Solid Gold Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

Solid Gold Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Solid Gold product line includes 11 dry dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Solid Gold Wee Bit [A]
  • Solid Gold Star Chaser [M]
  • Solid Gold Wolf Cub Puppy [A]
  • Solid Gold Fit and Fabulous [M]
  • Solid Gold Wolf King (3.5 stars) [M]
  • Solid Gold MMillennia (3.5 stars) [M]
  • Solid Gold Hundchen Flocken Puppy [A]
  • Solid Gold Dream Catcher (3.5 stars) [M]
  • Solid Gold Holistique Blendz Adult (2 stars) [M]
  • Solid Gold Hund-n-Flocken (3.5 stars) [M]
  • Solid Gold Wide-Eyed Dreamer (3.5 stars) [M]

Solid Gold Wee Bit was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Solid Gold Wee Bit

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 31% | Fat = 20% | Carbs = 41%

Ingredients: Bison, ocean fish meal, brown rice, peas, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), oatmeal, pea protein, dried eggs, rice bran, pearled barley, salmon meal, tomato pomace, natural flavor, flaxseed, salt, choline chloride, dl-methionine, potassium chloride, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), taurine, l-carnitine, carrots, parsley, apples, cranberries, blueberries, lettuce, celery, beets, watercress, spinach, dried chicory root, broccoli, spearmint, almond oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), sesame oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Yucca schidigera extract, dried kelp, thyme, lentils, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, niacin, ferrous sulfate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, manganese sulfate, zinc proteinate, folic acid, calcium iodate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, rosemary extract, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis28%18%NA
Dry Matter Basis31%20%41%
Calorie Weighted Basis26%40%34%
Protein = 26% | Fat = 40% | Carbs = 34%

The first ingredient in this dog food is bison. Although it is a quality item, raw bison 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 ocean fish meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

Unfortunately, this particular item is anonymous. Because various fish contain different types of fats, we would have preferred to have known the source species.

The third ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fourth 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 fifth ingredient is 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.

The sixth ingredient isoatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

The seventh ingredient is 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.

The eighth ingredient includes dried eggs, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The ninth ingredient is rice bran, a healthy by-product of milling whole grain rice. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain containing starch, protein, fat as well as vitamins and minerals.

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 six notable exceptions

First, 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.

Next, 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.

In addition, we find salmon oil. Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

Next, 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 that this recipe contains lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

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

And lastly, this food includes 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.

Solid Gold Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Solid Gold 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 31%, a fat level of 20% and estimated carbohydrates of about 41%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 13%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 52% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 49%.

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

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

Bottom line?

Solid Gold is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

However, due to it’s apparent lower meat content, we cannot recommend the Holistique Blendz formula.

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.

Solid Gold Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

09/03/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Daisy De La Vega

    My dog is 12 years old and he has no teeth and weighs about 4 and a half pounds (healthy for a chihuahua his size) and he is the most stubborn, picky dog and the fact that he has no teeth makes finding food for him even harder. I’ve tried numerous different brands of dog food for him but at the end of he day all he wants is plain chicken breast. Because all he was getting was protein and nothing else he was having issues with the lack of vitamins so I started putting vegetables in his chicken and he would not eat any of it at all. He did not want any vegetables. All he wanted was chicken and things that weren’t healthy for him i.e the pizza I was eating. When I was at the pet store getting my cats food I came across the Solid Gold brand. It was something I’d never seen before and looked up information on it and found it was deemed good for dogs and nothing bad was in it. I thought of my old little dog who didn’t like any dog food and figured that I’d tried everything else I may as well try this. I gave it to him for dinner that night and he LOVED it. I mean this little dog was going to town on this food, that I did have to mash with a fork since he has no teeth. I couldn’t believe that I’d finally found a dog food that he liked. And it improved his health so much. After just a week of this diet his coat improved and his overall stomach health as well. Everything regulated. This is in my opinion fantastic. I will never buy another brand of dog food.

  • LunaLove

    someone mentioned gather by petcurean to me.. i know the company is great ive tried some of thier other dog foos..however i think gather is suppose to be organic and is from canada

  • Jim Faulkner

    I have had numerous dogs that I have rescued, that came to me with skin and food allergies. In the beginning I went the gambit with doctors and various experts, with little success. Early on in my search, at the advice of one of the staff members who pulled me off to the side upon completion of a vet visit, I switched to Solid Gold Hundenflocken. Within 35
    days serious skin allergies disappeared and bloody bare patches healed and regrew hair. In the past 12 years every dog that has fought food or skin allergies has healed up with the visible results being beautiful coats and zero health issues. I wouldn’t consider any other food. By the way, I train dogs professionally and compete them nationally. In my opinion, healthy insides produce beautifully healthy outsides which is a must in my business. Good luck!

