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Old 05-11-2014, 08:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Beau has always been one to have stools towards the soft end but not diarrhea, We are at the point where the first morning poo which is, honestly, about 10 inches long in short pieces, is firm, dark, and does not leave a residue when picked up.

We have gotten there with digestive enzymes and probiotics.

But as we exercise or if he does scentwork or is even just outside.....he continues to produce more which is lighter in color and soft....to the point that I really cannot pick it up effectively..it is like he empties it out before it has a chance to absorb the water back.

He does not seem to have ill consequences of this other than picking it up is a chore for me. I know, though, that it is not optimal. Fiber has not helped this problem (e.g. pumpkin).

There are zero signs of allergies on his skin, eyes, etc. And he is not an itchy dog.

Suggestions for this scenario. First stools hard. Soft later.
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My dogs have all been this same way. I have never been concerned. But would love to hear other people thoughts.


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Old 05-11-2014, 08:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Have you ever tried Psyllium Seed Husks? It comes from the Plantago ovate plant which is rich is soluble fiber. Funny thing about psyllium is that it is used for constipation OR diarrhea! It can stabilize bowl movements in some pets/people. It also helps to detox the colon! You can start out with 1/4th teaspoon and then work up to the amount that keeps your dogs stool steady. Once using it, if the increase of the psyllium begins to loosen the stool up again, back off to previous dosage, hold there and watch.

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Old 05-11-2014, 09:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Some of the GSDs that I have owned have done this. Does not matter what you feed them. I feel that the dog gets ride of all waste so he can be at the top of his game. He is excited. Knows that activity is coming and wants to be ready. Early defecation can be the result. Some things I have tried that helped was feeding a little less, spreading out the feeding times and exercise times a little farther apart.
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Poo thread, got to love it. My Jack Russell and my GSD both eat the exact same food and have different texture stools. JCT, is small, rock hard sausage shaped ends. My GSD has softer stools, massive, leaves traces on the ground. I know the digestive enzymes and the bentonite (animin) with the coconut oil help's a lot. A dog at the vet, shedding on the couch there, was given the head's up about coconut oil, this dog was a shedding machine. The only thing I can GUESS is, the JRT has a more efficient digestive system the GSD. > ?
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Old 05-11-2014, 09:20 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Rusty's poop is like this when we get out of the car at training class or when we start on a hiking trail. He's excited, overly eager to get started. It's mush, hard to pick up.

At home or just out & about casually his poop is solid & well formed, easy to pick up with no residue left over.

Guess I never worried about but am curious about the responses your thread will get.
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Old 05-11-2014, 09:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
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All my dogs including Jedda have done that, too. Even though Jedda's on raw now and has compact little poos at home, she'll still have a softy about 10 minutes into a hike. I think what wouldn't normally come out for a while, and would have more water absorbed by the intestines, gets stimulated to be evacuated by the exercise. In my opinion, no worries! I don't think adding fiber would necessarily change anything about exercise poo!
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Old 05-11-2014, 09:52 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Wonderful sounds like I am not alone but not sure why some dogs don't do this.
I have some psyllium I take (Konsyl unflavored, all it is is psyllium) and I thought about that....I guess it sure can't hurt.

If we are going out to work, I do cut his rations a LOT just before work.

It is terrible to pick up though.......Sure enough our morning walk, after a productive morning poo, I still filled two bags with the loose stuff and the last of it I could not get up.
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Our dogs have always been that way too. They can have absolutely perfect firm, bouncy poop at home, but after running around at the park chasing balls or any other kind of intense exercise it's much softer.
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Old 05-11-2014, 02:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
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My dog do exactly the same. Sometimes twice after the first poo. We have to avoid streets with restaurants and other business in our way back home because is very dificult to pick up all the stuff
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