Join Date: May 2010
Location: San Clemente, CA
I agree, the world of kibble is overwhelming. But as one who doesn't want to feed raw, I'm going to keep researching. Also, I think what works well for one dog doesn't necessarily work for another.
I have a 7 mo old femal GSD that we got from our local shelter 2 mos ago. She had variable, but mostly soft poops from the get go. She was on Science Diet Development (from the shelter), so I thought it was the food. I tried a few different foods over the past 2 months, slowly transitioning, but not staying on one for perhaps long enough. I finally settled on Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Venison as it was grain free and two friends who had poop issues with their dogs had success with it.
I thought Lilly was getting better, but no. Finally, though she had been wormed at the shelter and was on monthly oral worming medication, I had a fecal test done on her plus a Giardia test. Guess what? Postive for Giardia. I live in Southern CA and our vet said that he's never seen so much Giardia.
Lilly had 5 days of 7 g/day Pancur, then 7 days of 1500 mg/day Flagyl, and just finished a second 5 days of 7 g/day Panacur. We continued to treat because her stools got better on the first round of Panacur, then worse again on the Flagyl. I've also purchased and am using the supplements The Great Dane Lady recommends (Bac-Pac Plus and MSM). Plus, I'm using the Purina Fortiflora that the vet recommended.
Lilly has had 2 Lomomil 2x/day for the past 5 days (has really helped).
I've also cut back on her food volume from 5-6 cups / day to no more than 5 cups.
All her treats are grain free.
Her poops have been good today...maybe we're finally over the hump?
Bottom line, do a fecal check, more than once even! I wish I had done this earlier. Some parasites, like Giardia and Cocidia, are hard to catch on a fecal.