Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain Free (Dry)


Rating: ★★★½☆

Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain Free Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain Free product line includes 14 dry dog foods, ten claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance and four for growth (puppies).

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Freedom Grain Free Adult Lamb
  • Freedom Grain Free Senior (2 stars)
  • Freedom Grain Free Large Breed Beef
  • Freedom Grain Free Large Breed Lamb
  • Freedom Grain Free Adult Beef (4 stars)
  • Freedom Grain Free Puppy Beef (4 stars)
  • Freedom Grain Free Adult Chicken (4 stars)
  • Freedom Grain Free Puppy Chicken (4.5 stars)
  • Freedom Grain Free Large Breed Senior (2 stars)
  • Freedom Grain Free Small Breed Chicken (4 stars)
  • Freedom Grain Free Large Breed Chicken (4 stars)
  • Freedom Grain Free Healthy Weight Chicken (3 stars)
  • Freedom Grain Free Large Breed Puppy Chicken (4 stars)
  • Freedom Grain Free Small Breed Puppy Chicken (4.5 stars)

Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain Free Adult Lamb recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain Free Adult Lamb

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 24% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 52%

Ingredients: Deboned lamb, turkey meal, tapioca starch, potatoes, peas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), chicken meal, tomato pomace (source of lycopene), potato starch, flaxseed (source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids), natural flavor, pea protein, alfalfa meal, potassium chloride, canola oil (source of omega 6 fatty acids), choline chloride, dried chicory root, salt, calcium carbonate, caramel, dl-methionine, sweet potatoes, carrots, mixed tocopherols (a natural preservative), garlic, parsley, kelp, blueberries, cranberries, barley grass, Yucca schidigera extract, turmeric, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, iron amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, zinc sulfate, oil of rosemary, l-carnitine, l-lysine, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), copper sulfate, copper amino acid chelate, nicotinic acid (vitamin B3), taurine, calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), biotin (vitamin B7), manganese sulfate, vitamin A supplement, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), dried yeast, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, folic acid (vitamin B9), calcium iodate

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.7%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis22%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis24%16%52%
Calorie Weighted Basis21%33%46%

The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb. Although it is a quality item, raw lamb contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is turkey meal. Turkey meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey.

The third ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

The fourth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The seventh ingredient includes chicken meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

The eighth ingredient is tomato pomace. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

The ninth ingredient is potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With eight notable exceptions

First, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, this recipe includes pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

In addition, although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

Next, this recipe contains canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

Additionally, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

We also note the inclusion of caramel, a natural coloring agent made by caramelizing carbohydrates. It’s used by pet food manufacturers to impart a golden brown tint to the finished product.

However, the concentrated version of this ingredient commonly known as caramel coloring has been more recently considered controversial and found to cause cancer in laboratory animals.1

In any case, even though caramel is considered safe by the FDA, we’re always disappointed to find any added coloring in a pet food.

That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his food is?

Next, this food also lists garlic which can be a controversial item. Although many favor the ingredient for its claimed health benefits, garlic has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs.2

So, one must weigh the potential benefits of feeding garlic against its proven tendency to cause subclinical damage to the red blood cells of the animal.

And lastly, this food also contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Blue Buffalo Freedom
Grain Free Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain Free Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 24%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 52%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 51% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 57%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, flaxseed, pea protein and alfalfa meal, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a below-average amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain Free is a plant-based dry dog food using a below-average amount of chicken or turkey meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.


Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Those looking for a canned version in the same product line may wish to visit our review of Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain Free canned dog food.

02/17/2015 Last Update

  1. Consumer Reports February 2014
  2. Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:68-73 (2005)
  • S Bain

    I received my first shipment of 24# FREEDOM GF CKN LG BREED DOG FOOD on 6/22/15, and then a replacement bag soon after due to broken bag.
    On July 2, my dog became ill, lethargic, loss of appetite, etc. I took him to the vet and spent $$ on blood tests and for medicine. He seemed to improve when he was fed mostly rice+meds, but now excessively urinating and caughing and sick again now back on same food.
    Thank God I just found these Dog Food Advisory posts! Changing food IMMEDIATELY!!

  • Shari

    I also have a doxie on Pure Balance. He has a food allergy and was miserable before this food came along. I highly recommend this food to anyone with picky or sick dogs. He didn’t like the salmon, but LOVES the buffalo flavor.

  • Shannon

    My 4 year old German Shepherd has been eating the Blue Buffalo Freedom Chicken for Adult Recipe for 2 solid years. Starting in March/April of 2015, he began having regular diarrhea (Mucus coated at first). It was intermittent some days with a few regular stools mixed in so I kept trying to convince myself he was eating something in the yard or coming across bacteria somewhere. I refused to believe this food was an issue as I researched and my husband and I thought we were buying the best for our beloved dog. Vet visits, antibiotics, Pedialyte, Immodium, etc., nothing helped. I finally tried chicken and rice for a few days and he is loving life and 100% better with stools fit for a medical guide book on health. We will never use this food again.

    Shame on Blue Buffalo for not listening to their consumers. I used to be the biggest advocate for this company and raved about it to every pet owner I knew. Now, I’m going out of my way to call all the same people and warn them to make their latest bag of Blue their LAST. It is not a coincidence that all of our dogs are sick. Do something before it’s too late for your pet.

  • Terri M

    That’s because Blue Buffalo does not make the foods “in house”. They are sent out to be made & there are no quality control practices put into place.

  • Audrey

    As Blue Buffalo is having so so many complaints about their food making our pets sick, shouldn’t they be re-reviewed and their star rating lowered? Something serious is happening during production. For all the dogs that were eating Blue for years with no problem, and then suddenly start to refuse to eat it, then those pets that did eat it got so very sick, this is just so indicative of the production being tainted with something. And Blue Buffalo is not responding to our emails.

  • Audrey

    I have a huge complain… below is the copy I wrote on consumer affairs…

    “First of all – it’s required to give a star rating here, that’s why I gave a one-star. The company really
    doesn’t even deserve that! Frosty had been eating Blue Buffalo some several years, until February. I had purchased a new bag of the Freedom for him and he wouldn’t eat it. He would take the kibble out of his dish
    and throw it (with his mouth) all over the kitchen and dining room. I thought at first that he was just gotten a little picky and I wasn’t going to play that game, thinking that if he got hungry enough, he’d eat
    it. Well, he did eat it one day and after that he started throwing up. Within a week or so, the diarrhea started and became so severe he was painfully going every 30 minutes.

    We’ve been to the vet three times now and he is on antibiotics and Endosorb for the diarrhea. He’s
    been on chicken & rice/hambuger/egg mix for three weeks now, and I am hopeful he will get better. While talking with the vet, I mentioned that he was eating Blue Buffalo, but recently wouldn’t touch it. The
    light clicked on when she said that her own dog just stopped eating BlueBuffalo. She too thought that he was being finicky, until she started doing some research. She told me to seal it tight and throw it out! She wouldn’t even want the wild animals to eat this.

    There is something that happened with this company and the processing and what they are processing as a premium dog food. Blue Buffalo has misguided
    the public in its advertising practices and now so many of our family pets are very sick. With the cost of this dog food and all the recent vet bills, I think that Blue Buffalo owes those people whose pets have suffered some sort of restitution; if nothing else, offer to pay for ourvet bills. There is no reason in the world that this company should be allowed to poison our pets and be able to get away with it!

    When Frosty can transition back to dog food, he will be getting Fromm Game Bird. Fromm has never had a recall and the company states “dedication to
    producing high quality, safe and consistent pet foods. We have made food safety our highest priority and have implemented HACCP (Hazard
    Analysis & Critical Control Points) programs in our manufacturing plants. HACCP is a comprehensive preventative program used to identify vulnerabilities and establish documented controls to alleviate the
    potential issue.” Fromm is a company that is transparent in its practices and they are rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.”

    As of today May 22, 2015, Frosty is much better, but over a months time, we’ve been to the vet 4 times and I have spent over $800 on vet bills. Blue Buffalo is sickening our pets with some sort of contamination in their product.

  • Sarena Lynch

    Great big THANK YOU :) to everyone’s advice, our dog’s are in perfect health now, no itching, skin problems, etc in fact their coats are soft with little shedding. I did start portion control, discovered when the kids where assigned to feed the dogs they where feeding random amounts, always more and sometimes double. The dog food that is working is Canidae Grain Free Pure Dog Food, I’m mixing with 3 scoops of VitaHound and I have made a real effort to up their exercise.

  • Crazy4dogs

    There are many foods that are rated well in addition to this food. You might take a look at the 4-5 star list and pick out a few to try. I don’t personally use this formula and only use Blue Wilderness occaisonally. Some budget friendly ones that are rated well are Earthborn, Whole Earth Farms, Victor. It’s always good to pick a few and rotate between the flavors and brands.

  • blue_eyes

    I have fed my 2 dogs IAMS Grain Free Naturals, Chicken and Garden Pea for 2-3 years. Very good acceptance by them both (10 yr old cairne terrier and 2 yr old mix dachshund). I found this when I looked for a healthier food ( I had feed my dogs Beneful for 8 years), glad I switched, but my dogs have always been healthy – inspite the reports of Beneful being horrible (loosing my last dog at 14 yrs of age). Read the reviews: its excellent, but I am looking for a switch just for them to have a variety. I do add wet food to their dry food for variety.

  • dcdawn

    I agree..I run a small dog rescue and all the dogs including our own pups have been on BB freedom for years….Not one illness! And we adopt out 150+ dog a year

  • Timothy brusky

    I bought my first dog. In January 2015. She was 6 months at that time. Soon as I got her I did slot research on dog food to leaches to toys. the original owner gave me Purina. Did some research on that food junk. According to the review. Blue buffalo came up. Did some reading. I decided to go with blue buffalo freedom puppy. I wasn’t expecting to pay $56 for 25 pounds. I read how to transfer a dog with what food they were on to new dog food. 50% of old dog food 50% of new dog food. This will allow dog get used to new food. and the dog will not have diarrhea and get sick. She loves blue buffalo freedom puppy. And loves blue buffalo treats salmon. Blue buffalo wilderness dental chews. It cleans her teeth and freshens her breher. Her teeth are so white. I night I don’t need a flash light I’ll just have my dog open up her mouth. Yes her teeth are that bright white. I noticed that her coat is so much glossy silky. Now it April she turned 10 months on April 11. when I had Purina she was picking at her food and not really interested in eating it. That what the original owner gave me for what they were feeding her. My black lab. Is so spoiled by me. I love spoiling her..

  • Crystal macisaac

    I have two mini dachshunds they have been on the bb grain free freedom we recently ( two months ago) changed them to the bb wilderness small breeds we have found their energy is up they actually like to eat ( we previously had to play with the ball to get them to eat. ( hubby taught them playing fetch meant that was time to eat,don’t ask I have no idea what he was thinking) they have thrived on this food I have friends with horror stories about this food but we have done

  • theBCnut

    I’m so sorry for your loss, but it takes longer than that to develop cancer and die from it. Your dog probably already had it and just wasn’t showing signs yet. Weight loss could be from the cancer or because the BB had a different calorie count than the last food. I don’t like BB myself, but it was probably not the reason you lost your dog.

  • M Mills

    I changed my dog’s food in February 2015 to the no-grain Blu Buffalo in an attempt to find the source of his scratching (most likely allergies from pollen). Within a few weeks he lost 20 lbs and developed lymphoma. He stopped eating so I switched to the wet canned Blue Buffalo. He stopped eating all together and the vets told me chemotherapy was the only hope for a few months of prolonging his life. He died last night. From late February until last night (March 20th) he lost the weight and his abdomen was swollen and tight from lymphoma. I suspect it was Blue Buffalo Pet Foods so I began to look online and found thousands of complaints with dogs having symptoms just like mine did. Stay away from this food..

  • Ttroyer

    Wow… I am sorry to hear that! I hope the best for you. Thank you for sharing!!

  • Paula Mauch

    stay away from blue buffalo…my yorkie is very sick after eating the new batch from Jan 2015….1500 in vet bills and still going…..shes throwing up blood and may have pancreatitis or early kidney failure…..

