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Old 01-03-2010, 06:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've searched alot and am looking for some advice here. My puppy is 12 weeks now and is having some runny poop lately. It seems that throughout the day ever since we got him he has firm poop in the morning and in the evening it becomes softer and less "loggish" if that makes any sense. This past week he was in the truck for two 8 hour trips to and from a different home for a week during christmas, not sure if this may have stressed him out or not. Either way, at the new home he has been having very wet stools, all afternoon and pretty much just pudding diarrhea at night, mornings seem fine though. We brought him to the vet when we got home, she gave me some Metronidazole-Apo 250 to give him and suggested we feed him rice which I have been doing. He seemed to be getting better with just looser stools at night but this evening he had some big diarrhea again. The vet said everything seemed fine, checked his rectal temp which was fine and everything else. I'm stuck and not sure what to do and I'm pretty concerned I don't know whats going on, can anyone chime in?
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Old 01-03-2010, 07:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Did the vet do a fecal check for worms, cocccidia, giardia?? What is he being fed in the evening?
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Jax has had lots of issues with his stool and we've changed foods multiple times because of it. We recently moved him to a Merrick Turducken and he actually eats it and his stools are much more solid he still has the same problem your dog does. In the morning his stool is solid and as the day goes on his stool gets looser. The vet said that he's in excellent health and that as long as he's eating and not showing dehydration, bloating or other problems that this may just be the way he is.

Jax does have some separation anxiety and his poop becomes looser the more stressed he becomes. I found that changing the dogs food made a big difference to his stool consistency.

Boiled chicken and rice can help if he's really runny or add canned pumpkin to his regular food. I have one rescue that had irritable bowl and has to be on prescription food for sensitive stomachs (Hill's Science Diet I/D). if you're still worried I would go back to your vet. The most important thing you need to do is keep the dog hydrated as diarrhea can quickly dehydrate a puppy.

To test his hydration, pull the dog's lip away from its gum (gently) and press a finger against the gum until the area whitens. Release your finger and the color should return to the area almost immediately. A delay could be an indication of dehydration. believe it or not Pedialyte is good for dehydration in dogs not just people.
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Great advice oceaneyes2.
Thanks! I'm home recovering from back surgery and stumbled on this forum and I'm glad to find a place where people can ask questions and get real honest discussion from other boxer owners.
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Did the vet do a fecal check for worms, cocccidia, giardia?? What is he being fed in the evening?
The vet did not to a check no, as of his travelling and whatnot we figured it would be stress. He was eating his regular food but now he is eating his white rice and a small amount of his food. He was being feed nutrience and we stuck to it for now, but I am planning on changing as soon as this problem clears up.
Thanks ocean eyes. He is definitely not dehyrdated, I just did the check you mentioned as well and he seems fine. He just went out again and had some watery diarrhea. I'm concerned about him and since this is my first animal I'm probably over concerned about every little thing. I was told to try ground beef as well for the diarrhea, Any thoughts on this?
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Woke up with him this morning and he had some pretty watery diarrhea again. Going to call the vet this morning but I won't be able to get in today. Any ideas?
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I am surprised the vet didn't request a fecal sample. Thats usually the first thing they check when you go. When we got Lexus a year ago she started having diarrehea badly, turned out she had coccidia. Our most recent two pups both had roundworms, tapeworms, and coccidia. They both had bad diarrehea and vomiting.

Also, did the vet run a parvo test?

When are you able to get in to see the vet? Diarrehea and vomiting in a puppy is a serious matter. I know my vets squeeze me in right away. You need to make sure he is drinking plenty of water.
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No vomiting here just diarrhea, it's now turned to more of pudding diarrhea later in the day and more of logs in the morning. he's definitely not dehydrated, drinking plenty, and checked his gums and skin and whatnot. The vet only checked temperature. He's definitely feeling better but today will determine what happens I guess. Hopefully we continue on recovery
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What kind of food are you feeding? It could be possible that your pup has a sensitive stomach.
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