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We have our Bella on Purina Pro Plan Chicken & Rice with no problems, our neighbour has a golden with chicken alergy, so she's on Lamb & Rice.

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I would never feed Purina to my dogs due to the low low rating on one of the dog food analysis sites. I used to feed Diamond until I read the meaning of most of the ingredients. My dogs are doing great with Taste of the Wild Grain Free, it is a 6 star out of 6 being the best according to this site.
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Just be aware that the writer of that site has her own agenda, and has published some pretty bad pseudo-information in the past. It pays to read many sources and consults experts as well in making these choices.
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I think you should use a Kong Wobbler or a slow feeder bowl to slow him down. It is hard enough to find the right food without having to worry about kibble size.


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Thanks everyone. I do have a slow feeder dish. It does help but he still eats horribly fast. What I'm doing is feeding him from three dishes at the moment. The first has very little kibble in it. The second he gets when he is calm and I hand feed this to him. The third is the majority of the food in the special dish, again he gets it when he is calm. I take it away ( if I'm fast enough) if he is eating to fast and say calm. I read about doing this in an article. I have just started this and so far I think that he is chewing some kibble but not most of it. He is able to see all the dishes on the counter and he already knows what's happening but not sure it's a long process.

For food I ended up buying Acana Pacifica, it's grain free. And kibbles are a good size. So hopefully this will help him with his tummy and maybe allergies. Also bought his first antler today after reading from all the posts had to get him one!! He loves it!! Bought one for my 8 year old Lab today as well....feel like a bad parent that he's never had one. Both are happy boys today . Been a great day!

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I gradually switched Brisby from Purina Puppy Chow, which the breeder had fed the pups to Orijen Large Breed Puppy.

She is doing really well on this food, although inexpensive it is not...with tax I pay over $80 for a 29.7 lb. bag.

Yaichi my heart dog who I lost in July 2012, had a very sensitive stomach and after trying many different foods over the years did best on Purina Pro Plan Large breed although I would have preferred her to be on a higher end more natural food, so I started cooking meat and veggies for her to add to the kibble and supplement with things like turmeric, krill oil, glucosamine etc.

Each fur baby is different.

My recommendation to you would be to find the best food that both your pup likes, tolerates and that fits your budget, preferably without preservatives and GMO fillers like corn, soy and/or try to add some home made food in with the kibble.



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Let us how the Acana Pacifica goes! I am thinking about switching to that one if Molly needs to go grain free.


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I will let you know how it goes, I have my fingers crossed!!
I have already lost a dog to health issues and ended up making all his food. In the end he was on so much medicine it broke our hearts. I guess that's why I'm so nervous with Joey. We got him from a different breeder ever went from a North American retriever to an English so as not to get a descendant from my poor Will's blood line. As we found that alot of the retrievers from around here were getting sick with the same thing.
We have our little Joey now and love him to bits. Am looking forward to a healthy ball of fun!!
I gave him about 10 kibbles tonight and he lapped them up. Thanks all.


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Welcome. I know you have been receiving a lot of info, but I hope you know the advice comes because we care. My Sully, 5 yr female, has had tummy trouble since the beginning. I tried several brands, but have settled with Natural Balance Duck & Potato and 1/3 cup of green beans twice a day. I also give the same brand of treats. Rarely is there a problem. She is also a chewer, but is finally maturing. My 4 yr male, Scotty, had a few issues, so I keep him on Nutro Sensitive Stomach on the advice of my vet. Unfortunately, many of us deal with this issue, but it doesn't affect our love for our goldens. Good luck with your latest bundle of joy!

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we finally settled on California Natural Lamb/Rice large puppy--Lucy is doing fine--finally!
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