Yet another food question...I know, I know...

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by Lori, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. Lori

    Lori New Member

    Ok, so my pup is almost 6 months. When I first got him he was on Performatrin (the local pet stores brand) and he seemed to do well on this. I wanted him to be on a higher quality food...so I switched him to Fromm Large Breed Puppy, his stools were suuuper soft and a disaster to pick up (ew) so I then transitioned him to Orijen Large Breed Puppy and his poops are still soft, even liquid-y at times. He's less gassy than on the Fromm but he only has formed stool in the morning, the rest of the day is mud. I went out yesterday and purchased a bag of the Performatrine again and started to transition him back this morning. He was on the Orijen for about a month...maybe 2 and a half weeks on it alone (without the Fromm being transitioned out). Do you think I gave up too quickly? Or could it be that the higher quality food are just too rich for my big mans belly? Any advice would be appreciated!
     
  2. Smokeycat

    Smokeycat Well-Known Member

    It could be too fast a change between foods. The new ones could be too rich or it could be the protein source. I don't know what the protein source is for the first food is but most puppy foods are chicken based and I know my EM had cow patties when ever he got any processed poultry. He is currently getting Orijen Regional Red and is doing well on it. (It is on the high end for calcium/phosphorus for a puppy under 2). I'd suggest staying with the first food now for a couple of bags to let his system settle back down and then try a non poultry food if you still want to change foods.
     
  3. Al and Julie

    Al and Julie New Member

    Hi I am new to this but got good advise from smart guy. Thor was having same cow patties at around 6 months old apparently some of the mastiffs have a hard time with chicken and grains. So we switched to natural choice sensitive stomach Venison and brown rice and within 2 days we now have beatiful poopies and no gas. Just a suggestion.
     
  4. Smart_Family

    Smart_Family Dog Food Guru

    It could be the chicken and/or grains in the Fromm and orijen or it could be switching back and forth. Ideally you'd go thru two to three big bags of food before slowly switching to another kind.
     
  5. Lori

    Lori New Member

    Thank you all so much. That's what I was thinking, that I was switching him too quickly. I did take the 10 days to transition but he's only had one large bag of the Orijen before I bought another kind. Maybe....I should just stick out the Orijen a little bit longer....oh I just don't know. Maybe I will try the Orijen Six Fish that I hear good things about and see how that goes. I just want the best for him...and it can't feel good to have loose poops all the time :(
     

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