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8/26/2009 9:20:28 AM
Posts: 2
Hi, I have a 15 month old Alaskan Malamute. Since he was a pup he has never really pooped solid waste, its always been more soft serve. But he has had the runs for a week now to the point where he is going to places in the house the family rarely goes and pooping there. He only does this when he can't find someone to let him out though. I have made a vet apt that is for this saturday but I wanted to get some early opinions. His diet consists of 2 cans of wet Pedigree, and 3 cups of dry pedigree once daily, for treats he gets Jerky treats and Milkbone's Gravy bones. Could it be his food?
8/26/2009 4:30:36 PM
Posts: 1904

The food you are feeding him is total crap.

Serena Galloway
IGCA rescue Colorado

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8/27/2009 3:12:02 PM
Posts: 20
I agree the food is not a good diet, plus it could be that you are over feeding him which causes loose stools in addition. Try a better food and cut back on the amount that he is getting. I had a Husky that was the same way, and I have an Australian Shepherd that if you over feed him or too many treats, LOOK OUT!
8/27/2009 5:18:03 PM
Posts: 3
There may be a couple issues going on with your dog. Part of the problem may be the dog food. That is a great amount of wet food to be feeding. If you do feel you need to feed a wet food it would be best to use a much smaller amount. I would recommend less than a quarter of a can for that much dry food. It should just coat the kibble, not hold together in clumps. I would also change to a better quality food, one that does not contain corn, by-products, dyes and fillers. If cost is a consideration, a very good quality yet inexpensive food is made by Kirkland, which is the Costco brand. Remember to switch food slowly though so it is easier on his stomach.

Another consideration is that your dog may have a parasite (worms, giardia, coccidia, etc.), which they can pick up any place at any time. When you visit the vet, bring in a fresh stool sample for a fecal exam. Giardia is a bit trickier to detect unless the sample is very fresh. Treatment is inexpensive and can change a dog around very quickly.

Good Luck!