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rad10 12-16-2013 05:27 PM

Excessive amounts of poop.
 
I have a 1yr GSD that I'm in the process of switching to adult food. I had him on Fromm LBP gold, and am transitioning him to Fromm's LBA gold. I started very slowly and am now up to about 1/3 adult food. The problem is... he's pooping like crazy. I'm talking 5-6 times a day, and they're BIG piles. It's not diarrhea, it's fully formed, but he's got some urgency with it. He went once in the house earlier today while I was getting my coat and boots and such on to take him out again (He'd been out and pooped less than 3 hours before, too.) He's also had the foulest gas, and keeps trying to eat clumps of hair. This has been going on for about 3 days now. I've reduced the amount of the new food, I assume that that has to be the cause, but I'm not really sure what to do next..I"m running low on the puppy food... He's acting normal, playful and energetic and all that jazz. He doesn't really act sick like he needs the vet or anything, but I've seriously never seen a dog make so much poop!

Any suggestions? Should I keep reducing the amount of new food? Or stop the food altogether and switch to hamburger/rice for a few days? Buy another bag of puppy food and do the transition at a major snail pace? (I've been transitioning him for the last week)

Thanks!

selzer 12-16-2013 05:42 PM

I am at a loss. How much are you feeding? The ingredients are very similar.

rad10 12-16-2013 05:51 PM

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Originally Posted by selzer (Post 4681210)
I am at a loss. How much are you feeding? The ingredients are very similar.

That's what I was thinking... I've changed brands with him before without issue, I wasn't expecting problems with just this.

He's getting about 2 1/4 cups twice a day, combined. He's about 80lb. We have another dog in the house who isn't having these symptoms (on different food), they keep pretty active.

Sunflowers 12-16-2013 05:56 PM

Almost 5 cups a day is a lot of food, and also, this is probably not a good food for him. The gas is a big clue.

rad10 12-16-2013 06:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Sunflowers (Post 4681266)
Almost 5 cups a day is a lot of food, and also, this is probably not a good food for him. The gas is a big clue.

The recommended amount on the adult bag for his weight is 4 7/8 cup a day. I know those are just guidelines and recommendations but it seemed reasonable enough to start about there. He'd been getting about that of the puppy food, too and doing great on it. I assumed the gas was a clue that his stomach was upset, are you suggesting the gas was a clue that he's getting too much food?

huntergreen 12-16-2013 07:01 PM

some dogs do not do well on certain foods. sounds like there is a lot of fiber in this food. are feeding anything else during the day? treats ect...

rad10 12-16-2013 07:12 PM

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Originally Posted by huntergreen (Post 4681490)
some dogs do not do well on certain foods. sounds like there is a lot of fiber in this food. are feeding anything else during the day? treats ect...

Nope. The bags list the same fiber content, too.

wolfy dog 12-16-2013 08:27 PM

Does he have secret access to other food in some way, maybe snacking form the bag? Is he losing weight?

huntergreen 12-16-2013 08:45 PM

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Originally Posted by rad10 (Post 4681570)
Nope. The bags list the same fiber content, too.

fiber is the only explanation for adding bulk to stool. either it is a better quality fiber, more fiber regardless of what package says or your pup is getting more fiber elsewhere that you are not aware of.

rad10 12-16-2013 09:18 PM

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Originally Posted by wolfy dog (Post 4681938)
Does he have secret access to other food in some way, maybe snacking form the bag? Is he losing weight?

I haven't weighed him, but he doesn't look like he's losing weight.
The food bags are where he can't get to them, we don't feed him table scraps, the garbage has a lid, and the place is dog-proofed. He's goes in the crate when we leave, so he's never left unattended for longer than a minute or two, really. I can't think of anything he could be getting into.


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Originally Posted by huntergreen (Post 4682010)
fiber is the only explanation for adding bulk to stool. either it is a better quality fiber, more fiber regardless of what package says or your pup is getting more fiber elsewhere that you are not aware of.

That makes sense, I hand't considered different fiber sources/quality. I"ll try reducing the overall amount of his food and see how he does, maybe things will settle down. Thanks!


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