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    @JeannieCO nvi has clay and so does natures logic. the clay is supposed to have lots of minerals in it that cleanse the body or something but not sure if it really does or not. now for california natural there is nothing in there that would give such hard poops that i know of and have not read of this being a problem with this food. I also have no idea about white/gray poops. California natural is pretty limited ingredient food which is why alot of people use it. they have been taken over by proctor and gamble but supposedly they have not changed the ingredients. you can change food and see if he gets better or just take him to the vets to make sure nothing is going on inside. are you giving him treats or people food? he needs more moisture to help him go. canned food may help or some pumpkin as has already been said. also someone has said to give ice cubes as treats to get more moisture. i hope he gets better. let us know how he is doing.
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    @Piamitch, I thought that was you when you were having problems with Ruckus. I recalled seeing a thread and you popped into my head. I almost tagged you but I wasn't 100% sure. @cowsmom, thanks for that info. I know my older dogs loves to eat dirt and we have a clay soil here. I always suspected and told my hubby that I felt it was because it had some sort of mineral he needed. @reillysmom I hope Reilly is going to be okie dokie. Will be looking for an update.

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    Late and havent read all the other posts yet so hopefully I am not repeating. haha We used california natural for a bit a long time ago. Wanted firm and that food promotes it. Guess now I know why or how they promote it. clay? haha Worked fine for us but wasnt the perfect food so we moved on.

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    NVI has clay but California Natural doesn't. But, just to share info on clay...

    Smectite clay like Montmorillonite or Bentonite clays have been used in organic nutrition for ages for the natural healing minerals it contains. This was even made popular by the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra.

    Organic dog kibbles use this clay mainly to prevent the food from caking. The "healing properties of the minerals" is just a secondary purpose... it is advantageous for organic purposes because it does lessen/eliminate the need for synthetic versions of these minerals. Smectite clays are very good for its antimicrobial properties that can heal indigestion, acid reflux, bacterial infections, and just general germ-fighting and detoxification. There was controversy in the use of smectite clays due to questions about the presence of natural dioxins (contaminates natural clay formations, like when there's a forest fire) but the high-quality dog kibbles use clay from reliable sources who test for dioxins before mining the clay.

    But yes, smectite does act as a stool hardener which - in a lot of dogs - can be a good thing (loose stools is always a by-product of dog food switch). The clay is very absorbent so that a lot of the moisture is absorbed by the clay that could cause hard stools. This can be good because this absorption property also absorbs negative radiation and toxins. But, this does mean that if your dog gets hard stools, then he would need extra moisture.


    In any case, if your dog is getting hard stools, it is always a good idea to increase his moisture intake - either from mixing canned version of the same formula, encouraging the dog to drink more water, giving ice-cubes for treats, etc.

    But, hard, grey stools need a visit to the vet as this is a more serious symptom than just regular constipation. It could be that this is not due to his kibble... it could be that he acquired some disease, swallowed a toy, or some such...
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    How is Reilly doing? @reillysmom Just curious what you found out!

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    well the vet thinks he is constipated and told me to try a grain free diet... I went with natural balance sweet potato & bison... i have tried everything else and always wanted to give this one a try. Reilly gobbles it up (i am slowly transitioning with old food) but so far so good. his stool doesn't have anymore white/gray specks and he is doesn't look like he is in pain trying to push. The vet also told me to give this new food a try for AT LEAST 4 weeks... lets pray this helps! been giving him 2 Zyrtec a day and has decreased his paw licking/chewing.

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    Glad to hear that things seem to be getting better!! Let's hope the Natural Balance works for you!!

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