  • Dana Desjardins

    I had a pair of Spaniels that passed away at 10 & 12, respectively, and they were on a pure Solid Gold diet–both wet & dry plus supplements and treats. Different breeds live longer than others and while nutrition is part of the equation, so is exercise, well-being and other factors. Based on my comments above, my current dogs are no longer eating any Solid Gold products due to a wide range of factors.

  • Dana Desjardins

    I USED TO BE A SOLID GOLD customer for at least the last 15
    years, but due to regular inconsistencies in quality (i.e. color, smell, dog appeal, etc.) I have definitely moved on! I’ve used 2-varieties of Solid Gold Dry (Hund-n-Flocken & Holistique) as well as a multitude of their supplements and treats. The latter are definitely subcontracted and are inferior to say the least! I have regularly encountered ‘bad’ product from Solid Gold starting about 2-years ago through current (2016). I have contacted the company directly, but Solid Gold will NOT respond to negative comments or prying questions. Don’t bother doing any research concerning their products, just find other products!

  • Dizzy

    Solid Gold proof! Put my Yorkie & Maltese on Solid Gold food, treats, supplements since they were puppies. They lived 19.5 & 18.5 years! I attribute this to pure quality nutrition. Companies can claim all they want but Solid Gold proved it to me.

  • AnaG.

    Thanks so much for the quick response and info!
    The FPR was what got me looking for this review. Seems loke a perfect fit for my dogs, who both need a low fat diet due to pancreatitis.

  • By the way, the “low calorie” products look good. They appear to have achieved their low calorie footprint by reducing fat content.

    This gives the recipes a favorable FPR (fat-to-protein ratio).

    We’ll take a closer look and report our findings the next time around.

  • This review is not the only review for Solid Gold products on this website. For more recipes, be sure to click the “Reviews” link in the red navigation bar at the top of this page.

    Many of the recipes you’re looking for may already be listed within those reviews.

    In any case, the overall average Solid Gold formula has not changed appreciably since our last update.

    We are planning to revisit this particular review some time late this summer.

    Hope this helps.

  • AnaG.

    I was wondering the same thing. Would really like to know what Dr Mike thinks about ttheir low calorie one.

  • shepsperson

    I don’t know about the company being sold or anything, but I do know that I have had great customer service with them.
    Just recently I switched my GSD puppy to Wolf Cub. Before doing so I researched & contacted a lot of companies. They were always prompt, polite and helpful with their replies.
    Since switching him I’ve had to feed half as much as his previous brand and his coat looks the best it ever has.

  • shepsperson

    I have been feeding Wolf Cub to my 7 month old GSD puppy for about a month. He loves it! When I contacted the company with questions they were great! I highly recommend this food.

  • Al


    I was feeding my Beagle Solid Gold Hund-n-Flocken Lamb, Brown Rice and Pearled Barley (3.5 stars) for the past three years. Now, my girlfriend has her on Castor & Pollux Organix Healthy Weight Recipe w/ Chicken, Brown Rice & Flaxseed Adult Dry Dog Food.

    For some reason, I am not convinced. With terms “Organic” and “Grass fed” being thrown around in society all too often – these brands are still coming up kinda short on reviews. I know they are Very good ( and one can do a lot worse!) – –
    But does anyone know what dry food would be “GREAT”?

    I am looking for an organic food most importantly without added hormones from the get-go / Money is no object.

    Aren’t Canadian based foods the best?

    (I already know a raw diet is superior, I am talking about a dry food alternative at the moment)


  • GSDgrl82

    I like Zignature over all but it has a lot of fiber and makes my dog go to the bathroom a ridiculous amount. I doubt I’ll be using it again unless really needed. Nutrisource is a good limited ingredient kibble as well.

  • GSDgrl82

    Solid gold has several new formula’s out, will these be reviewed at all? Not the fault of the site but very frustrating as I am considering using this food but there aren’t very many recent posts about it. Has the company been sold, anything new going on, ect ect?

  • Samantha Parker

    Zignature is awesome for allergies!! I’ve tried everything for 2 years and after an allergy test, Zignature was the only kibble that didn’t have a trigger in the first 4 ingredients. No artificial preservatives or flavors which also triggers allergies. And it’s grain AND potato free, great for yeast problems which duke also has. He’s finally thriving on the salmon and kangaroo varieties

  • Penny

    Have you tried just making your own food for your dog?

