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I've got three dogs, a Yorkie, Pomeranian, and Shih Tzu.

I transitioned them for about 1.5 to 2 months to Wellness Small Breed. They were fine and once in a while would have slighly loose stools, but I thought that was because of the transition.

But for the last week or so, they have gone to Wellness 100%. I give them Wellness canned and dry food. I did transition them over to the canned food when I was working them over to the Wellness dry food.

My Yorkie had mucuosy diarrhea and my Pomeranian is incredibly runny, it's like pudding.

As for my Shih Tzu, Monday his stool was okay, but I haven't been able to see how it's been since I haven't been able to walk him due to all the rain. I noticed though that sometimes his stool was loose during the transition and sometimes it was fine. But I know the other two are having diarrhea b/c their ends were quite messy and the Pom went on his bed in his kennel, something he never does.

I've read that this may be some kind of "detox" that they are going through after switching from a low quality food (Science Diet Light and Senior for the Yorkie).???

I was really excited about this brand, it's got all the ingredients I was looking for. It's the only one I've found thus far with both Chondroiton Sulfate and Glucosamin Hydrochloride. I've read that this can help my Yorkie's collapsing trachea issue and my Pom's weak legs. But I also read that this is not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO.

Has anyone's dog(s) have this kind of reaction before it got better when switching to Wellness? I've got them back on Halo since they were fine with it when I was mixing Halo with Wellness. The store clerk did say that it may be too rich for them and she's had a lot of customers return Wellness due to the diarrhea issues.

Also, any other recommendations? I'm looking at Blue Buffalo Small Breed since it's got the Glucosamine Hydrochloride in it and has some good ingredients. The only thing I'm concerned was that on dogfoodanalysis.com, it said the black malted barley may cause yeast issues. My Shih Tzu and Yorkie have this issue in their eye area and it decreased when I switched from SD and the yeast is something I want to avoid. Also read the lifesource bits are kind of hard and my Yorkie does not have teeth, so I'm bit concerned about that. She eats 3/4 wet and 1/4 dry food. Thanks.
 

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why not keep them on the halo if they are doing well on it my 3 had a lot of gas with wellness
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It just doesn't seem to have much meat content. By the ingredients listed, you would almost think it's vegetarian dog food, which I did consider before but I just don't know if there has been enough research about dogs on vegetarian diets. Also, Halo doesn't have the Glucosamine and Chondroiton I'm looking for.

But then again, if it is working for them... SD didn't have much meat content as well, so Halo would probably be fine. I think I'm going to mix Halo with their Wellness and try to see if their stool gets better after their body adjusts to 100% Wellness. *Sigh* Thanks for your reply.
 

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Don't worry about having glucosamine/chondroitin in the food. There isn't enough of it in any commercially available food to make any difference. If you want to give your dogs those supplements, give them a good chewable doggy vitamin (or, if you look up proper dosing, you can use a human version) like this one: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3307+58+19903&pcatid=19903

If Wellness isn't agreeing with them, try Natural Balance or Solid Gold. Blue Buffalo should be OK, but I'm not positive about the yeast issue. There are other good brands to try, but those are the ones that are commonly available at PetCo/Petsmart. California Natural would be good to try, but you have to find a store that sells it. I think their website has a store locator.
I have looked into Solid Gold Just a Wee Bit and it was one of my potential choices. Maybe I will go with that if Wellness continues its problem. Do you know how long it may take for them to get used to Wellness though or any other high quality foods after being on a low quality diet for so long? I've never had this issue when I changed them from different dog brands (Kibbles n Bit, SD, SD Nature's Best, and other similar type dog food) and back then, I did it cold turkey and they didn't get reactions.

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Late reply, but thank you for all your suggestions. I was just thinking about the tomato as well because it causes acid reflux in humans - i realized this after i didn't feel so well after eating spaghetti on an empty stomach.

I think I will be switching over to Innova and will use a glucosamine/chondroiton supplement.

And it turned out to be the wellness duck canned food I was also giving them was the root of their diarrhea.

I am very optimistic about Innova! Gosh, I feel so much better, thanks for all your advice!
 
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