My spouse and I slept in a little and my Shango, 9 months old, didn't hold his poop, which happened to be unformed, loose, and really a big stink….he has had this off and on for a few weeks, at first I thought it was the toad chasing, Spent a good deal on a vet bill, and the first words out of the dr's mouth was , this could take a long time.....not a good sign. He has no parisites, he is very active, playful , his eyes look good.
He was a rescue dog, I don't know his paretns, his brother ( who I also have) is fine.
They are both on Wellness puppy food and I treat them for training purpose which is a cheese flavor cookie thing called Woof. They seem to like it.
Any suggestions, he does sneek in on my older basenji food if I don't watch out and gets a mouth full, could that be it?
Any help or suggestions would be welcomed.
Right now I will tell you, I know a doggie door would be great but I'm in a rent house and my landlord would not like that.
Let me know,
While this is probably a good food, Miranda noticed it does have rice, barley, and rye in the formula. All of those are grains.
I noticed that the protein is 28 percent in this food. I did not see where you mentioned how long you had this rescue dog. I do know from the advice I have sought from others and from experience that if you have transitioned this dog too quickly from the previous food it was on to a new food that it can cause this type of condition. This is esp true if the new is much higher in protein and has much higher quality protein sources than the previous food.
When our Basenji was a puppy we had a similar experience when we switched to a very high quality very high protein food. The dog's gas was very offensive. The smell from the stool was even worse and the smell would travel across the yard, under the porch, even if the wind was blowing in the other direction. At that point I contacted the person I buy food from who has a Master's Degree in Animal nutrition from the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana. We concluded there were two things we needed to deal with. One was a soft stool and the other was the offensive smell.
At the time we were feeding Roo and our Boston Bonzo EVO Chicken grainless dog food. After much discussion we decided that we might switch to the Evo Beef based just in case the chicken did not agree with Roo. We chose the Evo Beef because we wanted to maintain the protein levels if at all possible. Previous to changing to EVO grainless food we had been feeding Eukanuba puppy food which is also high in protein but not as high in protein as the EVO food and it is chicken based. Roo did not seem to have an issue with the Eukanuba so we decided to supplement with the Eukanuba we had left and see if it resolved the odor and soft stool issue.
While it took a couple days for us to see results, we noticed that the problem was subsiding. We finally went to straight EVO Red Meat but that made Bonzo's our Bostons stool soft and smelly. Let me tell you, there is no gas like Boston Gas! Just feed them some Broccoli and prepare to stand back. That is why it is said that people who own bull dogs really love them. Its not just because its a face only a mother can love.
To counteract and supplement the high Protein levels in the EVO Red Meat we now mix EVO Red Meat with Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream formula which is grainless and Salmon based. Combined we feed a protein level of about 33 1/2 instead a level 42% which is EVO Red Meat by itself.
I also know that its possible that your young Basenji's digestives system might be having a harder time with the higher quality food. If this puppy was on a very inexpensive food then most likely it was not getting all the nutrients it needed.
Miranda and I along with Mark the animal nutritionist we consulted are of the belief that sometimes its just about finding the right combination of proteins and ingredients that your dog can tolerate.
Hope this helps,
Jason and Miranda