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My 10 year old Labrador had an op for a blocked lower bowel

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My 10 year old Labrador had an op for a blocked lower bowel [seaweed] four weeks ago. The past week his stools have been very soft. Would a change of food be of help?
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Any vomiting?
Is he on heartworm preventative?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

no vomiting. recieves injections yearly

Okay. The reason I asked about the heartworm preventative is that the monthly preventatives protect against intestinal parasites. Here is what I would do. If he is having softer stools, and there has not been any table scraps or change in diet recently, I would feed him a bland diet of boiled chicken breast and white rice in a 50/50 mixture for the next several days until his stool consistency is back to normal. You can also try dropping off a stool sample at your local vet clinic to test for parasites if that hasn't been done in the past 6 months. You can also give a dose of probiotic once daily if you have any, or instead you can give a tablespoon of plain yogurt twice daily. If things have not improved at all within 3 days, or if he stops eating or starts vomiting, see your veterinarian. I would not assume that he needs a permanent diet change, he may just be having a temporary issue.

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