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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-11-2012, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Puppy with soft stools

Hi, I have a 10 week old wire haired Vizsla. Boris is my first Vizsla and I am having a few problems with his diet. Diets for a pups/dogs are a mine field(especially as I am used to feeding Gt Danes). Boris came home on a very good holistic puppy food call Healthy Paws. However, within a few days the puppy had very loose stools. I appreciate that this is often quite normal with a change of environment, added to which this puppy eats everything in site!! My vet suggested changing him to chicken and fish with egg and brown rice. His stools are reasonably normal most of the time, although the rice seems to pass through undigested - is this normal. As soon as I started to add a little of the kibble to his food the stools get a little softer.

I am now of the opinion that the Health Paws kibble is not for him. Someone suggested a kibble called Orijen, that has no grain in it. The reviews on the website are good - have any of you tried this food??? Suggestions would be gratefully received.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-11-2012, 04:17 PM
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Re: Puppy with soft stools

Most vets are not knowledgeable when it comes to feeding pets, we would have been on Science Diet if we listen to ours.

Bacterial culture in the intestines is low when they are puppies and especially with this kind of dog, eating everything in site.
If puppy vaccination is not causing the loose stools, we found LID NO GRAIN (limited ingredients) diet kibble to do the trick. I would really stay away from high protein diets as those were linked to liver problems later in life.

You fed a Great Dane than you will have no problems with the Vizsla's sensitive stomach...

Ours is now 1 year old an totally RAW fed (thanks to my neighbor who started it). And the dog loves it. Funny, I have to hold the drumstick otherwise he will just whine and lick the meat until I do.

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Our pup tried Orjin and had horrible diarrhea due to the high protein. So even though no grains he still didn't on with it. I would try a hypoallergenic food. We feed ours arden Grange. We are in the UK not sure where you are. Also we give him a spoon of mashed sweet potato in every meal. This slows down digestion which also helps harden up stool.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-12-2012, 09:01 AM
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Re: Puppy with soft stools

Orijen had the same effect on our Pup...liquid poops. He is on Taste of the Wild (Another grain free option) and he has had solid stools since the day we switched. Not sure weather there was an ingredient in the Orijen that didn't agree with him or like Born36 mentioned the protien levels were just too much for him.
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Re: Puppy with soft stools

Thank you all so much for your helpful advise. I called the Orijen UK stockists and they said the food was too high in protein for this guy. As I have also found that when I have fed him brown rice with his fish or chicken it has past through undigested it would seem that he is very grain intolerant. The stockist suggested Acana Pacifica as this is for sensitive stomachs totally grain free, just fish/meat, vegetables and herbs. I was quite imporessed with the reviews on it so will give this a try.

Has anyone tried this - ????
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I've read in a book about Vizslas that a handful of blended blackberries (brambleberries) works really well against soft stool and diarrhoea! Or even black tea or camomille tea instead of water. (But always the second brew of the tea)
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Don't do tea. It has caffeine and acidic!
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Re: Puppy with soft stools

We feed Riley "Taste of the Wild" (grain-free) and she has done really well on it. She gets compliments on her gorgeous coat all the time. I actually had a guy at the park with a doberman ask me what we feed her. He was really impressed with her coat and muscular build. :P

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Re: Puppy with soft stools

We also feed Taste of the Wild. Sometimes we give them some Honest Kitchen (raw) and sometimes we get a different brand of grain-free kibble like Before Grain or Candidae. We used to mainly feed Orijen to our 2 labs, but when we got Finch, she had a lot of gas on it, so we switched to Taste of the Wild.

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+2 for Taste of the Wild. I especially like that it comes in 4 varieties...we have a picky eater on our hands and switching up the varieties every now and again keeps Pips more interested in her food. And no issues with soft stools, although I do slip in some pumpkin a couple of times a week

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