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If you have an ongoing relationship with your vet, he may just let you bring in a sample for testing. Another cause might be an allergy to an ingredient in the new food. Compare the ingredients and see if there is a difference. Any food switch should be gradual with a mixing of the two foods to avoid diarrhea and loose bowels. If there is a difference in ingredients, you may wish to switch back to the other food or find one that has similar ingredients.
What you might try is adding a little canned pumpkin (not pie filling) to his food. Just a spoonful should help absorb excess fluid and make the feces firmer but still pliable.
I also want to give you information on dewormers as well. Common dewormers are Panacur, which is a prescription product so you need to obtain it from your Vet and it works on roundworms and whipworms. Wormers labeled as Pyrantel Pamoate are the best over the counter medication for roundworms. Drontal plus is also a prescription product and is used for the treatment of Tapeworms, though dewormers with praziquantel work well against tapeworms. Many heartworm preventatives also help control whipworms and roundworms. Another reason to keep your dog on Heartworm medication.
If a protozoan infection is present, your vet may prescribe an antibiotic to help clear the infection. I hope this information is helpful to you and you are satisfied with my response. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have .
Thank you very much! This gives me a wealth of information that is very helpful.
We don't leave our dogs outside as we have no fence and take them out by leash, but it's entirely possible that he drank water on the grass while going out to potty.
The new food has increased protein and we did the switch over a few days. It may just have been a little too fast for him. The information on the pumpkin is great - I had no idea! I will add it to my shopping list for this weekend.
The parasite information is great as well. I will keep an eye on him to see if things improve in the next few days and go from there. If he seems to be worse or with no change I'll make sure to get him to the vet for testing and evaluation.
Thank you again for your help! I was afraid I was worried about nothing but now I know there may be something more going on with Slinkman.
Thanks again and have a great weekend! :-)
I sure will! :-)