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What Canine Stools Tell You About Diarrhea

By isak, June 10, 2009

Maxwell poopin'Diarrhea is the passage of loose, unformed stools generally occurring in more frequent bowel movements. It is the most common sign of an intestinal disease.

Diarrhea can be classified as acute or chronic, depending on its duration. Acute diarrhea comes on suddenly and is finished in a short period. Chronic diarrhea often comes on gradually and persists for three weeks or longer, or has an episodic pattern of recurrence.

Chronic diarrhea requires veterinary investigation.

Food in the small intestine takes about 8 hours to reach the colon. During that time, the bulk of the food and 80 percent of the water is absorbed. The colon concentrates the remainder. In the end, a well-formed stool is evacuated.

Transit time in the intestinal tract can be speeded up for a variety of reasons resulting in a large, loose, unformed bowel movement. This accounts for the majority of acute diarrheas of short duration.

To determine the cause of the diarrhea, it’s impoprtant to decide where the disease is located: small intestine or colon. This is done by examining the color, consistency, odor and frequency of the stools, as well as the condition of the dog:


  • Yellow stool — indicates rapid transit (small bowel). When the stool is loose, full of mucus and is yellow in color, it is typically the result of a food intolerance. Did you change foods recently?
  • Green stool — It could mean your dog has eaten a large amount of grass. It can also be intestinal parasites, rat poisoning or other internal issues.
  • Orange stool — It could indicate a liver issue or biliary disease, or it could just mean that your dog’s poop moved too quickly through the GI tract to pick up the bile which changes poop to the normal brown color we expect. If your dog has orange diarrhea, contact your vet.
  • Black, tarry stool — indicates bleeding in the upper digestive tract. It may be a sign of a gastrointestinal ulcer or a stomach ulcer. Many human medications can cause stomach ulcers in dogs, especially aspirin, so never give human meds without consulting your vet.
  • Bloody stool — red blood or clots indicate bleeding in the colon. Streaks of blood may be colitis (inflammation of the colon), a rectal injury, an anal gland infection or possibly a tumor.
  • Pink or purple stool — Anything that resembles raspberry jam could indicate hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE). A large number of dogs die each year from HGE but most will recover with prompt treatment. Seek medical attention.
  • Pasty, light-colored stool — indicates lack of bile (liver disease). While it could be a sign of liver or biliary disease, it could simply mean that your dog’s poop moved too fast through the GI tract to pick up the bile which changes the color to the normal brown you recognize.
  • Large, grey, rancid-smelling stool — indicates inadequate digestion or absorption (malabsorption syndrome). Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) is commonly referred to as maldigestion. Essentially this means the pancreas is not functioning properly. It is a common issue for German Shepherds and Collies. The good news is that this is a very treatable condition, but it is serious, so take your dog to the vet right away.
  • White specks — Worms often look like white grains of rice in your pup’s stool. Your dog needs to be de-wormed.


  • Watery stool — indicates small bowel wall irritation (toxins and severe infections). When the stool is watery, it can be a sign of an upset stomach due to dog food or GI tract issue. If it continues, see a vet.
  • Foamy stool — suggests a bacterial infection
  • Greasy stool — often with oil on the hair around the anus: indicates malabsorption
  • Excessive mucus — a glistening or jellylike appearance; indicates colonic origin.

ODOR (the more watery the stool, the greater the odor)

  • Foodlike, or smelling like sour milk — suggests rapid transit and malabsorption: for example, overfeeding, especially in puppies
  • Putrid smelling — suggests an intestinal infection.


  • Several in an hour, each small, with straining — suggests colitis (inflammation of the large bowel)
  • Three or four times a day, each large — suggests a malabsorption or small bowel disorder


  • Weight loss, malnutrition — suggests small bowel disorder
  • Normal appetite, minimal weight loss — suggests large bowel disorder
  • Vomiting — small bowel origin, except for colitis

Common Causes of Diarrhea
Intestinal parasites are a common cause of acute and chronic diarrhea in puppies and adults. The greatest problems are caused by roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, threadworms, and giardia.

