Why is my dog’s poop runny?

Original Question: Hi! We just adopted Hobie from the shelter a week ago, so understandably his stool wasn’t great at first. The first couple days there was some blood and mucus but that cleared up. However, it’s still pretty runny all the time and he goes pretty frequently. I’ve been feeding him the same diet consistently since he got here but the brand of food has changed. I feed him dry kibble in the morning and a mix of dry and wet food at night. Thank you! - Maggie

Why is my dog’s poop runny? Jun 5, 2018

Hi Maggie,

Thanks for your question.

I appreciate all of the detail you provided in your question but we can’t launch into treatment without knowing what it is that we’re treating, I think you need to take a few steps back and consider a diagnostic test. I would recommend that you speak to your veterinarian about performing a fecal test to look for parasites. There are many different types of parasites that are very common in young dogs and especially ones that were housed in shelters. In fact, given the symptoms you describe, I would be surprised if your dog didn’t have an intestinal parasite. Consider this….imagine if your dog has a parasite. All of these changes you’ve made to diet would not treat it at all and the problem would just persist.

I hope this helps.

Dr. Clayton Greenway

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There are many different types of parasites that are very common in young dogs and especially ones that were housed in shelters. In fact, given the symptoms you describe, I would be surprised if your dog didn't have an intestinal parasite.
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