Best puppy food for firmer poos?

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Ansumpasty Thu 13-Feb-20 05:34:33


We got a 17 week old puppy a week ago. She’s on Royal Canin, but her poos are sloppy and she’s going 4/5 times a day. It’s hard to pick up in the garden (she’s also moving around when she poos so it’s going everywhere and she’s stepping in it) and the grass is already covered in poo that I can’t get up without ripping up the grass and myself and the kids are then stepping in it. She also pood in her crate yesterday and got covered in it.

Any recommendations? Thank you!

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BiteyShark Thu 13-Feb-20 05:59:55

Have a look on to compare price and quality.

Make sure you aren't over feeding as the amounts are for guidance but a lot of the time you actually don't need to feed as much. Higher quality foods as well typically require less amounts and therefore aren't as expensive when you look at how long they will last compared to some of the cheaper ones.

My dog (who has a stomach condition so we are the kings of sloppy poo) does much better on good quality wet food compared to dry.

Millieswolfheart is good for both wet and dry. Others I have used are forthglade, nature's menu, carnilove, aatu. Typically I try to feed foods around 60% named meats or fish.

Ansumpasty Thu 13-Feb-20 06:10:26


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Mominatrix Thu 13-Feb-20 06:18:15

feeding raw is the best for firmer, smalle, less stinky poos.

fallfallfall Thu 13-Feb-20 06:24:21

I found knowing the protein level helpful. Too high a protein concentration will give my dogs loose stools.

Muddypup Thu 13-Feb-20 06:30:10

We started ours on Wainwright’s and had slightly sloppy poos. Our trainer said to put her on to James Wellbeloved junior (she’s 9 months now). Her poo is a lot firmer now.

Dontfuckingsaycheese Thu 13-Feb-20 06:40:32

Ddog has Fisherman's finest salmon and potato dry food and his poos are textbook. wink He's an adult but I assume they do one for younger dogs. It's Petsathomes own brand. They're good as you can give it a good try and if it doesn't suit you can take it back.


actiongirl1978 Thu 13-Feb-20 06:46:09

Field and trial. Our lab has been on it since day one and the poo is never sloppy.

Collidascope Thu 13-Feb-20 06:47:12

My dog started off like this. We tried him on James Wellbeloved which helped a bit. The two big things that helped, though, were Lindtbells Yudigest probiotics put into his meal every morning (available on Amazon), and Simpsons sensitive salmon and potato (they have other flavours but my dog is allergic to poultry so we went for a fish one). You can get those on Zooplus. Good luck.

wherehavealltheflowersgone Thu 13-Feb-20 06:50:58

We had this problem- go grain free is the golden rule

StillMedusa Thu 13-Feb-20 07:46:11

Go raw for the best poos (small very firm and almost odourless) Mine's part raw fed so gets kibble with a bit of mince in the mornings and raw in the evenings (I keep her on a bit of kibble so she will still eat it if we are away camping) but I had to experiment to find one she would eat at all . Aatu was good, Orijen I found too rich for her, and currently we are trialling Wolfworthy as it's the highest rated on allaboutdogfood and it actually smells decent! I order free(or cheap) samples to try every so often, and find it doesn't upset her at all as long as it's not a huge amount.

Too much chicken gives mine runny poos...and alarmingly yellow ones if she has too much, either raw or in kibble/cooked form!

Ansumpasty Thu 13-Feb-20 10:34:58

Thanks, everyone!

I’m not a massive fan of raw, only because I have young children and her licking them after eating the raw food would concern me, particularly the chicken. Thanks for the recommendation, though!

I’m going to get her some probiotics today. We just spent £20 on a big bag of this Royal Canin, so will wait for it to dwindle a bit and then introduce a new one. Perhaps chicken and grain free is a good idea?

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Whitney168 Thu 13-Feb-20 10:36:16

Royal Canin's price in no way reflects its quality ... it is not a good food!

PrincessHoneysuckle Thu 13-Feb-20 10:40:48

My dog has had orijen from that start and has never had a soft poo in 2.5 years

TeacupRex Thu 13-Feb-20 11:55:41

Ideally you want a food that is high in animal products (and clearly shows this in the ingredients), lower in fruit/veg and carbohydrate fillers (legumes, potato, corn, soy, rice..). Dogs are facultative carnivores - the majority of their diet should be meat. They can tolerate a bit of plant matter in their diet, but too much can lead to large amounts of soft poo. Royal Canin is crap food that doesn't clearly label their ingredients, so chances are its mostly made up of fillers and hardly any meat.

My dogs are raw fed but I know this isn't an option for everyone, so if I fed kibble I'd probably feed something like Orijen or Akela.

Nojeansplease Thu 13-Feb-20 17:47:15

Royal canin is terrible for them
We tried ours on it as everyone seemed to talk about it and rate it and it was on offer - but still about the same price as our normal food

After he started pooping a million times a day and it was not good consistency I looked it up and there’s basically no nutritional value in it.

Ours is on Lilly’s kitchen and millies wolfheart mostly. All poos firm and easy to pick up!

mommymooo Thu 13-Feb-20 17:51:33

My pup was like this. I tried everything all the expensive brands fresh cooked chicken.
So at his next vet appointment I mentioned it she told me to use good old fashioned chappie. Wet or dry or mix fine for puppies even though it says adult on the packaging. And it instantly changed him nice firm poops. I will never change he is 6 months now very very healthy I will not change 100% recommend xx

LoveNote Thu 13-Feb-20 17:58:47

god its a minefield this dog owning business!

i'm going to see what suits our little pup best but we got the '' trial and it did not agree with him. we are on pedigree dry puppy food (got him unexpectedly quick and ran into tesco and got first i saw)

he has way too many treats though ...wonder how they affect puppy tums

Nojeansplease Thu 13-Feb-20 17:59:06

Chappie does not have a very good nutritional rating and It’s only about 15% ‘meat’

If it works for your dog and makes you happy then great! No shade intended to pp.
but lots of people recommend it and if nothing else works for you I’d go with it, but id probably try the other stuff first

Ansumpasty Fri 14-Feb-20 07:47:38

Wish I’d got some chappie now! Got a bag of James wellbeloved and mixed a little bit with her normal food. She’s picking out every single James wellbeloved piece and dropping it on the floor. Refusing to even try!

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Ansumpasty Fri 14-Feb-20 07:49:56

Will have a look a millie’s kitchen and orijen today. Can’t afford to keep wasting money!

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Showercurtain Fri 14-Feb-20 07:54:34

We used Beco Pets dry puppy food. Expensive, but was told it was the best.

The quality is meant to be great and it’s environmentally friendly (for dog food).

Oddly, Lily’s kitchen wet food gave our dog funny poos.

Been considering trying Butternut Box though.

I’m sure someone else has said it, but changing around can give them runny poos.

PurpleBirch Fri 14-Feb-20 07:56:00

Another vote for Millies Wolfheart- it’s a quality food and poo is firm and barely smells. Delivery is great too!

Theoscargoesto Fri 14-Feb-20 07:59:32

I used Acana. The vet said going from Wagg (the breeder used) to Orijen was like going from skimmed milk to double cream in one go. Acana was a half wag house, scores well on all about dog food and suits mine very well.

mommymooo Fri 14-Feb-20 08:14:37

Chappie has been around for a very very long time it's a complete food even the meat tins so no need to add anything to it. Every vet I have spoke to highly recommends it. And if you go behind he consultation rooms and look most vets use chappie for the ones that are staying there.
All the other brands have to keep rebranding to get better and more sales. Chappie hasn't it's stayed as it always has. Plain and simple and complete.
Highly recommend

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