Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Ontario, Canada
Dogs Name: Bentley
Dogs Age: Born May 2011
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So Bentley has given me nothing but trouble when it comes to food. He's been on Simply Nourish Salmon and Sweet Potato, Simply Nourish Chicken and Brown Rice, Pulsar Chicken, Orijen Fish, a chicken blend that Go! makes (can't remember which blend) and Nutram Turkey Duck and Chicken.
He did the best on the Nutram. But I really didn't want him on a chicken based food.
I made a switch to partial raw (by that I mean raw for one meal a day and kibble the other). He's been doing well on raw and has adjusted ok to chicken, turkey, quail, beef and just, recently, pork.
I can't go 100 percent raw because he has separation anxiety and can't be crated while we are gone. And the way we help him cope while we're gone is give him a kong wobbler with kibble and a frozen kong filled with kibble. This keeps him busy for the first hour we are gone and he essentially sleeps the remainder of the evening. We have carpet almost everywhere, so opting to leave him with a raw meaty treat isn't hygienic.
Anyways, after a few months of doing well on the Nutram I decided I wanted to look for a food that wasn't chicken based. I was suggested to try the Venison and Brown rice blend by Natural Choice. It fit in my price range so I thought I'd give it a try. He has done AMAZING on it. Save for a bit of adjustment gas, he has not had any diarrhea, and his poop is much smaller then it was when on the Grain free Nutram.
My dilemma: this blend, including the Grain free option, is given 3 stars on most dog food rating sites. But I have never had him do so well on a food. His poo has been perfectly formed and he really seems to like eating it. Should I just bite the bullet on the fact that it's not a 4 or 5 star food and just continue feeding it to him.