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Ihave a 6 month old pom chi he has been on vet id food

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ihave a 6 month old pom chi he has been on vet id food because he is loosein his poo and breath to match the smell of poo allways very hungry food motivated
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 month ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

How long has he had these signs?

What tests have been done?

Has he had any treatments besides the diet?

Does he eat his own feces?

Any vomiting?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
he has had these signs since we got him at 9 wks old the vet has treated him for parasites & worms he doesn't eat his feces but he will try to eat cat feces he doesn't vomit
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 month ago.

Thank you,

Now if he had always had loose stools and his vet has only treated for parasites, then it would be ideal to submit a stool sample to them for testing. This can help us determine if we have a chronic protozoal, pathogenic bacteria, or viral issue that hasn't been addressed. If any of these are found, then addressing them could be curative for him. Otherwise, we may need to look at organ issues (ie IBD, pancreatic insufficiency, etc) if this has been going on so long for him.

Furthermore, if the I/D diet hasn't settled this, then you could try an alternative like Purine EN, Royal Canin Sensitivity Control or Gastrointestinal diet. Though whichever you use, you could add fiber (ie canned pumpkin, 0.25tsp Benefibre mixed into canned food) to help bulk up his stools properly. Or he may actually benefit from Propectalin, Canikur, Fast Balance, and Protexin Pro-Fiber (which is available OTC at vets, pet stores, and even Amazon) would be another option. All will help firm stools and those last ones have the added bonus of providing support to the delicate good GI bacteria that are so important for digestion.

As well, while we need to keep him away from cat feces since that will cause breath odor, you could also try a low dose of OTC activated charcoal or there are OTC charcoal dog biscuits that can be given. The activated charcoal is good for binding odors and can help as we address his chronic gut issues which are likely leading to odorous gas affecting both ends of the GI.

Overall, a wide range of agents could trigger the signs we are seeing. Therefore, we’d want to use the above for Teddy but look into those other issues to ensure we are addressing this properly for him and normalizing those stools.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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