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Old 01-05-2013, 01:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Occassional Diaherria - Is it the food?

I have a 8 mth old female boxer. Haylee was on Acana puppy food (chicken base)from her breeder and had diaherria all the time. I asked our vet and he suggested to changing Haylee's food off of a chicken diet. So I did and I have put her on Buffalo Blue Lamb & Oatmeal food. She seems to be still having the occassional diaherria along with normal stools. There is no blood or mucus in any of her stools. When Haylee got spayed the vet did a liver test on her and she is perfectly fine...no issues. We think that Haylee just has a very sensative stomach. haylee is a very playful and an energitic puppy. She does not vomit, eats well and drinks lot of water.

Our vet suggested a fish base food or turkey deit....any thoughts?

What I am asking is if anyone has the simialr problem with their boxer(s) and what are they doing or what brand /type of food do they have their dog on.

This si my first time being on a forum. Thank you for all your suggestions it's apperciated. :0)
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Have you done a fecal to rule out parasites, coccidia and giardia? That would be the first thing I would check on my list. Then, if they are negative, I would still deworm as a precaution and slowly switch her to a turkey based diet such as Now Grain Free Adult. If after 8 weeks you havent seen any improvement I would seriously consider a Raw diet.
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my first thought would be to check her stool. Unfortunately I have seen pups have their diet changed so many times and it ended up being parasites. But if you have ruled that out I would think its diet. Have you ever added pure pumpkin to her food?
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I had nothing but problems with Kona since day one with regards to diet. After ruling out parasites and trying everything...i did an allergy test for him. Turns out the only things that he is not allergic/sensitive too is Turkey/chicken and fish.
Switched him to raw and he has been great ever since.

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Thank you all for your replies. I have not had her stool tested for parasites...I should do that first. I will get her stool tested and try adding pumpkin to her existing food and see if that helps before I change her food again. If all tests come back okay and she still has some diaherria I will switch her food to either turkey or fish.

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I have 2 boxers a male that is 1 year and 2 months and a female that is 8 months old. The female has no issues with her stool however my male has ever since he a puppy. I did have him dewormed when he was young and he did have some type of worm but since then I test he stool a couple months and has not since had any worms. But he does continue to have loose stool ocasssionaly. I do give my dogs bones either rawhide, bone marrow or the Knucklebones. So back to the vet we went because over Christmas someone gave us rawhide bones and that is what was giving him diarrhea. His intestines were irritated that was leading to very loose stool. We have him eating rice and meat and his stool has finally begun to look normal. Some dogs have very sensitive stomachs. I found out that the blue buffalo was too high in protein and now we are on earth born. I do add pure pumpkin to the males food for a few days then a few days off. We were having great results till the last rawhide bone incident. Rawhide bones can cause igestive irritation. Some dogs are simply sensitive or allergic to rawhide or other substances used in their manufacture. This can cause problems, including diarrhea. Hope this helps you.
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I'd try a grain free kibble, if your pup has had parasites ruled out. Some boxers just can't tolerate any grains at all. Wellness Simple Grain Free is good, as is Acana Grain Free. Many people on here like Earthborn Grain Free or Fromm Grain Free. Some sensitive dogs do well on California Natural Grain Free LID (the only thing my westie mix seems to be able to tolerate right now). Nature's Variety also makes a few grain free kibbles, as well as some LID kibbles (limited ingredient diets).

I'd recommend Blue Buffalo Freedom, but it only comes in chicken right now. I wish they'd expand into a fish based kibble! I'm not wild about BB Wilderness - it's really high in protein, plus it still has chicken product in every flavor, I think. The BB Basics has grain in it.
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