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Best dog food? - dog has large stools often

Troubleb4
March 19th, 2007, 09:10 AM
This is my first post, Bruce my 3 year old mixed breed shelter dog poops everytime he goes out, 4-6 times a day!!! This seems like an unusually high amount of times. Was wondering if it's his dogfood. Our other shelter dog goes twice a day. Any suggestions? Thanks.

Scott_B
March 19th, 2007, 09:24 AM
What kind of food are you feeding? Food high in fillers result in higher output.

Troubleb4
March 20th, 2007, 07:53 AM
I feed him 4 - 5 cups a day of a mix of Beneful Weight Management and Pedigree Regular Formula Dry dogfood. He weighs 85 - 90 pounds.
Thanks!!

Scott_B
March 20th, 2007, 08:55 AM
OK, well, anything out of normal you should usually check up with he vet if its more then a day or so. Just to be safe.

Now regarding the food, honestly, nether of those foods are of any quality. They're full of fillers, and this results in larger stool. Also, try feeding less. 4-5cups is quiet a bit. Then again, with the cheaper foods, you have to feed more to make up for the lack of quality ingredients.

If I could suggest a few new foods, Innova Evo, Canidae, Orijen all make excellent kibbles. And you can feed less too as they have little to no fillers.

Spirit
March 20th, 2007, 01:37 PM
Then again, with the cheaper foods, you have to feed more to make up for the lack of quality ingredients.

One of the first things I look for in a dog food is the feeding guide. If it's high, I don't even bother to read the ingredients. High feeding guides almost ALWAYS mean more food to obtain nutrition, which also means fillers which means bigger poops. That said, I know people who feed their dogs Innova Evo (quality food), and their dogs are pooping machines, so it's all a matter of how your dog digests it's food.

Look for no bi-products, wheat/corn/soy/glutten of ANY kind, low grain, low filler, etc. And the ingredients that are listed, should be of high quality (ie. beet pulp is a very low quailty fiber, and "rice" could be anything, usually of lowest quality to cut back costs (and raise prices).

Prin
March 20th, 2007, 03:52 PM
Here are some urls for the foods Scott mentioned...

http://www.canidae.com/
http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=inn-home (innova- just select the food from the drop-down menu)
Orijen (http://www.championpetfoods.com/orijen/about/)


And a couple others:
Nature's Variety (http://www.naturesvariety.com/content.lasso?r=1614747&page=1305&-session=naturesvariety:42836EBF143da2761EOmk27F14F 0)
Solid Gold Barking at the Moon (http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/showproduct.php?id=81&code=120)


Better food means feeding less, less stools, and a healthier doggy. I can tell you, I added all the bills together for my dogs and the price difference between a cheap food and a good holistic food is nearly made up for by the drop in vet bills. In other words, you spend more on dog food, but less on random vet bills, and the overall cost is nearly the same (but your dog is much healthier).

rainbow
March 20th, 2007, 07:38 PM
I agree with the previous posters. You should also read this website: www.dogfoodproject.com ....Click on the links on the left hand side of the page....especially "Ingredients to Avoid".