Most cases are caused by an irritation of the bowel lining from ingested substances or infections agents — in other words, something they ate. Any change in your dog’s diet could be the trigger: unfamiliar water; intolerance to certain foods like beef, pork, chicken, horsemeat, fish, eggs, spices, corn, wheat, soy, gravies, salts, spices, fats, and some commercial dog foods; excitement or emotional upset.

Dogs are scavengers and sometimes tend to eat things they can’t digest like:

  • dead animals, rodents and birds
  • garbage and decayed food
  • rich foods, table scraps, gravies, salts, spices and fats
  • sticks, cloth, grass, paper, etc.
  • parts of flea collars

Toxic substances causing diarrhea include:

  • gasoline, kerosene, oil or coal tar derivatives
  • cleaning fluid, refrigerants
  • insecticides
  • bleaches, often in toilet bowls
  • wild or ornamental plants, toadstools
  • building materials: cement, lime, paints, caulks
  • fireworks containing phosphorus

Many of these are equally as irritating to the stomach and will cause vomiting.

Diarrhea is a symptom. The first step in treating it is to identify and remove the underlying cause, if possible. If the diarrhea is caused by overeating, cut back the food intake and feed 2-3 times a day in controlled portions. If unfamiliar water is the problem, carry an extra supply with you. In the case where irritating or toxic substances have been ingested, an effort should be made to identify the agent as specific antidotes may be required.

Food allergies can be cleared up by removing the problem food. Sometimes changing a dog’s food can trigger diarrhea. The new food should be introduced slowly over a couple weeks to avoid this kind of diarrhea.

Most cases of diarrhea can be treated at home:

  1. Withhold all food for 24-48 hours. If your dog appears thirsty, give a small amount of water or ice cubes to lick.
  2. Administer lomotil at a dose of one tablet per 25 lbs of dog, three times a day. Or Kaopectate at 1/2 – 1 tsp per 5 lb, to a maximum of 2 Tbsp every 8 hours. Or Pepto-Bismal at 0.5 ml per lb or 1/2-1 tsp per 5 lb, to a maximum of 30 ml or 2 Tbsp.
  3. As the dog starts to respond, feed an easily digested diet that contains no fats:
    • boiled hamburger (1- to 2-parts cooked rice; discard the broth)
    • cottage cheese
    • cooked macaroni or soft-boiled eggs

    Prescription diets are available from your vet.

  4. Continue the bland diet for three days, even if your dog seems better.

A diarrhea that persists for more than 24 hours, a bloody diarrhea and diarrhea accompanied by vomiting, fever and other signs of toxicity should be checked out by your vet immediately.

Source: Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook


  1. Sierra says:

    My husband and I have about a 7 month old lab mix. We found her in a dugout and for personal reasons she has been living with my husband’s parents for the past 6 months and has never gone to the vet. For about 3-4 days now she has been having uncontrollable green diarrhea. She has to go several times a day and when she does it is explosive (sorry for that description). Not only is the stool fowl smelling but so is her gas, however, she has been eating and drinking normally. I think it is because we may have changed her diet but my husband thinks it could be from her getting ahold of grass/very small acorns that we have caught her eating while letting her out to go to the bathroom. Should we rush her to the vet???

    • isak says:

      She may have been eating grass/acorns because her stomach was upset by something else. You can try feeding her boiled chicken and rice with a tablespoon of plain canned pumpkin mixed in. The rice is slower to digest, the chicken will give her protein and the pumpkin has a way of firming stools that are either too soft or too hard. You can also add either acidophyllus from a capsule (sold where vitamins are sold) or other probiotic/plain yogurt to put good bacteria into her gut. If you don’t see a change in a day and her symptoms continue, you should see a vet.

      Once you get her settled, you should de-worm her if you haven’t. Find a good de-wormer that attacks tapeworms, hookworms and pinworms.

