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Old 06-09-2017, 03:49 AM   #16
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So many different views about royal canin. I got the royal canin mini for sensitive stomachs. They sure like the taste. Kibble size is small. It's not grain free. Is that important. Seems like a lot of emphasis is on grain free today.
Grain free can be *key* if a dog has GI issues or allergy issues...
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we really appreciate everyone's feedback on our question and also continuously browsing the forum, we've narrowed down our list!

It was good to hear that grain-free is not a requirement since we thought that we had to head towards the grain-free route. Royal canin seems to be very popular around here but Wylie's mom makes a great point that we could try limiting the amount of common allergens.

I read somewhere on the forum that chicken could be causing the itching, should we avoid chicken in our kibble?


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we really appreciate everyone's feedback on our question and also continuously browsing the forum, we've narrowed down our list!

It was good to hear that grain-free is not a requirement since we thought that we had to head towards the grain-free route. Royal canin seems to be very popular around here but Wylie's mom makes a great point that we could try limiting the amount of common allergens.

I read somewhere on the forum that chicken could be causing the itching, should we avoid chicken in our kibble?


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As far as food allergies go, they are usually due to exposure to the same allergen over the course of many years. Hence the comment from Taylor (LoveToDream88) about food allergies being rare in puppies. That said, if there IS a food allergy, it could be an allergy to ANY food component. It could be grains (corn, rice, wheat, etc.) or it could be non-grains (peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, vegetables, etc.). It could be ANY of the meat components (chicken, beef, pork, turkey duck, bison, fish, etc.). No protein or carbohydrate source is inherently any better than any other. The important thing is, if there is a food allergy, to switch the food component that's causing the problem to something different. I suspect the reason that people think that corn is such a problem is that many common dog foods contain corn, and allergic dogs have been fed corn for many years, resulting in the allergy. If the dog had been fed grain-free duck or bison for many years, then the allergy could be just as easily to either a grain-free component, duck, or bison. Again, the important thing is to feed something different, or feed a hypoallergenic prescription diet.

That said, any of the foods you listed would be fine to start with. Personally, we have used both Royal Canin small breed Yorkie and Wellness Core Grain Free Small Breed with no problems. If the itching gets worse instead of better, then switch to something different. In the meantime, consult with the vet about the possibility of allergies or skin infections being the cause of the itching.
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I am looking at various kibble also. I looked at the wellness core. I think the protein level is high. I know merrick has 38% protein. When looking for food should this be a concern. This may help you all decide kibble.
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My puppy has been on Blue Buffalo Wilderness Puppy dry food for 3 months and I have no complaints. Once Blue Buffalo lost the lawsuit, the company had to smarten up and remain true to their products as they were now with targets on their back.
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My puppy has been on Blue Buffalo Wilderness Puppy dry food for 3 months and I have no complaints. Once Blue Buffalo lost the lawsuit, the company had to smarten up and remain true to their products as they were now with targets on their back.
That's actually very far from true. They probably paid their fine and continue to do the same things. They have always be more about advertising then their product. I personally would never touch it.
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That's actually very far from true. They probably paid their fine and continue to do the same things. They have always be more about advertising then their product. I personally would never touch it.
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Brit how do you find out about all these companies lol I'm like checking them all out I'm curious.
Just saw this post! LOL. I'm in a dog food group on FB and also just from the local pet stores around here.

For what it's worth, I've been working with/around dogs for 10 years as a sitter/walker/etc and grown up around them my whole life. EVERY dog I walk who has eaten or eats Blue Buffalo has GI issues -- they're either gassy, have loose stool, rumbling tummies, throwing up, etc. I do not like the brand and do not trust their quality control. I actually prefer companies who have their own manufacturing facilities in general. Blue Buffalo uses like 4-5? last I checked.
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I used to feed my two Yorkies Blue Buffalo. One of the bags had about 50% life source bits in it. They got diarrhea so I called the company to ask about it. They acted like it was no big deal and told me to just return it to the store and get a new bag that did not have the same lot number on it. She told me that The kibble and the life source bits come down two separate chutes into the dog food bag. When one of the chutes runs out of food the bag fills up with too much of the other. She sounded like it was no big deal and she sent me a free bag of treats.

I never trusted that company after that. If they had decent quality control that should not have happened. I never trusted BB after that because of their casual attitude about something that made my dogs sick.

And if I'm not mistaken one of their recent recalls had something to do with possible metal shavings in the food? I would not use BB again.
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I totally agree. I would not buy blue buffalo no matter how many TV ads or gimmicks they use to sell their food. It is up to each to choose a good dog food. I rely on all your input and experiences with food. Lately I tried fromm but I think it's a little too rich. Stools are a little loose. They only get a few kibble and I haven't noticed good results.
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I totally agree. I would not buy blue buffalo no matter how many TV ads or gimmicks they use to sell their food. It is up to each to choose a good dog food. I rely on all your input and experiences with food. Lately I tried fromm but I think it's a little too rich. Stools are a little loose. They only get a few kibble and I haven't noticed good results.
Are you sticking with the new food long enough for them to get adjusted to it? When I switch food it seems like there is an adjustment period where their little systems are getting used to the switch.
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Jojo doesn't seem to like it. He ate it but only because daisy was ready to get it. I only fed a little. Is this a good food. They say no recalls then I read they had one. What's the truth?
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