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    Defaultquestion about "coccidia"and what food to feed my new puppy

    hi all,
    i'm a newbie and i'm so glad i found this forum. i brought my 9 week old black lab male puppy home 13 days ago and after the 2nd day of having him home i noticed traces of blood and mucous in his bowel movement. the breeder gives a 10 day health warranty and 1 year hip dysplasia warranty. i called the breeder and he agreed to pay for the lab tests and medication until the coccidia is cleared up. i went to the vet on the 3rd day with a stool sample and sure enough he had coccidia. i just finished a 10 day dosage of albon and went back to the vet with another stool sample this morning. my pup still has traces of the coccidia in him so the vet gave me another 10 day larger dosage of albon with instuctions to come back in 11 days. can anyone relate?
    my food question- i bought a bag of nature's variety and a couple cans of it as well when i bought the dog because that is what the breeder has been feeding him. the dry and cans are both the "all life stages formula. after having the puppy for a few days and having to deal with cleaning up the horrible mess that you call his bowel movement i read on another website that adding a little canned pumkin to his dry food would tighten up his BM. it helped a little bit and made his bm more pudding like.. then i tried a little rice but the pumkin worked better. so then i was in petco a few days later and was about to buy a bag of science diet LBP food when i started to chat with a guy in the store who had his Welmaner pippy with him. he said his dog was having the same problems as my dog( coccidia and diarrhea) and his vet told him to stop the royal canin food he was using and switch to Iams puppy chow and in 2 days his puppy's bm was firm. i put the science diet back and grabbed the Iams LBP food. i switched to the Iams over about 5 days and for the past 2 days he's eaten just the Iams ( no pumkin) and his BM is !00% better
    I haven't given him any canned food since the 2nd day of having him home thinking it would worsen the diarrhea. prior to finding this forum 2 days ago i figured on using the Iams LBP until i switch to adult food. i haven't read one good thing about Iams on this forum which worries me a bit. if not Iams, then which food should i use? what food do you recommend that can be bought at either petco or petsmart? i've seen good comments on innova and candiae but where do you buy it? i'd rather not have to go to some obscure petshop to just buy dogfood.
    do they make canned food for large breeds? i havent seen any. i bought a couple cans of pedigree puppy food from walmart when i was buying my crate and other pet supplies. is it ok to mix the in with a quality dry LBP food?
    any comments, help, tips would be greatly appreciated. i'll post some pics of my pup named " Storm" as soon as i look into how to download them.

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    DefaultRe: question about "coccidia"and what food to feed my new puppy

    Did this breeder send this dog home knowing he had coccidia? Also, a 1-year hip dysplasia guarantee is questionable. OFA does not certify dogs until 2 years of age.

    As far as the food, if Iams is working for you, then keep using it, especially since you've had problems before. Some dogs don't do well on richer foods.

    Also, with the stress of a new home and such, now is not a good time to get on the food rollercoaster.

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    i too have a pup, my gus is 6 months old now, and man alive do they grow fast!!! He is so smart and sweet and i love the him alot. I too have given much thought to dog food and although mine did not come home with any issues i think coccidia and worms and dire-rear is somewhat common with pups. I have 2 dogs actually and my toy poodle Riley is 12 years old. I fed Riley Iams from the time he was a pup until he was about eight and then i switched to purina one.Riley is doing ok health wise his teeth have been troublesome and he was always underweight as he only ever ate enough to survive. After deciding to get a lab and finding a breeeder i liked i began to research dog food. The good, the bad and the ugly! Please do use this forum to find other pathways to discover whats best for your dog. Iams is not a good quality dog food. Having said that i would not switch right away as the poor wee labby hasn't had an easy go of it so any switching i did would be carefully planned. Please refer back to other posts about dogfood and here what others have said as there are alot of options & opinions for feeding.
    I feed both Gus and Riley raw but will use kibble if i have to. i have found raw to be the best option for me but i know its not for everyone. Orijen LBP made by is the kibble i use from time to time and i think its good - it has 0% grain, 70%meat, 30%fruit and veggies and natural botanicals.
    I hope your pup feels better soon!

