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Old 03-27-2013, 11:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone I can use some help on what to feed my boxer. He is 6 years old and I have tried two different dog food and tried putting rice in his food and sweet potato. His stools are not normal. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.


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Old 03-27-2013, 11:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What do his stools look like? When did it happen? and what are you currently feeding him?

A change in stool can indicate so many things. We need more information.
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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His stools are not forming. It's like almost cow pie. I feed him Iams chicken formula. Before that I feed him eukanuba boxer formula. He is also very gassy.


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im no expert but we originally started our first boxer on iams and it was a no go, we finally got him on a grain free food and now both are on it and they are doing wonderful. its a quality food that matters. not to be rude but iams is not a good quality food. you can google food reviews and it will come up with all sorts of information and i am sure there are many threads on this site about food. also raw feeding is an option, we have not gone there bc my fiance is not a fan but he is not informed but we use Earthborn Holistic grain free meadowfeast.
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Logan had issues with dog food too. He had very loose stools, mud pie like (gross I know). I tried him on multiple brands of kibble over the span of 3 months or so and they all had the same result. I know now that it takes several months for the "side effects" of kibble to completely clear their system, but at the time I wasn't aware of that. Instead of continuing to try kibble after kibble I ended up switching him over to a raw diet and he's made a complete turn around. That's something that you can consider if you feel comfortable with it.

If you want to stick with kibble you should know that both Iams and Eukanuba aren't great quality dog foods. You may want to do some research on higher quality foods, preferably grain free. It may take some time to find one that agrees with him, but it sounds like he may be dealing with an upset tummy. Does he vomit at all?
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He does not vomit at all. Thank god!! Yeah I have looked into the raw diet which I think I might do but I want to do it once a day with him. So I am trying to find dry food for the other time. So dry food in the morning then raw in the evening.


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Kibble and RAW should not be mixed because they digest differently!


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Moxie had horribly loose stools on any food with grain. Since going grain free her stool is perfect. Boxers tend to not process grain well. They are known for sensitive tummies. If you cannot dedicate 100% to raw I would suggest trying a grain free kibble first.
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I have to look into what brands are grain free.


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I personally wouldn't do a combination of raw and kibble. As already mentioned they process at different rates. Kibble takes much longer to digest than raw. With that said, some people do half/half as you mentioned with no problems so I would think this would come down to the dog's individual ability to handle it.
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