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    Hi

    I basically don't have much knowledge about dogs. Temporarily got a foster dog known as Charlotte who is a Kelpie X Corgi around 8 years home.

    I find her bowels a bit soft and she seems to poo a lot even if I haven't fed her. A lady at work said that I shouldn't be mixing her dry biscuits with the cooked meat roll, that if I want variety, I should be feeding them on alternate days. Is that true? But why?

    Also as I couldn't find the brand of cooked meat roll that the previous owner used, I changed brands. I notice she drags her bum on the floor, bowels very soft. Other than that her behaviour is normal, still chewing her brand new futon bed to bits.

    Any advise appreciated.

    Carol

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    The group you fostered her through can't give you advice?
    Dogs can take a little time settling in as well as having different foods. When was the last worming done?

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    Welcome Carol and Charlotte!

    If her bowel is too soft, I would skip or give a smaller portion of wet food.
    A lady at work said that I shouldn't be mixing her dry biscuits with the cooked meat roll, that if I want variety, I should be feeding them on alternate days. Is that true? But why?
    I do not believe that is true. In winter i tend to mix with a TS of wet food with kibbles. Some dog owners do not do that believing that dry food are good for teeth or other reasons.
    Scooting is not uncommon for dogs in various reasons. It could be simply a habit to clean her behind or could be a health reason concerning anal gland. It is better to talk about that with a vet (esp if the area get red or even bleeding).

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    First, CONGRATULATIONS! On your new foster!

    The meat and the biscuits are digested at different rates, which is why feeding them seperately is best. Pouring a little warm water over the biscuits and letting it soak a little helps if the dog doesn't want to eat all of the biscuits.

    I feed meat at night and biscuits in the morning to my Kelpie cross boy.

    Dragging the bum along the ground can be a symptom of worms, so try a good all wormer.

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    Congratulations and a huge thank you for donating yourself and your home to foster

    As Di said , the group you foster for ( are you with a group?) should be able to help . I would expect a rescue group to have either already wormed,flea treated,vacc etc or provide you with the funds/means needed. And worming would be my first call regarding the scooting , if it continues after worming then look further into it.

    As for the food , its not going to harm her the way youre feeding at the moment but you could try bikkies in the am and the roll at pm. You could also try raw chicken wings/necks on alternate days with the roll .

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    Soft bowels are likely because you have changed her food.

    Shoudl clear up once she adjusts.

    Like everyone else, I feed bikkies in morn and meet in arvo

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    When you say her bowels are soft - do you mean her stomach or her poo? Poo aka bowel motion ie the stuff expelled from the bowels aka guts.

    I feed my dog home made casserole and she eats that before I give her a top up of dry. The dry food kibble I put in a squirrel dude so she cannot eat it too fast. She's more inclined to chew it too if she has to work for each piece. I've also heard it's best not to mix dry with soft dog food. Not entirely sure why, but the dry stuff takes much much longer to digest and will come back unchanged hours after eating if the dog vomits for some reason.

    Dragging the bum is also a sign of anal gland trouble. This can be brought on by soft poo as it takes a firm poo (but not rock hard) to get the anal glands working. Although the anal glands can get clagged for other reasons. Have you noticed any rotting fish odour around your dog, especially when she's excited or been playing vigourously?

    Some kibble is especially designed to firm up soft poo. Advance have one. Sometimes the food just disagrees with the dog and you might try some other food combination like all dry or a different brand of dry or feeding boiled chicken and rice for a day or two. I had to change brands of dry because my dog was getting regular tummy upsets on the old brand.

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    Hi guys

    Thanks for the advice and welcome.

    I have contacted the Organisation where I foster the dog from asking for advise and assistance with things.

    Yea I think the soft poos are from sudden change of diet so I am not giving her a tiny bit of the Protadog meats in the morning and biscuits at night. That should harden up the poos.

    With the bum dragging, have only seen that twice but she hasn't been doing that last 2 days so could be the soft bowels. Enquirying into the worming business etc which is all new to me.

    Ta for advice, hopefully Charlotte will find a home soon. Unfortunately I just can't afford to own a dog so this is the closest I can get. The Organisation will pay for all vet bills and other necessary things which I can't afford but I feel so bad in asking for assistance.

    Ta again, Carol & Charlotte
    Last edited by Charlotte; 07-27-2011 at 02:14 PM.

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    It is a great thing you are doing. Win win for all. A dog gets well looked after and you have the company of a dog. I think the hard part would be watching them go to their forever home but you also have the knowledge and satisfaction that you are doing your bit for hopefully a number of dogs who will pass through your hands.

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