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Thank you, Dottie, that is a great idea. Ludo seemed quite hungry yesterday afternoon so I made him some cooked carrots and apple, which he loves. He soon settled down for a nap! I think I will try this with his meals in the long-term now.

Thank you too, Declan. I remember feeding a combination of Lily's and pumpkin to a friend's JRT whom we looked after last year. He had had some stomach problems but produced nice stools on this combination!

After months of on off diarrhoea, Ludo's stools have returned to normal on Gentle. I shall slowly introduce the cooked fruit and veg, to give him a little more in his tummy.

Thank you again for all of your advice.

Thank you all for your helpful and detailed replies. I very much appreciate your advice and support. In the past week, I've tried Ludo a couple of days on samples of Gentle and on Lily's Kitchen wet food, as a friend suggested the simpler Lily's recipes might also be good for him. On both these foods his stools were fantastic - firmer and fewer! It felt like winning the lottery!
So it seems like either of these options would be good for him. They both seem high quality products, but I am keener on the Gentle. My only concern is that the recommended portion is so small, smaller even than the Akela. I'm aware that this is because of the quality of the food and would stick to this if we keep him on it, but worry he might not be satisfied by it. Is this possible? Or will he adjust? I wonder if it is just me feeling bad when I see such a small amount in the bowl!

Thanks again.

Thank you very much indeed. I shall check out Naturediet and Natures Menu and Butternut Box. I shall also have a look here tomorrow and at the Dog Food Directory. Gentle samples on the way! Hopefully we can find something that leaves him wind and soft stool free!

Thank you all for the helpful, detailed replies.

I have asked Gentle for some samples of their cold-pressed fish food, as this would seem to tick two boxes mentioned  (new, single protein source and cold-pressed). In the meantime, I am thinking about trying him on Lily's wet food, which seems to have a very simple list of ingredients and some options with a single-protein source. We have some cans at home (we were given them by a friend whose JRT died recently ). But if you would recommend any other wet foods, I am very open to trying something else.

If the problems persist with food change, we will ask for further tests, with stool samples. He is fully up-to-date with worming tablets etc. In the past, when he was on Burns, I am sure his stomach upset was down to things he'd picked up on walks, but now we keep a very close eye on him and he is pretty good at leaving things when told.

I took one look at the Hill's ingredient list and decided it was a 'no'. And it certainly seems like there are options beyond a food labelled 'gastrointestinal'.

Thank you again for your help!


I would appreciate some guidance on what sort of food to give to our 8-month old Jack Russell Terrier. He is fairly active, walking around 2 hours a day including 20 minutes of mad running.

When we got him he was on Burns puppy food, which produced firm stools but gave him terrible wind, several times a day! He did have some bouts of stomach upset on the Burns, but I always linked these up to new foods being given as treats (small bits of roast beef, roast chicken) and, occasionally, things he picked up from the floor on walks (he now knows 'leave it' and 'drop it'!) I decided to switch him from the Burns because of his wind, putting it down to the grains.

I am now feeding him Akela 80/20, as it was ranked so highly on here (and this site was recommended by our trainer). Since moving onto the Akela he has had very runny stools. I have weighed the food carefully, but think that it is just too rich, or he is sensitive to one of the several proteins it contains. He seeme to loved the taste of Akela at first but, although he eats most of his food, he now seems nonchalant about it, perhaps because it is making him feel unwell.

The vet has checked him over and he recently had extensive blood tests to check liver function etc, but he doesn't seem to have anything wrong with him. The vet suggested we put him on a 'gastrointestinal diet', but the brands she mentioned to us - Hills and Royal Canin - are ranked very low on here.

I would like to know what sort of food (type, ingredients etc) other owners would recommend he move onto as those branded for sensitive stomachs seem to be of lower quality. I am open to wet or dry food and money isn't really a concern. I am even happy to make food for him myself. I just want his stomach settled!

Thank you very much in advance.

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