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Should my pups stool be hard or soft?

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by Matthew Jimenez, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. When I first got her I was feeding her "science diet". The first time she tore it up! I believe she was just really really hungry at the time, because after that she hardly touched it. I had a schedule (due to potty/crate training) of when I fed her (3x a day) and She just would not eat! So I figured that if I started feeding her only 2x a day she would get really hungry and eat. No go. I even tried pouring beef and chicken broth (not at the same time) over her food. No go. so I switched to can food. She eats it all and quick!!! But now I'm noticing that sometimes her stool is soft and sometimes it's solid. Any advice? I hate to change her diet like that, but I just couldn't bare to watch her not eating. She's my baby. :-)
  2. kayla baxter

    kayla baxter Big Dog

    Stool should be solid. Also, feeding all canned is going to get expensive real quick. Most canned foods recommend one can per 15-20lbs of body weight.
  3. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    First, stop catering to her. A healthy dog won't starve itself but it will refuse to eat if it knows you're going to give in and add junk to it or just open a can of wet food. Pick a kibble and stick with it.

    And yeah, canned food is going to get expensive.

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  4. Ok cool. Thank you guys so much. I'm not too worried about costs of food. There's no problem with that. I'm just worried because she went a whole day (almost a day and a half) without eating. A friend of mine who is a breeder told me to feed them dog food that is high in fat.

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  5. PocketPal

    PocketPal Big Dog

    Whoa! Fat's not good, Protein is needed for puppy's. You can add fish oil and Omega-3 to boost your dogs immune system and have a nice coat. Too much of fish oil and/or fat can cause stomach upset and loose stool. Also lead to pancreatis.
  6. Ok sweet. Now if money isn't a factor, what is the best thing to feed her? Canned or hard food?

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  7. PocketPal

    PocketPal Big Dog

    You'll get a better response if you head over to the Health and Nutritional Section of the Forum and direct your questions there. You may want to do a quick search since your question has been covered many times over.
  8. Suhweet!!! Lol :-D thx pock :-)

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  9. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    The best thing to feed her is the food she does the best on.

    As stated, you can feed canned but it will get EXTREMELY expensive. If you have the money, and want to feed it, have at it. I fed my dog TOTW canned for about two weeks. He ate 1 can per meal and cans were $2 each. $4 per day adds up quickly. Plus, his stool was very soft on canned.

    Most here suggest a nice grain free kibble, although there's nothing wrong with a high quality grain inclusive kibble if your dog doesn't have grain allergies.
  10. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    I like dry kibble..canned is fine but you will have to clean teeth better and more often if feeding wet food
  11. MsAcer

    MsAcer Good Dog

    And keep away from science diet if possible. Mostly junk. I did hear they were doing a better food, you know, to keep up with all the other companies that sell good kibble.
  12. Huh. Very interesting. Thank all you guys (and gals) so much. I do appreciate the advice. :-)

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  13. Jamielvsaustin

    Jamielvsaustin Good Dog

    There is a website-that's often provided on here (it's right on the tip of my tongue) that compares dog foods.

    Are you against feeding raw? Most will agree-that's the best way to go-and for a lot of people is cheaper than kibble.
  14. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    Went ahead and moved this the Health/Nutrition.

    I would stick with a dry kibble. Grain free is preferred. A few good brands to look into would be Earthborn, Orijen, Acana, Nutrisource, Petcurean foods, I can keep going. There are quite a few out there that'd be decent!
  15. indelibledotink

    indelibledotink Little Dog


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