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Purina Pro Plan Puppy causing frequent urination?

I brought my 9-week old puppy to the vet for his first visit today, and I mentioned that he is peeing 20-25 times per day. The vet asked what food I was feeding, and when I said Purina Pro Plan Focus Puppy Lamb & Rice, he said that he fed his puppy the same thing and had the same problem. The food increased urine pH, which caused frequent small urinations. Pro Plan Puppy Lamb & Rice is the food that the breeder was feeding, and I had planned to switch to Pro Plan Focus Large Breed Puppy Chicken & Rice, but now I'm wondering if I should switch brands altogether. Is switching to a different protein and to large breed likely to resolve this issue, or should I consider another food?
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I've not had any issues with Purina chicken formulas. I stay away from lamb based for other reasons - digestibility has not been as good in studies. Many many Doberman people feed Proplan with great results. I would also trust your veterinarian.
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I learned years ago when lamb first appeared on the dog food market as the answer to allergies (because it was then a 'novel' protein) that it might have been 'novel' but I didn't like the results of lamb.

My dogs did not do well on any lamb formulas--just a few weeks of feeding it and their coats turned to crap and I had a hard time keeping weight on them without feeding huge quantities of food (which tended to give them soft stools.)

I wouldn't have noticed increased urination because during the times I tried three different brands of lamb formulas all the dogs were mature adults and I wasn't going out with them like you would a puppy.

I have used ProPlan chicken formulas and salmon formulas and frankly I no longer feed puppy formulas--not even the large breed ones--I feed adult as soon as I can switch them to the adult but I do feed whatever the breeder was feeding for at least the first three or four weeks.

Personally I don't think it's the ProPlan but specifically the meat protein.

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When we got our first Doberman puppy the breeder cautioned us about using a lamb based food. She said her dogs never did well on it and many other Dobermans she had heard about.
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Careful on changing to a different brand of dog food.......could result in a high volume of activity coming from the pooper !!
Hoss is 4 years old and on Purina Pro Chicken.
We switched over to this brand 1 year ago........no problems at all.
As I changed brands the new food was introduced real real slow.
At first Purina Pro chicken was given as training snacks.......then I watched and waited for the response of "the other ends".
slowly introduced more and more.......took about 6 weeks.
Currently nice solid .
As far as urination.......had no problems in that area with Purina Prop Plan Chicken.
The only time Hoss has urinated alot ......was recently when he had a steroid shot!
Drank alot.........so naturally urinated alot !
Has pup been tested and/or treated for urinary tract infection?
Poor little pupper...how things get better soon.

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My past two puppies have been fed Purina Proplan large breed puppy. In fact, my last dog was on Earthborn and her farts were so putrid that I changed her over to PPP and she did soooo much better. I did not notice frequent urination and especially not 20-25x per day that sounds crazy. Did he test for a UTI I hope?


This is the type that I fed and will continue to feed:

https://www.purina.com/pro-plan/dogs...d-chicken-rice
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My past two puppies have been fed Purina Proplan large breed puppy. In fact, my last dog was on Earthborn and her farts were so putrid that I changed her over to PPP and she did soooo much better. I did not notice frequent urination and especially not 20-25x per day that sounds crazy. Did he test for a UTI I hope?


This is the type that I fed and will continue to feed:

https://www.purina.com/pro-plan/dogs...d-chicken-rice
No UTI test but I will begin slowly changing over to the same food that you linked and if it persists, I will return to the vet for a UTI test. He seemed fairly certain that it was the food since he had the same problem with his dog on the same food I'm currently feeding. He mentioned spending over $1k on lab tests on his own dog and everything came back normal. He changed the food and problem solved.
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When I first got my Dobie we fed him Purina Pro Plan. I didnt notice any issues with frequent urination however all of his hair began to fall out and had big patches of hair missing around his neck. The vet suggested that the food was causing the issue. We switched to Merrick beef and bison recipe and his hair grew back in just a few months.
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When I first got my Dobie we fed him Purina Pro Plan. I didnt notice any issues with frequent urination however all of his hair began to fall out and had big patches of hair missing around his neck. The vet suggested that the food was causing the issue. We switched to Merrick beef and bison recipe and his hair grew back in just a few months.
Interesting...not all foods work for all dogs but that was a pretty amazing reaction.

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Yup..as the saying goes....different strokes for different folks.
Pro Plan for Hoss is awesome but every dog is different for sure.
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Our Spock pees like a racehorse because he drinks water like a camel...

Spock and Eva have on ProPlan Chicken & Rice for most of their 10 y/rs and doing well. When relayed to DW my hope that Spock makes it to 14 y/o, she said "Aye yai yai!"
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We are feeding our 4 month puppy ProPlan Large Breed puppy (it's a chicken based one) and he hasn't had any issues with urination. He does drink like a camel, and goes outside to play and pee regularly, but no where near 20 times a day! At the end of the day, you have to do what you feel is right for your puppy based on your vet recommendations, just be careful of how fast you switch so you don't throw off your puppies tummy!
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Karma has been on ProPlan Sensitive Skin & Stomach formula for a couple months and seems to have a mild allergy to the food. She has been incredibly gassy since making the switch and shows other mild allergy symptoms.
Vet thought they could be seasonal allergies so we tried Benadryl for a couple weeks with no change so then vet said "ProPlan is a great food, just like strawberries are a great food for humans. But some humans can't have strawberries"

So now we are on the hunt for a new diet. Food changes are overwhelming :/
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Karma has been on ProPlan Sensitive Skin & Stomach formula for a couple months and seems to have a mild allergy to the food. She has been incredibly gassy since making the switch and shows other mild allergy symptoms.
Vet thought they could be seasonal allergies so we tried Benadryl for a couple weeks with no change so then vet said "ProPlan is a great food, just like strawberries are a great food for humans. But some humans can't have strawberries"

So now we are on the hunt for a new diet. Food changes are overwhelming :/
Is she on the Lamb or the Salmon formula?


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Karma has been on ProPlan Sensitive Skin & Stomach formula for a couple months and seems to have a mild allergy to the food. She has been incredibly gassy since making the switch and shows other mild allergy symptoms.
Vet thought they could be seasonal allergies so we tried Benadryl for a couple weeks with no change so then vet said "ProPlan is a great food, just like strawberries are a great food for humans. But some humans can't have strawberries"

So now we are on the hunt for a new diet. Food changes are overwhelming :/
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Is she on the Lamb or the Salmon formula?

That's a good question. I have never had a dog not have noxious flatulence when on a lamb based kibble.


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