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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-23-2010, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Recommendations for food

Hi,

My 5 month old puppy has had loose or watery stools since we got him. I started him on Professional large breed puppy which the breeder was feeding him. Then I switched to Canidae a few weeks ago at the same time we started antibiotics for pyoderma. His stool continued to be loose and we thought it was related to the antibiotics. His is now in good health (no worms, pyoderma is gone, finished antibiotics) and has energy. We would like to get his stool firmed up. We took him off all treats this week and fed him rice and boiled ground beef. His stool finally firmed up but as soon as we started to introduce small amounts of canidae it returned to a loose consistency.

I am off to buy a new food - any recommendations for a food that will help his sensitive stomach and also meet his nutritional needs?

I am considering trying:
Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Chicken Meal Rice and Oatmeal
Wellness Super5Mix Large breed
innova large breed puppy
Orijen Large Breed Puppy


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Mine does really well on the Orijen LBP.
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Sounds like there still could be a health issue going on. His stools are still not firm after 5 months?

The link I posted was for an issue my puppy was having with pudding poop also. There are some really good posts and I would recommend reading it all the way though. Everyone in that thread really helped me narrow down the steps that I needed to take.

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ml#post1836708

I now have my Remy on Wellness Large Breed Puppy and he is doing great (finger crossed). He still has a sensitive stomach, and if I over feed him by a half a cup we get pudding at the end. He also is sensitive to anything he ingests, bully sticks...treats...you name it. So he is on a strict only kibble routine until his tummy settles down.

It might be worth testing for SIBO and EPI, and possibly a giardia antigen test. I never had my boy tested, but I was ready to do it if I didn't see improvement.

As far as your food choices, all are good, I would lean toward the last three as well as Blue Buffalo LBP
I also heard Solid Gold was good in the LBP variety.

Good luck and keep us updated!

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Blue Buffalo Large Breed Puppy

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i think your dog has Purebreditis.
my dog had runny stools on and off
untill he was 5 months or older.

we switched food several times.
sometimes we switched food
because of the loose stools and
sometimes we switched because
our dog stopped eating whatever we fed him.

we never fed our puppy puppy food.
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I grew my current young dog on Orijen LB puppy. He has reached a year old and I will continue him on it for a bit longer even.

He has great substance, energy and coat quality. His hips look good on xray at a year old.

I preferred the Orijen over the Blue Buffalo and Solid Gold because of the amount of meat protein I was able to get in the Orijen.
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Mine does really well on the Orijen LBP.
Elvis is doing very well on this too. In my research, this appeared to be perfect for what I was looking for in a quality food for my pup.

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Antibiotics upset the delicate balance of bacteria in the gut and some experience diarrhea as a direct side effect. A quality probiotic and/or live culture yogurt (if the dog is not lactose intolerant) should be used when administering antibiotics. You may need to feed the rice/beef diet longer, with the probiotic to get the gut back to functioning properly.

As for food, my vote goes to Orijen. IMO the best for pups. VERY slow transition and only when the pup has had good stool for some time. Watch the amount fed, it is a common problem for people to over feed, get diarrhea, then suspect the food is bad.

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try Eukanauba (or however you spell it). we had ours on blue buffalo and his stool was way too loose. so i started to mix blue buffalo with some garbage food.

then i just decided to try another premium brand, and Eukanauba has been great.

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try Eukanauba (or however you spell it). we had ours on blue buffalo and his stool was way too loose. so i started to mix blue buffalo with some garbage food.

then i just decided to try another premium brand, and Eukanauba has been great.
Do not feed Eukanuba It is a terrible brand just like Iams, Science Diet, Dog Chow and Kibbles and Bits.

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