Boxer Breed Dog Forums banner

1 - 10 of 10 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
294 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I was talking to our accountant yesterday about dogs (she has a 5month old Golden Retriever) and she's going thru the ordeal of finding a food that agrees with her pup.  
Anyways she told me that her breeder, who has been breeding Goldens for 30 some years told her to start the switch to Adult food after she finishes the first 40lb bag of puppy food.  Because the puppy food is really rich and contains too high of protein levels, which can lead to joint/hip issues later (B is on Large Breed puppy for that reason).

The breeder had also mentioned that it is time to switch to Adult food if your pups poops are soft and not really formed.

So I guess the reason I'm asking is because Beckham is on his way to 8mos and besides his first poop of the day his are what I like to refer to as "soft serve" poops.  Consistency is closer to soft serve ice cream or wet cement.  Yummy I know!   :?

Also because he's a picky eater we do mix his dry kibble with some warm water, so would that maybe cause the soft poops?

I'm wondering when you all have made the switch or any thoughts/suggestions anyone might have.

Sorry for the poop talk so early in the a.m. :signeek:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,134 Posts
That's why I like the Canidae, All Stages,  same food for Sophie as for Kane, no switching worries, just amounts that change.  I do add canned Canidae and pumpkin to Sophie's food and just pumpkin to Kanes, and their poops are "pick up-able" (if that's a word).  They are firm enough to be picked up off the grass for disposal, or Sophie's papers without leaving the smeary oopie goopie stuff behind.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
18,306 Posts
Soft serve poops? Oh I love that...I think you could switch Becks over to Adult food now. Do it slowly, start off with 3/4 old stuff, 1/4 new, then 50/50, then 1/4 old and 3/4 new. Depending on how his digestive system is will depend on how long it takes...Angel is my "delicate" one, so I do food switches slowly, takes me 3 weeks to change. Samson doesn't care, just give him food!  :lol:

I don't think the warm water is causing the problem, very well could be the food. Perhaps this is a good time to switch? Hve you tried adding a bit of low fat plain yogurt? Most boxers just love that. Just a teaspoon is good
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
294 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
samsonsmom\";p=\"27736 said:
Have you tried adding a bit of low fat plain yogurt? Most boxers just love that. Just a teaspoon is good
Yeah when B was really sick we were using organic plain yogurt and that worked for awhile, but now if he has anything with yogurt now (yogurt dipped bone) he instantly gets the squirts.

I was thinking about switching him over to Merricks Wilderness Blend?  But not sure if that is going to be even richer than the Solid Gold Wolf Cub he's on now?  Maybe just switch to the Solid Gold Wolf King (Adult)?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
78 Posts
I'm not a fan of puppy foods for the same reason mentioned, high percentage of protein.  My dogs have never done well on Canidae and "soft serve" poo is the word of the day around our house.  My boy just doesn't do well on ultra premium or even premium dog foods, so he eats (and I shudder to even say this) Eukanuba....{thud!....I fainted.}

Back on topic:
My opinion - it's never to early to put a medium to large breed dog on adult food and adding water to moisten kibble doesn't cause soft stool. The food just may not agree with him. Here's a tip for you.  Canned Pumkin works great for diarrhea and constipation.  I keep a can around and when they get tummy upsets they get a heaping tablespoon in their kibble and it settles their tummies very well.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,134 Posts
Kane loves the Merrick Wilderness Blend canned and have had no problems with the poops giving it to him along with the Canidae as a treat.  The holistic pet shop and bakery I buy the Canidae is going to get the Merrick Wilderness Blend in dry for me to try as well.  I was told that her distributor quit carrying it because he wound up throwing so much of it away as no one around here was buying it.  She has said she has had several inquiries for it lately.  I know when I searched the internet on questions I often get hits to this site and so do her customers she said.  

But from what I was told Merrick is the only dog food that processes it's own food, all the other companies (including Canidae) are processed by outside manufacturing companies.  I don't know if that makes a difference to anyone, but I do remember seeing that Merrick WB ranked as one of the highest foods on the Rate Your Dog Food list - so I want to try it with Kane.  I just don't want to mess with what works and it would mean buying Merrick's puppy forumula for Sophie too, and I haven't seen it ranked or heard any reports on it, has anyone else?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
294 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
Yeah I think I'm going to start switching B over to the Merrick's Wilderness Blend - Dry Food.  My local mom & pop shop has great food choices and I do recall seeing it there.  

Unless anyone disagrees about switching B over to adult food at 7 1/2 mos?  
I just want to do what's best for him.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
294 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
Kate\";p=\"27746 said:
But from what I was told Merrick is the only dog food that processes it's own food, all the other companies (including Canidae) are processed by outside manufacturing companies.  I don't know if that makes a difference to anyone, but I do remember seeing that Merrick WB ranked as one of the highest foods on the Rate Your Dog Food list -
Good to know!  Thanks Kate!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,718 Posts
I'm in the process of switching Lola right now (same age as Beckham).  I started last Friday and I'm switching her from Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy over to Canidae.  Right now I'm doing one cup old, 1/2 cup new.  Sometime she has solid poop and sometimes it's wet.  I too mix in some warm water and sometimes yogurt.  I mix in a little wet food too.  She seems to be doing okay so far.  Good luck!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,302 Posts
Merrick has several all stages foods that would be good for a switch from puppy to all stages.  Lilly loves Merrick and will do anything for it.  It has improved her coat (not that she needed it) and she has even more energy (not that she was lacking).

The Merrick WB is great, but you should also look at the other blends they have as well.
 
1 - 10 of 10 Posts
Top