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Hello everybody. Hope everybody is having a good weekend. I know runny stool comes up a lot but with the link to her recent vaccines, I felt this could warrant a separate thread.



Dutchy had a few vaccines giving a couple weeks ago. Ever since, she has had persistent runny stool. Her stool will clear up for maybe half a day to a full day, but has been mostly wet and sometimes completely runny since.


Canned pumpkin works everytime but she will no longer eat it.
Chicken and Rice doesn't seem to do much for her. It may constipate her and clear her stool up somewhat, but not completely.



My next move is to put her on a 24 hour fast.



She's a year and three months old. Had her recent blood work and stool check come back completely clear. No change in energy level and nothing else wrong with her.


Any other suggestions or tips?
 

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My first response is human food. Does anyone else live with you? That could possibly be giving your dog “treats?” Or does your dog trash and counter surf? One of our pups was having constant diarrhea, and we finally figured out that my girls were slipping her their dinner they didn’t want to eat. She also has swiped food from the trash or counter a time or two. We had to install a baby latch on the cupboard the trash can resides in.

Another thought is actual treats. Sometimes we (a collective we) overuse treats during training without even realizing it. Or use treats that have an ingredient in it that doesn’t so well with the dog.

If none of the above are the case, what food is being fed to the dog? It could be a sensitivity to either the protein or grain (or grain substitute) in the dog kibble itself.
 

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I would still take a stool sample to the vet to have it checked for parasites, just in case she picked up something 2 weeks ago.

To get Hans to eat pumpkin again after he stopped, I added 1/2 teaspoon of canned sardines to flavor it. Scarfs it down now, every time, no problem.
 
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I use a product manufactured in Germany called Olewo. Made from dehydrated carrots it firms up loose stools and has many health benefits as well. You can find it on Amazon with lots of great reviews.

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Take her back the vet for an exam and fecal. I doubt the vaccines caused it but IF they did, the vet needs to know and report it. My guess is she just picked up something or it's a coincidence that it started at the same time.
 

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My first response is human food. Does anyone else live with you? That could possibly be giving your dog “treats?” Or does your dog trash and counter surf? One of our pups was having constant diarrhea, and we finally figured out that my girls were slipping her their dinner they didn’t want to eat. She also has swiped food from the trash or counter a time or two. We had to install a baby latch on the cupboard the trash can resides in.

Another thought is actual treats. Sometimes we (a collective we) overuse treats during training without even realizing it. Or use treats that have an ingredient in it that doesn’t so well with the dog.

If none of the above are the case, what food is being fed to the dog? It could be a sensitivity to either the protein or grain (or grain substitute) in the dog kibble itself.

Thank you for the response! I don't believe any of these to be an issue. There's been no changes to any of this in about the past 6 months. Does not get human food at all and her treats have been cut a few times during this cycle to the point that she's lost a few pounds. I have her on Victor which she has seemed to accept pretty well


I would still take a stool sample to the vet to have it checked for parasites, just in case she picked up something 2 weeks ago.

To get Hans to eat pumpkin again after he stopped, I added 1/2 teaspoon of canned sardines to flavor it. Scarfs it down now, every time, no problem.

Sardines huh? Interesting. I'll check it out!!


I use a product manufactured in Germany called Olewo. Made from dehydrated carrots it firms up loose stools and has many health benefits as well. You can find it on Amazon with lots of great reviews.

Craig

Thank you for the suggestion! Will definitely check it out!
 

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Pumpkin causes soft stools in my dog and many others according to my vet.
My dog had colitis 6-7 weeks ago. Metronidazole, boiled beef and potatoes cleared it up. Adored Beast’s GutSoothe helped too.
Pumpkin does the same for us, we’d never had any success with pumpkin.
 

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Agree about checking in with your vet. Ask about the ELISA stool test for Giardia.

I keep the following two products on hand in case the pumpkin doesn't work:
If it’s really bad: DiaGel: https://www.amazon.com/Diagel-Diarr...rhea+for+pets&qid=1567447738&s=gateway&sr=8-6
For loose stool – Organic Psyllium Powder – 1 t. to 1 T. per meal (note that stool will have a “Jello-like” appearance)
https://www.amazon.com/Anthonys-Org...psyllium&qid=1567448118&s=gateway&sr=8-5&th=1

Just a thought here: Is it possible that you opened a new bag of Victor around the time this happened? I ask because Victor changed their ingredients and possibly (from your supplier) you've just started the "new" version???? See the thread here: https://www.germanshepherds.com/for...ention-those-who-feed-victor-dog-food-11.html
Post #107: " Instead of chicken, chicken meal, and brown rice as their first ingredients, they are now chicken meal, grain sorghum and peas"

Another thought: Question on your "chicken & rice" meal:
*Are you boiling the chicken breast without the skin and fat and rinsing it thoroughly before feeding?
*Are you cooking the rice (not instant rice) with twice the amount of water and cooking it longer so that it becomes digestible?
For meat, you could also try boiling ground turkey breast or ground sirloin and rinsing well.

Slippery Elm given an hour before eating coats and soothes the gut. https://www.amazon.com/NOW-Slippery...=slippery+elm&qid=1567511592&s=gateway&sr=8-4

Digestive Enzymes/Probiotics would be a great choice for your dog:
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.

Sunday Sundae https://feedsentials.com/sundaysundae (click on the email to order)
Gut Sooth and Healthy Gut: https://market.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/collections/digestive-support
Gut Sense http://dr-dobias-natural-healing-usa...ducts/gutsense
Mercola Digestive/Probiotic: https://shop.mercola.com/product/2118/1/whole-food-digestive-probiotic-for-pets-94g-per-container-1-container
Digest All Plus: https://www.thewholisticpet.com/dog/supplements/digestion/wholistic-digest-all-plustm.html

Moms :)
 
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