Soft stool and cough - Boxer Forum : Boxer Breed Dog Forums
Boxer Forum : Boxer Breed Dog Forums
Go Back   Boxer Forum : Boxer Breed Dog Forums > Keep Your Dog Healthy > Health concerns

BoxerForums.com is the premier Boxer Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-18-2013, 10:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
BoxerForums Addict
 
sasasola's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Mississauga, ON
Posts: 4,972
Default Soft stool and cough

Hello everyone,

So over the last 12-14 days or so we've transitioned Duke to BB Freedom Puppy. He did great during the transition - his poops were soft but not diarrhea. He's been on 100% BB for the past 2 days and yesterday night he pooped 4 times! They were very soft (like soft serve ice cream) but not diarrhea.

We've also noticed that for the past 2-3 days he's had a bit of a cough. At first I thought it was from the very cold air outside as the temperature has dropped here considerably, but now I'm not so sure.

Do you think he may have a cold, or even kennel cough? Does that cause stomach issues as well? I've never had a dog with kennel cough so I'm not quite sure... he seems to be acting normal otherwise. He's active and playing as usual.

Any thoughts/opinions?
__________________


Last edited by sasasola; 01-18-2013 at 11:10 AM.
sasasola is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-18-2013, 11:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
GoudasMom's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Duncan Oklahoma
Posts: 2,298
Default

Has he been around other dogs I mean like a dog park or boarding etc? Thats the most common way to get kennel cough.

As for the food, maybe the protein % is too high for him? Or maybe some other ingredient in there just doesnt agree with him. I know Ive had the best luck with putting Kippah on 4Health. NOT the best food but certainly not the worst. She had issues with a lot of the more expensive foods.
__________________
Gouda 9/6/01 - 7/19/12

Sue - Mom to Kippah rescued 8/19/12
GoudasMom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2013, 11:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
Power User
 
crazyboxerlove's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Gardena, CA
Posts: 477
Default

I found that overfeeding them can cause soft stool and diarrhea as well, if you are feeding him based on the guidelines, maybe feed him a little less or add some 100% Canned Pumpkin to his food (not pumpkin filling) and see if that helps firm up his stool. If that does not help, I would say something in the food is not agreeing with him and it may be an allergy. The pumpkin helps Daisy and Duke if they have soft serve poop. As far as the cough, did he get is Bordatella (kennel cough) booster recently? that may be a cause. I would get that checked out by the vet....my 2 have had kennel cough and the sound is very deep and throaty, like someone with emphysema. It is easily treatable with antibiotics. Unfortunately getting the Bordatella vaccine or booster does not eliminate the chances of them getting kennel cough. And like Goudasmom says, it is easily transmitted from dog to dog.
__________________
~~~~

Chelley ~

R.I.P
Daisy - Taken too soon
12/15/2011 - 07/08/2014



~~~


Last edited by crazyboxerlove; 01-18-2013 at 11:51 AM.
crazyboxerlove is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2013, 11:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
BoxerForums Addict
 
sasasola's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Mississauga, ON
Posts: 4,972
Default

He hasn't been in boarding but he does play with other dogs in the neighbourhood. He'll just start coughing and then gagging for a few seconds and then it's gone. He has been chewing on a rope toy and pulled off some long strands of string and swallowed them before we noticed and took it away. I was thinking that maybe one of those is stuck in his throat? We may have to take him in to the vet...

He was doing fine on the Fromm four-star grain-free besides shedding a lot. Ugh!
I just checked and the Fromm formula he was on was 30% crude protein while the BB Freedom Puppy is 27% crude protein. So it's actually lower in protein! Only difference is the protein source - Fromm was beef and BB is chicken.

BB is also about $20 less than the Fromm and even though the BB bag is 2 lbs. lighter it is still more affordable than the Fromm.

