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06-27-2014 04:22 PM
Blanketback Yeah, I should have mentioned that my dog is only 83.5 lbs. so 4 cups is waaaay more than the recommended daily serving. But ever since I've added the Prozyme he isn't a fussy eater any more - so maybe his poor digestion made him not want to eat? I'm just guessing here, but from reading things other people say, it's also an appetite stimulant - but it does stand to reason that an upset stomach would turn you off your food. I have a problem with certain foods too, and I'd never eat again if I had to deal with the awful cramps and bloating I get when I consume them, lol!
06-27-2014 03:16 PM
spacenuts I'm feeding 4 cups per day of Orijen as well. 4 cups is for a dog that's 110lbs. My dog is 96-98lbs. and is on the skinnier side. I guess that's a problem right there - never thought of that before.

I almost think it's counteractive to be feeding a really high quality food, but yet you have to give your dog a digestive enzyme to get the most out of their kibble. Mind you, I have digestive issues myself and have had to do the same in the past - it runs on one side of my family so I guess a dog could be the same?

I may pick up a digestive enzyme to get him through the rest of his kibble I currently have then go shopping for new brands. I also started shopping for meat farmers today so hopefully I can stock up on some raw too.

I forgot to mention my dog's stool really smells too, which I know shouldn't be the case.
06-27-2014 09:05 AM
Blanketback I'm feeding Orijen 6 fish, and have been adding Prozyme for the past few months because I didn't think my dog was getting the most from his kibble - he also had frequent stools (and wow, did they ever smell) plus the occasional gas. I believe the Prozyme really helps him digest the food because the stools are less frequent now, he doesn't have gas, and the stools aren't nearly as smelly. I was also able to cut down on the portion, from 4 cups to 3. That was another reason I thought he might be having problems digesting it: 4 cups is an awful lot of this food and I'd have expected him to gain weight, not just maintain his slim physique.

I was feeding him Acana lamb previously, but after a year of his finicky unpredictability, I decided to switch to something else. He was on Fromm LBP before that, but I suspected chicken intolerance so switched to the Acana. Welcome to the food merry-go-round, LOL.
06-26-2014 04:44 PM
lauren43 Yay! I like some positive poo news

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06-26-2014 04:01 PM
Lucy Dog
Originally Posted by lauren43 View Post
I just feel like I always hear the same things about Orijen. Not normal poo. And my parents dog had the worst yeasty ears on this food, ick!

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I've got a dog on Orijen. He's been on fromm, earthborn, and now orijen. His stools have been the best on the orijen.
06-26-2014 03:51 PM
lauren43 I just feel like I always hear the same things about Orijen. Not normal poo. And my parents dog had the worst yeasty ears on this food, ick!

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06-26-2014 03:49 PM
asja My dog loved Orijen regional red, but it gave her diarrhea. I fed it for almost a year, but finally I thought we have to try something else. Right now I'm feeding her Fromm Lamb and Lentil, and she loves that too, and no diarrhea.

For the dry fur, you could try coconut oil.
06-26-2014 01:53 PM
spacenuts It looks like Acana has revamped their Single Protein kibble formulas for 2014. They've taken out the steel cut oats completely and replaced it with peas and garbanzo beans. They also have freeze dried meat in the formulas now (I don't think that was there before). Overall, there is now more meat in the formula. They've also added a Pork/Butternut Squash formula. I might try one of these out along with the Orijen 6 Fish. I guess this will take alot of experimenting

I thought GO! was way too small of kibble for Shepherds?
06-26-2014 08:52 AM
Mikelia My experience with orijen is the exact same as yours - frequent huge poops. I found the same with all formulas, and the acana too. Otherwise they did great on it.
I highly suggest GO!, also made in Canada and should be easy enough to find. They have a few chicken free formulas and my dogs have tiny little poops on any of the formulas.
06-26-2014 08:06 AM
blackshep Great food, but it did not sit well with my dog. No kibble did though, to be fair.

I feed raw now, tiny poops, don't stink and they break down really fast!
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