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Transition from Eukanuba Puppy to Adult ... ?

Lily is now 11 months old. We are starting to make a switch from Eukanuba Puppy Small Breed to Orijen Adult, per trainer's advice. But I see that Orijen has a higher protein content (38%) than the Eukanuba (32%). Could this be a potential issue? Maybe it would be easier on Lily's system to switch to a food with a protein content closer to what she's used to, or lower, such as Acana (31%), Eukanuba Adult (the breeder's recommendation, 28%), or Fromm Gold (24 or 26%)? Or is this not significant?

Has anyone here made a transition from Eukanuba Puppy to an adult dog food? What worked well?

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p.s. Sorry, I guess I should have posted this in the Puppy Area.

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Dogs need protein. A lot of it. Unless the dog has an underlying health problem, there is no reason not to feed a high protein food. Eukanuba is not a very high quality food, so I don't think anyone would recommend staying on it.


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yeah transition slowly over two weeks and see how it goes. at roughly 7 per cent a day.

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OK thanks. I am transitioning slowly (probably more slowly than 7% a day). In the past couple of days, on two occasions, I have seen some softness at the end of a poop. I had not seen that with Lily recently, although it is something I saw some months ago. I know that it does commonly occur with dogs and I think I read that when this happens the soft part is not being digested fully, so could that suggest that she is being overfed?

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hard to say Mark ..if it gets too soft transition slower.

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OK thanks. In the back of my mind is the question (theoretical, at this point, just to plan) of when to keep going and when to give up. I've read people on this forum say that when they made a transition to another food, poops were soft for a while but then everything cleared up. So that would mean that I should not give up right away if I see soft poops. On the other hand, I have been told that if I see poops becoming softer, then this tells me that this is not the food for Lily.
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OK thanks. In the back of my mind is the question (theoretical, at this point, just to plan) of when to keep going and when to give up. I've read people on this forum say that when they made a transition to another food, poops were soft for a while but then everything cleared up. So that would mean that I should not give up right away if I see soft poops. On the other hand, I have been told that if I see poops becoming softer, then this tells me that this is not the food for Lily.
I asked Sabine for you Mark . here is her reply ..."Softer poops can be a result of the GI tract adjusting. This should clear up within a few days though.

Another common reason is overfeeding. This often happens when people simply substitute one cup of a new, more calorie dense kibble for one cup of the older, which was lower. This is why I always recommend being aware of and portioning by calorie amounts and weight, not simply by volume. Once you know how much to feed, you can still convert that back to a volume measurement.

Usually it's also not the protein content that's a problem in foods like Orijen, but the fat. Fat supplies 2.25 times more calories per weight unit than protein or carbs, and while feeding a higher fat/lower carb diet is certainly species appropriate, dogs have to adjust, and some don't do well. "High" protein is unnecessarily blamed for too many things"

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Thanks to all for your kind and informative responses! I'll stay the course and see how it goes.

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