Spring Natural Grain Free. English Bulldog owner
We used to use Kirkland but switched to Nutro Natural Choice a few months ago for our 2 APBT's.
Been on blue buffalo (chx/brown rice) for the past 18months and doing great. Prior to that was on Acana and taste of the wild.
I should pretty much take him off Blue Buffalo right?
But what is a heathly/natural type brand he should go on since he's a bit sensitive?
some dogs are sensitive about the transition and some are not.
our gsp we could change her to brand new food every day and she would be fine.
our vizsla will get sick nearly everyday of a 2-3 week transition
if you have a sensitive dog, just take more time to introduce the new food. i have read a couple of places about taking as long as a month to move to new food.
you could even start by giving the new food as training treats
I'd give it some more time before abandoning BB, but some dogs just don't react well to certain foods. Our pit (the sensitive eater) never did that well on Natural Balance. She needed more animal protein (in BB) vs the relatively high amount of plant based protein in NB. In order to feed her the amount she required, we'd have to give her a ton of food, and all the fiber just did a number on her. Are you feeding your dog the same volume of food? If the BB is more nutrient dense, yet you are still feeding the same volume, it'll likely have more of everything else (including fiber), and that would be akin to switching you to Kashi out of the blue and expecting you to not make toilet roosters.
too much fiber can cause issues.
additionally the amount of food you feed is important. i have found that higher quality food will nearly always have more calories per cup, so you dont really need to feed the same quantity.
so with Natural Balance maybe you need to feed 3 cups (358/cup), while with Innova EVO you need maybe 2 cups (537/cup).
even among the same food brand going from the chicken to the beef blend can have a difference in calories per cup. for example, we feed Acana. the prairie harvest is 420/cup, the ranchlands is 460/cup.
through very specific tracking we have determined that our GSP needs about 650 cal/day and our Vizsla needs about 760 cal/day... this is to maintain weight at their typical level of activity. for acana that means about 1.5 cups for the GSP and 1.75 cups for the Vizsla.
Yes I give him the same amount of food. I didn't realize the difference. Good point. Though I think he just hates BB. Wen he pokes his face in the bowl he makes a face as if though he's disgusted! Lol.
What if I mix in some BB canned food to encourage him to eat it? Would it have the same effect? Too much protein?
Last edited by HD9280; 10-31-2012 at 03:54 PM.
couldnt find cal per cup...
Nutrient Content (%)
Crude Protein (Min.)
Crude Fat (Min.)
Crude Fiber (Max.)
Crude Protein 24.0% min
Crude Fat 14.0% min
Crude Fiber 4.0% max
unless you are using
Crude Protein 34.0% min
Crude Fat 15.0% min
Crude Fiber 6.5% max
In addition to the Spring Naturals grain free we have started mixing in half a raw pattie, in one word AMAZING. Poops are small and hard and his coat is stunning. I know there has been some flak on both sides about a raw diet, but from what I have seen it has worked out great for us.
No stomach problems, bad poops or any health issues whatsoever. Will stick with the various flavors offered by this company. Hope their oven comes back online soon...usually I switch it up more often with the medium sized bags but have had to buy the 29-ish lb. bags lately.
Last edited by Mikepea; 01-20-2013 at 03:47 PM.
Hey all, just saw this thread..
My wife and I aren't completely brand loyal, but we've found certain brands, even the good ones, would cause our Molly to itch like crazy. The only two brands that we found that worked for her so far are the Kirkland signature brand, and this one called Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul.
I found it to be brilliant stuff for ours, but if you haven't given it a shot, and you think your dog may have some allergies, you might try this stuff.