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    Default Re: Not sure about changing food?

    I'm so sorry to hear about your baby… I used to feed my bullies Blue Buffalo (Wilderness I believe) and like your story they were doing fine at first, and then all of the sudden lots of gas and loose stools!!! It was pretty bad… I would continue on the bland diet until you see the vet. He could have a stomach bug, but you may want to switch out his food and by that I mean a very slow gradual change. I recommend going to Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor to check out their ratings. It really depends on what your budget will allow, I use Fromm's for my Walter but I have also used Earthborne Holistic. I hope he feels better, and please keep us posted!!!

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    Default Re: Not sure about changing food?

    She gets 1 cup in the morning around 6am and 1 cup again around 5:30pm. I didn't think we were overfeeding her, we were following guidelines on the bag. Since starting the bland diet on Friday her bowel movements have all been very solid...almost too solid. Seems like it's just a little difficult for her to get it out. So I went ahead and started mixing her regular kibble back in last night. I will let you all know how it goes! My husband isn't convinced that it was the food that gave her diarrhea as it seemed to come on so suddenly. But she had been having soft poos for a few days. I'm going to wait about a week or 2 and make sure she's having normal bowel movements again. If they're still soft were just going to get something new at that point and do a normal slow transition.
    I'm wondering if the pink in her chin and the chewing could be coming from plastic? She has a stainless steel food and water dish. But we did just recently give her a plastic coke bottle to play with, and over the last few days her mouth has gotten much pinker. Now I don't know if that's from the bland diet with the chicken baby food...or if it's from the coke bottle! So confusing! Either way I've removed both at this point. Just mixing a little rice with her kibble for now, and tomorrow going back to all kibble. I also picked up some nonfat plain yogurt to start giving her as well starting this week.
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    Well, since I've been mixing her kibble with the rice...her stools are awfully soft again. I think maybe it really is her food causing the loose stools. I've been trying to research different foods. I think we are going to try Canidae Life Stages, Lamb & Rice. From what I've read it's good for sensitive stomachs, and it's limited ingredient..so I should be able to better judge what is affecting her. I wonder if Blue Wilderness is too high in protein, and we need to dial it down a notch? Canidae also makes a grain free line. I'm not sure which would be better to try at this point?
    Since I have been mixing her kibble with the rice....how do you recommend I transition her to the new food? We're going to pick it up tonight. Should I mix both kibbles with the rice for a few days, and then switch to just the new kibble with rice...then just the new kibble by itself?
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    Default Re: Not sure about changing food?

    Our store allows us to bring back the dog food as long as it still has half bag left and will gladly return our money back to us or let us exchange for a different kind. Having the receipt of course or they just look it up being a member and all. Maybe you could ask your store if they do that as well. Matter of fact both our pet stores do this.

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    I believe our store will let us return it as well, we definitely have more than half the bag. I'm just not sure how I should go about transitioning her to the Canidae, from where we're at right now- which is mostly bland diet of rice/baby food with a little bit of her Blue Wilderness kibble.
    Her stool was very firm on just the rice/baby food...but once we started putting her Blue Wilderness kibble in- it's went back to being extremely soft. She's still chewing on her back leg...and her mouth seems very pink to me. I definitely want to go ahead and switch her to Canidae Lamb & Rice. Just not sure how to go about it from where we are at right now...
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    I go to the vet and get canned prescription low residue formula whenever I changed foods. It is great on the digestive system and because I have had many trial and errors to find out that my boo is pretty much allergic to all stuff that her system seems to do well for the most part within minutes of eating this food. I always keep cans available but she eats the dry kibble formula and I am very pleased with it. No itching or diarrhea or tons of shedding of the hair and just a super small amount of yeast on her nose but I can deal with that as long as she is doing fine on the kibble in all other areas.
    Maybe you could do the switch by putting just a few kibbles in his bland diet and then add a few more ect. Basically it will take longer but if it helps in the bm area then it is worth it to me. Like I said I exhausted myself with this area of boos life and although I need a script to get her food online I do believe it is so worth it. She loves the food.

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    Default Re: Not sure about changing food?

    I'd stick to the bland diet until she's seen by the vet like @ddnene said. That's the best advice.

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    I hope you can get her bowel movements under control but I agree with the others about being seen by a vet if you can't seem to get her food change under control as far as her diarrhea. The chewing on her leg doesn't seem normal to me and more like possibly a reaction to her food if nothing else has changed. Of course I go to the vet over everything lol but it is how I have learned about my girl. This site is awesome for people with questions and or advice. Have you tried pumpkin for her to see if it helps with her diarrhea?

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    Well we have her bowel movements under control. We kept her on the bland diet for several days, and then transitioned her slowly to Canidae ALS Lamb & Rice. She seems to really like it, and her bowel movements are much much better. We will see how it goes for the next month and decide if we're going to stick with it. It only has 21% protein, which seems low to me. We may switch over to the Canidae Grain Free Elements, which is also lamb- but has a higher protein amount. However, Canidae's Grain Free line is for adult dogs only. Effie turns 17 weeks this coming Tues. Not sure if that's still too young to be on Adult Food. What do you all think?
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    Default Re: Not sure about changing food?

    Quote Originally Posted by betterxthanxnew View Post
    However, Canidae's Grain Free line is for adult dogs only. Effie turns 17 weeks this coming Tues. Not sure if that's still too young to be on Adult Food. What do you all think?
    Unless it is an all stages food, I would not do adult till at least 8 months
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    Default Re: Not sure about changing food?

    Thanks! She seems awfully young to be on adult food to me as well...but being a new dog owner I really wasn't sure what the normal time frame would be! We'll definitely hold off
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