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Old 08-08-2019, 09:01 AM   #11 (permalink)
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The dog food situation is truly overwhelming these days. One week your food is in the top 10, the next it's on the recall list

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Old 08-08-2019, 10:43 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Welp, I've made my decision.
I'll be switching back to good 'ol Purina for the time being. I'll go with all your suggestions and try a small bag of that Pro Plan stuff to see how he is on it.

Thanks for the information and suggestions. It's been really helpful, I've been tearing my hair out trying to figure this all out.
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Just want to say I'm in the same boat! The Wellness Complete Puppy that Cleo has been on for the past 7-8 weeks has good ingredients but contains peas (5th ingredient). It's not grain-free, though her earlier puppy food was. (The vet recommended we switch from the first food b/c of too many legumes--but she said Wellness was fine b/c it contains grain and only one instance of legumes in the ingredients.) Besides the fact that I'm now wary of any pea protein, Cleo's stools have almost never been solid except when she was on the very plain temporary diet of home-cooked white meat chicken, lean beef, and white rice. In fact, we were just away for 10 days, and my parents were taking care of her and continued feeding her some rice with her kibble to try and get her stools less soft. (It works, but it is not something that should go on indefinitely.)

After reading all the threads and info, i think we are going to try Pro-Plan as well. When I compare the two nongrain-free puppy options, the lamb and rice looks pretty good in that it contains oat meal instead of wheat, and salt is a little further down the ingredient list than in the chicken variety. Will try and report back.
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:01 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Just want to say I'm in the same boat! The Wellness Complete Puppy that Cleo has been on for the past 7-8 weeks has good ingredients but contains peas (5th ingredient). It's not grain-free, though her earlier puppy food was. (The vet recommended we switch from the first food b/c of too many legumes--but she said Wellness was fine b/c it contains grain and only one instance of legumes in the ingredients.) Besides the fact that I'm now wary of any pea protein, Cleo's stools have almost never been solid except when she was on the very plain temporary diet of home-cooked white meat chicken, lean beef, and white rice. In fact, we were just away for 10 days, and my parents were taking care of her and continued feeding her some rice with her kibble to try and get her stools less soft. (It works, but it is not something that should go on indefinitely.)

After reading all the threads and info, i think we are going to try Pro-Plan as well. When I compare the two nongrain-free puppy options, the lamb and rice looks pretty good in that it contains oat meal instead of wheat, and salt is a little further down the ingredient list than in the chicken variety. Will try and report back.
I have my dogs on the salmon version for sensitive stomachs, but I also want them to try the lamb/oatmeal after the next bag to add some variety to their diets. So far Pro Plan is working great. The transition to the food was easy (no upset stomach, which was surprising) and they both have firm stools. Hope it works out for Cleo!
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I just commented on another thread about this but want to report back-- It has only been since Monday dinner that we started transitioning to Pro Plan Focus, so Cleo is still eating more than half Wellness Complete Puppy, but the difference so far is remarkable. Nothing but formed, solid stools now, which become progressively more normal the more we add the Pro Plan. Also, these are what we call "all-in-one" poops, ie, she goes in one spot and is finished--as opposed to her "rule of three" poops that we'd seen from the beginning, where she'd do a little, take a few steps, do some more, etc., each one looser than the last. So, i hope this continues! And, she finishes the food every time, which i could not say when feeding only the Wellness.
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I agree. Actually, my eyes hurt trying to read the small print on kibble packaging. I don’t put any faith in the AAFCO. I want veterinary specialists to decide what the baselines are. And wouldn’t it be nice if your regular vet was up on all the latest without the incentive to push the kibble they have in the office? My vet doesn’t sell anything other than heart worm medicine and flea and tick stuff, but he’s hardly cutting edge. I bet the grain free controversy will be news to him. Good test for a vet change before he retires.
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Reporting back--We are about a week into the food transition. So far things seem to be going well. Stools have been normal all week (firm), which is the longest we've had normal stools since we brought her home(!). And she likes the food. I did wonder if she was itchy, b/c for a couple of days she was biting her tail with more frequency, but that seems to have stopped. Only unusual thing is that this morning she vomited a couple hours after breakfast, 3 times in succession, what looked like everything she had eaten. It is possible she ate a bad plant in the yard before this happened, but i didn't notice any plant material. I may be wrong but after almost a week with no GI reaction, i doubt that it's the food. She's at about 75% new food/25 old food at this point. I guess we'll find out.
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Taurine-Deficient (Nutritional) Dilated Cardiomyopathy
For the past few months, it has been on the news in our area. I joined a FB group to have access to all of the information that had been out for the past 2 years on the subject. They shared links along with a lot of information. Very informative. Like many pet owners,I also thought I was doing well with my choices of dog food for Toby. Now I found out that what he was on was one of the top 2 linked to this problem. Needless to say, I switched to one of the 5 recommended brands.
Do you mind sharing those five recommended brands? Thank you.
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Do you mind sharing those five recommended brands? Thank you.
The five recommended brands are, Purina, Hills Science Diet, Royal Canin, Iams, and Eukanuba.

I transitioned my Poppy to Purina Pro Plan Sport in January and she LOVES it and does very well on it. We will not be changing to anything else.
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The five recommended brands are, Purina, Hills Science Diet, Royal Canin, Iams, and Eukanuba.

I transitioned my Poppy to Purina Pro Plan Sport in January and she LOVES it and does very well on it. We will not be changing to anything else.
I appreciate this greatly. 😊
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