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Hi there.

I have a 10 month old pug and he poops between 4-7 times a day. I have been reading on the internet that, as dogs grow older they should be pooping less. I am thinking that may be I am over doing it on the fiber content. His food consists of 70% meat and liver that is cooked for about a minute. 20% consists of blended fruits and vegtables such as carrots, celery, brocoli, apples and cucumber. 10% consists of cooked and mashed squash and pumpkin. I also add some fish oil and calcium for dogs to the mea1. I feed him twice a day once in the morning when he wakes up and once in the evening. Kindly advise.

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Hello,

It is unusual for a dog to go that many times. The diet you are feeding sounds fine but may be a little high in the veggies so your fiber content will be higher. I would make sure to keep the liver and/or other organ meat to no more than 5% of the diet.

A couple of industry experts gave the best ratio at 80% meat/organs/bone and 20% veggies.

So you may try to up your meat content and lower the veggies/squash.

I would also look to add additional enzymes and probiotics. These are found naturally in raw food but are destroyed when you cook the food.

I know you said you only cook for about one minute and that's fine. That should preserve the natural enzymes and probiotics.

But I would still add more enzymes and probiotics if you are mostly using muscle meat. All the commercially made raw food for dogs in the USA is comprised of muscle meat.

The best digestive enzymes are found in the intestinal track and bile ducts and not much in the muscle meat.

That's why we add more good digestive enzymes to our dogs food and I would suggest doing that as well.

So try doing the above things and see how he does. The high absorption of this kind of diet will usually mean less poop. So you need to make sure things are getting digested properly.

Let me know if you have any additional question or if I can do anything else for you.

Roger  

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Can answer all nutritional information for all dogs. Common problems with food, supplements, weight control, allergies, fleas, etc. Questions regarding raw food, homemade food, skin & coat issues, ect. Can't and/or will not do medicinal type questions that the vet takes care of.

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I am certified in Dog Nutrition. Over 6 years now I've owned a natural pet food retail store. I've worked with hundreds of dogs and there owners to achieve better health. We promote a healthy balanced species related diet. This is the way nature made your pet to thrive. Fortunately for those who cannot or wish not to feed a raw based diet, there are alternatives with supplements and cooked food. Just don't let processed food be there only diet. Food is the most powerful medicine. Heal the core of the animal and the rest will take care of itself. We've turned the lives of many dogs around. There parents come back into the store and comment to us on how there dog acts like a real dog again. Our business is thriving and we continue to help many.

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We work with Second Chance Companions, Must Love Dogs, members of ASPCA, HSUSA and started our own personal "Red Head Rescue" (non chartered) for stray dogs and rescue dogs from high kill shelters. We've been able to heal the many health ailments these dogs have and place them in good homes.

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Dog Food Decoded - How To Choose A Health Diet For Your Dog and Your Budget - Available on Amazon in Kindle format or Paperback. Various articles for in store and web.

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Certified - Canine Nutrition Level Three. Last 7 years I've been working with veterinarians, holistic veterinarians, attending seminars and best of all, real life experience with hundreds of customer dogs and cats. I've seen what works and does not work. Feeding a proper species appropriate diet works for most ailments. We've taken away our petís natural diet and caused most of todayís problems.

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Many satisfied pet owners coming to our store for nutritional help and advice.

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