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Bad luck with Blue Buffalo Puppy?!

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I know there isn't necessarily one right or wrong answer nor is there one food that is right for every pup, however I am just looking to see if anyone has experienced something similar. We have a 12 week old female dobie who has bad gas and wet stools. We transitioned her from a low-grade kibble she was on with the breeder to Blue Buffalo Large Breed Puppy. She seemed to do well at first, even the slight knuckling over she had is now 100% better but she is still experiencing gas and wet stools. We've been to the vet, she's up to date on vaccines and is even receiving the Forti-flora pro-biotic per vet recommendation. Has anyone had bad or good luck with this food?
We are going to fast her for a short while and use the rice and chicken approach to calm her belly but we would overall like to switch foods. We are looking for a grain-free puppy or all life stages food.
Any suggestions welcome!
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Orijin/Acana, petcureans now, or pulsar foods three companies I highly recommend. Or better yet look into raw diets
I'm not a huge fan of BB food, my girlfriend had a nasty experience with the food and her puppy.


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Here's a good place to start comparing foods. Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor Personally, I'm comfortable with foods rated three stars and up, but lots of folks here wouldn't go below four stars. It can sometimes take a few tries to find the best* food for your dog.

*Best in this case means your dog likes it, does well on it, and it won't break the bank to feed it. There are some foods that are highly recommended, but I'm not going to fork over $80 for a 30 pound bag of the stuff.


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I have never liked blue buffalo. MANY dogs I know have been ill on this food. And having 2 friends 3 different dogs and all get the same kind of cancer, and fed blue for years. I know it probably wasn't the food that was too much for me

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when I got Nemesis he was being fed diamond puppy. We transitioned him onto TOTW and he had wet/soft stools and gas all the time. We ruled everything out, so changed to Merrick about a week ago (he is 6 months old). He is doing good so far. I have noticed his stools are regular now. I had Triton (hes 5) on Purina One smart blend until we got Nemesis and he always did good. His coat looks a lot better now that he is on a better quality food, but he still has some dandruff issues.
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I have my girl on Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain Free Chicken flavor. When I got her at 12 weeks, the breeder had her on Purina Pro Plan and I switched her to the Blue Buffalo.

She is now 18 months old and she is still doing well on this food. She did have some gas when she was first put on it, but gradually decreased the longer she ate it.

After she had been on it for about 4 or 5 months, I heard about people whose dogs had gotten ill from eating this food and I got scared and took her off of it. I tried several different foods. One food was Wellness grain free. Jazzy hated the food and even though I slowly transitioned her from Blue Buffalo to Wellness, she had loose stool. I kept her on the Wellness through 2 bags worth, but her stool remained loose and she just didn't like the taste of it. She would often leave food in the bowl and just wouldn't eat it all.

I tried another brand after that, (can't remember which one) and we went through the same thing. She didn't like it and her stool was still loose.

After reading more and more, I finally decided to just switch her back to Blue Buffalo. She went back to enjoying her food and her stools were firm again.

Now, having said all of this, I'm not advocating that you stick with the Blue Buffalo. I believe that not every dog will do the same on the same foods. You may switch to say, Wellness, and find that it works for your dog and she loves it.

I would do as someone suggested and go to Dog Food Advisor and find something that you can try that will be a quality kibble and hopefully one your baby will thrive on.

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i don't like BB anymore.

fed their Wilderness variety to my cats for years, then they changed the formula and my IBD-suffering boy went from nice, normal poop to liquipoo. at the time, i had my male dobe on it as well...and he also had stool issues.

change the food. it's obviously not working for your dog.
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I personally despise B.B. and would never recommend it. A lot of dogs have issues on it. I tried not even half a bag with Jasmine before I switched to Orijen Six Fish, which I am very pleased with. It depends on the dog of course, but I wish B.B. would be recalled indefinitely.



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We have fed bb, wellness, and a variety of other foods. These foods simply did not work for our girl's digestive issues.
We are currently feeding purina pro plan for sensitive stomach and skin. I'm not sure for how long. Both the dobes have dry skin, but no stomach issues. We may go to Froom, to see how it works, but my gosh we spend 60 dollars or more for food weekly now. We also give some sardines and raw. Oh, btw, we have 3 dogs in the larger wt range.
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Thanks for all the input! SoUnds like we will just have to be patient and find something that works best for Charlie. We have read a lot about people liking the Orijin/acana foods but it seems it is a little harder to find to have shipped to us since it is Canadian!
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We feed Evangers grain free. Just looked it up and it is 5 stars. I didn't realize that before using it. Our dogs just look so fabulous on it and clean up is so easy. I have Chinese Cresteds, also, and keeping the hairless skin smooth is imperative. If you go to wag.com, you can get these quality food delivered free and most of the time the next day and then no tax either.
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I've known a lot of people who had dogs that didn't do well on Blue Buffalo.

Lots of places to order other foods online.


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So here is my updated question....we backed off on the blue buffalo and gave her lean ground chicken and white rice to go back to bland basics!...if we choose a new kibble what's a good way to go about transitioning her? Mix it with the rice and chicken or should we be mixing in the blue buffalo as well? I hate to upset her stomach even more.
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If you've taken her off the bb then transition from the chicken and rice.
My reasoning for this is as follows,
If she is already having a hard time with the bb (gassy loose stools) you won't be able to differentiate between issues with a new kibble and the old. transition as slowly as her system requires.


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