I just started noticing as I was picking up that one of my girls has tiny white specs in her stool. It seems softer but not diarhea. The spots do not move, nor do they have any sort of tails. Any ideas before I bring a sample to the vet? It's not corn, because I feed her Wellness & it does not contain wheat or corn.
I did indeed call my vet. I also told her that Sage was also tasting her stool. She gave me Forbid powder to put in all their food ( I have 3) and also gave me Drontal Plus, it's a dewormer. They all need to take it as well. Dewormed them all last night & now hoping to soon see results of the Forbid.
I feel very at ease with this my vet since my relocation. It's not often you get lucky like I did. My kids are very precious to me & I was so worried I wouldn't find someone right away that was so good.
You didn't describe the specks very much but it sounds like you thought there was a possibility it is something they ate when you mentioned they don't get corn. You could try soaking a piece of their food until it falls apart and see if you find the same specks. That would indicate whether it is something in the food.
As soon as you mentioned white specks I immediately thought of tapeworms which your vet must have thought as well since they all got the drontal plus. If you suspect worms in the stool you should always try and bring the "worm" with you. We can't see tapeworm eggs in the stool itself. They are inside the segments which are the "white things" in the stool. We often need to rely on they owner's description in order to diagnose tapes. Also, keep in mind there are two types of tapes. (wow, say that three times fast)There are flea tapes which are from swallowing fleas, and spyometra tapes which they can get from eating lizards, frogs etc. Both require the same medication but the dose is different depending on which one it is, so it is extremely helpful to bring the segment to the vet. We can squish it and look at the eggs and tell you which one it is. Also as far as the poop eating goes, still keep an eye on the dog. They can have this behavior for a variety of reasons. They aren't getting enough nutrition in their diet, they are eating too fast therefore digesting too fast, they are mimicking the behavior of their mother who ate their poop to keep the puppies and the den clean, or it can become a learned behavior and your other dogs can pick it up from her. Many dogs start out with one of the above reasons and then wind up with the last one. Dog's are creatures of habit. The get into a routine and they like it that way. You would be wise to begin teaching your dog the "leave it" command on other things and then apply it to the poop. This way you can eventually stop putting the for-bid in the food. Good Luck!
Thanks for the post Chakram. I'm assuming you are either a vet or a tech, knowing which tapeworms it might be. Thats interesting, there are no frogs or lizards that I know of here that she could have eaten ( more like deer & bears). If it were fleas, I would have probably seen them on at least one of the 3 dogs here, so I'm thinking it was just a precautionary method ( the de worming). Better safe than sorry sort of thing.... I keep a good eye on her now and if I see her going near the poop I say "nothing in your mouth" and she moves away. I mentioned above that she is 7 years young, so I wouldn't think she'd have such a memory as to know her mom ate poop as well. LOL, so this is just something I will have to keep an eye out for going forward, because all 3 of them are on the forbid & it has been 5 days & she still tries to go for it. By the way, I have not seen anymore spots in the stool the past 2 days.
May I ask, is this forbid powder ok for them to have? Is there a holistic alternative? It obviously didn't work, so I need a natural solution as I do not want to keep giving my kids chemicals.
Two types of Tapes Two types of Tapes Two types of Tapes.....LOL easier to say 3x than to write.