  2. Alyce Blackwell says:

    My 13 yr. Old Jack Russell mix is having greenish black diarrhea with an awful putrid smell. She also has frequent flatulence with this same odor.She also has had two bouts, lasting several days each, of bright red blood in her feces. She has become incontinent of both bowel and bladder at night and has to be secluded in a small laundry room with plastic and newspapers.Before her feces turned greenish/black her vet did blood tests snd sent off samples to test for Cushions Syndrome. These were done due to the night time incontinence and her acting hungry snd thirsty most of the time (also tested for diabetes, doesn’t have). The results for the Cushions test have not come back from the lab, yet However the tests done at the vet’s showed some liver and kidney malfunctioning. Do you think canned pumpkin and/or chicken and rice would help improve the consistency of her feces and reduce the terrible odor? Would she benefit from the Probiotic you mentioned to others? Thank you for any advice.

    • isak says:

      The probiotic adds good bacteria into her gut and this should help combat whatever is causing the greenish/black problem. The pumpkin adds fiber to her stools so this should firm them up. Rice digests slower so the chicken and rice mixture should also help with the diarrhea while providing her with good nutrition. Good luck and best to you both! I hope this is just a passing thing.

  3. Vi says:


    I have a 5 month old rottsky who’s been having creamy-like stool for 3 days now. Sometimes about 4-5 times day. Seemed to be a bit more “solid” when he drank rice water but still cream-like. What should I do? Beginning to get concerned….because of the smell and frequency.

    • isak says:

      Is he eating and drinking normally?

      Try adding a tablespoon of plain canned pumpkin (no spices) to his food. This should firm up his stools in about a day. You can also add some plain yogurt to put good bacteria into his gut. If you don’t see any change, have your vet check him out.

      Has he been de-wormed? If not, it could be intestinal parasites.

  4. Kate says:

    I have a 10 year old Corgi that on 10/25 we woke in the morning to find foamy vomit and lots of dark green, extremely foul smelling diarrhea. Since then she has not vomited but continues to have 2-3 bouts a day of the dark green, very foul smelling and mucousy diarrhea. She hasn’t eaten since 10/24 but will drink minimal amounts of water. She’s not an overly active dog but her energy levels seem about the same. She is mostly indoors, going out for breaks periodically.

    • isak says:

      She has not eaten since OCTOBER 24 (10/24) or NOVEMBER 24? Either way, not eating and only drinking minimal amounts of water for an extended length of time can be serious to her health. Have you tried to feed her some boiled rice and chicken? Or even Friskies canned cat food (yes, cat food) to encourage her to eat? Try some Pepto Bismol to coat her stomach? Some probiotics to add good bacteria into her gut. Some canned pumpkin (no spices) to even out her stools. If you cannot make a change in another day, you should have your vet look at her. This could be an indication of something else going on.

  5. Patricia L Thompson says:

    I have a 9 1/2 year old Golden Retriever. She has been on Metronidazole for 4 weeks with a break in between. Yellow mucous diarrhea starts to get better with almost normal poops then starts up again. Changed diet to ckn and rice then to beef and potatoes with no change in consistency only in color. Fecal panel was negative, now waiting for results of a diarrhea panel. Should I try the pumpkin. If so. How much? She eats well and has normal activity interest for her age. Thank you.

    • isak says:

      Yes, you can try the pumpkin. Use the plain canned pumpkin with no spices. She can have about a tablespoon twice a day. Good luck.

  6. Kimberly Romero says:

    Hello! I have an almost 2 year old corgi and day before yesterday he was lethargic and threw up and it was yellow and looked sticky. His behavior went back to normal. Later on he ate grass and cucumber which he threw up and it was covered in slime. I opted for plain brown rice and boiled chicken for dinner. He was back to normal the next day. Today, he threw up and his vomit was white foamy and possibly sticky. Shortly after, he pooped (struggled a little bit) and it was a yellowish brown and was sticky looking. He’s drinking water normally. Does this call for a vet visit???

    • isak says:

      If you have some plain canned pumpkin (no spices), give him some of that tonight — about a tablespoon. In the morning, give it to him again and see if things improve. The pumpkin generally produces a change in about a day’s time. The fiber in it tends to even things out, so it works whether a dog has constipation or diarrhea. It sounds like he has an upset stomach. Could he have gotten into anything? Was his stool firm or soft?