  • Lynn Cox

    I have a dog that has severe food allergies. I had her on “Iams” kangaroo and oats which was recommended by her vet but she still had bad allergy problems. I then switched her to “Go” turkey but found out it had cottage cheese in it and she is allergic to milk. I found a food that doesn’t have anything she is allergic to which is Balance IT with f
    ish and beans. She absolutely wont eat it. I am at my wits end. I thought I would try Solid Gold turkey and vegetables but after reading some comments I don’t know what to do. Can anyone please help me.

  • Crystal Hope Kendrick

    Yes, I’ve thought of cooking her meals. I have successfully fed her ground turkey without any stomach issues, so I may try that.

  • Susan

    Hi Crystal, have you thought of cooking, look at the ingredients in the Hills I/d.. Hills make 2 x I/d one is I/d Low Fat GI Restore & I/d Gastrointestinal health the I/d Gastrointestinal has turkey, egg, pork liver, rice, corn, rice starch etc, so I would go & buy some lean turkey breast grounded mince, some white rice as it has less fiber then brown rice… boil some rice, boil the lean turkey mince not long just bring to the boil & take off stove & sit….mince cooks quickly, drain every thing & add about 1/4 cup of the turkey & rice with her Hills I/d wet tin food for about 3 days, see how she goes, if she is doing good add 1/2 cooked turkey & rice & 1/2 I/d wet tin food then when you have her on the turkey & rice mix add some egg thru the turkey & rice batch only 1 egg to start with, then slowly add a new ingredient…. freeze the turkey & rice in 1/2 cup sections, then when she is doing good, freeze small meals also find a kibble that has just 1 protein & rice like the California Natural.. California natural has Lamb & Rice just 4 ingredients or Chicken & Rice with 5 ingredients, less ingredients & less chances of tummy upsets.. I soak my boy kibble in water, when the kibble is soft, I drain the water very well then put thru a blender mini processor & it comes out like wet tin food, I feed the soaked kibble for breakfast & cooked meal or tin food for dinner…that way she has a variety of foods.. have you tried some sardines in spring water as a treat sardines are excellent & makes their coat nice & shiney…..Vet Diets are for when a dog is sick then when the dog is well again, you find another diet….also read the fat%.. Hills has converted their wet foods to dry matter, so if its the I/d Gastro its 14% fat so that’s about 3-4% fat in a normal wet tin food, if your dog is eating the I/d Low Fat Restore the fat is 8.5% converted so its 1.7% fat so you need to look for a wet tin food with 2% & under fat..

  • Crystal Hope Kendrick

    I think this happened to my pitty I adopted in May. She was eating garbage when I found her- no, literally garbage. She was stealing out of trash cans. The rescue group that helped me with her sent us Purina dog chow and Solid Gold hundenflocken. She wouldn’t touch the Solid Gold but ate the Purina just fine. When I tried to switch her to Natural Balance LID she started vomiting and having diarrhea after just a little bit of it. She was thin to begin with so after she lost a couple pounds it was off to the vet. She’s been on prescription canned Science Diet I/D with added probiotics ever since and I know it’s not the best but she’s able to process it. I’d love to put her on a food that is good for her and more affordable (the canned prescription food is breaking the bank).

  • Crazy4dogs

    The general rule of transition is: 75% old food – 25% new food 3-4 days, 50% old – 50% new 3-4 days, 75% new – 25% old 3-4 days. If at any point the stools are loose, move back to where it was working and stay on that ratio for a few more days. Canned pumpkin in small doses helps with loose stool.
    I always do a rotational diet. That way, your dogs are used to processing different foods and you’re not stuck with dogs having issues if a formula changes or the food is unavailable. You might want to rotate between at least a couple of foods that work so that you don’t run into this problem.

  • papagrune123

    Having read post’s I wonder about contuning to feed your old brand of dog food while cutting back on the amount but, adding the new food. I used to use Solid Gold but my local store went out of business and even stopped carring it.I had very go results with it. We also used their other products too. But fostering dogs also would have made it a problem. We are down to 6 forver dogs from 13 at one time. They are small dog’s with flat faces mostly and a boxer.

    Richard lost in Texas

  • Dori

    ssweetlady. I clicked on your pic but it’s not bringing me to you on fb. I went directly to FB also and put in ssweetlady but can’t find you. I’ll keep trying but don’t know what name you go by on fb.

  • ssweetlady

    dori can you send me a private message to my face book you should just be able to click on pic and then click o. my fb if not then me no if you cant get through i have a few questions and i dont come on this thing to much

  • Crazy4dogs

    A good thing to do is to add warm water and let the food absorb a bit of it. When you add fresh food and water to kibble, you will notice your dogs spending less time @ the water bowl. 🙂

  • Crazy4dogs

    Doreen, I forgot to mention in my previous comments that in addition to your dogs going to a completely different food, they also went to a different protein. I personally recommend that if you are switching to a completely different food that you stay with a similar protein/fat level as what your were at prior to the switch if you are only trying to improve your food. That tends to cause the least problems. Your dogs may be having an issue in the fact that you switched food, protein, fat level. When you switch everything, you don’t know what is causing the problem.

  • Dori

    I’m glad I could help.

  • Doreen Straatmeyer Belcher

    Thank you Dori, you have been a great help explaining things to me.

  • Doreen Straatmeyer Belcher

    Thank you Dori, that explains it well,
    I signed up for recalls.

  • Dori

    Hi Doreen. No need to get confused. We’ll all try to help you along. Ratings on food are on the ingredients in the food itself, not the company. Looking at some of Diamond foods they do look fairly decent, the problem is the company’s slovenly ways and the amount of recalls they have had and the way they have handled them. Because they have had so many recalls a lot of us feel that it’s just a matter of time before another one comes along. Not if they’re going to have another recall but rather, when. Dogs that have healthy guts can handle a lot more than dogs that have eaten an inferior food for most, if not all, of their lives. Their immune systems (70% of which lives in the gut) can’t handle bad bacteria coming at them. Evangers is another company to stay away from. They’re a bit on the shady side.

    Anyway, intestinal problems with your dogs may have happened because you either transitioned much to quickly. It’s a really slow process. Another thing is that you went from a really horrible food rated 1 star and jumped all the way to a 4.5 food. Too much too soon for a gut ill equipped to handle that big a change in diet. It’s like people who are accustomed to eating their regular day in day out diet and then you go to a fancy shmancy french restaurant and eat their rich food. It’s healthy, really good food but your not accustomed to eating such a better food. Cramps, indigestion, nausea, diarrhea. You get the picture. So I would advise you to check out the 2 and 3 star rated foods and transition to one of those grain free. When they are all well on that food which you have fed for a couple of months then do another transition to a 3.5 to 4 star rating and do the same thing. Then you can start transitioning to a 4 – 5 star food. You have to build and heal their guts slowly.

    As to rated better foods and some knowledge of companies, you can always join the Editors Choice side of DFA. There you will see a monthly list of foods that DFA’s Dr. Mike and his staff have not only vetted the foods but the company’s customer service also. The monthly list has at times foods added and foods removed. There is also a section entitled Product and Recipe Monitor which will give you the reasons they’ve either been added or removed.

  • Susan

    Hi Doreen, you poor thing,
    Look for a kibble with Limited Ingredients with a lower fat %, look at the fat% on the Beneful, I bet the fat% was lower then the Solid Gold fat%, that’s probably why your older girl vomited, she isn’t use to a higher fat diet, & probably gave her a bit of acid reflux, look at the “Wellness Simple” range its a limted ingredient kibble then if the dogs are doing well on the Wellness Simple, you can look at the other Wellness kibbles they have for toy breed & small breed, here’s there link scroll right down to the bottom for the Simple range

  • Doreen Straatmeyer Belcher

    Now I find out that “Solid Gold wee bits” is made from “Diamond” a filthy company.
    And my poodle is still sick, I’m not trying any of the “Solid Gold products”, this has been terrible and I came here for help from The Dog Advisor and there ratings. They should take that rating off!

  • Doreen Straatmeyer Belcher

    Oh, thank you, I am getting more confused as I try to get my little ones off Beneful incredibites, I thought the name “Solid Gold wee bits” was rated above 4.5 that’s why I changed to them. The rating should be changed, don’t you think?
    My poodles were not sick and now they are having intestional problems I feel so bad because I was the one who changed their diet, and thought I was doing something good for them.
    Thank you again for your help.

  • Dori

    Diamond Pet Food has probably had more recalls than any other company. Very bad quality control, some of their facilities are seriously filthy. If you go to the upper left hand site of this page, click on Dog Food Recalls. That will give you a list of dog food recalls. Also while you’re up there click on Get Free Recall Alerts and every time there is a food recall, be it food or treats, you’ll get an email alerting you to that fact. The reason so many of us refuse to feed Diamond products is, one, of course, for the sheer amount of recalls they have had and, two, for the way they treated the recalls.

