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I'm thinking about changing his food, as of now he's on 1/2 costco (kirkland) puppy and 1/2 blue buffalo puppy... I've been using this because this is what he was getting before us.

Any ideas on a good puppy food?? What in dog foods might be causing the gas?? It seems he has the stinks late at night... you'll just start smelling these waves of pee-uuu. :scared:

We don't feed him any scraps, and we use natures balance food roll cut up in small pieces for training treats.


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When I went to BB ALL my dogs stopped with stinky gas - have you tried only BB?
 

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I'm not a vet, but in my personal experience, gas is nearly always caused by too much protein in the diet. How much protein a dog needs is highly personal. For a very active, high energy dog, there's never too much. But for a comfy couch potato, you'll want to keep that number low.
I've heard a lot of good things about Blue Buffalo, I think switching to all BB is a good idea.
Make sure you check what treats you're feeding him. I know many people run circles tryin to get the dog food right to avoid gas, or weight gain, or allergies, etc; they nearly always consider treats to be separate from the diet.
My dog does very well on Taste of the Wild food, but he's allergic to corn so I have to choose his treats carefully.
 

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How did you end up knowing that he was allergic to corn?? Any obvious signs? I think I will try and do all bb. He isn't super active, for his age I expected more. He loves to lay on his bed and take naps, chew on his chew toys, and cuddle. His sessions of "fetch" will only last 2 min before he'll go to his bed and be ready for a rest!
 

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How did you end up knowing that he was allergic to corn?? Any obvious signs? I think I will try and do all bb. He isn't super active, for his age I expected more. He loves to lay on his bed and take naps, chew on his chew toys, and cuddle. His sessions of "fetch" will only last 2 min before he'll go to his bed and be ready for a rest!
When I first got him, he was very itchy and had little red bumps all over his skin. (it looked like a bad flea infestation, except without fleas!). He also had a horrific ear infection for months that just wouldn't go away.
All his symptoms cleared up when we switched to a grain free food, so I knew it had to be one of the grains. I found out he's not allergic to wheat, because he can eat bread products and treats with wheat without any problems. His old food didn't have soy in it, so by process of elimination, I know his allergy must be corn. Wheat, corn, and soy are actually very common dog allergens.

Your dog is definitely lower energy -that can be a good thing, believe me. Flash is super high energy. We can fetch for literally hours before he finally gives up and lies down-- and he still won't give up his ball! He's very busy, and spends a lot of time walking around the house looking for things to do. Chase the cats, chew on this toy, then that toy, see what's in that shopping bag, pounce on mom's backpack, etc. He would wake up and play until 10:00, take a 1 hour nap, and then literally never stop moving until bedtime.
Now that he's growing up it's a little better. His 10am nap got longer and longer, and now he'll sleep most of the day and just want to play from about 3pm until bedtime. ;)
 

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When I first got him, he was very itchy and had little red bumps all over his skin. (it looked like a bad flea infestation, except without fleas!). He also had a horrific ear infection for months that just wouldn't go away.
All his symptoms cleared up when we switched to a grain free food, so I knew it had to be one of the grains. I found out he's not allergic to wheat, because he can eat bread products and treats with wheat without any problems. His old food didn't have soy in it, so by process of elimination, I know his allergy must be corn. Wheat, corn, and soy are actually very common dog allergens.

Your dog is definitely lower energy -that can be a good thing, believe me. Flash is super high energy. We can fetch for literally hours before he finally gives up and lies down-- and he still won't give up his ball! He's very busy, and spends a lot of time walking around the house looking for things to do. Chase the cats, chew on this toy, then that toy, see what's in that shopping bag, pounce on mom's backpack, etc. He would wake up and play until 10:00, take a 1 hour nap, and then literally never stop moving until bedtime.
Now that he's growing up it's a little better. His 10am nap got longer and longer, and now he'll sleep most of the day and just want to play from about 3pm until bedtime. ;)
OH poor fella. He's so lucky to have an owner that is so in tune with him... I've come across many people that brush off food allergies like they are not a big deal unless you are swell up after eating it! Rio does seem to be pretty low energy in general, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have his crazy puppy moments!! Excitement with new people, jumping and pulling are all things we are working on. He almost turns into a different dog when new people/pets are around! He starts training next week, hoping to find some some new things to try and work with those issues!

As for the gas-I think we'll switch fully to the Blue buffalo and see how he does. Though if it is the protein that is causing it, it might not help. We'll try that for a while though and see if the toots clear up!!
 

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Yeah, poodles are very exuberant, it's one of the things I love about them. :)
good luck with your training! It should be very fun, poodles are absolutely the most fun dog to train. Super smart, and very eager to learn. I hope the BB works out for Rio. If not, there's plenty of other options. Taste of the Wild has a salmon variety that's lower in protein and fat, that might be something to try. And if my super sensitive pooch can eat it, it should be safe for almost any dog!
 

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Hello, I feed my 6 month old standard Blue Buffalo, and she is doing great....I tried other foods in the beginning but Blue Buffalo is what I am staying with.....Good Luck!
 

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I just put mine on Natural Balance and had them for a brief time on Purina One and Authority from Petsmart. Well the gas in Harry was awful on the Purina and Authority foods because of the corn in it. Corn causes gas in humans because it's just not an easily digestable food. Foods that are full of fiber too are going to cause more gas.
 
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