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Old 07-25-2013, 05:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Doberman Diarrhea

We have a 17 week old doberman. We have been having issues with lose stools in his cage. We are still un sure of the cause of the problem. He has always eaten Pro Plan Focus puppy chicken flavor dog food ever since getting him at 8 weeks from the breeder. About a week ago my wife went out and bought Pro plan Focus puppy lamb flavor food and he had his 2nd dose of heart preventative ever and was given his fist dose of frontline ever. obviously approriate doses for his weight. Once we noticed the diarrhea wasnt improving over a day or 2 we thought maybe the lamb flavor food was the cause. We withheld his food for 24 hours not water and he did great no mess no diarrhea in his cage. slowly introduced the Pro Plan chicken flavor back and he did ok the first night but now again we have woken up everynight for the last 2 days to a diarrhea mess in his cage. He acted fine the entire time and hasnt shown any signs of instability. Just wondering if maybe he suddenly developed an intolerance to his food. Or is it the heart work preventative or frontline or an intestinal parasite. Im going to call the vet and have a fecal test done on him. Hope this gets resolved soon
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hard to tell with diet change, giving heartworm preventative and flea meds. That's a lot going on at once. Try to have a week between giving heartworm preventative and front-line. Also don't do those close to vaccinations or vaccinations and rabies within a week or two to each other.


You might need to do a 24 here's fast, then put on chicken and rice diet for three days, then gradually introduce kibble back in over a period of 3 or four days. Watch his stool and if it gets loose back up to amount of chicken and rice where he's okay and do a slower transition.

You might want to give him a teaspoon of plain Greek yogurt during this for the probiotics. You can also give. Tablespoon of plain canned pumpkin, preferably not the pie filling. Pumpkin helps both diarrhea and constipation.
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what are the portion sizes he is receiving at each feeding? I have found with my male that feedings of portions more than a cup at a single feeding will lead to a soft mushy stool and multiple feedings to achieve his proper feed amounts produce firmer stool.
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Is this a Large breed puppy formula or a regular puppy formula? If the latter, it may be too rich and you should go to a large breed formula or an All Life Stages food.

I 2nd doing the chicken and rice diet for a few days - may be 4. Cook the rice until it almost melts otherwise it won't digest. Cook the chicken in water and then throw the rice in to cook - just don't throw away the chicken water since it is full of nutrients. Use skinless fat free chicken portions without additives - i.e. plain breast without bones. NO BONES!!!
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Squirrel had soft poo issues on and off for quite awhile the first several months. I did chicken and rice just like vivienne00 stated (I still do this and I eat half!); I did smaller portions like alan j. mentioned, which would help some, did the yogurt trick at night and even started giving the probiotics every morning as recommended by the Great Dane Lady when switching food and by LindaH. All worked for short time, some foods worked well, others, no matter how expensive, came out faster then she inhaled it.
What was finally figured out by a super nice lady at a little pet shop in Mt Pleasant, SC was that Squirrel needed food with at least 6% fiber...simple as that. I had such tunnel vision on how much protein/fat/calcium/phos/etc that fiber never crossed my mind.
She is on her 3rd bag of Pure Vita grain free (Bison right now) and gets raw when I have it, along with raw frozen fish for treats and hasn't had any issues in a long time.
Just a thought that might be worth looking at for your pup!
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