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Old 04-05-2010, 10:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My puppy, Bison, is in fine health. He's turning 10 wks old Apr 6, 2010, but for the last week and a half he's had on again off again loose stool. We're trying to figure out where his stomach is comfortable at as far as feeding goes, but everything that's been recommended has yielded little to no results. We started at only feeding him 1-1 1/2 a cup a day (as the Canidae label suggested) and his stool was fine, but he was STARVING! So we upped it to 3 cups a day (overnight...toooooo fast!) And he got diarrhea. So we scaled it back to 2.5 cups a day and his stool firmed up, but went right back to being loose the following day. It's pretty loose, and I feel like if we scale it back to 2 cups we'll be starving him again. We're slowly integrating Orijen into his diet, a small handful of it to go along with his Canidae at each meal. But outside of what we've tried already I can't figure out any other way to firm up his stool! Any ideas?? (Cleaning loose poop is hard AND pretty gross to boot)
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you ruled out any medical cause? (giardia, coccidia, SIBO, worms....)
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the alternating good and soft poop sounds like an intestinal issue.... Like what debbie has suggested.
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I would feed less until you get the stools back to normal for a week then add only 1/4 cup per day more for a week then 1/2 cup a day more if you get solid stools. Let the stools decide the mounth he can handle. Many pups eat like they are starved and would eat much more but would not be healthy for them. One thing I would do is use PROZYME to help the pup digest food better. Go slow with adding more food. ProZyme - Maximize Nutrition by Improving Nutrient Absorption
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It's not a medical issue as Debbie has mentioned. He checks out fine at the vet. I think we'll scale it back to 2 cups again then and slowly add more. I also think the recent heat is contributing as well, he's having a little bit of trouble adjusting to Spring because it's his first ever warm season. So I think that discomfort might be stressing him a bit and causing an upset stomach. And just a note, it's not diarrhea it's just soft. He isn't constantly going and getting dehydrated (outside of the effect of the recent warm weather)

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He might need time to adjust to his food. When my boy was a puppy his poop was usually wet, kinda soft. But nothing was wrong with him. His poop is firm and huge now. I still think that 2 cups is not enough for a growing puppy, just my opinion. I know a couple of people with GSD's fed 3 to 4 cups a day. We fed 3 and he did great. Alot of puppies has soft poop, but if he's having the "hershey squirts" then you might have a problem
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Lol no squirts
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Thank goodness, that stuff is gross
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Yeah he had it once for about 2 days lol
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my baby had this reoccurring problem. So frustrating. I cleaned sooo much runny poopy. She didn't have any medical issue either.
What I found w her is that she could only eat 1 kind of food. Even the same brand but different flavor would set it off. In our case, the only food that was safe for her was BG salmon.
Now she's over a year and she can eat other foods. I'm still too worried to try meaty bones or treats as yet. But she seemed to just out grow the problem.
It was frustrating. Sorry you are experiencing this. PUMPKIN helps. Add a scoop to food whenever it's soft. And I used prozyme also, it seemed to help.
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