Blue Buffalo dog food vs. 4 health dog food

bock

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I have always fed my 10 year old lab and 4 year old chaweier Purina dog chow. I recently discovered how horrible this dog food is for them, so I began the switch to Blue Buffalo chicken and rice adult formula dog food. Today, 4 days after we began the switch they are eating 50% Purina and 50% Blue Buffalo. I was sitting on the couch next to my Chaweiner when she vomited up a big brown glob of dog food. This is the first time she has puked in the house, and usually there is usually a lot of grass in their vomit. My lab has been itching a LOT lately, and I don't think it is from fleas because we give them Advantage flea medicine every month. I looked around the yard for more vomit, diarhea, or bloody stools, but didn't find any. I grabbed a handful of Blue and a handful of Purina, and they both ate out of the hand with Blue Buffalo in it.
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They prefer to eat Blue Buffalo, but I think it is making them sick. Should I switch them back to Purina or a different food and return the Blue Buffalo? And is there maybe a good dog food that doesn't cost so much? Thank you, I am really worried about them.
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BLaBauve

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Look up california natural by natura. Good natural, simple food for sensitive stomachs. Do not go back to Purina!,
 

Dar

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they may have tender tummies or there may be something in the food that they are allergic to


it may be trial and error for a while until you find a food that agrees with them (and your wallet) some foods can be very expensive...

with that said... my dog had an unknown allergy, we could never pin point it.... but she did really well on Natural Balance... and it was good for my budget
 

BLaBauve

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No, Blue Buffalo is a good food, I actually sell it in my store. All dogs are different and have different sensitivities. Pay attention to what protein you're feeding him, a lot of time they have issues with the protein. Blue Buffalo may have been too rich for him coming off of Purina. Just remember to do a reallllly slow transition to the new food (try adding plain yogurt too). I'm glad you're switching off of Purina! There are so many better foods for the same price!
 

bock

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Thank you.
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I will transition them more slowly, and if it still doesn't work out I will buy them a different food.
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Oh yeah, and do you think my lab mixes itchy skin is related to the food? She scratched her face so hard she ripped out 2 of her whiskers and scratched up her eyebrow.
 

BLaBauve

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Most likely a food or seasonal allergy. Purina uses really low end ingredients like corn which most dogs can't tolerate. I'm sure their skin will improve once they've been on a good food for awhile. Make sure you feed good quality treats too.
 

Riocotesei

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I just wanted to throw in that I agree lol. You need to do a very slow transition because it is a more rich dog food. If you read the label some dog foods have directions on how to transition to their food from the dogs current food. Blue Buffalo is a very good brand, but some dogs have sensitive stomachs and there are other brands that have sensitive stomach variations that you look into.
Most of the popular dog food brands are trash and even the vet acclaimed Science Diet is junk. Also, another thing to remember is that canned dog food almost always has better ingredients than dry food. Just like reading lables for people, read them for your dogs.
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Good luck!
 

Crazyland

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You could also try blue buffalos lamb and brown rice formula(419cal) or their fish and sweet potato formula(440cal).
BB also has a grain free line that is called wilderness (410cal and 415cal).

Purina dog chow has 430cal so it is a good switch as far as calorie difference.
If they are reacting to an allergen then try the fish formula.
 

Bluemoon420

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I used blue buffalo fish and sweet potato for our male GSD when he was still alive. He had a sensitive stomach, and that food was one of the two foods he did very well on. The other was candidae. Like everyone else said transition VERY slowly. It's a good food, and it's a lot richer than purina. Same with the Canidae. I use Candidae now for all the dogs. They have an all life stage formula that we use with really great results.

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