|Barked: Sat Apr 27, '13 4:06pm PST |
|We adopted "Dixie" from the SPCA about a month ago. All tests came back clear (except stool tests which I keep forgetting to collect and submit).
Dixie is a Vizsla/Wippett cross. She is about 1 year old, by veterinary estimation.
She has a somewhat flaky, itchy coat. She poops excessively (4-6 times/day) and has been having continued poop accidents in the house over the past 3 weeks.
She is an anxious dog and is afraid to poop outside and is afraid of the dark (she hates going out to toilet at night). We take her out once every hour and she gets plenty of excercise (2 hrs/daily walks/runs). She will poop in the house within minutes of coming in, even after an hour outside walking.
She poops 4-6 large BMs daily, even thought she is only on 1.5-2 cups of kibble. We were combining home-cooked & supplemented with kibble (to enable us to travel and tent-camp with her). However, we've cut out the cooked in an attempt to try and control the poop quantity and "accident" issues.
We are feeding Petcurean "Now" Grain-free adult formula. Our pet shop is suggesting that there may be an issue with absorption leading to the excessive pooping. She is not overfeeding and does not gobble her food.
So ... suggestions re: foods to try next? We thought that we had chosen the best one.
Oh - FWIW, Raw feeding is not an option that we will consider as we have small children in our home and because we back-country camp (raw meat doesn't transport well unrefrigerated and would attract undesireable wildlife - think bears!).
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