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Q: Any suggestions on adding more fiber to my dogs diet?

August 17, 2008 | By Ldtravis1s | 9 answers | Expired: 2210 days ago

Ldtravis1s

I read that dogs with cow pie like stools need more fiber in their diet. Any suggestions on how to do this without switching their food? They are sensitive to diet changes. I feed them Alpo by Purina.

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Skeeber
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Aug 27, 2008

I have to agree with the advice to consult your vet to make sure there are no health issues associated with the soft stools. Some dogs just have sensitive digestive systems. We had to try several quality foods before we found one that our dog could digest. My vet recommends canned pumpkin (w/o spices) as Corey mentioned. Dogs love it, it's simple to administer, just put a tablespoon or so in with their food,cheap and packed with antioxidents and vitamins. Good Luck!

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Corey A.
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Aug 17, 2008

I'm sorry but Alpo is really not a good food for your pet. It's one of the cheapest for a reason. Your dog may be allergic to one or a number of ingredients in the food, or perhaps there is too much fiber in the food. Usually you'd want more fiber for constipation. If you are talking about simply using a cheap filler to firm up the stools, fiber may not the answer.

Cottage cheese can work to firm up the stools if you dog is allergic to chicken. Also, try some pumpkin, as in the canned stuff, not the pumpkin pie mix, but the pure pumpkin solid pack.

A friend of mine's dog has a disorder with her pancreas, and as such makes oily messy droppings. She now takes daily probiotics (friendly flora) which helps. Another friend had a dog who was also fed Alpo, and then on the vet's advice, now makes chuk for the dog. It's like a homemade soup made from chicken bones and they mix cooked rice in it. Do not substitute canned chicken broth, it can contain onions which can be toxic to dogs, even though the ingredient is not listed.

The other option is to get a better quality dog food (one not sold in supermarkets). IAMS is one of the better ones, and Nutro also is somewhat affordable and claims to make small firm stools. They also have a frequent buyer plan in which you get a free bag after buying ten bags. These two brands are sorta mid-priced and decent as far as quality. On the high expensive end you could look for a holistic type of dog food, premium types, and human-grade ingredients.

However, I guess I ought to mention that you need to slowly introduce a new brand of food over at least a week. Not doing so guarantees runny stools. The dog needs time to develop the enzymes necessary to digest the new type of food. So you give just a little bit with the old food, then over the course of a week, add in more, until it's all the new food and you've run out of the old food.

Lastly, sometimes a really rich food can give loose stools the whole time. I've personally had that problem with the Wellness brand and also Eukanuba brand.

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Ronatha
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Aug 17, 2008

I forgot to add--you need healthy lactobacillis and acidophilis and other natural, activated enzymes that EVO does have that many other diets do not (even good ones). If you chose another diet that doesn't have them then add them! They are great for soft stool problems!

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Ronatha
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Aug 17, 2008

I'd have to agree with the others--Alpo is not a very good diet. Since your dogs are so senstive to diet changes you need to ask your vet what are some of the better quality diets you can get in your area that you can consider weaning your dogs slowly on to. As stated before, Innova (also makes EVO--what I feed my dogs), Merrick, etc. sold at private pet stores is a much better choice because not only because it is a better balanced diet and less likely to cause stool problems but will save you money in the long run on veterinary bills as your dogs will be better able to stave fight off disease. There are so many other causes for "cowpie" stools--internal parasites and protozoans, enzyme disorders, digestive disorders, food allergies, poor diets etc. So take them to your vet, have stool samples tested there and discuss your options. As for a good fiber--pumkin is a very good one but don't just depend on adding fiber--get them on a better one!

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Margie R.
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Aug 17, 2008

Sprinkle a teaspoon of ground flax seed on your dogs food. good for humans too.

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Ethel02
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Aug 17, 2008

I don't mean this to be rude but Alpo is one of the worst, your dog should be on a high quality kibble with no fillers, mine are on holistic food and I only have to feed them 1/2 of what regular brands call for, you can add bit of cooked string beans & carrots, frozen or fresh no canned, and start with a small bit, so he doesn't get the poops, also for a treat give him a slice or 2 of apples cored, the seeds are poison, and a small bit of banana and plain yogurt is great for their insides, I give about 3/4 cup but my dogs are close to 100 lbs to you have to see what your dog can handle, I'm giving you just some of the foods that are good for dogs, because I really can't think of a less nutritious food, he needs all he extra nutrients he can get, go on a website for healthy food for dogs

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Jessica H.
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Aug 17, 2008

I suggest talking with your vet before supplementing your dog's diet to make sure the reason why your dog is having these stools is not due to any physical issues. Also, your vet would be the best person to ask about the best dietary supplements for your dog.

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Laurie D.
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Aug 17, 2008

Purina is one of those commercial pet food brands that contains "meat by-products" which are things like euthanized dogs and cats, dead farm animals, organs, bone, skin, roadkill, rendered cooking grease, and other meat that is not fit for human consumption because it comes from a diseased or dying animal. Also, the drugs used for euthanasia do not break down during the rendering process. All natural pet foods such as Wellness, Evo, Merrick and others only contain real meat and other ingredients that are human-grade. They also do not contain any grain, which cats and dogs have trouble digesting because they are carnivores and don't have the enzymes necessary to digest grains. Also, the garbage commercial brands only contain about 10 percent protein, and the all natural brands contain 60 percent. Again, because they are carnivores, they need protein, not grains. Grains are cheap fillers that the greedy commercial pet food brands put in their food, among the other horrifying things I mentioned. You should find a holistic pet store which carries a large variety of all natural foods, or go to Petco, which just started carrying Wellness. Your pets will be so much healthier and will live longer. A good website to go to is www.trilogyonline.com. It has a great video that explains all about what I've mentioned. Also, please share this information with everyone you know! Most people are not aware of the horrifying truth about pet food, which is the way that these companies want it.

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Heather
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Aug 17, 2008

If you are feeding a high quality diet, you should not have to supplement with fiber. It would be best to ask your vet about this one, increasing a specific nutrient, like fiber might have other implications.

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