|02-18-2014 04:59 PM|
Glad to hear that Chich is feeling better. It sounds like you are taking the right approach. I add a capsule of slippery elm supplement from the pharmacy when she has pudding poop. Another thing that helps to firm up the poop (and dogs love it) is 1/4 cup of 100% all bran, believe it or not. It works like a charm. I got both of those ideas from the forum here. I also add a sprinkle of powdered gelatin to her food to help with joint health and a nice coat. She seems to like the taste.
I went through basically the same thing as you, but it took me a good two or three months figure out why Revy was having diarrhoea issues. We had her on Royal Canin German Shepherd puppy food for a few months when she suddenly developed diarrhoea. We switched her to a grain-free food, but it didn't help, we put her on antibiotics and it helped for a while then returned, we tried ground beef and rice, and boiled chicken and rice, and it would get better and then return. We tried her on raw, but didn't do enough research. Finally, we put her on a limited ingredient/novel protein diet (kangaroo and oatmeal from Iams) and stopped all treats of any kind - nothing but the kibble. That cleared it up. When we switched her to a new food, we took several weeks and transitioned slowly and she's been fine for the last 5 months now. She's on Natural Balance rabbit and potato.
As it turned out, what caused the problem for us was introducing too many foods too quickly, switching her food too quickly, feeding her too much, giving her too many treats and the big one was that we didn't realize that we shouldn't let her chew on raw hides. It took us probably a good two or three months to figure it out and it was just so frustrating and heart breaking.
I'm glad to hear that you've got things under control. Good luck to you and feel free to send me a pm if you are looking to commiserate.
|02-18-2014 04:08 PM|
Thanks for all the replies and help guys, Chich has his stool back to normal now, I've decided to keep him on just kibble till he gets a little older and bigger and try reintroduce raw meat. I give him 3 meals a day, a measured cup at each meal, and soak in warm water for 10min before giving him his meal. Although he still isnt taking to well to it, I wanted to get something to add to his kibble so he will be more interested in his food. Unfortunately there is no source of 100% pumpkin in a can in Australia, so is there any other recommendations? I was thinking all natural greek yoghurt?
Thanks again guys.
|02-17-2014 12:42 PM|
Zedative: I get this great newsletter from Tufts University and they had an article on Homemade Diets in the February issue that is really good if you are interested (Volume XX Number 2)
They evaluated 200 recipes and only nine provided all the necessary nutrients. Eight of those recipes were written by veterinarians board-certified in nutrition. Really interesting article since you are raising a puppy. Just thought I would mention it
|02-17-2014 11:49 AM|
|Heidigsd||Zedative: check your PM|
|02-17-2014 11:36 AM|
|sehrgutcsg||My friend Nick in Denver, CO had a hybrid wolf who was thrown a entire raw chicken, in the wild I have no problems with this, the wolf choked and died. I am never against anything that works, just take all the necessary steps to prevent heartache...Nick has 500+ cattle, long horn's, 100+ horses and 3000 acres in Antinito, accidents happen.. T Bone ranch..|
|02-17-2014 11:28 AM|
If your dog can't eat the bones, how about getting a pre-ground raw or grinding it yourself? We get pre-ground whole prey model raw, which includes the bones and organs, ground "chunky" but still small enough.
If we feed chicken backs or anything, we cut them into pieces small enough so he isn't swallowing anything too large.
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|02-17-2014 11:18 AM|
It's not a fad. Dried cooked kibble has only been around since the 1950's, and only became popular in the 1980's when there were news reports released with all the myths we now associate with raw, like the bones will splinter (only cooked will), it will turn your dog into a bloodthirsty monster (lies), it's impossible to feed a balanced diet unless it's kibble (also very untrue), salmonella risks (extremely low actually), etc. So people started feeding kibble bc they wanted to do what was best for their dog, and continued bc it was convenient and mostly cheap. We are learning more and more now, and while some dogs DO have sensitive stomachs (due to breeding or a lifetime of kibble), and do best on a balanced cooked diet, most dogs are far more likely to thrive on a species appropriate diet of raw meats, bones, and organs.... Preferably whole prey if possible, but doing that is hard.
So, I won't get mad at anyone for feeding a quality kibble, I know people have their reasons, whether finances, convenience, freezer space, etc. But don't go knocking it or people who feed it without fully understanding the history and reasons as to why people choose either. It's not a fad. In the grand scheme of things, KIBBLE is a fad.
To the OP, I'm glad you're finding what is working for you and your pup. I'd give pumpkin a try to help firm up that stool if you can...
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|02-17-2014 09:48 AM|
I don't understand the whole raw and bones fad. Dogs ate this ions ago in the wild. Our dogs aren't in the wild. Add your own home cooked as topper to kibble
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|02-17-2014 02:54 AM|
|zedative||He just passed a stool infront of me, its more solid, but after starting him on chicken wings and drum sticks last night, i found a bone about the size of a pinky in his stool, and a very little dab of blood on the last piece of his stool (I assume caused by this bone). Any advice? I think I am going to stick to kibble for his last meal tonight.|
|02-16-2014 10:36 PM|
|shepherdmom||When I first brought my boy home he had pudding poo. After having it checked by my vet she suggested pumpkin. (get the canned 100% pumpkin with nothing added, not the pie filling) and within a day it had formed up. It was still soft though so after a couple of days I slowly mixed in a different food and now it is normal poo.|
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