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Old 12-10-2013, 09:50 AM
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Diarrhea and Eating poop

I'm not sure if theres a connection or if this is at all "normal".

We adopted our now 4 month old GSD/Husky pup, Ruger last month and when we got him he had diarrhea. First is started as just wet stool to him waking up everyhour and having really wet diarrhea all over his crate in the middle of the night. We took him to the vet, he got a anti-diarrheal and an extra treatment of a parasite he had before we adopted him. He got better with the meds but a few days after the meds stopped he was up all night with diarrhea in his crate again. Back to the vet and another dose of anti-diarheal.
He stopped that medicine about a week or so ago. Yesterday morning it came back and he wasn't in his crate so he had diarhea literally all over my bedroom. Then he stepped in it and spread it around some more. It was gross.

I just picked some more of the special GI Tract health food that the vet had told us to feed him last time. He's going back to the vet on Saturday anyway for another puppy shot. But I have a feeling i'm just going to get more meds.

We've also have noticed him eating poop everytime he's outside. He'll poop it out and then eat it. He'll follow our 4 year old dog around and he'll be trying to eat it as soon as it comes out of her - sometimes he doesn't even wait for that. I've told him no multiple times - he doesn't seem to get it. He doesn't even look up. We have a fenced in yard so they do their business, run around and play and come in - usually. But lately I have to stand out there and watch him becuase he's just going to eat poop. He doesn't listen and I have to walk over and pick him up to get him to stop.

He has 4health puppy food which is a good quality food food with a 4 star rating. So he's not eating bad food. I mean unless his stomach is sensitive to it?

I'm not sure what to do anymore. Could the fact that he's eating so much poop be causing his diarrhea? Could there be something else wrong with him that is causing him to eat his own poop. It just seems like an endless battle of meds work then meds stop and it comes back. He's acting normal - running around and playing like nothing is bothering him. I don't know how to stop this. Any thoughts?
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You need to give him a probiotic and more bone in his food. especially if he's been on an anti biotic. That will kill the bacteria in the intestines he needs and the probiotic will put it back. Also could be he's not getting enough bone in his food. Not enough bone will make soft stools. You can buy powdered bone meal at a pet food place, just make sure its for animals as they do make one for plants. But regardless he should be one a pro biotic daily to maintain healthy gut. forte flora or probiotic rx are both very good.
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I'd also institute a stricter management plan. Take him out on a leash and clean up after both dogs before allowing them to run and play. Obviously, you can't do that when you're not home or overnight, but do what you can to prevent him from eating poop. If he does have parasites, he's likely re-infecting himself.

Has your vet said anything about your other dog? It's possible that s/he is shedding parasites but not showing symptoms of infection. If the cause of the diarrhea is parasites, you may want to ask about treating both dogs.
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Has Ruger been seen yet by your vet? Many puppies develop giardia even after they have been home for a few weeks due to the stress of a new home, new routine and new people. You will probably want to get a sample and take it to your vet for analysis. As far as him eating the poop, try using high value rewards - a favourite treat, piece of cooked chicken or something like that to distract him away from the poo. When he comes to you, mark the behaviour with the high value treat.

He is still a young guy, will have lots of behaviours to work on. You will need a lot of patience and make sure you have lots of treats for rewards!
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If your puppy had giardia or coccidia, it is highly likely he has re-infested himself by eating his stool. Have his stool checked for parasites. If he tests positive, he will need to go back on medication. At that point it is essential that you pick up his stool the very instant he poops. In fact, if it's not solid, you'll need to pick up any dirt and grass it touches. Giardia, in particular, can live in the soil for months, which can lead to re-infestation.
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Good medical advice about. I did have something similar with Charlie in early puppyhood. He used to eat his own **** and he always had loose stools after that (and sometimes threw up as well - pretty disgusting).
I had to pay really a lot of attention and be very fast to stop him each time. And it worked, his stool got firmer and oddly enough so did his interest in eating it. Not sure if was true but it felt like a vicious cycle. soft stool -> gotta eat it -> worse/throwing up. Treats didn't work, I had to stop him physically from doing it (and it was hard, he was so fast!) but after a week of successful none-eating, he just stopped. Finding food that was good for him was also important (he seems to have some kind of sensitivity to chicken, he is on lamb and rice).
Man, I'm glad that problem is solved!
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Ditto to the concerns about Giardia reinfection. I'd consider putting him on a bland food (chicken and rice, Iams low residue Rx diet etc) and considering addif a tablespoon of canned pumpkin to each meal.

A probiotic wont hurt but I haven't seen them help much.
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