German Shepherd Home
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
Page 2 of 3 1 2 3
Re: Popular (commercial) dog food resources [Re: middleofnowhere] #345077
09/04/17 03:38 AM
09/04/17 03:38 AM
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 144
J
jlstudent1970 Offline OP
Member
jlstudent1970  Offline OP
Member
J
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 144
I am feeding the lamb of dr gary's and I was wondering what color is your kibble?
The reason I am asking is that the first two bags of mine were dark brown, now the third bag is light brown. Also his stool was solid with the dark brown.

Re: Popular (commercial) dog food resources [Re: jlstudent1970] #345079
09/04/17 10:47 PM
09/04/17 10:47 PM
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,769
M
middleofnowhere Offline
Carpal Tunnel
middleofnowhere  Offline
Carpal Tunnel
M
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,769
Check which formula you ordered. Working dog is a fairly dark brown kibble. If you picked up a different formula, it will probably be a different color.

Re: Popular (commercial) dog food resources [Re: middleofnowhere] #345084
09/05/17 10:59 PM
09/05/17 10:59 PM
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 144
J
jlstudent1970 Offline OP
Member
jlstudent1970  Offline OP
Member
J
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 144
Hi I buy the lamb formula and everything is okay, I spoke to the company and he said somethimes color can vary because of natural ingredients. He is very nice and I think he is an honest man. My dogs stool was soft that one day, but now it is solid even though the color is slightly lighter. I think I overfeed him that day and plus he ran a lot to. So in a nutshell color varying is not a bad thing for this brand of food.

Re: Popular (commercial) dog food resources [Re: jlstudent1970] #345158
09/09/17 09:39 PM
09/09/17 09:39 PM
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 19,513
Northern CA
MaxaLisa Offline

Global Moderator
MaxaLisa  Offline

Global Moderator
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 19,513
Northern CA
Yes, there is natural variation, but always remember that it can also be a warning flag.


MaxaL (aka LisaT)

Jazmine, mini-mix, 10/18/2011
Max-n-Indy
Max, 5/2001-2/2012, RIP my partner, my Regal Boy
Indy, 5/1997-10/2010, RIP my friend, my teacher

Health Index
K9 TBD info and Tick List Links
http://www.rabieschallengefund.org/
Re: Popular (commercial) dog food resources [Re: MaxaLisa] #345172
09/12/17 07:11 PM
09/12/17 07:11 PM
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 144
J
jlstudent1970 Offline OP
Member
jlstudent1970  Offline OP
Member
J
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 144
Yes I know I just remembered it happen to me with holist select, and my dog had diarrhea. So I guess it does depend on the brand.

Re: Popular (commercial) dog food resources [Re: MaxaLisa] #345289
09/21/17 08:22 PM
09/21/17 08:22 PM
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 144
J
jlstudent1970 Offline OP
Member
jlstudent1970  Offline OP
Member
J
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 144
I think it is a red flag, my dog did well for a month on the darker kibble. after purchasing another bag and it was lighter like I mentioned 2 weeks later diarrhea. I am looking for another food. Something is not right with this lighter color one.

Re: Popular (commercial) dog food resources [Re: jlstudent1970] #345298
09/22/17 03:35 PM
09/22/17 03:35 PM
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,769
M
middleofnowhere Offline
Carpal Tunnel
middleofnowhere  Offline
Carpal Tunnel
M
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,769
This is the second brand of dog food that your dog has developed diarrhea (or is it loose stools?) after eating for a few months. I'm also concerned that you are feeding lamb rather than a more standard meat. Long ago (I am ancient) I was told to reserve the specialty protein as something to go to if the dog developed issues with the standard (standards being chicken or beef).

Pup may have something more going on with his gut that causes the development of loose stools after a prolonged time on the same food.

All this aside, some dogs do better on some food than another food. Just another quick thought - how often do you clean the food and water bowls? In my house it is "seldom" but sometimes upping the cleaning and especially washing, not just rinsing out, the water bowls will take care of bowel problems.

I'm on a roll here - maybe I didn't mention this before but my eldest is a picky eater. She's offered food twice a day but prefers to eat late in the evening. She will often get both meals then and sometimes ask for more. If she eats too much more, she will have loose stools the following day.

