Originally Posted by volcano
I would guess he was healthier on that other food and his energy perrked up but his exercise schedule didnt. I cant agree with trying to lower your dogs energy/health via diet.
Perhaps I worded my original post wrong?
I'm not trying to "lower" his health/energy via diet. I'm doing what my vet suggested. He believes the protein level is too high for him. He's a rescue, he's only been with us for 3 1/2 months (he's now a year old), and we're still trying to fall into a rhythm. I don't want to push him too hard as far as exercise goes. If you're worried he's not getting enough exercise, he is. When he comes back from his walk/run in the morning, he's down for the count, at least until the afternoon when he's a bundle of energy, which is when he's taken to the park for his doggie play dates. He also runs around in the backyard with our other dog, Loki, playing tug and chasing squirrels, etc., so there's that. I also take him hiking by the river on the weekends. But as a dog suffering from separation anxiety, I want to help him find some semblance of calm when I'm not around, and the vet said a factor could be the protein in his food - or the whole food in general.
Not only that, but since changing to Blue Buffalo, his stool is never firm - always soft and never completely brown. Another reason I want him off Blue. There's something in there that doesn't agree with him.