This is the info that our vet provided when we took our doberman with concerns related to her diet: "A link has been found between grain-free diets, diets containing peas and/or lentils, and dilated cardiomyopathy. The FDA first alerted the public about this investigation in July 2018. As a breed, Doberman Pinschers are also more predisposed to developing DCM. While you have been monitoring Lois' taurine levels, most dogs being diagnosed with DCM do NOT have low taurine levels
. Currently, it appears that there may be three separate groups of dogs with DCM; diet-associated DCM with normal taurine levels, primary DCM in predisposed breeds unrelated to diet, and diet-associated DCM with taurine deficiency. For this reason, Lois would be considered a higher risk candidate for DCM as she is a predisposed breed and she is receiving a grain-free, boutique diet with lentils. We recommend transitioning Lois to a diet WITH grains and WITHOUT lentils. As Lois has a history of soft stools with diet changes, you may try transitioning her over a week's time, slowly increasing the amount of the new diet and decreasing the amount of the old diet. If interested, a consultation with VMC Nutrition may be considered."
I'm not sure if I should start a new thread, but it's pretty closely related to the original post. We acquired a 3 year old doberman, Lois, in November. Since the day we picked her up, she has had this really odd habit of resting with her mouth open right at the end of her ribcage (I think the vet referred to it as flank sucking). We just thought it was something odd she did, nicknamed her Snakedog. We've been feeding her Horizon Complete dog food (Complete
) since we brought her home although her previous owner had her on a whole foods diet. Her stools have always been pretty soft and when I took her in to the vet the following February, they recommended what I linked above. So about a month ago, the soft stools became chronic diarrhea and she ended up having an episode where she pooped a lot of this cloudy yellow liquid and we took her off the Horizon Complete entirely. She had also progressed from flank sucking to repeatedly quasi-biting the area past her rib cage and it started affecting her coat. She was doing it sometimes fairly soon after eating and sometimes 3-4 hours after being fed. We had Hill's Prescription Diet J/D (https://www.hillspet.ca/en-ca/dog-food/pd-jd-canine-dry
) handy for our older dog, switched her to it; her stools firmed up almost immediately, and after about a week she stopped attacking herself. However, two months with this dog food and her stools have started becoming soft again and she's still very uncomfortable sometimes, licking the same area until it's completely sodden. Both those dog foods are chicken based, should we try transitioning to a food with a fish base? Is there anything we should have her tested for? She appears totally healthy otherwise although her coat could be shinier.