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I know someone just mentioned switching to this food in another thread.
Does anyone else feed it? Good or bad results with it?

I don't know if the Innova is agreeing with Riley. We're still in the switch-over stage - 2/3 of each meal is his 'old' food, 1/3 is Innova. We've been at this level since Saturday and he's getting itchy - scratching, licking his feet a lot and he's been licking and biting at a spot back near "the boys."
I don't know if it's the food or an environmental issue, with all the leaves on the ground now and everything. I figure I can't eliminate the environmental possibility, but I can change the food and see if that's the culprit.
If it is the Innova, I'm thinking it's the chicken and/or turkey. He had gotten itchy on a chicken/turkey based before, but it was very mild and I didn't think it was a food issue at the time. Now I'm thinking maybe it was.

The CN is the next food on my list, so I wondered what everyone thinks of it?
 

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We use CN lamb and rice with good success, but that doesn't exactly answer your question. I believe there are several members who use the fish formula and like it. CN is limited ingredient and formulated for dogs with allergies, so I think your chances with it are good.
 

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We use CN lamb and rice with good success, but that doesn't exactly answer your question. I believe there are several members who use the fish formula and like it. CN is limited ingredient and formulated for dogs with allergies, so I think your chances with it are good.
I'm hoping! Unless I have an oddball who's allergic to barley or oatmeal, I think we might be okay.

I do like the limited ingredient list, though I wonder how "balanced" it is?
 

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That was me in the other thread. We just started using it a few days ago and so far so good. We're transitioning Tucker from Eukanuba to it. We're hoping that it will clear up his ear problem. Tucker really seems to like it. The smell isn't too pleasant (very fishy), but it seems to be working out well so far. No loose stools or gas problems and we're keeping an eye on his left ear to see if it starts clearing up. The CN line is also great for dogs with skin problems.
 

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I'm hoping! Unless I have an oddball who's allergic to barley or oatmeal, I think we might be okay.

I do like the limited ingredient list, though I wonder how "balanced" it is?
LOL! I had to laugh at that because Brady is allergic to oatmeal! (along with eggs and wheat). It is a balanced food. The one issue some have with it is that the protein % is on the lower end of moderate (around 22%). I use wellness 95% meat canned food as a topper to help increase the protein...and of course he loves it.
 

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It might be the sweet potato making him itch. I switched our boys from NV Salmon to NB Fish and Sweet potato. They both had many of the same other ingredients (like barley and oatmeal) which I knew had not bothered the boys before. Gunner started itching terribly, most of his hair fell out and he lost 15 pounds!
I switched him back and he recovered. His coat is gorgeous now and he has put his weight back on. The only thing I can figure out was the culprit was sweet potato.
 

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I've used and recommended the herring and sweet potato. It worked great. I wish they was more protein/fat in it (thats why we switched to Healthwise), but other than that it is great.
 

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Chester has been eating CN, herring and sweet pot for about 17 months of his 2 year life and has been doing well. We did start Murphy on CN puppy this week and he is having very loose poop. We are going to the vet tomorrow and I will talk about puppy foods then. CN came highly recommend by lots of people that I talk to about food choices.
 

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Debles, can you tell me what NV is I need to find a fish and potato food for Morgan and I am having trouble finding one that doesn't have a lot of other stuff mixed ih,I was very excited about the Cal Nat but it is preserved with Rosemary which is a rrigger for her seizures. Thanks
 

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It might be the sweet potato making him itch. I switched our boys from NV Salmon to NB Fish and Sweet potato. They both had many of the same other ingredients (like barley and oatmeal) which I knew had not bothered the boys before. Gunner started itching terribly, most of his hair fell out and he lost 15 pounds!
I switched him back and he recovered. His coat is gorgeous now and he has put his weight back on. The only thing I can figure out was the culprit was sweet potato.
Ugh - poor guy! These food changes can be so hard on them. That's why I just wish I could find one good food that works. I didn't think that was asking too much, but apparently it's not that simple! lol.

I don't think it's the sweet potato with Riley. The Core Ocean does have sweet potato in it and he was fine with that. Now the Innova Adult doesn't, and with eating just a small amount of it, he's itchy. The only thing I can narrow it down to, so far anyway, is the chicken or turkey.

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LOL! I had to laugh at that because Brady is allergic to oatmeal! (along with eggs and wheat). It is a balanced food. The one issue some have with it is that the protein % is on the lower end of moderate (around 22%). I use wellness 95% meat canned food as a topper to help increase the protein...and of course he loves it.
LOL - that's a first for me. I don't think I've heard of a dog being allergic to oatmeal. Great. With my luck, Riley will probably be another one!

That's a good idea, with the canned. We'd gone back to putting some Core Ocean canned on the food (for Gunner, but of course Riley has to get a little bit, too.) Maybe we'll just keep doing that and eventually maybe I'll start throwing in some fruits and veggies, one thing at a time, here and there.
 

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I'm hoping! Unless I have an oddball who's allergic to barley or oatmeal, I think we might be okay.

I do like the limited ingredient list, though I wonder how "balanced" it is?
Be careful! Rocky is very allergic to oats and he doesn't like being called an oddball.
 

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It is amazing how so many dogs are allergic to certian things. I just posted a thread asking how to determine what they're allergic to. It sounds like a task for sure!

What do you feed with your dog allergic to oat?
 

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It's frustrating that food has to be such a tough issue. My first goldens (in the 70's and 80's ) all ate plain old Purina and did great. Then Selka and Gunner ate Nutro Natural Choice because that's what the breeder fed. After being here and the Nutro food scare, I wanted something better, researched for a long time and finally decided on Nature's Variety. I did the stupid switch when NV went sky high in price. Boy, do I regret that.
Ended up costing me more in the long run with vet visits, anti itch shampoos, and poor Gunner suffering.
I won't switch again unless it is life or death.
 

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Thanks, I was thing that's what it was. We use their Raw food already
 

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It's frustrating that food has to be such a tough issue. My first goldens (in the 70's and 80's ) all ate plain old Purina and did great. Then Selka and Gunner ate Nutro Natural Choice because that's what the breeder fed. After being here and the Nutro food scare, I wanted something better, researched for a long time and finally decided on Nature's Variety. I did the stupid switch when NV went sky high in price. Boy, do I regret that.
Ended up costing me more in the long run with vet visits, anti itch shampoos, and poor Gunner suffering.
I won't switch again unless it is life or death.
Do you use the kibble?...What flavor? I was just checking out the website.
 

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Yes, I feed the NV Prairie Salmon. They also have grain free and raw. The salmon has made the boys coats so lustrous, soft and gorgeous! I can't rave enough. : )
Everyone who pets Gunner comments on his coat. We can't believe the change from when he was allergic.
 

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The price has since gone down and I buy it through Sitstay.com. Both NV and Sitstay are here in Lincoln so I know my dog's food is made at a small health focused place and I can go pick it up and not pay shipping. I am so grateful.
 

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We use the CN Lamb and Rice, too. Shadow does well on it. Shadow has coat issues with the fish formulas. Tucker is on another brand of dog food.
 
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