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I have an 8-year-old boxer that I've regularly fed Taste of the Wild, High Prairie Mix (Grain Free). For the past several months it seems to no longer agree with him. All of his stools are soft. Not diarrhea, but definitely soft and pancake like. His behavior hasn't changed. I've taken him to the vet, and they did blood work and didn't see anything concerning. I am hoping a simple food change may be what he needs. His food does need to be grain free. He seems sensitive to grains. It gives him pimple like sores on his face. I would live to hear what you are feeding your older, sensitive boxers. Thanks
 

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this answer probably won't help you, but i have a 12 yo and an 11 yo (he's a whitey)... both males. both have been on acana for years and years. the 11 yo had an ER trip maybe 6 weeks ago and was diagnosed with DCM, congestive heart failure, and a very bad arrhythmia. part of the recommendations (along with a slew of meds) was diet change to one of the big brands (purina, royal canin, hill's, iams or eukanuba). i had a hard time with that as i truly believed in the quality of what i was feeding. after significant research, it gave me enough doubt that i figured it won't hurt him to change to one of these as the science progresses on what and if something is truly going on with all those other "BEG" diets (B-boutique or made by smaller companies that may not fully test or have lots of certified nutritionists on staff, E-exotic or exotic proteins like kangaroo, G-grain free). this is a hot topic with very entrenched sides... i'm sure there's many on here that have their convictions, along with the folks that feed raw. i'm not smart enough on the whole subject... i just know what happened to my guy and also have these board certified cardiologists and nutritionists now giving me direction on what they believe is best.

in any event... i just finished changing both of my guys to Royal Canin Boxer Adult dry (one of the kibbles recommended by nutritionist for my 11 yo with the heart issue). transitioned over an 8-10 day period. i was really worried as i thought they would have issues with something in it but they really didn't, other than my 11 yo whitey (with the heart issue) who doesn't really chew... just gulps it down... and that kibble is very large (made that way on purpose). they both quite willingly eat it up, and my 12 yo was getting very slow to eat his acana. in the mornings... he would hardly touch it. now... he's like a young guy again and pretty excited at all meal times with the RC.

before i settled on that brand / formula, one i was looking at but did not try is Purina Pro Plan Salmon & Rice Sensitive Skin / Stomach (they have a lamb & oatmeal too i believe). lots of people in forums on DCM had switched to that formula from grain free, and their feedback was it was working quite well (many different breeds though... not just boxers). also had a number of other recommended brands / formulas from my nutritionist but most were prescription.

again... may not really help you except to hear about my experience. whatever you do pls make sure you're educated on the whole potential nutrition related DCM issue. lots of stuff out there and highly polarized subject, so you'll need to research and determine what you believe. again in my case, what is known so far gave me enough doubt to go back to grain inclusive until some solid evidence is developed one way or another, along with the recommendations from my vet specialists.

good luck to you and your boy... i'm sure you'll find something agrees with him and gets things working well again.
 

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I wholeheartedly agree with mta's above post I lost two dogs to grain free dog food so I do not use it for my current dogs a painful and expensive lesson. I use Royal Canin sensitive digestion for my guys and they are doing really well I boil boneless skinless chicken breast and put them thru the electric food chopper to grind it up fine (so they won't just eat the chicken) and mix it on their food their stools are great as this stuff has added fiber.
 

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Yes I too agree with the post from MTA. We fed RC too until we switched to Victor, grain inclusive but without corn. Since our boxer was my daughters dog and the price tag for RC was becoming a problem. I think many of the lets call them "designer" food are using way more legumes other than meat as protein sources. It is thought there maybe a link with the legumes.
 

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this answer probably won't help you, but i have a 12 yo and an 11 yo (he's a whitey)... both males. both have been on acana for years and years. the 11 yo had an ER trip maybe 6 weeks ago and was diagnosed with DCM, congestive heart failure, and a very bad arrhythmia. part of the recommendations (along with a slew of meds) was diet change to one of the big brands (purina, royal canin, hill's, iams or eukanuba). i had a hard time with that as i truly believed in the quality of what i was feeding. after significant research, it gave me enough doubt that i figured it won't hurt him to change to one of these as the science progresses on what and if something is truly going on with all those other "BEG" diets (B-boutique or made by smaller companies that may not fully test or have lots of certified nutritionists on staff, E-exotic or exotic proteins like kangaroo, G-grain free). this is a hot topic with very entrenched sides... i'm sure there's many on here that have their convictions, along with the folks that feed raw. i'm not smart enough on the whole subject... i just know what happened to my guy and also have these board certified cardiologists and nutritionists now giving me direction on what they believe is best.

