Post # 1
I am not 100% thrilled with my dogs condition right now, and am wondering about switching brands or type of food base (to a fish or red meat base?). Her coat isn’t as glossy as I’d like it to be…she gets this Orijen Adult right now; http://orijen.ca/products/adult_dog
She just isn’t thriving. Her weight is good as per her recent vet check, her eyes are bright, she eats well and has energy…but she just isn’t as awesome as she used to be. I have considered putting her back onto the raw diet, but there are several factors holding me back right now; with our hectic summer coming up with the wedding etc, I don’t think it’s the right time as she will be with friends for 2 weeks during that time. Plus we may be getting a new addition to the dog family after the wedding so I don’t want to worry about transitioning a new dog onto raw food right off the bat either. And cost is not doable right now ($100 a month for her size).
I will say, she has done way better on a no grain food as far as digestive upset and flatulence. I have also learned that she cannot tolerate a lamb based product at all.
Advice? Should I be adding something to her feed? She does get a dried kelp added daily.
Post # 3
Have you considered Fromm’s Surf and Turf? It is grain free. Salmon and Duck… (It is their 4 star collection)
Post # 4
We give both our dog and cat Blue Buffalo and they both do well on it. Not overweight, glossy coats, etc.
Post # 5
That is really funny. I feed my dog (a shih tzu) blue buffalo and I want to switch him to Orijen. My only problem with blue is the life bites aren’t evenly distributed so at the top of the bag he barely gets any and at the bottom he gets too many. And some Dogs have gotten sick from too many of the life bites.
Post # 6
I feed my dogs the Blue Buffalo Wilderness in Duck and swear by it. My youngest pup who came to us with no stomach lining, worms, parasites, and allergies has excelled since she was on this food. We tried all other options for about a yr before we came to this food and it has been great. My older dog was a picky eater and now she is obsessed with food (which can not be so great either in regards to weight gain). She is also a rough coated border collie and her coat changed drastically once she was on this food and I am always getting compliments. My try after the Blue Wilderness was going to be Natural Balance as that is supposed to be a good quality food in the same price point as well.
Here are some sites and research on a number of dog foods on the market:
Post # 7
We switched to Blue Buffalo because our dog was becoming a finicky eater (would leave most food in the bowl) and he stayed with our friend one day and gobbled up her dog’s BB food. He loves it! We use the healthy weight kind, mostly just because that seems to be the flavor he likes most. It does seem to help his coat, too.
Post # 8
My boxer eats Blue Buffalo and he loves it. His coat is so shiny, people are always complimenting on how soft and shiny he is. He hasn’t had any problems with it other than just being a little picky about one of the flavors. He eats the life protection formula, but doesn’t always care for the fish and sweet potato flavor.
Post # 9
I definitely second (or third, or fourth hehe) Blue Buffalo. My dog is on Blue Buffalo Basics which is grain free and limited ingriediant but we have given him wilderness before as well, and let me tell you, his coat is SLEEK. He’s a pomeranian so he has a LOT of fur and on other foods he would shed horribly and his fur would be greasy but people always comment now on how good his coat looks. I’ve had people ask me how often I take him to the groomers (I don’t, I bathe him in my house once a month!) he just looks beautiful all the time. I’d definitely go with blue buffalo 🙂
Post # 10
We started on Blue Buffalo Wilderness which is grain free. Our girl really never took to it though! I was passionate about feeding her grain-free but she just would not eat it. We tried softening it with chicken broth too and still she was not interested. We gave regular Blue a try (has grains like oatmeal or brown rice but no corn or soy) and she likes that one a lot better.
We noticed a HUGE change in her coat when we started adding fish oil to her food though. It makes her coat more soft and shiny, and she seems to scratch herself less.
Post # 11
We give my dog Blue Buffalo– the sweet potato fish one I think. He really likes it and his coat is definitely shinier and less prone to dandriff that when he was on Science Diet. We have tried giving him the higher end stuff (Wellness brand, I think?) and he just didn’t like it. I figured, a dog should love his food, so as long as his health is good, I want him to eat stuff he loves. The guy in Petco said the fish one was best for dry skin and dandruff.
Post # 12
For a glossy coat, my dog does well on the salmon blue buffalo. I think the fish oils help? Maybe it’s just me thinking that though.
My dogs stools are a tad looser than before blue buffalo, though. And that’s 100% of what he eats (no treats or table scraps).
Post # 13
I recently switched my dog from blue buffalo to natural balance. I wasn’t using a limited ingrediant BB formula but noticed that she seems to react to poultry protein sources. She is doing really well on a salmon / bison gluten free blend. I will also say compared to other dogs I’m around she farts considerably less (much to the annoyance of my husband who can’t blame flatulence on the dog).
Post # 14
lol! I’ve never heard a dog fart ever!
Post # 15
We feed our dog Blue Buffalo and she is constantly getting complimented on how soft she is and how good she looks. I don’t know how much is the food and how much is her genetics, but she loves the food for sure!
@yellowshoe: Weird – every bag I’ve ever bought has looked pretty evenly distributed.
Post # 16
We feed our dog Taste of the Wild. It is grain free and he has done wonderful with it. He used to have really bad skin allergies and his coat would be flaky, with hot spots. Now, his skin allergies are much better and his coat is so shiny and soft. I would recommend any of the flavors of this food!