      You said he was drinking water okay. Is he also eating okay? I would watch him for another day. It should pass.

  7. Dawn Keenan says:

    My dog on and off keeps getting diarrhea. This last bout, she only went once but it was green, alot, and smelly. She’s been to the vet numerous times and everything comes back normal. She initially went thru a bout with allergies, or so we thought…now her back leg just scratched whether she is resting or standing…I’m at my wits end because I feel something is bothering her….

    • isak says:

      I’m sorry, I don’t understand where you say “her back leg just scratched whether she is resting or standing”. To firm up soft stools, add some plain canned pumpkin to her food twice a day. You can also sprinkle acidophyllus — it’s a probiotic that is sold in capsule form where vitamins are sold — at each meal to add good bacteria to her gut. The green color is often from a dog eating grass to settle an upset stomach.

      Have you tried changing her food? Maybe there is something in her food she is allergic to. Often this can be corn or maybe another grain. Try a grain-free food? If you are feeding dry kibble, try canned food?

  8. Ani says:

    My dog stole a new mini SOS pad off the floor and minutes later spit it out on the couch. It was flattened and less blue, but intact. That was Monday evening. 24 hours later she had ruined our livingroom carpet with thin brown diarrhea. She woke us up throughout the night to let her out – she strained and had unproductive ‘outings’. She re-ruined our carpet on Wednesday with thin yellow diarrhea. I fed her white rice with chicken broth and a little white plain chicken. The diarrhea continued. The vet wanted $650 to do a body scan for foreign objects, but there has been no blood, and her energy level, appetite and activity are normal, so I declined. I have continued to feed her rice, a little natural dog food, plain rice cakes, banana . . . things to ease her digestive system and firm up her bms. Nothing is working. She won’t take Pepto. So now I am going to withhold food for the rest of today. Throughout this whole experience her gas is putrid and noxious. She is a senior dog – a rescue. I will take her to vet again tomorrow, but can I ask for diarrhea solutions without agreeing to body scan that they want to do first?

    • isak says:

      I’m sorry I missed your message yesterday. The body scan is to look for shreds of the SOS pad as they can get stuck in her digestive tract. The diarrhea may be a result of the blue stuff in the pad. Plain canned pumpkin (no spices) added to her food twice a day generally starts to work within a day by adding fiber to her stool.

  9. kaitlin stitt says:

    Hello I have a 3 And,ihalf month old puppy and its light colored and straight watery like .. She is acting fine just kinda worried why she would be having poop like that

    • isak says:

      Because she is so young, she may have eaten something no one saw her eat. Other factors are: change of food, change of water, was she recently vaccinated. You can add some plain canned pumpkin (no slices) to her food to firm up her stools.

  10. Rosanne says:

    Actually, I have been giving her 1/2 a TUMS the vet suggested would help with her reflux when I told him she was licking her lips a lot. I give it to her about 2-4 times a week and the lip licking has dissipated. I’m not sure about the deworming. Would that be an injection or tablet? If tablet, no. If injection, not sure. She is up to date on all vaccinations.

    • isak says:

      Worming is generally a liquid or a pill, though some topicals now work as de-wormers. Your vet can recommend a broad spectrum de-wormer — for tapeworms, round worms, whipworms, hookworms, etc. — that you can buy at a feed store or pet supply store. Sometimes the basic brand sold at pet stores may not be right for all worms. That’s why I suggest asking your vet for a recommendation.

      Here’s a chart of wormers on the market. These folks are generally a bit more expensive than other places.

  11. Rosanne says:

    I have a 12 year old Shih-tzu that has been getting up in the middle of the night to go out and poop. Her stool is formed or soft-formed then she continues to squat several times with nothing coming out. When I wipe her butt there is remnants of light brown tinged water. Her stool looks medium brown in color. I had been giving her eggs boiled in water without the shell. It didn’t seem to change her bm until now. I stopped the egg, but she continues to need to go out in the middle of the night for the past 5 nights. She doesn’t go out more often during the day, but when she does go out she does the same routine with squating a number of times and light brown watery discharge when I wipe her behind. She has not vomitted and appears normal except she didn’t really want to eat this morning, but was fine later in the day with her usual appetite including her usual begging around the table. No table food given. Any idea what I should do?

