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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Help with Puppy Feeding

We got our 3 mo old GSD a week ago Tues from the breeder. It was very hectic when I picked him up and forgot to ask what food he had been feeding him, I had bought the Blue puppy food and started him on that. I did expect a few days of loose stools b/c of the change but they got better 2 days later. Friday he had his 2nd vaccinations and starting the next day started having very loose stools. I gave him rice mixed in with a little bit of the Blue and it got better....Monday loose stools started up again. I took a stool sample to the vet and it was OK. They put him on 3 days of canned Purina Veterinary diets EN along with Fortiflora. Stools are a little better but still on the loose side. They said after tomorrow I could switch him back to the Blue (for some reason the vet does not like Blue) or switch him to Purina Pro Plan. I don't know what to do. I don't want to play "musical dog food" but need to make a decision tomorrow. The breeder had him on Acana. Between the Blue, Acana and Pro Plan I am not sure what to do....and this time I will slowly start him. The reason I through the Pro Plan into the mix was because he has been on the prescription Purina for a few days and I figured the change would be easier. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks so much

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 08:51 PM
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Nooo Purina! The ingredients aren't "pro" anything. I would recommend the Acana the breeder had your pup on.

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At such a young age a change is a change, whether it is from one formula of Purina to another or from the prescription Purina to a different brand. Whatever you decide transition slowly, gradually increasing the amount of new food while decreasing the old food over the course of at least a few days.

Given the choice between the three foods you mentioned I, personally, would choose Acana. Make sure if you do pick Acana that the formula you choose has an acceptable level of Calcium for a large breed puppy, because not all of the Acana formulas do. Also keep in mind, regardless of what brand you choose, that over feeding can and will cause loose stools and the recommended feeding amounts listed on the bags are usually quite generous.

Good luck with you new puppy!
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read the labels of the Pro Plan and the prescription and see
what the difference is.
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Agree with the others that the Acana is a good choice. I'd make the mix heavy on white rice for a few days as well. Once the digestive tract gets irritated, you could be feeding the best food in the world and the pup would still have tummy issues. Let the rice help out a bit with settling things down while you transition the food.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much for the help. The Purina EN and rice is finally kicking in and he's having some solid stool. I went to the pet store and ended up with Acana Lamb and Apple. We will slowly start adding this to his EN canned food today and hopefully he will transition well.
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If you haven't started yet I would see about exchanging that formula for something like the Duck and Bartlett Pear formula. Unfortunately, the formula you ended up choosing is one that has a calcium percentage quite a bit higher than what you should feed a GSD puppy. The Lamb and Apple formula has a calcium percentage of 2.2% and phosphorus of only a little over 1% ... The Duck and Pear is 1.3% calcium and 1.0% phosphorus which is much more suitable for a large breed puppy.
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