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We have had our 9 week old gsd puppy for a bit over a week now. We started to feed Taste of the wild immediately. He was not eating this though before. Breeder vaguely mentioned 4 grain puppy food and boiled chicken. I do not know how much or how often the chicken was given. I also boiled some chicken and fed him for 3 nights maybe 2 ounces boiled chicken and some kibble only at his meal time. Big question is... I heard taste of the wild is great food. He does love to eat it so far!! But... his poop has been firm and good but then it gets mushy and almost runny on and off. Why!!!! Is this just him adjusting to the food ?? Maybe his stomach is just still maturing since he is only 9 weeks?? Any ideas or pointers I would really appreciate. I just don't understand the firm poop and then runny poop.
 

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The change in food is the most likely reason. I'd quit the boiled chicken and let him get used to the one food alone first. Some runny stools here and there aren't something to worry too much over, unless he shows other signs of a problem too. Lack of his normal energy, looking sickly, etc.. If he has the runs consistently, talk to the vet first, but in general you'd give his stomach a chance to settle, then something like white rice boiled to a paste and add a little chicken in a day or so.
 

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I gave my 10 week old gsd totw since she was 6 weeks. vet recommended a lower nutrious food due to the fact that she might grow to fast so I slowed down on it haven't tried the chicken yet at the moment just sticking to half and half wet and dry in the morning and dry for later in the day. I actually have an open topic on it right now. but when I transitioned her from totw to a lower nutrious food her poop was wet for a day or two now its normal I think its the transition.
 

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Change --

food , water , location , routine , physical activity , sleep patterns .

all of these changes will affect the microbiome.

stop changing . allow for plenty of rest . you can give a demulcent -- marshmallow root or slippery elm to soothe the stomach -- mix with some real kefir .

probiotics will help establish his digestive system

don't start antibiotics . ---
 

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or maybe you better check out this thread http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/feeding-our-puppy/703714-taste-wild-question.html --
see Magwart's post
"I just saw on FB that there are people currently reporting some potential problems with TOTW (including some cases of elevated liver enzymes), and TOTW is claiming they looked into it and nothing's wrong with those batches. Check out the multiple posts and comments here:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/TrailBla...=page_internal

Diamond (maker of TOTW) has a pretty rough recall history, and some past recalls have included very serious problems. Save your bag date code and watch your pup carefully. I would be very hesitant to feed it right now, as these kinds of reports in the past have sometimes been a "leading edge" warning, before a recall happens. It could be nothing, but with the history of recalls here, some caution is due.


I don't feed kibble so I am out of the loop
 

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Wow so much great advice. I definitely appreciate each and every answer. This is a big transition for all of my family. These dogs really deserve the best. ( all dogs do)
 

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Also!!!! A few more questions for all you more seasoned owners. Rice... what does that do for the dog?? How often should you feed it?? I give him about a half cup of kibble in the am and half cup afternoon.... half cup at night feeding. Does this sound right... I am just a little lost on how much to feed and I know it isn't good to just overfeed them, even though he would eat more if I gave it for sure.
 

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I decide the amount to feed them by looking at them. If they look to skinny, feed more, if they are too round, feed less. You'll find the balance. Most important is too keep pups skinny.
 

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I also am on the anti TOTW food. Feed something better like Fromm.
My pup had runny poop until 6 months old. She's now on wellness simple and some raw. Doing amazing.
 
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