Hello, I have a 6 yr old, neutered male, 40kg german shepherd. He gets average exercise, has a lovely temperament and shiny coat, slim but not skinny.
I've had him two years (adopted after his owner's death) and he has always been fed, like my other GSD, on Applaws large breed. He always poo'd erratically, maybe 3-5 random times daily but the poo was well-formed and OK. About 3 months ago he started getting diarrhoea - going maybe 8 times daily, always runny and smelly. The vet gave a Panacur course and some pre/probiotic paste and recommended we change him to Wafcol Salmon and Potato large breed, which we did. She had never heard of Applaws so couldn't comment on it, but I see it gets a higher mark (4.
on here than Wafcol. No allergy test was done as he is vet-phobic and she could barely touch him (which I know is an issue I have to resolve). He had 500g of Applaws daily, split into two meals, and he now has 575g of Wafcol daily, split into two meals.
Six weeks on the poo is now well-formed, but his poo's are HUGE. He is now going about five times daily, but he is always absolutely desperate to go as soon as we open the door in the morning and is obviously having to hold it in overnight. I'm sure he poo's out the same volume he eats!
It just doesn't seem right. Would it be best to go back to Applaws? Or maybe Simpsons 80/20 (which gets a 5.0 on here)? Or stick with the Wafcol in case he is allergic to something? Or other suggestions welcome!
Thanks in advance for any input