Re: Popular (commercial) dog food resources [Re: middleofnowhere] #345301
09/22/17 03:58 PM
09/22/17 03:58 PM
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 8,858
Wisconsin
Wisc.Tiger_Val Offline
Member First - Owner Second "The Watcher"
Wisc.Tiger_Val  Offline
Member First - Owner Second "The Watcher"
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 8,858
Wisconsin
Since middle covered a lot of things I was thinking here is another one. What food was the breeder feeding. I like to start with the same food they were getting at the breeder and work from there.

A big problem I see with owners of dogs with maybe a sensitive system is too many changes and moving too fast from one food to another. I had a female that had some food issues for a while, I decided to go with feeding her Homemade Beef and Rice until I knew her system was calmed down. Then I selected a food that was Beef and Rice based, I slowly added the kibble to the beef and rice and over time decreased the Beef and Rice. Until she passed away at 14+ years old that was the only time she had digestive problems. You need to go slowly with switching foods with some dogs.


Val da Tiger

Fuzzybutt the cat.
Neilla the Big White puppy.

RIP Cheyenne - AKA: Digger, CheyChey Girl, Cheyenne Large and In charge. 2/16/02 - 2/27/16
RIP Raya - AKA: Raz-a, Ray a Sunshine, RayBestos, the little one, Silly Girl. 9/21/05 - 6/27/14
RIP Lakota - AKA: Bubba, Big Boy, BooBoo (the other part of the Binky and BooBoo team). 1/19/03-9/19/2011
RIP DeeDee - AKA: DD Poo, Little Bit, Binky (part of the Binky and Booboo team) 6/23/02-6/20/11
Re: Popular (commercial) dog food resources [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val] #345315
09/23/17 06:08 AM
09/23/17 06:08 AM
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 144
J
jlstudent1970 Offline OP
Member
jlstudent1970  Offline OP
Member
J
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 144
HI middle, thanks for your response. I do wash water bowls.
and before he ate dr gary's he was one fromm but stools
were big and soft. as far as transitioning I did it very slowly. Over a course of a month. And everything was going good up until now. That's why I am confused. When I got him the breeder had him on purina pro plan I kept him on it until he was 1.5 old. I switched to wellness and he did fine but refused to eat it after a while then I put him on fromm. each time the transition went well. I hope I did not cause this from switching too much, I am very upset and worried. I don't have kids so he is my boy he is 3.5 yrs old.

Re: Popular (commercial) dog food resources [Re: MaxaLisa] #345332
09/24/17 11:31 AM
09/24/17 11:31 AM
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 144
J
jlstudent1970 Offline OP
Member
jlstudent1970  Offline OP
Member
J
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 144
Originally Posted By: MaxaLisa
Usually when a known nibbles varies in color, texture, or size, that's a signal that something has changed in the processing. It might even be the contents and that doesn't have to show up on the label for months.

My experience is that some changes in color and/or smell may indicate that it's a bad bag that has been compromised.


Hi Lisa, I think you are right with this something is wrong with this new bag. I thought I was okay, buy 2 weeks into this new bag he has diarrhea. He is on bland diet for 3 days and is doing better. Should I give it back to him to see if diarrhea starts again to be sure or should I move on to something else?

Re: Popular (commercial) dog food resources [Re: jlstudent1970] #345349
09/25/17 04:57 PM
09/25/17 04:57 PM
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 19,513
Northern CA
MaxaLisa Offline

Global Moderator
MaxaLisa  Offline

Global Moderator
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 19,513
Northern CA
I would see if I could take the bag back and get a different batch. IMO, this happens with many foods, I had it happen with an expensive script food once. Whether you change away from the food is more complicated, since finding a food your dog does well on may be tricky, depending on the dog.