  • Paula Mauch

    My dog is currently being tested for pancreatitis and kidney failure as a result of being on blue buffalo. Her symptoms started I week after I purchased a bag in Jan 2015. She already has been diagnosed with colitis. Friday she was throwing up pure bright red blood. PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM BLUE BUFFALO.

  • Ttroyer
    has 986 complaints about Blue Buffalo … Has anyone heard any more about dogs getting sick?

  • Dan & Debi

    I have read good and not so good comments about Blue Mountain dog food. All we can input to this is our experience with Blue Mountain dog food. We have two small Yorkies that we have had since birth and they are like our children, least they sneeze, we are at the Vet.
    But, we have fed both of them Blue Mountain dry dog food since birth and have only changed flavors a few times, with no problems at any time. Believe me if their would have been any issues with their food we would have immediately stopped feeding them this brand of dog food. As it stands they are both 3 year old healthy pups as we still call them, and most of all a big part of our family .
    Dan & Debi

  • Bob K

    Diagnosing food allergies takes time (months) and lots of paperwork. Slowly transitioning to different foods and keeping track of the specific ingredients of the specific kibble formula to pinpoint the specific ingredient is tedious and time consuming. Some people will go from a Chicken and Rice kibble to a Fish and Potato kibble or Grain free, but it is very time consuming and expensive to try different kibbles and pinpoint the problem. Portion control and exercise is important for weight mgt. for both humans and dogs. A scoop of kibble may not be a cup of kibble.

  • Heather

    I would recommend Zignature brand dog food….highly rated, grain free and helpful for dogs with food sensitivities.

  • Sarena Lynch

    Thanks for the quick response, you know being careful with the portions of food is something we do not watch that closely. I tend to add more because the dogs tend to get into each others food and is probably part of the weight issue. We are not veterinarian adverse, in fact we ended up with a veterinarian specialist in nutrition that diagnosed Hogan with food allergies, however 3 months into trying to pin point exactly what types of foods where a problem we felt our dog’s suffering from various diet changes was not being acknowledged. Our family doctor actually recommended the supplement he uses for his dogs but he feeds some type of home made diet.

  • Bob K

    Sarena – Exercise for both you and the dogs, a long walk does wonders. Also measure the food, do not guess and do not feed the dog the same amount you fed with the previous food. Recommendations for portions should be on the bag of kibble or website. Allergies? What allergies does your dog have? How was this diagnosed and confirmed? Dogs can be allergic to corn, wheat, soy, eggs, chicken, and many household products.

  • Sarena Lynch

    I have a couple older labs, and I’m on the journey to upgrade their diet. In the past I was scared to make changes, it seemed even with slowly introducing a new food their stomachs would be upset for weeks. Recently we began feeding the VitaHound supplement to Hogan to treat his allergies, and RJ would end up getting into his dinner so basically both dogs where getting the supplement. The allergies are improving but I have found the dogs now can eat basically any food without a problem. I would like to find a grain free high quality food to assist in our dog’s allergies and BB was recommended at the pet store, I have been feeding it for 3 to 4 weeks, however it seems to have caused the dogs to gain alot of weight. Any recommendations for a dog food brand that is made for allergies that keeps older less active dogs from adding pounds.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Okay, thanks for clarifying.

  • aimee

    The first part of the article is describing what the general public thinks is happening. The author follows this section with “Everything I wrote up to this point is an absolute lie.” In other words none of those things happen.

    The author then goes on to say that a food company is going to focus on large retailers not small outlets ( vets) because volume sales, ( where the money is) are at large retailers.

    Finally, I see the author as frustrated and hurt by accusations of unethical behavior.

  • DogFoodie

    What do you mean when you say, “his belly went from bloated and full back to normal?”

  • sandy

    The ratings are based on the government regulated label only, not how well or otherwise a dog may do on the food. Check out the article “The Problem with Dog Food Reviews”.

  • mandi

    I have had my black lab since he was 7 weeks old we started feeding him BB and his belly went from bloated and full back to normal. If this is such terrible dog food as you all have experienced why is the rating so high?

  • DogFoodie

    Yeah, that blog is just one sarcastic, arrogant vet’s opinion. That’s been shared here before and every time I read it, I think to myself that I’m glad that jerk isn’t my vet.

  • Ray Korbyl

    I still call bs,because why would they sell hills and purina when there is orijen, Fromm and a hundred of way better brand..doesn’t make sense to me…

  • aquariangt

    Eh, that’s not entirely true though. I have a vet cousin, and none of that is how she explains it. She works for a chain vet too (not ban field)

  • Dog_Obsessed

    I’m confused, first the author says that vets are getting rich off of selling certain pet foods, then that they are far too focused on pet stores to care about vets. What am I missing?

  • aimee

    Hi Ray,

    This blog explains it pretty well… make sure you read to the end, it is eye opening!

  • Ray Korbyl

    Thats bs,my vet said he gets a very good cut to sell hills.

  • Karen

    Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain Free Adult Chicken made the black scissored areas on my black and black-and-silver miniature schnauzers turn reddish-brown.

  • Jay

    I have just had a really bad experience and I advise you DO NOT FEED YOUR PET BLUE BUFFALO PRODUCTS. I have a two year old lab and she always acts like she is hungry. Well two weeks ago I had a new bag of BB freedom, she sniffed at it and forced herself to eat it, that is strange for her. That night her stool seemed loose, the next morning the same reaction. I came home over lunch and poor thing had vomited and had diarrhea everywhere. I took her to the vet, through out the entire bag of food, I gave her rice and beef for a few days. She was feeling better, I went and purchased a new bag of the BB, the first morning I mixed in very little not even a half a cup with her rice and she had really bad diarrhea again within 20 minutes. Needless to say I threw that new bag out too. I switched to Hill’s Ideal Balance-Made in the USA. BB reads manufactured in the USA which is not the same some ingredients indeed are from China(after I did some research). Please for you and your pets health do not use BB.

  • Doxie7

    Please check out Pure Balance……on here and I sure you will like what you read also cheaper than this…You can get it at Walmart…now before you say anything…check it out on here it is graded as good as this..My Doxies has been on it since it came out, we switched from Wellness and they are doing awesome..They have 3-4 different meat one also salmon/pea(mine love) no by product,corn or nasty stuff…PLEASE check it out

  • Karen McEntire

    I recently started feeding my puppy blue buffalo freedom grain free puppy food but she does not like it and passes it up until she is so hungry she has to eat it. I have tried to mix it with the related wet food and I have tried adding boiling water to the kibble (hoping to draw out flavor). We are almost out of the food and need to buy more but I’m hesitant to buy another bag of this brand even though I believe in it’s product. She is allergic to grains, wheat, soy, rice and corn so this brand is perfect for her allergy but not for her taste. Any suggestions?

  • nlms

    Whenever trying to change dog food, you need to mix some of the new with some of the old and change gradually over a two week period, increasing the new while decreasing the old. Since he has diarrhea, have you tried cooking some rice only and feed that till the diarrhea subsides. Thank you can start mixing some dog food with the rice and gradually give the dog food only

  • Tinathetooth .

    Hey I’m back. His stool is the same. My vet said to go to chicken and rice for a few days and go back to his old food (BB) and slowly transition again. I went out and bought him a rice cooker :) My new question is I noticed BB Freedom puppy is 27% protein and the BB Freedom small breed is 30% protein. And his poops on the 27% were perfect and the 30% were a little soft. With that said the Orijen is 38%. So I just need to find a food with 27% then? And my second question is, can anyone suggest any that are soft like the Orijen? He hates how hard the BB is, even with water added. Or should I just stick with BB Freedom after all?

  • Tinathetooth .

    It’s been 5 days and no improvement on the poop situation, basically diarrhea. Keep waiting?

  • 4FootedFoodie

    One of my dogs gets terrible gas and loose stool when he eats Orijen, among other things, the culprits in the Orijen are chickpeas and lentils. I’d consider a switch to something without them if the loose stool doesn’t clear up soon.

    I’m so sorry your pup didn’t care for the Wellness Core. My littler pup loves Core and does amazingly well on it. There are lots of great foods to try so there’s no need to go back to Blue Buffalo.

  • Dori

    Have you tried adding a digestive enzyme to his food and/or greek yogurt or kefir? Any of those will help. You can also add plain canned pumpkin (not the pie filling). I agree with Labs though in that you should give whatever you are feeding some time. Every time you’ve switched foods have you done it as a slow transition? Seems like your changing foods too often and your dogs not able to acclimate to any of them. Pick one food and don’t switch around until his loose stools clear up. Also The Honest Kitchen makes a fabulous product called Perfect Form exactly for dogs transitioning foods and the problem of loose stools. You add the appropriate dose for your size dog to each of his meals until he can then eat a meal with a normal stool. I always keep some on hand.

  • Tinathetooth .

    ok! How long do you think it will take? We walk 3 miles every night and it’s just yucky and impossible to pick up his poop. Plus he eats his poop, so I pick it up right when he goes at home and it’s impossible to do that right now.

  • LabsRawesome

    I think you should give the Orijen some time. Sounds like you have switched his food 3 times recently. Give his tummy some time to adjust to the Orijen. I personally wouldn’t feed Blue Buffalo if it was given to me for free.

  • Tinathetooth .

    I had my 7 month old yorkie on BB since I got him at 3 months. Then I read these comments on here about dogs getting sick on it. So I did my research and switched him to Wellness Core. Well he won’t touch it. So I researched some more and bought Orijen and he loves it! But the problem is his loose stool…. and that’s an understatement. My understanding is because the protein content is too high for him? Now I’m debating on just going back to BB, which he’ll eat but isn’t thrilled about and takes him forever to do. I’ve never seen him eat so fast when I feed him the Orijen. And I don’t want to mask his “problem” with pumpkin stuff or enzymes, I just want to have him have normal poops :)

  • Robin Edwards

    YThanks. I didn’t even think of doing this. I thought I was going to eat a big vet bill. I’ll do this and you are right, it might help other dogs.

  • Lauren Brown

    HI Robin – I too switched my 4 dogs from Natural Balance to Blue Buffalo Wilderness hoping for a better quility food. My dogs also suffered from constant vomitting, diahrea and bloody stools…. it was horrific. Hundred of dollars in furniture cleaning and vet bills, and the symptoms stopped as soon as i discontinued the Blue dog food. And while I am too terrified to try Blue again, I reached out to Blue and they responded quickly! They will ask you for all of the item details – recipe bag size, where you pruchased it, the serial number on the bag. You can also open a claim with them by sending them your vet bills. They keep samples of every batch made so that, if needed, they can test the batch. I highly encourage you and anyone else that has had this experience with Blue to contact them directly.

    I also told them how I had seen the same symptoms my 4 dogs experienced on several blogs and they said they do monitor blogs, but because they cannot verify the users, they need people to reach out to them directly to help. So do it! Even if you never buy Blue again (I definitely won’t), it may prevent another dog from getting sick from their food!

  • sandy

    If I needed to and it was sold locally, I would. As I make my own, I don’t buy many commercial raw products. But they do have bulk ordering so my raw group could definitely order something like this. We currently order bulk from in California. Also, the foods from restaurant suppliers are USDA.

  • aquariangt

    certainly not many can make that claim. would you be more apt to use something with USDA certification?

  • sandy

    This is interesting: K9 Kraving says it’s USDA certified and made on the same equipment as human food.

  • Robin Edwards

    The food I ordered (my vet did sell it, but I choose to order on line) is regulated by the USDA. That at least assures some rules and regulations concerning what is in the dog food. I was so disappointed in Blue because several friends had used it and had raved about it. But it surely did hurt my dog.

