Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: California's Central Coast
Sorry to hear about your dog. Our girl has had similar problems, but not diarrhea in the middle of the night. She was diagnosed with colitis and is 2 years old. She was itchy and frequent bursts of watery diarrhea or poop that looked like soft serve ice cream. The vet thought is was allergies, but we could not do the trial for 6-8 weeks where you just eat one food. Now that time has passed, we see much of the stomach/colon upset is caused by stress.
RC GSD food is the one dry food that our dog really liked and would eat it without adding anything to it. We also use it for training treats to keep the feeding consistent. But like you, her poo is only semi-firm on the GSD food. We are trying one more brand, just switching so it's too soon to tell, its Innova Large Breed formula. We've tried most others ( grain, grain-free, potato, sweet potato based, etc) no firm stool, or she did not like the taste. We finally are opting for dry food with added glucosamine like the large breed formulas, since nothing really works. Pumpkin does not work for us, but white rice does (our dog just does not like it).
If you are willing to try raw for a meal, we like prepared raw like Nature's Variety, or dehydrated raw like The Honest Kitchen you might see some improvement. We did. The down side to these foods are that they are more expensive, and sometimes I forget to thaw out the Nature's Variety. My dog loves the raw, she is luke warm to the dehydrated raw but will eat it if I add some boiled chicken or lamb to it.
We sometimes add supplements to her food, it's hard to tell if they really work but we are willing to try anything at this point. One is FortiFlora by Purina - you can get it at your vet or order from amazon. The other is Perfect Form by The Honest Kitchen.