Question by Bottom Contributor: Does Nutro Natural Choice dog food soften the stool?
I want to give my dog the best possible dog food, so I’ve switched him back to the Nutro lamb & rice (was eating Iams for a while), but I’m noticing that when he is on the Nutro diet, his stool becomes very soft and makes it impossible to “pick up” after him. Has anyone else had this happen? Any ideas on what to do? I don’t want to switch him back to a lesser dog food just because of this:( Thanks for any helpful advice!

Best answer:

Answer by GSDotch
You shouldn’t base your dog food choice on your dog’s stools. In actuality, if you wanted the best food and the “best” stools, you would switch your dogs to a raw diet.

He may have an allery to something in the Nutro, as it is not “normal” for a dog to have consistently loose stools. He may feel that he has to drink more water to compensate for the kibble. Iams isn’t the best food either, nor is anything you can buy in a regular grocery store.

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6 thoughts on “Does Nutro Natural Choice dog food soften the stool?

  1. First question is…did you switch him over all of a sudden, or did you do it gradually by mixing the old food and the Nutro together? This is the biggest problem with changing food with any animal…if you do not mix it with the other food and do a gradual change over, they will get loose stools and may even vomit. Always change over gradually. His system may still be getting used to the Nutro…give him some time. If it is still runny, then switch to another dog food…but do it gradually.

  2. Be sure that you are slowly introducing the new food. Start by mixing about 1/4 of the new food with the old food. Then gradually increase the amount of the new food and decrease the old food over a period of two weeks. If you have suddenly stopped the old food and are feeding him just the new food, that could be the problem.

  3. how long has he been back on nutro?
    did you just swap him or do it gradually?

    if you just swapped him straight over that can upset tummies and cause loose stools.

    if he has been on it at least 5 days and it hasnt impoved at all try him with the choice chicken and rice rather than lamb and rice, (the chicken and rice ideal for dogs with funny tummies). if he only been back on it less than 5 days and he is ok in himself and drinking leave him, give his system time to adjust back to a good quality food.

  4. I spoke to an owner of a health food store where I buy my all natural dog food. A representative from that company, meaning Nutro Natural Choice came to that store and wanted to sell their products at that store. He has very high standards and requires proof of what they are saying is true. He told me that he was going to tour their facility. The lady told him to wear clothes he planned on throwing away after the tour. He asked why, she said because when they spray the blood on the food the over spray will get on your clothes an ruin them. He told her that he had no need to tour that facility and that he would not carry their products because that is not how the natural process works. Only companies that use fillers and chemicals in their food need to spray them with blood to get the dogs to eat it.

    Iams does it too. The brands I buy from his store are Wellness, Innova, and California Natural. There are about 4 or 5other choices that are truly all natural at a health food store. It will cost about $ 40.00 for a 30 to 40 pound bag. The difference is your dog will eat about half of what they eat with the other food because the natural food actually fills them up. I don’t have a lot of money and I can afford the food because how much less I use. In the ends it works out to cost almost the same only slightly more.
    When I put my dog on the good food her energy level went up, her coat is perfect, her eyes are clear, her droppings are usually normal (they get table scraps sometimes), and her overall well being became a new dog in at or less than a month. When I switched her to the new food I did it all at once, and she had no problem with that change.

    Hope this helps you decide what to do.

  5. I just wanted to tell you that i work in a pet store and Nutro is not a very good food. If you want a food that will ultimately give your dog good firm poops, try canidae, but the law in slowly switching the food still applies.

  6. I feed Natural Choice (which is a high quality food) to my two, and neither of them have soft stools. It could be that your dog is having a reaction to one or more of the ingredients. I’d suggest trying Natural Choice Chicken, Rice, and Oatmeal. At the shelter where I work, one of the pound dogs had consistantly loose stools until we switched him to the CRO formula.

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