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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-26-2008, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well, Gracie has been on the flagyl for 5 days...she still has soft stools. There have been a few very firm ones...but they changed back and are soft again.

So, the Wellness Puppy is what she had been eating. Before she started on the flagyl, I started introducing Taste of the Wild...thinking it may be the wellness...it seemed to help a little, but they were still soft...still an occasional mucousy one. There have been no mucous stools since starting on the flagyl, but there have been some very soft ones...the kind where she goes and then there are like several little tiny bits after that are like pudding.

Should I just completely switch her to the Taste of the Wild and see if it is the Wellness puppy? She is on a 50/50 mix right now.

The vet said to keep her on the flagyl for 5-7 days, should I keep her on another two days (she has been on it 5 as of this morning)?

She is otherwise happy, healthy, gaining weight, and energetic.

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I do find it strange that she has mucousy stools. Typically that would be a result of an irritated stomach or bowels. It's normal on occassion to get that when feeding raw but not kibble unless the dog is overly stressed.

Has the vet checked for giarddia? You might as well stay on the flagyl for the extra 2 days. It probably wasn't a good idea to switch foods in the middle of the medication. Personally you might have wanted to switch to boiled chicken and rice to keep it simple until the flagyl was done then slowly introduce food.

At this point stick with the kibble as is for the next two days. I'd also try to move away from the kibble and try something like nature's variety raw medallions which are a more natural food and easier for your dog to digest. The raw medallions should definitely firm up her poops.

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I was switching foods already before she started the meds...I was switching because she had mucous stools on the wellness. So the switch didn't start the problem.

She has had 2 stools checks, both were clean (which is why we thought it was the food). There has been no mucous since being on the flagyl...just soft stools.

Can you order the raw medallions online?
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I know Tucker had quite a lot of loose stools when he was younger. I got so tired of back-baths! But, it wasn't constant for weeks at a time...Food seemed to make a difference with him, but part of that was the puppy lines, I think. I haven't tried the raw foods, but he seems pretty consistent now with only occasional (once a month) loose-ish stool.

I can imagine how old this must be getting for you! Wish I had a solution to offer.

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Is she getting anything other than her kibble? Treats? Bones? Chewies? Anything? I would stop giving her anything else by mouth, except kibble and water~~ See if that helps!


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No, I haven't been giving her any treats.
I have a 7 and almost 9 year old who sometimes spill or leave little trails, but they have been trying to be really careful. I don't let her out of my sight...so I don't think it's that either.
So, she just gets her kibble and water...
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You know what I just realized...she still has a cow hoof that the breeder sent with her and she sometimes chews on it...could that be making her stools loose?
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Yes it absolutely could be making her stools soft!
I would remove the cow hoof and see if she doesn't get firmer in a couple days~~~


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As to ordering online...I'm not sure...I would assume you could since just about everything is available online. But you are in California so I would assume that there should be a store somewhere close by.

Definitely get rid of the hoof...

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Give her some ProBiotics. It always speeds them up getting back on track after being upset. You should be able to find it at a good pet store.

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