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Old 08-13-2010, 07:30 PM
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Dry Crumbly Poop?

Both my dogs eat taste of the wild and do well on it. they have always had normal good poop and no health issues on it (skin allergies, tummy upsets, etc.) but recently Lexi started having dry crumbly poop. shes not straining and still going normaly. but:

1- nothing in their diet has changed, theyre still eating the same

2- she seems to still be drinking the same amount of water as usual, and not dehydrated.

dehydration is the first thing i suspected when this started, but because her drinking was normal, i thought maybe i was wrong. i also thought about fat content being too low and making the poop dry and crumbly, but because the diet has been the same now for over a year and this hasnt been an issue before, i thought that couldnt be it either....

i dont know... i really dont know...

the only thing that has changed was her food was cut back because she became less active and was getting a little too heavy.

im going to try adding water to her food when i serve it (not letting it soak) hoping to get some added water into her.... if this doesnt help, then i will have to try something else.

in the meantime, anyone else have any other ideas?
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Old 08-13-2010, 08:57 PM
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Is it dry and crumbly right away? I mean literally crumbly not just easily broken apart?

I feed Harvick TOTW and have not had any issues with his poo. I feed the others Kirkland and same thing... Could she be eating grass maybe and thats what could be sucking up moisture? I am really just throwing something out there I dont even know if it makes sense lol sorry
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Have you checked dehydration on her back? (skin pinch, should go immediately back to normal, not take a half second or more...)

This sounds to me like there is not enough water in her diet, OR she's processing water faster than normal. Have you noticed that she's urinating more?

You might try pumpkin for a day or two, see if that has any effect on her stool, but that should not be long-term. After stopping the pumpkin, if her stool goes back to being very dry again, I would see the vet to check for dehydration or possibly other concerns.

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Have they eaten any bones? When I give mine bones sometimes their poo will be like that
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i was thinking the same thing as cali... bones... how long did you say it was dry for? and how dry and crumbly?
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Have you checked dehydration on her back? (skin pinch, should go immediately back to normal, not take a half second or more...)
i know about that because we use that on our horses... but i cant do it on her, shes too loose skinned.

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This sounds to me like there is not enough water in her diet, OR she's processing water faster than normal. Have you noticed that she's urinating more?!
this was my initial thought. and no, shes not urinating anymore than usual

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You might try pumpkin for a day or two, see if that has any effect on her stool, but that should not be long-term. After stopping the pumpkin, if her stool goes back to being very dry again, I would see the vet to check for dehydration or possibly other concerns.!
im a little hesitant to try the pumpkin as i typically use it for her when she has diarrhea, and it firms up her stool nicely. i dont want her to get constipated on top of this. plus i want to test with water first to see how or if it changes at all.


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i was thinking the same thing as cali... bones... how long did you say it was dry for? and how dry and crumbly?
its been dry for atleast 2-3 days now. i have not seen her poop yet this morning and i added water to her breakfast (she just ate though so i have about an hour before she will poop). also its like... hmmm... boy i never thought describing poop would be so hard! its crumbling as it comes out. it does have some bigger pieces but the rest crumbles. it looks like a wet sandcastle someone kicked over (yeah that sounds weird) but its not nearly as dry, but its not as moist as it should be, like i cant make it stick back together (great... now im building castles out of dog poo...)
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very strange that you make castles outta poo!

no seriously tho... is it at all possible she got into something? i'm sure you've thought of that... hmmm... well, i guess i'm waiting to hear how her last poo was after the water then!
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alllllll clear... we have goooood poop, i repeat we have gooooood poop!

was dehydration. put some water in a few meals for her and shes all good now
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Yay for good poo!!!!
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you might make castles out of it, but i can't wait to hear all about it! yay for good poo!
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