Royal Canin Veterinary Diets Limited Ingredient (Dry)

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Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Royal Canin Veterinary Limited Ingredient Diets Dog Food is not rated due to its intentional therapeutic design.

Notes and Updates

09/06/2010 Original review
12/04/2013 Last Update

  • WizardMage

    actually, prescription grade food is created in the same way food for people with peanut allergies is. In facilities that have been controlled for mixing proteins.

  • WizardMage

    My 2.5 yr old standard poodle came to us at 4 months old. 2 months later our health journey began. I’ve had standard poodles all my life and we have a mini poodle rescue who is mentally disturbed. But our Spoo puppy was suffering all sorts of terrible digestive disorders (vomiting and black diarrhea) and the most severe ear infections where 2 times he had to be anesthetized for aspiration and treatment.
    at 8 months the Vet referred us to the Dermatologist specialist and we began the diet trials. 2-3 weeks at a time (sometimes it took only a days) of eliminating and feeding him ONLy 1 or 2 things. of course we took out chicken, it helped. Then we discovered he is HIGHLY allergic to dairy and he’s no longer allowed dairy. In fact a friend visiting from over seas sweetly was about to “treat” my darling puppy with a hint off her ice cream spoon and I almost gave her a heart attack with my scream “NO!!”!! anyone who has been through what we have would know how horrible it is. A yr from when we got back to allergy testing we finally know exactly what are his triggers. his officially tested and allergic to; certain weeds, grasses, tree’s and wool, cats, mold and I think that’s it for environmental allergies. Food wise, it’s been a trial and error indeed. Dairy and Chicken for sure. We thought sweet potato was good, but alas, nope. Even rabbit gave him diarrhea.
    He can ONLY eat Venison, treats that are Veggie and simple. Peanut Butter is OK (in small doses). We have Trupanion Insurance and they pay 50% of our Royal Canin Hypoallergenic Venison and Potato orders. We give him canned and dry is always in his bowl. Our other dog eats the dry too. We also discovered EVO Venison is OK and he likes it A LOT! Our mini poodle was scratching all time so the Vet recommended we change his food to the EVO Venison too and it’s been great. (until this week for some reason they’re both throwing up randomly but I think it has to do with the weather actually…I have a theory from seeing a pattern in my dogs, local construction and climate change where we live in NYC). Anyway…
    Venison antlers and Balls keep our big guy busy. He’s a vibrant friendly ACTIVE strong dog. I’d like to keep him that way for life. We love them like children. :)

  • Bill

    I have noticed lately there appear to be two different consistencies with the Royal Canin VP (Venison & Potato) canned food. Originally it seemed moist and firm and my dog loved it. Lately several (not all) of the cans contain a version that is much wetter and sticky than the other version. My dog does not like the wetter version and the only way I can get him to eat it is to cook it in the oven until it is dry. Has anyone else noticed this?

  • Gladys

    I’m feeding my Yorkie Royal Canin 28. She is a little overweight. Is there any Royal canin weight control food for Yorkies?

  • MB

    I have a 5 year old shitzhu who is overweight. I have always had a chalange with dog food for her, she is very picky and allergic. Because she constantly had ear infections, the vet suggested a duck diet. I had a hard time finding the right dog food that contained only duck and had the best ingediants. I chose to cook duck for her and sometimes give it with dr. harveys freeze dried vegetables ot Stella and chewys duck paties. I am concerned about her weight and not sure if she is getting everything she needs. Do you have any recommendations on what is the best dog food i can give her that will not make her gain weight, perhaps help her lose weight? She is allergy free, yet her weight is bothering me very much and also her anal glands fill up quickly right after we get them squeezed. does that have anything to do with her diet?weight? any suggestions?

  • Ljcody

    Does anyone know anything about the Royal Canin Uninary SO dry dog food- my Shiba Inu has struvite crystals in her urine and was prescibed this- she has eaten it for over a year without problems- I just went to get another bag at vets and the price increase is almost $10.00 for a 6 lbs bag! Any suggestions??

