|09-10-2013 09:40 PM|
I don't know anything to help firm up stools except for canned pumpkin or just going to a bland diet of beef and rice.
But I wanted to ask you if you thought up giving canned green tripe to him? It has a lot of health benefits to it and it might be able to help with digestion.
Green Tripe Original Canned Dog Food contains tripe which are the partially digested grains and grasses that a cow has eaten. Dogs and cats cannot convert vegetation into nutrients within their own stomach. With tripe, they receive all the essential nutrients which has already been processed naturally by the cow's stomach system. A cow's stomach lining contains natural gastric juices, amino acids and other digestive enzymes not found in other pet food. These help in efficient digestion and maximum nutrition. Amino acids support muscular development and gastric juices are also excellent teeth cleaners.
Features · Natural food with proportionate ingredients to support digestion Item Specifications: Size 12/13.2 Oz Cans per Case Ingredients Green Beef Tripe Water Garlic Powder Vegetable Gum* Guaranteed Analysis Crude Protein (min)11.00% Moisture (max)79.80% Fatty Acids (Omega 6) (min) 0.47% Crude Fiber (max) 0.50% Fatty Acids (Omega 3) (min)0.20% Crude Fat (min)7.00% Ash (max)1.00%w
|09-10-2013 09:28 PM|
|Stevenzachsmom||Thank you everyone. Great suggestions and a lot of things to consider. He is such a sweet big boy. My husband calls him the crazy uncle. "Who let the crazy uncle out of his room?" He is such a big goofball. He came tearing out of the bedroom and took out the baby gate between the dining room and kitchen. He didn't even slow down. Just body slammed the thing. He was like an off the track greyhound. GEEZ!|
|09-10-2013 08:52 PM|
We're dealing with loose stool issues over here, too, so we feel your pain.
I haven't tried Tylan/tylosin but it seems many GSDs with chronic loose stools respond very well to it, particularly if the issue is in the colon rather than the small intestine (and the going several times a day in small squirts is suggestive of colonic involvement). Probiotics can be helpful, particularly for a dog that has been on antibiotics. I've had FortiFlora work pretty well. ProStora is coming highly recommended now, as its cultures are dog-specific. I've been using Total-zymes, but I'm not sure yet if they're helping or not. The tough thing about probiotics seems to be that some dogs respond really well to something as simple as a spoonful of yogurt, whereas others need to try a few probiotics before hitting on the "right" one for that dog.
I'd second the fiber suggestion-- some dogs do better with a bit of psyllium fiber (available at a health food store like Vitamin Barn or Whole Foods) as opposed to Metamucil, which has added sugar. Be careful about the fiber though-- add it in slowly and make sure it doesn't make him feel worse.
|09-10-2013 04:37 PM|
|Daisy&Lucky's Mom||No great advice here. We found that yogurt was the culprit w/ Chevy while she was on steroids for a skin infection. However now she tolerates it in small doses.Lucky is my solid stool guy who appears to have a caste iron stomach . No advice here sounds like you got some good fedback.|
|09-10-2013 04:25 PM|
Man, my whole world has been loose stools recently! I'm not sure if I'm qualified to say, since we're still experimenting, but our little one definitely has a food allergy and I have noticed that when she is eating food that she is allergic to, she tends to drink more water...and does the squatty thing where she strains and leaves two or three unformed turds in a row.
We think we've narrowed it down to food that contains either chicken or rice, but it's an expensive experiment trying different foods to find out what ingredient they're allergic to. We gone through 4 bags so far, with two hits and two misses.
We are also using Fortiflora because she was on two rounds of flagyl and plus another antibiotic for her skin (which she only took for 2 days because it made her HYPER!) before we realized it was an allergy. She seems to respond well to the fortiflora. Pumpkin hasn't really helped her, plus it's also difficult to get her to eat it.
|09-10-2013 04:08 PM|
And thank you to everyone who responded!
|09-10-2013 03:33 PM|
|WVGSD||My GSDs both do better with two generic metamucil (fiber) capsules given in a meatball of canned food with each meal every day. I also rescued (foster failed) a 30 inch tall GSD in December 2010 who weighed 70 pounds when he was seized by animal control. Tried all sorts of fixes and it was Tylan powder that gave him the relief from his SIBO. I am a believer in both fiber and Tylan powder.|
|09-10-2013 03:08 PM|
Congrats on the new foster!!!!
I don't have much for you regarding the soft stools. Pumpkin always works for me.
|09-10-2013 02:49 PM|
|Blanketback||I'm a nut - I have a phobia about water, and what's in it. Hey, I did warn you it was just my own hunch, lol. And I've been warned not to read too much on the 'net...but ick, having other peoples' medications pass through their urine, and then the water is treated but doesn't remove that either...ick ick ick! If someone wants to tell me I'm a total lunatic to worry about this, please do!|
|09-10-2013 02:44 PM|
|Quinnsmom||I'm waiting for someone more knowledgeable than me to chime in about probiotics. Maybe his digestive system is still unbalanced from the antibiotic. My guy recently had a two week session of abx and it took another week of adding Fortiflora to his diet to firm up the poops.|
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