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Old 09-19-2007, 09:22 PM
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Question Pumpkin for puppies?

Our pup has been having soft stools today. She had one firm and the rest have been soft-and a lot of them. So many things could be contributing to this. It is really super humid right now and pretty warm (both inside and out) and was cool and dry just 2 days ago. She just got wormed last saturday. We are in the middle of changing her food from nutro natural choice to chicken soup (although she had no problem switching from puppy chow to nutro). DH has just started with harvest and she seems to be missing him during the day so maybe stress? Anyway I read that you can put pumpkin in their food to help with that. 1 spoonful per meal (she eats 3x a day)? Or just 1 spoonful for the entire day? I also have plain yogurt but they only had nonfat.
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Old 09-20-2007, 09:59 AM
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It is probably due to the change in diet. I would start out with giving her about 1/2 a spoonful at each meal and see how it goes.
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Old 09-20-2007, 01:47 PM
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pumpkin gives the runs as well as it firms up the stool. Check that if not check vet and worms
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Old 09-20-2007, 02:50 PM
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Thanks. DH put one spoonful in this morning's feeding (about 6 am so it was too early to check here). he said it actually slowed down her eating a little (that's a good thing!) but she did eat it all up with no problems. He didn't even mix it in-just put a glob on top of her food. She did have soft stools this morning but this afternoon it was a firm-ish one. I doubt the pumpkin would work that fast would it? I didn't give any pumpkin with lunch but at suppertime I will put a spoonful in there.

eta: she was wormed with interceptor on Saturday and I'm going to worm her in between too because she has/had visible roundworms. The vet said to use strongid in between interceptor tabs so she'll get that a week from this saturday. I have to buy it at the vet I guess. Is there an OTC wormer that actually works and is safe to give w/ interceptor?
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Old 09-20-2007, 03:35 PM
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Our puppy would have loose stools if she played a lot when it was fairly hot out and she was drinking a lot of water. I think it is probably just a little water overload in their system. After a day, she would be back to normal. Now that it is cooler, we haven't had a problem at all.
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Old 09-20-2007, 05:04 PM
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Yeah I can't wait until it cools off (never thought I'd actually say that). The kids are homeschooled so they do their lessons in the morning/early afternoon and then want to play with her outside in the afternoon. It's just too hot though-she would rather lie in the shade and chew her hoof and watch them play. She'll play a little and then go lie down again. It's too hot for me out there too. lol. It's even too hot in the house, and really stuffy. I want fall weather now. It's normally not this warm this time of year. I told the kids today that she would be more willing to play when it cools off inside and out.
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Old 09-21-2007, 03:35 PM
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OK now how long can I use the pumpkin once it's been opened (it's in the fridge in a tupperware). I know some canned foods can only be opened a few days before they have to be used. I thought about freezing it in ice cube trays and then taking out two cubes the night before but wouldn't it be all watery? Or would that even matter? Should I try to find smaller cans of pumpkin (this one just happened to be in my pantry, not even expired. I don't know why because I never use pumpkin).
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Old 09-21-2007, 03:39 PM
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Well, the key is to take care of the source of the problem, and then you shouldn't have to use the pumpkin long term. I have kept it in the fridge in tupperware for up to a week, then I throw it out. I never tried freezing it.

If you are seeing worms, I don't know of an OTC wormer that works well. Just remember that after you give the wormer from the vet, you need to give it again in 3 weeks because it will only kill the adults the first time and not the eggs. So you have to give it again to get any eggs that matured after the first round. Interceptor helps to control worms but it does not prevent them.
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Old 09-21-2007, 05:26 PM
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I think it might be a combination of the hotter weather, worming (I'm planning to deworm every two weeks. 30 days apart with interceptor and then something else in between), changing food, and who knows. So hopefully we won't have to use it for too long. I figure it takes a couple of weeks to get used to the food once she's on straight chicken soup (we're on 25***37; old food, 75% new food right now and what I have mixed should last another day or two) and hopefully it will get cooler soon. The deworming might go on for a little while-I'm not sure how long that is recommended. She'll be on interceptor long term but not sure about the worming in between.

We were seeing worms but haven't seen any in the last few days. If there's no good OTC wormer I will just buy strongid from the vet. Also I thought it was 2 weeks and not 3? Or should I give it 3 weeks after each interceptor dose? I have been getting confusing information from others lately (not from this board). Novartis insists that the worm life cycle is 4-5 weeks and they said the interceptor only works right at dosage. The vet said interceptor works all through the month.
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