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Old 04-21-2014, 07:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am a new dog owner, my GSD Niner is 4 mo old. I had been feeding him the petco brand dog food "Authority puppy food grain free" since he was 6 weeks old. I have never had any problems with him, then I decided based on the recommendation of some people to give him Blue Buffalo. After the first day he began to have diarrhea and he has become very lethargic, just doesn't seem his active self anymore. Has anyone heard of this problem with Blue Buffalo? Should I go back to giving him Authority? I am getting worried about how he is feeling, I just want to get him the best and healthiest food for him. Thanks for any help or suggestions
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If you know for sure it is related to the BB, switch him asap. my dog had the same reaction, asked the vet and he said that he sees it more often. So no BB for us anymore.
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Thanks for the reply, I wanted to see if anyone else had that issue with BB. I am definitely now going to change him back to what I had him on before
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I don't feed it but here are some reviews: Top 548 Complaints and Reviews about Blue Buffalo Pet Foods
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If you switched him cold turkey it could have shocked his little digestive system. Did you just make a sudden switch or did you change it gradually?

You went from Authority Grain Free Puppy to which BB formula?

The authority formula looks to be pretty decent. If it is the Blue Freedom puppy , that food has twice as much fiber as the Authority and that alone could throw him a curveball.
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Zoe was on blue wilderness puppy and had her share of loose poo and stank horribly. We switched to TOTW and her poops firmed up and while the smell of the food is kind of gross her gas is not nearly so awful.

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I don't feed it but here are some reviews: Top 548 Complaints and Reviews about Blue Buffalo Pet Foods
Wow, read some of those, there was some pretty crazy reactions to BB. I used BB in the past with no issues, they liked it, coats looked nice, no problems. I wonder if they've made changes to their product or if its something to do with one of their subs.

I'd switch back to the Authority, might consider a vet check too just in case.

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Wow, read some of those, there was some pretty crazy reactions to BB. I used BB in the past with no issues, they liked it, coats looked nice, no problems. I wonder if they've made changes to their product or if its something to do with one of their subs.

I'd switch back to the Authority, might consider a vet check too just in case.
Don't use it either but holly crap!
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
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From what I've found, Blue Buffalo used to be pretty agreeable to almost all dogs until they changed their formula a year or two ago. Since then, I've seen a few dogs do well on it and a huge number of others get severely sick and lethargic.

My problem with the company is that they never seem willing to admit that their food may be the cause of any health issue. My dog had a bad reaction to it when I put him on it last year - lethargic, loose stool, vomiting so bad he became dangerously dehydrated and had to have an IV put in for a couple days. The vet checked my dog out and there was no other reason for him to be experiencing these symptoms other than the food. The BB was the only new thing in my dog's life and I had done a slow switch over, but still ended up with the health problems. I contacted the company several times trying to get answers, but was only given an initial email telling me that it probably wasn't their food and that I should have a vet check him out again. After that, I was just completely ignored. Several friends and clients have had similar experiences. I've just stopped dealing with BB all together.
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I tried BB Large Breed Puppy - Chicken & Brown Rice with my little guy. Did not do well at all. Terrible diarrhea. Thought it could have been a reaction to his first round of shots, but it persisted. Got him off the BB and onto Fromm Large Breed Puppy and back to normal within a day.
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