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Leonard… Since this is a prescription product, I’d suggest starting with the instructions on the package or consulting your prescribing veterinarian.

  • Leonard Ditano

    What is the number of cans of Royal Canin Urinary SO per day for a dog weighing 70pounds

  • Holly

    After talking to a friend who has had Danes forever, I am going to try Nutro for sensitive stomachs, along with a little pumpkin and yogurt once a week.

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    Yeah Gordon – That’s where vets make their money – on the meds – so a mainstream vet certainly won’t skip recommending vaccinations, de-worming meds, flea/tick meds, etc.
    Sometimes medications can CAUSE problems. I personally steer clear of chemical vet meds, especially in the so-called ‘preventative’ category.

    Gordon, I like your emphasis that BARF diets are approved by Nature. That’s similar to Nutrition Isn’t Rocket Science. And here’s another one – Real Food Is For Real Animals.

  • Holly

    Gordon-She is definitely up to date with vaccinations and de-worming. Thank goodness we don’t have to worry about that!

  • Gordon

    Like Shameless says, check with your Vet when considering to mimick a BARF diet. However, having said that, such diets are approved by Nature for pups as well. You may increase to 4% of body weight. In addition to that, I wouldn’t be surprised if your Vet incorrectly advises you against raw feeding, as most conventional Vets know only to prescribe those mainstream limited ingredient prescription diets. And from what you say, your Vet would most likely be clueless about raw and nutrition in general. Most Vets are trained by big company marketing to prescribe those certain prescription diets because all they know is what they’ve been advised about, what suits which problem, and not how each may actually work.

    Alternatively, try sandy’s suggested alternative kibble brand, and maybe even have a look at the Brother Complete Allergy Formula if you can access it. It also contains no potatoes (Not that this is causing the diarrhea, but worth a try).

    And just another thing to consider. Is your pup up to date with vaccinations and de-worming meds. This is very important as parasites can cause diarrhea as well, and pups before and up to the age of 6 months need more regular doses of worming meds, then after that age period, usually every 3 months from then. But surely your Vet covered that base with you?

  • Holly

    Gordon- suprisingly, she really doesn’t have a flatulence problem.
    About the raw food, it’s really overwhelming. I don’t know if we’re ready for that right now. Although, raw bones are supposed to help firm up stools, so that might help. We are so concerned about introducing anything new that could hurt her stomach more. I definitely will look in to the dry foods mentioned.
    Any other suggestions or experience is welcome. Thank you for comments so far!

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    Holly – Here is a link that has locations of co-ops where you can purchase bulk raw meat and organs:
    http://www.dogaware.com/diet/rawgroups.html

    Since your dog is a puppy, it’s best to do some research (or ask your vet) about a balanced diet and amount to feed.

  • Gordon

    Yeah Shameless, the reason I suggested part time raw, is because feeding raw isn’t cheap either, and feeding a Great Dane raw full time with a dog that large would be even more expensive. Imagine the cost? For commercial raw anyway. But bulk buying raw meaty bones and scraps from larger butcher outfits that usually have specials on every now and then, in every country I’d imagine. But if one goes that avenue, I would suggest also including about 15% rich green type veggies like, my favourite, kale, and spinach, with added raw egg and at least one or 2 fruits (no grapes or apple core and seeds or pear core and seeds – all else of apple and pear parts are OK) then put them through a mixer or shredder and mash them up really, then add them to 85% raw meaty bones. Perhaps even grind down the bones a little so it can mimick an almost commercial raw diet. Make up a lot of these servings and store in the freezer contained in freezer bags or containers. No need to cook at all. When preparing to serve your dog such a meal, make sure you’ve taken a serve out of the freezer to thaw for at least a few hours, or do what I do and one day before, place such in the fridge (Plenty of time to thaw soft enough to eat).

    When preparing such own homemade raw formulations, make sure to calculate the weight of each serving size, to be approximately 2 to 3 % of your Great Dane’s total weight.

    I would do the above myself instead of using commercial raw BARF if I had the time.

