Doggie diarrhea...

Discussion in 'Neapolitan Mastiff' started by Diana Ritchey, Mar 9, 2017.

  1. Diana Ritchey

    Diana Ritchey New Member

    I just adopted a 1 year old Neapolitan mastiff on Sunday evening. She has had completely liquid diarrhea since I brought her home. The previous owners had her on Iams and when I fed that to my Great dane she always had soft stool. So I changed her food to 4 Health. I've given her boiled rice, pesto bismol (advice of vet), and purreed pumpkin, nothing has helped. The poor dog has no control over the diarrhea, she doesn't even squat and it comes out. I don't know what else to do. Any suggestions?

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  2. scorning

    scorning Active Member

    If her energy level is ok and she is drinking enough water to keep her hydrated, I would try fasting her for a day then doing bland food like boiled chicken and white rice. I would also try a probiotic, I use pro-pectalin and it works well for my dog with a sensitive stomach.

    If she seems lethargic and isn't drinking enough, I would take her back to the vet.
  3. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    Try boiled meat and rice. Little meals throughout the day. Add a probiotic, lots of it.
  4. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    This is probably a silly question, but I figure maybe you called the vet and haven't had a chance to visit yet. Did they do a fecal and check for things like coccidia and giardia? If not, I'd make sure to have that done asap.
  5. Diana Ritchey

    Diana Ritchey New Member

    She is definitely drinking and has plenty of energy.

    The food I have her on is the lamb and rice formula which I figured would be easy on her stomach.
    I've never used a probiotic before. How does it come, powder form? How much do you give? Where do you get it from?

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  6. DennasMom

    DennasMom Well-Known Member

    It's probably the stress of the new home and change in food, together... she just needs a system "reset".
    Not sure how you used the pumpkin - only 1-2 tablespoons per meal... too much can go the runny direction instead of the firm-up direction.

    I agree with Scorning's recommendation to skip one or two meals, then start back with a 1/2 size portion and add in some probiotics.

    If you have some plain, live yogurt (no sugars, no flavors), you can start with that... a tablespoon or two with each meal.

    I would then go get some canine probiotics from the pet shop or online. We've used "probiotic miracle" - which is a powder, you just put a small scoop on each meal.
    I think most dog versions are powders.
    If you get a human version (available in most grocery stores, vitamin aisle), as a capsule, you can probably open up the capsule and drop the powder right on the food.

    With probiotics, the more variety, the better, so you can try any or all of the above.

    We also keep onlyNaturalPet's "GI Support" pills on hand for loose poops around here. In addition to probiotics, it includes some herbs, like slippery elm bark, which support digestive health. You can get that from their website, or amazon.
  7. 7121548

    7121548 Active Member

    Congratulations on adopting a neo! The last time my dog had the runs, it took him about 5 days to get over it. We skipped a couple meals in the beginning, then started on a white rice and plain ground beef diet. He was also getting a little bit of greek yogurt as a snack. I slowly added a little kibble back in once things started looking sort of normal again. Good luck! I hope she's better soon.
  8. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    I feed the powder form. Sometimes I buy fortiflora from the vets, but I am currently using canine probiotics with nucleotides. I can definitely see a difference in their poop if they are on probiotics or not especially when Hector was on like 3 months of antibiotics. He did not have the runs at all, but once I ran out he had bad runs. You can buy probiotics even at walmart. There are tons to choose from on amazon.
  9. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    It will tell you the dosages on the packaging.
  10. Bailey's Mom

    Bailey's Mom Super Moderator Staff Member

    Had a thought, based on my own experience with the runs after the pneumonia and two different antibiotics to get me better, I've been using a "prebiotic" to help my body restore my microbiome. Add it to food or to drink or to yogurt, it's taste, and inexpensive. You can buy it at Walmart it's called Equate Inulin Fibre, it helps the probiotic take root, it is food for the probiotic. It really helped me.
  11. scorning

    scorning Active Member

    I buy pro-pectalin from

    Its a chewable tablet, my dog will eat them like treats. I either give them as treats or throw them in with his food. I give him 2 tablets, twice day, based on his vet's recommendation.
  12. Diana Ritchey

    Diana Ritchey New Member

    We finally have solid poop!

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  13. Bailey's Mom

    Bailey's Mom Super Moderator Staff Member

    Congratulations! It's amazing how a healthy poop can make you feel joyful!
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  14. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    Oh what a relief.
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