My seven month old puppy poops a lot – ten times a day – and has diarrhea several times a week. He is currently eating Taste of the Wild – Bison for Puppy. Any suggestions on an alternative food to try for him?
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Hi Kay –
Have you had a stool sample taken to the vet? With a puppy my first suspicion would be coccidia. If nothing shows up on the stool sample pick out another food and try adding probiotics and a spoonful or two of plain canned pumpkin for a few weeks to see if that clears it up. You could also ask your vet for some pro pectalin tabs, usually a few days on those will clear up diarrhea.
Thanks Hound Dog Mom. No I have not yet taken a sample to the vet – but it is definitely on my list of things to do ASAP. Thank you so much for the info.
Hi I have an almost 11 month old Rottweiler and the first 6 months he was on puppy Pedigree dry/canned and his bowel movements were perfect. I switched to Eagle Pack Original dry and Wellness core grain free canned. He has had very soft stool all the time and frequently has diarrhea. I have taken a several stool samples to vet results were negative for any parasites. I have also tried fortiflora, a probiotic and added plain yogurt with live cultures…and Metronidazole 500mg BID for 5 days here and there which sometimes helps. But I believe it is his food just not agreeing with him. I know it’s high quality and expensive food. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
I recently read about the ingredient carrageenan…supposedly it is known to cause diarrhea in humans & pets. That could be the cause & it might be worth looking into. A lot of canned food has carrageenan including Wellness brand. Go! brand looks like a good alternative because it’s on the editor’s choice list & doesn’t have carrageenan. I’m not a vet but I do a lot of research. I hope that helps.
Thanks so much Patricia E! I will look into that.
I started feeding Blue Buffalo about 6 months ago and one of my shih tzu started having soft stools which this week developed into bloody diarrhea. I didn’t know about the carrageenan but it wasn’t in his previous food and he didn’t start having problems until I gave him the canned food. I had thought the Blue Buffalo was a good choice due to all the great reviews I’ve read and now I believe it has made my youngest really sick. I thought I was doing a good thing by limiting dry food and doing research, but it wasn’t enough!!
I have a rescue organization and just took in 4 pups that were abandoned on a railroad track. I have been feeding my adult dogs Victor Professional and have been extremely happy with the product. I purchased Victor’s puppy blend for these guys. Their stool is always soft bordering on diarrhea. We have had two sets of fecals done, three rounds of Panacur and a 5-day flagyl round. Today my vet suggested that the food simply may not agree with the pups. Too rich. I have talked with several vets over the past 2 years saying that they are seeing a lot of problems with diarrhea with Blue. Just too rich for many stomachs.
Does anyone have any recommendations for me to try with these pups? I am wondering if the Victor Professional that I feed my adults might work. The info on the bag says it is good for all life stages, but can I depend on that? Thanks.
Yes, you can depend on that. Try it, but if it doesn’t work, try NutriSource. It is usually very easy for dogs to transition to.
You should have your dog checked for pancreatic problems as well as well as the other things mentioned, first symptom is frequent cow pie poo.
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