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Hi all,
Just need some advice on feeding Marley....he is now 4 months old and since I've had him he has had runny poo. He has been on three different foods with mixed results till last week when I put him on Chappie which has made a major improvement :) But were do I go from here? do I leave him on Chappie or should I now try a new food?
I had him checked at the vets last week and his weight is only 9.5kg so he's already on the small size so don't want to stunt his growth anymore if he isn't getting the right food.
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There is nothing wrong with Chappie. Most people on here have probably fed it at some time and it is great low fat food, good for helping an upset tum and also useful if your dog has allergies.

However I think you probably should be trying to find why your dog has had loose poos for a while. Is it because it has an allergy to an ingredient, is it because it has had quite a few different foods in short time or is it because it has picked up a bug ? Have you been to the vet ?

I would stay on chappie for the moment if all seems well but I wouldn't suggest it is a great food to be on permanently for a growing pup.

Hope this helps

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STOP TRYING DIFFERENT FOODS!!! You really must allow time for your pup to stabilise on a particular food, and I'm talking a couple of months or more. Ringing the changes all the time with a baby is the worst thing you can do.

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I can only say that that I had some real problems with our Frank when he first was adopted, because he would do well on a certain food, and then all of a sudden he'd have bad tummies. So we'd switch, he'd settle again for a couple of months, and then off we go again, the same cycle.

In desperation in the end I put him on Chappie and left him on it for a good year. He was 2.5 at the time. When I eventually took him off it and put him on Burns, we had no repeats for almost 8 months, and then suddenly the cycle started again. However this time, it settled much more quickly.

I would leave your pup on Chappie, it will do him no harm at all - if Jill comes along and posts, she's had dogs on it all their lives and they've always maintained a good weight and condition. If it works; then it works for your pup , and John is right - you do far more damage by constantly jumping from food to food, because by then his stomach will be so out of whack he'll react to everything.
 

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Stop changing foods the chappie works and is well known to stick to that now he'll be fine you don't need to change him again or add anything else. :)
 

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Hi Chris,

I've just gone through something similar with my 4 month old pup. It was partly my fault. I'd rehomed her and I didn't want to keep her on the food her original owner had her on (mostly because it seemed expensive for what is apparently a mediocre food). I thought I was introducing the new food gradually, but apparently not - without being too graphic it was very loose and green poo. So i followed the regime in Di's sticky in the Puppy Stuff forum. Now we're getting mostly solid with some loose stools - but no green, so i think we're on the road to recovery. Poppy is back on her original food, because she appears healthy enough on it (I do have a couple of tins of Chappie on stand by though!)
 

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Both mine have Chappie wet food (as recommended by Charlie's specialist) mixed with Autarky and do well on it :lol:
 

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As others have said changing a food needs to be done slowly and can take 12 weeks to know if the food is okay or not.

For now I would stay simple and build a happy puppy.

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Chris I hope maybe all of this or part of this post may help.


http://www.labradorforums.co.uk/ftopict-98390.html

(Edited to say duh so sorry I forgot the link!)

Totally agree with above, at least a month to 6 weeks should be given on a new food before making a judgement on it. You so rarely see people actually DO that though. I am always stunned that food companies give out small sachets of trials of their food. Its almost guaranteed to give the receiving dog the runs! especially as most people are only changing food because something is not happy with the dogs tummy!!

Personally I see dry Chappie as not a good food at all, but like anything, some dogs with stomachs of iron can stomach it. The tinned Chicken and Rice meat I see as an occasional for upset stomachs short term or, like someone mentioned above an occasional extra to a fussy eater with a good solid quality complete dry food, rather than a means to an end on its own.

Personally.

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I will post as my name has been mentioned :) .

I would be a little uncomfortable about such a young pup being on Chappie if I'm being completely honest. As its working I would probably continue for a bit longer to really get the pups stomach well and truly settled and then gradually change over to a better quality food. I won't start on recommenations because everyone has their favourites.

I would be happy for a fully grown dog to live and be worked on Chappie if it works for that dog but probably not such a young pup.
 

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Thanks all......I do understand about changing food but since he's had diarrhea on and off for over a month I figured that a change was due. As I've said the Chappie is working a treat so I'll leave him on that for another week then think about introducing a new food....but which one? I'm sure now that his upset tummy was due to the rice in his food but they all seem to have rice in them :(
 

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Hi

Minnie too struggles with rice products, yet is fine on Chappie original which has rice on it.

I would leave it a bit longer than a week if it was me, give him a chance to settle. I would stop everything else, treats, biscuits etc.

We turned to wainwrights salmon and potato they do a puppy, a tinned and treats so you can keep it all very similar. There tends to be a fish version in most ranges.

hth

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Mole, as mentioned above, Skinners and wainwrights do a salmon and Potato puppy food which, for my rice intolerant dog has changed his gut imeasureably.

When a puppy has the runs it can take some time for the bowel to heal and reform and process stools effectively.

Hopefully you read the link posted on the previous page about a route to try and sort this out and taking steps down that route will help.

I'm sorry I thought you said you'd tried 3 or 4 different foods in almost as many weeks for some reason....

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Ettinsmoor said:
I will post as my name has been mentioned :) .

I would be a little uncomfortable about such a young pup being on Chappie if I'm being completely honest. As its working I would probably continue for a bit longer to really get the pups stomach well and truly settled and then gradually change over to a better quality food. I won't start on recommenations because everyone has their favourites.

I would be happy for a fully grown dog to live and be worked on Chappie if it works for that dog but probably not such a young pup.
Sorry to misquote you on that one then Jill :lol: :lol: :lol:
 
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