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Old 03-09-2007, 07:07 AM   #1
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Exclamation Need opinions on a food change & opinions on Natural Balance

I thinking about trying Natural Balance in either the Sweet Potato & Fish formula or the Duck & Potato formula, which are both allergy formulas, because Hobbs still has dandruff. I tried the Cranberry Fields shampoo & conditioner and his dandruff was gone immediately after his bath, but it came back the next day. So, changing his food is my last resort. I know that these Natural Balance formulas only received 4 out of 6 stars on the Dog Food Reviews website, but I figured that feeding him a 4-star food would be better for him than a 5-star food that is causing him to have dandruff. What do yall think? Has anyone had experience with these Natural Balance formulas??
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Weren't you feeding NV raw?

Bobbi had really bad dandruff too. Canidae lamb and rice meal is great food. I also give the missing link..........no more dandruff
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Weren't you feeding NV raw?

Bobbi had really bad dandruff too. Canidae lamb and rice meal is great food. I also give the missing link..........no more dandruff
No I've had him on Canidae All Life Stages for about a year now. No RAW for me. I've tried Missing Link and Grizzly Salmon Oil to no avail.
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kayko has dandruff recently we just switched his food to natural choice and natural balance im hoping it will help
he has bad stomach upset from the missing link
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No I've had him on Canidae All Life Stages for about a year now. No RAW for me. I've tried Missing Link and Grizzly Salmon Oil to no avail.
Hmmmm, have you tried the lamb and rice one? Some dogs have a reaction to chicken etc?

How about fish oil?
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Hmmmm, have you tried the lamb and rice one? Some dogs have a reaction to chicken etc?

How about fish oil?
Well, Canidae All Life Stages contains lamb meal so I am not exactly sure WHAT he's having a reaction to...it could be the chicken...it could be the lamb...it could be both...it could be neither and be something else that's in the food. That is why I was wanting to get him on a food with completely different carb and protein sources. And Grizzly Salmon Oil is fish oil.

I just really don't know what to do. Canidae is such an excellent food and I really don't want to change, but I think Hobbs has developed secondary allergies to one of the ingredients in Canidae since I had him on crap diets in the past. My instinct is just telling me I need to change to an allergy formula and Natural Balance has the highest quality allergy formulas.
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I'm also considering Timberwolf Organics Ocean Blue. It is an allergy formula and ranked 5 out of 6 stars on the Dog Food Reviews website.
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I have had Buddy on Natural Balance Organic for two years.
He has thrived on it and has no problems regarding allergies.
It does, however, have chicken in it. Maybe the organic would
be a good try for you.
I am going to switch to Canidae this weekend because I think
he just needs a change.

The only reason it has 4 stars out of 5 is because it is a little
lower in protein. I just add fresh boiled chicken to it anyhow to
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I'm not familiar with Timberwolf, but Natural Balance was one of the foods I tried when Sissy first went on her kibble strike months ago. Although it is only rated 4 of 6 stars, it is considered one of the super premium foods and other formulas of NB rank very high. I actually spoke with a NB rep at the pet store a while back and a single source protein/carb makes it much easier to determine if it is the food causing issues - that is why they formulate it as such. Also, the proteins/carbs they choose for their allergy formulas are known to be the least allergic. I would certainly try it if I was in your shoes.
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I feed my lab the Starkist Pink Salmon twice a week...I guess I could also put that in Hobbs' food for a little extra protein if I go with the Natural Balance since the only reason it got 4 stars was that it is lower in protein.
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Well, Canidae All Life Stages contains lamb meal so I am not exactly sure WHAT he's having a reaction to...it could be the chicken...it could be the lamb...it could be both...it could be neither and be something else that's in the food. That is why I was wanting to get him on a food with completely different carb and protein sources. And Grizzly Salmon Oil is fish oil.

I just really don't know what to do. Canidae is such an excellent food and I really don't want to change, but I think Hobbs has developed secondary allergies to one of the ingredients in Canidae since I had him on crap diets in the past. My instinct is just telling me I need to change to an allergy formula and Natural Balance has the highest quality allergy formulas.
Canidae has a chicken and a lamb only formula. Loki's been on the All Life Stages and the Lamb.

There are a bunch of allergy formulas out there. Evangers has a Pheasant & Brown Rice, Solid Gold, Pinnacle and Wellness all look like they have single protein foods. I think California Natural does too.
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Canidae has a chicken and a lamb only formula. Loki's been on the All Life Stages and the Lamb.

There are a bunch of allergy formulas out there. Evangers has a Pheasant & Brown Rice, Solid Gold, Pinnacle and Wellness all look like they have single protein foods. I think California Natural does too.
I am trying to steer clear of the "big 4" problem ingredients that cause allergies...those are gluten (wheat, barley, rye), soy, dairy, and corn. You'd be surprised how many dog foods contain one or more of these ingredients. Almost every food I looked at contains barley. Natural Balance nor Timberwolf Organics Ocean Blue contain any of these problem ingredients and that is why I chose those allergy formulas over the others.
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Well, Canidae All Life Stages contains lamb meal so I am not exactly sure WHAT he's having a reaction to...it could be the chicken...it could be the lamb...it could be both...it could be neither and be something else that's in the food. That is why I was wanting to get him on a food with completely different carb and protein sources. And Grizzly Salmon Oil is fish oil.

I just really don't know what to do. Canidae is such an excellent food and I really don't want to change, but I think Hobbs has developed secondary allergies to one of the ingredients in Canidae since I had him on crap diets in the past. My instinct is just telling me I need to change to an allergy formula and Natural Balance has the highest quality allergy formulas.
What I meant was.......the original Canidae has different meats.....

The lamb and rice meal is for dogs who are possibly allergic to the chicken

It is NOT the same thing. The lamb and rice is just one meat source.

I used to use the original version..........the lamb and rice work better for us. Alot of yorkies are allergic to chicken or turkey.
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I am trying to steer clear of the "big 4" problem ingredients that cause allergies...those are gluten (wheat, barley, rye), soy, dairy, and corn. You'd be surprised how many dog foods contain one or more of these ingredients. Almost every food I looked at contains barley. Natural Balance nor Timberwolf Organics Ocean Blue contain any of these problem ingredients and that is why I chose those allergy formulas over the others.
What about canned food? I feed Merrick canned food for 1 meal. Wingaling is their favorite. www.merrickpetcare.com

Also, Raw Instinct is grain free. (It's kibble, like EVO, it's not raw. I hate to say it since i just switched my dogs to EVO, but it looks better than EVO!)
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What about canned food? I feed Merrick canned food for 1 meal. Wingaling is their favorite. www.merrickpetcare.com

Also, Raw Instinct is grain free. (It's kibble, like EVO, it's not raw. I hate to say it since i just switched my dogs to EVO, but it looks better than EVO!)
What are your thoughts on the high protein content in the EVO and the Raw Instinct? I have never been too sure about high protein content since yorkies are so small and are not working dogs. Also, I know for sure that high protein content is not suitable for puppies and one of my yorkies is only 9 months old and Hobbs and her eat out of the same bowl.
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