What causes chronic diarrhea in puppies?

My lab is 7 months old and for as long as I've had him, he's had really stinky loose stools. We've been to the vet countless times and are unable to find a root cause of his fowl poop. The vet suggested providing him some high fiber goodies along with his Science Diet Lamb & Rice Puppy Food. He drinks alot of water (about 8 "glasses" a day) but is healthy. His last vet visit had him at 60 lbs and he's VERY active. Other than his poop, he's completely "normal". Just looking for some suggestions, as I don't want to put him on a daily anti-diarrheal.


Asked by Buddy on Jun 30th 2008 in Health & Wellness
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I would think it is most likely his food.. you could try giving him something else temporarily just to see if there is any difference..

And make sure you only give him "hard" treats. I gave Lily soft pup-peroni treats when she was younger and that made her stool very loose..

Lily answered on 6/30/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


we had that problem with our dogs and our vet suggested making them a serving of oatmeal once or twice a week, and it worked really well with our pups.

heres the recipe we use:
*enough dry oats to fill about the same amount of dry food you'd feed your dog (ie if you feed your dog 1 cup, then 1 cut of dry oats)
*the same amount of broth (beef or chicken. we use chicken with our dogs, but some prefer beef)
*some sort of cut up meat (such as chicken or beef) (this one is optional, and we usually leave it out)

1. put the broth in a pot on the stove and bring it to a boil
2. when the broth is boiling, add the oats (and if you want it the meat)
3. let it boil while stirring it (to keep the oats from sticking the bottom of the pot) for 5-10 minutes
4. remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature (it's best to put it in the dog bowl so that you don't get the oats stuck to the pot)
5. serve to the dog

hope this helps =)

Miley answered on 6/30/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


i think you should teach him to go to the loo in a corner of your garden.

p.s. if you cant tie a bag to his bum

Member 618635 answered on 6/30/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Jiggs  CGC

It's more than likely his food. Food allergies can be a hassle because without tests being done you have to pretty much guess what your dog is allergic too plus just changing a dogs food can cause diarrhea. Jiggs had problems with his food so we put all our dogs on Natural Balance Allergy formula which is brown rice and lamb. He is doing great on it but since your dog is already eating lamb you might want to try Duck or Salmon. Contrary to your vets opinion Science Diet is not that good of food and many dogs have a problem with it as it has a lot of corn and by products, not good for a dogs digestive system. A good source for dog food information is The Whole Dog Journal. Good Luck.

Jiggs CGC answered on 6/30/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I would get a second opinion from a different veterinarian.

As your puppy has suffered from this since you've had him, it very likely is not parvo. The two most likely causes for your puppy's diarrhea are food allergies and SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth). You can test for both, although there are some vets who "don't believe" in SIBO as a condition.

To test for food allergies, you would need to run an allergy panel on your dog. The cost for those varies, but around $250 seems to be average. This should give you an idea what, if anything, your dog has difficulty digesting. Dogs can be allergic to chicken, lamb, corn, even food coloring used in dog food.

To test for SIBO, the Texas A&M test is recommended - it is also the most common test. You can request this from your vet.

Abby answered on 6/30/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Sounds like the food back when Zack was on Science diet he had bad diahreha. Sometimes it was diahreeha other times runny. Get off that science diet. Does your vet office promote Science diet because if they do they will deny that is the cause of the problem (they get kickbacks I'm told) but try a better food.

Member 570392 answered on 6/30/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


My guess would be the food. I am not as concerned about the meat source as long as it is the #1 ingredient. I am more concerned about corn, wheat and soy in the dog's food. I guess wheat is the #1 allergen, but for Lily, it is corn. Science Diet is an expensive bag of corn!

Canidae and Premium Edge Puppy are reasonably priced better foods for dogs.

Be careful about what you use for treats. It doesn't make much sense to give the dog quality food and give treats full of chemicals.

Feed him three times a day with nothing in between so his tummy has a chance to digest one meal before the it has to deal with another one.

If you feel the need for an anti-diarrheal med to get him settled, try Lambert Kay Petcillin Kaopectate or K P Dog Kaopectate. They are just clay and pectin. Do not use human kaopectate. it has changed & is now aspirin based. Nothing you want to give a pup. You shouldn't need to use it more than a few days.

Good luck. It may be just a maturity thing.

Lily answered on 6/30/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer