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We recently switched food for both dogs from Wellness to Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream formula. It cost a little less and thought they might appreciate a change. We did the change gradually and had no problems. While Molly's routine hasn't changed, Tasha (little miss sensitive) is pooping four times a day instead of her usual two or three times. I'm thinking this might be because it's a fish based formula and digests faster. Is a fish based formula good for everyday or should we consider trying one of their other formulas? Tasha doesn't have any problems with the food but when she has to go she really has to go. Any suggestions welcome.
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so you changed from meat to fish? It might take a little longer for her to adapt.

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dang... similar problem here.
I switched jav from the food the breeder gave me to blue buffalo.
while I was mixing the two in the switch he would pick out the blue and only eat that. now, he's just as tired of it as the old stuff and it's only been a week. he only eats about half of what's reccomended for him (1/2 cup instead of a cup a day) because I'll put his first serving in and he never finishes it to get another.
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also check the ingredients. i had changed django to venison from blue buffalo and the first ingredient was potatoe he was pooping all day long. i switched back to california natural and herring with sweet potatoe. problem solved. i know just based on my experience that californa natural is a good food for dogs with sensative bellies
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dang... similar problem here.
I switched jav from the food the breeder gave me to blue buffalo.
while I was mixing the two in the switch he would pick out the blue and only eat that. now, he's just as tired of it as the old stuff and it's only been a week. he only eats about half of what's reccomended for him (1/2 cup instead of a cup a day) because I'll put his first serving in and he never finishes it to get another.
A cup a day is a lot of food... It may be that you are simply over feeding him. Kodi is 16.5 lbs, in excellent shape, works harder than most Havs and only eats a total of 1/2c (plus training treats) daily.


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oh ok well yeah maybe it's just too much food. I also noticed he doesn't like to eat out of his bowl he puts it on the ground then eats it. I think for his portioning I should just go buy him kitty bowls. but I only feed him the best blie buffalo, the wilderness kind which is their best rated of all their types of food
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but anyway, yeah Tasha would probably benifit from a different flavor. she would get used to it eventually but she seems like the weaker stomach out of the two of them.
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django rarely eats out of his bowl, he puts the kibble from the bowl to the floor. sometimes if he's taking too long to eat, i put a handful of kibble on the floor at a time.
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Just to comment on the Taste of the Wild. I switched my guys, gradually, to that for a few months. Lamb formula. The number of poops, as well as the size of them, increased dramatically. I was going by the portion size recommended on the package, which I can't remember right now. I also noticed more staining with it. With Augie's urinary problems, we switched back to his old food where he had no issues, but currently he is on a 'urinary health' diet, trying to get him back to where he was before getting sick. I think his issues were brought on by a combination of factors, any one factor probably not causing a problem by itself - just my feeling.

My guys don't like to eat out of bowls. They like little plates.

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Just to comment on the Taste of the Wild. I switched my guys, gradually, to that for a few months. Lamb formula. The number of poops, as well as the size of them, increased dramatically. I was going by the portion size recommended on the package, which I can't remember right now. I also noticed more staining with it. With Augie's urinary problems, we switched back to his old food where he had no issues, but currently he is on a 'urinary health' diet, trying to get him back to where he was before getting sick. I think his issues were brought on by a combination of factors, any one factor probably not causing a problem by itself - just my feeling.

My guys don't like to eat out of bowls. They like little plates.
Besides the extra pooping I noticed Tasha has more tear staining then before also. Might have to switch back to Wellness.
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