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Old 01-07-2013, 10:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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trying to find the right dry food
i am think about trying Blue Longevity any thoughts?
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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See the thing with dog food is... there doesn't seem to be ONE dog food that works with all dogs.
Some dogs do okay with grains (Corn, wheat, rice, barley)
Some don't
Some do better on grain free
Some do better with lower protein,
Some with higher protein
Some have allergies to certain proteins (Chicken, beef, lamb, turkey, duck, etc)
Some have allergies to starch (potatoe, peas)
Some do better with RAW

Finding a food that works with your dog is basically a trial and error process.
Personally I have always avoided a certain set of ingredients - the ingredients I consider to be the worst of the worst (Corn-in any form, wheat, by-products, animal digest, and chicken fat if listed in the first 4 ingredients)

Sorry if this isn't much help to you. We have switched foods numerous times. Hoping to go RAW in the spring.

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We're still experimenting here too...

1) Duke came to us on a gorcery store brand puppy food. He did ok on it but he pooped a lot and his stools weren't ideal. He didn't have much energy either.
2) We switched him to Fromm Gold Large Breed Puppy. This food is corn, wheat and by-product free but not grain free. Again, he did ok on it but we noticed it gave him some bad gas and he was scratching at his ears and body a little bit more than he really should be so we decided to switch him to grain free kibble.
3) We switched him to Fromm Four-Star grain-free. They do not have a puppy grain-free kibble in the Fromm Four-Star grain-free line so this is an all stages food. He was doing much better on this - no gas, little to no scratching - however, he is shedding a LOT more than he used to! I don't believe it is a seasonal thing because it's been going on for a few weeks now. Also, it is VERY expensive!
4) We're now transitioning him to Blue Buffalo Freedom (grain-free) puppy. I do think he's missing something from not being on the puppy formula... I hope this will be the last transition (besides transitioning from puppy to adult food). So far he really seems to like it (still mixing with his old food). But his nose was all up in the bag as soon as it came into the house.

So yes, totally trial and error so far!
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We think he need to gain so weight is there a type for that


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I agree, it is trial & error. Pheona came to us susposibly on kibbles n bits (I put her on puppy milk replacement per instruction of the vet) then put her on lamb & oatmeal BB. We recently changed her to BB Freedom. Murphy came to us on puppy chow. We transitioned her to BB lamb & oatmeal. Then we changed her to BB Freedom. They are both doing great now.
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If you are feeding kibble, grain-free is probably the best way to go. Do you have a budget? Grain-free kibble can be expensive. If you can't afford grain-free and your dog can tolerate grains, look for a food that is corn, wheat and by-product free.

This website can help you choose: Dry Dog Food Reviews | Dog Food Advisor
Look for 4-5 star foods. Those will be the best for your dog.

As for gaining weight, you should follow the recommended amounts on the packaging. If your dog isn't maintaining weight then you can up it appropriately. Just be sure not to overfeed as that can cause other tummy issues like vomiting and diarrhea.
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When we got Murphy he was on puppy chow and we have switched him to the BB freedom about a month ago. He was itching quite often. More so than normal and I found out that sometimes they can have allergies to the grains in the food. After we switched the itching substantially calmed down his coat was smoother and it looks a lot darker.


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I tried bb longevity before we switched to the grain free freedom line- I do think it is good food- except for the fact that it is not grain free. It is fish based- which is good an higher in omega fatty acids- but so is the freedom- grain free line- it's chicken and not fish tho--- my puppy hated the fish and didn't want to eat it, but he now loves the freedom- chicken. Stools have greatly improved with feeding grain free- and now we found out he has to eat grain free or his hair falls out and he gets diarrhea.


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