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Old 10-17-2011, 12:07 PM
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Diarrhea and Blue Buffalo puppy food?

Our puppy has had diarrhea issues since the day we brought him home. He did have issues with giardia for almost a month and a half so we assumed that is what was giving him the loose bowels. Since then he has tested negative for giardia but the diarrhea continues. He's been on different probiotics and medications almost continuously. We started him with Purina LBP when we first brought him home because that is what the breeder had him on. We slowly transitioned him to Blue Buffalo. We are thinking that the blue buffalo is what is giving him the diarrhea now. Has anyone else had this issue with this food and if so what did you switch your puppy to that works and is a high quality food?
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Old 10-17-2011, 01:39 PM
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Our pup Maya had loose stools on the Blue Buffalo puppy formula, and I contemplated switching myself, but then I read in several threds that the recommended amount on the bag may be much more than she needs. I discussed with the vet and dropped her to a little over two cups from the 3 cups a day she was getting, (she's almost 7 months old) and she's doing fine on it now. Search the threds for Blue Buffalo and you'll find some who had similar issues, with some suggestions on new foods. Good luck!
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Puppies can get diarrhea when you transition from one food to the other, so mixing it little by little can help.

That said, my vet recently told me that a lot of his patients are complaining about digestive issues with Blue Buffalo. I have to switch Austin to adult food and BB was one of the options, but on vet's recommendation, I've decided not to go with it.
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Is it happening in a cycle? Do you get some good days and then back to bad?
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Flora did terribly on Blue Buffalo. She'd get diarrhea so bad that it was like water. Brown, smelly water...
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I have seen a lot of issues with Blue Buffalo, that it might be too rich for puppies. My vet also said that some of the formulas have had excess calcium and had been recalled. I've never tried BB myself, but I personally would not use this food.
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Some of the high protein foods are too rich for little puppy tummies. You might go back to the one the breeder sent home. You can add a spoon of pumpkin (plain not the pie mix) to the food to help firm up the stool. Or it can be a recurrence of the giaridia.
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Faith, did you end up switching your dog food and if so, to what? Sounds like I'm in the same predicament....giardia, but our pup's stools are still loose after finishing her metronidazole. She is on Blue Buffalo Large Breed Puppy.
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It is not uncommon to need more than one round of Metronizadole to get rid of giardia.
Did your vet recheck using a snap test?
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Our puppy has had diarrhea issues since the day we brought him home. He did have issues with giardia for almost a month and a half so we assumed that is what was giving him the loose bowels. Since then he has tested negative for giardia but the diarrhea continues. He's been on different probiotics and medications almost continuously. We started him with Purina LBP when we first brought him home because that is what the breeder had him on. We slowly transitioned him to Blue Buffalo. We are thinking that the blue buffalo is what is giving him the diarrhea now. Has anyone else had this issue with this food and if so what did you switch your puppy to that works and is a high quality food?
Darby has been on Blue Buffalo with no problems at all.
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