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Old 05-15-2010, 04:08 AM   #1
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Question Pomchi Poop Issues

Hey there! I'm Marli, new to the site, and I have an (approximately) 3 year old Pomchi. He is my world! But he has issues with the poop...

He was eating beneful which i've found out is NOT GOOD for them, and so we've switched to an all natural, organic dog food of duck and potato. It seems to be helping the poop some, but he still goes for days where he won't poop, and has diarrhea at least once a week. I admit, I give him a little human food, but I try not to give him anything that will upset his tummy or that I know is bad for him. And I only give him small amounts.

Anyone else out there with poms or chihuahuas or small dogs with poop issues? We do live in an apartment and he goes back and forth as to whether he wants to poop outside. I have only had him for the last year and a half, so I don't know what he was used to prior to being with me. But he either poops on a leash outside or on an indoor puppy potty (fake grass with a catch and pee pad underneath).

He seems to go better when he's at my parents' house (which they have to a fenced in back yard and he can run for an hour outside if he wants to).

Suggestions? Do I just need to walk him longer? Do you think that would help the constipation? Is the diarrhea just a fluctuation of his constipation?


Thanks in advance,
Marli

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Old 05-15-2010, 07:26 AM   #2
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Hi MarliPage and welcome to the forum!
I'm sorry to hear your little guy is having issues! But I'm also glad to hear you switched him to a really good food.

Couple of questions -
did you switch the food suddenly or gradually? Some doggies get their digestive systems messed up if you switch cold turkey.
are you feeding the recommended amount on the package? It's usually too much and if you feed what it says on the bag, some dogs get the runs from eating too much.

Also some dogs just plain need exercise to get the bowels moving. If he doesn't seem to want to poop when you take him out, try a long walk to see if that helps.

Good luck!
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Old 05-15-2010, 09:10 AM   #3
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What she said!!

Try walking him until he goes poo. Just like some humans need to have a cup of coffee in the morning to stimulate their system, he just might need exercise.

MacKenzie isn't a small dog but in any case, he isn't ready to go until we do at least a block or more. My first clue that he's got a tummy upset is him going within a couple of hundred yards of the apartment.

Also, you might try giving him a tablespoon of pumpkin once or twice a day to help out with his tummy upsets. Just make sure you get the can of pumpkin, NOT the spiced pumpkin pie filling.

BTW I take the unused part of the can and freeze it in tablespoon amounts in ice cube trays and use a freezer bag to store them, micro in a small bowl as necessary.

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Old 05-15-2010, 05:39 PM   #4
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awesome! that's great help! Yeah, I did it gradually, and he's really a muncher so I just give him a lil more food when he gets close to out. It'll take him 3 days to go through a recommended amount sometimes. And then sometimes he eats it all in a matter of hours. he's just a funny creature that way.

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Heres what I would try. Put him on a bland Diet. Nothing but boiled chicken (no bones) and white rice. Give him some in the morning and some at night. Do this for a couple days. Then start gradually adding his food back in and taking away some rice and chicken. If hes not on a feeding sceduale I suggest you feed him once or twice a day. See if that helps. Maybe his system is just out of wack and needs time to recoup..the boiled chicken and rice will help that. With my boy Lincoln who has poop issues also I used to feed him twice a day but decided to switch to once a day at night. Then I know by morning he will have to poop. Lincoln is on raw so that is different from kibble.

My little dog Ruby I tell you has an iron stomach. She can eat anything and everything and it doesnt bother her. Lincoln tonight had some Boiled Chicken and Rice because he had the explosive runs last night..so he starved for 16 hours and was fed a small portion of that today to calm his gut. Tm evening hes back to raw.

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thanks. we did this for almost 3 weeks. the just chicken and rice, then slowly adding some food back in it. and when he gets the runs bad I put him back on it, but the kind of slimy, loose green and yellow poop never got better when i fed him chicken and rice. he goes from brown poop to yellowy greenish poop to brown poop that if you look at the inside its yellowy green. we went to the vet. the vet put him on antibiotics. i thought the antibiotics were still upsetting his system. had him on chicken and rice. did that for forever waiting for the green poo to go away. slowly added back in his food. vet doesn't see anything wrong with him. we've tested for worms and parasites. i think he just has weird bowels.

it's better than it was. it's not really lose since we're fully on this new food, but tonight when he went there still was a little bit of it that was yellowy/green.

he's a weird pooper...

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Well yellow poop can be a sign of an enzyme deficiancy and liver issues. Yellow, green poop could also be him flushing out the colourant dyes Beneful contains. How long has he been off the Beneful? What is the name of the new food he is on?

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he's been completely off beneful about a week. and the new one is natural balance ltd.

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Okay is this yellow/green poop new? or has he always had it? Either or I am thinking its the colourants in Beneful beings cleaned out of his system.

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I noticed it almost 2 months ago. I had never noticed it if he'd done it before that.

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