Allison, owned by Sydney
Join Date: Mar 2010
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Another poop discussion...
Sorry all, I know there are an abundance of these conversations (I just read through a pile of them), but if I can't discuss poop here, where can I? haha
Sydney has had some intermittant issues from the time I brought her home. Once a month or so, for a couple of days at a time, she will have soft stools, usually with some mucus (and a pretty gross odour). Never really liquid, just soft. I have taken samples to the vet on multiple occasions and they have always come back negative for giardia and other parasites. We even did a week of Panacur at one point in case we were getting a false negative, and that didn't help matters either.
At one particularly bad episode where it had lasted a week, the vet gave us Tylosin, which worked like a charm - back to normal within 24 hours. The vet said that it helped calm down the colon and restore the bacterial balance in the intestine. However, that is not really a sustainable solution because I don't want to give her an antibiotic regularly.
I have changed her food from Eukanuba small breed puppy (what she was on at the breeder's) to Legacy and finally to Acana Grasslands. The move to Acana has made a difference in terms of her willingness to eat - she was always picky and slow to eat but she loves this stuff. It is lamb based, which was why I switched, thinking that maybe she had an issue with a different protein source (both previous foods had been primarily chicken based). I discussed things with the knowledgeable staff at the store where I buy my food and they noted that the Acana does contain egg, which could set off a very sensitive chicken allergy, but the quantities were such that for most dogs it wouldn't be an issue.
The first couple of months after the switch were free of issues, which seemed like a miracle... but, sure enough, we eventually had another episode.
Sydney is 11 months old now. She has no other symptoms - eats, drinks, runs and plays normally with no behaviour changes. The vet has said there does not appear to be a medical reason and says the next step is a prescription diet (but I don't much care for the ones they offer and would rather try to figure out the issue and then feed a better quality food).
I am never sure exactly what brings on a bout of the yuckies. Often it does seem to be a response to a change in routine (i.e. if we go away for the weekend or am out after work one night, etc.) but sometimes it seems to come out of nowhere.
I am not sure if it is related to food, because she does well 85% pf the time, with seemingly random days thrown in.
Currently, she gets:
1/2 cup of Acana Glasslands (1/4 cup 2x daily)
A couple of PureBites liver treats in her kong
and a couple of times a week, she gets a Flossie for 10-15 minutes.
I am going to try eliminating the flossie altogether, because I have a feeling it isn't helping matters, though her response to those is never consistent either (i.e. most of the time she is fine).
Apologies for posting a novel but wanted to give the whole back story. Has anyone gone through anything like this before? Any chance she will outgrow it? (Wishful thinking?)
Would a probiotic help? (I don't know much about that area...)
Should I try a limited ingredient diet like Natural Balance?
Any suggestions would be appreciated... I know many of you are familiar with "poop bum" syndrome!
Allison & Sydney