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Old 03-12-2018, 01:30 PM
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Decreased appetite and soft poop - Causes?

Sasta is a Rhodesian Ridgeback that will be 2 years old in June (approximately). We rescued her 11 months ago. She has always been a good eater but the last couple of weeks it has been hit or miss if she eats her breakfast and / or dinner. Though she does eat her treats and will eat if we coax her but it takes a while. Other times she eats all of her food with no prompting or coaxing from us. And even though she doesn't get people food she is most definitely interested in our food. She has also had some very soft / mushy poop.

For a majority of the 11 months at least the last 9 months but possibly 10 months that she has been with us she has had 4Health Dog food grain free chicken and vegetable dry dog food - she gets about 1 to 1 1/2 cups with about 2 table spoons of 4Health Chicken and Vegetable stew wet dog food mixed together each morning and each night (between 6:30 and 7). The 4Health is from Tractor Supply Company (their store brand of Blue Wilderness). During the week (Monday - Friday) while we are at work she also gets her kong with 1/4 cup of her dry food, 2 grain free farmers medley milk bones (either turkey flavor or lamb flavor) and a teaspoon of peanut butter and also her kong bone with some milk bone trail mix stuffed in the ends (maybe a total of 12 pieces maybe an 1/8 of a cup). During the summer she also would get "pupcicles" a teaspoon of her wet dog food mixed with a 1/2 cup water and frozen as we live in Arizona and she is not a good water drinker. She does get one small piece of full moon chicken jerkey at night before bed. She does not get people food and minimal treats during walks or training sessions. She does not get her kong and her bone kong on the weekends though she does get a few more treats as we are working with her more on training but probably less that what she gets in her kongs.

I don't want to over react but want to make sure I don't miss anything. She is not loosing weight, she is just as playful and energetic and she has always been so I am not sure if it is due to her getting past her puppy stage and she doesn't need as much food? Or is it because she is bored of her food and wants something different? Or is there something else going on?

Now we have had a few changes around the house - her outside pen area is about half the size it was due to rain we got in late February part of it flooded and my husband dug it up (about 4 feet deep 3 feet wide and 8 feet long) to put in rock under the dirt to help it drain in the future. So that part of her pen has been fenced off for almost 4 weeks as we had to wait for it to dry out and my husband and I have both been dealing with our own health issues and have not been able to fill it back in and re-grade the area. Also we have re-arranged furniture in the living room area so I am not sure if environmental stress is causing this.
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Old 03-12-2018, 02:33 PM
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I'd get her to the vet and rule out things like giardia, and internal worms.

After that's ruled out you can try and do an elimination diet to see if she's developed a sensitivity to something in her food, given that it's mostly chicken based food that you are giving her, you could make her up some lean, it has to be lean, ground meat and either white rice or sweet potato, feed her that, and only that for a week and see if her stool firms up. If it does slowly add back in her regular food, maybe 1/8 a cup the first day, a bit more the second day, and see if the soft food comes back. If it does the you know it's her food causing the problem and you need to find one that does not contain the ingredients in the food. Try a small bag with a different protein, maybe the 4 health Pork flavor, and see how she does, if that doesn't work then try one with grain, or a different carb then the one in the 4 health.
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