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      07-19-2012 09:52 AM #26
      We've got two active dogs. A Pit with a sensitive stomach and a mutt with a stomach of steel. They were both on Natural Balance, but the relatively low protein meant we had to give the pit too much to get her what she needed. The fiber just tore through her. The little mutt was fine on it.

      I went to a local pet food/supply store and the guy recommended one of the high protein diets. We opted for Blue Buffalo Wilderness. Our pit's stomach issues are gone.

      We actually used to feed the pit a raw diet. Chicken, turkey, sweet potatoes, cottage cheese, yogurt, eggs, etc, but it became a nightmare with the addition of the second dog. I was spending every other Sunday chopping up whole chickens and boiling sweet potatoes. I'd love to go back to it, but the amount of food the pit went through was staggering for a 55lb dog. If she wasn't eating close to 2 pounds of meat and another pound of potatoes daily she'd puke bile because she burned through everything already. Since they were eating only fresh human food, and meat at that, our dog grocery bill was over half of ours. It was hard giving it up though.

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      07-19-2012 12:31 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by pwm View Post
      I went to a local pet food/supply store and the guy recommended one of the high protein diets. We opted for Blue Buffalo Wilderness. Our pit's stomach issues are gone.
      That's good to hear. My pit has stomach issues and she has been on Blue Buffalo Basics but can only eat the salmon formula. A few pieces of the cat's BB Wilderness dropped on the floor and you would think that my pit had just discovered crack lol. I was going to test the waters with it next go round so your report makes me less uneasy.
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      07-20-2012 02:32 PM #28
      Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul.

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      07-20-2012 02:44 PM #29
      My dog is currently eating the Blue Buffalo Wilderness Salmon food. Though, I think she likes the Merrick Before Grain better.

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      07-20-2012 02:56 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by mk4321 View Post
      Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul.
      My last dog got really really sick off that stuff. It was during all those recalls and she was hospitalized for a few days, had her stomach pumped, etc. She pulled through (after a $700 bill of course), but it was actually that experience that led us to switch to the raw diet for 3 years. I figured if she got sick, I was getting sick since we ate from the same chickens, yogurt, potatoes, etc.

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      07-20-2012 03:01 PM #31
      Oh, and to anyone with an inherent distrust of large corporations and mainstream dogfood when it comes to pet food, Proctor & Gamble (through Iams/Eukanuba) actually owns Innova (Innova, Evo, California Natural, Healthwise, Mother Nature and Karma).

      Apparently the product hasn't suffered yet, but I've heard concerns its only a matter of time before P&G starts tinkering while searching for hidden profit.

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      07-20-2012 03:05 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by pwm View Post
      My last dog got really really sick off that stuff. It was during all those recalls and she was hospitalized for a few days, had her stomach pumped, etc. She pulled through (after a $700 bill of course), but it was actually that experience that led us to switch to the raw diet for 3 years. I figured if she got sick, I was getting sick since we ate from the same chickens, yogurt, potatoes, etc.
      so for 3 yrs the dog was the appointed 'royal food taster'...
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      07-20-2012 03:28 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by dunhamjr View Post
      so for 3 yrs the dog was the appointed 'royal food taster'...


      Yeah, she was an old dog when we got her so she had an awesome final few years. Abuse case, used for breeding and possibly baiting. When we got her wekept her on kibble but upgraded to what we thought was better. She got real sick as a result so she spent the next few years eating like a queen. I'd hack up chickens every other weekend and freeze them in baggies. Wings, breasts, drumsticks, guts....she loved it. Ground beef, and stew meat too. She'd get a scoop of mashed sweet potatoes, a dollop of yogurt or cottage cheese, and a bunch of meat. She loved it and never had another issue until cancer got her.

      We did the raw diet with our next pup, but an active pit puppy was doing a number on us. 2 pounds of meat a day plus all the other stuff was ending up around $7-$8 a day to feed her. When we got the second dog we cried uncle and went back to a premium kibble. If we had a less active dog we'd probably go back to raw, but our pit burns through every calorie you throw her way. The crazy part is she isn't food driven in the slightest.
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      07-21-2012 09:28 AM #34
      I feed a brand called 4Health which is sold exclusively at Tractor Supply. It's rated 4 stars by Dog Food Advisor and costs $30 for a 35lb bag, but TS runs specials once a month for $5 off. You can't beat 35lb 4star for $25! It has improved both my dogs coats and teeth plus less poop since they absorb the nutrients instead of them running through their system and out the back end. Activity level has also risen.

      There was a short recall for possible tainted food months ago but everything is ok.
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    10. 07-23-2012 01:37 PM #35
      our first dog loved the sh!t out of kibble & bits.....lived to the ripe old age of 16.

      had a bluetick that was a garbage disposal and ate anything put in front of him.....was not brand loyal.

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      07-27-2012 11:59 AM #36
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      08-27-2012 02:18 PM #37
      We used to use Kirkland but switched to Nutro Natural Choice a few months ago for our 2 APBT's.


