Ask Our Vet: Why is my pup’s stool soft?

Q: I fed our previous 15-year-old Black Lab Precise food with great success. When we adopted our current Black Lab puppy, I continued with Precise. We started with Giant Breed Puppy formula and transitioned to Precise Chicken Meal & Rice Foundation formula. After transitioning, his stool became very soft. It was tested by the vet and the results were fine. What are your suggestions?

A: Loose stools can occur for several reasons, and it sounds like you have addressed the first one by getting your veterinarian to check for intestinal parasites. There are some intestinal parasites that are hard to find on stool tests so be sure to keep that in mind. It might be prudent to do a couple of rounds of Panacur® just in case.

Another reason for the loose stools can be the type of food and how much your puppy is eating. Loose stools will occur if your puppy is eating too much food for his body weight. If you send me your puppy’s weight and the amount of food he is eating, I can help you determine whether or not it is the correct amount.

The other reason for loose stools can be because of medications, treats, training treats or anything else he may be consuming. These often get overlooked, especially during holidays, so be sure you are not overdoing it.

Our on-staff veterinarian Dr. Lisa Drapela is on-hand to answer questions about your dog or cat’s health. Whether you’re wondering about the best Precise formula or just have a general health question, visit the Ask Our Vet section here on the website to connect directly with Dr. Drapela. We’ll feature some of her answers here on the blog.

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5 responses to “Ask Our Vet: Why is my pup’s stool soft?”

  1. susanne says:

    I am feeding my great dane puppy who is 4 months old the large and giant breed adult. He sometimes has loose stools. He is 49 lbs and eats 4 1/2-4 3/4 cups a day. Am I giving him too much maybe?

  2. Thank you for your question, Susanne. We apologize for the delay in our response. We contacted our on-staff veterinarian, Dr. Lisa Drapela, and this is her reply: A puppy this young should really be eating the Precise Holistic Complete Large & Giant Breed Puppy food. If the loose stool issue continues after switching to the puppy formula, please have the puppy checked for intestinal parasites and maybe do a complete round of Panacur® for Giardia since it is so difficult to diagnose. If you continue to have problems after that, contact us via phone or email and we will try to get some answers for you. Thanks again!

  3. Rebecca says:

    I brought home a 6 week old labrador puppy, he’s eating science plan puppy food, he was wormed the day I brought him home, been with us now for four day and his stools are very loose, he’s playing actively, drinking water and eating but worried about the loose stools
    Hope to hear from you soon

  4. My 12 week old Great Dane female was switched from the breeders brand slowly this week to Precise Holistic large and giant breed puppy. I went from 3/4 old and 1/4 Precise. She is now at a little over 3/4 to a little less than 1/4 old. She began with loose stools at 2 AM this morning. She now as had 3 more by 9AM.

    We recently added a little more food as she seemed very hungry. At the vet this week. No worms. She weights 29LBs and again is 12 weeks old. Currently getting a bit over 3 cups a day, AM, Noon and about 6:30pm. Any suggestions? I have read some folks dog’s get loose stool with Precise. I do love your contents and ratios so don’t want to change! Could you please advise of how much I should be feeding this girl or any “change over” instructions other than those I was told by the vet to follow. Any help appreciated!


    • Precise Pet Food says:

      Larry, thank you for your interest in Precise. I am going to forward your question to our staff veterinarian, Dr. Lisa Drapela and she will e-mail you directly with her comments and advice. Good luck. —The Precise Team

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