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Old 12-03-2012, 10:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for a little help with Teddy. He is 11 months and we are feeding an all grain diet twice per day. He is on Blue Salmon and Potato and we are feeding around 4.5 a 5 cups per day. He literally inhales his food and is acts like he is starved around feeding time. Are we feeding enough? He is extremely healthy, gets a ton of exercise and has a beautiful shiny coat.

Ted is a big boxer and is around 62 pounds if I remember correctly. We have tried a few different foods and he always has a pretty soft stool. Adding pumpkin seems to help.

Would love to hear your thoughts! Maybe adding more healthy treats or feeding three times?
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Try a grain free diet... grain=no bueno
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sorry, when I said "all grain" I meant grain free... He's been grain free for quite a while.
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I would take a stool sample in to get tested for worms and then switch to a raw diet.
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Hi, currently my boy also have the same problem like yours. I give him grain free kibbles according to his current weight and... PWOOSSSHHHHH... He ate it like he inhale it. His stool change frequently; sometime soft, sometime solid, sometime its color is yellowish and sometime dark brown, but just like yours, his coat are shiny and he is very very active.

I also need suggestions for this problem. Should I change to raw?


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We have a very voracious eater in rescue that we havent been able to place. He scares people when he eats. he isn't mean but eats so fast and acts like it is going away. He has been thru some training with it and we have found a few things that have helped. However if yours is just eating fast you can feed in one of those "slow" feeder bowls. I havent used one but heard they work well. Good luck.
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Looking for a little help with Teddy. He is 11 months and we are feeding an all grain diet twice per day. He is on Blue Salmon and Potato and we are feeding around 4.5 a 5 cups per day. He literally inhales his food and is acts like he is starved around feeding time. Are we feeding enough? He is extremely healthy, gets a ton of exercise and has a beautiful shiny coat.

Ted is a big boxer and is around 62 pounds if I remember correctly. We have tried a few different foods and he always has a pretty soft stool. Adding pumpkin seems to help.

Would love to hear your thoughts! Maybe adding more healthy treats or feeding three times?
If you're feed Blue Buffalo Basics Salmon and Potato, it's not grain free. It has brown rice and oatmeal in it. Only the BB Freedom and BB Wilderness are truly grain free.
BLUE Basics Salmon dog food, a limited ingredient diet

Wellness makes a similar kibble, but it is grain free. It's also higher in Kcal/c. than the BB. The Wellness is 446 Kcal/c. vs. BB, which is only 377 Kcal/c. Wellness's higher calorie count would also let you be able to feed less.
WellnessŪ Simple Salmon & Potato Formula

Overfeeding can cause soft poo. Try cutting back on the amount you feed.

My boxer always acts like he's starving, even right after eating! I know he's getting enough to eat, so I just ignore it. You could try feeding your dog on a large cookie sheet. Spreading out the food may slow him down somewhat.
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A friend bought one of those slow feeder bowls for her lab... the lab destroyed the bowl to get the food out of it... it lasted almost one meal!

I have the opposite issue with Sally, she is supposed to eat 4 cups of her food a day, I am lucky to get 3 cups into her! but she looks pretty good, when she looked skinny (all ribs showing) I added extras to get her to eat all the food, but now she seems fine. I will admit that she does get a fair amout of treats, but I am working on obedience at the moment!
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they do not make blue buffalo basics grain free for puppies. Zeus is currently on blue buffalo basics for puppy, turkey and potatoe and is doing well on it. the only time he gets soft poo is after being extra excited and anxious at the dog park.. its weird. at home. PERFECT POOP.

He doesnt eat quite as fast as he used to, i also dab a little plain yogurt on his food.. YUMMY IN HIS TUMMY!

I feed zeus 4 cups a day. I am thinking of increasing it a bit to 5 cups.
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Blue Buffalo has the Freedom line in Puppy formula & it's grain free.
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