      Quote Originally Posted by pwm View Post
      If she wasn't eating close to 2 pounds of meat and another pound of potatoes daily she'd puke bile because she burned through everything already. Since they were eating only fresh human food, and meat at that, our dog grocery bill was over half of ours. It was hard giving it up though.
      1 of our pits pukes bile in the morning at least twice a week. She's super picky about her food and doesn't eat as soon as you put it in front of her. This makes it really hard to feed the 2 of them since our other pit is like a vacuum and wants to eat everything including bugs, plants, tinfoil, paper no less actual dog food.

    13. 08-27-2012 03:56 PM #38
      I feed my boys Science Diet (dry) and I also boil chicken for them twice a week and feed that to them as well. So you can say they are spoiled brats.

    14. 09-17-2012 11:31 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by EvoJetta View Post
      I feed my boys Science Diet (dry) and I also boil chicken for them twice a week and feed that to them as well. So you can say they are spoiled brats.
      Never was a fan of science diet due to their ingredients. Much better brands out there. Chicken I am a fan of and thanks for the reminder to broil some!

      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.

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      09-18-2012 12:50 PM #40
      Blue Seal Krunchies here.
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      10-18-2012 09:53 AM #41
      Blue Buffalo: Wilderness Puppy blend since we got her at 8 weeks (she's now 10 months)... we mix both kibble and wet food together for each of her dishes.

      Expensive... but the vet keeps saying how amazingly healthy she is and how beautiful her coat is.

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      10-18-2012 11:02 PM #42
      Taste of the Wild - Pacific Stream Canine Formula. Dog loves it.

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      10-19-2012 09:44 AM #43
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      Orijen/Acana here...
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      10-31-2012 12:02 PM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by VW1.8Tsunami View Post
      Blue Buffalo - Salmon and Potato, she can't eat the chickent/turkey. It tears up her stomach. I may try the Kirkland brand. Seemed to get good reviews.
      Quote Originally Posted by 20vturbslo View Post
      German Shepards were getting Blue Buffalo, turned out to be too rich for them, so we went to Natures Recipe.

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      What do you mean by too rich? I have a Min Schnauzer that was on iVet brand food (never heard of them but sold by the local vet). Just recently I decided to go with Blue Buffalo... thinking it was going to be far healthier for him. Well ever since, he's had a sensitive stomach for it. bad bowels and thows up every once in a while. It's been about 2 weeks.... I mixed both food brands to ween him in..... he hasn't fully been with Blue Buffalo only.
      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?

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      10-31-2012 01:03 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by HD9280 View Post
      What do you mean by too rich? I have a Min Schnauzer that was on iVet brand food (never heard of them but sold by the local vet). Just recently I decided to go with Blue Buffalo... thinking it was going to be far healthier for him. Well ever since, he's had a sensitive stomach for it. bad bowels and thows up every once in a while. It's been about 2 weeks.... I mixed both food brands to ween him in..... he hasn't fully been with Blue Buffalo only.
      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?
      BB should be fine.

      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
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      10-31-2012 01:50 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by HD9280 View Post
      What do you mean by too rich? I have a Min Schnauzer that was on iVet brand food (never heard of them but sold by the local vet). Just recently I decided to go with Blue Buffalo... thinking it was going to be far healthier for him. Well ever since, he's had a sensitive stomach for it. bad bowels and thows up every once in a while. It's been about 2 weeks.... I mixed both food brands to ween him in..... he hasn't fully been with Blue Buffalo only.
      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?
      As dunhamjr said, some dogs take longer to transition. Our Pit had the runs every once in awhile as we switched her to BB. We took about 2 weeks to transition, increasing the BB ration by 1/4 every 3-4 days. i.e. day 1-4, she got 3/4 of her meal of old food, 1/4 new. days 5-9 she got a 50:50 mix, and so on. On the other hand, our little mutt can switch overnight and be fine. Maybe being a starved stray for the begining of her life toughened her digestive system...who knows.

      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.

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      10-31-2012 02:39 PM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by pwm View Post
      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.
      these are two things to think about as well.

      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.
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      10-31-2012 02:49 PM #48
      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?
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      10-31-2012 03:05 PM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by HD9280 View Post
      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?
      ivet food
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      Nutrient Content (%)
      Crude Protein (Min.)
      23.0
      Crude Fat (Min.)
      12.0
      Crude Fiber (Max.)
      5.0


      blue buffalo
      442 Kcals/cup
      Crude Protein 24.0% min
      Crude Fat 14.0% min
      Crude Fiber 4.0% max


      unless you are using
      blue wilderness.
      410 Kcals/cup
      Crude Protein 34.0% min
      Crude Fat 15.0% min
      Crude Fiber 6.5% max
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      10-31-2012 06:34 PM #50
      ^ thanks for the info! I will give him time to get used to BB. Sounds like I'll most definitely be cutting back on quantity.

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