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I looked through the old threads on Merrick, but didn't see anything recent. Anyone feed the Chicken and Sweet Potato. It's a 5 star rated kibble, but wanted to hear from someone who feeds it.
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I would email the company and ask who makes that particular formula for them. If it is Diamond, then I would find another food not manufactured by Diamond. Diamond has had so many recalls of late, plus the FDA inspection found so much wrong, I would not feed a food from a Diamond Plant. I posted a thread about it, FDA Inspection Report in in the title if you want to do a search and read what all they found.

Merrick is a good food, but not who makes it, imo.

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I feed the wet food from time to time but have heard a lot of people sassy that the kibble gives their dogs gas. I second LindaH's suggestion.



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From what I have been able to find, they own the plant.
Gas, don't need ANY more of that. We are feeding a middle of the road kibble, Natures Recipe Chicken Sweet Potato, Grain Free. Gas is gone. Just started with 1 meal a day raw. She is ... 20 weeks (had to think) and I am still feeding her 3 times a day. Poop is good. Any suggestions?
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I feed the canned buffalo to my boy. Bought the tripe once and was unimpressed with the pale bleached colour.

The buffalo kibble was on my list to try before Bentley settled well, digestively speaking, on the Nutram
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Blue Buffalo was too much for Lyla. Bad poop and GAAAASSSSS. Whew still getting the scabs outta my nose! We changed her over with a slow mix and gave it time, but not..... She is good with this food (Natures Recipe), but I want her to have the best. No, she's not spoiled at all....
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Orijen Large Breed Puppy, if you can get it. There might be some trouble with supply, tho, becuase of the fire. I pretty well always suggest Orijen or Acana. Natures Variety has a large breed puppy, but I believe it has grain.

Look below in the signature and use the Dogfoodadvisor site. They have foods listed in different catagories and are easy to look up what particular type of food you need. I would get a 4 or 5 star food.

You can feed either a large breed or all life stages food plus the raw if great. I would probably cut back to twice a day at her age.

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I feed the canned buffalo to my boy. Bought the tripe once and was unimpressed with the pale bleached colour.

The buffalo kibble was on my list to try before Bentley settled well, digestively speaking, on the Nutram
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Blue Buffalo was too much for Lyla. Bad poop and GAAAASSSSS. Whew still getting the scabs outta my nose! We changed her over with a slow mix and gave it time, but not..... She is good with this food (Natures Recipe), but I want her to have the best. No, she's not spoiled at all....
Merrick makes a buffalo (bison) based, grain-free formula. I think that is what Wolfgirl1987 was referring to, not Blue Buffalo, which is a different brand entirely.


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Yes I was referring to the Merrick Before Grain Buffalo canned food and kibble. Lol
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If I remember right, their Bison line is more bison flavored chicken... unless they changed the formula.

Orion does best on BG other than raw, but it's pricy
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Orijen Large Breed Puppy, if you can get it. There might be some trouble with supply, tho, becuase of the fire. I pretty well always suggest Orijen or Acana. Natures Variety has a large breed puppy, but I believe it has grain.

Look below in the signature and use the Dogfoodadvisor site. They have foods listed in different catagories and are easy to look up what particular type of food you need. I would get a 4 or 5 star food.

You can feed either a large breed or all life stages food plus the raw if great. I would probably cut back to twice a day at her age.
Sorry but I don't agree with this assessment at all. Tons of Dobes on this site(mine included) did absolutely awful on Orijen. I started on Orijen(5 star food), moved to another 5 star, then another... then another... then a 4 star... and a 3... and she does better on the "3 star rated" than anything else. I've poured thousands of dollars into vet bills, analysis at labs, allergy tests etc for this dog and I've come to a very basic conclusion about dog food. It's all crap.

Orijen VS Blue Buffalo, Wendys VS McDonalds in all honesty. One may be better but it's still crap. There are some people's Dobes on Purina and they looked a hell of a lot better than mine did on Orijen. Buy what works for your dog, don't be a snob(like I was) and try to force something that isn't going to work for them. You will regret it.

If you don't want to put garbage into the dog and that's why you want to avoid Purina/Iams etc(I know I do), think about Raw, home cooking, or something else where you can see what is going into your dog. Been 2 weeks since I took my dog off kibble for good and all bumps are gone, she looks a million times better, stool quality improved, no gas, putting on weight etc. I don't know what it was but kibble just didn't agree with her. Is it a pain int he ass? Yes, but watching her nubber swing back and forth uncontrollable at every meal time makes it all worth it.
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