Hi again. When I first got Max he was on Natural Choice Lamb & Rice and that consistently produced "soft serve". I then talked with a pet store owner and he turned me on to his own pet food called - In Pet's Choice, with a primary ingredient of chicken meal. Max loved it and everything "tightened" up. Now, I learn that he will no longer be making his dog food and told me Diamond would be the closest replacement. I purchased Diamond Premium Adult (I checked the date and with Diamond regarding the bag I was to purchase).

I have been mixing half and half for the last several days. Max has only gone number 2 between feedings, twice a day (he eats in the morning, goes in afternoon, goes again in evening and eats again in evening) consistently. Since the food switch the second number 2 is always soft serve with the first being solid. I don't get it. I know "All commercial dog food is garbage" but if anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate it - Here is the first couple ingredients for both -

In Pet's Choice (old food) - chicken meal, brewers rice, brown rice, chicken fat, dried beet pulp, fish meal, brewers dried yeast, flaxseed, dried egg product, etc etc.
Diamond Premium Adult (new food) - chicken by-product meal, whole grain ground corn, wheat flour, chicken fat, brewers rice, beet pulp, fish meal, egg product, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, brewers dried yeast, etc. etc.
And on a side note - anyone have any tricks or tips on cleaning up the soft serve? He does it in the public tennis court of all places and I have a tough time getting into a plastic bag with a stick. Gross I know, but what am I to do !?!
Diamond Premium Adult (new food) - chicken by-product meal, whole grain ground corn, wheat flour, chicken fat, brewers rice, beet pulp, fish meal, egg product, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, brewers dried yeast, etc. etc.

Ingredients are an important part of the story but so are nutrients and nutritional content, and without doing any research I don't know whether or not the two feeds really are comparable beyond the ingredients list. Among the first things I'd check is fat content and whether or not the new food has markedly more fat in it.
The standard home remedy for loose poops is canned pumpkin (no seasonings added). But if the poops don't firm up and really are pretty loose, switch foods.

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