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Old 06-19-2013, 04:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello I'm here with some concerns about my 6 month old boxer pup, Trigger. He is very skinny. He gets fed twice a day but I noticed today it looks like he may have even dropped some weight. We have him on Blue Buffalo puppy food. It has also caused him to have runny poo. I haven't switched his food yet because sometimes my 3 year old would slip him some food when I wasn't watching so I thought maybe that upset his tummy. Well we have him kennel trained now and have been keeping a close eye on those two for over a month. making sure he isn't getting into any food he shouldn't. But there is still no change in the very soft and sometimes runny stool. He also seems to be getting thinner as he's growing. Overall he seems very healthy to me, he's VERY energetic and has a soft coat. He's always ready to play And has never been ill. I've heard it can take awhile for boxers to "fill out" but the weightloss is concerning me. I will be taking him to the vet but I wanted to know others opinion on a good food to switch him to. I was told this is a good brand dog food but its just not working for him. I guess I need to do a little research but any help is appreciated! We Just want our pup happy and healthy.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Can you post pics? Boxers do tend to look skinny and ribby around 6 months. However, if he continues to have runny poo you should take him to the vet and have them check him for parasites like worms, coccidian and giardia. Make sure you and your 3 year old wash their hands very well after playing with Trigger as well.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ditto

Ruger had round worms AND hook worms when we got him. Once we got rid of the worms in stool firmed up. He still has some soft stool, but it's usually after he has a nice firm one. (He poops like 4-5 times in the afternoon.)
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Ruger had round worms AND hook worms when we got him. Once we got rid of the worms in stool firmed up. He still has some soft stool, but it's usually after he has a nice firm one. (He poops like 4-5 times in the afternoon.)
did you go get him tested for worms or did you just deworm him? also what kind of dewormer did you use? And what kind of food do you feed him? We feed our 3 blue buffalo wilderness chicken (grain free). was thinking of switching to the fish one or even something other than chicken. i've been reading chicken isn't good on boxers tummies. our senior boxer has had diarreah the past 2 days and acting weird. just wondering whats up with him, he's 7. very tired, doesn't really wanna eat, slow, and drinking a lot of water.
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It sounds like it may be something other than the food as others have suggested, but our boxer could not handle Blue Buffalo so we switched to Wellness Core puppy with great results. I would make sure everything else is fine then maybe switch off BB. I know some boxers on this board do not do well on BB, each dog is different. Maybe protein is too high in his diet.
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My 5 month old female eats three times a day on blue (1 cup in am 1/2 at lunch and 1 cup in afternoon) she's sitting at the 28-30lbs mark every time I weigh her. She's ribby, but I'd rather her be thinner vs being over weight. Each dog is diff, have your pup checked for worms as mentioned above.


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I'm almost in the same boat with Owen. He's three and a half and I just switched him to Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural from Purina Dog Chow. He's always been healthy, but does get an upset stomach if he gets into food he's not meant to have like most boxers. I fed him half new food and half old (slightly less than 1 cup each) for about two weeks and just recently upped the ratio to a little over 1 cup new to 1/2 cup old. He did pretty well at first, but for the past week his poop has been really soft towards the end of each deification. Otherwise, he's excellent; coat looks a lot better and he's as energetic as ever. I'm leaning towards him not taking to the food, but it's the first time I've ever switched food on a dog and don't know what the usual signs are.

He's almost finished with the 15lb bad of his new stuff, so I might try something else. Is it bad to switch food up this much on a dog?

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I'm almost in the same boat with Owen. He's three and a half and I just switched him to Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural from Purina Dog Chow. He's always been healthy, but does get an upset stomach if he gets into food he's not meant to have like most boxers. I fed him half new food and half old (slightly less than 1 cup each) for about two weeks and just recently upped the ratio to a little over 1 cup new to 1/2 cup old. He did pretty well at first, but for the past week his poop has been really soft towards the end of each deification. Otherwise, he's excellent; coat looks a lot better and he's as energetic as ever. I'm leaning towards him not taking to the food, but it's the first time I've ever switched food on a dog and don't know what the usual signs are.

He's almost finished with the 15lb bad of his new stuff, so I might try something else. Is it bad to switch food up this much on a dog?
The problem with the earthborn holistic primitive natural is it has a really high protein content i would try one of there other foods that is gran free that has less protein...
A high protein content in some dogs just does not do good
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Some dogs don't tolerate high protein well. The primitive natural is 38 percent.
Try the Meadowfeast formula- it's only 26 percent protein

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Thanks guys! I'll be making a trip to the dog store tomorrow to pick something else up. Hopefully they have the Meadowfeast.
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