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    DefaultTen month old Alfie has loose poop, need advice please!

    For quite a few weeks now, my ten month old pup Alfie, has had very loose poop. Its not what I would regard as diarrhoea, but very loose, with hardly any formed poop. As a first time dog owner, I dont know if this should be regarded as a normal poop by a puppy. As like other pups, he does eat disgusting things when out on a walk, including his own poop and other dogs if he finds any. Im very sorry if you are having your dinner and reading this.

    He is vaccinated and has been flea/worm treated with Advocate and an additional worming tablet regularly.

    Is this type of loose stool normal for his age? or should I be worried?

    His diet is the same as what the breeder initially fed him; it is Hill Science diet (puppy formula) I live in the UK so not sure if this is the same name in the USA. We have not changed his diet at all, just increased according to his weight. He is partial to rawhide chews, and gets one chew at least, on a daily basis.

    Thanks for any help or guidance you can give me.

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    I would take him to the vet and make sure he didn't ingest things harmfull. IS their any worms or anything with it?
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    Hi Deidra, thanks for replying. No there are no worms with it. Sometimes he passes tiny pieces of plastic where he has obviously gotten hold of something he shouldnt even though we try so hard to keep a close eye on what he is doing. Other than the loose stools, he is a happy bouncy pup with loads of energy.

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    10 months seems kind of old to be having loose stool all the time. I'm not sure about the Hill's Science Diet there, but from what I know, the stuff here tends to have a lot of corn and not be of very high quality. You could try slowly switching him to a higher quality dog food if that's possible for you.
    In the short term you might cut out the daily rawhide which could definitely be contributing to the problem and try adding a bit of pumpkin to his meals (maybe 1 tablespoon or so?). The pumpkin adds fiber and can help bulk up the stool.
    My dog is not a poop eater (he actually runs the other way after he poops), so I'm not sure how much that is contributing to the problem. I have found the "drop it" command to be of critical importance when walking him though. It may be the only command he truly has down pat
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    Well the plastic could have something internal that you cant see. I agree you need to get a better quality of dog food. Until you can trust him could you keep him on a long lead for his safety?
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    Thanks very much for the replies. I will take him to the vets asap. I do try to haul him away from any nasties he tries to eat but sometimes hes got there before I can pull him away. Hes very happy and not off his food at all, so Im hoping that its nothing major. I will feel happier after a thorough examination/tests. I will also enquire as to what the vet will recommend for his future diet.

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    First, I would change his food to something with less filler in it. Adding pumpkin is a good idea, too.

    Second, what do you mean by "and an additional worming tablet regularly?" Are you giving him something for worms that was not vet prescribed? If so, stop immediately! Never self-medicate your pup without consulting a vet. Unless a puppy has worms, it does not need worming tablets (with the exception of heart-worm prevention).

    Third, stop the rawhide. It is not healthy for dogs, plus they can swallow large pieces and get obstructions, or choke on it.
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    hills diet is quite high in proiten which can cause loose stools and it is full of fillers, a more natural diet would benifit him more....have you ever looked into a RMB/BARF type diet? my dogs are on this and never have a loose motion..when they go to the toliet it is a small white firm pebble, no smell and no mess. Raw Meaty Bones is a very goos site for research on this sort of diet.

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    Adding my voice to the chorus telling you to ditch the rawhides. They are junk food - not great even occasionally (mine never get them) and a daily rawhide could easily be producing the result you are seeing. Who knows what it is preserved with too?
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