Soft Stools



Any type of soft stool in a chin is considered diarrhea. If the chins can step on and squish their stool, it is too soft.

The good news is, soft stools donít always mean illness.

Soft stools can happen for many reasons: stress, dietary change, too many treats, drastic temperature change, parasites or illness. Soft stools are not automatically cause for alarm, but you do need to act quickly to ensure that it does not continue. Diarrhea in an animal so small can be fatal.

The first thing to do when a chin gets soft stools is remove their pellets and only give fresh hay and water for two days, NO TREATS during this time. This will usually clear things right up. Then introduce pellets back slowly.

If stools continue to be soft, you can give them a couple of bite sized, sugar free shredded wheat a day, or some burnt (and I do mean black) toast to help clear up the soft stools more quickly. Some chins prefer the shredded wheat, some the toast. If giving toast, cut it into squares and only give a few a day. This usually does the trick within two days.

If soft stools continue after being off pellets and on good hay and fresh water for two days, its time to take a fecal sample to the vet and have it checked for parasites.

If stools are runny and not just soft, give Kaolin Pectin.  This can be found in most feed stores and a version of it for dogs can be purchased at Petsmart.  The ingredients should be ONLY Kaolin and Pectin.  You should see a difference in stools after just one dose.

If the chinís stools get better while off pellets, then get soft again when returned to pellets, you need to check the expiration or mill date on your pellets. The pellets may be bad and need to be thrown out.

If you get new pellets and the trend of soft stools continues, you need to see a vet.

If you are in the middle of switching to a new feed and your chin gets soft stools, chances are, you are switching too quickly and need to slow down and reduce the mix of new to old diet.

Remember, feeding quality hay, quality pellets and having clean, fresh water available at all times is really the only diet a chin needs. Straying from this, and offering treats daily, can lead to intestinal problems and soft stools.

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