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From: Callie (
Subject:         Re: liquid poop
Date: March 15, 2009 at 1:12 pm PST

In Reply to: liquid poop posted by Judy on March 15, 2009 at 11:45 am:

First question -- has he been to the vet? If it is "liquid" and particularly if it's literally uncontrolable (i.e., he just can't wait even a second - it just comes spurting out - sorry to be graphic but it IS important) then he needs a vet visit NOW.

Why? Because that is small intestine, not large -- that means he's not digesting his food properly and there could be parasites, etc. contributing to the problem.

The vet will do a small test called a "fecal exam" that will test for bacteria and parasites in the feces and it can be absolutely necessary (but not expensive usually).

2. Have you wormed him recently? Almost all puppies have parasites/worms -- roundworms live in the bodies of the adults and it's simply part of puppy life HOWEVER, they can be fatal if not addressed repeatedly. Just worming once is often **NOT** enough.

3. Puppies need to be fed more frequently than 2 times a day particularly that young and particularly when having such an intestinal problem. 3-4 smaller meals is critical. Their bellies just don't hold the food long enough for the body to get the nutrition it needs.

4. Stress -- being a puppy is just plain stressful. You're growing so fast your feet aren't where they were yesterday, and your mouth hurts (they are teething heavily at that age and THAT also causes problems -- just like it can for a human baby). They have to chew, they have to poop and pee frequently and if you are working out of the home they truly can't hold it longer than 4 hours or so even IF you have been working on housetraining. They just plain aren't mature enough.

So honestly -- your first stop must be the vet. Second, a small spoonful of pumpkin may help add enough fiber (don't overdo it -- pumpkin in too GREAT an amount can be a laxative) to help firm things up.

Don't use chicken -- a bit of ground beef cooked in rice is really better just in case there is inflammation in the gut. Chicken (particularly white meat) just doesn't have enough nutrition for a dog and it also can contribute to gut inflammation.

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