  • Doreen Straatmeyer Belcher

    Thank you so much, hope my older one settles down, I am worried

  • Doreen Straatmeyer Belcher

    Thank you so much

  • Doreen Straatmeyer Belcher

    Thank you so much for your help

  • Doreen Straatmeyer Belcher

    Thank you very much for your help

  • Doreen Straatmeyer Belcher

    Is that bad should I change?

  • Doreen Straatmeyer Belcher

    Thank you so much, it was vomit.

  • Doreen Straatmeyer Belcher

    What does being made by “Diamond” mean? Is it not rated 4.5 ? My 12 yr old min. poodle is still having problems. Is Solid Gold wee bits just to rich for her?

  • Dori

    I can’t understand why know would take Darth. His is such a sad story like so many out there, it’s just heartbreaking. Bless you for giving him a home. Maggie seems to be looking right at me through your camera lense. I love that very slight tilt of her head like she’s taking just a little better look inside you. What a sweet sweet girl. So many sad stories. I’m glad you gave them love.

  • Crazy4dogs

    This is our girl Maggie just before winter. It’s amazing what good dog food & exercise can do for a 10 year old dog!

  • Crazy4dogs

    Thanks Dori! Maggie, the Chocolate, is now 10 years old. We found her in a Kill Shelter over 9 years ago. We know she was either a minnie lab or a puppy. The shelter listed her as 1.5-2 years old. Our vet guestimated her @ 8 months old. She is our love girl and the rock when it comes to teaching foster dogs. She is so balanced that my rescue always asks me to foster the unbalanced dogs so they can get to know Maggie. We LOVE her to pieces!!!
    Darth, the Black Lab, has a story that is just so sad. He was in a very rural Kentucky Kill Shelter. We had lost our old boy Buster, a Lab/Ridgeback mix @ 14.25 yo 6 weeks prior. I started looking on petfinder for a friend for Maggie. We debated fostering. He was one of a “Lucky 13” that survived distemper. They had to put down 211 dogs & only 13 survived the distemper outbreak. Darth was one of the 13. Then there was the “Final 4” that were never rescued. 1 Hound, 1 Pitbull, 1 mix & Darth (supposedly a purebred Lab) that no one would take. A rescue in my area pulled Darth to save him from euthansia & he sat in a kennel for 3 months. What else could I do but foster the boy? No one ever called and he is such a sweet boy that we failed out first foster. They help us teach the inexperienced foster dogs to stay in their forever homes!

  • Dori

    Beautful. Very soulful eyes. Especially the brown one. Seems to look right through you. Anyway, they are both beautiful. The brown one somewhat speaks to me. What are their names. I’m sure you’ve posted the in the past I just don’t remember them. Great pictures of them.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Thanks Crazy4cats!

  • Crazy4cats

    Very nice lookin dogs! And very lucky to have you!

  • Doreen Straatmeyer Belcher

    Thank you all so very much, I really appreciate your help.
    I really feel bad, now they are both not wanting to eat and are very quiet, like not feeling well.
    I gave them some of the boiled plain skinless chicken breasts that I put on their food at dinner and they ate that, but did not know if it would make them worse.
    Yes, Solid Gold was rated #4 that’s why I changed to it, but did not know this would happen.
    So the reason is that it is richer than the Beneful, and I switched to fast,

  • Crazy4dogs

    He’s very cute! These are my personal dogs. Both Kill Shelter Labs.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Yes, you probably changed their diet too fast. Solid Gold is a good dog food but going from Beneful which is almost all plant based protein is a major switch. The mucus is because their intestines are irritated. The most common way of switching is: 3-4 days 25% new food/75% old food. If all is going well, the next 3-4 days 50/50 blend of old and new. If all is going well, the next 3-4 days 75% new/25% old. If @ any time you see loose stool, back up to the ratio that was working for a bit longer. Pure canned pumpkin is great for loose stools. Just a very small portion added to their food. Too much will increase loose stools. It’s a natural fiber that works for both poop problems of diarrhea and constipation. Some dogs are easier to change than others. My chocolate Lab can eat anything with no issues. I had a Lab/Ridgeback that needed just a bit of time, but after they got used to my rotation, it was much easier. I always rotate on foods. And you need to check the calorie count. A good food often has more calories. If you feed to much, you can get loose stool. Solid Gold compared to Incredibites has more real protein, but the biggest factor that may be causing loose stool is the fat %. Wee Bit – 18%, Incredibites 12%.

