I have two labs who are both two years old. Each day I am picking up an average of 8-10 piles of poop. My doggy dooley is on overload. Could it be the food? I am currently feeding them Nutro; however, the change doesn't seem to be the cause as they have been making deposits like this before the food change. Is this normal? They are very active in the yard, and my husband and I walk them 3 miles every day. Anyone have suggestions for a quality food that might produce less waste? They were on Science Diet before this. Or is this connected to their youth?
check the fiber content. anything over 3-4% is probably unnecessary unless the dog's fat. i feed both my dogs nature's variety raw; their poop is less and tightly formed, not smelly and easy to pick-up.
Food would be the more likely culprit. What's available in your area...that's usually the easiest place to start. Do you have access to foods like Innova, Eagle Pack, Diamond, Premium Edge, Chicken Soup, Kirkland (Costco food), I hate making lists because there are lots of good foods out there.
Jes usually poops twice a day, after breakfast and after supper. I've actually recently switched to Diamond Chicken and Rice from Eagle Pack Chicken and he's been only going once for the past three days...I'm guessing that will change, I though twice was really low. Either way 4-5 (assuming each of your dogs is going equally) seems pretty high. An awful lot of what you're feeding is not being used. It's really wasting money if you think about it. Chances are, you may be able to feed less of a different food if they're digesting more of it which could save you money (even if it costs more per bag).
Murphy is on Canidae and at 9 months old, he's going three times a day on average - solid, healthy bowel movements. It does sound the like the food is sliding on through. Try something that's a little higher end like Innova or Canidae - probably eat less of it so the expense would balance out.
Lil is close to 70lbs and Legend is closer to 80lbs. Both are well-defined, so weight is not an issue at this time. If I remember correctly, they are eating Nutro Ultra for large breed dogs. Their stools are very soft but not runny. In fact when picking up after one of them on our walk, the stool tended to fall apart. I live in Mt. Pleasant (Charleston), SC, so I should have no trouble finding some of the brands suggested in the posting. I'll do a slow change over with one of them and see how things go. Thanks for all the help/suggestions.