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Hello, I have a 7 month old white shepherd. I got him 5 months ago. In that 5 months I can count on 1 hand how many solid stools he has had. They are very much cow pie to soft serve ice cream.
Blood Work:
Cobalamin 199 (251-908), Folate 9.7 (7.7-24.4) PLI 42 (0-200) TLI 13.7 (5.7-45.2)

No EPI but he is low on B12, vet gave him a shot and told me I can give him B12 pills once a week for 6 weeks instead of bringing him in for a shot for 6 weeks. I have had him to the vet about once a month.
He goes to doggy day care twice a week. Those are the only nights I do not come home and have to clean the bathroom floors and mop. I keep him in there because when he was in crate he pooped in it and laid in it all day. I feel sorry for him and am trying to get him right.
He eats twice a day Natural Balance LID Sweet potato & fish 1 1/2 cup each time. His treats are Natural Balance Sweet potato & bison.
I had 3 shepherds 5 years ago, but they were outside dags and had no issues.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Hey there fellow white shepherd! Curious where did you get your dog from? Mine had the same symptoms. Did vet do a fecal exam? Did they run an ELSIA test to check for Giardia? The food your feeding is usually very good for stomach issues.. my boy would get so sick on that though since he has a sweet potato and fish allergy! Could be a hidden parasite like Giardia or food intolerance?
 

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I have been dealing with sloppy poop since October. Well, it started in October, treated, and was better by the end of December, until we boarded my boy in March and started all over again...

He was tested for EPI...negative but his values were on the low normal side. We treated him and again are treating him for SIBO. Tylan powder for 45 days, B12, and a limited diet grain free food. We are about 3 weeks into treatment and today we finally have had 2 normal poops!!!

I am not totally convinced that we are not headed toward EPI at some time in the future but for now he still is within normal values.

Of course there are so many things that could cause sloppy poop. EPI/SIBO are just 2 of them. If you are going down that road there is a great group called EPI4dogs.com. Tons of information and lots of support.
 

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Hello, I have a 7 month old white shepherd. I got him 5 months ago. In that 5 months I can count on 1 hand how many solid stools he has had. They are very much cow pie to soft serve ice cream.

Those are the only nights I do not come home and have to clean the bathroom floors and mop. I keep him in there because when he was in crate he pooped in it and laid in it all day. I feel sorry for him and am trying to get him right.
He eats twice a day Natural Balance LID Sweet potato & fish 1 1/2 cup each time. His treats are Natural Balance Sweet potato & bison.

This is awful for you!

I don't think the NB is working for him.
BTW, Natural Balance sold to Del Monte in 2013 :eek:

These are a few items in dog food AND treats that dogs are sensitive to: Chicken Items (Meat, Meal, Fat, Eggs, Cartilage) Grains of all kinds (including oatmeal and oatmeal shampoo!), even some of the "Non-Gluten" grains, Lentils/Pea items, Potatoes, Flax seed or oil, certain Fish (my Grand-Dog is sensitive to fish) and Yeast supplements. So read the ingredient list VERY carefully.


I would begin a transition by fasting him for 12 to 24 hours, water or bone broth only, then, I would use Boiled, Boneless, Skinless, Chicken or Turkey breast (the ground turkey breast is easy to use) rinse it well, then shred (if whole chicken breast), mixed with Long Cooking White Rice. This combo will let his gut rest.

Prepare the White Rice (not instant) as follows: Cook the rice with about 2 times the amount of water suggested. The cook time will take almost twice as long but will make the rice super digestible. Adjust stove heat towards the end of cooking time so as not to burn.

Ratio mix should be 2 cups rice to 1 cup chicken.

Feeding should be divided into about 4 smaller feedings per day. You could even add 1 Tablespoon of PLAIN Canned Pumpkin per meal.

Adjust amount of this mix fed per day for your size dog.

After a few days of normal stool, transition with small amounts of new kibble mixed with Chicken/Rice mix, taking a few days to change eventually transitioning out the Chicken/Rice mix. If stool gets loose during the transition, go back to previous amount fed (where stool was solid) and hold at that amount for a day or so until his gut gets use to it. Then increase again. This is called "bowel tolerance".

If you need to get something local, Petsmart/Petsco sells Nature's Variety "Instinct - Limited". This has ONE protein only. I would choose the Lamb or Duck: https://www.instinctpetfood.com/dogs/limited-ingredient-diet/instinct-limited-ingredient-diet-grain-free-recipe-real-lamb

TREATS should also be the ONE protein that you are choosing to feed.
For example:
Real Meat Lamb: https://shop.realmeatpet.com/Lamb-Dog-Treats-8oz-30112-30112.htm

Pure Bites Lamb: https://www.chewy.com/purebites-lamb-freeze-dried-dog/dp/117429

Ziwi Peak Lamb Treats: https://www.chewy.com/ziwi-good-dog-rewards-air-dried-lamb/dp/157988


I would also suggest 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 (immune system helps fight allergens and MANY other things) it is very important to keep it healthy.

Below are Human Ingredient Products made for dogs:
Sunday Sundae : http://www.carmspack.com/ (click on “Contact” and use the email to order)
Gut Sense : http://dr-dobias-natural-healing-usa...ducts/gutsense
Digest All Plus: https://www.thewholisticpet.com/dog/supplements/digestion/wholistic-digest-all-plustm.html
Animal Essentials:Plant Enzyme w/ Probiotics 3.5 oz 100 gm - Animal Essentials



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which b12 pills you using - does it have intrinsic factor? once a week pills are likely going to do nothing. Id get wonderlabs b12 for pets and feed daily til those levels go up
 
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