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Pro plan?

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I've been wanting to switch Elle form Taste of the Wild for several reasons. One being that it's hard for me to get it here. The only store it's sold at closes at 5:30 or 6pm and it's always a challenge to get her food.

I was looking at a food that I could get more easily at Petsmart. I did some research and read about people feeding Purina Pro Plan. I researched it online and people say it's not a good food. Is that true? I read that Pro Plan helps with growing a fuller coat. Is that true? I would like that for Elle as her coat is really thin.

I had tried a natural food from Petsmart before but bathroom breaks were too often, very soft and huge (like 6 times a day).

What food from Petsmart is a good food thats in the same price range as ToW? Oh and she does have sensitive skin. Would love to get her to grow a fuller coat.

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Pro Plan has a sensitive skin formula. i feed Brooks All Life Stages.
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Proplan is a great food and affordable for a higher quality food. Beamer boy and the two labs get it- chicken and rice all life stages. Their coats are great and I highly recommend the food.

There is a sensitive skin and stomach formula- it is Barley and Salmon so maybe you want to try that.

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I have seen a lot of people on this forum feed Pro Plan with good results. I feed mine Nutro Ultra LB, also available from Petsmart but more expensive than Pro Plan. Petsmart also has a newer line called Simply Nourish that has some nice ingredients and is reasonably priced. I thought of switching to it, but had a bad experience with switching to Acana this summer, so went back to what they did well on.

Natural, wholesome and balanced Simply Nourish™ Dry Dog Food

There are also limited ingredient versions available
Simply Nourish™ Limited Ingredient Dog Food for food sensitivities
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I've seen a lot of show dogs on ProPlan, and they all have great coats.
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I feed the Sensitive Skin and Stomach Pro Plan to my golden (and my lab eats it too--my little dog doesn't like salmon, so she doesn't eat this). I don't have any complaints with it....my golden's coat isn't as good as it has been on other foods--but it's not bad either. When he was young, he had a thin coat, but it grew in nicely after he turned 2 or so. (not sure how old your girl is). My lab looks fantastic on it...but she has a really nice natural coat on her.
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Thank you.
How is the food quality compared to Taste of the Wild-Salmon?

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How is the food quality compared to Taste of the Wild-Salmon?
You ask 10 people, you may get 10 opinions.....

I'm personally not a grain free feeder--but I will say, I think TOTW is a decent one, especially for the price. However, I am not completely comfortable with Diamond because of their manufacturing issues and recalls earlier this year. However, a lot have continued on with it--and have no complaints.

At the same time, a lot of people do not like Purina--and then you have some that have only fed Purina for 20+ years.

I have fed a lot of foods over the years to my dogs (as well as rescues I've taken in, etc) and in the last 2 years, really struggled to find a food that my golden did well on. Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach has been a God-send to him and while I have tried a couple others in the process, I keep going back to it.

My ideas on dog food have changed pretty drastically over the last few years. And now, My opinion is--whatever works for YOUR DOG (whether it's TOTW, Pro Plan, Raw or Iams, for examples), is what is best for YOUR dog. Find one that is easy to get, easily afforded by your budget and that your dog does well on and just feed him and love him. I used to drive myself nuts about dog food (not saying you are, just sharing my experience) and I'm so glad I finally figured out that feeding what is best for my dogs (not best for ME) is the way to go.

As far as Petsmart goes--I like Pro Plan and Eukanuba personally. The thing about them is they are readily available, affordable and have been around for years and are 'tried and true'. I've heard some good things about Simply Nourish on a lab board, but have not tried that one, personally--though my dogs do LOVE their canned food.

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I feed Bella Pro Plan primarily because that's what the breeder was feeding her. She gets the All Life Stages formula with the smaller kibble. She seems to like it enough.

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Thank you. I will give it a try

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