High Protein food and Diarrhea

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High Protein food and Diarrhea

Postby Birddogs » Tue May 16, 2017 4:14 pm

The Griff has been on either Orijen or Acana his whole 11 years .
On senior Orijen now and for the last 2 years , I likely have been over
feeding him.He is fairly inactive because I am .
He has diarrhea at present and fasting . After 24 to 36 , I will be going
to lean turkey, white rice , and a little real pumpkin .
If this is caused by Orijen 38% protein can it just show up suddenly .
Any thoughts ! Thnx
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Re: High Protein food and Diarrhea

Postby orhunter » Tue May 16, 2017 5:16 pm

Dogs can and do go through changes as they age so anything is possible. I think you're making the right move with the bland diet and getting him off the high powered stuff. Might want to reduce the fat content to no more than around 12% when you switch back to regular dog food.
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Re: High Protein food and Diarrhea

Postby Dakotazeb » Tue May 16, 2017 6:08 pm

Absolutely no need to feed 38% protein to an older, inactive dog. I'm quite surprised that Orijen Senior is that high in protein. I feed NutriSource and their Senior formula is 26% protein and 10% fat. Like the previous poster said, lower the fat content to 10-12%.
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Re: High Protein food and Diarrhea

Postby marjolein » Wed May 17, 2017 6:59 am

It's not the percentage of proteins that's important, it's the quality of proteins. Since the proteins in Orijen are high quality, it could cause diarrea. But not after you've been feeding it to him for so long. This is most likely something else that's causing it. You're doing good by changing his diet to something somewhat easier on the intestines. It should improve soon.
I wouldn't change his diet after this is over. Both foods are amongst the best (according to me!).
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Re: High Protein food and Diarrhea

Postby hicntry » Wed May 17, 2017 8:47 am

Feed the dog a piece of raw chicken every day for a week, bone and all. If the runs stop, you will have a much better perception of what "high quality" foods are really worth.
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Re: High Protein food and Diarrhea

Postby marjolein » Thu May 18, 2017 3:25 am

hicntry wrote:Feed the dog a piece of raw chicken every day for a week, bone and all. If the runs stop, you will have a much better perception of what "high quality" foods are really worth.


True, that's what I feed mine too + all the leftovers from the game we butcher.
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Re: High Protein food and Diarrhea

Postby Birddogs » Thu May 18, 2017 8:23 am

Thanks as usual for all the help . He went solid this am so in the world
Of dietary indiscretions it was a minor one ! No trees , hay bales , auto
Parts etc. Coming back .i agree with the lady , I think as far quality
Ingredients go no better food than Champions in Northern Alberta.
I have toured the plant. Impressive . But I will be more rigid about quantity of
daily serving . I have some difficulty with the "'less is more concept "
There will never be enough ice cream .lol
Thnx BD
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Re: High Protein food and Diarrhea

Postby Calvinator » Thu May 18, 2017 7:10 pm

yes too much quantity of a high quality kibble will cause bowel issues. I prefer a high calorie kibble so I can feed less quantity. I feel better knowing the dogs have less food in their system, yet know all their caloric needs are being met. Currently, I am feeding Inukshuk 30/25. My PPs eat between 1-3 cups per day depending on their age, time of year and amount of work they are doing. For example, my 12 y/o that just lays around only requires 1 cup per day.
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Re: High Protein food and Diarrhea

Postby Birddogs » Mon May 22, 2017 7:13 pm

Calv I absolutely agree . I pledged to my dog food lady
to be absolutely strict on quantities . Thanks BD
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