Join Date: Jul 2011
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Pumpkin really works!
I've always had problems with soft stools, and combined with the fact that my puppy is a finicky eater, I've gone through several different brands of dry kibble (always transitioning slowly over 2 weeks). In an effort to harden her stool one day about 2 weeks ago I started giving her plain yogurt with her food, as I read that the good bacterias would help regulate her digestion and firm it up a bit. Disaster! For the next 3 days she had horrible diarrhea and I had to wash her butt several times a day, which resulted in her sides getting matted from all the washing. Not what I wanted at all. I had been very carefully monitoring how much she was eating and trying to get her to eat a little more (she's quite thin, the hair is misleading, there are no ribs showing but still very slender). And then I had to go and mess her system up!
After a 24 hour "rest" I put her on a 1/2 cooked chicken breast 1/2 boiled rice diet (which she just wolfed down). She got better and I started introducing the kibble back, but I was getting frustrated. I had been feeding her brands that are considered the best on the market, and she had continuous soft stools (i.e. sticking to the grass). My hubby was getting on my case because I didn't follow the breeder's recommendation to feed Purina Pro Plan (I think it's a good food, but not the best out there, still has some fillers and ingredients I don't consider ideal). I was getting ready for her first show and didn't want her to have a poopy butt there!
Finally my poor hubby, who was trying to help me out, came across an article about high quality puppy diets. It said the highest quality puppy food is so pure it mimicks milk that the puppy gets from its mother. Babies on a milk only diet have soft stools. (It was starting to make sense). It suggested adding pumpkin to harden the stool. I heard of adding pumpkin before, but it confused me because pumpkin is full of fiber and fiber is supposed to make you "go". Apparantly, pumpkin has the other kind of fiber, I can't remember all the specifics, but I used a can of pureed pumpkin (make sure it's just mashed pumpkin and not actually pumpkin pie filling, that's got sugar and spices in it and you don't want to give that to your dog). I give her 1 teaspoon mixed into her kibble in the morning and 1 at night with her dinner feeding. And it really works! For the first time her stools have firmed up and I can pick thm up off the grass with the poop bag without it getting stuck to the grass and her butt. It also means that the food isn't disagreeing with her, it's just the way her body digests it, she seems to have a sensitive system. I'm feeding her Innova puppy food and would rather give her that and a little pumpkin than a lesser quality food that has fillers, preservatives and is more processed. So for anyone that has soft stool probems I would highly recommed trying the pumpkin - I'm glad I did.