« on: Nov 13, 2018, 11:28 »
I'm having some issues finding a food suitable for my 1 year old Border Terrier/Jack Russel cross. He's fairly active (as most 1 year olds are! )but not working/sporting/agility etc.
Puppy food was combinations of Skinners, Fish4Dogs (puppy packs) then Simpsons Premium Puppy Sensitive. Adult food started on Simpsons Premium Adult/Senstive depending on what I grabbed in the shop, and some fresh cooked chicken breast (OH's dad is a butcher so plentiful supply!)
Over the last 6 months or so he suffered from recurring bouts of colitis (treated at vets with antib's etc), with finally 2 bouts within weeks of each other where the vet queried his diet and decided it was probably too high in protein and fat for him hence the issues.
I swapped him onto Burns Original as it was the lowest protein food I found stocked locally that wasn't completely rubbish. I also cut the chicken out completely.
The colitis issue has not reappeared and he appears happy and healthy on this.
However, now he is (understandably!) more reluctant to eat, its clearly less appetising to him, especially minus the chicken, but softened with warm water he does finish each meal. The main issue is his poo quantities have increased exponentially and he is soiling inside at least once a night, sometimes twice. Whilst the poohs are normal and solid, he just seems to need to go far more often than before. I've tried varying his dinner time/taking for a late night walk for poohs, but even when let out to toilet at 2am he is still soiling before 7am!
He is also on Protexin Profibre which was recc'd by the vet following initial colitis issues.
Does anyone have suggestions?
The Simpsons food breakdown is : Protein 24%, Oil 16%, Fibre 3.7%, Ash 8%, Calcium: 1.19% Phosphorous 0.88%, Omega 6: 3.16%, Omega 3: 1.03%.
So looking for something which is less fat and protein than that.
Burns Original is Crude Protein 18.5%, Crude Oils & Fats 7.5%, however it is 67% rice, which must surely be bulking up the poo?
Other options I looked into (not yet tried) are: Lily's Kitchen (although this is pricey) a couple of the lower protein Barking Heads, and a James Wellbeloved grain free.
Does anyone have any advice? I would change him over gradually, but also don't want to risk another attack of colitis!
Raw feeding is sadly not an option (despite the ease of access!) as I am often away for mealtimes with work and so rely on others feeding him and they arent keen.
Sorry for the long post!