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Old 03-13-2007, 12:08 PM   #1
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Eppie is eight weeks old, and we have had her for two weeks. Her poo was quite runny when we got her, but I wasn't concerned. She was (and still is) energetic and alert and seems absolutely fine. Thing is, her poo is still quite runny now. At the weekend, it was pure liquid that squirted out (sorry, guys! - hope you're not eating as you read this!), so I rang the vet. I was advised to feed her some boiled fish or chicken and that should settle her stomach. So I fed her a few meals of fish, and her poo firmed up brilliantly. Then I went back to her normal food yesterday (Bakers Complete Puppy Food), and her poo is runny again. It was liquid when I took her out this afternoon. What should I do? I can feed her fish or chicken again, but she has to go back onto normal food some time. If the Bakers Complete doesn't suit her, I'm not sure what to try. (Precious as she is, I can't afford anything very pricey.)

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Some people swear by canned pumpkin. I don't know if you can get it where your are so you might try a type of squash that has firm orange flesh. Remove the seeds, and boil the vegetable about the same way as you might boil a potato. Let it dry a bit (otherwise the poo will be runny because of the water content.) and mix it in with the other food.

But I am little surprised that the vet did not want to check for some kind of intestinal virus(?)
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Old 03-13-2007, 12:22 PM   #3
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Some people swear by canned pumpkin. I don't know if you can get it where your are so you might try a type of squash that has firm orange flesh. Remove the seeds, and boil the vegetable about the same way as you might boil a potato. Let it dry a bit (otherwise the poo will be runny because of the water content.) and mix it in with the other food.

But I am little surprised that the vet did not want to check for some kind of intestinal virus(?)
The vet said to feed her fish or chicken and see how she goes. He said to bring her in on Monday if she was not better. She was better on Monday, though, when she was eating the fish, but then her poo went back to how it was before. Maybe I should ring the vet again...

I could try squash, but the fish was only a temporary solution, and that might be too?

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I would try giving her a few days worth of yogurt with live cultures. It may help restore the natural bacteria in her stomach & intestines. She's she's a little bit, I wouldn't give her too much at any given time. I'd give her a spoonful every hour or so for the first 24 hours (while you're awake) and then give her bigger doses further apart.

I'd try mixing the food you're trying to get her on with mashed potatos as they are easy on the tummy. (Others will say rice ... I just haven't tried that with my dogs but have used it on cats with no problem). I buy the boxed instant mashed potatos (yuck ... but they're cheap & easy). Keep her on small rations but feed her more frequently than normal.

On a normal day, how many times a day do you feed her? I might suggest more meals per day of smaller size.

You might also consider another brand of food as it may just be too rich for her.
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I would try giving her a few days worth of yogurt with live cultures. It may help restore the natural bacteria in her stomach & intestines. She's she's a little bit, I wouldn't give her too much at any given time. I'd give her a spoonful every hour or so for the first 24 hours (while you're awake) and then give her bigger doses further apart.

I'd try mixing the food you're trying to get her on with mashed potatos as they are easy on the tummy. (Others will say rice ... I just haven't tried that with my dogs but have used it on cats with no problem). I buy the boxed instant mashed potatos (yuck ... but they're cheap & easy). Keep her on small rations but feed her more frequently than normal.

On a normal day, how many times a day do you feed her? I might suggest more meals per day of smaller size.

You might also consider another brand of food as it may just be too rich for her.
I will have a go with mashed potato or rice mixed with her food, to make it less rich, and I have some live yogurt, so I might give that a try, although I don't want to bombard her with changes!

I only feed her twice a day, morning and evening. I know most people say to feed puppies more often than that, but I leave her food out so she can finish her leftovers when she is hungry. That's what we did with my last dog, and I want to do the same. I don't want to feed her and then take her bowl away after 10 minutes.

I am thinking that I might need to change her food. Not sure what to try, but I do want to continue with a dry complete food.

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You shouldn't need to use the yogurt for more than a couple/few of days. I'd only put a little of her kibble in the mashed potato mix at first & try that for 24 or 48 hours. Decrease the amount of mashed after that until she's back on just kibble.

Once she's on track with her diet, she should have everything in order with her stomach enzymes. If she clears up again & then goes downhill after being on her regular food, I'd definitely try a different brand & look for something with different main ingredients.
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The food she eats is made with beef. Maybe something with chicken would be better?

If she was fine when she was eating the fish, does that imply that the problem is that the food doesn't agree with her, rather than there being anything wrong with her?

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I feed Archie Purina Pro Plan Puppies with chicken and rice and it works brilliantly for him. You can buy it from Pets @ Home amongst other places. We went to Crufts at the weekend and they did say that chicken and rice is usually the best dry food for puppies - however, they also said that when you chnage a puppy's food, you need to do it gradually over around 10 days to make sure they don't get an up[set stomach but given that her stomach already seems upset, you might want to give it a try?
Purina also makes a salmon and rice version for puppies with weaker stomachs - that might be a better one for Eppie?

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Yes, some dogs can be intolerant of beef. Do you know what food she was eating before you brought her home?

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When I brought my pup home from the breeder, he was eating a diet I wasn't thrilled about so I knew before I got him that I would be changing his diet as soon as I could but I ended up changing "cold turkey" within a couple of days because of loose stools & things were normal within a few days thereafter.

You never know what they'll be intolerant unless you do testing (far too soon for you to consider that) of but when making a change, I'd definitely choose a different main ingredient to see if there is a noticeable change.
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