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04-13-2014 08:15 PM
mydogs I use the canned for toppers. Rotate all the flavors. Great food


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04-11-2014 09:44 AM
LeoRose I change protein source and brand with practically every bag. I also feed quite a bit of raw, and rotate between proteins with that, also. If I come across a food they don't do well on, like the Pinnacle or Innova (ugh, the loose, nasty poops they all had on that), I just don't buy it again.
04-11-2014 12:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Colie CVT View Post
Generally speaking, upset stomach tends to be due to fat content in things if they don't have an allergy to some kind of protein in the food. Pork is notoriously fatty compared with other things. All those pig ears, pork rolls, etc tend to cause all kinds of icky gut in a lot of dogs. I actually like Merrick myself based on what I have seen of it. Only experience feeding however was buying a bag to switch it up for my cats lol.

Maybe give your pup's tummy a breather then try the chicken one again?
I don't think it was the pork. When he was on a raw diet, he did stellar with pork protein sources. Maybe the pork formula in the kibble has a higher fat content that just plain pork meat?

And I did a small break before I tried the chicken. I took him off the Merrick almost a week ago now, and I started the thread a bit after the incident with the pork food. So he was on chicken and rice for a few days before I tried the chicken Merrick. It just didn't go well.
04-11-2014 12:09 AM
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Originally Posted by stmcfred View Post
Lola and Connor have been on Merrick chicken and sweet potato grain free for about 5 months now and they do awesome on it.

I curious why you switch between so many brands though? Is that typical? I just figured find one that works and stick with it.
I've just always had at least a couple of brands my dogs could eat. Both to switch up the protein sources and I guess out of habit. I used to live way out in the country, so I had to have alternatives if the local feed store ran out of a certain brand of food because they only got shipments every couple of weeks. I guess I don't really need that habit anymore, but I'd never had problems with it before, so I never really thought about changing it and sticking to an exclusive brand.

I think I'll probably end up sticking with the Orijen and Acana though. I don't think I've ever had a dog with a stomach this picky.
04-10-2014 10:36 PM
Colie CVT Honestly, if your dog has been sick with that food, doesn't matter if you switch to anything else, they will still have an upset tummy! It needs to have a break and an easy diet before you transition back to anything else.

Generally speaking, upset stomach tends to be due to fat content in things if they don't have an allergy to some kind of protein in the food. Pork is notoriously fatty compared with other things. All those pig ears, pork rolls, etc tend to cause all kinds of icky gut in a lot of dogs. I actually like Merrick myself based on what I have seen of it. Only experience feeding however was buying a bag to switch it up for my cats lol.

They actually recommend trading protein sources periodically to help prevent an allergy from forming. My oldest girl has an allergy to chicken based on what I can see from different food trials with her. No one else who owned her ever saw an issue, however all the food she got from puppy til I got her at 3.5 years was primarily chicken based. Best food for her was actually kangaroo and red lentil lol. That food kept burning holes in my wallet however.

Maybe give your pup's tummy a breather then try the chicken one again?
04-10-2014 10:16 PM
Bob_McBob What's the point of switching food brands all the time? Isn't that just asking for trouble?
04-10-2014 10:03 PM
lorihd@comcast.net My dog is very happy on her Merrick diet. No problems at all, I could never switch foods on her all the time without paying the consequences.
04-10-2014 06:43 PM
stmcfred Lola and Connor have been on Merrick chicken and sweet potato grain free for about 5 months now and they do awesome on it.

I curious why you switch between so many brands though? Is that typical? I just figured find one that works and stick with it.
04-10-2014 03:47 PM
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My dog's gut has been über sensitive since treatment for giardia. Was on Wellness and switched to Merrick Pork and Sweet Potato and this is day 4 of no explosive diahharea. I am very pleased except that it's ten dollars more a bag and you get five pounds less... But it's worth it if he's done pooing all over the place via butt pee. Thinking the lamb was too rich so we'll keep him on beef, pork, or salmon. I was actually thinking about buying Merrick, Wellness, and a cheaper brand and mixing the three to make 60 lbs of equal parts to see how he does. That way there is some variety. He's also on probiotics. Haveyou tried this stuff? Worked great when my pups gut was sensitive to everything:


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I'll have to look that up, thanks! He's always been pretty sensitive, but more in a "this food is giving him really soft stool" way rather than the diarrhea and yellow bile he was getting with Merrick. I also tried the chicken recipe of Merrick after I got his stomach settled with some chicken and rice. After the first meal of the chicken Merrick he immediately vomited big globs of yellow bile again. I just got back from picking up a bag of Acana. Going to get him back on what he's done well on before I try anything else for a while. I also just noticed that since he's been on Merrick, his coat has dried right out.
04-10-2014 02:32 PM
kr16 Merrick has a few new flavors coming to stores this month. i actually called them yesterday and they were amazing. they actual have a real person answer the phone. No recordings.
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