diarrhea in the kennel at night

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edorsett's picture
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Hi,

We have a 1 year old male doberman, Gideon, who seems to be having some sort of stomach upset. He likes to eat anything so I'm not sure what could be causing this. Twice this week we have woken up to find he has had diarrhea in his kennel. It also seems like he has a hard time going even when he is out in the yard. We are feeding purina one. He also has some sort of skin allergy because he has several bald spots in his coat. I think I will take him to the vet, but any help or comments would be appreciated in what type of food to feed or what could be the cause of this.

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i have found diarrhea a few times....always outside though...and same as you...not sure what they ate to cause it....then it clears up.....good luck....in the kennel may be sign of sickness....or just no other choice.....

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Did you change the food recently or has he always had Purina?  I know my girl has a VERY sensitive stomach and changing brands takes weeks.  We just switched recently to a limited ingredient food that's good and she seems to be doing quite well on it.  I know its difficult but try to see if he has gotten into anything particularly yummy like the garbage.  How long has he had diarrhea for?  Does he normally have "accidents" in the kennel?  If not he might just have to go and can't help himself.  Since he is the the kennel there is no where else for him to go.  Poor boy.  You can try switching him to a bland diet for a few days and see if it clears up but watch him closely, make sure he is drinking water. You don't want him to get dehydrated. Is there anything else wrong, does he still have an appetite?    If it has been going on for while or he starts vomiting I think its time for vet trip.  My girl has always had tummy issues and we finally started figuring out when a vet trip is a must or when the bland diet works but when in doubt I always err in the side of caution and bring her to the vets. 

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We did change his food from the puppy formula to the adult....i'm hoping that is all it is, but he has done it twice this week in the middle of the night and also been eating grass to make himself vomit when he is outside. We have another dog that eats the same food and has had no problems. I have a vet appt. tommorow morning, just to get him checked out. I may try the bland diet though, i've heard that could help. Thanks for your help. Will keep you posted.

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Mine like to eat pecans and acorns in the back yard. Unfortunately it many times causes this. I have to watch them like a hawk to make sure they don't.

edorsett's picture
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Well nothing was wrong...just a case of changing the food over too quickly...but the vet said he was overall very healthy and 75 lbs!

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Yes, changing food can do that. Most recommend a 50/50 blend for a few days. That is not always possible though. My two seem to be impervious to that as they go through a sudden change every time they are boarded, which is on average 6-7 times a year.