    • isak says:

      You can add a tablespoon of plain canned pumpkin (no spices) to her food twice a day. This generally evens out the stools in about a day. If they are too soft, it firms them; if they are too hard, softened them. The light brown watery discharge may be from straining to stool. Has she been de-wormed recently? Have there been any other changes — to her diet or her water?

  12. Tianna says:

    My dog is 5 years old 12 pounds. The night before last we let her out and she started having diarrhea and has had it since. I let her out every couple hours and she goes diarrhea every time. I took away her food and I’ve given her plain white rice and water but it’s not letting up. It looks a bit orange and very runny. She’s acting her normal self otherwise. Should I be concerned?

    • isak says:

      It’s a good sign that she does not seem to be affected by the diarrhea. You can add a tablespoon of plain canned pumpkin (no spices) to her food twice a day. This generally evens out the stools in a day. If they are too soft, it firms them; if they are too hard, softened them. Has she been de-wormed recently? Have there been any changes to her diet? If the diarrhea continues AND she is not drinking water, you should see your vet.

  13. Jolyn says:

    My 7mo old white Shepard has had orangish looking poop all day and she can’t control it. I take her out and she poops 5 times each time. She still acts so energized and happy tho! What could be wrong??

    • isak says:

      Could be she got into something when no one was looking and it is not agreeing with her. You can add a bit of plain canned pumpkin (no spices) and some plain yogurt to her food and that should help. If it continues for several days, you should see your vet.

  14. Melissa says:


    I have a 7-month old Maltipoo mix and she’s been sick since last Wednesday morning (10/19/2016). That morning she threw up 20+ times of white foam. We took her to the vet where she got tested for parvo and got a full body X-ray. She tested negative for parvo and the X-ray didn’t show anything unusual. The vet sent us home with Advita probiotic, Cerenia, and K-pectin with a rice and cottage cheese diet. She didn’t like the rice and cottage cheese meal, so we just fed her plain wheat bread as that was the only thing she would eat. She was doing a lot better and her poop had more brownish color and started to have a little form similar to soft serve. On Friday afternoon (10/21/2016), the vet called to follow up and he said to add diced boiled chicken with the bread bc she needs a source of protein. So yesterday (10/22/2016), we visit my parents where there was 3 little kids which is unusual there, but she seemed energetic and happy. I also fed her wheat bread and chicken for lunch which she loved and she seemed fine. But later into the evening she regurgitated all the food, and has been having diarrhea of a clear gelatinous material. Is this okay? She seems very tired and uninterested in eating more bread or drinking water? Pls let me know what I should do, thank you.

    • isak says:

      The clear gelatinous material is likely mucous which occurs naturally to protect the stomach walls from the digestive juices. Do you think she will eat rice if it has chicken in it instead of cottage cheese? Sometimes cottage cheese is a bit weird to them. You can add a little chicken broth IF you can find BROTH WITHOUT ONIONS. If you boil the chicken yourself, cool it, skim any grease off the top and use that broth. If not, you can substitute ground beef for the chicken. Just boil it, drain the juice and dab the meat with a paper towel to remove any excess grease.

      You can also give her some plain canned pumpkin — about a teaspoonful a couple times a day. This adds fiber to her gut and tends to help with both diarrhea and constipation. It balances things out. You can also add some plain yogurt or open a capsule of acidophyllus and sprinkle that on her food. It adds good bacteria into her gut.

      Maybe the activity with the 3 little kids was just a bit too much too soon.

      If she still won’t eat, you could try some Turkey flavored Friskies canned cat food. When all else fails at my house, that generally works. Good luck and keep us posted.

