Post # 1
Does anyone have a dry dog food recommendation for an adult dog with a sensitive stomach?
We’ve had our dog for about a week and a half now (adopted her from the pound) and they had been feeding her Science Diet – but, I don’t want to feed her that because the first ingrediant is corn.
I’ve been having her try Blue Buffalo Chicken & Rice (dry) and also Wilderness Chicken (dry) – but neither of those seem to work.
I had been mixing in what she had been eating with the new stuff (for 7 days – gradually lessening the origianl food).
But, now she’s on a straight boiled chicken/rice and pumpkin diet. I eventually want to start adding dog food in – but have no clue which one to try.
I’m thinking about trying out Castor & Pollux Grain-Free Adult Dog Food – but am wondering if anyone has any good suggestions for adult dogs (4 years old) with sensitive stomachs.
Post # 3
We have dogs with super sensitive stomachs and lots of allergies. We’ve had a lot of luck with the Kirkland brand dog food at Costco! Our dogs are doing much better on that than anything else we’ve tried (and trust me, we’ve tried all kinds of specialty foods and expensive foods….)
Post # 4
@oracle: It can take almost a month for a dog to adjust to change in food. I have used Blue Buffalo and have always had success.
If her tummy is very sensitive have you thought about feeding the dog a raw diet?
Post # 5
My brother uses blue buffalo food for his dog who has tummy troubles too. The vet also has him put 2 tablespoons of Aloe extract in the water to help too. He’s seen a ton of improvements with the Aloe in the water. So that might be something to try.
Post # 6
Our dog used to puke anything with chicken in it. We switched to Fromms Sweet Potato and Duck. The ingredients list is amazing. He’s also had and liked Fromms Whitefish and Potato but I got tired of the fish smell!
Post # 7
My dog has a sensitive stomach too. We feed her Natures Recipe senior formula. Ever since we switched her to that, she’s been completely fine. It used to be almost a daily occurance for her to throw up 🙁
ETA: we can’t feed her anything with chicken in it either, gives her bad bad gas – yuck
Post # 8
I give my dogs Nutro All Natural (the first ingredient is meat- either chicken or beef, depending on the variety) and have had good luck with that. They have an oatmeal one and a lamb meal and rice one- those have been great for sensitive tummy situations.
I have heard that Blue Buffalo is one of the best ones to try, so maybe check with your vet as well to see if they have a specific reccommendation?
Post # 9
my wonderful dog had a sensitive stomach too – the only dog food that didn’t upset his stomach was the dry Meijer brand.
Whenever he had a bad time I’d give him cooked rice mixed with hamburger meat and Pepto Bismol (vet’s orders) and it really helped him.
Post # 10
My dog was allergic to NutraMax. She threw up everynight and then got weird fatty bumps on her chest!
Post # 11
Are you sure she has a sensitive stomach? If you’ve only had her a week and a half that’s a lot of changes going on in a short time. It’s very common for dogs to get diarrhea when stressed from new environments, new routines, etc. If she did okay on the SD previously I would just put her back on that and wait a month or so for her to settle down before changing her food.
Post # 12
We feed Blue to both our dogs. They get lamb/rice and fish/sweet potato (sometimes fish/oatmeal). We switched from chicken to fish a few months ago, as our lab was experiencing the ‘runs’ (the other lab mix was fine). We think he has a sensitivity to chicken and has been fine since we switched.
It does take a few weeks for your dog to adjust to new food. Plus, if she is new, then there is stress there that can cause it. We kept both our dogs on their original food for the first month then started switching them out gradually.
Our boys both love the fish and sweat potato recipe!
Post # 13
I also second avoiding chicken flavored products……they feed chicken grain + corn , so it gets in there eventually. And if you feed raw chicken ,then the grassfed is best!
A grain free senior based dogfood may be a great thing to transition with once hes ready.
Post # 14
our boston terrier gets the runs from anything new ( or if she happens to sneak a bite of the cat food… that brat). we feed BB chicken and rice as well, with a small scoop of the wet lamb formula for extra flavour.
Post # 15
You said she’s doing well on the boiled chicken, though, yes?
I’ve heard good things about Kirkland– I know it’s surprising! You could look into a sweet potato version, but I’d also recommend sticking with a food for a little longer. This dog has had a lot of switches recently and it’ll take a little time for her to get settled.
Post # 16
@bookworm88: yes – she seems to do very well on boiled chicken.
ALL -how long do you give a dog a chance for its tummy to settle? When I was switching it out, it just seemed to get worse and worse vs. any better. So, after 10 days, I have her on only rice/chicken/pumpkin and that gave her immediate relief.
I also should have an answer from the fecal sample I took to the vet today soon… so, at least I can rule out any other GI issues other than food sensitivity.
Also – she’s not throwing up at all – just mushy stools.