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Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.
I like the saying "age is not a disease", meaning that we can't blame most things on the mere process of getting older.
Great, thank you.
Soft stools, cow-patty appearing, would definitely not be something associated with simply getting older.
And we must look at the list of possible explanations as we would in any other age of dog.
Start with the basics -- fecal tests to check for parasites, imbalances in bacterial populations, etc,
We have changed his dog food to a higher quality one
if that's all normal, it's an option to use a course of a dewormer anyway, such as Panacur, or to try pro-biotics (beneficial bacteria),
plus fiber supplementation such as canned pumpkin,
or a prescription diet such as Purina DCO.
Fecal test, do I have that done at the vet
If the problem persists, my next step would be blood tests to check for any internal organ problems, including kidney or liver issues,
Do I just mix the pumpkin in with his regular food.
yes, your vet needs to run those fecal tests.
yes, 1-2 tablespoons per meal is OK
you can use a pro-biotic for people,
such as Culturelle or Florastor, sold in any pharmacy,
1 capsule daily.
or you can order veterinary pro-biotics
The kidney or liver can affect his bowel movements. I will look for a pro-biotic.
such as ProViable.
Kidney or liver problems don't "directly" affect stool formation,
but any metabolic abnormalities can affect the function of the intestinal tract.
Okay, I will also talk to the vet about a dewormer and a fecal matter test.
I see, okay
sounds like a good way to start!
I guess the first step would be to get him to the vet! Thank You!
you're very welcome -- best wishes to you and Doobie!