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Dog question
Posted by: space-time
Date: September 01, 2017 10:45PM
my friend was abroad this week and we take care of his dog. He comes back on Sunday so it's only a few days I have to do this.

The dog (about 1 year old I guess?) has diarrhea. we took care of his dog in the past and she always had bowel movement 2x a day and it was pretty solid. This morning we found soft stool in the mud room, luckily the mud room is tiles and it was easy to clean compared to carpet or hardwood floor. We took the dog out again at 2 PM, then another friend was there to take the dog out at 6 PM and the dog pooped outside, and then at 9 PM I went to take the dog out one last time for today and again I found three patches of soft poop in the mud room. cleaning was not fun. took the dog out for a 30 min walk and she peed and apparently tried to poop once but quickly gave up.

The friend left some dry dog food and a few cans of meat (I didn't check but I think it is chicken). he said to mix the meat with the dry food, and a can should last 2 days or so. I wonder if it makes sense to feed the dog only dry food for now until the dog gets better (solid stool again). Please advice. I could call the friend abroad, but I don't want to add stress to his already busy schedule for this business trip.

The dog is a mix of black lab and boxer.

Thanks for the advice.
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Re: Dog question
Posted by: billb
Date: September 01, 2017 11:02PM
a change of diet can cause stomach problems with some dog breeds
including gas

I might be inclined to add more (cooked) chicken and less dry food but it might be best not to change anything


separation anxiety can cause diarrhea too



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Re: Dog question
Posted by: $tevie
Date: September 02, 2017 12:16AM
Feed him some pumpkin: [www.akc.org]

When my dog was still alive, I used pumpkin to treat diarrhea so I can vouch for it.



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Re: Dog question
Posted by: Pam
Date: September 02, 2017 05:09AM
Dogs get into stuff, and stress can trigger it too. As long as the dog is eating, drinking water, and otherwise seems normal I'd guess it's stress from being left alone. Adding a heaping spoonful of pumpkin can help. New food can also trigger upset. Hopefully the guy didn't change food right before he left.
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Re: Dog question
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: September 02, 2017 07:30AM
You could mix a little cooked rice into the wet food also.
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Re: Dog question
Posted by: space-time
Date: September 02, 2017 07:32AM
Thanks folks. Good news: Dog didn't poop inside since last night, and ate all the food I left. Will go back to check late morning, and then several more times during the day.
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Re: Dog question
Posted by: bik
Date: September 02, 2017 09:06AM
Sounds like things might be all right, but if there is a repeat, don't feed anything at all for 12-24 hours, then start back with something mild and easy to digest like boiled chicken and white rice.
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Re: Dog question
Posted by: graylocks
Date: September 02, 2017 10:48AM
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$tevie
Feed him some pumpkin: [www.akc.org]

When my dog was still alive, I used pumpkin to treat diarrhea so I can vouch for it.

i was going to suggest pumpkin too. pro tip - it's in the baking aisle of grocery stores. learned this when i searched up and down the aisles of kroger a few months ago trying to find pumpkin for my dog. my logical mind said it should have been with the other canned fruits.



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Re: Dog question
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 02, 2017 12:20PM
....they put it near pie filling stuff......



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Re: Dog question
Posted by: Lizabeth
Date: September 02, 2017 12:58PM
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NewtonMP2100
....they put it near pie filling stuff......

Which is usually in the baking aisle.
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Re: Dog question
Posted by: rgG
Date: September 02, 2017 02:48PM
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graylocks
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$tevie
Feed him some pumpkin: [www.akc.org]

When my dog was still alive, I used pumpkin to treat diarrhea so I can vouch for it.

i was going to suggest pumpkin too. pro tip - it's in the baking aisle of grocery stores. learned this when i searched up and down the aisles of kroger a few months ago trying to find pumpkin for my dog. my logical mind said it should have been with the other canned fruits.

Yep, did the exact same thing when hunting for canned pumpkin for kitty with digestive issues.
It is in the baking section with the pie fillings, who knew, certainly not me.





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Re: Dog question
Posted by: billb
Date: September 02, 2017 03:20PM
heh, with the canned cherries, canned peach slices and canned mixed fruit at the PriceRite here.

I'd have to go look to be sure but in the baking aisle next to frosting and cake candles is where you find cherry and pumpkin pie filling at Market Basket, Shaws and Stop and Shop.

We shop at those four but not Walmart or Target. I've run in to Target for one or two things a couple times but not shopping with a buggy. Once I walked, The new Target is just aroundabout 1.5 miles or so away.



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Re: Dog question
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 03, 2017 02:07AM
....you must be all....pooped out......



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Re: Dog question
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: September 03, 2017 10:10AM
I never heard about pumpkin before, thanks for the tip.



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Re: Dog question
Posted by: graylocks
Date: September 03, 2017 10:25AM
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Ombligo
I never heard about pumpkin before, thanks for the tip.

pumpkin is great in that it helps whether the animal is constipated or has diarrhea.



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Re: Dog question
Posted by: space-time
Date: September 03, 2017 11:13AM
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Ombligo
I never heard about pumpkin before, thanks for the tip.

pumpkin is great in that it helps whether the animal is constipated or has diarrhea.

so feed the animal pumpkin all the time!
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Re: Dog question
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 03, 2017 12:20PM
....works for humans...too.....



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Re: Dog question
Posted by: Pam
Date: September 03, 2017 03:52PM
Most dogs love pumpkin. I use pumpkin in a lot of my baking so Ena is right there to play taste tester.
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Re: Dog question
Posted by: rgG
Date: September 03, 2017 06:02PM
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space-time
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graylocks
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Ombligo
I never heard about pumpkin before, thanks for the tip.

pumpkin is great in that it helps whether the animal is constipated or has diarrhea.

so feed the animal pumpkin all the time!

Eventually their system gets used to it and it is less effective, at least for constipation.
I have a cat that was on pumpkin for quite a while and I can attest to this.





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