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Old 01-23-2013, 10:01 AM
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Im very disappointed in Pro Plan...food search

Annamaet just is not working out for Lincoln, his stools are to mushy on it. I am trying to figure out whether to go back to Pro Plan or try Eukanuba. I was so happy to hear Pro Plan took Corn and Wheat out of their "Selects" line with all the new packaging and stuff. So I called Pro plan Canada to see why exactly we were not getting these new bags in. They have only changed the packaging design here. Thats it. So the only corn/wheat free Pro Plan product that can be purchased in Canada is Sensitive skin and Stomach. They have their Adult Chicken and Rice formula but its got corn and wheat in it.....

I either need to be open to feed as food with Corn and Wheat or I need to find something else to feed him. I should just feed him Pedigree or something....

So here are my options and prices what one would you suggest for him and why. Please, no rude comments

Eukanuba German Shepherd- $66.99 for 36lbs
German Shepherd Dog Food | Eukanuba.com

Eukanuba Sensitive Skin- $65.99 for 28lbs
Sensitive Skin Dog Food | Eukanuba.com

Eukanuba Adult Maintenance- $53.99 for 33lbs

Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach- $58.99 for 33lbs
Purina Pro Plan Specialized Nutrition Sensitive Skin and Stomach Formula

PC Nutrition First Chicken- $35.99 for 30lbs
PC Nutrition First Adult Dog Food - Chicken & Brown Rice - PC - Products

Heres a comparison chart for PC comparing competitor products
PC - Special
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:09 AM
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when deciding on food for my boys I found a site www.dogfoodadvisor.com that really provided me with a lot of info. Good luck, I know how frustrating it can be.
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Of your choices, given Lincoln's issues, I would not go with Eukanuba. I think it has too many ingredients that might cause problems for Linc.
I am not a fan of Purina products, I think you know that, but if this particular diet agrees with Linc, in your situation, it is something to consider.
I am not familiar with the President's Choice, never heard of it, but it doesn't sound bad to me either. So, I would go with Proplan or President's Choice.
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Before going through another food change, have you tried reducing the amount you feed a bit or one of the grain-inclusive Annamaet formulas?

In case those options don't pan, neither Precise nor Nutrisource are affordably accessible to you?
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Before going through another food change, have you tried reducing the amount you feed a bit or one of the grain-inclusive Annamaet formulas?

In case those options don't pan, neither Precise nor Nutrisource are affordably accessible to you?
Precise and Nutrisource are not available to me here. I cannot get Grain inclusive Annamaet here anymore and hes already on 2 cups of the Salcha and barely maintaining his weight on that.

Im not to fond of Pro Plan, but, am willing to give it a go again if it helps him with all his issues
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My two are on PPP Sensitive Skin and Stomach and are doing great on it. When I adopted my Remy from my County Humane Society almost 2 years ago, he was 15-20 lbs. underweight and was having some stomach issues and loose stools. After several trips to the Vets where he was given two separate rounds of Antibiotics, a med to coat his stomach prior to eating, and de-wormed twice. I was still having trouble getting weight on him. Both of mine were eating BB, it was too rich for them.Switched them both to PPP SS, Remy gained 15 llbs. and his coat started growing. Both of mine are doing really well on it.

Each dog is different though, key is finding a food that works for your dog. PPP SS works for mine. I would have NEVER tried the PPP SS if it hadn't been recommended by several members on here. I'm glad I gave it a try.
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I noticed you recommended coconut oil to a member in another thread. I give coconut oil to my dogs, but only a small amount. In the beginning, I was giving about a tablespoon with each meal. After a couple days of that they both got a horrible case of diarrhea that lasted several days. So bad that they each had a accident in the house cause they couldn't hold it. I stopped the coconut oil and stools finally turned very firm again after about a week. After a couple weeks I reintroduced the coconut oil, but I doubt I will ever give them more than about a teaspoon a day (1/2 teaspoon with each meal). They have been doing very well with that dose... very firm stools.
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I have fed Pro Plan Sensitive and was very happy with it. It was the only food Bindi could tolerate after she had the puppies. She had terrible, grass-killing diarrhea and the ONLY thing that worked (including prescription stuff from the vet) was the Purina. Results were almost immediate.

You have to feed what works for your dog, and if it's Pro Plan, what the heck! I know a lot of gorgeous, healthy show dogs who eat Pro Plan.
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I am SO NOT going to make snarky comments about the wonderful Annamaet or the people who push it and KNOW what they are talking about. *teasing*

Is he allergic to grain? Or was it a personal choice to feed him grain free?

And has he done well on the PP SS & S? I think you mentioned he was pooping more frequently and had larger poops?

Me personally I would go back to a food that I know that my dog did well on. This after ruling out other issues (stress, treats, etc). If your dog ever had solid poop on Annamaet and this change is recent, you might simply be dealing with a dietary indiscretion that needs babying until it clears up.

If he's not keeping weight on - heck, I'd keeping feeding Bertie puppy food if it came to that.
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I am SO NOT going to make snarky comments about the wonderful Annamaet or the people who push it and KNOW what they are talking about. *teasing*

Is he allergic to grain? Or was it a personal choice to feed him grain free?

And has he done well on the PP SS & S? I think you mentioned he was pooping more frequently and had larger poops?

Me personally I would go back to a food that I know that my dog did well on. This after ruling out other issues (stress, treats, etc). If your dog ever had solid poop on Annamaet and this change is recent, you might simply be dealing with a dietary indiscretion that needs babying until it clears up.

If he's not keeping weight on - heck, I'd keeping feeding Bertie puppy food if it came to that.
Megora, he was on the SSS formula when he had a bout of runs I could not figure out. I put him on it and no joke the next day he firmed up. He was still itching and scratching on SSS formula and at that point in time I had a vet telling me it was food allergies so we thought chicken, corn and wheat were culprits. I may possibly be able to get over not feeding corn, but wheat I am not to sure about after losing a dog to the tainted wheat gluten im a little hesitant on feeding it.

In the 2 months hes been on Annamaet hes had 1 almost normal poop. The rest of a mushy, sometimes formed mushy pile of poo. Massive gas as well some days it makes me gag.

As for grain free it was a personal choice. I used to feed prey model raw, and got caught up in the food snob crap but now im a bit more open to things.

As for food he was on Pro Plan and he was on Nutro as a puppy and IIRC he did fine on that as well. His poops were perfect on Acana but I just cannot fathom paying $80 after taxes for a 28lb bag of food

As for Annamaet, if he would do good on this food I would continue to feed it. My cats, will continue to eat it because they love it.
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