Orijen Large Breed Puppy + 5 Months of patience = Still Diarrhea
I want to start out by saying, this is a very detailed post about poo so if it makes you uncomfortable, I'd suggest skipping this hahaha.
I've had my GSD puppy on Orijen since switching him off it it when I got him at 8 weeks old. His stool was always loose and it was always a coin toss on whether it would be mostly solid or complete pudding. With patience we eventually got him to a point where his stool was mostly solid consistently and it only took him a minute to poop and be done. He was about 3-4 months old then.
The we moved to CA (from MA). But a week before we left we had a get together with friends to say bye. One made a very very very stupid move and put chocolate carvel icecream cake on a shoebox laying around instead of on the table. And of course within seconds, puppy devoured it. We were battling with EXPLOSIVE diarrhea for over a month. Literally every 2 hours he needed to go outside and could barely make it out the door before it was too late. After a couple months we FINALLY got a solid poo. But again its always a coin toss but now instead of solid-ish stool vs mushy stool, it is kind of solid vs straight diarrhea. And even when he has a solid-ish poo, he keeps on trying and always pushes out a few drops of diarrhea.
We are very very patient and just keep him on a consistent diet with very little extra treats (thankfully he's happy to train for his Orijen instead of other rich treats). We've noticed that it could be that Orijen is just VERY rich and we need to feed him a lot less of it. So we tried out that theory and cut him back a lot and his stool is more consistently solid, but he's starting to see reaaally skinny, which worried me because he should be a growing puppy. So we also tried canned pumpkin. Can't really tell any difference with him on pumpkin but we are still trying.
Through all of this, he has been doing great on the food (other than the recent scrawniness). His coat is absolutely gorgeous and he gets comments on it from everyone. I just don't know what to do! I need to feed him more to grow but his stomach just doesn't seem to agree with it. I don't want to feed him some other cheap processed food and I feel after reading up on it that Orijen is the best kibble on the market. Do you think I should try switching him to the adult formula of Orijen and see if that works better? Or will that be dangerous because a different ratio of proteins and what not?
What do you guys think?