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Q: Adding fiber to my dogs diet?

September 19, 2008 | By Jess22657 | 5 answers | Expired: 2025 days ago

Jess22657

My 2 year jack russell/pit mix has been having loose stools. I had to take him to the vet last month because his anal glands were infected due to being impacted. So now I'm trying to get his stool back to normal so his anal glands will empty themselves. I've done some reading about adding fiber to his diet to "bulk" up his stool. I've been adding pumpkin to his diet but that doesn't seem to do the trick, so now I'm thinking of adding oatmeal bran to his food. Any other suggestions on how to get his stool normal again?

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Dencala
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Sep 22, 2008

My sister in law is a manager of a boarding kennel. Whenever they have a dog with loose stools because of nerves, they take the dog off their regular food for 24 hous and feed cooked sweet potatoes. Then they add sweet potato to their regular food. But it is important to find out why the diarrhea. One of my dogs had intermittant diarrhea. After many times at the vet it was discovererd that she had an infected back tooth. Once the tooth was taken care of the diarrhea stopped!

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Stephanie D.
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Sep 19, 2008

I would call your vet and have a fecal test done. In the mean time put your dog on a bland diet of rice and either boiled hamburger or boiled chicken. Cook the rice and meat seperate and let them cool before serving to your dog. You want the mixture to be 2/3 rice and 1/3 meat.

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Amanda  A.
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Sep 19, 2008

hi I have the same problems with my boxer all the time just get hamburger and rice don't season the hamburger or you can buy the purina formula also ask your vet for FLORA
its a powder you sprinkle in your dogs food that should help great with the digestive system I use it and my bella is good now

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Jessica H.
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Sep 19, 2008

The first thing you need to do is determine WHY he is having loose stools. If you can figure that out and fix the underlying problem, you will fix the loose stools. Diarrhea itself is not a "disease", it is a clinical sign that something is going on. From giardia to other parasites to something as little as stress.

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Anonymous
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Sep 19, 2008

My vet recommended adding pumpkin to my cat's food. The cat that needed it wouldn't eat it, of course. You are using canned pumpkin and not the pumpkin pie stuff, I hope. The spices in pumpkin pie filling is not good for our pets.

I would ask my vet about the oatmeal bran and how much to add to your dogs food. I've seen it listed as an ingredient for pet food but you don't want to give to much and have the opposite problem either. Let me tell you it is no fun bringing your pet home from the vet after it having an enema.

Another option, I would call my vet and ask if I can add some of that tasteless fiber stuff people dissolve into their water. You can go to GNC buy a fiber supplement, don't open it, leave it at your vets office for a day with a request to find out if it's okay for your dog and what dosage per day to give. Tell them you'll be back the next day to pick it up with instructions. If the vet doesn't okay it and it's unopened, you can always return it for a full refund. Look for something with the least amount of ingredients.

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