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I have a 1.5 yr. old male Irish Setter that at 9 mo. old was up to 65 lbs. He dropped a large amount of weight very quickly..He has been to the vets on regular basis since last August & has had several tests done to try to solve this issue. The vet says his pancreas is not metabolizing the calories from the food properly?
He has been on Prozyme & Fortiflora and now on Purina Pro Plan High Performance. He eats 8 cups a day of that along with a shredded (boiled) chicken breast with each 2 cups of food. He has been on this diet for months & has not gained any weight and also has several bouts of gas/diarrhea. He remains anywhere from 58-60 lbs.
I am now debating the question of a Gluten intolerance. Has anyone out there had a similar problem with their Irish Setter or do you have any advise on what I should do for him?
I do have my hands full with my 3 wonderful Irish Setters. We also have one that has seizures and that we have to medicate and one that has a thyroid issue and is also on meds... What would I do without them! They bring me so much joy (along with all the worry)
Irish and worry seem to go together but the joy sure out weighs the worry. Both of our Setter weigh in at about 60/65 lbs. With Dudley, our 12 year old , we put him on a gluten free diet very early because of the symptoms you see to be getting. We used Burns Chicken and Rice or Pork and Potato both worked very well and when Humphrey arrived we decided to feed him on the same diet. Dudley did struggle, in his early years to maintain weight but the Burns diet did the trick and looking at his vet card he has been around 60/65 lbs for most of his adult life. We call Humphrey our skinny boy but he is 60lbs of pure energy. About six weeks ago we decided to change foods to Skinners "Turkey with joint maintenance". This is aimed at our older dog but again both are doing very well and the change over went very well. The ingredients for both dog foods are very similar, with Skinners protein % been a little higher, As I said earlier, the symptoms your dog is showing are the same as Dudley had in his early years. We took some convincing to go over to a gluten free diet but it cerainly worked for him.
Hope this helps in some way.
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Hi K C and Errol. I am so glad you wrote as I was beginning to think I was under feeding my two. Your diet sounds exactly the same as Dudley and Humphrey, including all the bits thrown in for good measure. Their dried and wet food is gluten free as I find this suits them both......who knows what the next one will eat ...DON'T YOU JUST LOVE SETTERS :-)
What wonderful sources of information...Thank you to all that have replied...Hudson will be weaned into his new gluten free diet over the next week or so. I will keep you updated on his progress!
Irish Setter lovers are the best :)
Say, there is one more thing that seems to help our dogs, and which we learned from a couple of reliable sources We don't let them drink water with their meals, allowing their natural juices to digest what goes into their stomach We wait about a half hour or so before we give them water, which they drink plenty of, just as they should, throughout the day