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Any of the fish food I was feeding in the past didnt provide any relief. Ugh I hate tough decisions. The SS formula costs $2 cheaper then Acana here for the same number of pounds per bag
Forgive if I'm mistaken, but did you say before that Lincoln did well on the ProPlan Sensitive Skin/Stomach formula? If so, that might be a better bet as it's a similar formula to the Euk SS formula but more moderate in protein, fat and calories (plus it's avail through PetSmart and less costly than the Euk). If chicken and corn aren't a problem, Bil Jac would round out the top three choices from the PetSmart list. I'd pass on Blue Buffalo as lots of dogs seem to have digestive issues on it.

p.s. Do you have access to Precise foods?
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Forgive if I'm mistaken, but did you say before that Lincoln did well on the ProPlan Sensitive Skin/Stomach formula? If so, that might be a better bet as it's a similar formula to the Euk SS formula but more moderate in protein, fat and calories (plus it's avail through PetSmart and less costly than the Euk). If chicken and corn aren't a problem, Bil Jac would round out the top three choices from the PetSmart list. I'd pass on Blue Buffalo as lots of dogs seem to have digestive issues on it.

p.s. Do you have access to Precise foods?
He was an itch fest on the Pro Plan salmon and rice formula. But then again he seems to be an itch fest on all foods. In Canada the petsmarts here do not carry Bil jac and I cannot find a store that carries Precise. I know Euk and Pro Plan are the same cost here.

I have no clue if chicken or corn is a problem for him. I dont know whats bothering him anymore but I do not think its food
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Any of the fish food I was feeding in the past didnt provide any relief. Ugh I hate tough decisions. The SS formula costs $2 cheaper then Acana here for the same number of pounds per bag
I don't know if it's just the fish that helps with the skin issues. I do know of a couple of skin problem dogs who did really well on it, so I do think it's worth a try.
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When I switched my 2 back to Nutro Ultra from Acana, I had to start feeding my younger one 3x a day to give her the same amount of calories. I am not hearing any objections from her.
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I don't know if it's just the fish that helps with the skin issues. I do know of a couple of skin problem dogs who did really well on it, so I do think it's worth a try.
I do like the ingredients. Im just worried about needing to feed more of it and eventually having it cost more the Acana. 28lbs is $65.99 and 28lbs of Acana is $67.99. Im only feeding 2 cups of Acana right now I would need to feed like 4-5 cups of the Euk SS.

My head hurts...all this decision making
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My previous dog did really well on Nutro Natural Choice Adult. The blue bag...

Is that food any good? I was told its crap but then again im told many brands are crap. Lincoln was on Nutro as a puppy as well
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I have fed my goldens Canidae All Life Stages since they were puppies and they have done well on it from puppies to adults. I switched my late golden Fletcher to grain-free formula after his cancer diagnosis and I tried two fish based kibbles. (one is now discontinued by Merrick) The last one he was on is called Coastal Catch by Earthborn Holisitic. He did really well on it.Coastal Catch : Earthborn Holistic Pet Food
He also suffered from allergies(environmental, not food) and itchy skin and I know that fish is soothing to the skin so that was another reason I chose fish.

I feel your pain. I have spent countless hours researching dog food and what is the best for my dog. Best of luck to you!



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My previous dog did really well on Nutro Natural Choice Adult. The blue bag...

Is that food any good? I was told its crap but then again im told many brands are crap. Lincoln was on Nutro as a puppy as well
My old girl was on Nutro Ultra for most of her almost 17 years on earth. My other 2 were on it since puppyhood and did well. In the spring I decided they needed a better quality food and switched to Acana. It did not work for them, and the easiest solution was to go back to what had worked before. The diarrhea stopped, the one dog's anal glands improved and their coats look much better, in less than 2 months.
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...I cannot find a store that carries
What about Nutram or Performatrim? Are any other brands readily avail to you other than those sold through Petsmart?
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What about Nutram or Performatrim? Are any other brands readily avail to you other than those sold through Petsmart?
I can get Performatrim here and Nutram (though Nutram is pretty pricey $75 for the allergy care formula) and Legacy is another one.
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