I am having very poor luck in firming up Abrams' stool. First thought maybe it was parasites, but two fecals were NPS. No giardia, either. Did a bought of metronidazole just in case and they mostly firmed up while on the meds, but even then were never completely solid. He's been on probiotics for about a week or two now and I thought I was noticing a difference, but now we're back to sloppy poo and waking me up a 4am to go out to go to the bathroom.
Next step is switching foods to see if I can find something that helps firm his poo up. I'm tired to trying to clean up loose stools in the yard!
What I am feeding:
Chicken, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, white rice, cracked pearled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), oatmeal, dried plain beet pulp, egg product, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, fish meal, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.
Protein: 26%, Fat: 16%
3,708 kcal/kg (368 kcal/cup) Calculated ME
I'm broke and can't afford much for dog food, unfortunately. I'm most likely going to try out 4 Health Salmon and Potato with him, as I had really good success with Chloe and Gracie on that flavor. BUT, I have to purchase that at Tractor Supply, which is on the complete opposite end of town.
Salmon, ocean fish meal (a source of fish oil), potatoes, peas, cracked pearled barley, egg product, millet, canola oil, tomato pomace, natural flavor, flaxseed, salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, glucosamine hydrochloride, dried kelp, carrots, apples, tomatoes, blueberries, spinach, dried skim milk, cranberries, rosemary extract, parsley flake, yucca schidigera extract, L-Carnitine, chondroitin sulfate, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.
Crude Protein 25.0% (min.), Crude Fat 14.0% (min.), Crude Fiber 3.0% (max.), Moisture 10.0% (max.), Zinc 150 mg/kg (min.), Selenium 0.4 mg/kg (min.), Vitamin E 150 IU/kg (min.), Omega-6 Fatty Acids* 2.5% (min.), Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.5% (min.), Glucosamine* 300 mg/kg (min.), Chondroitin Sulfate* 100 mg/kg (min.),
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO dog food nutrient profile.
3,500 kcal/kg (327 kcal/cup) Calculated Metabolizable Energy
We have a Pet Supplies Plus near me that sells Fromm. And since I have heard a ton of good things about it, if the price isn't through the roof, I was thinking about trying it. There are so many options, though! What would be a good (cheaper) starting point for a growing, large breed puppy and a medium size adult dog? I'm hoping to maybe try a different main protein source other than chicken, and maybe get away from rice as the primary grain.
Cynder, Daddy's girl Little Lab muttly and Abrams, Momma's boy Chesapeake Bay Retriever
~*~ DOB 1/28/2006 ~*~ DOB 4/11/13 ~*~