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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-30-2013, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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New to GS Forum, Suggestions, ideas, etc. on Food

Hello! Everyone, I am Raul and new to the forum. I have a 8 1/2 male gs name Bruno. I am hoping that you guys will help answer some of my gs questions. Here is a brief story on Bruno I purchased him four months ago. When I took him home noticed that his stools were soft. The person whom I purchased the dog told me that he had just gotten his deworming vacs. Long story short, Bruno is very active, he is my running, hiking, and walking partner when I exercise. I wait 20-30 minutes before I feed him. Well since day one when I noticed his soft stool I have had a battle on what to feed him, from pedigree, purina, beniful, and Nutro Ultra Large breed puppy. I have switched his food according to the transition guidelines. However, when I clean his area where he poops, I notice stool that ranges from firm, to firm&soft, to soft (cowpie), and diarrhea. When I put a table spoon of pumpkin puree it helps to firm up his stool. The vet always says he is Ok. I am at a total lost on what to do. I have mortify his amount of food I feed him to rule out overfeeding. It doesn't matter if I feed him 6 cups (2 meals a day with 3 cups of food) or 4 cups (2 meals a day with 2 cups of food). So my questions are: what am I overlooking? Is there anything else I can do to help? Is there a specific food that will help?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-30-2013, 05:09 PM
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My dog had similar issues; I did the de-worming, tried several different kinds of dry and wet food, vet ran test and tests and tests and said he was fine every time, etc. I switched him to raw/B.A.R.F. and have had no problems since. It's been wonderful. May or may not be the solution for Bruno, but it's worth a look in the B.A.R.F. forum in here. Good luck!

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I have the same problem I want to switch to raw but I don't have the money or knowlage to do it. But I hear fresh green tripe can help I plan on getting some soon

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You've had him .. 4 months or so? And have switched him 3-4 times. That's a lot. You may not be giving his body time to get used to the new food before starting him all over on another transition. However, I know that when I had my pup on a lower end food (Chicken Soup) he always had soft stools. I've since switched him to a different food and he's doing well (Blue Buffalo LBP). It may be that 2-3 cups at a time is too much food for him to digest. Maybe add another feeding in there so that each one is smaller to see if that helps? I'm still feeding my pup 3 times a day at 6 months old. You might also wait a bit longer after exercise to feed him.

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Honestly, the foods you listed that you fed him, aren't that great I hated Nutro Ultra my dogs would poop orange..

My adult dogs (and by the time they are 8.5 months) are getting 2 cups twice a day.
I hate to say it, but I'd try a different food and give it a good two months.

There are sooooo many foods to choose from, what works for one may not for another.

I think exercise can bring on soft poops as well..I keep mine toned down an hour before I feed and a good hour after (sometimes longer after).

Have you run fecal testing on him? sorry if missed that,,as in giardia testing?

He might need a probiotic, Masi can have soft poops off and on, I have been giving her Opti Gest(?) I get it at petco, it's relatively inexpensive and has calmed her gut down ALOT, I do 1/4 tsp each meal (powder form)..

I feed Diamond Naturals, have fed it for years, tried other brands always tend to go back to this, my dogs do well on it and it's not that expensive.

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Thanks everyone for the info this will help me. I started to feed him an hour later after our workouts. I have cut his daily 6 cups of food to two meals each 2 cups of food. I am going to see how he does in the next two weeks. As far as the food, I keep hearing mix advice about nutro, blue buffalo, etc. I think I am going to stick with Nutro Ultra for the next 2 months and see how he does.
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Adding some plain yogurt really helped my boys soft stools.
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