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I have two goldens; 20 months and 9 months and both are on Eagle Pack Holistic Duck and Oatmeal. Cash my older one has a very sensitive stomach and gets diarrhea very easy. Both of their stools are somewhat formed but not real firm either. Pick up is difficult sometimes and leaves quite the smear! YUK!

Any suggestions on a good quality food that might firm things up? I've tried the chicken formula too and the texture of stools is about the same.

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I had the same problem with Flora. Her poops were like pudding most of the time and made pick-up duty REALLY gross. I had her on "high quality" foods like Solid Gold and Blue Buffalo, but after several fecal exams and a costly trip to the vet, I was advised to switch to Purina Pro-Plan sensitive formula, and her poops have been fabulous ever since. Maybe Purina Pro-Plan isn't considered a "high quality" food, but I can't be happier about Flora's stools nowadays. I can pick them up without leaving a huge mess behind!

Sometimes the fancier foods are just too fancy for our pups.

I know a lot of people recommend pumpkin too, but I didn't need that after I switched foods. My vet actually said that chicken can often be the cause of soft stools, since some dogs are sort of allergic to that ingredient, so she encouraged me to find a food with a different source of protein.
 

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we do chicken and rice. When Noah was a pup and he was really loose the vet gave us packets of beneficial bacteria powder to add to dinners and it firmed them right up. Sometimes the balance is off in the tummy and they need help.
 

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you can try adding canned pumpkin (NOT the pie filling). If it has happened on 2 different formulas though and it's been happening for awhile, I would make a food switch.

You can try a lower protein/fat food like California Natural or a food like Purina Pro Plan. Personally I'd go for the CN (higher quality in my opinion) first, but Pro Plan works for many here on the forum and I wouldn't be opposed to feeding it if that's what worked.
 

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I have to agree that if this is a constant problem you may want to consider switching to a different brand and kind of dog food and give that a shot. Your current food may not agree with their system.
My Liam has loose stools from time to time and I have had great success with giving him about 5 of the unfrosted mini shredded wheat cereal pieces with each meal. However if anyone uses this I would start out with 3 pieces with each meal for a few days to see how this works. Liam weighs over 100 pounds so I found he needed a bit more of this when his stools get loose.
 

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I have two goldens; 20 months and 9 months and both are on Eagle Pack Holistic Duck and Oatmeal. Cash my older one has a very sensitive stomach and gets diarrhea very easy. Both of their stools are somewhat formed but not real firm either. Pick up is difficult sometimes and leaves quite the smear! YUK!

Any suggestions on a good quality food that might firm things up? I've tried the chicken formula too and the texture of stools is about the same.

Jill
The fiber and food change could help. Also, make sure you're not overfeeding (easy to do with the holistic foods, especially given EP's high digestability) as that too can easily cause loose stools.
 
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