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Food & Poop

October 27th, 2005, 10:44 AM
I know that food and poop are directly related, and I have Sydney on a pretty good food (Merrickís Puppy Plate) but I still find that she poops a lot and that it is very soft, almost runny sometimes. I didnít switch her over too fast as I have been switching her for almost a month so I know that isnít the problem. Any ideas?

I don't remember Spencer pooping that much when he was a puppy.

October 27th, 2005, 12:44 PM
Keep in mind that with the better foods, if you're feeding too much, the stool will be very soft. Try cutting down 1/8 cup for a bit and see if it gets remotely better. My doggies took literally around 4 months to "normalize", but they were older and had been on crap for a while... When they're used to the commercial foods, I think it's harder to switch.

October 27th, 2005, 01:36 PM
Well Sydney is only 13 weeks old (Today) and I am already feeding her less than suggested. I am giving her about 1 cup/day with 1 puppy biscuit in the morning and about half a baby carrot through the night (we use the carrots as bedtime/going outside treats).

The bag says to feed up to a cup and a half a day. The way she inhales her food, I would feel like I was starving her if I cut it back too much.

October 27th, 2005, 06:05 PM
The bags always over shoot like crazy. Boo is perfect for his frame and he gets 2.5 cups a day instead of somewhere around 4.5 or 5 cups that they list. Don't worry about the bag, worry about how your doggy is doing on it. If the stool is consistently soft, you might have to change again.

October 30th, 2005, 03:07 PM
I don't know if cats and dogs have similar digestive systems, but our first cat couldn't form solid poop when she was a little girl. We brought her to the vet and he kept giving her antibiotics because he said she had parasites and they weren't letting her digest properly.

After 4 rounds of different antibiotics and much discouragement, we asked to see a more senior vet and he suggested we switch to adult food for our 10 week kitten. He said there are animals that just don't digest the high-fat, high-protein kitten food well. We tried that, and in the meantime switched to a better brand as well and had quite the celebration when her poop finally changed from chocolate syrup texture to more of a pudding texture. (Sorry for the analogies!)

It took a week or so, but her poop kept getting firmer until they came out normal. You wouldn't usually see grown adults dancing around the litter box, but that's how relieved we were. Talk to your vet, maybe dogs experience these kinds of things too... good luck!