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post #41 of 44 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 11:09 PM
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We had one male who had some serious issues that were finally diagnosed as diet related. We went to a vet who actually has a secondary degree in diet and nutrition (most vets are not taught as extensively as you would hope in this area, this according to a few different vet friends I have).
Anyway, she suggested we switch to a food that contained Tapioca as the base filler (as opposed to brown rice or similar). We did a bit of research and found that tapioca is what many vet related studies use as a digestive neutral with dogs.
We eventually settled on Nature's Variety Instinct-Chicken and have been thrilled with it. The dog with the severe issues made a huge turnaround in just a few weeks and for ease of use we just went ahead and switched all the dogs. We haven't had a single issue since, also no gassy issues like we had with all the dogs on most of the foods we used.
Although I will say we didn't have much in the way of gas when we were feeding raw. It was just too time consuming for feeding 8 GSDs at the time.
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We had a female who was very tender-tummied, and Prozyme (Original) helped settle her tummy. I still use it. The large container is very economical -- I usually buy it from Amazon or KV Vet Supply. I think you can get a free sample from the company's website, which I linked to. It containsf alpha-amylase (2000 SKB), lipase (200 U), cellulase (50 CU) and protease (8GDU).

FWIW, after a lot of trial and error, the food that ultimately worked best for her as an adult was Natural Balance Fish & Sweet Potato. However, IMHO it's not appropriate for a puppy (I was told the fat in it is inadequate to support growth)--be careful with the L.I.D. diets to make sure your growing pup is getting enough fat in addition to enough protein.

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Thanks everyone for all your help, really.

Ok, I'm going to keep looking into the enzymes. I picked up the Naturvet one last night, as it was easiest to source. Gave it a whirl for her dinner last night and her poop was MUCH better this morning.

My only problem this morning was soaking her food, I think she started to panic that I was forgetting to feed her, so bolted her food, threw it up then ate it again. Gross! lol

I'm sure she'll realize I'm not forgetting about her once she figures out our new routine. I'll have to start using her slow feeder bowl, I used the regular one because it was easier for soaking her food.

If this continues to work, I may switch her right over to the Fromm LB puppy, it seems like a good food and she loves the taste.

I'll look into those brands that you guys linked.
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We had one male who had some serious issues that were finally diagnosed as diet related. We went to a vet who actually has a secondary degree in diet and nutrition (most vets are not taught as extensively as you would hope in this area, this according to a few different vet friends I have).
Anyway, she suggested we switch to a food that contained Tapioca as the base filler (as opposed to brown rice or similar). We did a bit of research and found that tapioca is what many vet related studies use as a digestive neutral with dogs.
We eventually settled on Nature's Variety Instinct-Chicken and have been thrilled with it. The dog with the severe issues made a huge turnaround in just a few weeks and for ease of use we just went ahead and switched all the dogs. We haven't had a single issue since, also no gassy issues like we had with all the dogs on most of the foods we used.
Although I will say we didn't have much in the way of gas when we were feeding raw. It was just too time consuming for feeding 8 GSDs at the time.
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