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Today 02:49 PM
LaRen616
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Originally Posted by shepherdmom View Post
I've given up. Puppy does well on science diet. I have tried several other supposedly better brands and every single one gives him either diarrhea or the itchies. He does well on Science Diet. So that's what we will stick with for now.
Did you switch kibbles very slowly, like take a week or week and a half to make the full switch? Did you attempt to add canned pumpkin to help firm up stools? Was he switched so often that his belly never had the chance to adjust to a kibble?

When I got Draco he was on Purina Pro Plan Select, we tried switching to Solid Gold Wolf Cub but it didn't agree with him, then we tried Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream and that had too many purines for him (Dalmatian issue) and caused skin issues so we switched to Natural Balance's Lamb Meal and Brown Rice only to find out that that was also too high in purines so we switched to Wellness Complete Health and he is doing amazing on it. We didn't give up on good quality kibbles, we kept trying until we found one that agreed with him.

If you are in an area where dog food selection is limited then try ordering from Chewy, their prices are decent and they will ship to you.

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Today 02:27 PM
LaRen616
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Originally Posted by Lucy Dog View Post
I know people that smoked for 50 years and never got cancer either. Does that make smoking ok? Obviously smoking for 50 years and feeding science diet to a dog are two completely different things. My point is just because it worked well for your one dog does not make it a decent food compared to it's competition. Dogs will probably get by on science diet, but i'd prefer a little more than just getting by. Just me though.

Just look at the ingredients. Little meat and full of fillers and the stuff isn't cheap. The calcium is probably low in that food because there's not much meat. It's just corn, rice, soy, etc.

It's been discussed a thousand times on here. You're on here enough to have the time to do a 10 minute search and you'll find a huge list of affordable kibbles, that have better ingredients than SD, and around the same price range.

Here's two similar kibbles and both ok for LBP's. Fromm is a much better food. Keep in mind that the fromm is 33# and science diet is 30#.

Hill's Science Diet Puppy Large Breed Dry Dog Food

Fromm Gold Holistic Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food
Today 01:41 PM
wyoung2153 Only my opinion and experience. I don't like it. Titan was suggested to try it for his allergies, different ones, and became completely lethargic on it. No interest in playing, no spunk, no anything. It was like the lights went out. Took him off it, and clearly he is back to himself. lol.

I have known others to do very well n it, but I try to stay away from it if I can. I now look at ingredients, not necessarily brand anymore, though.
Today 12:39 PM
Castlemaid As with many things, it depends. If it was the only food that my dog did well on, then I would stick with it. Otherwise, I don't consider it a good food. The prescription diets can help in some instances, but not always.

My experience with Science Diet: One of my cats developed UTI a few years ago. To help clear it she went on the Science Diet Urinary Tract health food for the duration of a bag - it worked great for her, and no more recurrences. She is back on regular cat food.

My dog started having seasonal allergies a couple of years ago. Now the allergies seem to be year-round. I was looking into allergy testing when the vet thought we should eliminate the possibility of food allergies before moving forward, and recommended the Science Diet analergenic food. Gryff is fed raw, but in the big scheme of things, I felt that a couple of months on kibble won't do any harm, so agreed to try it.

Well, two weeks into the SD his back broke out in the most horrible, pustulating, oozy, ugly hot spots! At least a dozen, in huge clusters. Seems to have happened overnight.

Took him off the SD immediately and his back is healing up nicely one week later.

So it worked fine for my cat, caused a nasty reaction on my dog - as a prescription diet for specific conditions, it is worth a try.

As a regular diet, I won't go near it again!
Today 10:27 AM
shepherdmom
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Originally Posted by Lucy Dog View Post
It's not brand new. Pretty sure it's been out at least a year. It's the stuff my current puppy was on from the breeder that i got in the summer, so it's been out since then at least.

If they don't carry it, maybe you can ask if they'd start to order it. If they already carry the regular stuff, I'd think it wouldn't be that big of a deal. It's worth asking.
I've given up. Puppy does well on science diet. I have tried several other supposedly better brands and every single one gives him either diarrhea or the itchies. He does well on Science Diet. So that's what we will stick with for now.
Today 09:48 AM
SusiQ I used A/D for my female post surgery after having half her bottom jaw removed due to OS. It was phenomenal in helping her gain her weight back and increase her appetite. Happy to report that it's been almost a year post op and she is cancer-free and healthy.
Today 12:29 AM
David Winners
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Originally Posted by TankGrrl66 View Post
I used to be leery of this entire brand, and I never knew exactly why. I assumed it was awful because most other dog owners said it was, acting as if the whole brand was some big conspiracy to feed our dogs corn and kill them softly.

Then I started working at an animal hospital, and I have to admit...the prescription diets are pretty **** decent. They really help. The maintenance foods are meh-OK. I really have not seen any problems, even with dogs boarding for weeks eating this "crap" who eat it their whole lives.

And any of you are welcome to clean up after a dog w/GI issues repeatedly and then notice it stops once you start giving it i/d. That one alone deserves respect at least.
IME, I/D is great for GI tract issues. I've seen Z/D do a good job managing some allergies too.
Today 12:12 AM
TankGrrl66
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Originally Posted by Powerfulmind View Post
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I used to be leery of this entire brand, and I never knew exactly why. I assumed it was awful because most other dog owners said it was, acting as if the whole brand was some big conspiracy to feed our dogs corn and kill them softly.

Then I started working at an animal hospital, and I have to admit...the prescription diets are pretty **** decent. They really help. The maintenance foods are meh-OK. I really have not seen any problems, even with dogs boarding for weeks eating this "crap" who eat it their whole lives.

And any of you are welcome to clean up after a dog w/GI issues repeatedly and then notice it stops once you start giving it i/d. That one alone deserves respect at least.
02-03-2014 08:02 PM
Lucy Dog
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Originally Posted by shepherdmom View Post
Last time I looked they only had the adult formulas. I'll see if they have started to carry the puppy. TOTW puppy food is new isn't it?
It's not brand new. Pretty sure it's been out at least a year. It's the stuff my current puppy was on from the breeder that i got in the summer, so it's been out since then at least.

If they don't carry it, maybe you can ask if they'd start to order it. If they already carry the regular stuff, I'd think it wouldn't be that big of a deal. It's worth asking.
02-03-2014 08:00 PM
barnyard If you look on the puppy food section on these forums, Ken did a spreadsheet that has calcium/phos levels of dog food. I think Diamond Naturals was fine, but check to be sure. I feed Dr Tims and levels are fine with the Kinesis grain inclusive. It is chicken based though, and the vet was wondering whether the new pup had some allergies, so I was thinking of changing foods to another protein based food and managed to get myself all confused - lol.
The pup's ears have settled down anyway, so we're sticking with Dr Tim's for now.

I was really thinking about how the higher levels of some of the foods - especially grain free ones, affects older animals.
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