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Cocker spaniel sloppy stools on eden.

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  1. Lucytiptop

    Lucytiptop PetForums Newbie

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    My 12 week old cocker spaniel was originally on tinned food and beta biscuits. After doing research i decided to change her onto eden small kibble gradually. She has been on eden for about 3 weeks now but still has very dloppy and frequent stools. She has been wormed again and vet even gave us a probiotic which still made no differerence. Dont really want to change the food again, so anyone with any similar experiences or advice would be fantastic! Thankyou :)
     
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    Did you change her very soon after she arrived? They sometimes get sloppy or loose stools from stress of leaving mum and littermates until they get settled anyway.

    Sudden abrupt changes of food too can cause loose stools or diarrhoea especially if you do it before they settle in and are still stressed. Its usually better to let them settle even if the food isn't the greatest or what you want to feed, and then change it gradually over a week or so adding a little more of the new and a little less of the old on a daily basis.

    How many meals is she on a day? she should still be on probably 4 with her daily total ration split into four equal meals evenly spaced apart time wise through the day and early evening. Sometimes if you cut the meals down in number too soon and feed bigger meals, it can cause them to be loose.

    Only other thought is over feeding, if you over feed that can cause them to be loose too, the guide on the bag is only a daily guide and sometimes its too much.

    Sometimes to settle on a food you need 4 weeks probably 6, that's usually about what they say when you are trying exclusion or new foods.

    Only other thoughts has she been like this all the time, or not quite so bad and it seems to have gotten worse? Or if its continues to persist, there are certain things not uncommon in pups that can cause frequent sloppy diarrhoea like stools, like protozoan parasites giardia and coccidia or persistent bacteria infections can cause it. That's often easy enough to rule out by doing stool samples which will show it up usually.
     
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  3. Lucytiptop

    Lucytiptop PetForums Newbie

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    Thankyou for your response :)

    Yes we did change her over straight away which was about 4 weeks ago. She had been rescued by a farm and was in quite a bad condition with some fur missing when we had her. Since then her coat is now fantastic and she is putting on good weight and all round is a very happy dog! Only problem is the loose stopls which look like cow pats, and they havent changed hardly since we had her.

    In terms of feeding i have been giving her approx 225g a day as the feeding guide suggests, but her meal times can vary as 2 days a week she is left at home between 9 and 5 whilst im at work.

    Im reluctant to change her again as i believe this eden food to be good quality which is what the vet has suggested, so im at a bit of a loss what to do. Would you reccommend adding anything to her food as some people have advised in other cases?

    Many thanks :)
     
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    If you are adding water to the kibble to moisten... you could try a little less water.
     
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    A very warm welcome to the forum.

    Sorry to hear about your dog. A not uncommon problem. SDH has given you some excellent advice there.
     
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    hi i agree with the reply you had you should never change a dogs food straight away it should be done over a couple of days has this upsets the gut but may be if this keeps up your vet might think of giving your pup antibiotics my cousin had the same with his german shepherd she was on antibiotics for about 2 weeks and it cleared up so good luck with your new pup and enjoy:w00t:
     
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    Your could try giving her a pre and probiotic Ive had good results with the one below.
    Bionic Biotic | Pooch & Mutt

    There have been good reports on these ones too although personally I haven't used them so no personal experience.

    YUMPRO BioActiv - for dog digestive problems

    Colitis in dogs & diarrhea in dogs treatment

    Neither is likely to be instant and overnight and you would need to try them for awhile though.

    Its possible as she is a rescue and was in bad overall physical condition and especially if kept in unhygienic or dirty conditions, she could have picked up a protozoan parasite like coccidia or Giardia, or even got a persistent bacterial infection like campylobacter. Normal wormers don't do these type of parasite.
    If she has got something like this, then it wont matter what you feed her.
    If it persists and there is no improvement and as its been like if since you have had her, then it may be worth discussing doing fecal samples to check it out,
     
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