Stomach issues

We have a 6-month old Goldendoodle that seems to have a sensitive stomach. Most recently, we started her on a bland diet of ground turkey and pumpkin, and began slowly adding Blue Basics turkey and potato puppy food. She was previously on Nutrisource chicken based puppy food, and was subscribed Royal Canin GI by our vet after her first bought of diarrhea. She stopped responding well to that food, so we decided to try to switch protein sources. She was doing very well with the transition until we got up to 3/4 of a cup of Blue Basics dry food, 3/4 cup ground turkey and 1/2 cup of pumpkin. At that point, she started having access mucus in her stool, and had a few accidents in her room at night. After that night, we backed her back down to 1/2 of a cup of Blue Basics, 1 cup of ground turkey, and 1/2 cup of pumpkin, and she seems to be doing better again. Does anyone have any suggestions? Our goal was to find a dry food that works for her, but we can continue to feed her a the mix that is working if we need to. Not sure if she has a food allergy/intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, and some bacterial infection. After the first bought of diarrhea, her stool was tested, and everything was negative. She acts completely normal otherwise, and has no other symptoms. Help!

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  • First thing she needs is a good probiotic ASAP. Order Proviable today, and in the meantime, give her a couple of tablespoons of plain unflavored nonfat yogurt once or twice a day. 
    I'm not a fan of Blue dog food products. We have a list of recommended food brands here in our Food group, and Blue is not on it, lol. https://doodlekisses.com/group/thefoodgroup/forum/topics/recommende...
    But besides switching the brand, you need a limited ingredient formula. LID foods are easier for dogs to digest. Th best one I have found is Wellness Simple. They make a Turkey & Potato formula that has worked well for many dogs here with digestive issues. 

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    Exact same formula, just different packaging/labeling. 

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  • She was on a probiotic after the first bout of diarrhea. It seemed to work ok at first, but didn’t seem to have an effect after the second bout. She is already on limited ingredient formula. Like it or not, Blue Basics is limited ingredient. We use the turkey and potato, because we thought she may be having a reaction to the chicken based formulas. 

    • Probiotics don;t work immediately like an aspirin. They need to be continued for an extended period of time, so that a strong colony of good gut flora can be established. It usually takes at least a month. 
      Every LID formula from every brand is not the same. The macronutrient balances are different, as are the quality of the ingredients. Blue is not a good quality food, and it is not working, so....
      You asked for advice, I gave you some. I've got a pretty good track record here of helping people straighten out their dog's digestive and food issues. Whether you choose to take the advice or not is up to you. 

      • She was on the probiotic for at least a month. I didn’t know that asking a question, and providing some follow up feed back to your original advice warranted a snappy response from you. In my opinion, she was on a good quality food to start in the Nutrisource small/medium breed chicken, but she started having issues. After the prescription food stopped working, we decided to switch again. She was doing perfectly fine on the Blue Basics until we increased to the 3/4 of a cup level. Is it the protein? Is there another issue? Or should we just keep switching foods every month until something sits well with her? 

      • In addition, we chose Blue Basics because they offer a limited ingredient puppy food that is not chicken based. Are you suggesting she does not need a puppy food?

        • Yes. She does not need a puppy food. 
          And it is virtually impossible for chicken to be the problem, in a dog of her age. 
          Most likely, she has a bacterial imbalance in the gut, which is why the probiotics are important. 
          Has she ever been on metronidazole (Flagyl)? That often causes chronic diarrhea in puppies after it is discontinued. 

          • No, she has not. They prescribed pro-pectalin after her first bout of diarrhea. It worked, but she was only on it a few days. So, you believe it is just a “normal” sensitive stomach, and not a food intolerance or other issue? To say the least, this has not been fun for us, or her.

            • Interestingly, we just started giving one of our dogs Propectalin twice a day before meals, hoping that the combination of probiotics and prebiotics would work in settling his stomach. One of its benefits is that it coats the lining of the stomach which is beneficial, too. I am planning on asking our vet if we should continue giving Propectalin regularly to aid in preventing future issues of vomiting. Did it work for your dog and if so, why did you give it for a few days only? Relatedly, when we have bouts of diarrhea, we have used Proviable paste followed by Proviable probiotic capsules. I will need to see if we should continue with the Proviable products given that we are now using Propectalin. 

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