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So, when I first took Louie to the vet she told me two cups of science diet, twice a day.  I have noticed that his stools are not solid.  it is not diarrhea, but when i go to clean up the yard to mow it is still soft after laying there for a week?  His stool sample last time was normal and he has been on science diet since i got him at 6 months old.  His stools have never been solid, could i be feeding him too much??? Some days he won't eat in the morning just at night or vice versa, but sometimes he eats both times.  Any thoughts or suggestions?? He is 10 months old now and weighs about 50-ish lbs.



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Comment by Linda on July 22, 2011 at 8:58pm
My Charlie had coccidia so bad we still have to use pumpkin, yes pumpkin to firm up stools. Use pumpkin that has nothing added.
Comment by Toni G on July 22, 2011 at 6:58pm
Bonnie is a fussy eater, in fact I have to beg her to eat and tell her the dogs are starving in Africa. When she was a pup she had very loose stools the vet told me to drop a lil pumpkin in food that the fiber will help.  Seemed to work for me.  I fed her Alpo and mix it with Chef Michaels dry food.  She is 4 now and gets treats in the morning, dinner at dinner and about 6 treats at 8. Oh, forgot to mention she had a bad case of Giardia that made her stools loose and when she was eating poop it was a major concern since she reinfected herself.  
Comment by Jamey on July 22, 2011 at 4:59pm
Thanks guys! i always enjoy advice from other doodle owners.  He doesn't eat any human food, so I'm thinking i need to change his food up....this could be quiet the adventure, hope it doesn't take to long to find the right fit!
Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on July 22, 2011 at 4:55pm

We went through several different foods for Ginger before we found one that she would eat all the time.  I thought she might have been a cat in a prior life.  I feed her half a can of local brand wet food in the morning, with a cup of (again) local brand dry food.  She will eat the wet food, but save the dry food for an afternoon snack.  At night, just before going to bed, Ginger gets another cup and a half of dry food, but no wet food.  She will eat a bit, but saves most of it for a midnight snack.  Sometimes, there is some left in the morning, sometimes not.

Story about the dry food...I tried probably a total of six different ones...from name brands to local brands.  Ginger turned her nose up at Kibbles and Bits...BUT, gobbled down the local brand of Kibbles and Bits...go figure...

Ginger has good stool, unless she gets too much human scraps or too much cat food cleanup...I've found that the more dry food, the firmer the poop.

I second Jan's recommendation of getting samples, if available.  Otherwise, go my route and get the smallest bag possible as a try-out.  Donate the unused to the local animal shelter...they can always use it.

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on July 22, 2011 at 2:40pm

First, what does the bag recommend for an older puppy weighing 50 pounds?


Second, there is a dog/puppy food calculator at:

According to that, Louie needs about 1502 calories (KCal) per day to promote growth.   I've found that number tends to be high, as have many others.  It should be close to what the bag of food says though.


Third, puppies as they grow older do sometimes just decide to skip meals, no harm done.  Adult dogs do this too sometimes, especially if they're not crazy about the food and too much is being offered.


Fourth, have you considered looking for a better food?  I know Vets recommend Science Diet.  They sell it.  Most Vets don't have much training in dog nutrition.   The fact that Louie has soft stool is an indicator that it may not be the best food for his system...  Nice firm poop is the optimum goal.  There are hundreds of choices, and it can be overwhelming, but if you have a good pet food store in your area (not a big chain store like PetCo/Petsmart/etc.), they can probably offer you some great options to try.   Get a few free samples to see what he likes, and then a small (15 pound) bag to gradually transition from his current diet to the new food.  I like to take at least a week to make the switch, increasing the new food and decreasing the old food every day, just a little bit, until it's all "new" food.   You may find it takes a few tries to get a dog food that suits him best, but it is so worth it when you finally do!  My two are on Acana Pacifica now, but have done well on Orijen 6 fish, and California Natural Lamb & Rice.  The "premium" foods do cost more per bag, but realize that they contain less fillers, are higher in calories / cup, and you feed less of the food, so it isn't really all that much more expensive.  (You can estimate your costs if you use the dog food calculator mentioned above, and fill in all the input section with all the information from the bag of food, or manufacturer's website).


Good luck, and here's to firm poops! lol ;)

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