in any event... i just finished changing both of my guys to Royal Canin Boxer Adult dry (one of the kibbles recommended by nutritionist for my 11 yo with the heart issue). transitioned over an 8-10 day period. i was really worried as i thought they would have issues with something in it but they really didn't, other than my 11 yo whitey (with the heart issue) who doesn't really chew... just gulps it down... and that kibble is very large (made that way on purpose). they both quite willingly eat it up, and my 12 yo was getting very slow to eat his acana. in the mornings... he would hardly touch it. now... he's like a young guy again and pretty excited at all meal times with the RC.

before i settled on that brand / formula, one i was looking at but did not try is Purina Pro Plan Salmon & Rice Sensitive Skin / Stomach (they have a lamb & oatmeal too i believe). lots of people in forums on DCM had switched to that formula from grain free, and their feedback was it was working quite well (many different breeds though... not just boxers). also had a number of other recommended brands / formulas from my nutritionist but most were prescription.

again... may not really help you except to hear about my experience. whatever you do pls make sure you're educated on the whole potential nutrition related DCM issue. lots of stuff out there and highly polarized subject, so you'll need to research and determine what you believe. again in my case, what is known so far gave me enough doubt to go back to grain inclusive until some solid evidence is developed one way or another, along with the recommendations from my vet specialists.

good luck to you and your boy... I'm sure you'll find something agrees with him and gets things working well again.
Oh, I think folk's (paying attention) there entrenched position's, have gotten a lot less entrenched over the year's???

Lindar51, brought attention to this (DCM) issue and "grain free," thing. ere a few year's ago?? And she also mentioned "Taurine? Which is an essential mineral for "heart health," to keep it simple.

And my first only and last objection, was well first "Tarurine," is "Cat Food stuff??" And dog's don't need it as a supplement because they can synthesis "Taurine," thru there food."

And that is still true if they eat ,well raw or non grain free kibble. DCM issue's were not happening, 15 to 30 year's ago?? But now they are ... so "what has changed??"

The Food, and raise of the "Grain Free, Craze?" Not speaking to the "sensitive stomach," issue here. But the popularity of "Grain Free," was driven by mostly dog's with "itching," issue's.

Grain Allergies, fro more and more dog's and for the most part switching over to "Grain Free, Kibble," helped with that issue (the itching) but it seems to have also tripped a switch ... that was taking owner's by "surprise???"

And the ramification's of that "simple," change won't show up for year's ... for the most part. When your dog ... "drop's over dead or you know passes away in the night???" So what's the deal???

Well you gotta go back. Dog's on whatever kibble they were eating? Back in the day, dog's could synthesize, Taurine from there food! But ... when they are switched over to a "Grain Free," based kibble (with some exception's) they lose the ability to synthesize Taurine from there food. And while it takes a while (apparently) eventually the lack of "Taurine," will take it's toll!

The sigh's, of a "Taurine," deficiency are pretty subtle for the most part?? A lot of "panting," for no apparent, reason is ... "what I observed??" Well that is odd?? But whatever is what I thought??

In retrospect, that had not be happening before but in the last six month's of Rocky's life ... I had been seeing it more and more?? But I just thought well all dog's do that and sadly, Rocky WL GSD, was not a whiner and I was not to bright ... a bad combination ....

Long story short, ... if one is gonna "keep," with "grain free," kibble for "whatever reason??" Just add "Sardine's," a Taurine Rich all natural supplement! That is the advise from Dr Karen Shaw Baker.

My new dog "Bella," sigh is still eating "Grain Free," kibble because Marilyn keep's buying it! But she also eats, "Sardine's packed in water," (Bella) and cat "kibble," mixed in with the grain free kibble.

I have seen no data on the cat "Kibble," as a supplement for "Taurine???" But hey cat's can't synthesize Taurine on there own and cat's fed a pure kibble diet ... don't have DCM issue's?? So you know it can't hurt. Long way of saying ... I got out of my trench on this particular issue a while ago. :)
 

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Hello IMO taste of the wild high prairie mix is the highest protein that they have, knock it down to kibble with a lower protein and fat level.. Lets say something near a 11/10 level
 

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Hello IMO taste of the wild high prairie mix is the highest protein that they have, knock it down to kibble with a lower protein and fat level.. Lets say something near a 11/10 level
Yes he's a senior now food needs will change. gltu
 

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