    Also as sandy states, most grain free limited ingredient foods still contain some form of potatoes and from what I read lately may cause some allergies including unwanted side effects like diarrhea, and ones with tapioca may also suffice to fix the problem. It’s just a matter of trial and error, especially since your Vets can’t even offer more effective alternatives.

    BTW, I confess, I don’t know much about tapioca (Will Google it), but I’ve heard it is a great binder alternative for kibble and is completely calories free?

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    Holly – I’d go raw full-time. Real Food is best for all animals. To not BustYourBudget, there are many raw feeding co-ops around where you can buy in bulk. Or ask your local butcher for meat deals and meat scraps.
    Here is a Great Dane website forum link topic about digestive problems. As I scanned the responses, I notice numerous raw feeding advocates:
    http://allaboutgreatdanes.yuku.com/topic/9410/Fighting-diarrhea-time-for-a-food-switch

  • sandy

    Holly,

    There’s Nature’s Variety LID that are made with tapioca and peas (if there’s a potato sensitivity), and there’s Natural Balance LID made with potatoes. There’s also California Natural, a limited ingredient food line, and one of my friend’s IBS dog has transitioned from prescription food to Nature’s Select Salmon & Sweet Potato with success.

  • Gordon

    Holly – I don’t know what the costs of those limited prescription diets are, but have you considered feeding your Great Dane part time raw food. I personally wouldn’t know whether feeding raw would fix her diarrhea, but it would be inclined to believe that it would fix her flatulence problem. Raw foods are what Nature intended for dogs. Also, do you ever it any raw meaty bones. Pups, especially need these types of foods!

  • Holly

    Hi. I have a question about my 6 month old great dane. She has always had diarrhea and sometimes vomiting unless she is on metrinidazole. The vet told us to try purina one large breed puppy food. Again diarrhea. Then he said to try prescription i/d diet. Again diarrhea. Now he is telling us to give her Royal Canin Venison and Potatoes, but she eats so much that I would go broke trying to feed her this all the time. Any suggestions? They have done a lot of testing and seem to think it’s irritable bowel syndrome.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Marilyn… Royal Canin made some changes to its veterinary product line (earlier this year?). But you’ll probably need to call the company to find out if the one you mention has been changed. Wish I could be more help.

  • Marilyn

    Has Royal Canin changed its ingredients in the Potato and Duck formula? Our last bag was considerably lighter than ever before and our dog is having more frequent stomach issues. She had been doing so well with the old formula.

  • Marilynn

    Sandy,

    Thanks a million…you are the best!!!

  • sandy

    Marilynn,

    I would suggest first reading in the dogfoodadivsor library the following articles for a little background: “Dog Food Allergies”, “How to Choose Dog Food”, “Dog Food Carbohydrates” under the catergory Canine Nutrition, “Diseases Linked to Grains in Dog Food, part 1 & 2″ under the category Dog Food Industry Exposed. Of course the other ones are great reading as well. Then, read over the “Orijen White Paper” at championpetfoods.com – [library],
    and one more – at BrothersComplete.com, [why brothers], “brothers document” pay particular attention to “leaky gut”. I know it’s alot and will be overwhelming, because I just started educating myself about all this mess almost 2 years ago, and its a continuous learning process. Thank goodness there’s Mike and lots of other helpful folks that chime in here!

    Then with all that info floating around in your brain, here’s my opinion and I’m not a vet or vet tech or work in a vet’s office or a dog food company. I rescue pugs!! I’ve had over 70 of them now, all ages, all conditions.

    Natural Balance LID just does not have enough meat (23.3%) and too much carbohydrate (56.6%), which I think could add to your dogs issues/allergies. Maybe he is or isn’t having some kind of a “leaky gut” issue. Maybe the long term use of your current food, Nutro, which is about 49% carbohydrate content has precipitated his allergie issue (diseases linked to grains article) since it has 3 kinds of rice ingredients, corn, wheat and soybean. Nutro does have a grain free venison formula but it doesn’t sound good from the numbers – 23.3% protein, 54.4% carbs.

