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still having runny poops 3 wks after food change

July 21st, 2008, 07:05 AM
someone had mentioned digestive enzymes or something i can add to the food to help his stomach cope.

my mom told me to give him rice to try and bind his stomach up, but that didnt work.

i thought a week or so would be normal, and last week he had two days of formed "stuff" so i thought we were ok. but it is continuing and i am concerned.

he doesnt appear to lack energy or anything, and i dont think its bacteria because the vet cleared him of that a month ago or so when he was having the same thing on old food.

should i try a new brand again? or will that just be too much change too fast?

July 21st, 2008, 07:41 AM
Kingdano what food are you feeding? I use this on my dogs food...


July 21st, 2008, 08:26 AM
i am feeding innova/evo red meat large bites.

the brand was reccomended by OC spirit as one of 3 of the top brands of doggy food.

canidae, innova and orijen were the 3.

July 21st, 2008, 09:23 AM
Changing the kind of protein in the diet may help. Lamb, chicken or Fish. I went through this with 2 of my guide dogs.

The vet told me that some proteins are smaller and easier for the dog to digest.

With one guide dog, I changed the food 3 times over the years because as she got older, her ability to digest the food changed. I had had her from 18 mnths old and around the age of 4, she had a sudden onset of runny stools. She was working great, played hard but all the sudden, there were runny stools. Went to the vet and he told me to try (slowly) changing her food over. The runny stools disappeared. The vet was good in telling me that there were good foods out there and didn't push perscription food at me. She was great on Lamb & Rice and yet my other girl couldn't handle it and was great on Fish & Sweet Potato.

Down side to Fish & Sweet Potato is that when the dog vomits, it smells like Lake Ontario on a really bad day.

:fingerscr you are able to resolve this very soon.

I know I'm new here but I have to assure all that I worked with the vet and didn't just go off without my girls being checked out. But there is alot of reading on the net on dog food.

July 21st, 2008, 09:49 AM
I am just wondering if the food may be too rich? I agree with OC on those brands. Just wondering if you try Orijen Fish to see if this makes a noticable difference. I found that with my guy the runny poops stopped within a couple of days on Orijen! He has been on this now for over 1 yr and no runs! Maybe the red meat is too much? Just a thought? I used the eaglepack transition and it worked like a charm!


P.S How do you like the illusion collar? :sorry::offtopic:


July 21st, 2008, 09:53 AM
im picking up the illusion today from the UPS place. i was gone this weekend when they tried to drop it off.

i will def post when i try it out.

thanks for the tips. i am also going to buy some fish based food from the local agway today.

July 21st, 2008, 11:30 AM
I would try the Orijen if you can get it...Its a very good quality food!

Let me know if you like the collar!


July 21st, 2008, 12:36 PM
I agree with Winston and have heard that EVO is quite rich and a lot of dogs get loose poop with it.

I have my husky on Orijen (the chicken formula) and he does great.

July 21st, 2008, 02:19 PM
cant get orijen locally

canidae and innova only.

July 21st, 2008, 03:00 PM
Does your store carry the other EVO Large Bites - I think it's chicken and turkey based. I've heard a lot that the red meat can be too rich for dogs to handle, but EVO as a brand is quite good. I'd give the other formula a shot.

July 21st, 2008, 04:51 PM
i bought a small bag of canidae for him today and put one cup in with two cups of the red meat.

he seemed to pick for the canidae first but he always likes new food right off the bat so we will see.

im hoping his stomach calms down a bit over the next week from adding just the 1 cup of the canidae; that may be unrealistic but i dont want to switch cold turkey on him again since he seems to have a sensitive stomach.

July 21st, 2008, 04:55 PM
Kingdano can you pick up the eaglebrand holistic transition powder? I used this when I changed winston over to the Orijen from the vet food and it really helped his tummy through the change! he has a real sensitive stomach! I just sprinkle it on his food and he eats away! actually thinking I gave him a treat! :laughing:

Let us know how things work out? I also give him a spoon of yogurt a couple of times a week?


July 21st, 2008, 05:10 PM
i will look for it at the store tomorrow after work. and the yogurt is good for the live cultures?

i will keep you all posted.

July 21st, 2008, 05:53 PM
I attached the link if you need to view it earlier in the posts...Good luck

July 21st, 2008, 06:55 PM
i really love that quote in your signature too.

July 21st, 2008, 07:07 PM
Funny people have said that before and I think it is such an amazingly true statement! Thanks!

If you try the eaglepack stuff there are 2 kinds...I use the pink one


July 21st, 2008, 08:02 PM
and the yogurt is good for the live cultures?

Yep, I find plain yogurt is also helpful. I've never needed to use anything else, but have heard only great things about the Eagle Pack powder. :)

July 21st, 2008, 08:08 PM
:thumbs up works great for us and Winston thinks he is getting something special on his supper! Funny dog...he waits for us to say okay too eat when we sprinkle it on ! thinking its something special!

I couldnt tell you how many yrs we have had tummy and poop issues!! (not in the house!)

July 22nd, 2008, 06:54 AM
after the 1 cup of canidae his poo was a bit formed this AM.

not sure if its coincidence or not, but im gonna go buy that stuff anyways.

they sell it at the same place as the food.

July 24th, 2008, 06:06 PM
so that place in town sells eaglebrand, but not the powder!

any idea whats in it so i can try to get a replacement or mix of the same products?

July 24th, 2008, 06:33 PM
from the site they show this info on it............

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Moisture Max 5%

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*Total Bacillus Microorganisms: 150 million CFU/g
(B. Subtillus, B. licheniformis, B. Coagulins)
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(from Aspergillus oryzae & Aspergillus niger) (2)
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July 24th, 2008, 06:39 PM
thanks winston

doesnt seem like stuff i could go out and buy and mix up....

if the stomach issue persists past this week i will have to bite the bullet and order some online and pay for shipping.

July 24th, 2008, 06:42 PM
has he been better the past couple days with the food change? if you cant get it right now just use some plain yougurt..couple teaspoons maybe 2 or more times a week...I dont think it hurts to use it everyday but I am not sure so I have stuck to 2 or more! itll make his tummy feel real good! :thumbs up

July 24th, 2008, 06:51 PM
the canidae has helped for sure.

and i bought him a big smoked cow leg bone to chew on which over-firmed his poop up.

he actually yelped when he pushed some of it out this AM cuz it was so hard...i felt bad for him but i was like.."well if youd eat your dang food youd be pooping out more than bones ya idiot"

July 24th, 2008, 07:22 PM
gotta watch those bones too sometimes! poor pupper!

jake and oliver
July 27th, 2008, 09:16 PM
we used a yogurt/rice/cooked ground chicken mix to firm up our little guys poop when he needed it

July 27th, 2008, 09:29 PM
things are looking much better on canidae!

thanks for the advice guys