula type kibble out there, that would be great too.

Thanks for your response :dog:

March 25th, 2007, 11:00 AM
There are some foods that would be suitable in this situation, however that are not a "gastro" diet, as they are not prescription. Basically a food with easy to digest carbohydrates such as white rice (preferably not brown) or potatoes. As well your proteins need to be easy like salmon, maybe chicken, and the food should be not high in fat.
First things that come to mind.

GO! SAlmon and Oatmeal ( also has your prebiotic)
Wellness CHicken (does has brown rice, but far enough down the list) prebiotics and probiotics
Dick Van Pattens DUck and Potatoe
These are just a few, where do you live, as this may make a difference as to what is available?

March 25th, 2007, 12:13 PM
Honestly, I think the easiest to digest might be homecooked, if you can swing that...

Otherwise, I'd be tempted to go for a grain-free food (Evo has a lower fat version), because you feed so much less, so it might be easier...

March 25th, 2007, 02:20 PM
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March 25th, 2007, 10:55 PM
Not sure about the Evo, as the fiber is too low than what you would typically want, and you also need to have a moderately fermentable fiber source, PLUS some insoluble. Don't think the grain free would work here, but you never know, cause sometimes these things are like Crohn's some foods work better than others.
Home cooking IS by far the best way to go. You can check out for that!