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Old 07-11-2016, 07:50 PM
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Is soft stool (not diarrhea) normal?

I have a 1 year old aussi shepherd mix. About a month ago, he had a pretty severe bought with diarrhea, which resulted in a trip to the vet, some parasite tests that all came back negative, and some medication. The meds worked great, and he was back to normal shortly after. However, his stools have never really been back to solid. They are still pretty soft. Everything else is completely normal though. Eats normally, drinks normally, the frequency of when he goes is normal, not exhibiting any weird behavior, just his normal self. The only thing that strikes me as odd (but I don't know if its just a dog thing) is he takes a good while to decide on a place to do the deed. He squats like he's ready to go, then changes his mind last minute and sniffs for a different spot. When he finally finds a good spot, he doesn't seem to be straining or uncomfortable at all. I have only had him for about 6 weeks (we adopted him from a rescue organization) so I don't really have a history of what is normal for him before we got him. He did check out with the vet through the rescue though before he was put up for adoption.

Anyways, main question: Is soft stool normal? Could it just be a call for a different type of food perhaps? It seems silly to take him back to the vet when he's acting completely normal!
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It's not normal, and could be a number of things.

Did they test for giardia and coccidia? Coccidia and Giardia – The “Non-Worm” Parasites | Frontier Veterinary Hospital - Hillsboro, OR Veterinarian & Pet Clinic for Dogs & Cats

Did they test for stress colitis? Learn the Signs and Treatment of Colitis in Dogs | VCA Animal Hospitals

If it's neither of those then my next guess would be he's sensitive to something in the food. It could be anything but he usual culprits are grains or meat (mainly chicken and beef)

What food are you feeding him? How long has he been on it?

If you try switching the food make sure to switch to one that does not contain the same protein and grains as the old food, and make sure any treats you may be giving him does not contain them. So if his current food contains rice, corn, chicken, and beef, you want one without those ingredients. You can try a limited ingredient diet (LID) food, Natural Balance has a lot of those foods to choose from. Again be careful with the treat, treats LOVE to sneak chicken into the ingredients.
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