“Meat meal” is a primary ingredient in most dry cat food and dog food, and it is made from taking slaughterhouse and fish processing factory remnants that are not edible for humans, and cooking them, processing them under high heat, and dehydrating them into a dry powdery substance that goes into kibble.Noo what I’m saying is that I read that when they use these whole meats instead of meat meal a lot of those whole meats are water so once they’re cooked you lose a lot of protein and nutritional value in general. I believe the analysis Origen gives is before processing. That’s why I was wondering what the true protein amount is.
The victor nutra pro looks great to me and I’ve heard a lot about it. I’ll definitely look into it.My adult GSD had soft stool like that when she was on Diamond Naturals, both grain-free and with grain. I switched her to Victor Nutra Pro (with grain) and started adding Glandex and her stools are nice and firm now. Soft stool can lead to anal gland problems, at least in my experience. I have not extensively read the ingredients to try to figure out what the main thing was that changed it. But I had heard (here? somewhere else?) that grain-free can be a bit harder for dogs to digest because of the peas and sweet potatoes that substitute the grain.
I wouldn't be too concerned about color as it might just be the food type. Our King Shepherd puppy had issues like this as did our 128 lb German Shepherd that we recently lost. For us they had sensitive tummies and we had to switch the protein from foul to single based protein of salmon. Fish based protein for puppies is hard to find. We also had to elminate all supplements until he adjusted to the new food. I would also consult with your vet to make sure there are no parasites causing the issue.It’s never really firm its always kind of soft and it’s light brown. Also it always ends with some very soft stool.
I have tried several high quality dog foods over the years, we currently used Fromm. Anyhow, our shepherd had the same problem, lose stools. I had her tested for food allergies, which were negative. I finally thought to add a probiotic, and like magic, her stool is firm and no longer runny!I get the probiotic from the health food store and give my dogs one a day with a little peanut butter. They love it!His coat looks amazing and his weight is perfect but his stool has always been like this. It used to be much softer like the 2nd picture all the time but the owner of the pet wants recommended I add some adult food to the mix which I did and did stiffen it up to how it is now but as you can see it could be stiffer.
According to our vet Gsd’s tend to have sensitive tummies. Ours sure does. Right now we feed half Hills zd ( prescription) and half Dr.Marty’s. they are both expensive but Dr. Marty’s is the most expensive which is why we do half and half BUT it solved her tummy problems. She’s 5 yrs old and for the first time (for 9 months now) her stool is normal.It’s never really firm its always kind of soft and it’s light brown. Also it always ends with some very soft stool.
With not one but EIGHT different legume ingredients that they don't show the % for -- because if you added them up it probably would be ugly. The legumes boost the protein content too.No way could I spend $100/bag of food.