Hello! This is my first post here :-)
We have a 7mo lab puppy we adopted from a shelter at 8 weeks. He's HUGE now! They said he was a mix, but looks 100% purebred.
We have been feeding Blue Buffalo Wilderness puppy since we brought him home. He gets the runs anytime he eats a scrap of our food that the kids drop (which we try to always clean up, but with a 2yo it happens) he gets the runs. Even when he has not had any scraps of any kind his poo is not consistently solid. I think this may be due partly to teething, we have a fairly rugged yard and he chews on sticks and tree limbs in addition to his chew toys. Should I try bones? Are cow hooves alright? He loves the hooves. I've been afraid to give him a bone, thinking it may upset him, but it could fare better than sticks.
Should I try different food? We were window shopping at Costco and looking at the ALS grain free, which if it's a good food I'd like to try as it would save us a bundle. He is currently almost 70lbs and still growing. I give him a good quality probiotic once a day. Very rarely do treats, and they are Blue wilderness as well.
He is very active and happy, with a gorgeous shiny coat. He is fit and healthy aside from the sensitive tummy.
I've never had a lab before, and my last dog was a country mutt that lived outside and hunted for rabbits and birds and ate mesquite beans in addition to his food. So this is all new territory for me.
Thanks for help in advance!
are you possibly feeding too much? too much food can cause loose poop.
have you had a fecal sample done by the vet to ensure he does not have a parasite or worm or giardia?
i'd cut out the human food before going on the food roller coaster.
I could try decreasing, or going back to smaller feeds more often. We feed twice a day right now. I have not had him tested. The ONLY time he gets human food is when he finds something I did not know was there, or the kids let him in before I can clean under the table. So It does not happen often and never intentionally.
I would start with ensuring he does not have worms or anything with the vet and slightly decrease his food (even if it is just one quarter less to start).
When you say he chews on sticks and things from your yard, is he ingesting any of these items from your yard I would definitely make sure you put a stop to this before you end up with an obstruction or something else life threatening
Maxx & Emma Jean
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Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
I tried weaning my pups to Blue Buffalo and they got the runs consistently. The food may just be too rich for them. How much per feeding/day are you giving him?
Karen and the gang
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labs are known to always eat their food like they haven't eaten in weeks, it's part of their nature. it doesn't mean they are not eating enough or are truly starving
four cups is a lot of food. the directions on the bag are often too much for the average dog. It also depends on the dog's system and how much exercise they get. I think you can try 3.5 cups pretty easily. Go by weight, if you can feel the ribs he is at a good weight. if you have to work to feel them he needs to lose weight.
Regarding stopping him fro eating twigs and bark - supervise him, don't let him outside in the yard alone. that way you can see if he gets something and redirect (and work on drop it).
If you are starting him on heartgard now and not just continuing/upping the dosage you need to have a bloodtest to make sure he is HW negative.
And I second what Tanya says about the info on the bag about serving size. The food company benefits from you feeding the dog too much. I have never followed their serving advice - as a matter of fact, I have no idea what it says on the food I serve my dogs.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
I was NEVER able to get normal stools when I tried Blue Buffalo.
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