I have my 1 year old miniature poodle on a diet of cooked ground turkey and pumpkin right now due to diarrhea followed by loose stools. The problem started as soon as I tried Nutri-Source grain-free chicken kibbles. It seemed so similar to the kibble I had been feeding (she's always been on grain-free) that I thought it would be ok not to transition. I guess that was a big mistake. I probably fed her a little too much at one time that day.
I had stopped the Nutri-source after that one small meal. I treated the diarrhea (went to the vet and made sure it wasn't a parasite she picked up and have her a round of antibiotics) and gave a few meals of ground beef and brown rice. Then she was constipated from that. After transitioning back to her regular food the stools never firmed up. Her regular food had been the following:
AM: Nature's Variety raw, alternating flavors
PM: Super premium dry, alternating between Acana chicken and Orijen red meat
First I tried elminating the raw food; then I tried feeding her a little plain yogurt on her food, a little raw pumpkin, and also tried adding a pinch of benefiber to each meal. Still very soft stools.
So then I though perhaps she had developed an allergy to chicken. But eliminating chicken didn't seem to be an immediate answer.
Now 2 months later I decided to try this turkey/pumpkin homemade bland diet. Her stools have firmed up well on the ground turkey with pureed pumpkin. My mixture consists of about 2 tablespoons of pumpkin to every 1 and 1/2 cups of cooked ground turkey. I haven't been sure how much a day to give her. She weighs 11.5 pounds. I think I've been giving her about a cup a day of the mixture. She loves it. It's been 4 days now. Here's my dilemma:
How long to continue the turkey/pumpkin diet?
Any suggestions about what to gradually mix in to transition back to regular diet? It's very important to me to feed a healthy, species appropriate balanced diet. I'm a little paranoid about what to give her next.
I've never experienced anything like this with any dogs in the past. Opinions, please?