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Cold Dog Poop
UAEmom posted:
My dog has had loose stool for the last few days, I thought it was because she drank water from the swimming pool, but now I'm not sure. When she has an upset stomach, it usually lasts for a day or two and works itself out.

This evening, while on our walk, I picked up her poo (very loose, and not at all pleasant to pick up with a plastic baggie) and it was already cold. What causes this? Is this something I should be rushing her to the doctor for?
Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
Hopefully by this time your pet's poop is improved and she is feeling 100%. There are myriad reasons why a pet's digestive tract can be off...eating something it wasn't supposed to, internal parasites, disorders of internal organs such as liver or kidneys, toxins...the list goes on. I will usually tell my clients that if the pet feels good, there is no vomiting, there is no blood in the stool, you can try to wait out the upset stomach for a day or so. A bland diet such as cottage cheese mixed equally with boiled rice is a good supportive measure. If the problem persist...the pet just doesn't seem right to you, get it and a sample of the stool to your veterinarian ASAP.
Dr. Bernadine Cruz
SherryB12 responded:
It could be from his food, especially if there are things in it that are not good for dogs like corn, soy, wheat. Try getting him a probiotic supplement, or a food like Natural Balance Alpha that has them in the ingredients. It really helped my dog who had chronic diarrhea.


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