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Unsure of what to Feed (sorry, very long!)
I think I need some food advice. I have searched the forums and read everything I can but I am still unsure what to do next with Duncan.
Sorry if this is long, but any advice for my next steps I would appreciate:
Duncan came eating Science Diet which he loved and did really well on. I knew it was not a good food, so I did want to switch it. We first tried Purina Pro, which he also did well on but hated. He only ate it when he was really hungry.
I then switched him gradually to Solid Gold - He loved it, but we had severe potty issues. Very loose stool and at times he seems constipated, trying to go more but couldn't. I started mixing his food with Wysong since I had a bag of that to transition him, but he ate all the Solid Gold out of the bowl and left the Wysong.
I of course tried pumpkin - which he refuses to eat. He just picks the dry kibble out around the pumpkin.
I got a bunch of sample bags and over the last week have tried:
California Naturals - refused to eat
Artemis - refused, then ate the next day but he was most likely starving
Before Grain Salmon - not crazy about
During this time, I tried adding some greek yogurt mixed with pumpkin so he ate a little of that. Stool is firmer, but never as firm as it was on the Science Diet or Purina Pro.
I brought Orijen home yesterday and he inhaled it like I have never seen. Of course this morning, more stomach issues.
Unfortunately in the midst of all of this, we have gone through a major heat wave, so I am not sure if that is adding some stress to his body.
So do I keep up the Orijen for a week - adding some pumpkin/yogurt - to see if he adjusts? Try something new?
For stomach issues like this, is it usually the protein, fat or fiber content that I should be checking on? I was on dogfoodanalysis.com trying to find a correlation on what what foods he did better on, but I couldn't figure it out.
In my house now, I have Wysong, Solid Gold, Orijen, and Before Grain ~ what on earth should I give him tonight?
If you actually got through this whole post - thank you, I appreciate any ideas!