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A Sticky Subject (poop)

Forgive me for starting a new thread on this subject. I know there are a number of older threads on feeding and poop that I have read through but I need to ask a couple of things.

Our puppymill rescue Darin (10 mos) has had loose stools (or at least soft ones) pretty much since we got him in May. His vet checkup was OK, I don't think we even mentioned the subject because it was only a couple weeks after we got him and we just assumed he was adjusting.

Our dogs were eating Iams dry at the time (we still had our big dog Jackson) and we had always done the "free feed" thing with no problems. Even after we got Sami (our 1st Hav) she was fine with that method.

We switched to Kirkland brand kibble from Costco after reading an analysis given to us by HALO after we got Darin. His poops were beginning to firm up a little. But, he also has itchy skin and after reading about that, we decided to try one of the better foods without grain to see if that stopped his itching. Our friend (who is in the pet supply business) recommended EVO to us. So, I put some EVO in a bowl and left the other food in the feeder. Darin and our non-Hav Molly both have been eating the EVO. Sami has stuck to the old food. But now Darin's poop has gotten very soft again. I have read that this may be caused by overeating also as well as switching foods.

They have been on the EVO for a week. How long does it take after switching foods to firm back up? Should I mix the old food with the EVO and see if that helps and then gradually back off the old food? Should we stop with the free feeding since we don't have Jackson anymore and do regular feedings at certain times? I don't think that he is over eating but obviously, it's hard to tell.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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It is very important to introduce new foods gradually, not all at once. Could be that Darrin just has a little touchy stomach, like my Shelby. I have been using EVO Small Bites for quite a while now, and they are doing very well on it. I even put my DD's dogs on it (because they live with me now) and they spend less time pooping, and when they do, it is firm and not loose.

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We were on Evo for a while, it seems my poops were a little softer than on the Natural Balance we are now on mostly Raw, with a 1/8 cup of Evo and the poops are really hard.
The girls don't have trouble with the stool, but it is really easy to pick up. EVo is a very highly rated food.

I would give him a couple of weeks to adjust to the food. If he seems to be dehydrated or not doing well you may want to revisit the vet.

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You could also add about a tablespoon of plain yogurt to the food. Or probiotics if you can find it at a local pet supply store.

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