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Hi, Bailey has been on Health Extension Little Bites and original, for his whole 9 months of life! He's doing well on it I think, though we have to mix in a teaspoon of canned food for him to eat it.

I decided to try something different, see if he'd like it better. So I started mixing in Bailey's food, some Orijen Regional Red. It seems like such a great dog food! He ate it before eating the rest of his food. Did this for a couple days, then experimented with ALL orijen. Well, one day of that and he had almost-diarrhea loose stools, and couldn't stop squatting afterward with nothing coming out.

back on a couple days of health extension, and when stools seem normal again, I'll just try a sprinkle of Orijen.

Is Orijen extremely rich, for a nine month old havanese?
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thanks for any thoughts, recommendations for other foods.. etc.!

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I switched mine to orijen puppy (cold turkey cause the breeder didn't offer her food to us as it's purchased in bulk at dog shows) when he came home. His stools were definitely "looser" for what seemed like forever. Now he just has times where they're soft and really squishy...and he's 9 months next week. Orijen is very calorically dense and they don't need much of it. He seems satisfied, as he doesn't beg (not sure if that's how you tell or not) for food and is super excited when he eats twice a day.

When switching to new food it should be done over at least a week or more. So he doesn't get an upset stomach..so maybe try again...just more slowly.

Don't have a lot of advice, but hope that helps.

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I switched mine to orijen puppy (cold turkey cause the breeder didn't offer her food to us as it's purchased in bulk at dog shows) when he came home. His stools were definitely "looser" for what seemed like forever. Now he just has times where they're soft and really squishy...and he's 9 months next week. Orijen is very calorically dense and they don't need much of it. He seems satisfied, as he doesn't beg (not sure if that's how you tell or not) for food and is super excited when he eats twice a day.

When switching to new food it should be done over at least a week or more. So he doesn't get an upset stomach..so maybe try again...just more slowly.

Don't have a lot of advice, but hope that helps.

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Also, I switched from puppy to the blue adult bag when he was neutered...at my vet's recommendation. He didn't have any trouble switching between the 2...

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I switched Henry from Fromm's that the breeder was feeding to Orijen's puppy, which I mix with some moistened Stella and Chewy's freeze dried. (Fromm's isn't very available here.) Made the switch over at least a 2 week period. No problems at all.
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Thanks, Henry&Kate... is Stella a dry food that you moisten? also, regarding freeze-dried, I did buy a small bag of the Orijen freeze dried, just to see what it's like. Kind of a shredded texture that can be pulled apart. Is the 'chewy' brand the same idea?
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you need to transition slower probably.
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Stella and Chewy's have a big variety of raw diet foods. You can see all the choices on their website. I buy the patties, which break apart easily, as you said, kind of dry and shredded when broken apart. I add a bit of lukewarm water and let it rehydrate for a couple of minutes and then mix in the orijens kibble. Not sure this is our final choice but we're going with it for now. he likes it and seems to be doing well. Went from 4.7 lbs at 10 weeks to 6.8 lbs at 13 1/2 !

The patties come in different flavors. I bought a big bag of chicken and a smaller bag of lamb to try. Guess which one he really loves?
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