BustopherJones Posted December 30, 2008 Report Share Posted December 30, 2008 I would be interested in insight from those more familiar with Border Collies than myself, as Annie is my first BC. Recently, we have run into a digestive problem with Annie. She is on a special prescription dog food (Royal Canin Intestinal HE), and has been using the same food for years, so it is not a change in diet. Recently, her stool seems to alternate from normal to soft to loose, then cycles back again. This behavior seems to coincide with the spate of miserable weather we have had recently and the fact that the back yard is either a lake or a mudhole, restricting her ability to go out and play "outball" (her favorite game, where we toss a soft squeaky ball with a lacrosse stick) during the day. She has been to the vet twice, and her stool has been tested, with no abnormalities detected; we also report the status of her stools to the vet on a daily basis. We have tried giving her Maalox (twice per day) and omeprazole (once per day) at the vet's suggestion, but it does not seem to help. The vet suggested that the problem may be psychosomatic, i.e., she is bored because she cannot get out to play, and this is affecting her digestion. (Just what I need...a neurotic Border Collie...) The vet suggested that the boredom might be mitigated by putting her into a doggie day care center during the periods where she cannot play outside; we have one in the area that has an excellent reputation (the vet ruled out another in the area that has had some problems), and while it is not cheap, we can find a way to pay for at least a couple of half-day session per week. With all that said, for those of you who are knowledgeable about Border Collies, what do YOU think? Any constructive input and suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks for your help. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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