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I'm sure this has been discussed a lot but I wanted to start a new one anyway. I have a 2 and a half year old male greyhound, about 68 lbs right now. He retired in July, so I have only had him about 2 months. I have him on Nature's Recipe Grain Free Salmon recipe, 4 cups per day, and zesty paws probiotic supplements. His first poops are generally solid and good looking but then he starts to have some seriously nasty soft ones. Any suggestions on what I should feed him. His racing weight was about 74 and he looks thin so I am also trying to bump up his weight. Any advice would be appreciated!

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You’ll get loads of different opinions on what’s best to feed your dog, but whether you go down the raw / kibble / wet food / mixture route should depend on a combination of what your dog likes and what’s easy for you to manage.

We feed a mid-budget kibble with a variety of treats throughout the day. His kibble is topped with yogurt in the morning and kefir drink in the evening (which he absolutely loves!), and we also use Olewo carrots to help firm his poop up. These are dehydrated carrot pellets which you rehydrate as you need them. We rehydrate 4-5 tbsps of dry pellets, which lasts for a few days. They add fibre which helps the consistency of the poop, but if you add too much it will also increase the volume so beware! 

I spent an awful long time trying to ‘fix’ Buddy’s soft stools before accepting that this is just the way his digestive system works. It might take a little while to establish what your dog’s normal is, and remember that if you constantly change the food it might cause him problems.

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It's normal for the poop quality to deteriorate a bit throughout the day, but many of us have had luck with kibble that includes beet pulp to firm up the stool. Popular options here are Iams Proactive Health (aka Iams green bag) or Purina Pro Plan, which has a salmon and rice option in their Complete Essentials line that might be an easy transition for your boy from what he's on. I never thought I'd feed Iams or Purina, but here we are! My dogs have done great on both. Grain-free diets can be controversial because of their possible association with heart problems, and grain is not problematic for dogs the way it is for cats, who are obligate carnivores. As mentioned above, Olewo carrots are a great option to supplement with and are readily available on Amazon.

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I'd suggest getting him checked for hookworms if you haven't already. I feel it's safe to say all greyhounds coming from a track or kennel have them these days. If he checks out clear it's just trial and error to find what food works for you both.  Everyone is different, you just need to find something that he does well on and eats eagerly that you feel good about feeding him.

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No to any grain free kibble.
Yes to Iams green bag.
Yes to hookworm testing.

 

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I was shocked to see at BJ's this week that the 50 lb bag of IAMs is now $63.  When we started buying it, it was $41.  Inflation really hit me with that.

I have been using a product called, now no laughing, Bernie's Perfect Poop.  It has probiotics, prebiotics and other digestive aids.  I was using the carrots for a long time, but, this stuff really works.

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On 10/13/2022 at 3:55 PM, macoduck said:

No to any grain free kibble.
Yes to Iams green bag.
Yes to hookworm testing.

NO GRAIN FREE!!!! IT'S LINKED TO DCM- HEART DISEASE!!!!

either Iams or Purina One or Purina Pro Plan- 27/16(beef is rather savory)

Hookworm testing and look into monthly heart worm meds that will also work on hooks. Interceptor Plus or Iverheart Plus- monthly worming as well as protection from Heart Worm.

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  • 1 month later...

We had this exact issue for the first year or so of having Rook, and tried everything from different kibbles to olewo carrots etc. Eventually we switched to raw food, which has really helped. He now has less frequent and far more solid poops. (But this is our experience only- I’m really not qualified to comment on the raw food debate more generally.) However, before doing so, we found that giving him (raw) bone as treats also made a difference. Good luck! 

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