    For the foods that don’t have those blood test allergy ingredients, my first choice would be Instinct Salmon (30%) then Rabbit (28%), then Honest Kitchen Zeal (35%), then TOTW Pacific Stream (47%), Addictio Kangaroo & Apples kibble (48%), Addiction Salmon kibble (51%), Nutro Grain Free Adult (54%), California Natural Herring & Sweet Potato (56%) and then Natural Balance LID Fish or Duck (57%), Maybe you could add in some real raw beef or fish, or cooked it you like, to supplement the foods after TOTW because they’re a little low in the meat department.

    Maybe after 6 months of changing his diet to something more biologically appropriate, he will be able to heal himself (heal his guts) if his allergies are related to long term high carbohydrate diet and then you can start adding in regular foods or different proteins and veggies back into his diet and see how he does. There’s quite a bit of grain free choices out there but alot of them have peas.

    And then maybe he really is allergic to all that lamb, chicken, turkey etc, and will need to be on restricted diet long term. I hope not.

    Wish you the best! Happy reading!

  • Marilynn

    Thank you, I appreciate you point of view.

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    Regarding blood testing for allergies, here is an excerpt of the article Aimee mentioned, titled Food Allergies and Food Intolerance – on the Doctor Foster and Smith website:

    http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2&aid=143

    Blood Testing: There is no evidence that blood tests are accurate for the diagnosis of food allergies. Veterinary dermatologists insist that there is no merit in these tests whatsoever in the diagnosis of food allergies. The only way to accurately diagnose food allergies is with a food trial as detailed above. While the intradermal skin testing is excellent for diagnosing atopy (inhalant allergies) it is ineffective for food allergies. While specialized blood tests can be used to help in the diagnosis of atopy, they have no benefit in diagnosing food allergies. In our review of all the current books and articles on veterinary dermatology and allergies, we could not find a single dermatologist that endorsed anything other than the food trial as an effective diagnostic aid. If you want to diagnose and treat food allergies you must do a food trial.##

  • Marilynn

    Hi Sandy,

    My dog was eating Nutro’s Natural Choice-Lg. Breed Adult dry dog food. I will check out the peteducation.com you mentioned. I’ve been looking into the food choices you mentioned. Do you recommend the Natural Balance Grain Free Ltd. Ingredients line of dog food? It seems to get good reviews and was on a list recommended by my vet.

    As for the allergy testing, my dog’s blood sample was sent to the VARL lab in Pasadena, CA. (www.varlallergy.com).
    My vet provided me with the printout of her results. It appears to be legitimate to me. I appreciate your continued input and comments as I do want to make the best choice for my dog. Thank you!!

  • sandy

    Your welcome. Aimee on June 17 stated there are no blood tests for food allergies. Whether this is true or not, I don’t know. Hopefully your vet isn’t trying to pull a con on you. Did you click the link peteducation.com she mentioned above? There is an abundance of biologically appropriate foods out there which would help with food sensitivities. What is your dog currently eating?

  • Marilynn

    Hi Mike and Sandy,

    Mike, I had read your review and did find it helpful. Thank you.
    Sandy, I greatly appreciate your listing some other options!
    I will definitely look into them. Thank you so very much. Thank you both for your input. This is a wonderful website!!

  • sandy

    Marilynn,

    Natures Variety Instinct Rabbit and Instinct Salmon and Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream are much better foods that don’t have those ingredients you listed. There’s also California Natural Herring & Sweet Potato, Addiction Outback Kangaroo Feast, Addiction Perfect Summer Brushtail, Addiction New Zealand Forest Delicacies, Addiction Steakhouse Beef & Zucchini, Addiction Kangaroo and Apples kibble, Honest Kitchen Zeal, Honest Kitchen Verve and Honest Kitchen Preference (add your own meat). There’s also raw foods that you may want to consider as well. I use Primal and Natures Variety but there are others.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Marilyn… Please read my review of this dog food to get my detailed opinion about its ingredient quality and its estimated meat content. You can learn more about this topic on my FAQ page. Look for the topic, “Dog Food Allergies”. And visit the links mentioned there. Hope this helps.

