Sometimes, a new kind of treat or too many treats can cause Chewy to have a bout of mushy or even runny poops. There are various at-home remedies for the occasional diarrhea/soft stools, such as feeding chicken & rice, ground flax seed, or pumpkin puree. Another option is feeding probiotics to help balance out the gastrointestinal system. While humans often eat yogurt as a source of probiotics, it is unclear whether dogs benefit from doing the same. So, there are probiotics made just for dogs!
Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets' probiotic supplement is called FortiFlora. It can be purchased without a prescription, but the feeding instructions say to use under veterinary supervision. This is important, as a veterinarian would be more adept at determining whether there is a serious underlying health problem. However, it can seem like overkill to run to the vet every single time your dog gets a case of the runs! Depending on the situation, you might decide to try treating for it at home by feeding probiotics.
|Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets FortiFlora Canine Probiotic Supplement|
|Individually packaged powder packets|
The feeding instructions say to feed one packet a day. I sprinkle it right over Chewy's dinner, and he eats it all up. Easy peasy!
|The lighter colored powdery stuff = FortiFlora|
The powder falls through the kibbles to the bottom of the bowl as he eats, but Chewy is a very thorough eater and will lick his bowl completely clean. He even uses his tongue to transfer a little water from his water bowl and "washes" his food bowl after eating!
Feeding FortiFlora for a couple days got Chewy's poops back to a good firmness, so it was definitely effective! Recently, he had been producing fishy-smelling farts every time he hopped on the couch, which was VERY UNPLEASANT when he wanted to cuddle, but FortiFlora stopped the fishy farts, too! FortiFlora gets paws up from us!
Disclaimer: We received a free box of Purina FortiFlora from chewy.com for review purposes as part of the chewy.com Blogger Program. We did not receive any monetary compensation for this post, and all opinions shared above are our own.