Sparky hasn't had a solid poop since we got him 10 days ago - some have almost been but others havent, I mentioned this to the vet on monday & she said that as they wern't slimy/mucousy (sp?) or any blood not to worry too much as it could be stress induced etc....
This morning his poo was quite smelly & there was 2 tiny drops of fresh blood in it so Ive booked in in with the vet later on today. I'm a bit annoyed with my vet though as she tells me it's nothing to worry about & now he's obviously gotten worse (although he is totaly himself in every other way).
You've done the best thing making a vet appointment..The same thing happened when we got Pippin..with him it went on for months on and off my vet tried everything but nothing worked and he devloped colitis..He still remained in great form through all this.It turned out to be a severe allergy to chicken which was the main ingrediant in the food I was giving him! We only found this out by chance when I changed foods at one year and after being fine for ages he had a very bad bout after sneaking a minute piece of chicken that fell on the floor!
He is fine now but seems to have a sensitive stomach /bowel to strange foods..which I found out last week when I tried mine with a little salmon.
Hope your little one will be well again soon and you will get to the bottom of the cause quickly.
Bobby was just like this when we got him. And after numerous tests, they ruled everything out. He also has colitis and a strong allergy to chicken. The vet said that the colitis was most likely brought on by the stress of moving home and he is sensitive to chicken also. He is now on a special diet and has had solid poops for two weeks :p. I wouldn't worry too much. He'll be in safe hands with the vet.
You are doing the right thing, taking Sparky back to the vets. It can be frustrating sometime when you feel something is wrong & the vet tells you not to worry. I hope this gets resolved quickly.
Is chicken allergy a comman thing in cavaliers? It's one of the main ingerdiants in the red mills puppy food he's on now.
What food do you give that dosn't have chicken in? Hopefully it's not that but just incase it is.....
I'll update at the weekend after the vet visit. Thanx everyone :flwr:
Bobby is on Hill's ID dry food for the moment until he gets more settled. Then the vet wants us to slowly introduce Burn's dry food after a few weeks. Certain lines of their food do not contain chicken.
James Wellbeloved do lots of other options (turkey,fish, lamb, duck). It and Royal Canin are the foods I generally recommend for cavaliers in Ireland (Arden Grange and Burns are good too but harder to find; RC is chicken based).
Your vet gave you the right advice. There were no indications to treat anything and little you can do about soft stools without knowing the cause. Puppies often get the runs and often have some problems adjusting to different foods. Moving to where they are alone after being with mum and siblings is also stressful and can lead to the runs. So can having a bit too much attention or activity. Lots of different things in other words; soft stools that aren't runny don't generally mean anything is necessarily actually wrong and settle by themselves.
Once blood shows it is time to go back to the vet. It may be diet, gastroenteritis, allergies, worms. But blood always needs to be checked out especially in puppies as they can decline quickly if something is actually wrong.
Can only agree with all that the others have already said really. Personnally I'd be moving over to JWB Lamb and rice food (Very gradually) as this is generally better for dogs with more sensitive tummies.
Good Luck at the vets tonight and try not be too cross, they can only treat what they see at the time of the consultation and are not well kown for their crystal ball abilities! :lol:
Hali has had many problems with blood in her stool and at 8 months still occasionally does but I have found it is usually what she has eaten, unfortunately I find string, pebbles etcc. in her stool. Thank goodness for the bread and butter suggestion when she was much younger, saving Hali from surgery and now keeping her healthy when she chews on things I do not see her chewing on.
Can I ask what the "bread and butter suggestion" is? :)
Originally Posted by Halina