Wellness Vs. Blue Buffalo

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I'm very of the fence about which food.  We have Wellness Core Puppy now and Nixon is doing wonderfully, he has the softest sleakest coat out of all the puppies at the vet (the other puppy owners comment).  My boyfriend spoke to a friend that swears by Blue Buffalo, but I feel they rank very closely. By the time Nixon is almost done with this bag it will be time for him to switch to adult food from what I understand.  So then would be the ideal time to transistion if I were to do so.  In your experience which have you cared for more or a different brand all together?  Also, grain free or not?  I don't mind the good grains we just ended up with Wellness Core and all those products are grain free. 

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No no no on blue. Blue equals bad I've  heard terrible things from dobe owners and what it has done to there dogs and puppy I will not now or ever feed this to my dogs. Don't believe the hype. We feed Taste of the Wild grain free is the best and puppy formula. Our boy is 6 months old and we see a huge difference in him then when he was on natural balance. How old is your pup? I don't plan on switching him to adult till really close to a year. If you want to switch food do it gradually. You can order TOTW on Amazon. I can swear by this food it's given no issues and he looks even more handsome then before he's been on the food for a month now. BUT NO ON BLUE !  And once again grain free is the smartest choice in dogs foods.

Wellness is a better quality food than Blue Buffalo.  Grain free is a personal choice to try. I would make sure that whatever you feed is wheat and corn free, but if they do fine with grain then I would not worry over much about it.  Go to the "Dog food advisor" to look into different kibbles. Try to stay with at least a 4 star kibble if not a top rated 5 star.  Not all dogs do well on the same kibble - so if he is doing well on Wellness then you might want to try their adult formulas. Whatever you feed at this age should be rated as an "all life stages" kibble. 

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Here's our boy now :) 

And if he is doing fine on his food now there's really no reason to switch unless you prefer to try something different 

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Blue Buffalo has very good marketing techniques and nice shiny bags, but that does not mean that it is the right food for you. I tried it briefly (about 2 weeks) and June did horribly on it, I would not feed it again. Go with the advice to feed what works for your puppy. I took June to the vet for colitis and the vet (a real old school guy who is a more-is-less type of treatment) explained that the original marketing against grains was done because Purina had corn in it and other dog foods needed to compete, so they demonized corn. Then wheat. Then soy. And so on. Just feed the best food that you can (ingredient-wise--avoid by-product and such) that your dog does well on.

My other dog, Otto, has been on Wellness CORE before and he did okay on it, which is saying something since Otto is allergic to preservatives found in most meats and grains. I have fed the Canidae PURE line before and Otto did well on it, but they have changed their formula slightly and are now processed/pakaged by Diamond Foods; given the high number of recalls associated with Diamond facilities I chose to stop feeding it (personal choice, did not personally have a bad experience). Otto was also on TOTW briefly but didn't exactly thrive, we saw a spike in hot spots and ear infections, but that could just be Otto since a ton of people swear by it. Currently both of my boys are on Orijen and I love it. June is actually eating it (!) and Otto appears to be doing really well also.

I definitely second Fitzmar on the All Life Stages from everything that I have read and heard from veterinarians over the years.

Have Fun!

 

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I wanted to try orijen but heard it could cause growth spurts :/ so for now I'm gonna stick with TOTW:)

 

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That may very well be true, although the calcium/phosphorous ratio is in the range of what I had read is acceptable (not just protein promotes growth). I switched them to it when June was about 11 months, and he really hasn't done any more growing since then, at least not in regards to height.
 

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I'll keep that in mind just incase he decides he doesn't like TOTW anymore but so far so good :) thanks everyone :)

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Thanks for the input. I really liked what I read about TOTW too but I thought that was too much protein at this time and may cause too much growth.

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I haven't had any growth issues honestly he's done better with that then anything else :) check it out on Amazon we start a test trial with the 15 pound bag and after we saw he really likes it with no issues we kept him on it but we made the switch over gradually our boy has a sensitive tummy :)

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Both our girls got very VERY sick from Blue ( both the grain free kibble and the treats) I wrote to them complaining and the hoops they asked me to jump through in order to 'possibly' get compensated was insulting..  NO BLUE HERE that's for sure!!

Due to Sofia's DCM we now have her on a NO sodium diet ( which BTW is impossible to find from a kibble) so we home cook. While we're cooking for Sofia, might as well get Miss Bella in on the nutritional value. They are flourishing..

Taste of the Wild is a good food.. as long as you stick to grain free.. I think you'll  be happy.. Costco also offers their Kirkland Brand Nature's Domain which is a ToTW wanna be.. Same ingredients and only about $30.00 for a big bag.

Good luck and keep us informed..

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You know after a lot of research we just decided to go with raw and Nixon loves it.

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I just noticed Aresmydobie you're in Southern Cali.  looks like we went to the same place for posting ears in Riverside.

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We went to riverside animal hospital for awhile now I do them myself and it has worked out much better. We do the full post method and he's able to work his ears out much better now and they are standing perfectly. I stopped going there because the bridge was real short and his ear were starting to have an inward tilt. We switched methods and used a lose tape bridge for a day and a half at the ten and two position now no bridge and they look incredible no more inward tilt and he doesn't have unexpressionate ears :)

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how I do them :)

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Ugh! I tried posting them and they just kept falling out of the ear at the bottom.  Yours look great.

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You got to set them real deep in the canal it's super easy once you do it a few times.

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I'll post a tutorial today on how we do it maybe that will help