  • Marilynn

    My 5 year old 65 lb. German Shepherd/Lab mix dog had a blood test done to determine any food allergies. The results show that she is allergic to the following: Corn, Soybean, Chicken, Yeast, Rice, Turkey, Lamb, and Peas. The Vet. suggested Royal Canin Potato & Venison Hypoallergenic dry food. Do you think this is a good choice? Do you have any other suggestions? Thank you for your help.

  • aimee

    Hillary wrote: “I looked at her test results and she’s not allergic to peas”

    Hillary I’m assuming that you are looking at blood test results. Food allergy can not be diagnosed via blood tests.
    See this article for further information.

    You may want to do the inital trial with a veterinary formula as OTC limited ingredient diets have been found to contain additional protein sources other than what is on the label.
    If she tolerates chicken and rice home cooked another option would be to get a balanced homemade diet for her using those ingredients.
    Good Luck!

    http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2&aid=143

  • sandy

    And…Amicus, and Nutrisource grain free.

  • sandy

    and Evo herring & salmon.

  • sandy

    Dogswell Nutrisca is also potato/grain free.

  • Hiliary

    She’s actually allergic to both potatoes.

  • Jonathan

    Hiliary, there is a food made by Earthborn called Great Plains and it has no potato or grain. It’s Bison meal based and the starches are peas and tapioca.

  • sandy

    Hiliary,
    Is she allergic to white potato or sweet potato? There are some foods that just have sweet potato.

  • Hiliary

    Sandy….I stand corrected. I looked at her test results and she’s not allergic to peas so maybe I’ll look into that Natures Variety.

  • Hiliary

    Thank you both very much for your suggestions!

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    Hiliary – LID might work for your dog. But with what you describe, I would continue to feed the boiled chicken while gradually eliminating the rice. Even if she’s not technically ‘allergic’ to rice, grains are unnecessary, and sometimes detrimental, for dogs digestive system.
    I would feed more meat and also some organs. But it would be best to look into feeding nutrient-complete meals. A raw diet might be your perfect solution that you could gradually transition to. Here are some of the 5-star raw foods that Mike has reviewed:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/raw/5-star/

  • sandy

    Natures Variety has 2 new LID. Very short ingredient lists. On the 4 star list but it has peas and so does Brothers Complete Allergy. On the other hand Nature’s Variety Instinct does not have peas or potatoes or corn. And there’s Natural Balance LID Lamb & Rice, Wellness Simple Solutions, both are low in meat, so I would probably top them with 95% canned meat of some kind.

  • Hiliary

    She had been on Iams since she was a puppy and was doing just fine and then something set it off and since February we tried Blue Buffalo fish and potato I think it was and then the most recent was the Canidae chicken and rice. The bad thing is that she’s allergic to some crazy ingredients like corn, carrots, peas, sweet potato.

  • sandy

    what kinds of foods have you tried?

  • Hiliary

    I have a 2 year old dog that developed GI issues in Feb. of this year and since then we haven’t been able to put her on a dog food that doesn’t cause her to have bloody diarrhea and vomit within a week of being on it. The vet basically says ast this point she’s got an extremely sensitive stomach. We’ve done the allergy food testing and even tried her on one of the foods suggested and she relapsed again. We’ve just been feeding her boiled chicken and rice for the past couple of months and she’s just so skinny and not putting on any weight. Does anybody have any suggestions of extremely limited ingredient food that we could give her so that she could start getting some meat back on her bones??

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Margaret… I’ve now marked this product line as “Discontinued” and posted a review of its successor, RCVD Hypoallergenic Selected Protein dry dog food.

  • Margaret

    Thanks, Mike. I look forward to your updated review of ROYAL CANIN Veterinary Diet® canine HYPOALLERGENIC SELECTED PROTEIN ADULT PV dry.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Margaret… Royal Cain has recently (Feb?) changed some of its veterinary lines. For example, their Limited Ingredient recipes have been re-named. Some of the recipes have been discontinued and others have been re-named. I will be updating these reviews as soon as I can. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Margaret

    I just noticed that the ingredients of the prescription version of Royal Canin’s Potato Venison Hypoallergenic dry food have changed slightly from the ingredients that you have listed above.

