Help with diarea! Getting tired of this...

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She is 1.5yo.  Otherwise healthy and VERY active.  No other signs of illness.  The diarea seems to come and go.  I started her as a puppy on Iams Smart Puppy.  About 3mo ago I switched the the Sams Club house brand food but per the ingredient list, seemed like a better food.  She was doing just fine on it.  Then we started having diarea issues so I went back to Iams hoping it was a food issue.  She is still having bouts with diarea.  URCH, I need to specify this is NOT true liquid diarea.  I should really say soft stool but obviously there is GI upset never the less.  

 

 

The latest was a week ago.  Keep her in the kitchen.  Woke up to about 6 messes on the floor ranging from semi solid to not so much, to mostly mucus.  

 

I am hestitant to take her to the vet only because it seems these Dobes have weak stomachs anyway.  I also do regular worming pills and just did that last week.  

 

She has a habit of eating poop!!!  Something I watch for but don't always catch her in time.  This is about the only thing I can think of, ingesting parasites.  I self admin her vaccines and give her the best I can find wtih wide coverage.  

 

Just not sure what to do at this point.  She eats grass at times outside.  Today she was in there whining a bit (she otherwise SUCKS at telling me she needs out) so I got her out asap and she did about 4 squats.  On a normal day she she hunts for a "special spot" for 2-3min, circles it, drops it, and we done.  She also pees first.  Obvious that I barely averted disaster today!

Oh, forgot to mention, for prob a yr, she has had a VERY random habit of vomiting.  In nearly every case, it is nothing but bile, like her tummy hurts from not eating or something. Only vomits once.  I usually hear her panting or making a noise and get her out asap.  I get 5-10sec to make that happen!  On rare occassion, she will vomit some food but due to all her chewing on various things, I never know what to think of the vomiting.  

 

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This can be so disconcerting.... finding the right food.. one we can afford and one that agrees with our dogs.. Yep..I'd venture to say she's got tummy troubles.

Switching food helps sometimes.. then just makes it worse at other times.. go slowly.

Try adding canned pumpkin to her meals.. about a tablespoon or so ( the real deal... not pie filling)

SIX messes is an awful lot.. most dogs only go a couple of times a day..she's obviously not digesting all her food.. sounds like filler that is NOT filling..are you feeding grain free?

 

 

 

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 i would fast her for 24 hours , then cook some rice with extra water don't cook all the way you want to give her the rice water in small amounts first the starch will help make her more solid , then when she can hold rice water give her a little of the rice nothing else then add a little of her food [the best you can afford grain free ]mixed with pumpkin and go from there if she does'nt firm up after a couple of days take her to the vet it could be more serious good luck and hope your baby feels better soon !!

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I wouldn't fast her. I would get her on some boiled chicken and white rice rice for a few days. Get her on a good quaility kibble like Orijen, Acana, or Taste of the wild. Pooh eating is typically a sign of lack of nutrition. I would consider getting her on a probiotic we have our boy on vetri science. You can order that and the food from Amazon. Barfing my guy does this in the morning if I don't give him a midnight snack so I make sure he eats before crating and no issues. With the amount of messes she's having I would go to the vet because she sounds like she's sick. If not try the boiled chicken and boiled rice and see if that helps you can also give a tablespoon of pumpkin. Make sure she is drink water since diarrhea is dehydrating. 

 

 

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Hi, 

I would second what Lady Kate and Ares my dobie said.

 Also get a stool sample she may have giardia, it an inexpensive test.  If she eats another dogs poo you never know what she has got. 

 

Good luck!

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fasting is to let her tummy heal, and yes make sure she is drinking

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Karie not saying there's anything wrong with fasting but if she pukes from acid belly lol it might not be the smartes thing lol wasn't saying it was wrong. I actual fast my mix once a week :) 

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Ours (9 mos old) had the same mushy stool, at times diarrea-like (we've only had him a month).  We've now taken away all rawhide and have switched off of food with chicken in it.  The rice trick didn't work prior to that.  Seems to be getting slightly better but it's only been about a week; the runniness has gone away so far.

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What are you feeding ?

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your right aresmydobie was'nt thinking of the acid thing with a completly empty stomach , that would make her feel really bad

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I would consider a no grain diet - the best you can afford (including raw.) I would also change the protein, in case she's allergic to the protein you are feeding. The mucus can be a symptom of severe food allergies, causing the body to react by "encasing" the offending food. When you see the mucus there is inflammation. The acid reflux is a symptom as well.

I don't believe dogs are meant to have something in their stomach all the time in order to be well. In the wild, they eat when they can find food, and fast when they can't. It's why free-feeding is not recommended. You give their digestive system a chance to completely empty out between meals when you feed a couple times a day.

I also don't think Dobes have weak stomachs. Food allergies, yes - a lot of dogs have problems with commercial diets that are artificially produced/baked/manipulated. Not just Dobermans.

I really would talk to your vet about this - none of us are vets on here and there could be something totally different going on. I'd do a blood workup and bring in a stool sample. I can honestly say that I rarely ever worm my dogs beyond heartworm meds.... but I've never seen fleas since we moved to PA from Florida 18 years ago. 

I do agree with Kim, that changing your protein and doing away with corn and wheat would be a good idea. You can add a spoonful of pumpkin (not pie filling but pure pumpkin) to her food. 

I personally feed a fish based grain free diet and my dogs do well on it, but I'm also careful about treats. My dogs get eggs,yogurt, cottage cheese, fruit and veggies daily along with their kibble. I feed twice a day, but when I've had an early morning pukey dog, I make sure to give them a biscut at bed time and feed their first of 2 meals early in the morning.