May I ask a follow-up?
Actually, since the time I asked for a follow-up, I just did what you suggested. I happened to have some Metamucil Wafers. I take them regularly . . .! I know how they affect people, so I just offered him 3 little pieces the size of puppy kibble, dipped it in his water bowl first, and he ate it like a treat. It typically doesn't take long too long to take affect.
If he doesn't go in, say, an hour, should I try I a few more "kibbles" of the wafers? With some "people's systems", it can take a dose or so before the body figures out what to do with it. BTW: I would NEVER give him even a half of one at one time . . . bless his heart, he would be in the yard for a long time!
Ok. I'll give him a few hours and watch him to decide if I give him a few more little bites. BTW: He just came in and ate few bites of regular food so there should be some action in those few hours.
You should try them. I eat them as a snack with peanut butter to get more fiber in my diet, and they are very filling. Nothing has ever had such a positive affect on me as these "cookies" do -- not even regular Metamucil. There are two in a package. My sister can only take one wafer a day but I could probably eat 4. So it just depends.
So far, this has all been good. Funny, as a human, I completely relate to your response. It never occurred to me to try the fiber.
So, how do I let you know how "things come out? Or if you even want to know?
Good morning, Texas Vet! Yesterday evening, Rocco was VERY lethargic. However, he did eat a little food, drank some water, and he ate a few more nibbles of the Metamucil wafer (total of little more than half of one wafer). I know he wasn't feeling well, but he felt well enough to let me rub his belly! I think late last night when I let them out, he may have been successful because when he came in, he was SO lively and his ol' young playful self again. And again this morning. However, I noticed Sonny having some issues this morning, so I'm giving him some of the wafer. I'm beginning to think that it's their food (IAMS puppy food) and the compost pile just added to the problem. They have been scratching a lot too (no fleas), so I'm going to change to a non-grain type food. And I think I'll add a little fish oil to their food (a staple in my fridge).
They will be going to my vet soon for their 2nd set of shots and an introduction, so she and I can have a discussion about their diet.
Thank you again for your very useful assistance, explanation of the problem and prompt responses. I'm sharing my experience on this site with my friends.
Paula in Texas
Interestingly, he had the problem again (even days after I cleared out the compost). And, his brother, Sonny had a minor problem with it just recently, too. I gave them both the Metamucil wafers again (in small pieces), 1/2 for Rocco and a much smaller portion for Sonny since he hadn't had them before. BTW: They LOVE them! An easy "sell". I think it worked again, because several hours later they were pouncing on each other (and everything else), again. They eat and drink lots of water and otherwise seem fine. I'm going to abandon IAMS and gradually switch to Nutro Natural Choice (the Lamb/Rice version). It doesn't contain any other grain. If that doesn't work, I'll try a grain/gluten free food. The other possibility that could have caused it are the treats I give them occasionally (all natural, but have oatmeal, whole ground oats, ground barley and Rye, along with natural cheese" (way down the ingredients list).
I won't take them to my vet until it's time for their next round of shots (another 2 weeks, I think) . . . unless the situation gets worse. When I do, I'll let you know what she says. I really trust this vet -- she always gave me good advice when I had my other three dogs.
BTW: I'm not a health nut, but I AM health conscience. For the past 5 months, I've voluntarily gone "gluten-free" as much as possible and can feel a big difference in my joints. I can't help believe that other carnivorous animals could easily have issues with grains, too.