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Old 06-06-2011, 08:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My GSD Malik had diarrhea a few days ago, my hb thinks he ate something weird. It lasted three days, but he was still hungry and happy. I fed him little meals with very cooked basmati white rice and that solved the problem.

No today it's back. Yesterday, he got zapped by the metal table in the yard when he put his head on it; my hb explained to me that yes, it can totally happen because of the yard electric fence! So Malik acted super stressed after that, clingy and super submissive, I felt very bad for him. Today we also worked on re-training him with that yard electrical fence (it was out of service for a year and just got fixed) and he acted worried, and stressed, to my opinion.

He still eats great but I wonder if it could be really stress, or if I should consider a trip to the vet for something else? Also, should I skip a few meals or try smaller ones again with rice? I'm worried about him losing weight.

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Old 06-06-2011, 08:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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In my opinion it can be stress related. That has been happening recently to my dog (took her to the vet after she wasn't getting better but they couldn't find anything wrong with her. Took antibiotics and then probiotics to try to control it and it didn't really help.) Recently I have been packing for a trip and trying to do finals (which stress me out and by extension they stress her out). She always gets nervous when I pack because of my being in the military and she assumes (usually correctly) that I will be gone for a while. The vet told me that I should feed her rice and boiled chicken (or well drained ground beef). She also said that I could throw in some cottage cheese for good measure. But all in all the only thing that has helped is the fact that she is now with my parents because of my trip to Texas and now she doesn't need to worry anymore.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think it can. Niko gets the runs almost every time my husband goes out of town. Maybe it's a coincidence. Maybe not.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Diarrhea can definitely be stress related. I hope he's feeling better.
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I also think it can be stress- happens to us after certain classes, tough lessons, etc. I would go about your day like nothing happened, just blow it off and don't be stressed about it yourself
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Interestingly enough, I've been pretty stressed lately about some family issues, but never thought about that as a factor! So I will chill!

thanks to all for the input.
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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This morning, his stools were fine. I had fed him less last night, with white rice again. So I think it's clear that he was stressed. Glad it's nothing worse.
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