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When I got Clayton, my 3.8 pound toy poodle, he was on Iams. His stool was firm on this food. I received a small supply of Iams, and I used it to transition him to Blue Buffalo, the puppy chicken version. His stool has been increasingly loose since then. I made the transition in a little more than a week. I would have taken a little longer, but I ran out of the Iams supply.

I took Clayton to the vet yesterday for a wellness check. I mentioned the stool issue, and they gave me some medicine to help firm it up. The vet put it this way: sometimes the system needs a little boost. So, he’s had three doses and in that time his stool has gone to total liquid. Today was not a fun morning. Anyway, of course I’m going to continue giving what the vet supplied, and I’ll (hopefully) rule out physical causes if this persists. For now, I’m going to give the medicine for five days as directed and proceed from there.

My first question is would you change foods in a week if this were your pup and there were no improvements? If so, what would you change it to? I’m open to opinions.

My second question is whether I should add canned pumpkin to his food even though he’s also on the medicine that is supposed to help.
 

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I'd compare the ingredients of both foods to see what he might be reacting to. Nine days should be plenty of time to make the transition. Can you post the ingredients?

I probably would change food right away. I'm weird about food, though. I have changed so many times. But he might be allergic to the buffalo or something else in the food. And in the meantime I would definitely add the pumpkin. I'd give him a tsp a day for such a little guy. :) I'd also give him some pedialyte to counteract any fluid loss. And I'd add some organic plain yogurt for good bacteria.

That's just what I would do.
 

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Thanks for the reply. I'm not sure what kind of Iams was used, but I'm guessing it was the puppy small breed.

Iams
Chicken, Corn Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Flavor, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Egg Product, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Caramel, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Calcium Carbonate, Monosodium Phosphate, DL-Methionine, Rosemary Extract.

Blue Buffalo
Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Whole Ground Barley, Oatmeal, Rye, Whole Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Menhaden Fish Meal (natural source of DHA-Docosahexaneoic Acid), Tomato Pomace (natural source of Lycopene), Natural Chicken Flavor, Whole Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Dried Egg, Blueberries, Cranberries, Flaxseed, Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Alfalfa Meal, Kelp Meal, Taurine, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Green Tea Extract, Turmeric, Garlic, Sunflower Oil (natural source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Herring Oil (natural source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Dried Chicory Root, Black Malted Barley, Oil of Rosemary, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin C, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Beta Carotene, Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Folic Acid, Biotin, Choline Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Zinc Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Zinc), Iron Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Iron), Copper Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Copper), Manganese Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Manganese), Potassium Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Potassium), Cobalt Proteinate (source of Chelated Cobalt), Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Selenite, Salt, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bacillus subtilis, Bifidobacterium thermophilum, Bifidobacterium longum, Enterococcus faecium.

Blue Buffalo doesn't have a small-breed version. I think I'd like a food that does.

I'll buy some canned pumpkin today. Thanks.
 

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I really like the new food. And it doesn't seem to have anything that would cause an allergy compared to the Iams. I'm puzzled, too.

And I'm sure you know this, but make sure to get 100% pumpkin, not pie filling. Good luck.
 

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Sorry about your puppy's problem. It may be just a coincidence that the problem started around the same time you switched food. Perhaps the stress of a new environment could be causing the problem? Or worms? I would let my vet know that the problem still persists even with the medicine and see what they say. Your puppy shouldn't have nearly liquid diarrhea. That would concern me as I would worry about dehydration.

I feed Blue Buffalo and have for over 4 years with no problem. It is a quality product. The transition time on the bag says 2 weeks and most of the pet specialists in the stores will recommend 4 weeks -- especially when going from a grocery store food to a premium food. It's possible that only transitioning for a week may have upset your puppy's system.

I don't know anything anout the pumpkin so I can't comment there. Hope you little one feels better soon.
 

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I hear you Thracian!! I just recently had the same problem as you!!
I have been feeding Innova small bites (the regular, not EVO) and suspected a food allergy in one of my dogs, and since tried switching to California Natural Lamb and Rice.
Ever since the switch I had loose stools like crazy! So much so that I quit after about 3 weeks.
When I went back to the Innova, the allergies seemed to get worse and suddenly one of my dogs had loose stools again! I was so frustrated.
Then I had a thought, back when my shihtzu was a little puppy, she had a loose stool issue and my vet gave me something called Purina FortiFlora. Its basically a probiotic that will restore the digestive tract to a good balance of bacteria. It bothered me that it was by Purina, but I figured if it worked, it would be worth it! Considering you just use it for a short time.
I found out a store near me carried it and I immediated started adding it to their meals. I was amazed to see instantly firmer stools! This made me think that maybe it would help to try and switch back to the California Natural, using the FortiFlora.
I kept them on the Fortiflora for the whole transition back to the California Lamb and Rice, and have had good stools ever since!
I highly recommend giving it a try!!
PS the earlier recommendations of the yogurt and pumpkin are good suggestions, but neither have ever worked for me unfortunately!
 

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Just a brief update. I did some research and am now slowly transitioning Clayton to another food, which he seems to enjoy. I'm also giving him a little bit of canned pumpkin. After doing this for a couple of days now, his stool is no longer liquid. It's not as firm as I'd like yet, but it's well on the way.

Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions and input. I will continue to keep you updated.
 
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