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My dog has always had loose stools. I now feed him a home prepared diet with the help of Diana Lavadure. (co-author of Nutrigenomics). My dog is fiber responsive. Psyllium does the trick for him. Pumpkin gave him diarrhea. You’ll need to go thru a canine nutritionist to figure out dosage . You can try this on you own, but I’d seek professional help. I would NOT add bonemeal to any commercially prepared dog food of any kind–frozen or canned or otherwise because they factor in the proper dosages of calcium in those foods. Adding extra would unbalance his food. Probiotics and digestive enzymes did not improve the quality of my dog’s stools. Fiber is what did it for him. I feed him one teaspoon of psyllium a day. He is 31 pounds. Tread lightly with additives of any kind.
It could be your dog has food sensitivities since you tried all those things and they didn’t work. finding the food or foods that he is reactive to can be an exhaustive process. Good luck.
I doubt that unchewed kibble is the problem. More than likely, it is a food sensitivity of some sort. If I had to guess, it is the kibble. Kibble is highly processed at a high heat, which renders the fats somewhat indigestible. Could be, your puppy is one of the dogs who has a sensitive stomach. My dog has a sensitive stomach. Any reason you want to feed kibble? Canned is better. (that is just my opinion and the opinion of some nutritionists, but not all). However, canned can be higher in fat.
It is perfectly OK to crush the kibble, by the way. Many dogs never actually chew kibble. I had a pug that never chewed kibble. . .just woofed it down whole. He was fine. When you switch brands, do it over a week. 1/4 at a time. . .very slowly.
Dr. Mercola Healthy Pets has several that are just liver (dried bison liver) or liver (beef) and berries with no other ingredients in them. You can buy the treats online.
I have a sensitive bulldog. I have resorted to home making food. However, Instinct canned dog food has several proteins that your dog may be able to eat: rabbit or lamb could work. They also have a limited ingredient lamb and pea recipe (but it is high in fat). I used to think it was all about the protein but a dog can have sensitivities to the carbohydrate sources as well. My dog can’t eat sweet potatoes, rice, peas or quinoa. It is truly frustrating to find dog foods that work. I have read more labels that I care to think about. Good luck. It can be a tiresome and LONG process finding foods that a dog does’t react to. And don’t forget, it could be environmental allergies and NOT food.
Recently, my pug ate some chopped onion off the floor that I had dropped cooking dinner. . .maybe just a sliver or 2. The next morning he passed the onion in a bout of bloody diarrhea. However, he didn’t act sick and by the next poop, he was fine. . .no more diarrhea. So YES, onion is bad. Garlic is added in small quantities even to the high end dog food. I think a lot of fresh garlic would be bad but I don’t think the amounts people put in commercial pet food is bad. I never put it in my home made dog food.July 26, 2015 at 1:58 pm in reply to: Nutritional boost tips for a yorkshire terrier stray's health? #76456 Report Abuse
I suggest Arcana. Unfortunately it is expensive, but since a Yorkshire doesn’t eat very much, it would be worth it. It has a very clean protein content. If you go to their website and read how this food is prepared you’ll be impressed. I gave this to a very elderly Boston Terrier along with Salmon oil and he coat just shone!!
The only protein foods he was NOT reactive to were lamb and soy (I won’t be feeding him soy!). I am in contact with Diana Laverdure (co-author of “Canine Nutrigenomics” co-written with W. Jean Dodds, DMV). Jean has helped me tremendously with canine issues in the past with another dog. Thyroid. Anyway, I am on the path of getting a proper diet for my French Bulldog now! I have not had time to make any changes. they are forth coming.
Instinct is high calorie and grain free
From what I have read on dog nutrition, a dog doesn’t need special senior food. In fact, often those foods are lower in protein and senior dogs need more protein. I stick with high protein all stage dog food. Plus, I make dog food to supplement the bought. A senior dog may just need less volume. Mine is doing splendidly on Instinct dog food. He is close to 11.