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Old 11-28-2012, 02:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Recently our boxer lab mix has had the runs. I gave her some bene-bac thinking she may had gotten into something and feed her rice and some wet food my vet gave her. Her poops went from runny to hard and normal. So I put her back on the food we had her on (Merrick). That night she woke up 3 times to go outside because she had to poop and couldn't hold it. Btw - that's why we started this whole process in the first place, because she was waking up 3-5 times a night for 5 days. After the set back we have her the rice and wet food mix and her poops, again, went back to normal. So last night we put her on a food she had before and was fine (innova). This morning her poop is very soft, not as runny as with the Merrick, but still to soft to be considered healthy.

Any tips, ideas, etc on what I can do or food to switch her to? It is obviously her food. Is this the nutourious boxer food problems (sensitive stomach) I hear so much about?

Please help!!!

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Old 11-28-2012, 03:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like what I went through with Logan. We tried several foods, but always ended up with vomit or loose stools. I don't remember the length of time it takes for kibbles to pass through their system complete. Like how you said you were feeding Merrick and then switched to Innova. I want to say it takes a good 3-4 months (could be longer) for one food (in your case Merrick) to completely get out of your pup's system until you can really tell if the new food (in your case Innova) is working. So, basically it's possible that the Innova will work, but you're still seeing the effects of the Merrick food as it passes through your pup's system. I hope that makes sense. LOL

Have you ever considered feeding a raw diet? If you're comfortable with that idea, I'd personally suggest going that route. All of Logan's tummy/poop issues stopped almost immediately after I switched him to raw. He did have an upset tummy when he first switched back in August, but since being back on raw since early Sept he has been problem free! Definitely worth looking into if you're comfortable with that idea.
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Thanks Ril-Mas. It does make sense. The vet was also telling me to give the Innova a week to see if it is working and to add rice also to it to help the stomach coupe. If she starts throwing up or has diarrhea again, I need to go back on the low fat wet food and rice again (since it worked so well).


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Do both kibbles you're feeding contain grains? If so, that may be the problem. Many boxers can't handle grains of any kind. If he can't handle the Innova (assuming you're feeding the grain inclusive one), maybe try a grain free kibble?

Another thought: do both kibbles contain the same protein source?
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Do both kibbles you're feeding contain grains? If so, that may be the problem. Many boxers can't handle grains of any kind. If he can't handle the Innova (assuming you're feeding the grain inclusive one), maybe try a grain free kibble?

Another thought: do both kibbles contain the same protein source?
See i had the complete opposite happen. My pup had loose stools the entire time. I switchedto another grain free food and still had runs. I talkedto vet he sais some grains are actually very good for dogs. I gave him the vet recommended food and instantly it hardened up. No issues since.


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I gave him the vet recommended food
What was that food? My vet likes innova and evanger's.

Any other foods that help this issue?


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