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Old 07-30-2010, 12:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hard poop and then soft poop

I have tried feeding my dobie Purina Pro Plan, Canidae, Taste of the Wild, and Diamond. He is currently on diamond. Regardless of the brand, he has the same poop pattern. He poops twice each time I take him out to poop. The first poop is solid (though the color is lighter than I want). After a few minutes of walking, he will poop a second time. This poop is soft. It looks like ice cream coming from a machine.

Anybody have thoughts on this? I think it is because I am feeding him too much. His digestive system cannot handle all the food, so the soft poop is food that is not digested.
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Just curious, do you gradually change the food or are you just switching from food to food? If you are, how long are you leaving the dog on the food before you change it again?
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When your dog is sleeping, his intestinal tract absorbs the moisture from the waste and his first poop of the day is hard since it does not contain as much moisture. Subsequent poops don't remove so much moisture, and the poops are soft. Feed your dog dry food on a consistent schedule. Just a guess. I am not a vet.
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BTW how old is your dog, and how big is your dog? Do you leave food out for him or are you feeding him on a schedule? What times do you feed him? Do you let him drink beer after 10 PM? That will contribute to soft poops.
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Old 07-30-2010, 01:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have tried feeding my dobie Purina Pro Plan, Canidae, Taste of the Wild, and Diamond. He is currently on diamond. Regardless of the brand, he has the same poop pattern. He poops twice each time I take him out to poop. The first poop is solid (though the color is lighter than I want). After a few minutes of walking, he will poop a second time. This poop is soft. It looks like ice cream coming from a machine.

Anybody have thoughts on this? I think it is because I am feeding him too much. His digestive system cannot handle all the food, so the soft poop is food that is not digested.
I am going along with your line of thinking re: quantity of food. how much are you feeding each meal?
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:43 AM   #6 (permalink)
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It could definately be quantity. I just reduced my 14 wk old's and her poop firmed up immediately.
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My dobbie has the same issue I'll try reducing his food and see how that goes. Thanks for the tips
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Old 08-13-2010, 01:01 PM   #8 (permalink)
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If what all the other DT members are saying doesn't work, then try doing a fecal/giardia test through your vet.

Sometimes intestinal parasites will cause dogs to have inconsistent stools. Especially giardia.

When my pup was younger, he had that same issue, good, not so good, hard, soft... his vet recommended a fecal/giardia and sure enough, he had giardia. Nasty little protazoa.
Thank you coyotes in Southern California for spreading giardia everywhere!

Not the coyotes fault but I check Doc every six months now, just to be safe
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