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Thread: Switching from Science Diet WD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushdiver View Post
    my young lab had soft stool with blue chicken , then we switched to duck still soft , then we switched to salmon . her stool is solid ever since. i can't imagine science diet being crazy expensive if the main ingredient is corn . good luck with your buddy.
    Incredibly, it was $40 for a 20 lb bag!

    Before I took her to the vet the first time, I actually bought a bag of Blue Basics Salmon and Potatoe. I have yet to open the bag. I was actually thinking about returning it... But now, after reading your post, I wonder if I should give it a try. What worries me about the Science Diet WD is the low protein and fat content. She's a very energetic dog, and quite thin at just 40 lbs. I'm afraid that once we get into hunting season and heavy training sessions she won't be able to keep any weight on.

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    W/D is a diet for weight management or for dogs who have had pancreatitis, it is not an appropriate diet long term for a working dog. It is possible to add fiber to the diet using psyllium powder or canned pumpkin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdA View Post
    W/D is a diet for weight management or for dogs who have had pancreatitis, it is not an appropriate diet long term for a working dog. It is possible to add fiber to the diet using psyllium powder or canned pumpkin.
    Thanks. I have tried adding pumpkin to the Blue puppy food but she still had very soft stool. Perhaps salmon instead of chicken would help.

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    Pumpkin didn't work for my dog (mentioned above, tho it has been very good in other cases of temporary upset), but psyllium (generic Metamucil) does.

    It's possible pumpkin would work if I gave him a lot more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1st retriever View Post
    Check into Natural Balance Limited Ingredient. Basically the same food only better quality. Not sure on price though.
    I had the same problem with a young dog and switched to the Natural Balance duck and potato with good results. After a year I was able to switch back to a chicken and rice food and still good at 8 years old.

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    Try Pro Plan Sensitive Skin & Stomach. It is a 26/16 and works wonders.

    Dr. Tim's is another good option. Try the grain free.

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