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Watery stools

I adopted Colby, a three year old Havenese from a rescued center about two weeks ago. He didn't poop much in the first week like every three days (was told normal because he was new to the environment) and he finally pooped in the last two days but the stools came out either mushy or watery. We feed him solid food like chicken meat or hamburger and can't understand why they came out watery. Anyone had the same experience? Thanks for your advice in advance.
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Are you specifically feeding chicken and hamburger as a bland diet for a special reason or as an everyday food? This is not a nutritionally balanced diet to be feeding and I would look into a good quality commercial dog food. Otherwise, if you are cooking for your dog be sure to get some help to make sure the diet is meeting all nutritional needs. A teaspoon of canned pumpkin added to meals may help in the mean time, as well as adding some rice or sweet potato. Make sure the hamburger is boiled to removed fat and the chicken is plain. if this keeps up I would consult with your vet. There is always the possibility of parasites and they may need to start him on an antibiotic or some probiotics. Good Luck.
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Did they specify a food he had been receiving at the center? Even if you choose to transition him to a fresh food diet, I think it would be the rare Havanese that could handle such a diet change without a slow transition, especially under the stress of a new home environment. I would take him to the vet at this point, and while youíre looking at food options and deciding what to feed, go back to the closest you can get to what heís been eating. Once heís cleared by the vet, then slowly transition to what you wish to feed long term. Personally, since he isnít a puppy and without knowing his history, I think Iíd be extra careful and introduce one protein or food at a time in case of allergies and to prevent further problems with diarrhea.

There have been a few new delivery services for fresh food diets over the last couple of years. If you are interested in home cooking, I think it could be really useful to start out with something like that. It takes time to get a balanced home cooked diet organized and it could give you time to consult with someone and do research

Hope he feels better soon!
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I learned the hard way that these little dogs have sensitive stomachs. I was giving him bits of turkey and Wellness biscuits as training treats. We wound up at the emergency vet with a severe case of constipation. The vet said no people food and put him on ProPlan Gastroenteric for three days. He is doing much better now that I have him on the right food.

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Thank you for your feedback. I went to the pet store and got some chicken favor mixers and used them to coat the dry dog food. Now Colby started eating a balanced diet (not a whole lot of enthusiasm though) but it works!
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