Please share your experiences with me...
Maisy was 12 wks when I first brought her home. She was feed Orijen. However, to purchase Orijen from my location is not at all convenient for me. Also I had some concerns about the high level of protein in this food so I switched her over to Fromm's no-grain adult line.
I mixed Orijen with the Fromm adult food for several days. Maisy's poops were becoming softer. Once completely on the Fromm adult grain-free line for about a week her poops did not firm up the way they were when she was strictly on Orijen. Plus, I was confused about whether or not she should even be on an adult food so I purchased Fromm Puppy Gold and decided to give Maisy a half and half mixture. Over about a week her poops did not firm up ...still very soft and hard to clean up.
Since she received her last shots our vet really felt that she should be fed the puppy formula only (stating that the mineral levels in an adult food are too high for a puppy) and that perhaps the adult line had something in it that was upsetting her system. So, Maisy has now been strictly on Fromm Puppy Gold for almost two weeks now. Her poops are even softer now so I'm wondering if it is the puppy line that is doing this to her.
So my questions are:
1) Exactly how long is long enough to allow a puppy to adjust to a new food? Am I being hasty thinking about switching her again after 2 weeks with no stool improvement?
2) Should poops be firm and easy to pick up without leaving anything on the grass? Maisy's poop look semi-formed but the are very far from firm and leave a mess even after I've tried to clean them up.