Q: I fed our previous 15-year-old Black Lab Precise food with great success. When we adopted our current Black Lab puppy, I continued with Precise. We started with Giant Breed Puppy formula and transitioned to Precise Chicken Meal & Rice Foundation formula. After transitioning, his stool became very soft. It was tested by the vet and the results were fine. What are your suggestions?
A: Loose stools can occur for several reasons, and it sounds like you have addressed the first one by getting your veterinarian to check for intestinal parasites. There are some intestinal parasites that are hard to find on stool tests so be sure to keep that in mind. It might be prudent to do a couple of rounds of Panacur® just in case.
Another reason for the loose stools can be the type of food and how much your puppy is eating. Loose stools will occur if your puppy is eating too much food for his body weight. If you send me your puppy’s weight and the amount of food he is eating, I can help you determine whether or not it is the correct amount.
The other reason for loose stools can be because of medications, treats, training treats or anything else he may be consuming. These often get overlooked, especially during holidays, so be sure you are not overdoing it.
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