I hope he's just under the weather or possibly just still transitioning...
__________________

sasasola is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2013, 12:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
Power User
 
crazyboxerlove's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Gardena, CA
Posts: 477
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sasasola View Post
He hasn't been in boarding but he does play with other dogs in the neighbourhood. He'll just start coughing and then gagging for a few seconds and then it's gone.
Duke does this when he gets overly excited! I do not know what it is. It's like he forgets to breath or something. He does the gagging cough a couple of times then it stops then he has excessive amounts of drool! LOL! I am not saying this is the cause but that may be it. We have very excitable dogs.
__________________
~~~~

Chelley ~

R.I.P
Daisy - Taken too soon
12/15/2011 - 07/08/2014



~~~

crazyboxerlove is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2013, 12:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
BoxerForums Addict
 
sasasola's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Mississauga, ON
Posts: 4,972
Default

Thanks Chelley! Actually funny you mention it - the guideline on the bag says to feed 3 1/4 - 6 cups a day. We were feeding him 4 cups a day but he still seemed hungry so we upped it to 5 cups a day the last couple of days! That may be the issue! We'll cut it back to 4 cups a day and hopefully it solves that issue.

As for his *cough* - it doesn't sound like that. It sounds like more like a gagging sound but he's not wretching or dry heaving. Maybe there is something stuck in his throat.

I will have a look in his throat tonight and if I don't see anything we may have to go to the vet afterall.

Thanks
__________________

sasasola is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2013, 12:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
Power User
 
crazyboxerlove's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Gardena, CA
Posts: 477
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sasasola View Post
Thanks Chelley! Actually funny you mention it - the guideline on the bag says to feed 3 1/4 - 6 cups a day. We were feeding him 4 cups a day but he still seemed hungry so we upped it to 5 cups a day the last couple of days! That may be the issue! We'll cut it back to 4 cups a day and hopefully it solves that issue.

As for his *cough* - it doesn't sound like that. It sounds like more like a gagging sound but he's not wretching or dry heaving. Maybe there is something stuck in his throat.

I will have a look in his throat tonight and if I don't see anything we may have to go to the vet afterall.

Thanks
Yeah....they always look hungry, but don't give in to their sad dog eyes, I know it is hard....but try! LOL! If Duke would have his way, he would eat the entire bag and eat until he explodes! Keep us posted!
__________________
~~~~

Chelley ~

R.I.P
Daisy - Taken too soon
12/15/2011 - 07/08/2014



~~~

crazyboxerlove is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2013, 12:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
BoxerForums Addict
 
sasasola's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Mississauga, ON
Posts: 4,972
Default

My Duke seemed genuinely hungry! lol Yes I guess I'm a bit of a softie... we'll cut back to 4 cups per day and as long as he keeps gaining weight and growing I guess he's fine.

I'll just have to look away from the puppy dog eyes!!! lol
__________________

sasasola is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2013, 12:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
Power User
 
crazyboxerlove's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Gardena, CA
Posts: 477
Default

Also, if you give him treats throughout the day that can also result in more caloric intake. So just keep that in mind as you feed him his regular meal.
__________________
~~~~

Chelley ~

R.I.P
Daisy - Taken too soon
12/15/2011 - 07/08/2014



~~~

crazyboxerlove is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2013, 12:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
BoxerForums Addict
 
sasasola's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Mississauga, ON
Posts: 4,972
Default

He doesn't get many treats during the day since we're not there. Our neighbour takes him out around lunch for a potty break and then again for a romp around the park after she picks up our girls from school. I'll have to ask her how many treats she gives him during the day...

Thanks for the help!
__________________

sasasola is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:14 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2
PetGuide.com
Basset.net DobermanTalk.com GoldenRetrieverForum.com OurBeagleWorld.com
BoxerForums.com DogForums.com GoPitbull.com PoodleForum.com
BulldogBreeds.com FishForums.com HavaneseForum.com SpoiledMaltese.com
CatForum.com GermanShepherds.com Labradoodle-dogs.net YorkieForum.com
Chihuahua-People.com RetrieverBreeds.com