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07-23-2014 10:10 PM
owens91 i give both my gsd and my gs yorkie blue wilderness puppy large breed and i have had no problems with it at all, maybe a little bit when i was switching them over but thats about it
07-23-2014 09:31 PM
joneser thank all. Nature's Variety it is, and I'll hit the health food store this Saturday. More updates to come as the story continues
07-23-2014 03:47 PM
Momto2GSDs
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To the OP, I went through all of this with my GSD Saxon (BB, TOTW, Acana, Costco GF, etc etc). The only one that stopped the runny puddles was Natures Variety Limited Ingredient Lamb. I recently tried the NV regular lamb but it started getting soft again so back to the limited lamb. It is ridiculously expensive but it works and I don't have to drag out the hose when he goes. - Derrick
Yes, I too suggested Nature's Variety because it contains Montmorillonite Clay which helps firm up stools in some dogs.

Unfortunately, sometimes it's necessary to purchase the more expensive/better quality foods to keep the gut under control and keep the dogs thriving.

@ Barnyard: The Honest Kitchen has SUPERB Human Grade products, but I think this little guy needs more help than what Perfect Form can give him. The "Now" product also contains Pancreatin & Ox Bile which will help his system break down and assimilate his food better.

Moms
07-23-2014 02:30 PM
datboggs To the OP, I went through all of this with my GSD Saxon (BB, TOTW, Acana, Costco GF, etc etc). The only one that stopped the runny puddles was Natures Variety Limited Ingredient Lamb. I recently tried the NV regular lamb but it started getting soft again so back to the limited lamb. It is ridiculously expensive but it works and I don't have to drag out the hose when he goes. - Derrick
07-23-2014 01:43 PM
barnyard Honest Kitchen has a product called Perfect Form that has worked well for us. It contains slippery elm and some other things that help digestion.
You might think about trying Purina Pro Plan Select Sensitive Skin and Sensitive Stomach. I know Purina isn't the most popular, but this particular product has helped a number of dogs have better tummies.
If it helps, once his stomach regulates for a while you could try something else. Nature's Recipe also has a sensitive stomach recipe that has pumpkin, but I haven't heard much about it.
07-23-2014 09:43 AM
Momto2GSDs
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update: Have been feeding TOTW Pacific Salmon for 2 weeks now. 6 days ago, added 1 tsp kefir for dinner and .5 tsp coconut oil for breakfast. also put a capful of ACV in his water (1 quart bowl). no improvements....

Should I keep him on TOTW for another week? My backyard is covered in brown sludge piles. He's eating about 5 cups total per day, isn't lethargic or anything, just not thriving.

Went to the specialty pet store yesterday and they recommended Zignature Duck because it's "very limited ingredient."

I'm passively considering raw, but concerned about all the prep involved...I barely prepare food for myself, and have the extra 20lbs to show for it

Also, holy beans is Fromm's expensive! sheesh..
To me, it sounds like your boy possibly has an unhealthy gut and that's where 80% of disease begins. Could even be yeast. I would get the digestive enzymes to help him assimilate this food and the Slippery Elm to sooth the stomach lining. Also a few tablespoons of the plain canned pumpkin. He must have a terrible belly ache all the time and you need to get this extremely loose stool corrected as this has to be taking a lot out of his system. Most GSD's do not show discomfort.

Pea products bother some dogs and IF that is your boy's problem the TOTW and the Zignature both have them (as do MANY others) so I don't know if the Zig would help or not.
TOTW: Salmon, ocean fish meal, sweet potatoes, potatoes, peas, pea protein, canola oil, tomato pomace, smoked salmon, salmon meal,
ZIGNZTURE: Duck, Duck Meal, Chickpeas, Pea Flour, Peas, Sunflower Oil, Flaxseed,

I would also do the NutriScan so that you have a starting point of what to look for in a food for him.

Poor Baby!
Moms
07-23-2014 12:06 AM
joneser I forget the specific name but there was a 30lb bag of fromm's for $91. There were other varieties priced lower based on how "exotic" the protein was, I was focused on a fish base.

I just feel so bad for his poor gunky eyes. He's getting sick of me trying to clean them.
07-22-2014 06:11 PM
Galathiel I don't think Fromm's is more expensive than Blue Buffalo if you compare. It probably IS more expensive than TOTW (which I didn't/wouldn't feed). When I switched my pup from BB LB puppy to Fromm LB puppy, it was actually cheaper and a bigger bag as well.
07-22-2014 05:22 PM
joneser update: Have been feeding TOTW Pacific Salmon for 2 weeks now. 6 days ago, added 1 tsp kefir for dinner and .5 tsp coconut oil for breakfast. also put a capful of ACV in his water (1 quart bowl). no improvements....

Should I keep him on TOTW for another week? My backyard is covered in brown sludge piles. He's eating about 5 cups total per day, isn't lethargic or anything, just not thriving.

Went to the specialty pet store yesterday and they recommended Zignature Duck because it's "very limited ingredient."

I'm passively considering raw, but concerned about all the prep involved...I barely prepare food for myself, and have the extra 20lbs to show for it

Also, holy beans is Fromm's expensive! sheesh..
07-16-2014 11:06 AM
scarfish
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Originally Posted by Momto2GSDs View Post
I’m not a fan of anything manufactured by the “Diamond” company as some of their facilities are so dirty (which inspections proved in 2012 with the HUGE recall on many of the foods they produce) and TOTW is one of them.

BTW PetsMart and PetCo sell the Nature’s Variety and Pet Supply Plus sells Acana. I would purchase a Non-Grain kibble just in case it is grain he is sensitive to.
our local petsmart doesn't sell nature's variety in store. we tried a bunch of higher end food and one of dogs when little always has wet poops and a belly rash. after trying nature's variety grain free she was normal almost immediately. at over a year and a half it's never came back and now our 6 month old also eats it to without problem. we will prolly never feed anything else.

although our oldest has gotten bored of eating the same thing and rarely finishes her bowl. even after mixing in some wet, beef broth, some cheese or some egg she still doesn't eat much of the kibble. i'm thinking about buying a family pack of raw chicken quarters and trying a 50/50 mix of raw and kibble to spice up her life a little bit. i'll see how that goes.
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