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    We just saw our vet for this yesterday. Our 3 month old puppy (we just adopted her Tues) was looking thin and a few other issues. Before going it was recommended that we take a stool sample with us. I'm SO glad we did! Sarah is taking Tribissen tabs, they're 480MG and we give her half of one 2X a day for 12 days.

    Sarah is eating a Science Diet/Nutro Natural Choice mix as this is what we're doing with Madison. We've decided to switch to the Nutro, but take it about twice as long as recommended to switch over due to Madison seems to take longer to adjust.

    Sarah really didn't have diahrea, but loose looking stools. Our vet recommended we still watch Madison (almost 7 months) and if her stools become softer, take in a sample for them to run. He said she should have an immunity to it, so I'm hoping she does.

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    i'm not going to start a food rollercoaster because he is finally pooping solid logs and i don't want to screw with his digestive system for a while at least. but i'm surprised to hear about Iams being so bad. i was also surprised to hear from the vet that he still had some coccidia because he eats alot , drinks alot , plays alot , and nips alot and chews everything and seems quite happy.
    i don't believe the breeder/seller sold me the dog knowing the dog was sick. the dog didn't look too thin or lethargic or anything like that when i bought him. he was very cooperative and from what the vet told me about coccidia and what i found out about it online, it's very common. . i asked the vet to give him a real good look over and asked him about some other concerns i had and he said the dog looks great otherwise.
    what about science diet or that purins plus LBP?
    anyone know if anyone sells canned food that is formulated for large breeds?

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    Actually, a switch to Eukanuba LBP (cadillac of the Iams world) would probably be easy enough for you to do, and it's not a BAD food.. much better than the Iams. Yes, there are better ingredients out there (like Innova lbp if you can find it), but it has worked for my labs better than anything else I've tried over the years. You really want that low Ca/P that Euk, Iams or Innova lbp have if you've got a potentially fast growing pup. And yes, pups eat alot.. they are little factories! You may want to try a digestive enzyme to get the most out of his food.

    The loose stools were likely due to the coccidia more than food... in case you were wondering.

    I personally will not feed canned food anymore, esp not if it's not human grade.


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    Quote Originally Posted by loriwolfelabluv
    Response from IAMS on the BS posted about it

    Thank you very much for taking the time to forward the link to this horrible web
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    horrible accusations. Uncaged Campaigns is an animal rights group in the UK
    that has connections with a tabloid in London that "broke" this story on Sunday.
    Here is our official response:

    An article published by a British tabloid newspaper (Sunday
    Express, "Pet Food Cruelty," May 27) contained inaccurate and misleading
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    More than two years ago - well before our acquisition by Procter
    & Gamble (P&G) - The Iams Company independently made a firm and binding decision
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    Early in our efforts to develop nutritional innovations, we
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    Despite these facts, the story in the Sunday Express portrayed
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    To sum up, our research efforts have always been guided by a
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    At Iams, we stand behind our research, and are proud of our
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    The negative Iams information that is flowing through the Internet right now is
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    DefaultRe: question about "coccidia"and what food to feed my new puppy

    Coccidia is common and no reflection on the breeder.

    Personally, I would have left the pup on Nature's Variety...EXCELLENT FOOD. Forget the cans, the pup doesn't need them. You can soften the kibble with a little warm water for a month and then let him get used to dry.

    YOU started the food rollercoaster. Stress of changing foods while your pup is getting used to a new home and dealing with his illness is not advisable.

    Yes, all those PetSmart type food will stop your dog up good, they are mostly all fillers except for the few decent brands (Science Diet/Iams=FILLER)

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    i don't believe i started the rollercoaster cause i switched food once so my pup would not have diarrhea. i'm sticking with Iams cause my pup loves it and his BM's are nice logs. i agee with Iams response to the tree huggers and dirt worshipers claims against their company. a few animals suffered to help millions.
    do you know how many medical advancements were made during WWII at those camps. it's unfortunate but true

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