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Loose yellow poos and white speckles...

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by caterpiller, Jun 28, 2020.


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    What did the vet say about his hocks and pasterns?

    I do think we're too quick to jump on the no grains bandwagon sometimes. It wasn't that long ago that most people fed their dogs mainly grains (oat, barley, rice) with some offal mixed in or whatever the animal hunted, but the huge bulk of their diet was grains and dogs did just fine on that.
    I mean, arguably part of what makes a domestic dog a dog is their ability to digest starch with far more copies of the gene that produces amylase than any other canid.
    There are absolutely dogs out there who don't tolerate specific grains well, but the vast majority of dogs do fine with grains and when you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.
    This is a puppy, puppies are notorious for finicky tummies and occasional loose stools. If he was having normal weight gain and normal output before on this diet, I wouldn't rush to change the diet without examining other causes too. Particularly since he *was* diagnosed with giardia which is notoriously hard to clear. Zero point in going grain-free if the issue is parasites.

    Deal with the parasites first, make sure they've cleared, and at that point, if the runny output continues, explore food options.
     
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    caterpiller No thoughts, head empty.

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    The vet didn't really say much apart from the fact that the breed is predisposed to low pasterns and cow hocks and that he's more at risk of arthritis when he's older...
     
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    Does he get chicken wings/necks?
     
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    caterpiller No thoughts, head empty.

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    He gets chicken wings blitzed into a puree (don't want him to choke on it as he inhales everything)
     
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    Absolutely zero need to blitz the chicken wings.
    Get him some necks or wings and let him chew on them. He'll learn quickly how to eat them. Dogs aren't meant to 'chew' their food like we do, their jaws don't grind (move side to side), they're meant to just chop pieces up small enough to swallow and then their digestive system does the rest. If the piece is too big, they'll throw it back up, and eat it again, this time more carefully. It sounds horrible and gross, but it's totally normal, and you have to sort of let them figure it out. You can also hold the chicken wing in your hand and encourage him to chew a portion off to swallow. This helps them learn too.
    But blitzing them won't teach him how to chew, do his teeth any good, and the whole bone and cartilage might do him good both in stool quality and tightening up his pasterns.
     
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