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I'm such a bad GSD-mommy.
I waited until the last minute to go shopping for new dog food. He has enough to last him for dinner tonight, but by morning, he's all out of kibble.

On my way to work this afternoon, I was going to stop at my usual place where I buy dog food, which is a locally owned farm & garden place that sells high quality pet foods/treats/etc. I pull into the lot and there were no cars! I get up to the door and theres a rail in front of the doors and "closed" sign. Nothing about closing for good or remodeling... just the usual closed door sign.

Well, now I have to break down and buy some food from Petsmart, which doesn't carry the brand of food I get, Fromm. I was planning on down grading his kibble, since the Fromm kibble was a bit rich for him and he had problems with loose stools. He has had these problems since he was a puppy and I haven't found any kibble yet that bulks things up. But when I was going to do the transition, I was going to go through the 1/4 new food, 3/4 old food first week, 1/2 and 1/2 the second week and so on.... those of us who have done the food transition know what I'm talking about. Its easier on their tummys. Anyways... now that I'm down to 2 cups of food, which will be his dinner tonight, we are going to have to go get a new brand of food and deal with the bad transition... which is totally my fault, since I waited till the very last minute to purchase a new bag of food. But I guess the last thing I was expecting was my usual store where I purchase dog food going out of business, since they have been there as long as I have lived in the area, which is 16+ years.

Anyways... long story short... I need to buy food tomorrow morning and was wondering if there was anyone here who buys any of the brands offered from Petsmart? Or any recommendations for a dog that has a sensitive tummy. As much as I'd like to continue giving business to the smaller petstores that sell high grade kibble, I need to have a stable store, like Petsmart or Petco, that I can rely on them staying in business and carrying the same foods and won't run into this dilemma again.

And for those that are going to suggest RAW, I can't afford that right now and the transition would probably be worse, going from kibble to RAW in one day.
 

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Just running through some of the foods I have used or know that others have used.

Tula from the board has had great success with ProPlan for Sensitive Skin and Stomach.

I have 4 dogs on Royal Canin GS-24, I know some people don't think much of this food, but it works well for all 4 of my dogs, not the least expensive food.

AvoDerm, Blue Buffalo, ByNature are good foods.

Since you ran out what would probably work best not to upset the digestive system is to go to bland diet of rice and cooked chicken, for a couple days, then slowly start adding in the new dog food.
 

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How old is he?

Sad about that store.

This is the Petsmart List:
http://www.petsmart.com/family/index.jsp...y%7CFood+Center from their site, and each food is a clickable link to evaluate it.

Brand
Active Care (2)
Alpo (1)
Authority (17)
Avoderm Natural (10)
Beneful (2)
Bil-Jac (4)
Blue Buffalo (7)
By Nature (7)
Cesar (2)
Eukanuba (26)
Iams (14)
Kibbles 'N Bits (1)
Mixables (1)
Nature's Best (1)
Nature's Recipe (19)
Nutro Max (15)
Nutro Natural Choice (22)
Nutro Ultra (4)
Pedigree (9)
Pet Ag (1)
Pet Botanics (1)
Pro Plan (17)
Pro Plan Selects (3)
Purina (3)
Purina ONE (8)
Royal Canin (17)
Science Diet (25)
The Good Life (1)
Vita Gravy (1)
Wholemeals (1)

The Petco list:
http://www.petco.com/Shop/petco_ProductList_PC_productlist_Nav_183_N_22+92+30+4294965136.aspx
AvoDerm, Beneful, Bil-Jac, Blue Buffalo, Breeder's Choice, Castor & Pollux, Diamond, Eagle Pack, Eukanuba, Halo, Hill's Science Diet, Iams, Kibbles 'n Bits, MAX, Natural Balance, Natural Choice, Nature's Best, Nature's Recipe, Nutro, ONE, Organix, Pedigree, Pet Promise, Pinnacle, Pro Plan, Purina, Royal Canin, Solid Gold, The Goodlife Recipe, Ultramix, WholeMeals,

I like Breeder's Choice foods: http://www.breeders-choice.com

I think you have some other good choices-I haven't looked at those ingredient panels though, so I won't name names.
 

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if i had to shop at petsmart (not a slight on those who do because i know for many there are very limited options of where to buy food) i would prefer the Blue Buffalo or possibly By Nature.

looks like petco carries eagle pack. if it is the Holistic Select line, id choose that over anything at petsmart (if you even have a petco available). i dont think much of the regular eagle pack, though.
 

