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  • JScarf5JScarf5
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    After reading antoher thread this brings a question to my attention, my Shiba...3 mo...i've noticed he poops quite a lot, what is normal? His stool is usually normal, although sometimes it looks very soft, not quite runny (sorry for the details) but really soft looking. And sometimes it will be slightly runny (again sorry for the gory details!). Sometimes he goes 3+ times a day. Is this bad? Could this be allergies? I give him Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice. That's what the breeders were feeding him before I receieved him. He itches sometimes but not too often and most of the time I think its because he hates his harness.
  • SayaSaya
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  • JScarf5JScarf5
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    I think i'm following them? He gets 1/2 cup twice a day, sometimes he eats it all sometimes he skips some meals but it seems that sometimes Shibas will do that. He was actually just pretty sick, took him to the emergency vet, they tested him for parvo, worms, parasites etc. and everything came back negative. He had very bad diarrhea and threw up once. They gave me 3 cans of ID food that was supposed to be good for his tummy. He loves it, he had some solid poops while eating that, I started to mix in his reg. kibble (it doesn't actually have rice grains in it) and I'm pretty sure his next poop was softer. I'm thinking maybe the food? Too bad considering I just bought a massive 40lb bag! He is going to the vet tomorrow and I will follow up again. What is everybody feeding their Shiba puppies? Thanks for all the info. @Saya, very helpful!
  • JScarf5JScarf5
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    Also, the breeder told me that he just let them eat as much as they wanted, if they ate all their food he gave them more until they were full. I'm not doing that though...like I said I give him 1/2 cup twice a day...is that still too much?
  • StaticNfuzzStaticNfuzz
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    Like Saya points out if you feed a lot of kibble the will be bulky and there will be more pooping. I would control the amounts. At three months if you feed three times a day you will get 3 poops and maybe one more. Raw will reduce the amount of defecation.

    Maybe a change in the brand of kibble will help. Not all dogs can digest all brands of kibble so finding the right one is going to take some trial and error.

    Snf
    Post edited by StaticNfuzz at 2012-08-22 14:51:50
  • nicole_anicole_a
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    I feed my dog 1.5 cups a day and she poops once a day but she usually splits it up into two squats. The first one is always solid and the second is always runny. I never thought this was an issue until I started reading about it on here...should I be concerned about the runny part? I feed her Taste of the Wild salmon formula kibble
  • BootzBootz
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    I feed Bootz about 1.5 cups a day and she's at 28 lbs )...she only poops 1-2 times a day. Only time she ever poops 3 times a day is if i bring her to the dog park and all the dog smells make her go twice!

    @Jscarf5, each shiba is different, and you have to adjust the feeding accordingly. The guidelines on the bags are just guidelines, but I find most people feed less than what the TOTW guidelines show.
  • SayaSaya
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  • JScarf5JScarf5
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    Yeah I also think the treats have something to do with it as well, when he gets more (if my mother comes over and spoils him) it seems to be more runny. I'll have to keep a better eye on her! (my mom hehe)
  • JScarf5JScarf5
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    This is probably a dumb question but, when people say they are feeding them raw..what exactly are you feeding them?
  • BootzBootz
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    @JScarf5, there are different types of raw. But its exactly what you think. Uncooked meat, pieces of animal! Necks, bones, organs, etc.... ;)
  • curlytailscurlytails
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