What Muka Eats: I started on Eukanuba because that's what the breeder I bought Muka from was using, and there were no problems. But now I use Fromm Reduced Activity Senior Gold. Muka's only 18 months, but this mix has less fat. I switched because I liked what my breeder friend who uses it does with her champion dogs so much. I didn't know that Schnauzers don't do well with fat.
However, the first day I went to puppy school I didn't know I was supposed to take treats for training. So I had to borrow some. I was horrified at the junk people feed their dogs!
The typical treat people brought was slices of salami and cheese. No wonder so many Americans AND THEIR DOGS are overweight.
I decided right then to use Muka's kibble for treats, and it's worked just fine. He also gets veggies every day which he reacts to like a kid to candy... green peas, carrots, green beans, Romaine, and sometimes apple. (I understand that they should not have too much sweet fruit?)
Muka has NEVER eaten food from other people or the dinner table. If I'm making veggies in the kitchen I'll give him treats, but if I'm watching TV with a bowl of veggies beside me he won't get any as that would teach him that it's okay to beg for food.
Changing Foods: One thing I learned right from the start was that you need to change foods very slowly with Schnauzers. Changing their basic food should be done gradually over a week or more, and that worked fine for me.
I was also very cautious when I started giving him veggies. Just a tiny bit to start and then I slowly increased the amount.
Once I didn't eat any meat for six months, then had a steak and vomited almost immediately. I didn't understand what the problem was till two days later when I had a hamburger and the same thing happened. Our bodies adjust to what we eat, and a sudden change can be upsetting.
Digesting Big Chunks: When Muka was a puppy, I had a HORRIBLE time trying to keep him from eating EVERYTHING. If I'd stop and talk to someone, I'd have to constantly watch to see that he didn't find something on the ground where we stopped.
If he ate something he couldn't digest, he would vomit around 4:30 am the next morning. I'm just guessing that his body figured that if it couldn't digest it by that time, it wasn't good for him.
The worst thing I ever found were two large, black, asphalt covered pebbles. Yes, he'd even eat rocks!
And when I first gave him carrots, I found that he didn't chew them well if at all. He swallowed really big pieces. I know because I got to see them again at 4:30 am! LOL Now I use a potato peeler and give him slices of carrots... and I still sometimes see them in his poop.
Treating Diarrhea: I suspect that a dog (or person) can get diarrhea for two different reasons. One is from eating something that disagrees with their stomach, and in this case the diarrhea only lasts a day or less. Till it's out.
But the other cause is from a "bug" and it lasts longer. It could come from anywhere, but someone suggested that one source can be bird droppings. And I have caught Muka with his nose in them a couple times so I'm careful about this. Careful as I can be.
Diarrhea can be DEADLY as it can cause severe dehydration. So it is important that a dog with diarrhea continues to drink and pee. If you are not sure that your dog is getting plenty of liquid, get him to the vet.
The worst case Muka ever had last three days, and he was eating and drinking and peeing so I didn't go to the vet... though I would have if it lasted another day.
I treated it with Kaopectate, but misunderstood and for the first two days only gave 1/3 the suggested dose. I did it right on the third day, and that stopped it... or his body had just fought off the bug.
YOU SHOULD DOUBLE-CHECK THIS WITH A VET, but what was suggested to me for my 18 pound dog was 6 CCs three times a day. I got a free syringe from my pharmacy, and I fill it with 6 CCs then close Muka's mouth and stick it in on the outside of his teeth so he can't bite it but, obviously, on the inside of his lips. He seems to like it and licks it down.
Living with Diarrhea: This is disgusting... but the worst incident was when I came home and found Muka and his pen and everything in it covered with diarrhetic poop. It was disgusting and I felt horrible!
The worst part of the problem was that when he was a puppy he would eat poop, and I think this was probably what caused his diarrhea in the first place. I think he was pooping, eating it, throwing up and pooping with diarrhea, then eating both the poop and vomit and keeping the cycle going. As I said, it was disgusting and I felt horrible!
Should anything like this happen again I will rush him outside until I am sure he's done for awhile. What I did was put him in a kennel so I could start cleaning up. He immediately made another mess in his kennel. So I put him in the kitchen, and he did it there. Can't tell you how awful this experience was! Next time I'll now better.
I don't know what one would do if they had to go to work and leave a diarrhetic dog at home. But since I can avoid that, I just take him outside FREQUENTLY.