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I think you may have problems just switching cold turkey, so don't blame it on the food. You should change diet gradually over a couple of weeks, not one bag to the next. Just my two cents...
 

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We feed Blue Buffalo and are pleased with it... good luck!
 

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Originally Posted By: onyx'girlI think you may have problems just switching cold turkey, so don't blame it on the food. You should change diet gradually over a couple of weeks, not one bag to the next. Just my two cents...
Please refer to my original post:

Originally Posted By: Doc_Brown But when I was going to do the transition, I was going to go through the 1/4 new food, 3/4 old food first week, 1/2 and 1/2 the second week and so on.... those of us who have done the food transition know what I'm talking about. Its easier on their tummys. Anyways... now that I'm down to 2 cups of food, which will be his dinner tonight, we are going to have to go get a new brand of food and deal with the bad transition... which is totally my fault, since I waited till the very last minute to purchase a new bag of food.
I am aware of the gradual change with new foods, but I don't have much of a choice right now with the store closed. I've already called around to a couple smaller pet stores in my area to see if they carry the Fromm brand, and they don't.
So, at this point I will have to start him on a new food with no transition, since I can't find his current food in my area. Unless I want to starve him for a couple days until I got some shipped to my house, but we both know that my dog would be worse off if we did that.
 

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I had good luck with Blue Buffalo when Skye was younger. They now have a BB holistic food tht you might want to look at, also.
 

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JeanKBBMMMAAN - He is a little over 19 months old.

Wisc. Tiger - Great suggestion on the cooked chicken and rice. I didn't think of that before. That will definately help the transition. Though, should I use brown rice or white rice, or does it not matter?! Just asking, cause I have a huge box of white rice already at home, just wondering if I'll need to run an extra errand in the morning to get brown rice.
 

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I'm currently feeding Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed and did a fairly quick transition from Fromm Adult Gold - no problems.

Blue Buffalo and Purino Pro Plan could work well too.

Good luck,
 

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Quote:Unless I want to starve him for a couple days until I got some shipped to my house, but we both know that my dog would be worse off if we did that.
I'm confused....do you live in Minneapolis, or a more outside rural area? If you're in Minneapolis or anywhere in the metro, you should be able to pick up Fromm or whatever you like today. Chuck & Don's is a great store and they have many locations. They're doing great business and are in no threat of going out of business. They're open on weekends. Here's a link:

http://www.chuckanddons.com/
 

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Originally Posted By: Doc_Brown

Anyways... long story short... I need to buy food tomorrow morning and was wondering if there was anyone here who buys any of the brands offered from Petsmart? Or any recommendations for a dog that has a sensitive tummy.
I use Pro Plan when I run out of kibble and have limited choices. It is my old standby and I am very happy with the results I have consistantly gotten from the brand. They also sell a sensitive stomach formula that many sensitive dogs do very well on.

Another food available now in PetCo is Avoderm by Breeder's Choice. This would be another option IMO.

*I also wanted to add that I always switch my dogs cold turkey from food to food, I never mix it. If you are using similar foods and not really hyping up the kcals you should not see any drastic issues with a sudden food switch. If anything what you would see is some digestive upset that will pass pretty quickly.

Cherri
 

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I too as Cherri said just switch cold turkey for my dogs, and actually when I went to Avoderm cold turkey there were no runny poos at all I was very surprised and happy about that.
 

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Some dogs you can switch cold turkey and others you can't. I would rather be safe than making my dogs miserable. A little extra work for me and they think they are getting special treat, so I don't have a problem doing a little extra work.
 

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Merrick ships from their website for FREE!!!!


So that's a good option. They have their new grain-free out as well. I've never fed it, but it looks like a nice food.

Natural Balance is available at every Petco I've been to. Whole Dog Journal rates them highly. They have grain-free options. Another great option, IMO.
 

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Originally Posted By: 3K9MomMerrick ships from their website for FREE!!!!
Don't get the "wrong" impression about the "free" shipping. The food is quite a bit more expensive on their site than it is in any of the stores I have seen it at.
 

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Hmm... I should be shopping on the other side of the mountains then. The website's prices are nearly identical to what we're paying over here.
 
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