Occasionally we have people get in touch as their dog is not settling on Akela. Below are a few of the FAQs on this topic, but if your dog is not doing 100% amazingly well on Akela and the below does not apply then please do get in touch and one of our team will help you get to the bottom of the issue.
My dogs' poos are runny since switching
Akela is a very nutritious food and each kibble is worth more to the dog than with many other brands. This means you generally feed less (and less comes out of the other end; bonus!). Poos should be dark and firm and relatively odorless. If this is not the case then it could be down to any of the following reasons:
- Feeding too much. As a start check our feeding guide, but remember this is just a guide as dogs are individuals. It is generally quite safe to go up or down by up to 10% without any concern. Reducing the amount being fed usually firms up poos within a few days. If you are trying to help a dog gain weight or your dog is struggling to keep weight on then you can look at feeding over 3 meals a day instead of 2.
- Feeding too close to exercise. We recommend allowing at least an a hour before and after a meal before exercise.
- Not switching over slowly. When moving to Akela, especially from lower quality foods, it is important to transition slowly.
My dogs' poos are suddenly runny after feeding Akela fine for months
Usually when we get these questions we ask about what else the dog has been eating recently and any other changes to the routine. If your dogs' upset coincides with any of the below then it usually returns to normal once the change has been reverted:
- New treats or increase in the amount of treats
- Addition of wet food (because it is either low quality, or because not enough kibble has been taken out to compensate)
- Addition of supplements
- A new bag which has been stored somewhere not cool and dry
- New puddles on a walk route
- Dog exposed to high temperatures
- Dog's activity or weight has decreased and the feeding amount has not been adjusted
- Recent worming, de-flea or other course of medication
- Periods of high stress (new baby, new dog, fireworks, thunderstorms, owners on holiday, moving house etc)
I am struggling to keep my dog at the ideal weight on Akela
It is possible for dogs to gain or lose weight on Akela, it is all down to the feeding amount. Check the feeding guide and adjust by up to 10% if needed. Remember that any treats given will contribute to the daily calorie intake.
If a dog needs to gain weight and you are using Akela to do this that is great, but you will likely need to feed over three meals a day until a maintenance amount is reached.