A little gross (Dog Poop) but hoping someone can help me

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by Richie, Oct 31, 2020.

  1. Richie

    Richie Active Member

    First for anyone who may be offended I'm concerned about my dog's poop so if this bothers you turn back now:

    I have a 21 week old Cane Corso. Since I brought him home at 8 weeks he's always had soft to very soft poops. I've mentioned this to the Vet and all of his vet visits have been fine. He's not lethargic, eat's good, good weight gain (about 70lbs), high energy...etc.

    I first realized there was problem, when would I take him to potty, he would go almost immediately, then I would take him for a short walk. During the walk, he would poop in the streets (country subdivision no sidewalks) and it would be runny...

    In addition to twice going through the process with the vet of (bland can food, and transitioning him back to his kibble). I changed his food and still see the same result.

    I started him on Diamond Natural Large Breed Puppy food for about a 6 weeks. He loved the food but still had soft poops... In hopes of getting a different result, I transitioned him to Pro Pac Ultimate Chicken Meal and Brown Rice Large Breed Puppy Food he's been on it for about 4 weeks.

    These were chosen 1) Budget and 2) Rated high https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

    I'm getting the same result.

    His potty routine is like this:
    1) Go potty this poop is usually normal or soft. Sometimes he would go twice
    2) Go for a short walk 1/8 to 1/4 mile round trip
    3) Go back to potty location.... poop is almost always soft or runny

    Since he is a puppy, I feed 3 times a day and he goes potty about 5 hours after eating except overnight when it's much longer.

    Is this something I should be concerned about? Should I change his food again? I hate to keep going to the vet if it's nothing... They have told me they don't see any parasites or reason for concern but it does seem normal...

    A small issue for me is it makes it hard for me to take my puppy to the park (not dog park) or other places because I don't know when he's going to poop and when he does in most cases it's runny which makes it hard to clean up behind him. Currently I take a roll of paper towel and plastic grocery store bags with me when we go out.

    I appreciate any advice that can be shared.
  2. glen

    glen Super Moderator Staff Member

    Is the food hes on now chicken based, if mine have any kibble chicken based the poo is runny, also iv never fed puppy food , im uk and feed eden which is all ages.
  3. Richie

    Richie Active Member

    Thanks for responding, yes, I transitioned from Lamb to Chicken. I would have thought the Lamb based would be fine.... If the thought is it's the food, I may transition him to Salmon and Sweet Potato.
  4. glen

    glen Super Moderator Staff Member

    I tried salmon but didnt do great, but yours might be fine, my boys coats well dull and they lost a lot more hair,
    Mine eat the eden, i also give some raw, chiken legs ect and raw bone.
    Also some treats upset my boys stomachs ,
  5. EM momma

    EM momma New Member

    My english mastiff puppy had very loose poop, it was like mud. After a ton of research I found that mastiffs can have a hard time processing poultry. I switched him to Taste of the Wild, salmon and it cleared up immediately. And no chicken or duck flavored snacks either.
  6. Richie

    Richie Active Member

    Thanks, I used Taste of the Wild for my Boxers.... For the CC I've tried to stay with a large breed puppy food.... I'll give it try
  7. BattleDax

    BattleDax Well-Known Member

    Richie, how are the stools now?

    My current dog struggled with loose stools for the first few years of his life. It sounds similar to what you describe here.

    I tried several of the quality foods and some supplements and such. No difference.

    One day, I saw that his breeder posted on social media they were switching to Purina Pro Plan Sport. I know, I know, not a good food, right? Well, it made a real positive difference. His stools are a lot firmer. (Purina changed the name to Performance, I think)

    He still has a problem though in that if we are out for a longer than usual walk or run, he will produce poop after poop – every several minutes. Each one is looser/sloppier. Eventually, he is just squeezing out a teaspoon or less of soft serve (sorry –ha!) So, at this point, it's like his bowel is irritated and inducing him to try to poop more.

    So I don't know if it starts with an irritated bowel (Can dogs have irritable bowel syndrome?), or if it's mental – as in, something about the extended outing makes him feel the urge to try to poop over and over, and maybe this irritates the bowel, compounding the problem?

    Anyway, I am not trying to make this thread about me, rather, I'm hoping some of this will sound familiar or lead to answers.
  8. Jeff Hines

    Jeff Hines New Member

    Hi all, new to the site but my EM puppy had similar issues. I am thinking the chicken based food was part of the issue of loose stools. Our vet said it might be a large intestine issue and more fiber could solve the issue. We are trying a food she gave us that is high in fiber and it "hardened" up the stool almost overnight. Since this worked she said a fiber supplement might be all that is needed.

    I will also keep him off of the chicken based dog food.

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