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    Altered Routine & Diarrhea

    Hello, I'm new here and I have an issue with our 4 year old English Bulldog named Nemo.

    Let me give you a small backstory on Nemo. When he was a puppy, he was pretty outgoing and adventurous. He would play and was never afraid of anything. When he was about 7 months old, he (fortunately) survived a house fire. Ever since, he has been afraid of everything except people. Bags, boxes, vacuum, new items being brought into the house, the patio umbrella blowing in the wind, etc.

    He also is the laziest creature... he spends his days sleeping like a cat, only getting up to eat and crap. He has his own recliner downstairs lol and pretty much sleeps in there all day. He likes to go outside only to lay in the sun -- fetch is not an option, he would rather not play. Sometimes you can get him going, but not for long. He shares his home with a German Shepherd who would love nothing more than a dog to romp around with, but he's not interested lol. We've tried to get him excited about life, but he seems totally content to be a couch potato.

    He's loving, but lazy. He has never had any kind of medical issue. We feed him Blue Wilderness Salmon, same as our Shepherd.

    The past 2 weeks his bathroom routine has been off. He usually goes number 2 twice a day, before noon and after dinner. Every other day or every couple days lately , he has been waking us up barking to go out with urgency - it's literally an EMERGENCY - at 3:30, 4, 5am.. He can't get outside fast enough to go diarrhea.

    NO idea what's going on. I looked it up and a lot of websites say stress is a factor for diarrhea. Not sure what he has to be stressed about. Nothing has changed in our daily lives that would make him any more stressed than his normal self. Food has not changed. Before taking him to a vet, I'm curious what any of you think could be going on.

    I'm sure it's not fun for him to have diarrhea, and it's certainly not fun for me to be getting up in the middle of the night/early morning every other day. How can we get him back on schedule?

    Thanks for any help!

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    well dogs gets upset tummies just like humans do and sometimes they can get off. sounds like nothing major but you can give some canned pumpkin to see if it will help get him firm again. also sf plain metamucil just a spoonful can be given. hope he gets better soon. also make sure no one is giving him treats or something he doesnt usually get. sometimes putting a tshirt on them can help them be calmer

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    To update, nothing has changed for the better. His routine is still off. Sometimes his poop is solid, sometimes it's not. He had me up at almost 11pm last night and again at 4am. Both time it was an emergency to go outside. Sometimes though, he squats to poop, but nothing comes out. So maybe he feels like he has to poop, but then nothing. I did take a stool sample to the vet and they called me on Monday and told me that everything they tested for was negative. So no worms, parasites, etc. Should we take him to the vet? Would a blood test tell anything??

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    Quote Originally Posted by lild428 View Post
    To update, nothing has changed for the better. His routine is still off. Sometimes his poop is solid, sometimes it's not. He had me up at almost 11pm last night and again at 4am. Both time it was an emergency to go outside. Sometimes though, he squats to poop, but nothing comes out. So maybe he feels like he has to poop, but then nothing. I did take a stool sample to the vet and they called me on Monday and told me that everything they tested for was negative. So no worms, parasites, etc. Should we take him to the vet? Would a blood test tell anything??
    well if nothing has changed such as no new treats or is someone feeding him table food but if not then you have to consider that the food might not be agreeing with him now. bullies as well as people can have allergies change or they may have changed the formula on the food as they dont have to notify the public for 6 months. you could try the bland diet like chicken and rice or something of that nature to see if he gets back on track then reintroduce the food when his stool is normal again. also like i said canned pumpkin ( not pie filling) works both ways so i would try a teaspoon of that in his meals to see if things smooth out.


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