Posted : 6/7/2009 8:09:21 AM
I will say Rivers's stools have been soft quite often, in fact, ever since I got him as a puppy. Every now and then they will be normal, usually only if he gets a lot of bone in his diet, but then he has to struggle to poop then.
This dog has been tested for parasites at least 3-4 times just to make certain; he doesn't get the runs. It's just his poops will be mostly solid, but yet have a very moist end to them, if you will.
He's been this way from Innova Large breed puppy food, Orijen, Homecooked w/Honest Kitchen as the base, to now, with eating raw rbm's etc. one thing that's pretty much always remained the same, is chicken being a big part of his diet.
He doesn't itch, or otherwise show any kind of allergic reaction to chicken or turkey; but I'm wondering if this is the leading cause of the constant loose stools.
He's the only dog of the 3 that I feed this way that constantly has somewhat watery stools.
Should I try taking him off from poultry for a while and see what happens? (I will definitely check his anal glands as well)
Brookcove....I could see how his minerals would be off if I wasn't feeding him a variety; he does get mostly chicken, but he still gets plenty of beef heart, and so forth. I also give them a human formulation of a powdered multi-vitamin, they don't get it every day; but rather just a few times a week.
Rivers had a bath just 2-3 wks ago. I try not to bath him more then twice a year, cause I know that too can be very drying to their skin. If they get down right dirty though, they get their baths, but Rivers's generally a very clean dog except his legs from the knees to his paws get muddy where we live.