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Old 12-13-2012, 11:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So we went away for the weekend and left Duke with our neighbours. They LOVE him and are thinking about getting a dog but aren't completely sure that they want to take on the responsibility. They even walk him for us when hubby is working day shift Anyhow, while he was there he got into the cat food. I don't know how much he ate but from Sunday afternoon to Tuesday night he had liquid/explosive diarrhea. Thankfully he didn't have any accidents in the house but I was starting to get worried... until yesterday. His poops are now 100% back to normal! Thank goodness!

This may not have been the best time to transition him to grain free kibble (since he had diarrhea) but we were low on his kibble and were planning to transition this week. We've been transitioning since Monday. We're on to the Fromm grain-free Beef Frittata flavour. It is considerably more expensive but we'll be feeding less so it probably works out to the same. Hubby still isn't sold on the raw diet... I have to wear him down... but anyways, this is what we've done so far:

Monday - 1/4 grain free - 3/4 old kibble
Tuesday - 1/4 grain free - 3/4 old kibble
Wednesday - 1/2 grain free - 1/2 old kibble

Now, it has only been 3 days (this is day 4) and hubby thinks I'm crazy but I have a very sensitive nose and I already notice that he doesn't stink as much! His "doggy odour" seems to be disappearing. Is this possible already or am I imagining it? I'm relatively sure I'm not imagining it... any comments?
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think you are imagining it. I noticed the change in Murphy & noticing it currently with Pheona. We transitioned them both to a grain free.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No you're not crazy. When Moxie was on blue buffalo she had the worst dirty dog smell. I had to wash her every 2 weeks or so. Since going grain-free she has a pleasant sweet smell to her and only one bath shortly after we switched. I noticed a difference within a week or two.
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Thanks for confirming ladies!
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Ok since I am a new mama... Grain free seems to be the way to go but what are the names of the grain free food??? And her being a puppy should I just go ahead or wait a while???


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Here's a list of grain free foods for you: Best Dry Grain Free Dog Foods

We are using Fromm grain-free but there are many others to choose from. Some popular ones are Orijen, Acana and Taste of the Wild. You just have to see what works for you and your puppy. Oh and if the food is grain-free it will say so right on the packaging.

As far as switching over, you can do so at any time. Just make sure you do so gradually over 5-7 days. Reduce the amount of the old kibble as you increase the amount of the new kibble, day by day until you are feeding the new kibble exclusively.
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Thank u soooo much but this is something that y'all all recommend doing right??? It is better for the doggies???


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Yes, grain free is definitely the best as far as kibble goes.
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Hmmm, well Bruno still needs a bath again. He smells a bit doggy, but not as bad as my parents cocker gets (apparently they are known for smelling, I grew up with them and didn't know that until recently). However I know one part of him that smells MUCH better since going from the puppy chow that he came to us on to Blue Buffalo Freedom puppy. He no longer seems to have deadly gas at night time lol. We just finished his transition on Sunday night and it took about 2 1/2 weeks. We did 10% increase every other day so about 18 days. Actually it was 19, we held him at 50% for an extra day.
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Oh wow, that's a long transition time. Does he have an extra sensitive tummy?
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