• If you want to gradually up the protein there are several fish (or other protein) and potato type food out there. Fromms makes one. If that works, you could try transitioning to a higher protein food.

    Due to some digestive issues years ago, I had Nemo on that Iams low residue food, I wasn't even able to keep weight on him with it. Then we went with the Iams fish and potato and that worked wonders. After that I went to better brands of the same type of food and eventually much higher protein foods including a partially raw diet. It can be a process trying to figure out what works for your dog, particularly if they have food intolerances. Unfortunately, I am going through that same process again with the same dog, as he might have chronic pancreatitis. Not fun. 😞 Good luck finding something.

  • Debra:

    When I put green beans in my girls' food, I don't mash them - just throw them in there, same with cooked carrots, squash, whatever other vegetable we are having with our meal (except corn). Treats can be raw veggies, and in the summer, they even like occasional frozen green beans tossed one at a time to them - they think they're popsicles.

  • It's worth trying a few different high quality brands.

    Kananga had semi-loose stools with a few brands, once I switched him to EVO he did great. He's never had an issue (stool-wise) since.

  • pumpkin and sweet potatoes will help firm the stool, nice healthy fiber. We found Origen and EVO too rich and all of mine had chronic mushy stool. I feed them with food mixes, but always have some 'regular' food, not all grain free, and their stools are fine. Right now I have 4 open small lo-fat bags of food, and usually mix 2 at a time.

  • I think we have been conditioned by the dog food companies to think feeding an animal that has been a scavenger around human habitations for thousands of years is rocket science. It isn't. Until fairly recently, dogs got on just fine with kitchen scraps or whatever they could glean from garbage can raids, and I am sure the Basenjis in Africa manage quite nicely without bags of kibble. Make no mistake, feeding prepared foods is for our convenience, not the health of our animals. (we didn't used to have so many interesting abnormalities in our pets, and while some may be due to bad breeding, others for sure are environmental…...exposure to our modern lifestyle.....chemicals, et al.....but also to our modern food manufacturing, which is far away from nature). All of my dogs so far have lived past their stated life expectancies, and have been fed various diets as my thinking on the subject evolved, and as pet food companies offered more choices (yes, I bow to the convenience factor as well). Dogs I knew personally when I was young managed just fine on scraps, and several of them lived into their late teens. So much for the fiction that the dog food companies know more about the subject than we do. But hey, we manage to feed ourselves and our children......of course, it is debatable how well that is working out, but again, in the "good old days" before the rise of fast food, we didn't have an epidemic of obesity and all the good things that come with it. 😉

  • Thanks for the suggestions, normally I wouldnt switch it because he will eat it, weights fine and his stools are finally hard but there are just too many bad and controversial ingredients to overlook. Kipawa, thanks for the suggestion, currently I don't add to his food ( only on occasion) but I will start adding a spoon of pumpkin or some green beans once I switch his food. I think with the taste of the wild, he wasn't crazy about the salmon and the bison made me feel like it was too much protein for him to digest proper stools. I'm going to get Fromms surf and turf and mix with the chicken version. He loves chIcken flavors and I now like the idea of "grain reduced" over grain free as I also feel some grain in his diet does him well. I was going to try Orijen but again, the high protein content makes me wonder if o should bother with the price..
    Any other input as to if anyone believes certain high quality brands makes their dogs have semi soft stools would be good fOod for thought.

  • @Shaye's:


    When I put green beans in my girls' food, I don't mash them - just throw them in there, same with cooked carrots, squash, whatever other vegetable we are having with our meal (except corn). Treats can be raw veggies, and in the summer, they even like occasional frozen green beans tossed one at a time to them - they think they're popsicles.

    I usually mash with their kibble because I have a few who tend to either just eat the green beans or pick it out. Which is silly because other than with their kibble, they eat any and every vegetable and fruit you give them!

  • So I went ahead and Ordered the Fromms in both the grain free surf an turf and the chicken version. Here's to hoping this works.
    Next on my list to try of this doesn work is probably Innova, i like the short list of ingredients and it has pumpkin in it so that may give him the firm stools he needs. I've looked at canidae and that is also a hesitant possibilty. I looked at Evo but I've hears bad things about it since it was bought out by another company…

  • I have always avoided feeding salmon based dog food because the fish used are from the horrendous fish farms where fish are fed corn which they have trouble digesting, live thoroughly stressed lives and occasionally escape into the wild carrying their factory-farm diseases into the native stock. Salmon has never been a major part of the canine diet. There are better ecological choices.

  • Another interesting…..and scary......development in the food chain is illustrated here:


    The implications for animal (and human) health are alarming. My friend who raises goats had been mystified about the causes of a Clostridium outbreak she had in her herd a few years ago. This article cleared up the confusion for her:

    "For example, toxic botulism is now becoming a more common cause of death in dairy cows whereas such deaths used to be extremely rare. The reason it didn't occur before was because beneficial organisms served as natural controls to keep the Clostridium botulinum in check. Without them, the Clostridium botulinum is allowed to proliferate in the animal's intestines and produce lethal amounts of toxins."

    Her comment was "it explains why suddenly in 2009 we had problems with clostridium in the goats….when we'd never had trouble before...it was the feed, it was a corn distiller based feed....probably high in GMO corn! "

    If farmed fish are being fed GMO corn, I know I wouldn't want my dog consuming food containing those fish. Unfortunately, GMO crops are probably present in most animal protein currently being processed into dog food. (and human food, unless you stick to organic!)

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