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I purchased Muffin in July, 2008 at 4 months. She is terrific but she has always had diarrhea or very soft stool. I changed food, put her on bottled water, and have gone to the vets twice to get medication. She is on the second type of medication now and it is working, but I am afraid of the weeks after the medication is gone if the diarrhea will come back.
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What kind of food is she on? Could she have an allergy to one of the ingredients?
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I purchased Muffin in July, 2008 at 4 months. She is terrific but she has always had diarrhea or very soft stool. I changed food, put her on bottled water, and have gone to the vets twice to get medication. She is on the second type of medication now and it is working, but I am afraid of the weeks after the medication is gone if the diarrhea will come back.
No, it isn't normal. If you changed the food without doing it gradually, that could cause it. I assume since you said she has been on two different types of medications, that the vet did a stool sample. What did it show? It is not uncommon for dogs to get giardia, here is info: http://www.priory.com/vet/giardia.htm

When was the puppy wormed last? Did the stool sample show that at all?

Also, Coccidia is something puppies can get. I treat my puppies twice before they leave here to ensure they won't get have it. Here is another link that might be helpful: http://www.thepetcenter.com/exa/diarrhea.html#Worms
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I would also suspect an allergy or sensitivity to something in the food if all parasites have been tested for. What food are you and were you feeding?


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barring any sort of parasite (which is common in puppies) or food allergy-- there are a couple great products that can help. My Jasper's poo has always been on the softer side too so we have experimented both with foods and suppliments... now we just add a bit of yogurt.

but PROZYME is a great product and can help

but PET FLORA is amazing it can turn around a bout of diahrea in a day and it is totally safe -- you can also use it as an aid to switch foods with less upset.

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For me...it's always worked to keep some cooked rice to add to the food if their stool seems too soft. This does not sound normal and maybe the vet can get to the cause. I know it's not fun.


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Thanks for the replies. She was on Royal Canin with the breeder and for three weeks after we got her. This food just seemed to rich for her system. She was dewormed prior to me getting her and the vet was not concerned. The vet did test a stool sample and no parasites or abnormal stuff in it. After the first medication, I changed her food over to "Natual Balance - Sweet Potato and Fish" which has helped. This 2nd set of meds is a little stronger and is working - no diarrhea and the stool is harder. Maybe we are over the problem? We have two more days of medication, so the proof with be about Saturday if the diarrhea comes back.
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Diarrhea is definitely not common, but there are some dogs that have more sensitive digestive systems and may do better if on a milder food.
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Toby had chronic soft stools with Innova Puppy and I had to mix pumpkin in w/ his food to control it, but since I switched him to Wellness it's been much better. His vet said that it was okay to keep him on pumpkin because it's actually good for them, but I wanted to know if he had soft stools, so I don't use it all the time.
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