Voodoo said: " But... If it works. It works. If it keeps him satiated, at a good weight, and provides all his Micro and Macros... Then it is what it is."
It DOES do all of these things, and he likes it pretty well and he can be picky.
Has he been stable enough on EN to experiment-- probably not. I'm just always antsy because I hate that he is eating this crap but I need to leave him alone because he does do good on this diet. Thanks for reminding me not to go down the rabbit hole @voodoolamb
. I still want to try to get him some better nutrition eventually but I don't have to rush into it and destabilize him
I never got him weaned all the way onto HK when I tried it because he just lost weight so fast before I even got him weaned over. It seemed okay for his bowels. It might have been two or 3 weeks he got up to one meal a day and he was getting ribby and it just wasn't working so I gave up.
He has had a good stretch on the bland EN diet and I was still adding in a bit of home cooked meat to it. I already had figured out that for whatever reason, I could swear he used to eat a good chunk of this meat and was fine with it, but now if i give him too much meat he gets loose stools. His home cooked is ground beef mixed with 1/4 cup Sojos per pound of meat. I bake it in the oven and drain it well on a rack to get all the grease out that I can.
He can have a solid month of firm stools on this diet. I had gotten a bulk order of grassfed ground beef from a dog food provider that I was using to cook his home made part, but I ran out so I made him his regular loaf but with grocery store beef. The different beef gave him loose stool. Now I suspect the dog food meat was like heart or something because it smelled different and looked different than grocery store beef. But anyway, that's enough to give him a loose stool. After that I quit adding home cooked and he is just on total crap and then he does fine.
He sometimes sniffs around her bowl and wants her THK keen. I like the idea of trying a little HK instead of the canned but I think I better leave him alone for a bit because he did just have that loose stool because of the beef switch.
BTW I have covered all the reasonable bases with the vet-- he has had fecals done, he has had a special giardia test, he has been tested for EPI and all his bloodwork is great. My vet basically said, he is sensitive, easy to get a loose stool from over indulgence or something new, it clears up quickly and easily on its own and he isn't worried.