So Remi has been having some weird bowel movements. :suspious: Ever since we've had him he's always seemed to be a little loose. We didn't seem to think much of it because for the most part it has always been formed, with just the last bit not being so. About a week ago he had a day where it was all loose. :vomit: We gave his stomach a break and held his food for the rest of the day and then started him on some boiled rice and chicken for a day or two. After that we started feeding him as usual and there didn't seem to be any problems. For a few days he had all formed bowel movements, nothing was loose. Two days ago he started with this same problem. Today he pooped once in our walk and then had a loose one moments later. I've been looking for evidence of worms but I don't see anything. Is it normal for puppies to get a little loose here and there? We recently changed his food from Wellness to Blue Seal (I know not as good quality food but he doesn't itch half as much and up until now his poops were looking much better on the Blue Seal). We thought it might be the tablespoon of wet food he got at night so we eliminated that which did seem to help for a few days but didn't last. The only other thing he is on is a coat supplement for his itchy skin.
Anyone have any ideas/suggestions? If it doesn't get any better we'll make an appointment for the vet, I just didn't want to rush to the doc if it is something we can manage and change on our own. Thanks!
How old is he now? What type of treats, bisquits are you giving him?
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When Kahlua was young we had similar problems, even to the point of having diarrhea on peoples' lawns during walks that we couldn't possibly pick up with a baggy. Our vet suggested we switch her to Medi-Cal's Gastro formula. It took care of her loose stool and she seemed to do very well on it although she required nearly twice the recommended daily intake to maintain her weight, and it is quite costly as well.
Recently a friend of mine suggested Orijen http://www.championpetfoods.com/orijen/orijen/ . I researched their website thoroughly, and asked others' opinions in online forums, and it seems to be a very high quality food, made from fresh, human-grade ingredients with no preservatives. We are still mixing her old food in with it until it runs out, at the moment she is eating 50/50, and all is going well.
It's not a bad idea to consult your vet about this either. It could be just a question of his tummy's intolerance toward the food he's eating but it could also be something more serious. Try asking for advice from a technician before booking an appointment and paying for a visit, they can be very helpful.
Are you possibly overfeeding?
He's almost 6 months old. We don't really go overboard with treats. Right now he gets baby carrots (maybe a handful or so) on a daily basis, once or twice a week we fill up his Buster Cube with Old Mother Hubbard Training Bites and we use 1 or 2 Wellness soft treats for going into the crate.How old is he now? What type of treats, bisquits are you giving him?The recommended feeding amount for a puppy his age and size is between 2 1/2 to 4 cups of kibble a day. Right now Remi get 3 1/2.Are you possibly overfeeding?YES!!! This is exactly what I'm talking about. But it's not usually all like that. Once or twice it's been the whole bowel movement being that loose but usually about 80-90% of firm and just the last bit is super loose. Today he went with no problems.When Kahlua was young we had similar problems, even to the point of having diarrhea on peoples' lawns during walks that we couldn't possibly pick up with a baggy.
Kahlua also started that way and eventually graduated to fully liquid poops. It's not a bad idea to at least get an opinion from someone at your vet's office, or even see the vet if it continues or gets worse.Once or twice it's been the whole bowel movement being that loose but usually about 80-90% of firm and just the last bit is super loose. Today he went with no problems.
You could drop the 1/2 cup and add back in the canned and see what you get. The dog could also just not be able to tolerate that food. I remember back when Hudler was young we tried to put him on Nutro Maxx. That was the worst failure ever.