MaxaL (aka LisaT)

Jazmine, mini-mix, 10/18/2011
Max-n-Indy
Max, 5/2001-2/2012, RIP my partner, my Regal Boy
Indy, 5/1997-10/2010, RIP my friend, my teacher

Health Index
K9 TBD info and Tick List Links
http://www.rabieschallengefund.org/
Re: Popular (commercial) dog food resources [Re: MaxaLisa] #345354
09/25/17 06:57 PM
09/25/17 06:57 PM
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 144
J
jlstudent1970 Offline OP
Member
jlstudent1970  Offline OP
Member
J
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 144
Thank you Lisa, I just did order another bag so it should be here tomorrow, and I will see if it looks what the dog is used to. I also called the company again and no one called back yet. The last time I spoke to him he said to me "no one looks at kibble like you do" I told him when something looks very different you can't help but to notice it.
I also told him if you eat (just say) cheerios and you noticed it was very different in color would you eat it? he did say no I probably wouldn't.

Re: Popular (commercial) dog food resources [Re: jlstudent1970] #346163
12/02/17 10:56 PM
12/02/17 10:56 PM
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 144
J
jlstudent1970 Offline OP
Member
jlstudent1970  Offline OP
Member
J
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 144
Hi everyone. How is everybody doing? I have been busy so I haven't been on here. I wanted to ask I am feeding Vonn pro plan, I don't really like it but after his stomach episode his stools on this food is okay however, he has a lot of gas and he is shedding more than normal. I hate to change his food b/c I am afraid, but then again maybe I need to?? If so I was looking at Merrick classic dry. What do you guys think? The reason for the Merrick classic it's not really high in protein. If I go with grain free its way to high for him.

Last edited by jlstudent1970; 12/02/17 10:57 PM.
Re: Popular (commercial) dog food resources [Re: jlstudent1970] #346190
12/04/17 03:52 AM
12/04/17 03:52 AM
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,769
M
middleofnowhere Offline
Carpal Tunnel
middleofnowhere  Offline
Carpal Tunnel
M
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,769
Shedding is the season. Great gobs everywhere.

Talk to your vet about something like gasx for the gas. One thing to consider is a farting animal is good in that their intestines are working. Gas that isn't passed is bad.

Why is high protein bad for him?

I guess I'm bothered by the frequent changes of dog food. You have the stools under control right now.

Re: Popular (commercial) dog food resources [Re: middleofnowhere] #346192
12/04/17 12:24 PM
12/04/17 12:24 PM
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 144
J
jlstudent1970 Offline OP
Member
jlstudent1970  Offline OP
Member
J
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 144
Every time I tried high protein he gets very loose stools. I agree, I hate to change foods b/c I don't know what is going to happen. I guess I was stupid before b/c I was reading how others rotate foods and claim it is good do to. However, I also read it is not good to do,that's the old school method. I suppose the old school is the best school.

Last edited by jlstudent1970; 12/04/17 12:25 PM.
Page 2 of 3 1 2 3

Monthly Photo Contest Winner
Newest Topics
FDA warning grain free
by jlstudent1970. 08/14/18 12:52 AM
chit chat
by jlstudent1970. 08/13/18 11:51 PM
First heat-how to manage?
by Mary Jane. 08/13/18 02:53 PM
Babsy is 13.
by Selzer. 08/11/18 05:35 AM
desktop version?
by MaxaLisa. 08/09/18 05:50 AM
old pics of Max
by MaxaLisa. 08/08/18 01:24 AM
FDA Warning on Dog food
by Shilohsmom. 08/06/18 12:48 AM
August 2018 Monthly Photo Contest
by Wisc.Tiger_Val. 08/02/18 09:43 PM
Comments for August 2018 Contest
by Wisc.Tiger_Val. 08/02/18 09:41 PM
Time to Vote July 2018 Photo Contest
by Wisc.Tiger_Val. 07/29/18 03:09 PM
Help Support the Forum
New Topics - Other Animals & Chat
Irritations
by middleofnowhere. 08/10/18 06:51 AM
SamCat and a rainy day
by PositiveDog. 07/31/18 03:20 PM
Just popping back in :-)
by MaxaLisa. 07/23/18 02:56 AM
I think we can swear on this site...
by middleofnowhere. 07/17/18 08:36 PM
Changes at home
by Zisso. 06/24/18 05:55 PM
Who's Online Now
2 registered members (Zisso, Woodreb), 95 guests, and 6 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
CJGIBBONS, Mernie, alen, Deena, Sondrica17
2912 Registered Users
Forum Statistics
Forums100
Topics20,498
Posts326,559
Members2,912
Most Online209
Jul 31st, 2018
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1.1