  • aquariangt

    what do you mean by “not regulated”? I don’t like Blue at all, but I’m a little confused and would be concerned if my vet tried to use that as a selling tactic. It’s quite rare that food sold at vets is any good (90% of the time its science diet and royal canin). There are certainly regulations when it comes to dog food, and while some companies have broken these rules, it’s generally addressed

  • Robin Edwards

    My dog was deathly sick eating Blue Basics, Turkey and Potato. He had diahrea and had blood in stools and then dehydrated. After a couple of nights in the vet’s, he is okay now, but my vet advised me against feeding him or my other dogs anymore blue. It sounds great on TV and in the magazine ads, and the bag reads like a miracle food. But in reality, the food nearly killed my sweet dog. I’ll never buy Blue again and I’m telling all my animal lover friends not to buy Blue again. I have switched to a dog food sold by my vet that is USDA approved. I found out that the other dog foods, including Blue, are not regulated and therefore,can have anything in them.

  • dani

    Secrets To Dog Training: Stop Your Dog’s Behavior Problems! ——————-

  • Guest

    The vets office I worked at for 6 years made good money to sell those foods like Royal canin nd hills. They would also admit they didnt get much training on nutrition and truthfully never really looked at the ingredient list.

  • aimee

    The only company I know of that pays vets to recommend their foods is The Honest Kitchen.

    Otherwise vets buy at wholesale and sell at retail, same as a pet store.

  • Mysticfate

    Vets get paid to recommend and sell Science Diet and most of them aren’t trained in nutrition. Which is the funny thing about it because a holistic diet is medicine within itself. Often a natural approach to treating something more beneficial and less harmful to the animal without pumping them full of medications,

  • Mysticfate

    You can add warm water to Blue Buffalo to release the flavors and aromas of the food. Also once fully transitioned to Freedom you can play around with different flavors that line of Blue Buffalo offers. They have Chicken, Lamb and Beef.

  • LabsRawesome

    It won’t be so funny if your dog becomes ill. You have made your point. You are totally in LOVE with Blue Buffalo kibble. And anyone that has a problem with it or a sick dog MUST BE LYING. Please move on to a new topic. You’re becoming very redundant. Seriously dude.

  • theBCnut

    Yes, it does matter, because if there are suddenly a lot of reports about dogs getting sick on a particular food, there may be a recall coming and people need to be aware if they feed that food.

    Yes, I understand that some jerks want to cause problems for certain companies and post all kinds of stuff, just as some jerks post stuff in favor of their own company, but that doesn’t mean that some peoples experiences aren’t real. Sometimes complaints are how a company finds out that they need to post a recall or check their equipment for wear. But bringing to the forefront old complaints only helps if you are experiencing the same thing. Otherwise, people are going to read this, but not check the date, and think it’s current.

    I know people are still making the same complaints about BB, but not nearly as often as they were back then. As to whether or not they are legit complaints, nobody knows, but this is the one and only food that my vet tells her clients not to use. I think that means she has seen too many dogs that had problems with it.

    Obviously, most dogs that are eating BB do just fine on it or the company would go out of business, but for some reason a lot of dogs can’t handle it.

  • Kip

    it doesn’t matter it still goes on all over the internet, it has become funny to me

  • Daniel House

    I actually spoke to a onsite rep about this issue. She said that she never smelt that kind of smell from the food. I actually sent samples to BB Corp and they wrote me a letter back stating that they are pushing my issue to QA section of the business…. For my troubles they gave me a free bag of treats……

  • ALM

    Recently switched to BB limited ingredient, grain free small breed from Nutro Ultra. Was trying to get away from grains. They seemed to love it at first but now even my little piglet is walking away and he never misses a meal. My picky boy is still picky. Want what’s best for my boys (Bichon). Anyone else on this formulation?

  • Kip

    vets have sadly been brainwashed by Purina and Science Diet. They try anything they can to discredit Blue. If your vet recommends Purina, RUN!!!

  • blazeaglory

    That is why we have to keep on these companies to use HEALTHY American food products! We will let them know that we will take our money elsewhere! Money talks with these people. I could not stand to poison my dog!

  • blazeaglory

    Dog food is just like human food, sometimes you get a bad batch. Give them a call and maybe they will give you a free bag.

    If it starts happening ALOT, then I would call them and write the corporate and give up on them entirely.

    Getting a bad bag of food once or twice in a great while is understandable but getting bad food all the time is not acceptable!

  • blazeaglory

    Addiction Salmon or Taste of the Wild?

    Dont give up on BB Call them and talk to them because it could be the way the bag was stored or who knows what.

    So far my first bag of BB Wilderness smelled really good! And it was Salmon too

  • SP
  • Seema

    I have been feeding my 11 month old lab Blue Buffalo since October of last year. She has been doing so well with it. I was feeding her 4Health initially and then switched to Science Diet and both of them were so horrible for my dog. I do understand that each dog is different and it takes time to adjust. The only bad thing about Blue Buffalo is the gas that it creates. It was worse before and I am not sure if this will go away with time.

  • Terri Dingley

    I am a new visitor to this site and read the review on Blue Buffalo Grain Free food, which is what I feed my dog. A good review but for one thing. The author suggests that you consult your vet to find out what kind of food to feed. It has been my experience that most vets (at least the ones I have consulted) know next to nothing about pet nutrition and will only steer you to IAMS or HILLS SCIENCE DIET, or some other equally nasty brand of pet food. In other words, what they sell in their office. I live in Texas and many of the vets in my area are A&M graduates. However, they are clueless when it comes to pet food. I would, however, be more likely to visit an actual pet nutritionist, even if it cost more (which it would) if I had a real problem. I had a cat with Irritable Bowel Disease and learned more off of the internet than from 2 vets I consulted. Just my two cents.

  • theBCnut

    A lot of people have been reporting problems with BB lately.
    Look at Earthborn Holistic Grain free, Nature’s Variety Instinct, and Nature’s Logic.

  • Daniel House

    Has anyone seen a difference in the smell of the Freedom line? Since the new year I have had 2 bags of the Chicken Adult that have smelt like a Gym Locker room/Smelly Socks.

    I even talked to a Blue Rep in store and she said she has never smelled anything like that before from the line.

    I have went over to Wellness Core Org… But a few things seem to be going on 1. My dog seems to have started drinking a lot more water and 2. He’s not interested in the food eats a little then walks away…

    I might have to crack open the bag at the store smell the food and then buy it or not.

    I have also wrote to Blue Buffalo and sent a sample of the food to them… And of course no response yet…

    If anyone else has a great/good brand of dog food that I can try for my Australian Sheppard that would be great!


  • Kip

    you Nicole are not a very smart person.

  • Kip

    Well I have and always will have complete confidence in Blue Buffalo, this diet has reduced the gas and belching for both of my boston’s. They have very sensitive stomachs and I have tried other 4 and 5 star foods but nothing works as well as this food. Oh and people this too high in protein scare has no foundation or scientific basis whatsoever. There is absolutely no proof that high protein diets cause the diseases people are posting on this site. NONE. Scare tactics still abound on these let’s talk about our pet food sites.

  • Stella’s Mama

    I recently started my 6 month old Golden Retriever on BB Freedom for Puppies. The first bag I got was 4 lb. bag and she loved it, second bag was 11 lb bag and she loved it as well. The 3rd bag I got was an 11 lb bag that said it was expiring in October. I figured this was fine because she would eat it all before it expired. I noticed that the food itself in this bag looked different then the previous 2 bags; shape was bigger. Anyway, she did not want to eat it. Eventually she did cause she didn’t have a choice but over the weekend she started vomiting violently. She could not stop! I rushed her to the vet and they couldn’t find anything wrong with her and said she must’ve eaten something bad. I’ve read on other posts where the same thing has happened. My dog is allergic to grains and I hate to change her food again but I cannot watch what my baby went thru this weekend.

  • theBCnut

    It certainly does if you dredge up 10 month old posts to reply to. This was from May 8, 2013.

  • Kip

    oh the crap continues

  • Kip

    garlic is for flavor and caramel is a natural coloring agent

  • Lance

    When we were kids. Getting money was good but having respect was much better.

  • Crazy4cats

    Cute pups!

  • Cavalier Lover

    I have a 2 year King Charles Cavalier Spaniel who’s been on BB Grain Free puppy since he was 3 months old. A month ago we switched him to the BB Life Protection Small Breed. He did fine during the transition period. Just recently, he had a bad case of gas, diarrhea and vomiting. The bland chicken diet has settled his stomach. I’m going to go back to the Grain Free solution and give it another try, transitioning slowly. I’ve tried other brands of dog food and our dog didn’t like the taste of them. When we introduced Blue, he immediately loved the taste.

  • Tracy

    Franksmom, I agree that blue is a great company…My pugs are doing well with the blue freedom….I had them on life protection briefly but it made their stool too soft not loose but soft, the breeder I got them from raised them on a grain free food called wellness core so I switched back to the grain free and they’ve done good ever since….they’ve been on blue for a little over a year and like I said no problems….

  • Tracy

    Hi Chrissy, I have pugs as well and all four of mine are on Blue Buffalo freedom, they are doing really well , I did a comparison to wilderness they are very similar….My breeder raised them on wellness core and That is why they are user to the higher protein…. I choose not to feed mine salmon because they have terrible farts when they eat fish….other that that I’d go freedom or the wilderness chicken…..

  • Tracy Bain

    I have fed my Pugs Blue Buffalo Freedom….They all have done really well on this food….No issues at all….I fed them the life protection food briefly and noticed they had loose bowel but that was due to the multi grains in the food, the reason I say that is because when I switched them back to grain free they no longer had loose bowel…..I also compared the ingredients in the wilderness brand to the freedom and they are very similar….I feel my pugs have all done very well on the grain free diet, they have shiny coats and they are healthy young pugs….. I like blue grain free, If blue wasn’t around they’d still be on wellness core but the core costs more, so that is why I am sticking with the Blue buffalo freedom

  • casey

    your dog has mega esophagus ,its not the food, slow dog down with slow bowl feeder plz watch n
    see. google it

  • Tracey South

    well I don’t come on here regularly. Actually all I can say is my dog is now having some anal gland issues but don’t know for sure if it’s related. It seems to be more than regular needing expressed issue. Going to vet tomorrow.

  • DD

    Yes it can get a bit passionate……I hope yours and you are doing well. Decided to start the Bear on Blue today. Will see how it goes. If I don’t come back, it means she’s doing okay. But then again I might forget , then again I could work for the competition or blue itself, beware of what you read, experience is costly but far more valuable.

  • DD

    Its been 2 months, I see you haven’t updated negatively.

  • DD

    P.s. see deans post below? Is this post real? Was it BB that made the dog sick? I assure you, my post is real.” My vet said lifetime prednisone therapy was our only hope” Interesting how 50 MCG of vitamin k stopped her bleeding for over a year now. Beware of any vet that sells hills or Purina.

  • DD

    Many of these reviews sound like ” Dog food wars” each company plotting its course through B.S. and fake reviews……….. statements regarding what ” My vet says Hills science with wheat is the best” my vet says raw chicken is bad” my vet says vegetables aren’t necessary, my vet says beef is bad, my vet says purina dog chow is the best and I even received a free calender with the monthly syupply of prednisone. How much training in health “Nutrition” does your vet have? Did you ask? Did he tell you the truth? Who taught him? Were the dogs if his teacher healthy? Has he healed any canines through nutrition? Vets today are much like car mechanics, you might have to leave the car for a few days, because we want to screw it up while your not around, while we run up a tab…….Yes there are good mechanics, but if you don’t know cars, how do you know? The same with vets. If you don’t know canine nutrition, how do you know your vets steering you in the right direction? Sadly most of you have been steered in the way of disease. Vets that sell wheat based corn based foods are like mechanics that piss in your tank……

  • DD

    That same vet may say science diet, Purina and old RoY are the best foods for dog and man alike…….

  • Eldee

    I have always thought it must be so hard for dogs to digest the hard as rock life source bits.

  • Shropshire Lass

    The Purina your parents used is not the same product that is given today. For a start-off, today’s Purina is loaded with GMOs. Round-up Ready Corn, Soy, Sugar (yep, when you see “Beet Pulp” you are getting GMO sugar beet residue! Round-up ready crops have a small fraction of the nutritive quality of conventional crops because Round-up blocks nutrient uptake in the plant. Sickly plants = sickly animals. My objection to Blue Buffalo is that the CEO who has been in place for 12 months, Kurt Schmidt, is a former Deputy Executive Vice President of Nestle Nutrition. They have started using GMO Canola in several formulations and his extensive China connections worry me..

