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Old 08-30-2005, 11:05 AM
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Well we just got back from our well check/shot vet appt. Daisy and Jedi both have soft poop some of the time so our vet suggested that we switch dog foodsb/c other than that they are both fine. He suggested Science Diet and said he feeds his dog that and he his fine. But I've read that it's not that great. We currently feed Eagle Pack and was wondering what anyone would suggest. Oh, and they're 17 weeks.
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Old 08-30-2005, 11:19 AM
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I would suggest that your vet is looking to sell you some really poor quality food and lighten your wallet twice: once when he charges you the outrageous price for a food that is grossly overpriced and again later down the line when you have health problems caused by it.

The bulk of the nutritional training most vets get is from seminars conducted by the large pet food companies, so any kind of food recommendations from a vet are automatically highly suspect.

The Eagle Pack is an excellent food. If you're feeding the puppy formula, try the all stages formula. Innova is one of the other top quality foods. If you'll look through the threads in the Food forum or just go to Mordy's site (the link is in her signature) you can do some reading on your own.

Soft stools aren't that big a deal. Hot weather can cause some aberrations in your pup's metabolism, and puppies are changing at an alarmingly fast rate, so you really can't expect to always have firm stools. If it really bothers you, give them some canned pumpkin as a treat and add some yoghurt to their diet.
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Old 08-30-2005, 11:28 AM
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My dog Odin had the same problem. With a breeder's reccommendation, I changed from the puppy formula to the adult formula. It was less rich than the puppy food, and that solved the problem. It didn't seem to affect his health or growth either. However, Odin had very runny stools for several months, and had been to see the vet a few times before I even attempted the switch. If Jedi and Daisy have only been having the problem lately, it might be best to wait it out and see if it's something else.

edit: I just noticed that your post said that they only have soft stools "some of the time." Then I definately wouldn't worry. They're both puppies, and no matter how much you watch them, I bet they still get a few tastes of things that give them a little tummy upset. I'd only worry if it becomes a chronic problem.
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Old 08-30-2005, 12:14 PM
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Don't do it!!! Vets know nothing about nutriton unless they have researched it on their own! Trust me, I worked for one for 5 years! Vets feed science diet to their own dogs because the company gives it to them for free and they get no nutritional education in vet school so they really don't know better! If you are going to try switching then try Innova or Canidae, but NO Science Diet!!!
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Old 08-30-2005, 01:21 PM
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Thanks for the info. Jedi's poop is usually okay but sometimes is soft (soft but not diarhea). Daisy usually poops two piles. The first is okay but then the second is soft. I don't know how she has so much poop in her!
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Thanks for the info. Jedi's poop is usually okay but sometimes is soft (soft but not diarhea). Daisy usually poops two piles. The first is okay but then the second is soft. I don't know how she has so much poop in her!
It may be true that you need to switch, but don't go the Science Diet route To be honest, my dog's poop is best when I feed Canidae or Innova EVO, but your puppies are too young for EVO, so I would give Canidae a try.
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my take on science diet products:
http://www.ourdogsonline.com/index.php?section=27

i agree with gempress, if you are feeding puppy food, consider an adult variety instead and give it some more time. i also highly recommend adding a probiotic supplement daily, to support the digestive tract and the immune system.
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