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Dry powder stools
  • stralimstralim
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    Has anyone had experience with dry powdery stools from your shiba's? I have two shiba's eating Great Life buffalo with a pump of salmon oil and spring water added. For two days they have dry hard almost powdery stools. Any ideas as to why?
  • sunyatasunyata
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  • stralimstralim
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    Hello Sunyata, I think your on to something. If I give a buffalo knee bone I see that type of stool. I am with them 24hrs a day so I keep an eye on them.

    Do you add meat to your dogs diets?
  • sunyatasunyata
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  • SayaSaya
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  • stralimstralim
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    My dogs don't get bones. The treats they get are organic buffalo tracheas or tendons, carrots, broccoli, raspberries, squash, peas, coconut milk, salmon skin when we cook salmon. I stopped the knee bones just because the stools didnt seem right.
    The food I am using is Great LIfe which is a probiotic diet.
    I am supplementing with a small bit of can food by Natural Balance or Taste of the Wild.
    It's got to be this months bag of food. I am getting a strange smell from the Great LIfe and wonder if it is rancid. It was a $64 bag and I remember checking the date and it was not out dated. I have never had this type of smell coming from the food. I will go to Whole Pet tomorrow and let them smell the food. I also emailed the makers to let them know.

  • SayaSaya
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  • stralimstralim
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    OK so took the bag of food back to Whole Pet and they smelled and confirmed the food was rancid and replaced with salmon which was only Great Life in stock. Now stools are back to normal and no more 5 stools a day or waking at 3am.
    Good lesson learned about rancid foods and learned more about how the rancid foods can have a damaging affects on internal organs.
  • SayaSaya
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  • stralimstralim
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    Yes! And Great Life offered to send me a new bag as well. Great customer service. It is a strange smell kinda like a vapor of plastic? I recently bought a bag of KIND granola and got the same smell. I called the company in New York and then sent me six new bags! Both the dog food and the granola smelled the same when rancid. It will through your head back for sure.
  • zandramezandrame
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    I came across this thread from a random google search. Top hit for "dog antler dry powdery stool" :)

    Kouda is currently on a limited diet for his allergies, and the only edible chew he gets are antlers. And he's been going to town on them. This morning he had a couple segments of brittle powdery poop mixed in with the normal looking kind. It was actually quite fascinating! It was really weird to see the texture throughout when I squished them... (sorry, TMI)... Immediately figured it was too much antler. But it's the only thing he's got at the moment, poor guy. But I suppose we'll have to limit his chew time, and add some extra meat to his diet.

    And @Saya, your new profile pic totally threw me off! lol
  • SayaSaya
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  • While this is quite an old thread, our recent "powdery stool" story fits in here perfectly. About a month ago, we started noticing that our girl (who normally had perfect poops her whole life) was passing what looked like yellowish, dry, powdery stools. The kind of thing that disintegrates as soon as you pick it up to throw it away. Other than this odd, odd pooping, she was acting as normal as can be. No change in appetite, no unusual behavioral changes, same peppiness, etc.

    While we were observing what looked like little white pieces in her powdery poop, we then convinced ourselves that she in fact must have tape worms. Well, after two different negative fecals at two different vet offices, a visual of the suspect poop by a vet, various vet visits, $250.00 dollars worth of blood work, I think that we discovered the answer to our dilemma. The other day, we found our girl with her head inside a bag of ripped open bone meal for plants... Apparently, she had been snacking on this for the past month unknown to us. So, all totaled, we spent about $600 on vet visits and blood and lab work for naught.

    Everything we had read about this kind of problem (powdery, dry stools) pointed to too much bone in their diet. We thought that was impossible because we feed her high quality kibble and wet food and she was almost never out of our sight. One of the vets asked if she had gotten into anything. Of course not, we said. Right. Except when she went down to the basement to snack on her bone meal!

    So, lesson learned, really watch what you have around the house. These guys are sneaky and get into mischief. Hope all's well, that ends well. And that she is back to normal soon.
  • BootzBootz
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    @DianaBoston

    Glad you were able to find out what was wrong. Despite the large vet bill, but that’s shibas for you! Yes shibas are sneaky, I still limit the rooms Bootz can get access to while we are at work. She hasn’t gotten in trouble but I try to set her up for success with her free roam priveledge.

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