Looking for some advice regarding food for our 3.5 year old Goldendoodle. He has always had a sensitive stomach. He’s been taking Fromm all his life, first puppy gold and for the last 3 years he’s been on Fromm 4 Star (we vary the protein source). He’s been on Proviable since he was given Metronidazole as a puppy and continues to take it every day. He had a GI Panel done three years ago which came back normal. We once tried switching him to a grain free food (Orijen) but that didn’t agree with him and will often put him on canned RX food or a homemade bland diet when he’s having stomach issues.
For the past month we’ve been struggling with very loose and mushy poops. He’s also been eating grass a bit which he would occasionally do in the past but it is more frequent now. I’ve switched him over to canned RX three times during this cycle which hardens things up but after I slowly transition him back to his normal food everything softens back up and eventually becomes mushy and sometimes diarrhea. I had a fecal sample done and that came back negative. A friend mentioned to try and give him some more fiber so today I did put a tablespoon of canned pumpkin in his food and will see if that helps at all.
I’m wondering if we need to switch away from Fromm to something else. I don’t know why all of a sudden he'd be having issues with the food he’s taken for years but it is the first thing the vet tells me to try. They always push a Purina Pro Plan EN (Gastroenteric) which they offer and I know they get huge kickbacks from. My vet tells me that the eating grass is because he isn’t getting some nutrients though I always thought that was a way to try and make himself throw up if he isn’t feeling well (or maybe it could be both).
I’ve been hesitant to try a grain free food due to his past issue with Orijen though I have heard that food is very rich and often tough on Doodle stomachs so perhaps that was the issue more than grain free. I was wondering if anybody here had any thoughts. I was planning on going into Pet People as I feel the managers there are knowledgeable but thought this was a better place to try first. Is that all a mistake and should I listen to the vet and put him on Purina Pro Plan En? Thanks so much!