    What are the nutritional effects of this formula change? Does this new change effect your rating of this food?

    New ingredients as listed in their product guide:
    ROYAL CANIN Veterinary Diet® canine HYPOALLERGENIC SELECTED PROTEIN ADULT PV dry
    Dried potato, venison meal, potato protein, coconut oil, natural flavors, vegetable oil, fish oil, salt, DL-methionine, L-lysine, choline chloride, taurine, monosodium phosphate, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin A acetate, niacin supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], trace minerals (zinc oxide, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), rosemary extract, preserved with natural mixed tocopherols and citric acid.

  • Jonathan

    The FDA does not recognize or necessitate that a dog food not containing actual pharmaceuticals must be prescription. The concept of prescription diets is an invention of the dog food and veterinary medicine industry.

    It serves one purpose: to make a profit.

    While this isn’t a bad food, (as many other Vet formulas are) it is severely overpriced for what it is. Here is the ingredients for Natural Balance Potato and Duck up to the vitamins:

    Potatoes, Duck, Duck Meal, Potato Protein, Canola Oil (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols), Dicalcium Phosphate, Potato Fiber, etc

    How is that any less appropriate than this so call “prescription” formula? And it’s $50 for 30lb’s. I’m willnig to bet that is hugely cheaper than what you are paying for this Royal Canin product. It may do you are your partner well to try it out.

    Actually, it may do your dog well. I hope you aren’t eating it. :-)

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Troy… The whole prescription thing for a dog food like this seems completely unnecessary to me, too. There are numerous limited ingredient products out there that don’t require a vet’s “prescription” to buy. The manufacturer claims this product is “complete and balanced” for adult maintenance. So, although this food (or any product) could be rather boring to your dog when fed day-after-day, from a nutritional standpoint, you should be OK.

  • Troy Molitor

    I have a lab that has tested positive for several enviro allergies. As part of the “process” the dermatologist put her on the Royal C. potatoe and venison can food. She has been on it now for about four months. For all intent and purpose, she is staying lean and seems well nurished. My partner and I were just wondering…why, if this food is so clean of biproducts and healthy for dogs, why it takes a prescription to get it. Our fear was that it was missing some key nutrients which dogs may need. Based on your review of the product, what are your thoughts? If it has a strong nutrient base and provides all that she needs, we would just follow the vets recommendation and keep her on it.

    Thanks,
    Troy in Chicago

  • Jonathan

    Karen, have you tried any other proteins? Natural Balance makes “L.I.D. Duck and Potato” that is really just Duck and Potato. Unfortunately, their Venison is “Venison and Sweet Potato”. But Maybe if your pup handles Duck okay, the NB Duck and Potato would be worth a try. Not to mention that 28 pounds of it is about $50… That’s nearly twice the food for the money versus what you pay the vet.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Karen… I’m sorry to hear about your dog’s health problems. Unfortunately, since I’m not a veterinarian, you’ve asked a question I don’t feel qualified to answer. Like with humans, each dog responds to a particular food (or an ingredient) in its own unique way.

    And many times, the signs and symptoms you describe aren’t even related to the food in the first place. So, it would be misleading for me to assure you feeding a specific product would control the issues you describe.

    We are only aware of recipe changes when our readers report such information to us. I am not aware of a recipe change here. So, you may wish to contact the company.

    Wish I could be more help.

