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I adopted my gsd from a rescue in early May and he was being fed the very basic kibble. I switched him to raw diet right away. I can tell he loves eating raw.


Problem is that he doesn't constituently have hard stools. 90% of the time it's wet stools. Several weeks ago I came home to two big piles of diaherra on the carpet.

I've tried pumpkin but that only seems to help little. I've been feeding him chicken and nothing else. I don't know what to do.

Please help. I don't want to switch him back to kibble but I don't know...


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Have you had him checked for parasites? What exactly are you feeding (other than chicken and pumpkin)? Whole chicken? Leg quarters? Any organ meat?
 

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Had him checked for parasites and he came back clean.


I did try some organ meat and it just seemed to make it worse.


So right now I take a whole chicken, cut it in half down the middle neck to end. Then I take each half and cut it in half. He gets one half in the morning and the other at evening. So half a chicken a day. No organ meats


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Yes, get some probiotics/digestive enzymes and or raw fresh(frozen) green tripe. Have you looked at the raw forums for balances and portions?
 

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Forgot to mention that usually he drops stool twice a day, in the morning and Evening. If he doesn't at evening he usually wakes me up at around 2 or 3 am to be let out. This really messes up my schedule caused have to be up at 5 am


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I'm having the same issue with both our dogs... We switched back in April and I never feel like the stools are the way they are supposed to be. Wet, a lot of the times runny... We've tried pumpkin, give yogurt every day, tried less OM... Can't figure it out :( it's worse for our senior dog... I'm wondering if we should just switch her back to kibble... But coat, doggy smell, breath, teeth, etc. have all improved with raw! I just hate seeing them have digestive issues.... It can't feel good.

I'll be following this post to see if you have any improvements... Good luck :/


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My girl has loose stool on chicken quarters, she needs necks or backs to keep it firm. If I overfeed the necks and backs then its like shes pooping croutons it looks so dry. It may be my dog but I never wake up to let her go, she stays in the crate fine if I sleep in also.
 

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I'm having the same issue with both our dogs... We switched back in April and I never feel like the stools are the way they are supposed to be. Wet, a lot of the times runny... We've tried pumpkin, give yogurt every day, tried less OM... Can't figure it out :( it's worse for our senior dog... I'm wondering if we should just switch her back to kibble... But coat, doggy smell, breath, teeth, etc. have all improved with raw! I just hate seeing them have digestive issues.... It can't feel good.

I'll be following this post to see if you have any improvements... Good luck :/


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Yeah and he seems to enjoy chomping down on the chicken so much more. He teeth look better and his coat!

I don't want to switch him back to an high end kibble. I would much prefer to stay on raw if I can figure this out.


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Have you thought of the possibility that he may be allergic to chicken? It's not unheard of. Maybe try a different protein source and see if that helps. Just a thought.
 

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Try some prepared or dehydrated raw, if you are sure there's no parasites or anything.
Some petfood stores have prepared raw in a freezer section, and I like The Honest Kitchen, it's dehydrated in case I forget to thaw something out.

suggested portion sizes are on the package.
 

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Try adding a couple of chicken necks to each meal and see if it makes a difference.
 

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I would check him again for both coccidia and giardia (the latter can be tough to find). Adding probiotics and/or digestive enzymes are also a good idea. You should also look into other protein sources like maybe turkey or rabbit. Like chicken there isn't any part of the rabbit he can not have though I have had a couple of dogs over the years that won't eat it (they will eat the wild ones, but not the domestic). It is possible that he has an issue with chicken.

I would also thoroughly wash and rinse off of the chickens if you haven't tried that. Some are packaged in a broth/brine that he might be reacting to.
 

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I only had time to go grab a bottle of kefir from the store. Says it is probiotic with 12 species of microbes.

Might go by petco tomorrow. I don't live in a big town so my options are limited except for the Internet


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I know that the skin can cause runs too.

Dante get runs now an then. I have to balance out his Muscle Meat and Bony Meat; also too much Organ meat makes him runny as well.
 

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I vote with the digestive enzymes (pancreatin type),

possible parasites - some on here have used non toxic "Kocci free" with great success.

Could be fat intolerance (so enzymes again - pancrealipase) Bert's blend has a good one that also has L-glutamine (excellent for healing the villi in the GI tract to repair leaky gut)

Slippery elm - tea or capsules

probiotic (I think the bert's blend is also probiotic)

Strip the fat off
 
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