Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.
I am sorry to hear about this concern for Sami.
Well, I actually hear far more problems with some of these more ultra holistic diets
than just the regular premium foods. My suspicion would be that you may simply be better off with just a regular diet like Science Diet senior or Royal Canin.
I prefer these founds because they make their own food, and no outsourcing of ingredients from other countries like China.
Also, with his defecation issues, I would have a veterinary examination done including having his anal glands checked as well as palpate his colon to ensure no palpable polyps or tumors
that could be causing any straining to defecate.
Here is a bland diet recommendation of some other regular foods that may get him to eat a bit:
Boiled boneless, skinless chicken
breast OR low-fat cottage cheese
Cooked white rice
*Never add on salt, pepper, oils, butter to any of the above
*Ideally, give 1/3 chicken or cottage cheese, and 2/3 white rice
Veterinarians will often prescribe some prescription bland diets as an easy alternative includingScience Diet I/D
*It is important to remember that if improving on a bland diet or prescription food like I/D, when you transition back to the old diet, do so gradually over 3-5 days.
Lastly, if no basic testing has been done in the past 1 year, that would be very important.
A canine basic blood test and a urine test (urinalysis) may answer a lot of concerns, or at least rule-out many possible explanations.
What can tests tell you:Chemistry Panel CBC (complete blood count)Urinalysis
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