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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-15-2013, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Oatmeal Fixed The Ongoing Soft Poop Problem!

Not sure if it is coincidence or not, but out girl got diarrhea right after a lepto shot at 4 months old and had gross super loose stool for a month or more after she got past the runs. We tested for parasites, did the bland diet, FortiFlora, etc. We started feeding sweet potato or pumpkin at every meal and that helped. We switched to a lower protein formula of Taste of the Wild and that helped a bit more. Her stool still seemed a lot softer than it should be and she sometimes had anal gland discharge issues. I was also amazed at the large quantity of poo coming out of this dog!

I started giving her prunes a few weeks ago based on advice on the forum. It helped some, but I was afraid to give too many as the breeder and my vet are still not convinced that prunes are okay for dogs. I could tell with each change we made that the increased intake in fiber was helping, so the breeder suggested buckwheat. I mentioned that I knew our girl was okay with oatmeal (I make treats with it) and she said just sprinkle some uncooked oats in with her food. WOOOHOOO!! Problem solved! She loves the oats and for the first time in months, her poo is normal and the quantity has gone way down!
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-15-2013, 03:19 PM
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Re: Oatmeal Fixed The Ongoing Soft Poop Problem!

That is great news! You may still want to look at the kibble you are feeding her. If the kibble is too rich the runny stool will be on and off. I tried many different things to get Oquirrh's stool firm and finally have succeeded with an off-brand, but good quality kibble. Just a little food for thought.
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Re: Oatmeal Fixed The Ongoing Soft Poop Problem!

We are stuck with the Taste of the Wild puppy for awhile as I have about 75 pounds of it. She loves it, but we will probably switch to something lower in protein and higher in fiber when we finish off what we have on hand. She has been great for the last two weeks with the oatmeal addition unless she gets into something she shouldn't in the yard or drinks a bunch of pool water. She also tends to have soft stool if she gets really over excited from playing hard with one of her buddies. The breeder said that is kind of a typical bird dog thing.
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Re: Oatmeal Fixed The Ongoing Soft Poop Problem!

How much oatmeal are you sprinkling on the food and are you just using plain oatmeal (Quaker's)?
This has been a bit of a battle with Louie, so I'm willing to try it.

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Re: Oatmeal Fixed The Ongoing Soft Poop Problem!

LifewithLouie----Yes, just regular Quaker oats (not the quick oats, although I doubt it matters). I typically just sprinkle some in with each meal and kind of mash in with her sweet potato or canned pumpkin mixed in her kibble. Probably about 1-2 large soup spoon sized amount on the oats. We also give her Greek yogurt a few times a week for probiotics. She loves it, but only the 2% for some reason.

On an interesting note, she is at the breeder's home right now and has not had an issue with soft stool even when they ran out of sweet potatoes for her. They have not been feeding her the oats at all. The breeder gives only filtered water from the refrigerator and suggests that I try the same. If it is not that, I am going to try eliminating her treats and bringing them back in one type at a time to see if that is the cause.
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Re: Oatmeal Fixed The Ongoing Soft Poop Problem!

Kevin,

She is very treat motivated and I like to mix it up to keep her interested. We rely on a lot of treats for training, otherwise we really don't give treats randomly. The breeder is also using a lot of treats for training with our girl as well.

I will probably cut back to the basics, freeze dried lamb lung, string cheese, dehydrated sweet potato and chicken jerky.
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Just lots of obedience training right now. She is still a pup.
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Re: Oatmeal Fixed The Ongoing Soft Poop Problem!

So, what was the final on getting rid of excessive loose stools? mine is on Blue wilderness and suffers from soft excessive amounts of poop.

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