Can the person who uses canned pumpkin tell me more about it. I need to know how much to give him, do you use it all the time because of loose stool, or only when your dog's tummy is upset. If anyone else uses pumpkin, please let me know your experiences.
Fresh pumpkin isn't usually as well recieved. Puree it, it might be a little easier. But some dogs are known for taking a chunk our of a jack-o-lantern, they like pumpkin so much! :) Canned pumpkin can be used daily- it's an easy "filler" food- low in calories and high in fiber. It's great for dogs who need to lose a little weight, along with it's ability to help a dog maintain normal stools. For weight maintenance, up to half of a dog's normal kibble can be substituted with canned (yes- PURE- not pie mix!) pumpkin in severe cases. I'd do a 25% pumpkin/75% kibble mix to help a dog become more "regular", or help a dog with a slight/moderate weight problem. Pureed, lightly steamed green beans (no salt/butter) are good for the same purpose, too!
Well, we have tried the pumpkin for his last two meals (yes, it was pure pumpkin, not pie filling) and things seem to be going ok. So far so good. I added it to his Innova kibble in a small portion and he really seemed to like it. I think I may try this for a while and see how it goes. Duncan has never had truly normal poo. So I am going to see if this gets things right.
Oh! You're using Innova? *lightbulb* Innova is a GREAT food- for MANY dogs. But it's also EXTREMELY rich. I've heard of quite a few pups who had digestive problems on it... and ALL did better when they were switched to a different high quality food. If he's having constantly wet stools- a new food trial is in order. There are lots of good kibble brands on the market- I'm glad he's on one of the better ones already. But often times- we need to experiment before we find the best one for OUR dog. ;0)
Long Dogs - That is sort of what I have been thinking. But I called the food store and they suggested that I cut back on the amount I am feeding him first. I typically give him approx a cup per day of Innova. But he is really good about not eating all of it if he is full. So that is why I am not so sure about that advice. But the food store (BTW - it is a very small pet feed store with pretty knowledgeable people - not a Pet warehouse type store like Petsmart where you never know if the teenage clerk knows his/her stuff) suggested that I cut back on the amount first. If that doesn't work, then try another food. His point was that if I tried another food and still fed him too much food that I wouldn't know if it was the amount of food that was the problem or the brand of food. Last night and this morning he was fine, but had no BM at all. I think he emptied out the previous evening. I added pumkin last night and this morning to a reduced portion of food. Now in doing internet research, I read on one site that some dogs just don't do well on the most high-quality food and some do better on a mid-grade food. Have you or has anyone else had this experience?
Tara I gave my pug puppy the pumpkin a few weeks ago. I just gave a small spoonful before he ate his food. at first he wasn't thrilled about it but after awhile he loved it LOL. I think his tummy was getting adjusted to being on full food we had weened them from mom about a week earlier. worked great !! Jubilee
Oh, there's another lightbulb! :D Yes- 1 cup sounds like an AWFUL lot of high grade kibble for a 17lb. dog. I feed Natural Balance when I do kibble- and my 19lb. foster girl only got 2/3-3/4 of a cup on kibble-only days... and she needed to gain weight! :) Too much food could definitely be your problem- I think you're on the right track. The pumpkin should help him become a little more regular during the adjustment. Good luck!
Who knew raising a happy healthy doggy was so challenging at times. When I had dogs as a kid my mom worried about all this stuff. Unfortunately she is no longer with me to ask these questions so now I have all of you. Thanks much!
I have to say this is very good advice. I had no idea it would work so well. My dog is a terrier/poodle mix, about 20 lbs...12 years old. She was getting sick off and on for a day or two. She wouldn't eat and was constipated. I fed her boiled chicken a rice to help the getting sick part, and it did help. Her appatite came back, buit she had not been able to "go" for a few days at that point. I asked the vet what to do, and they suggested the canned pumpkin as well. Barring a blockage of some sort, she said it would work within 12 hours. She was right...it did work, and my Pup felt so much better by the next morning. I have to note, she hated the pumpkin, but I added small pieces of chicken to make her eat it, and she did get enough down to do the trick.
***Edited By: tdthomas117 on 9/11/2006 4:03:05 PM*** Reason: Wrong spelling