  • Pattyvaughn

    If she is still showing symptoms, you should still be trying to figure out what else she in allergic to. Have you tried the grain free to see if it is grains she is reacting to?

  • Saydi

    My dog also has allergies, I feed her 4-Health fr Tractor Supply Store, cheaper than BB and just about the same ingredients. However someone told me to stop feeding her beef, so I took her off all beef 5 months ago and she is SO MUCH BETTER.

  • neezerfan

    When I was a kid, my dog also ate Purina Dog Chow. He had chronic diarrhea and infections. The vet was at least a monthly thing. Changing his food was never even considered. Unfortunately I have no idea how long he lived because my parents gave him away. They couldn’t handle the constant mess and vet bills.

  • Karen Rosic Privett

    Whats so bad is if we went to a discussion about another brand you’d see just as many negative comments no matter which brand we’d talk about..unless we cook food ourselves for our dogs there is no brand that everyone is going to be 100% satisfied with. Growing up we used plain old Purina dog chow and all our dogs lived to be like 15 to 18 yrs old and probably never saw a vet their whole life

  • Nancy Slawson

    I was feeding my dogs BB & my 4 years female kept getting UTI’s I changed their food to a lower protein & she still had them Now I feed them Nature’s Variety Instinct (a very high protein food) but my vet said her levels were down from the last time I had her in??

  • LabLover2

    Freedom does not contain carrageenan . And your feedback is on BB Freedom. FYI.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Same here. Why not just give it raw…

  • Pattyvaughn

    I was wondering if cooking it for 3 days was supposed to make the bone soft enough to be chewed up. Not something I’m willing to risk since cooked bones splinter.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Cooked for three days??? Why the need to cook, let alone cook for 3 days?

  • Carol Rayner Harris

    Rawhides are not good for any dog. They generally do not completely digest, but do cause obstruction in the gut. Ask your vet or do research… real bones cooked for 3 days are a great healthy treat for your dogs… they will chew on them for months..

  • Tracey South

    don’t know what kind of dog you have. I can say that my mini Shnauzer/Poodle mix does better with small kibble and I found out b4 I started feeding him smaller kibble, that when he’d throw up with the other size, it had doubled or tripled in size, in his stomach (b4 he threw up) and I heard that is why it’s bad for them since it expands so much if not chewed well. As for BB, someone gave me some yesterday which my dog LOVED, but now of course I’m worried from reading these reports. :(

  • Tracey South

    I think most people in those days did not do it. After having a cat develop a very serious life threatening issue from a bad tooth , I learned how important our pets’ teeth are to keep clean, just like ours. Don’t just rely on dental chews but when you do, look for a VOH seal of approval. If your dog hates getting it’s teeth brushed you can go about it a few different ways but always use dog toothpaste. You can put it on your finger, on cheesecloth, or use a dog dental brush. Start with a small amount of teeth at a time, get him/her used to it. Dont’ overwhelm them by trying to do the whole mouth at once.

  • Tracey South

    Pugs pant because of how their face/sinuses/snout are shaped , is the best way I can try to say it. I don’t have one but know a few ; just dog sat one recently and they all pant like that. Have you talked with the vet about your panting concerns ? Anyway, I understand how scary it can be. The more I read, the more confused and worried I get. We need to educate ourselves but then again , don’t believe everything you read especially on the internet. I don’t know where you live but in this town we have several pug meetup groups. It might make you feel better to talk to other pug owners.

  • Tracey South

    Well said !

    I absolutely refuse to buy those junk food treats so many of my neighbors get for dogs. You know the ones , that look like small T bone steaks, etc ? I can see they obviously make it look like that for US, the real consumers here, the owners with the wallets. The dogs don’t care what color it is, you know ? They eat poop. LoL. Sorry but keeping it real.

  • Tracey South

    my dog has never met a food he did not like. that being said he has enjoyed samples of Merrick. for what it’s worth , I thought I’d add that. probably means nothing since he loves everything ! It is really hard to keep up with what is good for the dog , what has or hasn’t had a good safety record or ingredient…I feel like I need to get a degree in canine diet to have half a chance of figuring this all out !

  • Karen

    Blue has carrageenan as an ingredient. Dr. Weil says carrageenan is unsafe. I will not pay more for a product like Blue when it has this ingredient in it. Otherwise, I think it is a good product.

  • Jennifer

    All 4 of my long haired dachshunds are on the BB Life Protection Formula Small Breed with Lamb and Brown Rice Recipe. They love it, everyone can’t get over how shiny and soft their coats are…and my vet gave me the thumbs up of approval. They are in excellent health, and I always recommend BB when asked

  • Markarvind

    You may be right with the change in dog food causing Pancreatitis but there is no way any food can give the dog Lymphoma in 3 weeks. Its very unfortunate that your dog was diagnosed with Lymphoma but the dog food is not to be blamed. Some Lymphomas are caused by viruses and others are due to genetic problems. In most cases the cause remains unknown.

  • Nicole

    This dog food gave our dog pancreatitis due to the food being too high in protein just within days of buying it. He is a 3 and a half year old pitbull who has always been completely healthy up until this point. 3 weeks later he was diagnosed with cancer (lymphoma) and I’m sure it’s directly related to the food.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Merrick is definitely “as good of a product as Blue”! I would go so far as to say I would/do choose Merrick Classic (the ones with rice) or Grain-Free over Blue simply for the fact that Merrick hasn’t had a recall while Blue has and its quality control is a bit suspect. Merrick is also family owned and they make their own food, which I really like to see.

  • Luckydog

    Seems like a healthy dog food in most ways, but my dog did not like the taste. The higher protein ones made by Blue gave her gas so I switched to a turkey and potato that had a little less protein and she did fine on it but she wasn’t as excited to eat as usual on either of these Blue dog foods. I’ve heard it’s because it’s just like a human being treated to McDonald’s vs. a healthy salad and that humans would often not like the healthier food as much either. But I tried another dog food that’s also rated 5 stars here, called Merrick (with Chicken and peas and I think it said rice) and she just LOVES that stuff. So now I am mixing the two dog foods so this way I feel she’s getting the best of both foods. Even after 2 weeks though if I give her the option of one of the two dog foods, she always chooses Merrick and I feel it’s just as good of a product as Blue. So like I said for now I will feed a bit of both since I still think Blue offers some ingredients that the other doesn’t and vice versa.

  • HBR

    Garlic is used as a flavor enhancer, and is not a concern in small qualities. Caramel is only in the Life Source Bits, the vitamin, mineral and antioxidant component of the food, and is not in the kibble.

  • Scout

    I just bought this because I read negative things about Nutro my dog has loose stools from Nutro and always wants to eat grass. So I switched to Freedom..fingers crossed, but worry due to these reviews….

  • chiapink

    Vet just informed me that a lot of dogs that are on the B.B. are coming in with bladder stones, had asked her if she thought it was a good all around food, just passing this info. along do not have any personal knowledge through my own dogs.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Fresh garlic has some redeeming qualities and I use it carefully in my dogs. But caramel is there only to make the dog food look yummy to you, it is food coloring, plain and simple. There is no reason for it to be in there, except marketing.

  • 2labs

    Can anyone explain to me in bb ingredients it said’s garlic and caramel.Why would that help a dog nutritions?Or is that some kind of filler?

  • pip n po’s mom

    i have a choc lab w/ severe allergies-switched from royal canin from vet at $100/bag because after 2 years it never helped. switched to blue bascis salmon and it’s worked better for her. I will only feed my dogs food that is made with ingredients from the us ( which blue is) and I feel safe with this food, have thought about adding only natural dehydrated raw for variety. had anyone had any experiences with this food. any info helpful. thanks

  • Gin

    My mini dachshunds do quite well on a blend of Blue Wilderness and Blue Freedom. I adjust the percentage protein up to about 29% and save a bit of money. Royal Canin has 28% protein in their dachshund blend, fyi.

  • Gin

    Sorry…. the previous comment got posted under the wrong thread. It was meant to go with the protein discussion above.

  • GIn

    My two mini dachshunds eat a blend of Blue Freedom Small Breed Grain Free (11 lb bag, 26% protein) plus Blue Wilderness High Protein Grain Free Small Breed (4.5 lb bag, 36% protein). I mix the two to adjust the protein content to something that works very well for them. They are extremely active. I give them people carrots and green beans for snacks. No health problems, knock on wood.

  • Moose

    That is really normal! Especially if she’s on salmon, I opt out and give my dog salmon as well she adores it and she’s healthy, you could brush her teeth or let her chew rawhides. Which aren’t very sage but they’ll clean her teeth well and they come with breath fresheners too.

  • sandy

    Can you post a picture of your pug/min pin??

  • veegss

    “Blue bones” dental treats help with bad breath too.

  • Franksmom

    Blue is a great company. I have called customer service to ask about GMOS (which there is none btw) and they were very kind. My dog does wonderful on Blue life protection chicken and brown rice (I have a pug/min pin mix) They are all natural which I love most of these people bashing blue are reps from other pet food companies. Dont believe everything on the internet.

  • Chrissy

    Hello! We have pugs and have one little girl with severe orthopedic conditions. We have been feeding her BBWilderness. She LOVES this food, yet I am a bit concerned after reading a lot of the comments about the food itself and company. I was always under the impression it was an excellent food and I have read some really scary stuff – plus pip pants a lot. We have always thought it was pain from her condition or her being over heated – she gets hot a lot , so we assumed it was one of those aspects of her condition and it very well could be. I just get worried because of what I am seeing others are going through – some really serious stuff and hearing they outsource from China – I am not sure what to believe. She is not over weight – the vet just wants her to really maintain or lose a pound or so for her joints – I was actually coming here to ask what people think would be a better fit between wilderness Salmon and Freedom – I know she loves her Wilderness Salmon – she always picks that out of all the bags in the pantry – but now I am not sure if we should continue on it??? Any advice would be great! Thank you! <3 Chrissy

  • Pattyvaughn

    Try giving him a nice raw bone to chew on regularly. If he will keep his teeth clean by chewing bones then he doesn’t need brushing. Otherwise dogs need much the same dental care as people or like people they will lose their teeth before they are really done with them.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    The Honest Kitchen and Weruva.

  • Rebecca Mendenhall

    I didn’t know I needed to brush his teeth. My parents never did with our dog growing up. I went to the store and ended up getting 2 kinds of dental treats for him, one of which he likes and already his breath doesn’t smell. So I’m happy about that. He didn’t have any of the symptoms you listed but if the breath comes back I’m going to take him to the vet. Thanks for the help!

  • bethtalierco

    do you know what companies those are? I would buy from them.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Do you brush your dog’s teeth? The most common culprit when it comes to bad breath is plaque or tartar buildup – smaller dogs seem to be particularly prone to buildup. If you don’t regularly brush your dog’s teeth and/or provide species-appropriate chews (i.e. raw meaty bones) your dog could be developing buildup.

    Some other considerations:
    -Breath that smells “fruity” can indicate diabetes (especially if you’ve noticed increased drinking and/or urination).
    -Breath that smells like urine can indicate kidney disease (especially if you’ve noticed increased drinking and/or urination).
    -Very rank breath (especially if the gums or eyes are tinged yellow) can indicate liver disease.

