Q & A: Dead Animals & Loose Stools
Question: Rolling In Dead Animals
“While walking on the beach with my Yorkshire Terrier, the dog came across a dead fish at the edge of the surf. After sniffing it all over, he rolled over and over on the smelly thing, when went on his way as if nothing ever happened. Can you tell me why this sudden behavior happens and if there is something wrong? This isn’t the first time he’s acted this way. In fact, nearly a year ago he did the very same thing with a dead frog”
It’s natural for you to be appalled at such behavior, but don’t worry about it. Dogs don’t have to use that method of changing their smell anymore as they did in their primitive state. Theory has it that dogs covered up their own scent with something much stronger so that they wouldn’t frighten away their prey by a shift in the wind. We’ve domesticated the canine, and expect him to always act like we do. But sometimes, however, instinct is stronger and will come to the fore – even if only momentarily.
Question: New Dog Food & Loose Stools
“The brand of dog food that I have been using for nearly two years to feed my dog is no longer available where I live. In fact, they seem to have stopped selling their products. I have shifted to a different brand, but it made my dog have loose stools. Since then, I’ve tried just about every available brand but with no luck at all regarding the loose stools. The veterinarian gave my dog a complete checkup and there’s nothing physically wrong. Any suggestions? I am at my wits end cleaning up his mess every day, but he needs to eat. Please help!”
This is a very common problem with all pets, and the issue is more than likely that you are not giving your dog enough small snacks with the new pet food to get his body used to it. If you switch foods, and offer the same large meals, then loose stools are bound to happen.
In a nutshell, what has happened is that your dog’s digestive system had become so accustomed to the particular brand you’d been using for so long, that when you changed brands, you also changed your dog’s digestive system. As a result, you’re going to have to give him time to adjust to any new brand you use.
Usually, this adjustment will take a minimum of four days. Pick a reputable brand that your dog appears to like, and stick with it. Allow up to three weeks for his system to adjust to the new brand.
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