Ohhh the choices...

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I'm really beginning to wish Miss Athena could choose her own dog food, however her words usually don't come out too clear :)  After months of soft stool, I have made the decision to switch brands.  I had switched types, but not I want to completely get away from the brand after the poor babe had a bad case of the runs.  We went to the vet and everything is all good, she's perfectly healthy and weighs 70 pounds! 

Anyways, I went through some old forums earlier this morning to see what y'all recommended.  I found Wellness, Blue Buffalo, Taste of the Wild, & Canidae to be the most popular brands.  Unfortunately in my area we don't carry TOTW & Canidae so I've been looking into Blue Buffalo, Solid Gold, Wellness, C & P, Merrick, & Nature's Variety.  I'm trying to locate something in my price range, but first have a few questions.

Should I get the Grain Free food over any other type of food within that brand?

Will it hurt her if I don't get it?

Is there any food that is better for her, such as chicken vs. lamb vs. fish?

 

Other than that, I think we're all set for our new food journey. 

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Well, let's see. I've fed a lot of those!  Here's my experiences with them.

Blue Buffalo - kibble - both my boys liked it. A lot. I fed the chicken and rice, and fed the senior, with less protein, because Dillon was older.

Solid Gold - no experience with it, but as I recall, I wasn't real impressed with it, and that's why.

Wellness - fed Fish and Sw. Potato - Gabe vomited repeatedly. Finally figured out he can't have Menhaden Fish Meal - evidently some dogs have trouble digesting it.

Merrick's - Really liked it when it first came out but stopped when the company changed hands. The cans weren't as full of food - more water - and Libby completely stopped eating it. Wouldn't touch it.  Kind of pricey considering.

C & P - ???  Don't know what that is.

Nature's Variety - The best I can feed, in my opinion. The boys liked the kibble that had rice in it (the grain free has Menhaden Fish Meal in it). But NV kept Libby going with Inflammatory Bowel Disease for another 7 1/2 years after diagnosis. She ate Instinct canned (grain free) and NV raw chicken - she ate it for all of those seven plus years, and my holistic vet was amazed at her condition.

If I had my druthers, I'd feed that to Gabe, but the canned is pricey, as is the raw. But his coat looks SO gorgeous. He gets half a raw patty twice a day, and he's getting canned California Natural. I rotate proteins every several weeks to prevent an intolerance.

At this point, I'm really unwilling to feed kibble at all. The ingredients are so manipulated, I just don't want to feed it unless I have to. But no judgement - I fed kibble for a long time, and my dogs still had long lives. I just want to do better.

The only warning I have about raw is that all three of my dogs became slightly constipated when eating even partial raw. So....canned plain pumpkin or psyllium with it. If you feed raw, you just want to keep an eye on that - ground bone can be constipating.

 

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My favorite by far to feed, if you're planning on feeding kibble, would be blue buffalo wilderness. It's grain free and Skyler did really well on it.

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We usually feed raw but our usual butcher has moved away and all the others in area are VERY pricey. So we feed Canidae grain free. You can get it online too if there are no suppliers in your area.

I prefer grain free of any brand. I find if Harley eats grain he farts like no tomorrow and clears a room in a matter of seconds! It's bad...real bad! lol

I would highly recommend switching the protein around. So every time I buy bag I'll get something different. So we have just finished a salmon bag and I've bought chicken and lamb this time. Keeps it different and I find he likes the variety.

Harely will also get a meaty bone or chicken carcass once a week too. I just take it off his daily amount so no chance of over feeding. :)

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Thanks for all the advice y'all. Since the other food left her with the runs I have her on chicken and rice to bind her up before the intro to her new food. We were just up all night cause she still had some diarrhea not a lot and just threw up. Someone please help I don't know what I'm doing wrong and I cannot afford another trip to the vet again. I really don't understand this pup's stomach

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I would really try a grain free diet. I just read an article about rice - it can cause fermentation, which would certainly cause some tummy upset. (The other grains are just useless, IMO.) I would also pass on anything that has soy in it. Gabe eats rice just fine, but with Libby? Nope - she would have diarrhea and/or vomiting. And I would also try lamb, beef or venison, just in case it's a protein intolerance. Chicken is normally the easiest to digest, but that may not be the case for Athena.

It's good that you've had her checked by the vet, but if you can't figure it out, you may have to go back. Do you have a holistic vet in the area that could help you with it, or is your vet holistic?

Hang in there - I know it's terrifying to have a pup vomiting - Gabe did at 14 weeks. Change in diet, and he stopped immediately. I hope it's as simple as that for Athena as well.

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Thanks and yes I have decided to go grain free for food. I somehow get the feeling this might be a food allergy with all the licking of her arms and scraching of them too. As for the vet question, I'm not sure and will be looking into that. 

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She is still having the diarrhea and threw up mosty water today after running around playing. She feels a bit warm too. I called the hospital and they told me to give her water for the next twelve hours. I'm planning on another vet visit tomorrow. Is there anything I should e looking for in the meantime. My anxiety is through the roof over this? Until then we are cuddling on the couch :(

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You know, I think I'd start a new post, asking for some help from the members here who can give you some tips on what to look for so far as distress. Start it out with Help! so people see it.

I think the vet tomorrow is the way to go, but it will give you some peace of mind if you know what to look for in case Athena needs to go sooner. Ask people what you should be keeping an eye on.

I'm holding a good thought for you!