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Old 04-19-2014, 04:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Help gsd diahorrea intermittent!!?

Hi this is a long story.. But basically we have rehomed a beautiful pedigree gsd as her previous owner didnt have the time for her etc. She has a lovely nature etc and is a brilliant young dog (13 months old). Ever since we got her 3 months ago she has had diahhorea on/ off. Normally fine for a week or so then diahorrea few days then back to her normal! When we got her she was on 'wagg' but we have since changed her gradually onto things like JWBeloved and skinners trying to improve this but the problem still comes and goes!? The tinest thing will upset her tummy. Hence why we dont give treats/ table scraps etc. we have recently started to give her 'natures menu' raw chicken in the morning which has helped alittle (and bowl of skinners still in the evening). I worry as the vet said she is a little leaner etc than should be and she is a slim dog but looks okay. She weighs roughly around 30! She has just turned 1 years old. Id like to see abit more meat on her but dont know how to fatten her up abit with out causing loose stools!!?? Is this a common problem?
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Old 04-19-2014, 04:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Worms or parasites? I was having the same issue with my dogs and at my wits end. All there fecals came out clean. I started to really measure their dog food and not over feed them and that actually worked. I'm not saying its the cure for every dog, but it made a huge difference in my dogs and my sanity.
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Old 04-19-2014, 04:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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30kg or lbs? Canned pumpkin can help with occasional diarrhea/constipation. Did your pup exhibit the same problem before coming to live with you? Could still be a food issue or possibly a parasite, giardia, etc... Not sure if EPI symptoms would act like this, maybe someone with more experience will chime in.
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Old 04-19-2014, 04:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi okay thanks, see that may be why possibly.. A few family members have said feed her more etc and she does eat her meals quick which i assumed means its not enough..? Iv increased and decreased amounts of food but still persists but i will try and decrease a little. I dont know how to get her to fill out abit though as her exercise is just burning up all her food lol. Difficult one. May take her back to the vets. Do you know anything about the raw diets as this has been recommended as good for sensitive tummies apparently? She has been wormed etc. if it was parasites wouldnt it be consistent all the time?
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Old 04-19-2014, 04:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hi i think shes 30lbs (vet said just under the average female weight) i may look into parasites etc as didnt think it was likely to be as she has hard poos most of the time? Wouldnt that be constant diahhorea? Thanks x
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You need to have the full fecal. There are worms (like the dewormer and HW med cover) and the harder to test for not able to be seen parasites like Giardia. Those could go intermittent as the stages occur and the load increases and decreases. IF the fecal is clean for everything, then try changing the meat source. If she's on chicken try bison or lamb or salmon or even boar or duck. I've always had one or more with trouble with chicken. However, without knowing the fecal is clean it's worthless to keep fiddling around. IF you have parasites, there are some things to do to help clean up the area to prevent reinfection -- but do the fecal first and go from there. Just cleaning up an environment won't help either. Keep working on it.
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Agree re running a fecal test. That should always be step 1 in assessing a cause for persistent diarrhea IMHO. It's very inexpensive to do. Many parasites can't be seen by the naked eye.

I would also be inclined to consider adding a probiotic to the food (I've used Fortiflora with good results, but there are many other options).
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