  15. Jen says:

    Hi Isak, I couldn’t reply to below. His food is dark brown colored. he just started this new food and is actually loving it. the issue is that he just keeps getting diarheha no matter what we feed him. i just am weening off chicken and rice and its still loose. slightly formed but loose. do you think a probiotic would help?

  16. Jen says:

    My 9 month old Goldendoodle has had issues with a sensitive tummy off and on since we got him. At around 7-8 months old, he stopped eating as much and would just graze his food daily. 4 weeks ago, he was neutered and had an umbilical hernia repaired. Because of the pain medicine, they out his on a bland diet for a week and an anti diarhea medicine. We then started re-introducing his food mixed in with the chicken and rice. All was well but one week in, he got terrible diarrhea again. I put him back on chicken and rice for four days. His stool was formed agian but had a mucus casing yesterday. Last night we started introducing his new food, which is a grain free limited ingredient fish and sweet potato from Natural Balance. I put 1/3 cup in with a cup and half of rice and a 1/2 cup of chicken. this morning he had an accident in the house and it was dark, soft formed, and had a mucus casing. I’m at a loss for what to do, this poor pup has not had normal food in weeks and is starving. I can’t afford any more vet visits and need to figure out how to get him weened into the new food. If this normal, will the mucus and soft stools go away after he starts eating just kiddle?

    • isak says:

      The mucus is a naturally occurring part of his digestive system. It protects the walls of his stomach from digestive acids used to process his food. You could try adding some plain yogurt and some plain canned (no spices) pumpkin to his food –about a tablespoon of each. The pumpkin provides fiber and tends to work whether your pup has diarrhea or constipation. The plain yogurt (you can substitute acidophyllus capsules for the yogurt) adds good bacteria back into his gut. Then go back to the chicken and rice until he is stabilized and normal for a few days before slowly introducing his regular food.

      The dark stool may be okay. What color is the kibble you are feeding? Also dark? If it is black-dark, it could indicate blood.

      A couple thoughts on his food. I’m not sure that on their own dogs would eat fish. My dogs have never been especially happy with fish flavored food. Second, kibble is dry for convenience and longer shelf-life. You might add some water to the kibble and let it soak for a few minutes before offering it to your pup to see if he likes it better softened.

      Let us know how things go.

  17. Vanessa says:

    My 9 month old Chi got sick yesterday morning around 9. He threw up about 3-4 times but his vomit was white and foaming. He last threw up yesterday around 12PM and has been lethargic and not eating. Or drinking. He has had diarrhea twice and it’s really runny. I’ve been giving him pedialyte but I’m not sure what else to do for him.

    • isak says:

      It sounds like he may have eaten something he shouldn’t have. If he will eat, add some plain canned pumpkin to his food. The fiber will firm up his stools. You can also add some plain yogurt to add some good bacteria back into his gut.

  18. Alicia Hoffman says:

    My 1 1/2 year old lab has been throwing up and had the poops the last few days. We had switched her flavor of food from chicken to beef same brand though. She seems playful and fine but then gets sick. Her stool was yellow and smelt awful. Then it went to straight water, I called the vet and the said to try the rice and chicken which I did tonight she loved it and ate it all drank her water too. 4 hours later she got the poops again still watery but brown in color this time but still smelt bad. Then 20 min later she threw up. I gave her a dose of pepto, is there anything else I can do. Do you think she is on the right track, could it be something more than the food switch?

    • isak says:

      You might add some plain canned pumpkin (no spices flavor) to her food. About a tablespoon. It provides fiber that balances out stools that are either too soft or too hard. You could also add some plain yogurt to put good bacteria back into her gut that is lost with vomiting and diarrhea. If you are able to see an improvement, I think she is on the right track.

  19. samantha says:

    My Yorkie Poo is 8 and has had loose stools for 4 days (4-5 times a day). I did not withhold food however I did give her plain rice and chicken for 3 days. She didn’t improve like I hoped but is eating, drinking, nose is wet, doesn’t seem sick other than her bowel movements. Her poop is slightly yellowish/brown and putty. I just gave her some plain greek yogurt to see if that helps. Is there anything else I should try before bringing her in to the vet? Thanks!

