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Old November 11th, 2012, 04:02 PM
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German Shepherd with lose stools

Hi I have a 4 year old german shepherd. She has always had a sensitive tummy and often has lose stools. Recently she had a bad bout of diahrea. I starved her for 24 hrs, then gave her rice and chicken, nothing worked. Took her to the vet, took blood and stool sample everything came back good, he gave her medication but nothing seems to work. She is fine in every other way, playing, eating well etc. Any one got any advise?
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Old November 11th, 2012, 04:24 PM
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Welcome to the forum zuzupetals, would love to see pics

First off what are you feeding? brand/variety?

You mention a sensitive tummy - has she always been on the same food or have you tried others?

Has she gotten into garbage/eaten something on a walk etc?

What was the meds the vet gave her? Was it a dewormer?
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Old November 11th, 2012, 04:54 PM
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Welcome to the board. Often, although it sounds silly, lose stools can be caused by over feeding. I had that happen with one of my dogs years ago. Cut back the food, and the problem resolved. Hope it's something as simple as that for you.
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Old November 11th, 2012, 05:04 PM
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Did you remove the skin from the chicken before boiling it? The skin can upset a dog digestion system.
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Old November 11th, 2012, 06:14 PM
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Welcome!! the best home remedy is pumpkin. Not pie filling but pure pumpkin..give her a couple of spoons in her food for a couple of days and all should be good. Pumpkin works both ways for dogs. It works to firm them up or loosen them up depending on their problem. Here we have to buy a large can full so I place the remaining pumpkin in a ice cube tray and freeze it. When you need it you just pop out a few cubes and your on your way!

You could also buy some good quality yogurt to help with the tummy in feeling better...and you can give this with the pumpkin as well.

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Old November 12th, 2012, 08:15 AM
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Welcome!! the best home remedy is pumpkin. Not pie filling but pure pumpkin..give her a couple of spoons in her food for a couple of days and all should be good. Pumpkin works both ways for dogs. It works to firm them up or loosen them up depending on their problem. Here we have to buy a large can full so I place the remaining pumpkin in a ice cube tray and freeze it. When you need it you just pop out a few cubes and your on your way!

You could also buy some good quality yogurt to help with the tummy in feeling better...and you can give this with the pumpkin as well.

Good Luck
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+1 on Winston's recommendation. I have used this to combat both diarrhea and constipation in my cats. True cats are not dogs, but the principal should still hold.

here's an article that may hekp - Good Luck!
http://www.pets.ca/dogs/tips/tip-75-...-constipation/
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Old November 12th, 2012, 10:17 AM
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What protein are you feeding her? Has she always had chicken-based food? You might want to try a different protein if you haven't already--some dogs do develop allergies to specific proteins. Our Macie can't eat chicken at all so we have her on a pork-based diet now.
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100% agree with Winston's suggestion of the pumpkin, but since the OP said it's been an ongoing issue she may be better trying to resolve the actual issue first than simply cover it up. It's a great start that the vet has ruled out medical issues, but Hazel's suggestion to try a different protein may be a good starting point also. As I said though, for me, years back it was too much food. I fed what the bag said to feed and it was just too much. I always have at least 2 cans of pumpkin in my pantry for emergencies though.
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