Tuesday, October 06, 2015

30 Day FortiFlora Challenge with #Chewy + Teutul Update

Disclosure: Chewy sent a 30 day supply of FortiFlora to Lapdog Creations, free of charge, for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed are my own.

We were asked by our friends over at Chewy to participate in a 30-day challenge with Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets FortiFlora. As part of the challenge, will be doing three posts this month: an introduction, mid-way check in, and final thoughts.

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FortiFlora, a probiotic supplement for dogs (they also make a cat version), promotes intestinal health and balance, as well as a healthy immune system.  
Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets FortiFlora® is a nutritional supplement for dogs and has been formulated to achieve the following characteristics:
  • Contains guaranteed amounts of live active cultures
  • Proven to promote intestinal health & balance
  • Nutritional supplement for dietary management of dogs with diarrhea
  • Helps reduce flatulence (gas) in dogs

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I was familiar with FortiFlora before this challenge, as it was recommended by our vet many years ago. We use it with all of our dogs when they have tummy or digestive issues, so I tend to keep a box on hand at all times for quick access whenever an "issue" pops up.  However, we've never used it on an every day maintenance basis.  That is about to change...

One of the things I love most about FortiFlora is how easy it is to use.  You don't have to shove a pill down your dog's throat or worry about measuring out the proper dose.  FortiFlora is conveniently packaged in 30 individual packets.  You simply tear one open and sprinkle it in your dog's food once a day.  It's as simple as that.  You can add a little water or canned food and mix it up if you prefer.  In the past 12 years or so, I've never had a dog turn his or her nose up to it... so it must be pretty tasty! 

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The timing of Chewy's challenge couldn't have been more perfect. 

Teutul had two unscheduled vet visits last week.  At the first, he was diagnosed with double ear infections (which seem to be clearing up quite nicely).  At the second, he was obviously feeling crappy from something else and on Thursday, we received the diagnosis. 

Teutul has pancreatitis. 

No, the ear infections were not related... just bad luck that my boy had to battle both at the same time. 

Teutul has been on a bland diet, antibiotics and daily doses of Pepcid, Cerenia, and FortiFlora.  Ironic?  Perhaps... but I suppose what better way to truly put FortiFlora to the test, right?

My boy's last bout of vomiting was on Thursday morning. He's gotten his appetite back and is not a fan of "small meals."  He spoke loud and clear about that issue when he did something he's never done before - he stole chicken bones from the trash! Never mind my stress over the pancreatitis... I was horrified, but thankfully I noticed his antics right away and was able to pull the bones out of his mouth (and only suffered one very minor wound in doing so). 

Last night was his last schedule dose of Cerenia and fingers are crossed we don't see any vomiting return.  We will continue a bland diet this week and then began to switch him over to a new, lower fat kibble. 
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And, of course, we will be continuing to use FortiFlora every day! I look forward to reporting more mid-month. In the meantime, you can pick up a box of FortiFlora for your dog (or cat), or one of thousands of other fantastic items at Chewy!

12 comments:

M. K. Clinton said...

I love Chewy.com and I am so happy that the FortiFlora is helping.

Golden Daily Scoop said...

Poor guy, hope this helps! Looking forward to your challenge! :)

Rosa Doodle said...

I sure hope this helps. My dog took it for a while too and it did seem to help her a bit. Good Luck!

Sam Ratcliffe said...

I hope you get the results you're looking for. Supplementation can do wonders.

Tenacious Little Terrier said...

I hope it helps! Mr. N had pancreatitis too before and we added pro-biotics to his food which I think helped.

Suzanne Dean said...

Look forward to hearing if this food help. Mary dog sends Paws Up

Kimberly Freeman said...

We love Forti Flora. We used it when Harley has bowel and intestinal issues and it was magic

Beth said...

I'm sorry to hear of his health issues. Hopefully both his ear infections clear up and the pancreatitis settles down. I hope the pro-biotics help him!

Sweet Purrfections said...

Truffle had Forti Flora when she was a kitten and had upset tummies. I never thought about using it all the time.

P.S. We LOVE Chewy!

Christine Caplan said...

I'm so sorry to hear he has Pancreatitis - I hope he's making a quickish recovery. I'm a huge fan of probiotics and use them regularly with every meal. We use another brand but I like Forti Flora as well!

MattieDog said...

This is exactly what we're looking for - great info and we will check out Forti Flora!

Dogvills said...

Glad to know that this is working for him. I hope Teutul feels better soon.

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