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We have an 11yo Toy Fox Terrier. His ileo-cecal, the valve between the small and large intestine, stopped working and remained closed causing major bowel obstruction. They removed that and a small portion of his colon and x amount of small intestine. Pathology only showed inflammation and no cancer. The vet's called him an anomaly and admitted they really didnt know what caused it. The problem is his stool is very thin, watery at times. They suggested adding fiber to bulk up his stool and made no real difference. The weird thing is there is no odor or very little. The vet basically said we were on our own to figure out what is best for him. We've tried plain yogurt, Bene-Bac (bacteria), Science Diet ID, boiled chicken, rice. and oatmeal. He is gaining very little weight. There are days he doesnt eat much and just lays in his box and other days he cant get enough to eat. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. We dont let him gorge himself just give him the normal amount for that time of day. Oh, and his stool is a yellowish brown.
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Have you tried canned pumkin plain
also how about a second opinion i know with humans when they have that type of surgery it takes a while for the body to ajust
 

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Not knowing what tests were run before surgery ... Did they check his pancreas? Yellow stool can sometimes point to the pancreas according to what my vet told me ... sometimes dark blackish and greasy. Also, myself, having a dog with pancreatic issues there were days he could not eat and days where he ate like he would never see another bowl of food. Just a thought and maybe something you could ask your Vet about.
 

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Have you tried canned pumkin plain
also how about a second opinion i know with humans when they have that type of surgery it takes a while for the body to ajust
We bought some plain canned pumpkin today. Guess we'll start off with a tablespoon per meal?
 

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Not knowing what tests were run before surgery ... Did they check his pancreas? Yellow stool can sometimes point to the pancreas according to what my vet told me ... sometimes dark blackish and greasy. Also, myself, having a dog with pancreatic issues there were days he could not eat and days where he ate like he would never see another bowl of food. Just a thought and maybe something you could ask your Vet about.
The stool has never been dark and greasy, but I will ask the vet. The best it ever was was when he just came off of pain meds.
 

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My mutt oddly ALSO had a portion of her colon and small intestines removed when she was a wee pup (different reason than your dog) and it took a pretty long time for her body to adjust and even to this day feeding off her diet at all (or too much of any thing that works for her) gives her bad diarrhea for days.
 

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geezerglide09 ,

Diet and portion control should work given time , in my opinion. If my vet told me anything like I was on my own, I would find another Vet right away for a second opinion.

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The "emergency vet" told us to find out what works best. Our regular Vet has been helpful with ideas. Boiled chicken breast, a little oatmeal, and some regular dry dog food is starting to look like a good combination. He's really enjoying the chicken and actually launched something this morning that resembled a normal stool.
 

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How often do you feed him? All of my dogs eat twice a day, but Smalls has to eat smaller portions because eating too much at once (even if it's exactly what she SHOULD be eating) will cause a big upset, so she eats four meals spread out.
 

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Diesel gets fed three times a day, when we get up, get home from work, and later in the evening. Unfortunately I believe we might have fed him a little late or too much. His unmistakenable tone of desperation resonated through the heating vents and woke me up at 3:00AM. So out he went to do his business and came back in and went back to sleep. At least one of us is asleep.
 

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Our regular Vet is great. She treats both of our TFT's and both cats. Diesel just got his morning Taurine tab and is waiting for breakfast. Seems I needed spell check earlier unmistakable/unmistakenable. It was 3AM, this is going to be a long day.
 

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Glad to hear things are looking up for your pack. Don't worry about spell check , it's all about our furkids..........

Best , oldhounddog
 
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