  • Rebecca Mendenhall

    Help! I switched my small terrier mix puppy to BB Freedom last week and he seems to love it. I started by mixing it with his puppy chow so he could get used to it (since the vet said I could take him off puppy chow) and then he started eating only the BB. Which is great. Except now his breath smells bad and I think it’s the food. Does anyone else have this problem?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    That’s almost the same exact thing that happened to my friend’s golden retriever puppy. She kept trying to transition from Science Diet to Blue and every time she added in the Blue the dog got diarrhea (really really bad diarrhea). She put the dog on chicken and rice, things cleared up. She tried again to transition to Blue but used a different variety (the first time she did chicken, the second time was lamb I believe) and the dog got diarrhea again. She then tried the dog on a different brand of food instead and the diarrhea cleared right up. This was last summer – the issues have been going on for awhile. Last summer I also got a bag of Blue’s cat food that, upon opening, I discovered was covered in mold and a month prior to that I had ordered a bag of their Wilderness biscuits and the bag was full of bugs. The bugs and mold could have been storage issues (however both products were purchased from two different stores, the products weren’t expired and there were no visible holes in the packaging) – but, in addition to what happened to my friend’s puppy, this was too much coincidence for me. I will no longer use or recommend Blue products.

  • tonyj

    Wow! I thought my Lab just had some stomach issues. Indies has been on BB grain free for over a year. Last month we bought a fresh bag of the Natural Evolution diet Chicken recipe within days developed a severe case of diarrhea We stopped it and placed him on a bland diet for a couple of weeks and slow reintroduced another unopened bag BB grain free food. As soon as we got to 75% kibble 25% rice and chicken he developed diarrhea again. We stopped the BB grain free kibble all together and started with BB’s canned food of the same name and no problem. After reading these postings, I believe there is problem with Buffalo Blue latest batch. Maybe they changed the procedure for producing the kibble or changed the ingredients are having it produced someplace else, but there clearly is a problem with their kibble.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I agree with Betsy – definitely report this to the FDA. A lot of people have had their pets get very sick on Blue Buffalo products (including a friend of mine), but unfortunately nothing will be done to investigate into this matter until enough people complain to the FDA.

  • Betsy Greer

    That’s horrible, Dean! You should make a report, even if you only suspect the food was the culprit, to the FDA:

  • Dean

    Hi everyone. We switched our Runt Boston Terrier to BB Grain Free a few months back after she was having digestive issues. The vet said to go grain free and it helped a lot at first. HOWEVER since I recently got a new bag our pup had trouble eating it and would often refuse to eat altogether. We thought it was her teeth and had them checked out at the vet but nothing was wrong. Yesterday she refused to eat her food again then later started having cluster seizures or seizure storms. It literally almost killed her last night as she is very frail to begin with. We threw the rest of her food out and gave her some of our pugs food and she ate it like she had not eaten in weeks.

    I am extremely concerned that we had been feeding her contaminated dog food for several weeks.

  • Pattyvaughn

    If it were fit for human consumption, it would be clearly labeled. It is not fit for human consumption, there are only 2 food companies that can legally make that claim, I believe.

  • Tash

    Hi I own a pet store and have thought of getting Blue Buffalo in but the company will not tell us if the food is fit for human consumption. Have you heard otherwise?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Wilderness has a protein level of something like 38%, which is almost high enough to not need much added to it to bring the level up to what I would consider acceptable, but not quite. My 11 year old JRT has never been healthier than she is now on her high protein diet. Her littermate died two years ago of kidney disease on a diet of Science Diet. Angel just had blood work done and her values were excellent. Moreover, besides the gray hair, she looks and acts like the little athlete she is. Her protein level is 45-50% every day and occasionally higher.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Wendy –

    Actually his vet is wrong, very wrong. Dogs have a strong carnivorous bias and are designed to eat diets high in protein, moderate in fat and low in carbohydrates. A food this is lower in protein and fat is, consequently, higher in carbohydrates. High levels of protein are not harmful and cannot lead to problems down the road in healthy dogs.

    This is an excerpt from “Small Animal Clinical Nutrition”:

    Feeding protein above requirements or recommendations for healthy dogs and cats does not result in toxicity because the excess amino acids from the protein are catabolized and the waste nitrogen excreted.

    This excretion of waste nitrogen is a passive process that causes no stress or harm to renal function.

    Taken from “The Myths of High Protein” by Kenneth Bovee , DVM, MMedSC:

    A number of false assumptions about the need for reduced protein intake in regard to renal functon have been perpetuated in the literature for many years:

    -Increased urea load causes increased workload for the kidneys.
    -High dietary protein intake injures kidneys.
    -High dietary protein intake causes hyperkalemia.
    -High dietary protein intake causes acidosis.
    -Protein intake results in uremic toxins.
    -Reduced protein intake slows the progression of renal disease.


    I have three dogs – a senior that will be 8 next month, a 2 year old adult and a 9 month old puppy – they all eat a diet with protein levels in the 45% – 55% range. They are all extremely active and healthy. Luckily I feed a raw diet so I can achieve these protein levels, however even if I weren’t feeding raw I would never feed a food with less than 30% protein or advise it for an otherwise healthy dog.

  • Wendy

    I am not happy with the dry food kibbles so small in the BB adult chicken recipe, my dog seems to gulp a mouth full and can’t chew them, then when he swallows them he throws them back up onto the floor in a big puddle of goop ! I am looking for a bigger kibble now ! I can’t believe how small they are, this sucks ! Would large breed kibbles be bigger ?

  • Wendy

    Your Vet is right , I’m not going over 28 % protein, I just started my dog on BB Wilderness and I’m going to try the BB Freedom , my dog is 1 1/2 and over a long period of time, 5 years down the road, problems may start

  • Golden Moments

    I can’t believe you all think these prices are too high, i dont think a dog food is is that great if it’s under 60.00 dollars, I sometimes wonder if it’s good dog food at such low price’s. I pay 76.00 to 84.00 for dog food from my vet and yes every one thinks vet food is over priced but a lot of work goes into the product. Have had good results for a ten year old, never any health problems, except that lung cancer took him suddenly at ten. I have one dog on vet food because of the good results I had before, and one starting on BB Wilderness, because of bloating problems she is doing better on Wilderness, but I am worried about the high protein.My older one is starting BB Adult, I’m sure he will be fine on it, he can eat any thing. I’m worried about the high protein and I might try freedom after a month or so.Two dogs from my town died of Kidney failure, both were on high protein foods, about five year olds. Next option is to get blood tests done regularly if on high protein ? My Vet say’s 34 % protein is too much after long term feeding. Any one out there with an older dog on high protein ?

  • Golden Moments

    My vet tells me the same thing because she is concerned about the Wilderness protein at 34 %, over a long period of time she is worried about kidney problems and all these commercial brands are low carb, high protein, listen to your vet because I had to change my dogs veterinary diet because of bloating issues and my dog was doing so well on Veterinary diet, now grain free is helping my dog, she is currently on BB wilderness, but I might try the Freedom because the protein is 24 %, dogs do not need more than 28 % protein, I do not like any fish or duck in recipe’s, she also got sick on fish diet. I have another dog on Veterinary diet and he is doing great since 11/2 year now, he can tolerate corn, rice, wheat, and his coat is beautiful, never any health problems, my third Golden is 4 years and he can eat any thing, except the veterinary food my other eats, the older one gains weight on and I do not want to feed him diet foods, so he is now on BB adult, 24 % protein and I make sure they all have ideal weights. I look for chicken recipe dog foods are safer and more reliable, the vet food I am feeding is Royal Canine Veterinary Exclusive Moderate calorie. Commercial dog foods should rate five star, but they are all not scientifically proven, so research ingredients and find what works, Vet foods do more research. if they are happy, shiny coat and no diahhrea, the food is working. Regular blood tests should be done if feeding high protein over a period of time, what works for some may not work for others., I had a Golden Retriever on Royal Canine for ten years and he never had a health problem, he passed away at ten years from Cancer in lung.


    Thanks for all of the comments. Extremely interesting, helpful, and sometimes confusing. But then nutrition in dogs or humans is very controversial by nature and thus passionate.


    I bought a bag of the small breed version from this brand. I will introduce it to the dogs tomorrow and see what THEY have to say. lol :)

  • anniearies

    thank u, we had managed to control her weight now.we go with regular dog food wildness is too rich in protein /fat for her. despite we want to feed her sth grain-free, all those tend to have higher fat content.

  • annie

    i too think had feed too much potato.

  • BryanV21

    I think Kiara needs to take a break and think, so I wouldn’t go to her for advice.

    How about starting with what Blue Buffalo you’re currently using, and letting us know about any issues your dog may be having? That way we can either recommend a similar food, or one different to try and take care of the issues.

  • BryanV21

    Those commercials you speak of ARE for lower protein foods, most of which are looked down upon those with a good knowledge of pet nutrition. So blaming them for the push for a higher protein diet is ignorant.

    A German Shephard and a chihuahua are indeed different, and therefore likely would require different diets. That’s not to say a GSD can’t survive on a lower protein diet, but a higher ANIMAL-BASED protein diet is generally more idea. And smaller dogs, such as chihuahuas typically do not do well on a high protein diet, but that doesn’t mean they can’t at all.

    It’s about the QUALITY of the protein, not how much protein is in it. Protein coming from grains such as corn, and protein coming from meat, are totally different. That is where the confusion exists.

    BTW, read the rules of this website. If you are indeed a vet then you need to present your credentials, because I can sit here and claim to be one too. However, I don’t have to because I have plenty of FACTS to back up my words.

  • Kierstin

    Kiara, I’ve recently read the issues with blue buffalo and am seriously considering switching. Seeing as you work at a clinic do you have any idea what the vets you work with recommend the most for food? I have two labs.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I’m not sure I believe BB is having a problem, but some companies definitely do ignore complaints of sick pets until the FDA is breathing down their neck. The FDA has next to no power to enforce anything, so these companies do not get in much of any trouble at all.

  • Amanda

    I have been feeding this to my GSD mix pup since I got her in September and I also feed our 3 cats the indoor dry food. My eldest cat is 7 and he used to throw up on a daily basis; until I switched their dry food to BB. Does he still throw up? Of course but not like before. The cats’ fur is also amazingly soft now. Even my dog’s fur is super soft and all 4 animals get compliments on their coats. Has my puppy had diarrhea? Yup. Do I think it was from the BB? Nope. She did have a bit of the problem with the lamb and apple treats BUT, it was when I was training her and I am pretty sure it was just because she ate FAR too many in the hour I was training her. A lot of dogs, mine included, have the terrible habit of getting into things they aren’t supposed to. I’m pretty sure anytime my dog has had diarrhea it was from her getting into something she wasn’t supposed to, bird seed, for example, used to be her favorite thing to eat. She has stopped doing that and now her poops are solid again. Does my dog drink a lot of water? Yup, sure does. But she’s a puppy and runs around and plays constantly so of course she is thirsty! She is not in the least bit lethargic, neither are the cats. We have never had a problem with BB. I did get worried when I saw all the complaints on consumer affairs but after 2+ hours of researching dog and cat foods and looking at other reviews here on Dog Food Advisor, I am sticking with BB. Many people on here have pointed out how well structured the “complaints” are on the other sites. Also, BB posted about all of this on their Facebook. I find it hard to believe that a company would ignore it if their food was in fact making animals sick. They could get into some MAJOR trouble if they did.

  • Shawna

    I’m not a vet and I don’t work in the field but I’m pretty knowledgable in dog nutrition and I can read research..

    Although I think dogs greatly benefit from certain foods other than meat/fat, it is established that dogs (current day dogs) do not require carbohydrates – this can even be found in Waltham.

    “Kidney failure due to Blue diets”? Are you suggesting higher amounts of protein cause kidney disease? If so, that is TOTALLY incorrect information. This has been scientifically proven — more on that later.

    The dog in my avatar pic to the left is 1/2 Chihuahua, 1/4 Poodle and 1/4 Boston Terrier weighing in at 9 pounds. She was diagnosed early in life with congenital kidney disease. She has symptoms of polydipsia and polyuria seen as early as 6 weeks of age. She was officially diagnosed during pre-spay bloodwork right after her 1 year birthday. She will be 7 years old the end of June 2013. Her diet since weaning has been HIGH protein raw — with protein amounts ranging from 45 to 54 % (on a dry matter basis). She is unmedicated, has never had sub-q fluid therapy and her only symptoms remain polydipsia and polyuria. If “protein” caused kidney disease there is NO way she’d be with me let alone quite healthy..

