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Old 11-16-2012, 03:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First the background. So, when we brought Bruno home on Sunday the breeder had been transitioning him to a different food than she initially started them on because it wasn't widely available. The new one is a pretty poor quality choice though and in want to get him off it we followed some poor advice from a PetSmart store to mix 50/50 with the old and the Blue Freedom puppy we want to get him on. His tummy was already still a bit off from the previous transition that was in progress, and we only did the 50/50 thing for 4 feedings (Mon night-Tuesday). We're feeding him 100% just the stuff the breeder was transitioning to. His poo is still a bit soft but looking better. He was tested by the vet on Wednesday and everything looks worm free (was wormed at 6 weeks).

Now, the confusion bit. I'm not sure if we're still seeing effects of the botched and initial transition, or if we're overfeeding him. His poo is still nowhere near the normal solid "pieces" it's just not a pile of mush anymore. He's also constantly pooing. I know normally they're supposed to go after eating. However Bruno goes when getting up in the morning, before eating, after eating, after getting up from naps, etc. It seems like every other time we take him out to pee, we have to go right back out (or sometimes just walk him around outside first for a few and back to the potty area) for him to go poo too.

I know I've heard that the feeding recommendations on the bags can be too high sometimes so that's why I'm wondering if that's the problem. The food says for 50-100 pounds at adult weight, between 1-3 months, feed 1 3/4 to 4.x cups per day. We've been trying to do 3 x 2/3 cup feedings (2 cups a day) for him. We've noticed first thing in the morning though he'll eat maybe 1/2 of it, then 2 hours later go over to the table the bowl is sitting on and howl because he's hungry again so the bowl goes back down.

Anyone have some input here? I'm really lost on what to do. I know puppies might poo a bit more than the after mealtimes of an adult, but 3-4 times between the last meal and bedtime for instance seems excessive.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It could just be that his tummy doesn't agree with that particular kibble. Many people on here can confirm that boxers can have sensitive tummies. Sometimes it's trial and error until you can find a kibble that agrees with your dog.

In all cases, try to feed a 4 star kibble or higher and if possible, grain free. Good luck!
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It could just be that his tummy doesn't agree with that particular kibble. Many people on here can confirm that boxers can have sensitive tummies. Sometimes it's trial and error until you can find a kibble that agrees with your dog.

In all cases, try to feed a 4 star kibble or higher and if possible, grain free. Good luck!
Yeah that's why we want to do the blue freedom since it's grain free but we were thinking get him to be ok on the other stuff first then transition. We thought about going back to the original food the breeder first used because we can get it at a feed store about 25 miles away, but since it's been a good 2 weeks since he had it, we'd have to transition back to it according to the vet because it's been too long.

So that's why we thought we might as well just feed the other stuff and wait for the move stress and transition error from Monday/Tuesday to settle down. Of course if that kibble is causing problems by itself then it won't settle down so I'm not sure at all what to do then. I was thinking of picking up some canned pumpkin to try and see if that helps a bit.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Murphy is 3.5 months & is on Blue Buffalo Lamb & Oatmeal. She was on Pedigree Puppy Chow when we got her. She is now eating 3 Cups a day & she just recently not wanting to eat her lunch. Canned pumpkin will help but don't use to much. Good luck.
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I would just add in some pumpkin to see if that helps. And Duke ate about 5 cups a day on Blue Wilderness just for an idea on feeding amount.


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Hmm ok, maybe it just seems like he's going so much because it's got all the extra water in it making more volume to get rid of. Definitely going to try the pumpkin.
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So we did the pumpkin for two feedings. Very quickly saw some results. We haven't done it since (I now have a large tub of pumpkin in the fridge, time for a homemade pie lol). Just a tsp. in the food twice. He was already improving anyway, but this seemed to be just the kick he needed to settle things down. He's also nearly on a more normal schedule instead of going every other time he goes out. I swear he was having to poo 10-12 times a day last week. I really felt bad for him. Now to do a proper transition and get him off the junk food he's on right now.
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Glad to hear that the pumpkin worked for you pup. I made some homemade pumpkin muffin dog treats for my girls. They freeze for up to 6 months so I pull out a couple every now & then for the girls.
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Make sure you are using the plain pumpkin and not the pie filling. Glad it is working,. I still have to feed it to both mine every meal and since I have mostly they have been firm and not mushy. There are the occasional mushy ones but thats probably from the treats they eat which is very minimal.
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For the first few weeks I had Moxie she would poo about 10 times a day. Now at almost 6 months she poo s about 3 times s day. Less since we switched to grain free.
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