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Old 03-21-2008, 03:16 AM   #1
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Default Diarrhea but otherwise fine. Help please!!

I'm new to doggieland so please forgive me if this is a daft question but Emma has had diarrhea for the last 5 days and I'm unsure as to what to do. It isn't liquid but just sloppy (I'm so, so sorry if you are eating!!).

She is otherwise great! Lots of energy, eating very well, drinking water etc.

We rescued her from a shelter almost 3 weeks ago so I'm assuming that it's just the change of home and food and the stress that came with living in a shelter for a few weeks. Am I right to assume that? Should I be taking her to the Vet?

She also has skin allergies so we've had her on some medication for this but this hasn't coincided with the diarrhea.

Do I continue with what I'm feeding her or do I stop feeding her to give her tummy a rest? Is there things that should be avoided (high risk foods perhaps?!)?

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5 Day diarrhea yes you should be taking her to the vet, she could be dehydrated (lighly pinch her skin and see if it stays peaked - peaked skin is a sign of dehydration.)

It could be the food you are feeding her - give her some canned pumpkin (*not* pumkin pie mix) it should take care of the diarrhea, and then a day of bland food (chicken and rice)

If you can't find plain pumpkin than give her rice water (make a pot of "soupy" rice) that will also clear up general diarrhea.

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Cow pies are common if a dog is overfed or exercised strenuously. Is it possible that you're overfeeding her or giving her too many treats? Try cutting out one third of her food for a day or two and see if that helps.

It would also help to know what kind of food you're feeding her and how often.
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I am overfeeding her but that is because she is underweight! She needs to put on about 2kg to be an ideal weight of 27kg(ish). My Vet guided me in doing this.

She is eating a mixture of Eukanuba dog food , pumpkin, sweet potato, basmati rice, peas, pasta, and occasionally cauliflower and/or broccoli.

I'm pretty sure that it isn't any of these foods as the diarrhea has only developed in the last 5 days (and she's been eating the above foods for 19 days).

I did make her treats that had wholemeal flour, peanut butter, soymilk and baking powder. She hasn't had any today as I thought it may be those but I'm not sure.

She does eat other dogs poo when we walk, could this be an issue?

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Oh, I'm feeding her twice a day (half servings each meal of her daily serve of the dog food plus rice and veggies).

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5 Day diarrhea yes you should be taking her to the vet, she could be dehydrated (lighly pinch her skin and see if it stays peaked - peaked skin is a sign of dehydration.)
No peaked skin after a pinch (I tried in several spots) and her gums are also wet so I don't think she's dehydrated.

I'll give the ricey soup a go! So it's just the liquid, not the rice as well?

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Do you have in your country canned unspiced pumpkin? If so get some and give her a tbsp. and see if this brings her back to normal. I often give it for loose bowels, especially in puppies too.

Also, make sure she is drinking, keep some ice cubes in her ice to intice her to drink the cold water. Feed her often if feeding alot to fatten her up and also feed puppy food. If dry doggie kibble wet with warm water and stir a minute to bring up the flavor and let the gases out of it. This should help her, it sure does mine if I have the females on alot of puppy and they get loose as I feed them good when pregnant. I keep them on puppy entire time they are milking also. Pumpkin most dogs love, give one and wait for 4 hours and see if it helps, if not give another for the day.....
Also u could get at grocery store or pharmacy pedelite for children when they are sick, I get orange flavor for the dog to drink before giving it a drink of water. Get a couple bottles to give daily.
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Firstly, thank you ALL for responding so quickly! I really appreciate it

I've never heard of pumpkin in a can (we tend to eat it fresh here). I gave her cooked pumpkin with her dinner tonight, about 1/4 cup. Will that work the same?

I have to get her some more food tomorrow so I will get the puppy stuff. I'll try feeding her 3 times a day and see if that helps her weight gain, thanks so much for the tips sheplovr!

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Firstly, thank you ALL for responding so quickly! I really appreciate it

I've never heard of pumpkin in a can (we tend to eat it fresh here). I gave her cooked pumpkin with her dinner tonight, about 1/4 cup. Will that work the same?

I have to get her some more food tomorrow so I will get the puppy stuff. I'll try feeding her 3 times a day and see if that helps her weight gain, thanks so much for the tips sheplovr!
Yes just plain cooked pumpkin (nothing added) is better than the canned - most people don't have it whole...good on you .

As for the rice, yes just for the just the water. If you're feeding a high quality food the additives aren't necessary - just more feedings. Adding all the other bits could be upsetting her digestive system too...especially all the fiber.

I don't know the forum msgs well, this may be here somewhere, but if you need to add weight Satin Balls are great:

Satin Balls

10 pounds hamburger meat [the cheapest kind]
1 lg. box of Total cereal
1 lg. box oatmeal
1 jar of wheat germ
1 1/4 cup veg oil
1 1/4 cup of unsulfured molasses
10 raw eggs AND shells
10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients together, much like you would a meatloaf.

Divide into 10 quart freezer bags and freeze.

Thaw as needed and feed raw!

You can adjust the recipe to your needs but it *will* put weight on a dog.

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As for the rice, yes just for the just the water. If you're feeding a high quality food the additives aren't necessary - just more feedings. Adding all the other bits could be upsetting her digestive system too...especially all the fiber.
I hadn't even thought of all the fiber! I'll just give her Emma food and a bit more pumpkin in the morning.

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