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    Snowy's been having problems. I currently have her on Nature's Variety Instinct Salmon - Grain Free, She's been on it for about a Week and a half now, she was previously on Wellness but i heard better reviews for NVI so i decided to switch over. Her poops was starting to get some what solid, im not sure if its the treats i give her because i give her treats just about everytime she goes pee on the training pad. The treats are Natural Balance L.I.T Brown rice & Lamb Meal, i just bought this bag a few days ago and noticed her poop started to get softer, her previous treats were Natural Balance L.I.T Sweet Potatoes and Venison, she was doing better with those. I've read about people putting some sort of pumpkin ingredient and mixing it with their foods which allows a more solid poop? My friend did give her 2 little pieces of watermelon about 2 days ago not sure if that upsetted her stomach or anything? She is about 10 weeks old and i feed her 2x a day, does this sound about right? I basically just serve her a handful onto her plate, should she be eating more? any help is appreciated thanks

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    Congratulations, EBDR35. You just inherited my life. *guffaw*

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    Im measuring by using these little cups my mother uses for cooking. I just served her 1 Cup ( 235 ml ), it seemed like so much, if this is how much i should be feeding her then i have been under feeding her by a lot!

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    But seriously, @EBDR35 there's an entire thread dedicated to my dog's poopy problems here somewhere. Currently, mine are both on the NVI Salmon - as of today actually (it was the NVI Praire 3 bags before that) - so I'm afraid I can't offer much in feedback just yet. They were on Bison/Sweet Potato for a long time - Bea is almost 17 months old - but their tear stained little faces made me think there's a yeast problem or an allergy problem there. So...the saga continues.

    Each food has recommendations for feeding amounts on the back and measuing it will help you keep track and not overfeed - which is my principle problem.

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    At 10 weeks..I was feeding Jake 3 times a day..1/2 cup each time. When he was 6 months we dropped the midday meal and increased to 1 cup twice a day..she should be getting a bit more while a growing pup! I think if you feed twice a day.. 1 cup each time should be fine. Increase slowly..so as to not make her even softer. Also..if you notice a difference with the treats..I would cut out the lamb and rice..stick with the sweet potato and venison..sounds like the grain free agrees more with her..also treats count for her daily intake of food! Might want to limit treats to a couple a day! I'm not much help with the type of food..but @cowsmom should be here soon!
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    Here is the size of the measuring cup im using, are they all the same? ( this is 1 cup )



    and here's how it looks once added to her bowl



    really seems like so much, but is that right? 1 cup (235ML)

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    Unless you switch foods slowly over a period of a few days...it can (and almost always will) cause changes in their digestive systems. The amount seems about right, but i havent had a little one in awhile. Its seems that I fed Winston 1 1/2 cups a day at that age.
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    Yes a cup is a cup..if you are using a measuring cup...if you can..I would feed her 3 smaller meals for a couple months..like I said above.. 1/2 cup 3 times a day would be easier for her...

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    Honestly I think nvi is to much food for a 10 week old pup. We have adult dogs that can't handle it. If they were doing fine on wellness y mess with it. Wellness is good food. Were u using grain free wellness or grain wellness? Also id pick one treat n stay with that n cut back like @JAKEISGREAT said. If the grain free one is better then go with that only

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    Did you switch slowly or do a straight switch over?

    I would go with 3/4 c 2 times a day rather than a cup and see if that settles things out...

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    I gradually switched her over from Wellness to NVI, i mixed her food for about a week and a half, i read lots of great reviews on NVI and heard Salmon is good for dogs so i figured i'd switch. I stopped giving her treats for now so i will so how it turns out. I will try 1/2 a cup 3x a day

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    @EBDR35 .......... I agree with you that NVI Salmon is a good food for dogs.... puppies aren't dogs.. LOL... Im wondering if it isn't too 'strong' for your baby's puppy tummy. 10 weeks old is still an infant so to speak. Maybe a food made for puppies would be better for her. A cup is somewhere around 235ml I think. It also sounds like the treats may be adding to the problem. Good luck with it.. and btw... we need PIX!!!!!!!

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