I'm so glad I can have poop conversations with other people who have the same problems as me. A lot of my friends tell me they can't believe how obsessed with my dogs poop I am, but until you have an incontinent or paralyzed pet, you don't realize how much your life revolves around it! I used to gag at the smell of dog poop, but now it doesn't phase me. Neither does getting poop or pee all over my hands anymore I'm glad your dogs problems got cleared up for you, that sounded like a lot of clean up.
I just posted a follow-up to my previous (probiotics) post. It includes detailed "recipe" for home-made "meat-loaf" we make now for "dog food"
http://handicappedpet.net/helppets/view ... 30&t=18581
Adding canned pumpkin to their food "helped" harden stool, but diarrhea kept happening, with clear gooey, gloppy stuff showing up periodically as well.
Something that "dropping off a sample" with never tell you that an examination by a "vet tech" is whether or not their anal glands need to be expressed. No "scooting" their behind on the floor.
After what we went through. Believing that our two dogs had "bacterial overgrowth", since their "Fecal Centrifugation and Smear" tests all came back negative for parasites, lead us to make major changes in diet. That was a good thing. Office staff at vet's office trying to "guilt us" into purchasing their special food lead us to get a 2nd opinion. Which changed everything. In less than 24 hours after having their anal glands expressed, the loose stool/diarrhea stopped.
Okay, I just pulled out bill from last time we had to have "fecal smear." It was at first visit to new vet 22Oct2014, $39x2 . The new vet had run the tests to make certain that they did not have parasites (we walk them in woods around our cabin where there are lots of critters smells, as well as possible parasite sources). Before calling in vet for exam, the vet tech there, said "wait a minute, let me check something". Voila, yuck, both dogs had very full anal glands. No, they had not both had bacterial overgrowths, or both had parasites from sharing same water. Since their anal glands were so full, it has taken a while for them to "go back to normal". I never used to really look at their poop, since they go in our own woods off of trails; however now I keep a close eye to look for parasites, as well as checking whether need more/less pumpkin.
Oh yeah, we bought a couple of dozen (29oz) cans of pureed pumpkin (2/$1) recently, since we had been spending about $8 for 3 cans at Sam's club. Since it is a seasonal item, you may still be able to find it at a local bargain store on clearance. The pumpkin really does help to firm up their stool, which actually helps them "naturally" express their anal glands.
Good luck. I hope this helps.
Fortunately, we do not need diapers for our dogs. Unfortunately, I've been having to learn a lot about cleaning (fortunately not poop) cloth diapers. AdultClothDiaper.com has good info on cleaning cloth diapers:
This shows my age, but you do know the "didy dunk" for cleaning gooey messes off of diapers in toilet, right? Obviously keeping toilets clean is important too. As are old-fashioned rubber gloves. I learned this as a teenager when babysitting as diaper cleaning services require poop to be removed from diapers. Do they even have diaper cleaning companies anymore?
You mentioned iron in the urine?? My husband has porphyria, and you can see color difference in urine when he doesn't feel well. More noticeable on diaper. Also, vinegar works very well to neutralize that. Actually better than the bleach.
I hope this is useful to you,
Funny! I definitely have sloshed cloth diapers in the toilet bowl, but I never heard that name for it. Borax is good for a diaper pail, too.
I use bleach if I want to kill germs in the dog laundry, in order to help prevent UTI from fecal bacteria. I'm afraid we really needed it for a couple of days there considering the kind of leakage she was having. The idea was to try to be sure no germs remained that might cause a UTI, since she sleeps without her diaper so her bedding needs to be really clean.
Thinking about the old diaper pail reminded me of something I'd forgotten, that might help someone else.