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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-24-2019, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, this is Storm, she is 3yrs old shepherd husky mix, we’re feeding her royal canin breed specific because it’s the only thing that seems to agree with her stomach. Grain free is out of the question, I also put a topper of fresh cooked meat on her food morning/night. About 1/2 cup. But she always seems to have soft bowl movements. Is this common in shepherds? Or any suggestions to firm them up?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-24-2019, 10:39 PM
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Have you tried giving some canned raw pumpkin? That usually helps my girl. Also, have you gotten her checked for any parasites?
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-24-2019, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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I actually have tried the powderd pumpkin call firm up, it helps a bit but always seems to be soft. The only thing she’s been checked for is heartworm.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-25-2019, 08:18 AM
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Hi Stormsmom and WELCOME!
Beautiful boy!

Try boiling the meat you are using and rinse it VERY well. Some dogs cannot assimilate the 'cooked' grease.


Take in a stool sample to your vet.


If he has gut issues, there are 2 things you might want to try:

*A high quality Digestive Enzyme (helps to assimilate food) & a ProBiotic (keeps the "good" bacteria in the gut). Since about 75% of the immune system lies in the gut, it is very important to keep it healthy.

Mercola Digestive/Probiotic: https://shop.mercola.com/product/2118/1/whole-food-digestive-probiotic-for-pets-94g-per-container-1-container
Gut Sense http://dr-dobias-natural-healing-usa...ducts/gutsense
Digest All Plus: https://www.thewholisticpet.com/dog/...ll-plustm.html
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*Give 1 capsule of Slippery Elm about an hour before feeding. This will "sooth" the gut. You can get this at a local health food store (Not GNC) or the internet: https://www.amazon.com/NOW-Slippery-.../dp/B0014UFVBI


Keep us posted on how he does!

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Thank you so much for your help I will definitely give your suggestions a try and see how she does
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-25-2019, 09:39 AM
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I've heard that too much protein can give them soft stools...when I was giving my dog a lot of high-value training treats (chicken, roast beef), he had soft stools...
it went back to normal when we were done with our class...so maybe cut the meat topper back a bit, and see? I know it seems nice to give it to them, and they love it, but maybe it's the "too much protein" thing?

Oh, and if your dog has more of a "husky stomach", she may do well on something fish-based, I don't know if you've tried.



PS Storm is beautiful and seems to have gotten the big GSD ears. I've got a white shepherd/husky mix! :-)

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Make sure to try only 1 suggestion at a time (for several days to a week) to see if it changes the stool consistency.


If you try more than one, you will not know for sure which one is working or failing!


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Has she been tested for IBD? EPI? SIBO? Parasites like coccidia or guardia? (not sure on spelling of those two!)



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