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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-28-2014, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
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Issues with bowel movements

Unfortunately, there's no delicate way to post this but after Django has a bowel movement, a clearish film ends up on his bottom. I took him to the vet to see what was going on (with his history of colitis I am always on top of things) and he told me that with some older dogs, when they poop, sometimes their bodies omit a fluid to help them with the pooping process, thus the clear film at the end.

The issue with this clear film is that if it's not wiped shortly after he does his business, it forms a hard crust on the rectum and as you can imagine, a day or two of that and it's more difficult to clean things. I am always keeping things clean and he's on an antibiotic ointment to help with the irritation on the rectum but I was wondering if anyone out there had experienced anything like this with their dogs.
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Wow, sorry to hear about this. But I learn something new everyday on this forum.

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I wonder if transitioning him to a raw diet would help? There would be no grains or fillers for his system to have to process. It would reduce stool volume.

The vet's comments seem to imply a digestion issue, and raw might be your solution, or part of it.

This is based on a presumption that he is not already fed raw of course. Just my two cents.
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Unfortunately raw is not an option. 2 bouts of pancreatitis, 1 bout of colitis and the need to keep protein under 18%, well, vet put the big kibosh on raw.
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