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post #31 of 41 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 10:00 PM
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Can some dog food cause large poops? I know this may sound strange but when Stella started eating Natural Balance it seemed her poops were huge!
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Natural Balance and stools

We started feeding Almo, our 3 yr. old GSD Natural Balance and his stools were voluminous. We put him on this as the vet recommended a LID food. It seems he's excreting more then he is taking in. Maybe it's just the way the food is? Let me know if you find out.
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Here is my story. I wrote it about Maya and my search for answers to her diarrhea. I hope it helps.

EPI and Dogs - Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
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Remember to get to the vet if

Warning Signs That Diarrhea Needs Medical Attention
• Black, tarry stool, or stool with copious amounts of fresh (bright red) blood
• Loss of appetite
• Marked lethargy
• Frequent vomiting
• Signs of abdominal pain (bloating, groaning, panting rapidly or avoidance response when belly is touched)
• Lasts longer than 48 hours (Since it can rapidly weaken puppies and geriatrics, or dogs with chronic diseases, they may need veterinary attention sooner.)

Home Treatment of Diarrhea

The most important step in treating acute diarrhea is to rest the GI tract by withholding all food for 24 hours. The dog should be encouraged to drink as much water as he wants. With persistent diarrhea, consider giving a supplemental electrolyte solution such as Pedialyte, available over the counter in pharmacies and grocery stores. Dilute it by one-half with water and add it to the dog’s drinking bowl. Custom canine electrolyte solutions and sport drinks are also available, such as K9 Thirst Quencher. These are flavored to encourage the dog to drink. If the dog won’t drink the electrolyte solution, offer only water. A low-salt bouillon cube dissolved in the water can help encourage him to drink.
Acute diarrhea usually responds within 24 hours to intestinal rest. Start the dog out on an easily digestible diet that’s low in fat. Examples are boiled hamburger (one part drained meat to two parts cooked rice) and boiled chicken with the skin removed. Cooked white rice, cottage cheese, cooked macaroni, cooked oatmeal, and soft-boiled eggs are other easily digestible foods. Feed three or four small meals a day for the first two days. Then slowly switch the diet back to the dog’s regular food.

Obtain immediate veterinary care if:
  • The diarrhea continues for more than 24 hours
  • The stool contains blood or is black and tarry
  • The diarrhea is accompanied by vomiting
  • The dog appears weak or depressed or has a fever
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Vet Advice: Treating Your Dog's Diarrhea | The Bark

However, when your dog has mild diarrhea and doesn’t meet any of the above criteria, the best things to start with are a 24-hour rice-water fast; white rice balls that contain active probiotic cultures; and the oral administration of an intestinal protectant such as kaolin clay and pectin (KaoPectate™) or a suspension containing bismuth subsalicylate (PeptoBismol™). Loperamide (Imodium™) can be given if the diarrhea doesn’t resolve easily; caution is required when using this OTC medication in Collies, and don’t use it for more than five days. (Another caveat: While dogs can tolerate PeptoBismol or KaoPectate, these medications should never be given to cats, as they contain salicylates, which are potentially toxic for felines.)
Fasting your dog allows her GIT to rest and recover from whatever insult it has received. During the fast, make sure she has plenty of rice water to drink. Rice water is the creamy liquid that results from boiling white rice in water. It’s important to use a good quality white rice; “minute” rice does not work and brown rice has too much fiber in it, which does not help firm the stool because it speeds the transit of digested material through the colon.
To make rice water, boil one cup of white rice in four cups of water for 20 to 30 minutes (depending on your altitude) until the water turns creamy white. Decant the liquid and allow it to cool. You can serve the rice water to your dog as often as she will drink it. If she isn’t interested, mix a teaspoon of chicken baby food (or another flavor that your pet likes) in the rice water to increase its palatability. (Hint: One cup of white rice makes a lot of rice water!)
Probiotics—living bacterial cultures intended to assist the body’s naturally occurring gut flora in reestablishing themselves—may also help speed recovery. These live microorganisms are found in yogurt, for example, and are also available from your health food store or your veterinarian as high-potency powdered acidophilus cultures, which are more effective than yogurt for diarrhea. Mix these cultures into the rice water that you are serving your pet during its fast.


