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food or fish oil ?

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I increased Jake's food to 4 cups a day, I have been adding small amount of pure sweet potato and right around the same time I increased his food I added fish oil to his food. His stools are pudding. Is it the combo, the oil or increasing his food?

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Only really one way to find out for sure in my mind.

You need a baseline, go back to exactly what you were doing when he had normal BMs.

1.Go back to the quantity he was used to, and remove the fish oil.
2.Wait for stools normalize
3.Increase food
4.Wait and monitor(few days i would guess)
5.Normal Stools? If yes, proceed
6.Add fish oil, and monitor

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I doubt it's the food increase. I'm not sure that would change the stool quality so much as the quantity. I'd guess it's the oil, sweet potato or, maybe just a nervous stomach. Have you tried (I know, I've mentioned this on the board a lot) sardines instead of pure oil? Max does way better on them than with oil added... poop consistency-wise.
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Only really one way to find out for sure in my mind.

You need a baseline, go back to exactly what you were doing when he had normal BMs.

1.Go back to the quantity he was used to, and remove the fish oil.
2.Wait for stools normalize
3.Increase food
4.Wait and monitor(few days i would guess)
5.Normal Stools? If yes, proceed
6.Add fish oil, and monitor

^^^^^ This!!!

Overfeeding can cause loose stool. Sweet Potatoes are fiber and could cause looser stool but really shouldn't. Intolerance to fat (fish oil) could cause loose stool.

When you add the fish oil back in, do it in increments.
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ok, I was adding sweet potato (pumpkin hard to find) because I have read it helps firm up the stool.

The fish oil is human grade soft caps, I was poking a hole and squeezing it on his kibble.

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Was he having problems with his stool before that you added the sweet potatoes?

Sweet potatoes have alot of sugar in them as well. They are good to feed but it might be a combination of everything added at once.

Stock up on pumpkin this fall! There was a freeze or something last year. This year, I'll buy them whole and process it myself!

Pumpkin works both ways. The fiber should even out their system whether it's diarrhea or constipation.

btw..I use a thumb tack to break a hole in the caps...works like a charm and then I stick the tack in the bottle.
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no I added sweet potato when I increased food.

Should I add a bit of rice?

Great idea with thumb tack!!!!

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^^^^^ This!!!

Overfeeding can cause loose stool.
Yes, possibly, but... 4 cups of kibble a day for a dog that age is not over feeding by any stretch.
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vet had me increase from 3 cups to 4...teething started and she explained that the next several months there will be huge growth....so two in am two in pm.

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vet had me increase from 3 cups to 4...teething started and she explained that the next several months there will be huge growth....so two in am two in pm.
Well, not saying that the recommended quantities on the food bags aren't a bit high... maybe they wish to sell more? However, the better foods generally recommend 6-6 1/2 cups a day at Jakes age and size, so 4 cups is 25% less than that. All I was trying to convey is that 4 cups is not at all excessive.
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