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    soft stool for over 2 weeks

    Hello!

    My 7 month basset hound has had mushy soft stools for what seems like an eternity now, probably close to a month I bet. I've taken her to the vet and they couldn't find anything that was wrong with her health wise. She acts normal and is very active as well. Awhile ago I switched food to Chicken Soup for the Dog's Soul (my dog trainer recommended it) and my other dog has mostly had fine stools, they are normal but once in awhile he will get a soft one as well.

    Could this just be caused by the food they have? I was thinking about switching to see if it helped but I'd like to get some recommendations - the petsmart around here as Blue so I was thinking of going that route but would like any advice you have.

    Also, could it be she has a sensitive stomach? I guess I don't know how you tell if they have a sensitive stomach, she doesn't vomit or anything it's just the mushy stools all the time.

    Thanks!!

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    Re: soft stool for over 2 weeks

    It could be the food. You could try switching to another high-quality food (I always recommend Taste of the Wild--although there are MANY other good ones out there--someone else will recommend them--LOL) that is grain-free. Switch it over slowly and see if it helps.
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    Re: soft stool for over 2 weeks

    Maybe you switched it too fast?

    I use Chicken Soup for the Puppy lovers soul for Sakima.

    He's doing great on it

    Try giving her a small amount of plain yogurt, works great in my experince.

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    Or just for a couple days cut back on the food by 25%. If the stools firm up you were over feeding. If not, try yogurt or even a spoonful of plain pumpkin if you can find any.

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    Re: soft stool for over 2 weeks

    I didn't realize overfeeding could cause that all.

    I got some yogurt tonight so I will do that and see how it goes, how much yogurt per meal would you guys recommend? The dog with the poop issues is 33 lbs and my other one is 60 lbs

    Thanks!

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    Re: soft stool for over 2 weeks

    Get her poop tested to be sure she didn't pick up a bug - giardia is VERY common.
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    Re: soft stool for over 2 weeks

    I know! I tried to put weight on Sassy by upping food but she just pooped it right out so I gave up. I know the kibble was fine as smaller meals produced good firm stools. Later she oh so delicately informed me her tummy couldn't hold all the food and water I was giving her in three meals a day by, I am not kidding, regurgitating just about one third of it up after eating. Once I gave her four meals a day she was able to put on weight.

    Sassy is oh so wise at 16.5 years old. I love her, she has been a great teacher.

    Not just giardia, there are sneaky worms that are very hard to detect. Weekly stool checks seem to be the only thing that can catch some types.

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    Re: soft stool for over 2 weeks

    I've had her poop tested twice since her poop has been mushy and nothing has come up so I hope it will just go away.

    I got some yogurt and used it last night and this morning and today her poop was still mushy - how long does that take to help?

    Also, we had our obedience class today and I asked the trainer if she had any ideas about it and she said it could be that she might be slightly allergic to the chicken in the food so she suggested 'Natural Balance' using either duck, venison, or fish. We got the sweet potato fish bag today and are going to start working that in.

    Anyone have any experience with Natural Balance?

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    Re: soft stool for over 2 weeks

    For our mini aussie that has colitis we add a sprinkle of probiotics to his food. You can get them at any big chain pet supply store. We sprinkle a measure amount, based on our dogs weight, on each meal. It helps alot. Just make sure what you pick out has "live cultures". Probiotics, like yogurt, help balance the good bacteria in the gut. We use it on both of our dog's food.
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    Re: soft stool for over 2 weeks

    Just be careful you're not constantly switching food or it will remain a problem. Keep her on the same food and give her boiled rice either mixed in or alone. I did this with our 7 month old Golden Ret. mix and his poops went from too soft to just right. Give it a week or so. Also, I realized I was probably giving him too many different treats his tummy wasn't used to, so I only give him boiled chicken now as a treat and for training. His poops were soft also for a good 2 weeks or more but now they are ok, but I still monitor it just in case.

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