- 5 years ago
- Wedding: December 2014
Hey, bees, I have a question for you about our puppy. He’s a six month old german shepherd/lab mix (we think!). He has a nasty habit of eating everything he can get his mouth on (toys, garbage, my underwear…ugh.) We try to curb it as much as possible, but of course I’m sure we miss it every once in a while.
Sorry in advance for the play by play of his poop……
Yesterday morning, he had two normal solid poops for my Fiance, and one semi-formed poop for me. After 8 hours of us at work, he had another semi-formed poop for Fiance. A couple of hours after that, he started whining at the door (unusual, he does not usually have that sense of urgency), so I took him outside- very watery diarrhea. It started out more formed, but the last little bits shot out at a 90 degree angle. After that, he continued to have diarrhea (but we’re not sure the consistency, as it was dark). His poops this morning sounded wet, but again, it was dark. For me later in the morning, there was some diarrhea and a couple of small logs- that mostly looked like furballs. He is always licking his cat brother, so it could be an actual furball- the other possibility is that he ate the hair that we pull from the drain (on the side of the tub, sometimes it’ll build up for a day or so.) I picked through it and also found a little bit of what looked like blue cloth….which coincided with some chewed up underwear I found in the living room when I woke up. Could be he ate them last night and I didn’t notice (unlikely), or could be he ate them early this morning (4-6a) while my Fiance had him (likely). He has had another slightly thickened diarrhea poop since then.
So here’s the thing. He’s up to date on all of his shots. He always poops this frequently- we start to get concerned if he’s not pooping 4x a day. Several hours go by in between each of his diarrhea poops, and other than the first time he had diarrhea, he hasn’t displayed any urgency in needing to go. The diarrhea is pretty normal looking- the same yellowish greenish color as all of his poops, just diarrhea. It smells like his regular poops too, just maybe more intense. We haven’t noticed anything that he could’ve eaten (other than the crotch of my underwear, god), but he could’ve gotten garbage. His behavior has been totally normal- sleeping the same amount, getting into trouble the same amount, playing with other dogs the same amount. He hasn’t eaten too much food today (it varies based on the day normally), but swiped some food of mine on the table, so I’m sure his appetite is okay.
I guess I should also mention that he eats cat poop. As much as we try to stop it, he does. Usually no more than a couple of times a week, but still. We’re trying.
His behavior isn’t worrying me, except that the diarrhea has now continued for more than 24 hours. Oh! He is on his first month of heartworm/parasite year round protection. He hasn’t had a problem with worms since being dewormed as a puppy. He took his heartworm/parasite pill about 2 1/2 weeks ago.
What do you guys think is going on? Suggestions, advice? We hate our vet but will take him if necessary…it’s just expensive and they’ve never once been helpful. (We need to find a new one ASAP!)