Originally Posted by bethany.cole2013
What problems did you have with it?
After the major menu-foods recall came out, I was on Nutro, and I had cans both of Nutro Ultra and Nutro Max that had the bad date codes. I only used them for Arwen when she was pregnant and while she was lactating. It was a litter of 14, but 6 fully grown pups came out dead, and I wasn't able to revive them. Arwen had gone on a hunger strike before whelping, and to get her to eat, I put the canned food with their dry Nutro.
I weaned them on the dry nutro natural choice, and I had instances of the yellow bile barf, but I never considered the dog food. When all that came out in February/March 2007 I think, I switched to Canidae. I had my eye on Canidae, as it had good ingredients and was given 5 stars.
After switching them over, which went pretty much ok, about 1 month later, I came home to a huge pool of blood in one of the kennels. I freaked out and rushed the otherwise animated and healthy dog to the ER. They sent me home with metranidozole and something else, and told me it was colitis.
In the next couple of weeks, probably six of my eight dogs had attacks of colitis. I did a few things wrong. I put them on boiled chicken and rice. I used white rice, but then went and got brown rice for them. Trust me, when you have a dog spewing blood, it is NOT fun. When you have six dogs spewing pools of blood it is awful.
But it got solid and I slowly transitioned back to the food, because it was a five star food, and it costed what I considered to be a fortune, and I thought it was probably ok. They were a bit thin at the end of the transition, so I started topping their food with some Raw Instict, Wellness Core, or Solid Gold barking at the moon.
Pretty soon everyone seemed to be doing ok, except Whitney. Tori was thinnish, but she was a young shepherd. I weaned Babs' litter onto Canidae. But Whitney just did not seem to do well on it at all. Once a week or every other week she was having a colitis attack. She was starving. If I fed her more, she would have massive diarrhea and get skinnier. If I fed her less, she would get skinnier. I couldn't believe it was the food. I started testing her for things like EPI, and checking her for a host of other issues.
Then they changed the recipe, and switches some of their operations over to Diamond, from Pied Piper. I had no idea they changed the recipe until I opened a bag and the kibble looked different. I didn't know about them switching manufacturers either. Uhg, but how much different would it be, ALS to ALS? The answer, A LOT! Massive colitis all around again. Uhg. Then Whitney and sometimes Tori, and sometimes Milla would have Colitis attacks every other bag I opened. I called the company, and they did not have any good answers and tried to blame everything else. Then they told me I should have switched them over slower. I was ticked. I switched them from ALS to ALS, and never knew there was a change.
Every other bag I was having issues with, and I was going through two bags a week. My dogs had been at their ideal weight or slightly under, and they started losing weight, several pounds over seven months.
Then it seemed like a got a run of bags -- I bought 10 40 pound bags at a time -- where the chicken meal was replaced with saw dust. Every one of my dogs lost 5-7 pounds and were looking downright bony. My vet threw up his hands and said we have tried everything, it has to be the food. Milla was 48 pounds at 16 months, and Ninja about 50. Whitney was over three and about 54 pounds, only she was as tall, though a little lighter boned then Jenna whose Ideal weight is 68-70 pounds. Someone here suggested Kumpi.
Kumpi you send off for and is $50 for a 35 pound bag, and the first ingredient is cornmeal. They say nothing from China, and the corn is not GMO, but it isn't exactly a cheap alternative. At that point, I was past caring about ingredients though. I wanted something that would clean up the problems and give me solid poo and stop the bleeding and put weight on my girls. I heard corn would put weight on them, and I went ahead.
The colitis attacks stopped overnight. After stopping Canidae, I had no more colitis. The people at Kumpi were helpful. They sent me some powder to put on the kibble and very slowly, my girls started to gain the wait. After running out of the powder, they continued to slowly gain weight. Poop was yellowish greenish mushyish, but formed. A little more than a year later when I took Whitney for her 4 year old rabies/distemper shots, she was 64 pounds, and the vet said she could gain maybe 1-2 more. 2 weeks later she dropped dead, she hemmorhaged somewhere in her digestive tract and she died. I failed her by allowing her to struggle for too long on food that wasn't working for her.
Everyone seemed to be doing ok on the Kumpi, but they were not doing great on it. I decided that the ingredient list did not justify $50/bag delivered. They were a little thin, and their poop was not solid, more of a formed moosh. And no one was getting pregnant, for like two years. I switched them to 4Health which they did good on, and Babs had a litter of three puppies. And then I switched to Diamond Naturals which is where we are now. After switching I still wasn't sure that was the issue with conception, this spring, I bred three and got three litters. I don't know why, but I think that some lack of nutrition may have caused some infertility. I have good solid poop now. Poop is a big deal. If I over-feed they might get a little loose, but cutting down a little straightens that out.
I will never feed Canidae again. I do not think that cause the infertility. But since switching I haven't had any problem with colitis. I did lose Whitney, but Whitney was always the most affected by the Canidae. Maybe Canidae has straightened out their problems. One of the ladies there told me that GSs and Great Danes seem to have the most trouble with the new formula. One of the sites that rates dog foods, said they keep their 5-star rating even though there have been number of complaints about the new formula.