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Do dogs laugh? Are cats ticklish? These are some pressing questions many pet owners have.

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Rick Burchfield July 28, 2012 at 11:06 AM
A spot for all your animal questions! Readers, please write your questions in the comments. Maybe they will get answered! Great idea for a blog. Thanks for blogging on Patch!
Stacey Friedlander July 30, 2012 at 04:57 PM
We love Bridgewater Vet! I have a question I thought I'd post: We have a German Shepherd Hound Mix who is 6 mo. old - we're concerned that he has 'rapid transist.' He poops a LOT and it's not always well formed - sometimes it's totally unscoopable! He eats Kirkland Puppy Food and takes Probiotics (FortiFlora). It seems like if he has anything else other than his meals he will poop sometimes up to 4 times a day! Is this normal? How can we help him or help us? We'd love to leave him with a Kong etc. when he's crated and we're not home, but we're too afraid it will bother him!
Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital July 31, 2012 at 11:00 PM
The first step for any pet with soft stool is a compete physical exam by a veterinarian and a stool samples needs to be checked for intestinal parasites. Based on exam findings, a treatment plan will be formuated. If the exam is normal, a conservative approach such as a diet change is a resonalble first step. If there are any abnormal findings on exam or if there is no response to a conservative approach, then a diagnostic route would likely be chosen. Four very soft stools per day is abnormal and should definitley be investigated. Hope this was helpful, look forward to meeting you and your pup!" Ginger Watts, DVM Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital 691 Rte 202-206 North Bridgewater, NJ 08807 www.bridgewatervet.com office# 908-704-6700 fax# 908-704-6703

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