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So, we have had Zoey for about 4 months now and she has had consistently soft stools every since we've had her. When we got her from the humane society she was eating Science Diet puppy and we got a small bag to take home with her. After about a week I started transitioning her to TOTW High Prairie Puppy. She was on that for almost 8 weeks, and from what I can remember her stool was ok, but not great. After that she was transitioned to Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice Puppy, ate that for about 6 weeks. She had a dry coat and soft stools. So I decided to try TOTW Pacific Stream Puppy. Well them TOTW was recalled and I was back and forth on if I should keep her on it or not because our bag was recalled and finally decided to take it back and switched her cold turkey to Nature's Variety Prairie Chicken and Brown Rice (which is what Luke was eating at the time). Her coat is nice and shiny, she seems less itchy than she has in the past, but still has the soft stools.

Sorry for the novel, but the NVP Chicken is almost gone and I'm not sure what I should do. She's been eating it for 4 weeks now and its the constant soft stools with the occasional day of diarrhea.. I love rotating foods for my dogs. Luke handles rotations really well, I can switch him cold turkey if I need to. But maybe she doesn't? Maybe I need to slow down with her? I'm at the point where I feeding minimal treats, kongs and chews just to see if it's anything related to that. I've tried feeding less of the foods and sometimes that helps a little but doesn't clear it up. Plus she's so lean and almost too skinny that I'm afraid to reduce her food too much. I started adding a spoonful of pumpkin a week ago and I thought it was helping until a nice big pile of diarrhea poo tonight! Ugh! So I'm kind of torn...keep her on the NVP Chicken and see if she adjusts to it? Or try something new again again....and what? (Luke is now eating Earthborn Holistic Coastal Catch)

I was thinking about going back to a TOTW and keeping her on that for awhile, but I'm not sure where everything is at with the recalls. Not sure if I should try something GF or grain inclusive, or a specific protein, maybe go with something fish based since she hasn't had that yet. Ugh, just so many options and I'm so sick of the soft poop!! It smells horrible as well and she has nasty farts as well. Thanks for any advice!

Edited to add: I try to stay under $50 for about 30 lbs of food.
 

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She was at the vet after we got her in February and had a full exam and stool sample checked. Do you think it would be worth it to check again?

She's definitely not a nervous or anxious pup. She's very confident and happy about everything!

As I was looking at everything we have tried so far I was thinking maybe need to try a fish based kibble. I pulled her off the TOTW Pacific Stream after a week because my bag was recalled. I saw that 4 Health has a fish based food now and was thinking about that. She's almost 10 months and is under 40 lbs, is it too soon to feed her something adult that is not labeled for all life stages? I saw the 4Health is adult but didn't see whether or not it's for ALS.
 

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Oldhounddog, funny you should mention eating poop...She does. Frequently. Mostly she only eats Luke's poop but I did catch her eating her own the other night. We've been battling this for awhile now, she had stopped for a few weeks but I noticed the other night she was at it again. I clean up the yard as often as I can and watch her while she's out there but am not perfect at it and she's a vacuum, also eats sticks grass and bugs and anything else that might be tasty. Maybe I just need to be more strict about it. And get my husband on board because he's totally unhelpful in that department. I didn't even think about the poop eating causing digestive problems but it makes sense.

She's UTD on shots, gets the monthly heartworm and flea treatment. Luke had coccidia as a pup and that thought had crossed my mind. I was worried that I might be switching too often for her. I would like to try a fish formula and keep her on it for a few months and see how she does. Would like to go with 4Health or TOTW as those foods are definitely do-able budget wise, was also considering Blue Buffalo.

Georgiapeach: I have started adding the plain canned pumpkin, about half a tablesoon 2x day. Does that sound like a right amount for her? (10 mons 38#)
 
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