Can anyone recommend a dry dog food - problems with diarrhea

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Ellybellboo Sat 01-Feb-20 08:39:25

I have a fussy springer spaniel who also has a bit of a delicate tummy. We have to be quite careful with treats and stuff like that and in the past when on dry food she’s had diarrhea.

She had been on Butternut Box which she loved to start with but a few months ago she started refusing point blank to eat it

Tried her with raw food - refused to eat it

Tried various wet food - won’t eat it

We’ve gone back to dry food - she loves it but we’re back to having some diarrhea with it. She’s currently on AVA - as so far it’s the least diarrhea-y

She’s been checked over by the vet and she’s fit and healthy


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whereiwanttobe Sat 01-Feb-20 08:59:43

Our working cocker is on Millie's Wolfheart. You can only buy it online (I think) and it's not cheap, but delivery is fast. It's also rated highly on

He was very picky with other dry food but seems to really like this. We add a bit of the tinned food in to make it more interesting, or feed it to him on a snuffle mat, and he's always just wolfed it down. We're on our third delivery now, and people often comment on lovely his coat is. We very rarely have poo problems, unless he's snaffled something he shouldn't!

MrsElijahMikaelson1 Sat 01-Feb-20 09:01:36

We use canagan and they have a variety for delicate tummy’s and digestion issues

HasaDigaEebowai Sat 01-Feb-20 09:05:02

Ours is raw fed but when we were using dry food the best for firm poops seemed to be

My friend's dog gets very loose stools when he has anything containing chicken (dry or wet) so it might be worth looking at that.

If you can encourage raw feeding it really helps with the firmness (and they go white like in the olden days due to the bone content plus far less wind is passed).

bossyboo Sat 01-Feb-20 09:05:12

I have a collie who wasn't putting on weight and had an upset tummy all
the time.
She is now eating James Wellbelloved grain free dry food and also shes fine on butchers wet food too.
I was most surprised and pleased that she has thrived so well on these!
Literally like a different dog to look at - she looked malnourished before bless her.

literalsunshine Sat 01-Feb-20 09:08:40

My dog basically has ibs and we use Arden grange sensitive. Still has the occasional flare up but she loves it.

Darklane Sat 01-Feb-20 09:09:59

Yes. Dr John’s Silver.
I have a different breed, Skye’s, but if you read the reviews on Amazon you’ll find many with spaniels who swear by it too. My Skyes we’re finally able to grow their show coats & no more tummy problems. Added bonus, no VAT so cheaper than a lot as it’s made for working dogs. You can buy it at most pet suppliers.


Ellybellboo Sat 01-Feb-20 16:15:07

Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll look into them all.


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SpamChaudFroid Sat 01-Feb-20 16:26:22

I despaired at the state of my dog's poo - it was like trying to pick up soup sad I tried him on all sorts (Royal Canin, Wolf of Wilderness, Purizon, pre-biotics prescribed by vet) until I tried him on James Wellbeloved Grain Free and his foul guts cleared up almost overnight. I think perhaps the others might have been too rich for him.

LOMY Sat 01-Feb-20 16:31:36

We have a similar problem, the vet recommend giving our dog carrots and broccoli to help get more fiber in him and firm up his poop a bit ...he loves the carrots, and they help keep his teeth cleansmile We are trying the dry food our vet sells but he's not so keen! Dogs can be so fussy😂

SpamChaudFroid Sat 01-Feb-20 16:31:48

Also, I use a topper (like condiments for dogs grin) if he looks like he's getting bored of his food because I daren't switch his brand after finding one that suits him.

Gordonsgrin Sat 01-Feb-20 16:33:54

We use a dried food, Burns dog food. There is a really good one for sensitive digestive systems.

CoffeeBeansGalore Sat 01-Feb-20 16:36:02

Autarky is good. Or Dr John's Gold.

RitaTheBeater Sat 01-Feb-20 16:47:40

I use this now after trying almost everything. We were at the end or our rope with her as she is so hugely fussy. She had Butterbox which she loved for about two weeks, which seemed to be about how long she would enjoy a new food but she's had the K9 healthy naturals for a couple of years.

Veronicat Sat 01-Feb-20 16:55:45

I have a dog with a sensitive tummy and diarrhoea and we have started him on Hills I/d Biome. It's amazing. Solid poos!

Jesslequest Sat 01-Feb-20 17:11:58

Try finding a food with a more novel form of protein. Our lurcher had chronic digestive issues since we rescued him ( probably the main reason he was dumped!)
Took us ages to find out that even chicken and rice upset him, the only food he can tolerate is wainwright’s salmon and potato (not the best brand by a long way but literally the only food that doesn’t cause him to have explosive diarrhoea!!!) even other makes of salmon and potato food upset him. Take your time when trying new foods introduce them into their diets slowly ,only one add one new thing at a time and when your trying a new food do not give any titbits or other treats so it gets a proper trial. You can get prescription hypo allergenic diets from your vet if you need to get your dog into an even keel before trialing a new food, they are expensive but there is no point introducing a new diet to a stomach that is already upset. Good luck x

movingdilemma1234 Sat 01-Feb-20 17:15:20

I've used Fish for dogs ( only bought on line ) for about ten years. My dogs have not once had upset digestive systems and their stools are always normal. I think a 12kg bag costs around £55 and is brilliant value. Can't rate it enough and think they may send you a sample if you contact them

movingdilemma1234 Sat 01-Feb-20 17:16:21

Fish for dogs is a dry food

FrangipaniBlue Sat 01-Feb-20 17:24:41

We had same issue with our dog, we found wheat and grain free diet works best so he's on the Wainwright's one from Pets at Home.

We also keep this probiotic in and if he does get an upset tummy a scoop on his food for a day or so settles things down.

HopeYouStepOnALego Sat 01-Feb-20 17:27:31

My dog suffers from pancreatitis so has to have a carefully managed diet low in fat to prevent diarrhoea. She has Royal Canin Vet Diet Gastro. I also buy plain white boneless frozen fish and microwave a couple of pieces to go on to of the dried food to give some variety.

crispaficionado Sat 01-Feb-20 17:28:49

My flat coat had a dodgy tummy - we found Simpson’s salmon and potato did the trick (Amazon) and Harrington’s salmon and potato worked too (much cheaper). Agree it turned out grains (amongst many other things) set our dog’s tummy off

dontknowdontknow Sat 01-Feb-20 17:29:11

It's the grain. We have same. Grain free Lily's kitchen will sort you out.

QueenOfOversharing Sat 01-Feb-20 17:43:36

I give my dogs this www.wholeprey.com¤cy=GBP&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9oDdzfKw5wIVSLTtCh3rvgI9EAQYASABEgJCD_PD

It's exactly the same as the Akela venison one they've stopped doing (I suspect Akela make it for other companies).

It's a novel protein (venison), grain-free, high protein food - good for mine who have skin allergies from foods & one has inflammatory bowel.

Akela themselves are on BwE

ProperVexed Sat 01-Feb-20 17:44:52

We have a Labrador who has a sensitive tummy. Burns pork and potato has always worked for her.

Nojeansplease Sat 01-Feb-20 20:00:27

Ours is on barking heads
Sometimes we mix it up with millies wolf heart and lilys kitchen
All get good nutritional ratings and all poops are solid and easy to pick up, no gas ever etc

Tried canin after lots of recommendations and it was on offer - absolute disaster.
Then I checked and the nutritional content is terrible.

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