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July 1st, 2006, 09:32 AM
Taz (my Schippy) is 12.5 yo and is in good health (confirmed by the vet). He has begun to have less-than-firm stools and askes to go out more frequently. Also, since he was a pup, he has been bothered thunderstorms (& fireworks) which is a daily occurance this time of year in SW FLA. I'm told that the first stool issue is most likely age related, coupled with the daily storms that it may not be abnormal, but I'm curious to get other opinions from pet owners and/or professionals.

July 1st, 2006, 11:35 AM
Have you tried feeding him just a bit less? :)

July 2nd, 2006, 09:22 AM
No, but I'll try that. Anything to help him feel better.

July 2nd, 2006, 11:05 AM
It might help. If he has too much to digest, he might not digest it all. Otherwise, people suggest canned pumpkin sometimes (not pie filling).

At his age, probiotics might help too (they can help any age, really....). You can get them in the fridge of health food stores.:)

July 13th, 2006, 01:49 PM
Has anyone had experience with this? What are the options?

July 13th, 2006, 05:17 PM
Stress like thunderstorms like the vet mentioned can result in softer stools, you can try adding a spoonful of plain canned pumpkin(not the already prepared pie filling type) to his meal to firm him up