Hello, I am sorry to hear about Levi.This must be frustrating for both of you.Is he feeling well?Is he gaining weight and growing appropriately?Do his stools ever look greasy?
You are astute to realize that stress (separation anxiety) can play a part in bowel health and stool consistency.
Has he had any sort of testing done?I would recommend a stool culture as well as thorough testing for parasites and likely the use of a broad spectrum wormer to start.Then because he's a shepherd and their prediposition to some particular gastrointestinal problems I would check a complete blood count and biochemistry profile as well as a blood test for pancreatic function called a TLI. This measures the amount of pancreatic digestive enzymes. If not high enough it is a common reason for chronic or intermittant diarrhea.
Shepherds are also prone to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth so a course of antibiotics for 10 days may be very helpful.
Is there ever blood or mucous in his stools?You've had him on a few good foods. But it is possible that he has food allergies/sensitivities. So if bloodwork looks normal and the antibiotic therapy isn't successful then I would recommend a true hypoallergenic diet such as Purina Veterinary Diets HA or Hills z/d. He will need to eat this only (no treats or flavored medication/rawhides/bones) for at least 8 to 12 weeks to see a full effect.
He has gained a little weight he is probaly 5 pounds over ideal. His stool does come out shiny even when its firm
Thanks very much, that likely means that either he has a low grade level of pancreatic insufficiency (which is likely to worsen with time as the pancreas fails further) or his colon is producing increased amounts of mucous which means it is irritated. I would definitely recommend a TLI blood test to check for pancreatic insufficiency.If that's the case adding digestive enzymes will help tremendously.
If his biochemistry profile and TLI are normal and he doesn't improve with a good worming medication (liek Panacur or Fenbendazole) then I would try dietary manipulation.He may have inflammatory bowel disease.
That is definitely worsened by stress.
thank you I will get those test started he did have the stool checked about year and pray
Sounds good. I will keep my fingers crossed for him.I have had 2 dogs with inflammatory bowel disease (part of the reason I got them as no one else wanted to deal with chronic loose stools) and it can be successfully managed. Diet is key though.
I will make a appt Levi thanks for your info there been no blood in stool thanks