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I changed Daisy over to Acana over the past week, from Royal Canin.

I assumed that being on a better dog food would make her stools smaller. (Sorry it's gross) but they've actually become bigger and more frequent.

Why is this? Will it settle down as she keeps eating the new food? I'm considering changing her back to Royal Canin at this point Dx
 

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Are you sure you are feeding her the correct amount? She will need LESS acana than she did RC. Overfeeding can cause larger and frequent stools. So I'd try cutting her food back and monitoring her weight. It can take several weeks to months for a dog to fully adjust to a new food :)
 

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Ditto to what Kristi said. When I switched Lion to Orijen/Acana from the Chicken Soup kibble, I didn't realize how much less they need. Lion was pooping 6+ times a day until I cut him back.
 

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Thanks for the replies. The packet says to feed about 40-50 grams, and she eats a little less than that. How many grams would you guys feed her? She's 4.6lbs.
 

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I'm not sure how many grams are how many cups or whatnot but I switched Piper from the RC Chihuahua puppy to the Acana Small Breed Puppy and man, am I happy with the results. Her poops are probably about the same size (possibly slightly smaller) but her coat looks better, her eyes are less weepy, she sheds less, etc. I definitely reduced the amount she was eating, though. I'd say I feed her half the amount that I used to.
 

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I would halve what you are feeding her right now. The bag recommendations are way too much IMO. If she starts looking thin add just a small bit each day until you feel she is maintaining a healthy weight.
 

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Thats great, thankyou Kristi.
I had read about the companies reccomending feeding them more than they needed, but I didn't think it'd be so much.

I'm pleased I asked before she got overweight from the amount of food.


Btw, is Charm (in your siggy) a new chi?
 

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I have had her for a little while :) She will be my next show girl...she's 6 months now but shows don't start up in our neck of the woods for another 3 months (Feb).

When I was feeding Acana, my guys in the 4-5 lb range were getting 2 tablespoons AM & PM (1/8th of a cup). I dunno how that transfers to grams. I feed raw now but out of the kibbles out there Acana is one of the best :)
 

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I just saw Daisy is still a puppy, so keep a close eye - if she starts to look thin up her food. But the recommendation on the bag I think is really high even for a puppy, esp a spayed puppy (dunno if Daisy's done or not).
 

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I totally agree with cutting her food back. When I fed Orijen, very similar to Acana, the chis got a ridiculously small amount and maintained their weight just fine, they were probably not even getting 20 kibbles/ meal.
 

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I have had her for a little while :) She will be my next show girl...she's 6 months now but shows don't start up in our neck of the woods for another 3 months (Feb).

When I was feeding Acana, my guys in the 4-5 lb range were getting 2 tablespoons AM & PM (1/8th of a cup). I dunno how that transfers to grams. I feed raw now but out of the kibbles out there Acana is one of the best :)
She's very cute :) I'm sure she'll do great.

That's why I wanted to change her over. She seemed healthy on RC but I wanted one that was really good.

2 tablespoons at each meal?

I just saw Daisy is still a puppy, so keep a close eye - if she starts to look thin up her food. But the recommendation on the bag I think is really high even for a puppy, esp a spayed puppy (dunno if Daisy's done or not).
Yes Daisy has been spayed. I'll keep a close eye on her weight then.

I totally agree with cutting her food back. When I fed Orijen, very similar to Acana, the chis got a ridiculously small amount and maintained their weight just fine, they were probably not even getting 20 kibbles/ meal.
Yeah I was surprised when weighing it out yesterday, I could probably just count the kibbles for each meal.
 

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I feed both of mine acana my females 4 pounds very active and my male is 5 pound....very lazy haha. I feed them 1/8 in the morning and then another 1/8 at night adding up to 1/4 a day. U can add more depending on how u see her weight and everything. :3
 

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Mine are the same...one is 4 to 4.5 pounds the other is 8 pounds they both get 1/ 8c am and another 1/8 c pm feeding..
 
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