Debby Pascal Case Study
Breed: Red Miniature Poodle
Age: 5 years old
Sex: Male (neutered)
Flyer had digestive issues with diarrhea on and off for several years. His mom toyed with the idea of using the NutriScan test a few years ago, but found that avoiding chicken in his diet appeared to help so she did not test him. In November 2014, Flyer had a particularly bad case of diarrhea that would not resolve and after several days he was also passing mucus and blood. The veterinarian prescribed a bland diet and the antibiotic, metronidazole. After a couple of weeks, Flyer’s condition improved, although his regular condition usually meant relatively soft stools. In December 2014, he was again sick with diarrhea, passing blood and mucus, and some vomiting. He was also experiencing an increasing level of stress and anxiety. At this point, his mom decided to visit a holistic veterinarian she uses for chiropractic care. They concluded to use the NutriScan test in an attempt to discover what food(s) might be causing Flyer’s digestive issues.
Flyer’s NutriScan test showed the following foods to avoid: corn, duck, milk, pork, turkey, venison, wheat, white fish, barley, lentil, millet, oatmeal, peanut, potato, quinoa, rabbit, rice, salmon, and sweet potato.
Given the wide range of food intolerances shown in the test results, finding food Flyer could eat was challenging. Dry food was not an option and many raw diets were also eliminated as they contain fish, fish oil, and/or sweet potatoes. He is currently on a raw lamb diet. Too much beef can cause soft stools so this is given in moderate amounts.
With the dietary changes, Flyer has done very well. His stools are normal and his energy level has increased. He has not had any significant bouts of diarrhea in months. As one would expect, his overall health and happiness appear much improved now that he is feeling better. His overall level of anxiety has decreased somewhat.
He will occasionally have soft stools when he gets hold of something he shouldn’t eat. It takes very little of any intolerant foods to affect his digestion, which is a challenge with two other dogs eating a normal diet as well as opportunities to pick up food from others when training or at agility competitions.