One of my Great Pyrnenees/Catahoula pups has recently, this afternoon, been diagnosed with rickets.
The vet wasn't that great, my favorite and more knowledgeable vet was a tad busy, though in the building. This vet continuously recommended that I switch her over to Science Diet.... ick. I insisted that I would simply get her a puppy food if a reduction in her current diet didn't clear up the problem. The vet tech, who I trust and is, seemingly, more knowledgeable seemed to agree with me.
About two months back Runty began regurgitating soon after meals, though the amount she was being fed had not changed. She couldn't keep down the same amount or even two thirds as much as her siblings, even with moistened kibble. So, after a few days of experimentation with fasting and bland diets I figured out that she can keep down mush (ground kibble mixed with water, 1 part kibble - 2 parts water).
This is what she has been on since, it's not really abnormal to me seeing as how I have another dog with a sensitive stomach that has to be on the same sort of diet.
She was originally eating a cup and a half of kibble morning and night, the same amount as her siblings, but with a bit more observation I'd found that she really didn't seem to want to eat more than a cup at each meal, so I reduced her portion. After a month of mush she began to limp on her right front, then the limp would switch to her left front, it became worse as time went by even with forced bed rest, restricted exercise, and daily attempts at icing the legs (though the icing seemed to worsen it and was ceased after three days). A month after the start of the limp and she was started on an aspirin regimen, 2 81 mg tablets every 6 hours. The limp cleared up within a day and will not appear again until she is taken off of the meds for 24 hours.
A week later, today, she was taken into the vet to get her legs checked out, she was diagnosed then.
Treatment: The vet recommended that she be switched to science diet, she seemed upset that I refused to feed that particular brand, but it's just... ick, a bunch of artificial vitamins and minerals mixed with slop. Not my cup of tea, and I'd prefer not to feed it to my fur kids.
Because of my blatant refusal she then recommended that I switch her to puppy food, since TOTW was labeled as an 'All Life Stages' food, but, is it necessary?
Due to the cause of the rickets being excess calcium, most probably from overfeeding, my thought was to reduce her meals, again, and feed 2/3 of a cup morning and night instead of 1 cup morning and night and see if she improves in two weeks. If she doesn't improve in the allotted time then I plan to purchase TOTW puppy food and see if she improves on that.
Would this be an acceptable plan, or should I just purchase TOTW puppy food asap and skip the two more weeks and smaller meals?