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To cure the immediate problem you can start by mixing 1 teaspoon of pumpkin into her meals to get the digestive track regular again. If you need to you can add some more until a stool is produced. Canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filler) is a natural laxative that will help produce stools quickly and effectively and is good for the dogs digestive track. Sometimes constipation is from not getting enough fiber into your dogs diet or because the dog isn't getting enough fresh water. If this becomes a problem you may want to look into increasing fiber into the diet. Another reason for constipation can be a blockage from something she ate such as garbage, or a broken bit of bone or toy, if you believe this may be the case of the constipation, I would highly recommend a trip to her vet. When a pet has a blockage, they may exhibit any of the following symptoms: vomiting, loss of appetite, distended belly, an absence of feces or a change in the feces, blood in the stool or vomit, drooling, and retching or trying to vomit with the meal coming up or nothing coming up. If your pet exhibits one or more of these signs a trip to the vet is highly recommended.
It sounds like those treats are causing the problem, you may want to try a diffrent treat for training. Should the loose stools come back you can treat it by starting her on a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice to help settle her stomach.(1 part skinless chicken Breast to 3 parts white rice) I am concerned with her becoming dehydrated as this is quite serious with dogs. I recommend giving her unflavored pedilayte to replace the electrolytes. Do not feed anything other then the bland diet.
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That's great, that means its just a simple case of upset stomach which you can treat easily with the canned pumpkin. This will loosen her stools without causing diarrhea. If it happens again, the bland diet and Imodium will clear it up faster and more permanently.
The gray stools indicate that she may need more fiber in her diet. I would switch her to a higher fiber dog food as she may be predisposed to diarrhea and the fiber will help prevent it from happening again. I am not a fan of Iams at all, it tends to have a lot of fillers in it which cause these problems I would suggest trying one of the High Quality Foods such as Science Diet, Merrick, Blue Buffalo, Wellness, Eagle, and Innova
You can switch the food now, just make sure you do it slowly so not to upset her stomach to much. Add 1/3 of the new food to the old for 2 days then 1/2 new food with the old for 2 days then 3/4 new with the old for 1 day then all new food. A sudden change can upset her stomach again (Dogs have very finicky stomachs)Your very welcome and if you need anything at all please do not hesitate to contact me. If you have no other questions please do not forget to click accept and leave feedback about your experience today!
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Your very welcome and I hope she is feeling better soon.