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I have an older lab and noticed that his poop is not normal.

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I have an older lab and noticed that his poop is not normal. It changed recently and is very soft, more like a soft mound or patty then regular dog poop. Is that just old age or is there something wrong with him. He seems to be the same.

Drew :

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.

Drew :

I like the saying "age is not a disease", meaning that we can't blame most things on the mere process of getting older.

Customer:

Great, thank you.

Drew :

Soft stools, cow-patty appearing, would definitely not be something associated with simply getting older.

Drew :

And we must look at the list of possible explanations as we would in any other age of dog.

Customer:

Okay

Drew :

Start with the basics -- fecal tests to check for parasites, imbalances in bacterial populations, etc,

Customer:

We have changed his dog food to a higher quality one

Customer:

Okay

Drew :

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),

Drew :

plus fiber supplementation such as canned pumpkin,

Drew :

or a prescription diet such as Purina DCO.

Customer:

Fecal test, do I have that done at the vet

Drew :

If the problem persists, my next step would be blood tests to check for any internal organ problems, including kidney or liver issues,

Customer:

Do I just mix the pumpkin in with his regular food.

Drew :

yes, your vet needs to run those fecal tests.

Customer:

Okay

Drew :

yes, 1-2 tablespoons per meal is OK

Drew :

you can use a pro-biotic for people,

Drew :

such as Culturelle or Florastor, sold in any pharmacy,

Drew :

1 capsule daily.

Drew :

or you can order veterinary pro-biotics

Customer:

The kidney or liver can affect his bowel movements. I will look for a pro-biotic.

Drew :

such as ProViable.

Drew :

Kidney or liver problems don't "directly" affect stool formation,

Drew :

but any metabolic abnormalities can affect the function of the intestinal tract.

Customer:

Okay, I will also talk to the vet about a dewormer and a fecal matter test.

Customer:

I see, okay

Drew :

sounds like a good way to start!

Customer:

I guess the first step would be to get him to the vet! Thank You!

Drew :

you're very welcome -- best wishes to you and Doobie!

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