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Brodysmom has mentioned Bully Sticks and I think I'm going to order some of those and possibly the odorless ones as she's ordered and waiting to see how they are. There's other members whom I'm sure have talked about different treats and wondering if I can get some recommendation here on which treats I can order online that won't cause soft poop.

I know there's numerous threads about foods and switching and diahrrea, etc. My dogs are on Innova and doing fine but there's an issue with some of the *treats*. They're poop is becoming softer lately. It's my fault that I've given several different treats and unable to pinpoint which one(s) are the culprit for the soft poop. I guess I need to find one or two good brands and stick with them.

The Beggin' Strips never seemed to cause an issue.
Billjack liver treats okay, I think.

Eukaneuba treats might be causing soft poop. I gave them one last night and night before and noticed really softer poop the last couple of days.

I'd appreciate any recommendations as I need to order some new treats and just rid myself of the ones that we now. Thanks for any help!
 

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I've mentioned this before if you look at a thread I started called solid poo. I make these home made dog biscuits which are so easy to do and by god their poo has been so firm since they've been eating them. Proper no mess, non sticky solid poo. I use wholemeal flour and oats.

Just get some cheap mini cutters on ebay and the ingerdients are cheap and last ages and you're away. The recipe makes loads so I freeze the dough and only use half at a time.

here's the link

http://www.chihuahua-people.com/showthread.php?t=48551
 

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Thanks for the recipe but that won't work for me, unfortunately. I'm not being snotty but I don't cook. I'm in a travel trailer and with my work hours there's no time. Actually I have a boatload of papers on top of my stove and the oven is used to store papers as well. (lol)

I've been told to not use rawhide because it's not digestible and hoofers were recommended. I've got to rid myself of the treats we now have and order some good ones online. My JR has pooped soft stools for two days so there's something that's not agreeable. And it's my mistake for giving various treats and not knowing which one(s) is causing this. I'm too far in distance from a PetSmart and will have to order online a.s.a.p.
 

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Well, I'll give you my opinion for what it's worth .....

I wouldn't feed beggin strips. They are full of dyes, fillers, sugar, salt, etc. No meat. I would think they would cause a tummy ache for sure.

I like ZUKES brand of treats. I also am a huge fan of konas chips which are 100% USA chicken strips that are dried. (Be careful if you buy other brands as many come from China). The website for konas chips is here: www.konaschips.com

For chewing, I really like the odorless bully sticks I ordered from bestbullysticks.com. I talk about them in the chat section if you want to read more. But yes - they are good! I always get the 6 inch ones, they seem to the be the perfect size. Brody is a hard chewer, but they last a LONG time and I've never had any stomach issues with them.

I like Marie's idea of making treats. Then you know exactly what is in them. With all the pet food and treat recalls, this is a very smart thing to do.
 

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I respect your advise and know that you are much more knowledgeable than I. You're right on it when you say watch out for the China made ones. A comment on that site said her dog almost died from some from China. Thanks for bringing that to attention to not buy those from China!!!!!

I'm going to order these and the Bully Sticks. I'm spending so much money so far on other treats that the price will balance out. I just don't want to be spending money on treats that might not be healthy for them. The Beggin' Strips have never caused them an issue I'm quite sure but you're right about what they're made of. But, when I'm in Wal-Mart, PetSmart and PetCo I see Beggin' Strips as well as many other treats and I've been thinking that I need to read up on what other dog owners are saying and change to something better. I don't want to be snotty in saying that I want to buy something better but I don't need any unnecessary vet bills over something that I'm feeding them that I really shouldn't be feeding in the long run.

And the prices aren't that much different when you weight it all out.

I'm ordering what you recommended. Anymore recommendations are welcomed because I'm definitely changing all the treats now. Opinion on the hoofers?
 

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I too love the Zuke's brand treats. Mine love the mini morsels, just the right size to play run and fetch the treat. They come in chicken, peanut butter and salmon.
 

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I was getting ready to order some Chicken Apple Twists made by Dogswell that I received a sample from an organic pet food store here while back. My dogs absolutely loved these.

Now, I see a comment stating that they're made in China. That scares me since another member had mentioned something about a treat made in China and her dog almost died.

Any opinions on this brand? Am I too paranoid? I'm still learning.


http://www.amazon.com/Dogswell-Veggie-Life-Vitality-Treats/product-reviews/B0039LFVH4/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
 

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I was getting ready to order some Chicken Apple Twists made by Dogswell that I received a sample from an organic pet food store here while back. My dogs absolutely loved these.

Now, I see a comment stating that they're made in China. That scares me since another member had mentioned something about a treat made in China and her dog almost died.

Any opinions on this brand? Am I too paranoid? I'm still learning.


http://www.amazon.com/Dogswell-Veggie-Life-Vitality-Treats/product-reviews/B0039LFVH4/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
No, I don't think you are being paranoid. I don't buy any treats from China. At all. Their track record is terrible. I won't jeopardize Brody's health for treats.

This may sound like a dumb question... but if you wanted to feed a chicken/apple treat - couldn't you just boil up a chicken breast, cut it into tiny cubes and maybe slice up a small apple and feed bits of that for a treat? Instead of all the processed treats? Simpler. Cheaper. Safer.
 

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Since I last posted I found Dr. Michael W. Fox's site. He also has Special Reports on there and lists what has been recalled lately, etc. I've heard he's very reputable. He has these Vita Life treats on his site but not the twists that I mentioned. I figured by seeing the brand here that these are okay. There's another specialty pet food store in Maryland where I saw that she sells this brand and they always speak of the better brands of foods and treats.

(I don't spend time in the kitchen or else I'd follow what a lot of member's here recommend making at home. It is better to make your own, I'm sure.)

http://www.twobitdog.com/Default.aspx
 

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www.fruitablespetfood.com

Rico loves these--they have pumkin & blueberry, pumkin & banana and another...they are US made and organic --no wheat, corn, soy or colours..

pumkin has been used to help with stool problems...Rico doesn't have any issues there but he like the treat.

Also any kind of raw bone can help firm up stool. When Rico has been chewing on a treat bone his stool is pretty solid and bone coloured..lol.
I get butcher bones, buy them in the meat market. I freeze them first..raw only.

You can also find some treats made with rice...we have a dog bakery that does a few..

good luck
 
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