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    loose stools

    I have a 10 yr old border collie/lab mix. We took him to the vet because he was having a lot of gas and loose stools. They sent us home with antibiotics and a special prescription canned food. As soon as we finished the antibiotics the loose stools were back but the gas comes and goes. We are still giving him the prescription canned food along with his regular food (Innova). I'm sure when I take him back to the vet they will just give him another round of antibiotics.

    Does anyone have any experience with this? What worked for your dog? Any advice would be appreciated.






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    I know many people who swear by pumpkin in their meal. Not the kind for pies but the pure canned pumkin. It's supposed to get the stools back to normal in no time. For a dog the size of yours you could add 1/4 cup to start, I'm sure it would be enough. I've only tried it once so I'm no expert but it did work wonders for me. Did you bring a sample to the vet's so they could check if there was a reason for the loose stools?





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    I have seen this in some of my clients dogs. The loose stool can be caused by a flu bug. The antibiotics will help, but just like the medications we take, be sure to finish the whole prescription. The food that the vets most often give is Hill's prescription diet. Although these foods will work to keep the digestive track moving, they are not always the cure. There is a supplement that I recommend dogs with digestive problems. NuVet Plus contains the Papain that aids in protein digestion and helps to cleanse the tissues and intestinal wall of waste matter. Giving this supplement will boost the immune system and that will get your dog's digestive health back in shape.

    Susan Potts, CPG




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    sheplover - I have heard of adding pack pumpkin to the food but unfortunately there was a shortage this year and it can't be found.

    petfoodadvisor - You are so right. I took him to the vet and they added another Hills dog food perscription to his diet. I would rather give him his current food or even a different one that is high quality. I am suspicious when a vet has their patients buy their dog food. They might be getting commissions on it.

    They did a fecal exam and did find excess bacteria. One thing that the vet said that I found interesting was she suggested that I add some yogurt with live cultures to his diet. I always thought that dogs were lactose intolerant.

    For right now he will be getting the antibiotics along with a scoop of the Rx food in his regular food (Innova) until the antibiotics are done. After that I will give him some NuVet plus with his regular food and hopefully that will take care of my good boy.

    Thanks both of you for the helpful information!





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    That's funny about the Yogurt because if I feed it to my guys they get diarhea, maybe it works the opposite way too?? Does anyone know if the NuVet is similar to VetZyme powder?





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    Hello,
    I raise basset hounds, and my experience with loose stools has been that the dog could have come in contact with coccidia, or it could be some form of worm. Roundworms in pups cause loose stool, and whipworm in dogs can also cause it. Take a sample of the stool to the vet, and have it tested for parasites, and that may give you a better idea of what's going on. Hope this helps.
    Sharon





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    Dogs are lactose intolerant but the bacteria in yogurt predigests it for them
    People who are lactose intolerant can also usually eat yogurt
    Many dog food manufacturers are now adding probiotics to their foods but heat can destroy the benefit
    The active cultures in yogurt are probiotics
    I have started adding yogurt to my dogs' food and they now will leave the food if I don't add it





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    I have used pumpkin for my Chessie's and my beagle, it is the pure one, not the one for pies! Sometimes they go out and eat grass specially when it starts coming up and end up with loose stools...Pumpkin helps. I put 1 tbsp in food am & pm, then go down to 1 tbsp a day and see what the stools look like. I do make sure my dogs don't have worms.





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