    Not only does protein not cause kidney disease but Science Diet says this about protein in kidney treatment.
    “In contrast, multiple studies have failed to confirm a beneficial role for protein restriction in limiting progression of kidney disease in dogs (4, 5, 16).

    There are no randomised controlled clinical trials that address the role of diet therapy in dogs with stage 1 and 2 CKD.”

    Mike posted some great data on the topic
    “The mistaken belief that high protein diets cause kidney disease in normal dogs is outdated and no longer accepted by most veterinary professionals.

    For proof, I refer you to an important article by Dr. Kenneth Bovee, Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The report is most appropriately entitled, “Mythology of Protein Restriction for Dogs with Reduced Renal Function”.

    Dr. Bovee concludes is article by saying…

    “…the continued existence of this false myth about dietary protein is an uncomfortable reminder of the lack of sophistication, lack of critical thought, and reliance on oversimplified and attractive dogma that persists in our profession.

    “This is only one example of many false myths, misinformation, and partial truths that are repeated from decade to decade.”
    The article was published in the respected (and peer-reviewed) Compendium on Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian in 1999 and includes not less than 47 scientifically referenced footnotes

  • Kiara Brown

    Are you a vet? I think not.
    Did you get a degree in veterinary medicine? Doesn’t seem like it. Do you work in the field? I doubt it. What about the clinics that push Iam’s prescription or Purina Prescription? Don’t speak unless you have facts. I know at my clinic we have treated SEVERAL dogs diagnosed with kidney failure due to Blue diets. Or how about the ones we have had to unfortunately euthanize. Speak when you have facts, stop listening to the commercials, of course they want you to believe that german shep is a direct relative of a wolf, but can you really tell me my chihuahua is and needs the same diet as a wolf? Thats just dumb. Get experience and facts.

  • aimee

    Hi Losul,

    By a passive process I mean the kidney does not actively transport nitrogen waste (urea) out of the blood. It is a simple filtration process. Think of the glomerulus like a colander. Small particles suspended in the fluid pass through the holes. If there are few suspended particles than few pass through and if there are a lot of particles than a lot pass through but there is no “work” being done by the colander. In regards as to “Where the heck do you get that from? ” I “got it” from basic physiology of kidney function. : )

    Losul..I assure you I haven’t missed any points. : ) It is a common error for people to make, as the author you quoted has made, to report that the type of protein fed determines the “work” the kidney does.

  • losul

    I cannot understand what you mean by a passive process. Where the heck do you get that from? As far as I’m concerned, there is work and stress in the process, not just for the liver and kidneys, and if there is not enough water involved, then even more so.

    But the main point that you seem to have sorely missed is that it is more stress and work for the body to excrete the waste from low quality proteins than high quality ones, even if the overall protein percentages are the same.

    “Protein is processed in the liver and any waste materials are filtered and excreted by the kidneys. High quality protein does not generate large amounts of waste that needs to be removed from the body, but poor quality protein which is difficult to digest does and thus puts stress on the kidneys. The liver needs water to process protein and as a medium to carry waste products to the kidneys, where they are filtered out and most of the water is reabsorbed. The less concentrated the waste products in this primary filtrate are, the easier it is for the kidneys to do their filtering work – that’s why it is unhealthy to feed dry food only and so critical that dogs eating mostly or exclusively dry food and dogs with liver disease get lots of extra water. Dogs who eat mostly canned food or a home prepared diet automatically take in more moisture and do not need to compensate as much by drinking. Contrary to what many people think and pet food companies claim, dogs (and cats) do not know instinctively how much extra water they have to drink to make up for what is lacking in the dry food. This is why I so highly recommend that people always add water to the kibble at feeding time.”

    “Now that we have the basics laid out, we can return to the protein in the food. Many people cite old, outdated research that claims high protein percentages in the food are harmful to dogs and do all kinds of damage, especially to the liver. Fact is that these studies were conducted by feeding dogs foods that were made from poor quality, hard to digest protein sources, such as soy, corn, byproducts, blood meal and so on. From my explanation above, you now already know that it is a question of protein quality that affects the kidneys. Consider a wolf in the wild, who will eat relatively little else but meat if they can help it – these animals don’t get kidney diseases on the same scale domestic dogs do. Their protein comes in the form of quality muscle and organ meat though, not processed leftovers from human food processing. It also contains around 70% moisture, whereas most commercial dry foods contain a maximum of 10%. Dogs and other “dog like” animals (canids) evolved eating a diet that consists primarily of meat, fat and bones, which they have been eating for hundreds of thousands of years. Commercial foods, especially dry food, has only been widely available for the past 60 years and we are still learning how much damage certain aspects of it can do. Things have improved quite a bit from hitting rock bottom in the 70s and 80s, but the majority of pet food manufacturers still produce bad foods from poor quality ingredients.”

  • aimee

    Elimination of nitrogenous waste by the kidney is a completely passive process. There is no “work” involved and no stress to the kidney.

    Amino acids from plant or animal origin that are not incorporated into the body are broken down, the resulting energy used or stored, and the nitrogen excreted.

    When tested, dogs on high protein meat based raw diets had higher blood urea nitrogen levels than dogs on commercial foods. This is because there is more nitrogenous waste to excrete when feeding a high protein diet, even when that protein comes from meat; lots of AA in excess of needs.

    If it was “work” to excrete the waste there would be more “work” and “stress” on the kidneys from dogs that eat high meat based protein diets than dogs that ate commercial foods.

    But because the filtration of waste is completely passive it is no problem at all to excrete all the waste generated from high protein diets.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Losul –

    Good points. A diet comprised of predominantly plant-based and/or low quality proteins (rendered low-grade by-products) and diets low in moisture will be taxing on renal function over time. As far as a dog being overfed however, that will cause an issue regardless of whether the food is high in protein or lower in protein – that’s just a calorie issue. Gram for gram protein and carbohydrates have about the same amount of calories.

  • losul

    Hi HDM,

    I think there can be a few exceptions to the rule;

    1) If much of the protein is coming from low quality sources, i.e. soy, corn gluten meal (60% protein), etc. the kidneys have to work extra hard to excrete the waste, whereas quality muscle meat and organs don’t generate near as much waste or stress for the kidneys to excrete.

    2) The dog is fed high protein dry kibble most of the time, and is not intaking enough water makes it much harder on the kidneys and the rest of the body. I always add water to dry kibble, high protein or not.

    3) If the dog is being overfed, which seems to often be the case more than not, especially inactive, indoor dogs.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Chlo –

    A healthy dog can’t be fed “too much protein.” When protein is consumed above the minimum dietary requirements the excess amino acids from the protein are catabolized and the waste nitrogen is excreted. Food is comprised primarily of protein, fat and carbohydrates. So if one nutrient is decreased another is increased – in general when protein is decreased the carbohydrate level is increased. This is the case with Blue Freedom versus Blue Wilderness. By feeding Blue Freedom you’re swapping meat for white potatoes. White potatoes – along with other starches and grains – are not species-appropriate and should be limited. So while levels of protein above the minimum dietary requirement won’t provide the dog with any additional benefits per se – it’s necessary to feed a food higher in protein (and in fat) to limit carbohydrate content (and excess carbohydrates are unhealthy). All healthy dogs, regardless of activity level or indoor/outdoor status, have the same basic nutritional requirements and ideally should be fed a food high in protein, moderate in fat and low in carbohydrates. What should differ between an indoor dog and an outdoor dog and an inactive dog and an active dog is energy intake – total calories consumed. An indoor dog should likely eat less than an outdoor dog but that doesn’t mean it should eat a different food than an outdoor dog.

  • losul

    Is your dog one of these, especially the first four?

    Copper: Diets low in copper are recommended for certain breeds such as Bedlington Terriers, Doberman Pinscher, Skye Terrier and West Highland White Terriers, Airedale Terrier, Bobtail, Boxer, Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Cocker Spaniel, Collie, Dachshund, Dalmatian, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Keeshond, Kerry Blue Terrier, Pekingese, Poodle, Samoyed, Schnauzer, Wirehaired Fox Terrier.

    These breeds are prone to a form of liver disease called copper storage disease in which too much copper accumulates in the liver and causes problems with liver function. It should be noted that dogs with copper storage disease should not be given Vitamin C because it may increase the damage to the liver. If you have these breeds your dog’s diet should center around foods low in copper such as beef, cheese, eggs and tomatoes. Avoid lamb, pork and duck. Check with veterinary nutrition experts for a complete list.

    (because copper is the problem, you should avoid vitamin C supplementation, but consider zinc and SAM-e.)

    Not trying to scare, but copper storage can become a serious or deadly problem. Many commercial foods are high in copper. You’ll have to research to find those that aren’t, or commit to home prepped meals. Avoid those with cheap fillers, i.e. corn, wheat, meat by products, preservatives (including rosemary), etc. Also avoid liver, shellfish, legumes, nuts, and kelp.

    Copper storage disease is probably mostly hereditary.

  • Pattyvaughn

    There is no physiological reason to limit protein in a healthy dog due to where it lives.

  • Chlo

    I thought feeding a dog that is like an indoor dog to much protein was not a good thing. This is why I feed my dog BB Freedom. I even email BB and they said it would be to much protein if I fed my dog Wilderness. Any opinions?

  • Pattyvaughn

    All dog foods can cause loose stools if your dog is not used to them and dry does not keep the teeth clean like they used to think.  Food with water included in it is more species appropriate, so canned, if you can afford it, is a good choice.

  • Jovetta

    wet dog food can cause loose stools. Its also bad for tarter build up on the teeth. Try to stick to dry food and some water to moisten if you need to.

  • losul

    I’d say it’s true. Most mainstream liver is going to have buildups of toxins in it, i.e. heavy metals  such as cadmium, arsenic, and lead, aflatoxins and mycotoxins, pesticides, herbicides, and veterinary drugs.

    If you don’t KNOW your source (don’t buy Tyson chicken livers or unknown beef livers from the grocery store) it’s best to get your A and B vitamins elsewhere, and preferably from other natural foods, and forgo feeding liver to your dogs or eating it yourself.

    I agree with Patty. Livers from young, organically, free range and/or grass fed animals should be much safer.

    notice the much higher aflatoxin concentrations allowably  fed to animals as they get closer to slaughter. 

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines are as follows:Aflatoxin Level
    (parts per billion)Commodities & Species20 ppbFor corn, peanut products, cottonseed meal and other animal feeds and feed ingredients intended for dairy animals; for animal species or uses not specified below, or when the intended use is not known.20 ppbFor corn, peanut products and other animal feeds and feed ingredients, but excluding cottonseed meal, intended for immature animals.100 ppbFor corn and peanut products intended for breeding beef cattle, breeding swine or mature poultry (e.g. laying hens).200 ppbFor corn and peanut products intended for finishing swine (100 pounds or more).300 ppbFor cottonseed meal intended for beef cattle, swine or poultry (regardless of age or breeding status).300 ppbFor corn and peanut products intended for finishing beef cattle (i.e., feedlot cattle).

  • Pattyvaughn

    I can’t answer your questions about copper, but I can about ppm.  It means that for any unit of measure you use, 17.35 out of 1 million will be copper.  17.35oz of every 1 million oz will be copper.  17.35 cups will be copper of every 1 million cups.

  • Tazpuppy

    My small dog has a liver problem the vet thinks is related to copper concentration. It didn’t show up until after I had changed to Blue Buffalo. I’ve read the article on this site but need help understanding how to convert your information to ppm. Blue has 17.35 ppm per serving or ounce? Taz is now on Denamarin and Cyclosporine. I understand the Denamarin is a liver protectant and the Cyclosporine is to reduce inflammation. There is also another medicine, Penicillamine, that is to help bind the copper to it and get it out of the liver. We have not started this one yet. He is also on l/d Science Diet.

    All that being said is the level of copper too high? Is the type wrong. Are there good foods that contain the “right” copper?
    What are your thoughts?

  • Pattyvaughn

    It’s true to a certain extent.  The older the animal the more toxins its liver has filtered out.  And the more unnaturally raised the more its liver has to filter out.  So grass fed, organically raisedbeef liver is pretty good and calf liver especially from grass fed or range cows is OK.

