Possible Diet Problem?

Postby Tubular Toby » October 26th, 2010, 5:27 pm

So... Toby has diarrhea again. At first, I chalked it up to him and his partner in crime, Tilly, getting into a bag of dog food that I was giving to my brother (Blue Buffalo Salmon, Toby was eating a rare bag of Solid Gold at the time, but is typically on Blue Buffalo Chicken). A few weeks later he had it again and I figured it was because my roommates decided to feed him an entire meal of his Blue Buffalo food while transitioning from Solid Gold (we had a talk about feeding my dog without asking....). Since that episode, he was alright for a month or so. Today out of the blue, he has it again. The only thing I can figure is that it is when he is eating Blue Buffalo. He used to do well on it, but maybe it just doesn't sit well with him anymore?
I am thinking about just doing Solid Gold. He eats it well and I don't recall any problems while on it.

*sigh* Now to go clean since it happened to happen while I was in class and he was in his crate.


Also- I realize I may get flamed for this, but I really can't afford to take him the vet right now for intermittent diarrhea. In January, I can definitely take him, but right now with my classes and costs... it's not realistic. If an "emergency" (I use that term loosely...) popped up (like his kennel cough this summer. >.<) then I would MAKE it work. Basically, is this a serious enough problem that I should be taking him in or should I try probiotics and solid gold and take him in a couple of months if it hasn't alleviated?
Otherwise he is healthy, runs and plays and drinks. Good appetite.

Thanks for reading, guys. Let me know if you can think of anything to help out.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » October 26th, 2010, 5:30 pm

I wouldn't be too panicky. Maybe add some pumpkin or something like that to his meals and avoid the Blue Buffalo. As long as he's otherwise healthy and is eating/drinking/pooping normally (other than the intermittent squirts) he should be fine without a vet visit. :)
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Postby Tubular Toby » October 26th, 2010, 5:35 pm

That's what I was thinking too... but I have such bad experiences with message boards in general that I usually brace myself for the "IF YOU CAN"T AFROD THE VET, YOU CAN"T AFORD THE PET!!!1111!!1111!" mentality... haha, I should expect better from here. ;) Which, I agree with that sentiment, but there is a difference in taking your dog to the vet when it really needs it and taking your dog every time it sneezes, as it seems some people think you should. haha
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Postby Tubular Toby » October 26th, 2010, 5:49 pm

:x Silly dog! I was wondering why his poop was so dark.... went aside to hose down his crate and saw the remains of a charcoal briquette since the grill got knocked over this week. Apparently he ate some of those. Which explains a lot since his stools had been fine for a few weeks since the last upset. I wonder when he got one of those. >.<
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