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Old 12-03-2007, 01:17 PM   #1
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My GSD pup heidi is now 4 1/2 months old and she has pudding poops. We took her to the vet and he has taken a couple samples of her stool and nothing shows up as being wrong so he gave me metronidazole to give her at 250mg 3x a day. My questions are is this safe? does the dosage seem right? (Heidi is 29 Lbs) Can this be the food? She was eating Nutra Max Large puppy dry at the breeders but I started the switch to Innova Large breed puppy and she is now on the Innova only. I am wondering if she has the pudding poops because she was on a grain based food and now she is on a meat based diet. if you think this is the cause how long should it take to for her digestion to right itself? Sorry for the novella but any opinions will be appreciated. Thanks Gail

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My GSD pup heidi is now 4 1/2 months old and she has pudding poops. We took her to the vet and he has taken a couple samples of her stool and nothing shows up as being wrong so he gave me metronidazole to give her at 250mg 3x a day. My questions are is this safe? does the dosage seem right? (Heidi is 29 Lbs) Can this be the food? She was eating Nutra Max Large puppy dry at the breeders but I started the switch to Innova Large breed puppy and she is now on the Innova only. I am wondering if she has the pudding poops because she was on a grain based food and now she is on a meat based diet. if you think this is the cause how long should it take to for her digestion to right itself? Sorry for the novella but any opinions will be appreciated. Thanks Gail
None of us are qualified to second guess your vet when it comes to medication.

It's possible that you're simply feeding her too much. Try cutting back her food by a small amount including treats before you try switching foods. Many times the answer is just that simple in an otherwise healthy dog!

When this situation came up in my own pups, I'd put them on chicken and rice for 24 hours. Once things were back to normal they'd go back to their regular diet slightly reduced. That usually took care of the problem without having to go the switching foods route.

If that doesn't work, then it would be time to try another food.
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Hi, I'm not familiar with Innova but we had a lot of problems like this with Bonnie. We finally have her tummy settled - she's one! We had to change foods a few times, each time getting more and more gentle on her tummy until we got to Burns, Chicken and Brown rice. It's a really excellent holistic food, good ingredients etc, so if your dog has a sensitive tummy it might be worth a try, most likely on the puppy variety. I'm sure your vet knows what he is doing, I haven't heard f that mediaction so I can't comment but Bonnie was given kaolin paste, it helps to make the stools more solid and has a probiotic in it to help the gut.

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Did the vet say why meds and what is wrong? Vets has a big problem of giving meds when not necessary this is why I do not run to a vet unless for spaying=neutering. All those chemicals are bad or worse for the dog. If he said no worms, then why anything. It may be the dog food does not agree, most likely that is the problem. Put the dog slowly when changing takes a good week to change over. Give it a tbsp of canned unspiced pumpkin a few days this should help. DOgs love it but no spices. Keep a can on hand like I do when a stomach upset or bowels get otta control at times, this helps alot. Maybe try a food that worked for you before but changing over takes a bit of time, they system needs to adjust. Good luck...
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Old 12-06-2007, 08:47 PM   #5
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thank you very much for all your responses. We took Heidi back to the vet today and he thinks it may be Pancreatic Insufficiency. He has given me some enzymes to add to her meals to see if that helps. Thanks again for your thoughtful replys

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