  • Kevin

     I heard on the Doctor Oz show that people should not eat liver because that is the organ that takes in all the toxins. So Doctor Oz said that you should not eat liver because you are taking in the toxins of that liver.

  • Kimby37

    I also wish they would give more coupons considering it is very expensive. We switched to another grain free food and noticed it is not the same. On blue Buffalo my dog (not to be gross ) but pooed less and it was easier to pick up. I would love to go back to buying it but now that we rescued a dog from TN we cant afford to have 2 of them eating it.

  • Pattyvaughn

    A lot of the immune system is based on a healthy gut, feeding the same thing day in and day out actually weakens the gut. No food is perfect so by rotating you are less likely to get nutritional gaps. Weakening the gut is what many of us believe causes these food intolerances, yeast infections, etc…
    Some people rotate every three months, some every bag, some every day, and some every meal. When you first start rotating foods your dog might need a couple weeks to get on a new food and a couple weeks to settle before you even consider starting another change. Once your dogs gut gets stronger, you’ll be able to change faster, however you choose.
    If you want to really help your dog’s gut heal then adding pre/probiotics to every meal is a big boost. Just one caution, as your dog begins to get rid of toxins, you may see some symptoms reappear. That’s normal and temporary.

  • Hikerpam

    How often do you suggest that we switch and is it because her body will just get use to the one food and the allergies may return?

  • Betsy Greer

    I’m curious as to how long he’s been eating grain free food. It sounds as though he switched somewhat recently. I wonder if he might have a systemic candida infection and the skin issues have persisted or worsened as a result detox following the switch to grain free.

    I’d be sure to avoid foods with not only grain, but also white potato and would definitely add the digestive enzymes and probiotics that Patty suggested.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Dogs with this issue often benefit from rotating foods. You might want to pick a few grain free foods and rotate through them.

  • Hikerpam

    My German Shepherd use to have ear scratching issues and the vet never saw a reason for it, we used an ear drop (wash) I believed with a steroid to help reduce the inflammation, that didn’t do a thing. Then I started wondering if it might be food allergies, she was being fed a food with grain, so I weaned her off that and on to BB Freedom Adult after the first 2 smaller bags (I wanted to try it first) the itching was gone. She also has two spoonfuls of wet BB Freedom Grain Free mixed in. She also has a grain free Organic dog biscuit. I am a believer. A bit pricy and I wish more coupons were available but will continue to use.

  • Shelly Parker-Binkley

    Yes, I get her updated newsletters and videos :) and I am on her facebook. Love the lady she isn’t out to make a buck every time she gives out good information.

  • Shawna

    You are absolutely correct!! Nice post :)
    Were you on Dr. Becker’s Mercola Healthy Pets forum before it closed? I was swinn on the site.. I’m hoping they open the forum back up or start another.. It was a GREAT community!!!

  • Melissaandcrew


    If your dog were a schnauzer, I would say he has comedone syndrome. Never heard of it in a shihtzu. Have you tried dabbing the lesions with witch hazel? In schnauzers, it causes the bumps to dry out quickly w/out forming the crusty/scabby lesions. If it works, you can “get a head of it” by putting some in a spray bottle and misting the whole dog(except face/eyes of course) making sure it gets down to skin level.

    Also, are you using a spot on flea preventative? That stuff travels through the skin/hair follicles and could be making it worse.

  • Shelly Parker-Binkley

    Just like humans with gluten problems etc., animals are showing the same health problems. No grain (all) no corn, no soy (under it’s other names), no rice brown or white. No sugars (potato). Etc.. As time goes on they develop health problems just like humans when on these foods. Notice all the disease now animals are getting that humans get? Some animals will have problems on dairy too. The research is out there, but they really don’t want us to know it. I know it because I have Celiac Disease, but I developed lots of health problems because it wasn’t discovered in time. Do the research don’t take my word on it. Dr. Becker vet (Dr. Mercola site) is a good one to follow she puts out great videos. I love that fact she doesn’t CHARGE for her advice.

  • Shelly Parker-Binkley

    Potato’s are fatting I know :) they turned to sugar, and they aren’t healthy at all. Buy animal food without there. The reason companies use them is they are cheap filler foods. Sick it’s not about quality, it’s about quantity and the mighty dollar.

  • Shelly Parker-Binkley

    They shouldn’t have potatoes period! It’s a filler a cheap filler!

  • tisci02

    He doesn’t scratch & it’s not immediately after eating. The closest thing I can compare it to is a constant skin irritation. He’s had it for 5 years & I’ve tried multiple different foods. My vet has even tested his skin to make sure it’s not any kind of infection. He gets groomed w/special shampoo as well. I’ll definitely try the pumpkin & then if that doesn’t work, maybe some buffalo food or another nonregular protein source. Thank you!!

  • Pattyvaughn

    If he’s scratching a lot and then scabs and bumps pop up, then he may have an intolerance to something in his food, and those things added to his food may help some. Finding a few different foods, different protein sources that he can tolerate and rotating will help some too.
    If he eats and then soon after, he breaks out in bumps(hives), he may have a true allergy, and they can be life threatening, think peanut butter allergy or bee sting allergy. Then those thing will not help and you need to find a different food quick, because his food will kill him. Hope he turns around soon.

  • tisci02

    Thank you! I’ll try adding those in. He gets lesions on his skin, they look like scabs & raised bumps.

  • Pattyvaughn

    If his allergies are generalized itchy skin, stinky ears, eye discharge, etc. then adding pre/probiotics and digestive enzymes may help. Consider adding a spoonful of unsweetened cocoanut flakes to all meals and a spoonful of pure pumpkin too. Good luck finding what works for your pup.
    If you are thinking of switching foods then I would transition very slowly, like over the course of a month, so you have plenty of time to realize whether or not it agrees with him.

  • tisci02

    My 8 year old Shih Tzus has had episodes of Hemmorhagic Gastroentitis in the past, almost killing him & the only thing that seems to cause it is foods that are high in protein. I had been feeding him grain free food because he also has allergies & going grain free seemed to help. Right now, he eats Precise Holistic Complete & it’s low enough in protein & a healthy food, but he still has skin issues. Do any of you have any opinions about trying him on this? Risking his life to find the right higher protein/grain free food isn’t something I’m willing to do.

  • BallouTwo

    Thank you. I have a big yorkie913 lbs.) who has had a rash for a long time. When I heard of dogs havving allergeies to grain,I wondered if this could be the problem and put him on  Blue freedom. He has improve. The rash is gone. He has gained weight and I have reduced the amount to half a cup aday in stead of 2/3 acup.I also give him a lot of fresh cooked chicken and he love raw liver. I feel much better about what I feed him after reading this Article. Sarah D. Campbell

  • Jc5842

     I believe the BB Wilderness line has more protein in it.

  • Shelly

    Also, buy only Organic Pumpkin with no fillers. 

  • Aimee Pieper

    I am sure you have already covered this but does your lab swim in a Pool?  Clorine can make the hair break and make them shed.

  • Kcockrell77

    When I say falling out, I mean bald spots and the skin is very flaky where the fur has come out.

  • Dave’s Hounds

     My dogs have done very well on the kibbles I have used for the past 5 years (they get kibble with fresh meat one meal) and fresh meat and canned the next. However the big difference on Brothers is the increased energy, my hounds are not shedding like crazy and no food has been able to do that including ziwipeak. Their ears have not smelled or had any infections. I am sold.

  • Kcockrell77

    Quick question. I have had my lab on blue buffalo for close to 2 years. Last fall he started having problems with his fur falling out. We switched him to the basic formula and basic formula treat. It did not get better, so we switched to basic grain free and switched treats. When we switched him, it was like he was blowing out his winter coat. He shed for a solid month and I mean bad! Then his fur was beautiful. All of the sudden it is falling out again and worse. Could this be related to food?? BTW, he has been to the vet multiple times and the hair loss is not medical. The vet labeled it “environmental” Thanks!

  • Keecia Buster

    I’m sorry, but your vet is wrong.  Dogs are carnivores and they are bred by evolution to eat all meat diets.  Your vet goes to a school (any vet school) that is funded by Science Diet.  Dogs need meat.

  • Kevin

    Thanks for the reply.  

  • InkedMarie

    I’m not John and sure not Christo LOL but he means that Christo eating Brothers Complete dog food is why he looks so good now!

  • Kevin

     Props to Brother’s Complete it worked. What did you mean by that.  I am confused.

  • Johnandchristo

    Funny thing …..

    With my dog, all though I had all sorts of problems, when I did put him on grain free  no problems. Well I guess every dog is different.And not all dog foods are the same. Props to Brother’s Complete it worked.

  • Dave’s Hounds

    After going grain free I had to add pumpkin into my dogs food. Made a huge difference. i also add plain greek yogurt with multiple strains of probiotics.

  • Kevin

     Pumpkin is a good source of fibre and beta carotene (a source of vitamin A). Dogs need fibre in their diet. The current trend is towards  highly digestible diets that lower stool volume and this is not necessarily a good thing. Keeping the GI tract moving helps keep the cells lining the gut healthy.Source:

    Do not use Pumpkin Pie filling.  I buy it in the can saying 100 percent pumpkin.

  • Kevin

    If you read my comment earlier – I feed my dog less than what the label says.  I think the label says 2 – 3 cups.  I feed  
    her 1 cup, but I also feed her fruit, and vegetables, and canned tuna or salmon on the side as treats. My dog also loves peanut butter in her kong toy – frozen.   Cut down on what you feed the dog somewhat, and go on walks.  Everything in moderation.  Dogs just love food, so you need to be the judge on how much they need to eat.

  • Linz

    My dog has the same problem as Jerry’s, although she’s an 8 month Anatolian Shepherd weighing 70 lbs currently. She’s been on the Freedom Grain-Free puppy food for a few months, a separate pro-biotic, and still has soft stools. I’ve been giving her 5-6 cups with wet food mixed in, so we’ll try 4 cups with wet mixed and see if that works. Any other suggestions? She has a great energy level and fantastic coat on this food so we’d like to stick with it if all it takes is reducing the amount of food!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Anniearies,

    Blue Basics and Blue Freedom are both very high carbohydrate foods. Carbohydrates tend to contribute to weight gain in dogs. In my opinion, you would be better of going with the Blue Wilderness (if you wanted to stick with Blue that is). I would go with the regular formula (there’s not a significant enough caloric different between the weight management and regular formulas to justify the decreased protein in the weight control formula in my opinion). Feed her less and exercise her more. Also, if she gained weight that quickly and doesn’t eat much you may want to have her seen by a vet. Sometimes rapid weight gain can signify an underlying health condition.

  • Anniearies

    does this food help with weight control? we are having bb basic turkey and potato formula small kibble. my dog eat only little, but gained a lot of weight. unknown reason, she is sensitive to turkey and potato weight control formula.i heard grain free is better, but it is of higher calorie and fat. wonder if anyone tried both bb basic and bb freedom can tell me the difference in this aspect. thanks a million.

  • Kevin

    I changed dog foods from Blue Buffalo Life Protection to the 
    Freedom.  My dog is a  Norwegian Elkhound mix.  She would shed a lot, so a lot of brushing was required.  Her hair was semi-course. Plus she would scratch a lot when warm weather came.  She scratch so much that she finally had hot spots.  The vet thought she may have allergies, but she didn’t have the signs of allergies besides the scratching. 

    I changed dog foods just to see if there was something to this Grain Free hype.  She has been on Freedom for about 2 months now. Her hair is so soft now, and very glossy.  She doesn’t shed much anymore. Plus the scratching has stop. The Grain Free Freedom has made a huge difference on my dog.   

    I feed her the same amount of dog food I did before. I don’t follow the bag for dog food amounts because if I did my dog without a doubt would become fat.  

    The cost of the Grain Free Freedom is more than I paid before, but with these results it is so worth it.  

  • Marie

     I hope it works out if you decide to try again. I’ve noticed that recommended feeding guidelines are usually a bit inflated.