    • isak says:

      You can add some plain canned pumpkin (no spices) to her food. It adds fiber and tends to work whether a dog is constipated or has diarrhea. It seems to balance things out and generally provides results in a day. And keep up the plain yogurt.

  20. Marni says:

    Our bull rerrier was at a kennel for eight days and, six days after getting home, he pooped yellow-colored stools (loose but not runny, more pasty) in the house in the house. He did that once a day for three days in a row. I tried the fast and then gave him some bread and, just yesterday, gave him a couple of probiotic / enzyme chewies. Je hasalso had2 slices ofd3li ham. Since the fast he has pooped two times in the house (again once a day) and the stool is now dark brown (still a slight yellow tinge) but now it is runny. It has a poop smell. Does the change in stool suggest a correction in the gi tract which suggests he is getting better?

    • isak says:

      It could be that the kennel stay stressed him which is often reflected in their digestive systems. The yellow is the bile from his stomach. The probiotic is a great addition and the color change suggests he is heading in the right direction.

      You can add a tablespoon of plain canned pumpkin (no spices) to his food if you like. Plain pumpkin contains fiber which tends to help whether stools are too soft or too hard. Add it to his food twice a day and you should see improvement in a day.

      Deli ham, eh? 🙂

  21. Shirley Smith says:

    GREAT website! Awesome help : )

  22. David Cloud says:

    We have a 6 month old german shepard male. Yesterday morning he was restless laying in bed and i got up to walk him outside. We didnt make it before he had runny diarrhea (a lot of liquid) that smelled horrible. About 2 hours later he went again and it was the same. Later that evening, , we were walking him outside and he had it again. His behavior was fine. Still playful and energetic. He drank well and ate his food well. This morning it happened again and was horrible. His poop is brownish but watery, with a horrible odor. He has had all vaccines and i wormed him Saturday. We have cats as well and he likes to play and eat the cat poop from the liter box. Thus the worming per our vet. I am concerned about him. He doesnt have a fever nor pain nor loss of weight. Any info or suggestions would be great.

    • isak says:

      Given that he seems to think he is feeling fine, you can add some plain canned pumpkin (no spices) to his food. It adds fiber and tends to help with both diarrhea and constipation. Also some plain yogurt. This will coat his stomach a bit and add some good bacteria into his gut. If you have acidophyllus, sprinkle that on his food. It’s like yogurt, but stronger.

      You can also switch him to boiled chicken and rice for a couple meals. The rice tends to digest slower and the chicken provides protein.

      I think cat poop is one of the worst smelling things in the world and cannot believe how dogs are attracted to it. Mine love it, too.

  23. Fiona says:

    I just got a puppy, got him home yesterday, his stool was fine the first couple of times. Since yesterday though he has this yellow, pudding type diarrhea.
    I´m a little worried since he is two months old.

    • isak says:

      Because this has happened since you brought him home and he is young, it could be a combination of a new home and new food. You can give him a small amount of plain canned pumpkin on his food. It has fiber that will help even things out.

  24. Jayne says:

    Thanks I will try that and keep my fingers crossed!!!

  25. Jayne says:

    We have a 8 year old Beagle who has solid stools that turn into pudding like diarrhea at the end. Stool samples came back normal. Dr. put her on a G.I. Food which she likes. She goes 3 times a day, first 2 are solid but the after dinner one starts out solid then turns into pudding. Not sure what to do for her. She seems happy and still enjoys her walks. Lately while she’s walking she has running stools while walking. Hasn’t gotten into anything she’s not allowed to have. No table food has been given and the chicken and rice hasn’t helped. Can anyone help?? Thanks!!

    • isak says:

      You might add a little acidophyllus to her food. It comes in capsule form that you can open and stir into her food. It’s usually available wherever vitamins are sold and adds good bacteria to her gut. You can also add a tablespoon of plain canned pumpkin (no spices) to her food. It adds fiber. Otherwise, it sounds like she is doing well. I don’t think it’s a concern.

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