  • Karen

    My question is about Royal Canin Venison & Potato Vet formula.
    I have a rescue boxer that was very ill when I adopted him. He went through awful pain. Acted like he was starving all the time. Xrays were done, Barium xrays were done. Ultrasound too. Nothing showed up. He would get severe gas right after eating. Raw diet did not work with him. If I could feed him ONLY raw venison, he was ok! But thats not something I can get for a steady diet. I buy Royal Canin Venison & potato, and he’s done well for almost a year now. This past month I purchased a bag, and thought it looked different. Within a little over a week, my boxer was getting hiccups, gas, and going through the yawning again. (signs of early bloat) I compared this new bag to some of the old bag of kibble I had. The new bag’s kibble is MUCH lighter in color. It does not soak up water the same. ( I always soak his food in water prior to feeding to avoid bloat) How do I KNOW that a co. has changed their formula? Is there anything in comparison with the Vet formula Venison & Potato? It’s very expensive, $58.00 a 16lb bag!
    I have searched the foods at the local feed store. Everything has SWEET potato in it.. which brings on gas. I was told that it is called the “flute fruit”! He cannot eat it.
    What do I do???
    Any input would be greatly appreciated. He was so ill that he lost weight, and even the vets had no clue what was wrong with him. The boxer rescue said he will either make it, or not! Very scary. He has been doing so well, now the food co. has changed. “:o(

  • Kelly Caffey

    Message for “Worried”: My Bichon also has a very sensitive stomach and has been on Royal Canin whitefish/potato for years and tolerates it well. Before then, she was sick daily. The vet (who also practices holistic veterinary medicine) I took her to that switched her to that food also put her on acidophilis and a holistic Chinese herb she takes daily. Together, the food and latter 2 items have done wonders – my dog does not have stomach problems or get sick any more!

  • Jesse Bessy

    Thanks Mike, I’ve been going crazy over comparing dog foods and your right I honestly think it has nothing to do with food. She is doing well but the food just seems empty with things essential to a dog’s health.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Jesse… I’m so sorry to hear about your dog’s ear problem. Unfortunately, since I’m not a veterinarian, you’ve asked a question I don’t feel qualified to answer. Like with humans, each dog responds to a particular food (or an ingredient) in its own unique way. And many times, the signs and symptoms you see are not even related to the food in the first place. So, it would be impossible for me (or anyone) to assure you feeding a specific product would control the ear infections or provide the results you’re looking for. The good news? There are some very good dog foods out there. But unfortunately, finding the best one for your pet can involve at least some trial and error. Wish I could be more help.

  • Jesse Bessy

    Mike,

    My female westie, Izzi Belle, is 2 1/2/ years old and recently developed a severe ear infection after switching to Scient Diet Small Bites from Pedigree. We then switched to Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice (I believe correct name) and had an increase in ear infection and the runs. The vet recommended this dog food and the ear infection has went away completely. My concern is the food just doesn’t seem enough for a dog. The kibbles have a strange smell and although she eats it up, she has lost around 3 pounds. She is very active and seems to not be affected by the change but am I feeding her the best dog food? I’m obsessed with reading reviews and hear so much about the Acana brand but I’m scared that she will develop the same problems. Why fix something that seems corrected, right?

  • Worried

    My dog has a very sensitive stomach. She was eating Iams fish & potato (I know, not a great food) until it was recalled. I have been trying to get her on one of the higher quality 5 star foods with no luck…..diarhea and gastroenteritis. She cannot handle the high fat & protein (she is a 10 yr old toy breed). After trying several foods the vet insisted on Royal Canin fish/potato and she is doing great. I still do not like the ingredients so if anyone out there has had a similar problem can you recommend another better quality fish/potato grain free dog food? Thanks

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Tyson… Unfortunately, since I’m not a veterinarian (and even though your grain-free approach does make sense), it would be inappropriate for me advise you on the cause and treatment of a yeast infection. Sorry I can’t be more help.

  • Tyson

    Hi Mike,
    I manage a pet supply store in WA state, and one of my regular customers said her vet sold her R.C. Potato & Venison L.I.D. for her dog with an advanced yeast infection. She purchased probiotics and I told her to stay away from over-the-counter flea treatments. But if candida feed on sugars from carbs/starches, is it wise to feed the dog with this food? I want to switch her to raw food, or at least give her a grain-free kibble w/ probiotics added. But I want to make sure my reasoning isn’t off first.

    Thanks,
    Tyson