  • Jerry

    Thanks Marie. I’ll keep that in mind if we go high protein again. I was going with the lowest recommended amount listed on the bag for her size which was 1/2 cup per day (we did 1/4 cup twice a day). Shaving off 1/8 of the portion should be easy enough. Thanks again.

  • Marie

     A lot of times when a dog is put on a higher-protein food and has soft stools, I usually recommend cutting back overall food amount by 1/8-1/4. Soft stools are usually a sign of (unknowingly, of course) overfeeding. Eating less is usually a good thing, because that means your dog is getting more nutrition with smaller amounts. Unless, of course, less interest in eating is combined with other obvious signs of illness.

  • Jerry

    As I just posted in the NV Instinct comments, my 9 lb small breed mix did not handle the transition to high protein-grain free well, having soft stools and gradually eating less.  I thought this may have been from the ingredients as she never had duck in a formula before, so I gradually switched to the beef and lamb based forumula within the Instinct line.  Now she is barely eating at all (will still devour treats and canned food though so I know it’s not a health issue causing her to not eat).  She has been on Nature’s Variety Prairie before and did fine on it, so it leads me to believe that the protein is the culprit here, at least in my dog’s case.

    Based on this I’m going to transition to Blue Freedom kibble.  If she does well on it, upon finishing I will try to switch again to high protein, but we’ll stay within the BB product line and try Wilderness.  I hope she does well on the BB brands.  I am very interested to see what the results are and if her intolerence was due to the protein amount or just the Instinct brand.   

  • Eric

    Then get wilderness…?

  • Marie

    Agreed. I have people ask me why Blue would make a lower protein grain-free food and I just shrug. The canned isn’t so bad though.

  • Dog Food Ninja

    So, the new line blue is towing is that wilderness is “too high” in protein for most average dogs, and freedom is a lower protein grain free alternative. I think that meat is the most expensive ingredient in a dog food, and blue has come up with a clever way to charge the same 55 bucks a bag for a food that costs them less to produce. And, you’d think that they could have at least made the new grain free line potato free as well, to create a worthwhile selling point, or maybe used a unique protein rather than shoveling out yet another chicken based food. But whatever.

  • Scitron

    What our results with the “Freedom” line are, that our two Queensland/Pointer mix dogs, are really looking good, they have lots of energy, and the stools are both firm and small. I do run my dogs at least 2 miles a day out in the desert by my home, and that also keeps them from being too frisky in the house. ( yes, they are spoiled by being inside when ever they want. I also DO NOT feed scraps from the table except for licking the cereal bowls, or plates as a prewash) ( I know, sounds sick, but the plates and bowls go right into the dish washer, so not to worry) the only time I have had any problems were when my male got into the chicken coop, and ate some poop from the chickens….that gave him Coccidiosis, and he had to be treated with antibiotics for about 10 days.

  • mariabonita69

    Which formula are you using?
    Wilderness or the Freedom fomula?


  • Richard Darlington

    Mike P


    And I must say that Jubilee is looking great too.

  • Shawna

    Correct Mike :)!!!!!  GREAT pictures!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike P

    Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe more protein and less junk snacks will keep your dog nice and lean.

  • Shawna

    Mike P is right — the amount of protein required by a small breed is no different then by a larger breed.  They all need lots of it ;)..  The amino acids in protein are used to make antioxidants (like glutathione), used to make the very enzymes that digest the food eaten.  Used to repair and build new cells (like muscle and organs).  Used to make hair and nails.  It is the MOST important ingredient in a food…

    You can not feed too much “quality protein” to a dog or cat.  Drs Foster and Smith talk about it on their website.  Quote below

    Also, quality animal based protein does not (they know for sure) cause liver or kidney damage and limiting protein (even in a kidney dog) they now know can actually increase the likelyhood of shortened life span…

    I have 8 dogs living with me (5 are mine, my daughters pup and 2 foster dogs).  They range in size from 5 pounds to 15 pounds and all are on high protein diets.  My dog born with kidney disease has been on a high protein, raw diet since weaning and will be 6 the end of June and is in EXCELLENT health. :)

    “Can I feed my pet too much protein? If your pet eats too much protein, some will be excreted in the urine and the rest will be used as calories or converted to fat”

  • Mike P

    Hi donnie read Mike’s article on protein.It’s very informative and will probably answer some of your questions.I’m all in on quality animal protein for my dog.I don’t think it matters if a dog is small or large on how much good protein you feed.

  • donnie

    does BB grain free have to much protein for a small breed dog?

  • KMJ

    I started giving our girls the grain free chicken dog food. When they were puppies we fed them regular blue puppy formula, then for a while we just got whatever was cheapest (and my boston terrier got food poisoning from beneful). We have had them back on blue for a few months now, and the grain free formula seems to be very good for them. They have even more energy than they did before. The biggest thing I’ve noticed is that their fur has gotten incredibly soft and smooth since I’ve had them on grain free, and they shed much less. I’m going to continue giving them this formula. My boston turns her nose up at everything but blue anyway. 😛

  • Liz

    is anybody feeding BB freedom puppy chicken kibbles to mini poodle??

  • Marie

    Well, Wilderness prices rose (and Blue prices in general) a few weeks ago. I wonder if that was done in advance on purpose…

  • melissa

     Mike P-

    Thanks! Our area is apparently slow in getting it. I went to three stores yesterday and none of them had the Freedom yet. My thought is to perhaps use it in rotation of the Dave’s that is part of our mix right now

  • Mike P

    I went to our Petco and they had a endcap of the freedom line.I believe it was like $34 or $37 a bag.

  • melissa


    Our local Petsmart will not have this out until the 9th of the month, so waiting to see it in person.  Re the price point-With the addition of the Freedom line, it will be interesting to see if the raise the price of the Wilderness-thereby creating a “lower price point” spot for the Freedom to occupy. I try to support a small local store, but 1 1/2 weeks ago, I paid $51.50 for a bag of Wilderness Duck from them, and three days ago, they had raised the price to $57.75. When asked, they said they are bringing their prices in line with Petsmart and Petco, but those two are $54.99 regular price(on sale $5 off right now) i suspect that the price held by the Wilderness is going to be filled with the Freedom. Sigh.

  • Shawna

    To address the second part of your question —
    Dr. Karen Becker DVM (the vet seen on the website Mercola Healthy Pets) wrote an article listing best to worst foods.

    One is the best food to feed your pet.  Veterinary canned foods are number 8 and veterinary kibble foods are number 9.  Meaning there are 7 types of foods better for your pets.  Mike has Dr. Becker’s video here (note she explains why “kibbled” foods can actually contribute to kidney disease)

  • Shawna

    Vets – Drs Foster & Smith website 
    “Does high protein cause kidney disease? No. This myth probably started because, in the past, patients with kidney disease were commonly placed on low-protein (and thus low-nitrogen) diets. Today, we often put them on a diet that is not necessarily very low in protein, but instead contains protein that is more digestible (therefore producing fewer nitrogen by-products).”

    Animal nutritionist and moderator of one of the Yahoo kidney forums. Lew Olson
    “While in the past it was believed that excess protein might cause problems in dogs, it has been shown that dogs have the ability to metabolize excess protein. Protein is an essential part of the canine’s diet, and is necessary to sustain life and maintain the integrity of the internal organs.”

    Animal nutritionist and also moderator on one of the Yahoo kidney forums, Mary Straus (also writes nutrition articles for Whole Dog Journal and other publications and magazines.
    “Nutrition and Renal Function from the Purina Research Report “Dietary Protein and Renal Function: Results of multiple studies indicated that there were no adverse effects of the high protein diets.”

    Also from Mary’s website
    “Dietary Management for Clinical Disorders in Dogs from the Journal of Indian Veterinary Association, Kerala “Recent research on dietary protein and the kidney has shown that 
    — dietary protein does not cause renal failure 
    — dietary protein does not appear to be involved in the progression of chronic renal failure 
    — inappropriate restriction of dietary protein may actually have an adverse effect on the normal or compromised kidney”

    There is a lot more information from reputable sources on line regarding the myth that protein causes kidney disease.  Your vet needs to educate himself/herself on the new information (which has been out for over 10 years and has been published in veterinary newsletters etc) or knows the info but is simply trying to get your money..

  • Guest

    So I am officially confused. My Vet says that additional protein in the diet just stresses out the kidneys (even in a healthy dog) and that it may cause problems as the dog ages. He says that dogs don’t need to be on a diet with a protein level over 24%. He also claims that the veterinary diets are best because they are scientifically formulated and that they have the appropriate salt content (compared to commercial brands). I don’t know what to think anymore :S

  • Marie

    I agree that it has a lot of potatoes.  I asked Blue why they made Freedom when they already had Wilderness and their response was that they did a survey and a lot of their customers wanted grain-free without the ”higher” protein. So this deliberately has lower protein despite being grain-free. *shrug*

    That being said, I’m disappointed that it isn’t cheaper per pound than the Wilderness. The price point really should be lowered.

  • Socaldoglover

    I am surprised no one has commented that at 49% carbs most of that is coming from potatoes! Seems like the half the diet is made of potatoes vs more meat of the higher protein GF diets out there. Should dogs have THAT much potatoes everyday? There Wilderness product has more meat, higher protein like CORE and Taste of the Wild. 

  • Mike Sagman

    Hi Lauren,

    The average fiber content for all the dry dog foods in our database is currently 4.5% dry matter basis.

    So, yes, based on this average, 7% is above average for fiber content in kibble.

    Hope this helps.

  • sandy

    Not sure if there is a standard for fiber.  But my dogs have eaten Wilderness and Core Ocean with 7.5% without constipation.

    But all dogs are different…

  • Lauren

    I just noticed that there is 7% fiber in the new BB Freedom.  Is this a bit high for dog food standards?

  • Denirim

    I just bought the Freedom, and my dog had been eating Castor & Pollux Organix, so to get his digestion adjusted I’ve been mixing old with new.  I’ve done this before anytime I’ve changed his food, but what’s interesting this time, is that he loves the Freedom, and is dropping his old kibble on the floor (separating them).  He never had such a reaction over the BB Wilderness.  This has been his favorite so far.  He’s not a big eater, so it means alot for him to like this. 

  • Marie

    My understanding is that Blue wanted to make a grain-free food that wasn’t necessarily high protein or high fat. Hence, Freedom.

  • Toxed2loss

    IMO, the enzymes and probiotics are critical when your feeding anything “cooked.” Heating processes destroy them. The more processed, the more damaged the nutrients. So, if it’s highly processed kibble your feeding, you definitely need added enzymes and probiotics. :-}

  • Edward Hartmann

    I currently feed my 2yo great dane blue buffalo but am in a position where I can start getting Caster and Pollux Ultramix cheaper through my work (Whole Foods carries it in their limited pet section).  From the reviews they seem to be nearly identical in ingredients except for the probiotics and chelated minerals.  Do these have a big enough impact to justify $10 more per bag all else equal?  Putting a price on her health isn’t my goal, (I feed her BB currently after all) but this is still a great dane I’m buying for!

  • Wade

    ToTW is not made by Blue, someone can correct me if I am wrong. Blue’s other grain free is Wilderness. The reasoning they have so many different lines…”basics”, “longevity”, “Freedom”, “Wilderness”…that is beyond me.

  • Wade

    I also wish “Freedom” had a bit more protein. One of the few dry foods I have found that contain Pre and Probiotics as well as chelated minerals. Currently have our 3 babies on Blue Wilderness. One thing is for sure, Blue makes a great product.

  • Mike Sagman

    Hi Lauren,

    You’ll probably better understand the difference by comparing “The Bottom Line” summary of the 2 reviews. Be sure to check out my estimate of the meat content.

    Hope this helps.

  • Lauren

    I just noticed that Blue came out with this new grain-free food.  Any idea why Blue would come out with a second variety of grain-free food?  I currently feed Taste of the Wild (Sierra Mountain formula).  TOTW has 5 star rating and this one only has 4 – can you clarify the difference?  I might be interested in switching.  Thank for the input.

  • Omar D. Plumey

    Wish it had more protein.