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Old 01-29-2012, 08:50 AM
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REALLY stinky dog poop!

What are some of the causes for really smelly dog poop?

We noticed that the 8 month old pup we picked up yesterday has dog poop that smells realllly bad; a lot worse than our other dog's poop. He stools are formed but a bit soft (not loose or diarrhea though).

She was treated for Giardia for six days on Metronidozole. The meds ended on Wed (today is Sunday). She eats Eukanuba Adult Maintenance (this is what the breeder had her on and we will start chaning her food in a few weeks).

Could it be the Giardia meds? That the Giardia hasn't cleared yet? Her food?

Also, she had REALLLLY bad gas yesterday and we were in hysterics laughing about it but I'm wondering what's causing it.

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Old 01-29-2012, 09:17 AM
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Giardia can stink.
So can Parvo.

I'd get her, and a sample of poop, to the vet asap sorry to say...
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Giardia can stink.
So can Parvo.

I'd get her, and a sample of poop, to the vet asap sorry to say...
Thanks.

I mentioned above that we already know she had Giardia. We found on on Jan18th that she was positive. She was treated from Jan 19th to 25th. The vet said to test her poop again one week after the meds finish, so on Feb 1.

I won't know until her next poop sample if she still has Giardia. The breeder was going to take a stool sample the day after she finished her meds but her vet (and mine agreed) to wait until one week after the meds finish.

She just pooped a while ago and it didn't smell too bad this time but was still a bit soft. Could we add some canned pumpkin to her food, even if worse case scenario she still has Giardia?
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Firstly, she wasn't treated long enough for the Giardia from what I know. She should have been treated for 8 days at a minimum, so I'm very afraid she'll still be positive unless she has an amazing immune system. **Fingers crossed**

Yes, you can add some canned pumpkin into her food even if she has Giardia. It may not help if the Giardia is the cause.

In my experience, the food is the cause of really stinky poop. However, I do agree with waiting to switch the food for a few weeks so that 1) You resolved the Giardia and 2) She gets more used to her new environment. Changing the food sooner than in a few weeks could cause her system unnecessary stress and I advise against it.

Is she totally up to date on her vaccines? How many parvo vaccines did she get? Tess is right, Parvo smells like death. However, if she is otherwise acting normally, this would be lower on my list, despite the fact that she came from an unclean environment.

I doubt the meds are causing the poop to stink.

Also, why is she on adult food already? Seems to be too young, IMO. I'm glad you'll eventually be switching her.
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I didn't really have a say in how long she was treated. The meds were recommended by the vet for 6 days so that's what the breeder did.

She's up to date on her vaccines. I'd have to check how many parvo vaccines she got.

As for the adult food, that's what the breeder had her on and says they switch their dogs over early. i guess I didn't really question it bc she's been a breeder for 25 years and seems like she knows what to feed her dog.

Why would the adult food not be good for an 8 month old? Should I ask my own vet about this?
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Breeders don't tend to know a lot about medicine, to be honest. Some think they do and sound convincing but they're doing a disservice to their buyers sometimes. I've had breeders telling owners not to give their dogs heartworm pills... but you know the breeder wouldn't pay for treatment if the dog needs it lol. Makes no sense.

The adult food thing really depends on the breed of dog, and this too is controversial. Did she give you a reason she transitions them early? Could growth have been affected? Possibly. Nutrients missing for a young dog? Possibly. It's just not something I'd recommend. At this point it may not be worth switching her back if her gastrointestinal tract has adjusted to adult food.

What is more important is to know when the last Parvo vaccine was given.

I know you had no say in how long the dog was treated. I'm just giving you a heads up. I've never heard a vet treating for 6 instead of 8 days.
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Breeders don't tend to know a lot about medicine, to be honest. Some think they do and sound convincing but they're doing a disservice to their buyers sometimes. I've had breeders telling owners not to give their dogs heartworm pills... but you know the breeder wouldn't pay for treatment if the dog needs it lol. Makes no sense.

The adult food thing really depends on the breed of dog, and this too is controversial. Did she give you a reason she transitions them early? Could growth have been affected? Possibly. Nutrients missing for a young dog? Possibly. It's just not something I'd recommend. At this point it may not be worth switching her back if her gastrointestinal tract has adjusted to adult food.

What is more important is to know when the last Parvo vaccine was given.

I know you had no say in how long the dog was treated. I'm just giving you a heads up. I've never heard a vet treating for 6 instead of 8 days.
Yeah even MY vet who gave me meds to treat my own dog 'just in case' gave me a ten day supply of metronidazole. I guess I shouldn't have high hopes that the Giardia will be clear this week. Though I do plan to proceed as you advised in the other thread.
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