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Feeding strategies to firm up poop

I'd love to come up with a feeding strategy to firm up Sheldon's poops. I give him a combination of Earthborn kibble and Natures Variety frozen raw food, plus 1-2 teaspoons of pumpkin with each meal.

Reading on the Internet, I'm learning':
- I may be over feeding him
- maybe it's too much pumpkin
- a fish based kibble often helps
- yogurt may help

Would folks give a 5 month old Hav puppy chicken wings? Anyone here had luck with a fish-based kibble?

Because he uses an indoor potty, little Tootsie Rolls would be so much easier to clean up!

Any advice?
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Mine have been eating fish based kibble for years! Fiber content and protein content is important for my dogs. Mine do NOT do well on protein 30% or higher. Mine are currently eating FROMM whitefish (with grains) and doing great! I like to add some real food to their diet and baked (or microwaved) sweet potatoes always firm up mushy poops for me! I also give mine digestive enzymes (dogzymes digestive enhancer by nature's farmacy) with each meal.

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Thanks, Nancy. Maybe I'll try some fish based kibble. I need to have at least some kibble in his diet since I travel occasionally with my job and need to kennel him when I'm gone.

Also, it just occurred to me that maybe the freeze dried liver treats I use for potty training are the culprit. Maybe I should cut back on them to see if that helps.
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[QUOTE=DebW;638089]Thanks, Nancy. Maybe I'll try some fish based kibble. I need to have at least some kibble in his diet since I travel occasionally with my job and need to kennel him when I'm gone.

Also, it just occurred to me that maybe the freeze dried liver treats I use for potty training are the culprit. Maybe I should cut back on them to see if that helps.
Zoey has soft stools with liver treats even one or two.. She doesn't tolerate much extra anything. Try the peppers Tammies gives Tillie. When I trained I used chicken breast.Pumpkin can cause soft stools it works both ways. Zoey is also sensitive to too much protein. Mine are eating all kibble A brand called Formms with chicken and fish and lamb I think.

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Ok, will do an experiment this weekend to eliminate the liver treats.

What do you mean by peppers? You mean... peppers?
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Tyler had soft stools for most of his life on whatever kibble I tried even with pumpkin added until I switched him over to a grain-free fish based kibble. I started him on Nature's Balance LID Sweet Potato and Fish about a year and a half ago and it really firmed him up. I was also adding extra sweet potato to it. It doesn't have much protein or fat which is good for him. Recently, I acquired a sample of Fromm's grain-free Salmon Tunalina and that also seems to be okay so I will probably switch him to that, as I believe it is a better brand than NB. Liver treats are a definite no-no, though. Soft stools for sure!

Give fish a try and good luck. BTW, I thin Tammy's peppers are the sweet red ones. Tyler likes those too!


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Thanks, I'll stop by my dog store today. They have a great supply of high quality foods.

Have just switched to plain old kibble for potty treats. Wish that had occurred to me before! I'm tired of frequent butt washes (I scissored off the long hairs in the offending area yesterday) so I hope these two strategies do the trick.

Thanks, everyone, for the advice.
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i'd go with NV only and no pumpkin, . jmo

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Well, just back from the dog store. Their opinion was to not switch to a fish based kibble, but seconded the recommendation to cut out the freeze dried liver treats. She also recommended no bully sticks! Wow, Sheldon isn't going to like this new diet....

I'm going to try keeping his food the same, cutting down the pumpkin to 2 teaspoons/day, and removing bully sticks and liver treats. It will be hard, but so is cleaning poopy butt!

I'll report back in a day or two. I'm sure everyone will want a poop update.
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I always had to keep an eye on how many treats Brody got...when his poops started going soft, then I knew he was getting too many and I'd ease back. When he was little, it didn't take much.

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