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Old 09-12-2011, 03:18 PM
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Dry food change and diarrhea!

I have a lab who is alittle over a year. I adopted him from a rescue at 3 months old and at the time he ate Iams Proactive for Large breed puppies. At about 5 months I tried to change him to Wellness puppy large breed. It did not agree with him and he had 6 weeks of chicken and rice and diarrhea. I changed him back to Iams and he was fine again. Late July he turn 1 year and I was nervous to try and make another change. I changed him to blue buffalo chicken and brown rice for large breed thinking maybe the wellness was to much for him when he was a puppy. I made the change over a 9 day period. He has had diarrhea on and off ever since (about a month and half). One day he is kind of ok the next he is not. I also had to cut out all the extras I would give him such as marrow bones (which he loved). I strictly give him the dry food and the occasional cookie now. I know his belly is sick because I sometimes see him eating grass. I am not sure this food is agreeing with him. I have also been adding for the last 5 days organic plain yogurt to his food trying to help his belly build up his probiotics.

So... I have been thinking about trying another change if things do not get better for him. My mom has been trying to talk me into putting him of natural balance sweet potato and duck. I have been thinking about Wellness again... The super5mix large breed. I am reluctant to put him on the natural balance as it is grain free.

I guess I need some advice. I am stuck, and I need advice if I do make the change and he already has a bad belly how should I transistion him to a new food when he is not really ok with his.

HELP!!!
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:40 PM
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Ps. I do not know if I am jumping the gun thinking about another change. I just want to do whats best for my little guy.
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So... I have been thinking about trying another change if things do not get better for him. My mom has been trying to talk me into putting him of natural balance sweet potato and duck. I have been thinking about Wellness again... The super5mix large breed. I am reluctant to put him on the natural balance as it is grain free.
I actually think the Natural Balance would be a good idea. He may very well have a food allergy (sounds like it-- some dogs just present with chronic diarrhea and not the foot licking and chronic ear infections that others do) and while I couldn't care less about the grain issue (and a lot of people here would applaud it being grain free-- I don't really care), I'm most interested in the fact that it is Duck and Sweet Potato, two ingredients that are often used for animals that have food allergies. They are pretty novel sources of carbohydrates and protein, the two most important things to change in a dog with potential food allergies. (Assuming none of his other foods had these ingredients... )

It sounds like you changed him well last time and just got crappy results. Gradually over at least a week. I'd give him NOTHING else at all. Not even probiotics. I'd try the new food first before I considered other things to be honest.
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I have heard that a lot of dogs can't handle chicken. My dog as well, so I just changed her from one kind of Canidae to another. She was on the chicken and is now on the lamb, well she is on 1/2 and 1/2 right now since I am slowly switching her. Already after only a few days and only on 1/2 lamb she has much firmer stools.
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Would TOTW be a better choice then Natural Balance Duck and Sweet potato.
If so which one? I see they have four!
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Lola eats Nurto Natural Choice grain free and I love it. We were previously feeding TOTW...there isn't really a huge difference between the two. Lola presented the same way when she was younger with food allergies. There are many options with the Nutro brand too, Vension and Potato, Turkey and potato, and also a lamb.
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I would do the Duck and Sweet Potato. That's a great combo.
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Hi Holly,

my puppy (now 8 months) had exactly the same as what you are desicribing, but she had watery tiny drop of blood at end of each batch of loose tummy.
the vet did samples and concluded chronic colitis (inflammation of the bowel)

Now we know Beau has a sensitive tummy, we moderate her food change strictly. Treat wise shes fine, but we are half way through changing her daily food and im now on 50/50 of old and new biscuit and on day 12. Her tummy is doing fine, firm as you like
Maybe the solution is to increase the amount of time you are changing his food (eg not 9 days, try changing over 3 weeks) - dependant on the reaction of course.
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