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Food - Diarrhea

When we got our two puppies at 8 weeks of age I noticed they both had very loose/diarrhea stools on the first day.

Trying to be a good Dad to the new "kids" I wanted the best food for them to eat. I started on a mixture of Natures Variety Raw Venison and Acana puppy dry food.

Desi took to the raw and loves it and has good stools.
Javier does not like the Raw and eats the kibble, but after a week on the dry he still has diarrhea. You could never tell this in the way he plays and seems completely normal.

I am now reading that I should have slowly introduced a new brand of food to them instead of all at once.

So what should I do?
Should I go back to the original dry food which is not very good and slowly introduce the Acana or stick with the Acana seeing that I am one week into it?

Thanks
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The one thing you should NEVER, ever ever do is feed both kibble and Raw, either at the same time or on the same day. Stick to one and only one kind, either kibble or raw, but never both. They digest each food differently (raw is digested faster). Also, introduce one food at the time and stick to it for a minimum of a week to make sure your dog is not allergic to it. The most recommended 1st food is chicken (Breast) at first.

Stress, new foods and parasites (among other things) can cause loose stools. It can be a mixture of those or all of the above. Give him a few days, always monitoring him for dehydration, blood in the poop, etc. Don't give him any treats for now until his poop problem is under control. If it continues after a few days, then take him the vet. Maybe he has parasites and a quick cycle of meds will fix the problem.

Both of my dogs have been switched to RAW the minute they got home (Bumi is 2.5 Y/O and has had hard/dry poops for years now). Toby (13 weeks) just got home last Monday and his poops are just starting to get more on the solid side (still a bit pasty). The 2 first days the poops were normal, then they got really soft, then loose and now they are back to good consistency. I am constantly monitoring his poop and his food/liquid intake. Making sure he drinks enough fluids and watching every reaction, just in case. Little puppies are just like babes!

PS: if you want more info on Raw f3eding, let me know.

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Thanks for the info.
I would like the puppies on a raw diet. What raw meat/brand do you feed your dogs?
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I never fed Lizzie the Acana, but did feed her Orijen (same company) and she had loose stools. She had them no matter what I fed her-canned or dry. I finally did a consult with Sabine. She will guide you with raw or cooked. I chose cooked. I never transitioned Lizzie and from the first day I started cooking for her her poops have been perfect.

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For the little one, so far he has only had Chicken Breast (the same one I buy for us to eat at home), and I got him some Chicken wings already cut, he has been having on piece of the wing (the one with more meat on it) for breakfast along with some breast as well. I sit in front of him and watch him eat it, just in case. So far, I have only let him eat all the meat from the bone and the ends of the bone. I take it away when he is down to the middle/stock of the bone. I am very careful with bones, and how the dog eats it. He seems to chew it well and enjoys doing it, but he is already 13 weeks. At 9 weeks, I would stick to breast only.

For Bumi, I buy him food from Oma's Pride. They have a production plant in Avon, CT (about 1 hour from here).

ETA: Once you try the chicken on the pups for at least a week, if not more, you can do turkey (for the same amount of time), then Beef, etc. I held the fish and eggs for a while for Bumi. If I remember correctly, he was at least 6 months before I gave him boiled egg. He never liked it Raw. To this day, he is not crazy about fish, I really wish he liked it more!

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I also belong to this group and they were very helpful when I first got Bumi and Started him on Raw food. Check it out.

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/

And more info here: http://www.rawlearning.com/rawfaq.html

Hope this helps.

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Be careful feeding raw. You have to know what you're doing. I would strongly recommend Sabine as well. Do not feed strictly breast meat. Here is a quote from Sabine on this. ...It's a good source of protein but doesn't contain very many nutrients, so if someone fed only chicken breast, the diet would be severely deficient on trace minerals and some vitamins." Do it right and do a consult if you are unsure. It will be the best money ,you've ever spent. Keep in mind every dog is different. Find out what's right for your dog not anyone elses.

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I agree, use only the breast (meat) to introduce the food and rule out an allergy. Once you are sure he is not allergic then use the right % of each part (bone, meat, organ, etc).

Document yourself before going 100% raw. Is great for your pet as long as is well balanced. I have been feeding raw to Bumi for almost 3 yrs and he loves it.

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as far as the poop question goes, when I got my pup, he liked the 'new kibble' better and didn't eat his old kibble at all. would pick the new stuff out.

2-3 wks for normal poops to resume.
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