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Here is my story. I wrote it about Maya and my search for answers to her diarrhea. I hope it helps.

EPI and Dogs - Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
I have looked into EPI, but our vet doesn't think that is the issue because of her age. My girl is almost eleven year's old. Her diarrhea started about 3 months ago. She seems to have all the symptoms and is losing a lot of weight. I recently switched her to Natures Variety Instinct Raw and Prairie salmon kibble with brown rice. She likes the food but is always hungry. The poor girl is straining every time she goes, and it has gotten to the point that she cannot hold it anymore, leaving us surprises on the carpet. Other than the diarrhea, she is a happy dog. I am hoping someone on this site has advice to help with this. BTW, before the diarrhea started, I was thinking she has CDRM because of the way she was walking. The vet put her on pain pills and her back straightened out. She still does a little stumbling, but that could be lack of nutrition. Thank you!
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One of my GSD's has EPI. They thought she was too old for it (whatever that means) but her labs came back positive. Our baby had a lot of issues with loose stool/diarrhea but found when she ate the other's food with the enzymes, it went away. So she gets them in her food too. They're not expensive and vet says it cannot hurt her.

We use the human grade Pancreatin - NOW Foods that we get at the health food store. We open several caps and mix it in her food. Food must be damp for it to work properly.

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My all black German Shepherd, Patty, had chronic diarrhea from the time she was about 10 months old. I took her to the Vet at least 3 or 4 times a year for this condition. After blood work and a basic exam, all I got was "that's a Shepherd" I was very frustrated as my dog had NO energy, slept most of the time, would not play at the dog park for more than 5 minutes etc.I tried every kind of food-food with rice, all natural food, chicken and rice (people food) and she still kept having diarrhea.She was also very over-weight even though I cut back on her food.I thought it was her lack of energy. I did find a grain free food that helped as long as that was all she ate.At our last Vet visit, one of the Vet's in the practice tested my dog's thyroid.It turned out her thyroid was not functioning at all!!She has been on the thyroid medication for two months (and will be for life) and she can eat everything (not that I feed her everything)!!She is a different dog now; she plays at the dog park, can't wait to go for her walks and is much more vocal than she ever was.She also lost 12 pounds while eating more food during these past two month.I wanted to pass this on as it may be the problem for many Shepherd's out there and it is not being checked.

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Our 6 year old was diagnosed with colitis. Looking for alternatives to the steroids and antibiotic. Just started him on probiotics.
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Hi! & Welcome!
I think you will get a better response if you begin a new thread of your own explaining the whole story such as what tests were done, what exactly has your dog been eating (food, treats & supplements) for the past 6 years. Does he have any problems such as being anxious, scared, aggressive, has separation anxiety etc.? Exact meds and dosage vet has him on now or previously? Illness history? When did the symptoms start? What are his symptoms? Anything you can think of that will give people a complete picture of your boy!

For a natural supplement Colitis can be helped by the ingredients in: Gastriplex: Thorne Research Gastriplex Dog Cat Supplement
N-Acetyl-D-Glucosamine 125 mg
L-Glutamine 100 mg
Slippery Elm (bark) (Ulmus rubra) 100 mg
Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) (root) (Glycrrhiza spp.) 25 mg
Bacillus coagulans 25 mg
Quercetin (water soluble) 25 mg
Saccharomyces boulardii 25 mg
Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5) 12.5 mg
Folic Acid 50 mcg
(google these ingredients individually for how they relate to colitis)

GREAT that you've started a Probiotic! They are all not equal in quality! Which brand is he on?

There are also Homeopathic Remedies that can help.
If you tell me what state you are in, I can give you a list of Registered Holistic Vets who specialize in Homeopathy.


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