    Also, when feeding a good dog food, you feed much less since the food has less or no filler and is metabolized much better. As an example, I have an 80 lb Black Lab. During the summer and warm months he walks 2 miles 5 days a week, he eats 2.5 cups per day of dry food. It is mixed with some canned food, but it is nowhere near what is recommended on the bag of 5 star foods that I feed.

    When you said 1 dog was vomitting, was it vomit or regurgitated? Vomit will be semi digested usually with a strong smell & sometimes with some yellow bile. Regurgitation comes up looking almost exactly like it went in, sometimes with some water in it. Many people don’t realize that if a dog eats too much and/or too fast, they are often regurgitating not vomiting. I had a foster dog and a personal dog that would do that if eating or drinking too fast. Smaller & more frequent meals was the answer for them.

    I hope this helps.

  • GSDsForever

    pbi —

    Just a heads up, but the bison/buffalo formulas from Solid Gold are made by Diamond, last time I checked w/SG.

  • LabsRawesome

    Yeah, I mean if the stools were liquid diarrhea, I would be worried. But a little mucous should clear up within a few days.

  • aquariangt

    Honestly, I would probably do something similar to that, even though I mentioned going back, haha. Dani came on Diamond, I didn’t even bother transitioning, and plowed through with probiotics and pumpkin

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Doreen, great job getting your dogs off Beneful! Your puppy is doing good on the new food because he wasn’t on Beneful for that long. The older dogs are having more problems because they were on Beneful longer. I would just give them more time to adjust to Solid gold. Like a couple weeks. The nasty stools are the body’s way of getting rid of all the toxins from the Beneful. DO NOT go back to Beneful, the mucous in the stools will clear up. They just need some time to adjust.

  • aquariangt

    You may have changed too fast. Going from Beneful-a nutritionally empty food, to SG- a significantly more nutritionally dense food, is a big change, ESPECIALLY if they aren’t used to rotation. I would start with going back to beneful (as painful as that is for me to say) and when they are cleared up, transition to a midrange food, I usually recommend Precise for that, and Nutrisource a lot of people recommend as well. If you are going to Petco (I know they have solid gold-you wont find precise or nutrisource there) maybe wellness simple wouldn’t be too overwhelmly rich for them. Then once they are transitioned there, try a 4-5 star food with higher protein. From there, start rotating to help get their stomach healthy. Different proteins, different binders, as long as there is no intolerance. Do this slow, until your dogs are able to take transition cold turkey from bag to bag.

    All of that said, Solid Gold just a wee bit is manufactured by Diamond, so keep that in mind. Some of the others (I like Barking at the Moon) aren’t, so I use that one, but I wouldn’t try BatM until they are able to take 4-5 star foods regularly, it’s quite rich

  • Doreen Straatmeyer Belcher

    The reason I changed is because they were on “Beneful incredibites” and you heard about them. Don’t know what to do now, they both have a little mucus in their stool, maybe I changed to fast? The 12 yr old vomited up her dinner last night, baby seems ok. What is kcal?

  • Brianna

    Yes, what food did you have them on before? If the kcal/cup of your old food, for example, was around 350-380 or even less, that may explain it. Wee Bits has 420 kcals/cup.

  • Jessica Stomps

    This is our labradane Sabbath.

  • Jessica Stomps

    Thank you for your input and link. I live in Los Angeles so my dog and the drought have not been kind to our grass. We bought our dog, Sabbath, a huge bag of Natures Variety Instinct raw boost and he’s

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Jessica, I just wanted to add some input on lessenning urine burn in the lawn. It’s the excess nitrogen that does it. Essentially, your dogs are overfertilizing the lawn. The more concentrated the urine, the more you are overfertilizing. Dogs eating just plain kibble are always slightly dehydrated. I always give my dogs (personal & fosters) a canned/kibble/water mix for breakfast & raw or fresh for dinner. I rarely get lawn burns on my grass even with 2 large labs & 2 rescues of varying sizes @ all times.

    Here’s some great info from Colorado State:

  • Crazy4dogs

    What were you feeding before? It could be higher fiber, more calories, intolerance. It’s hard to tell without knowing.

  • Doreen Straatmeyer Belcher

    I just changed my two toy poodles 12 yr old and 6 mo old to Solid Gold wee bits. Why, oh why, did their poop double if not more in size?
    I can’t figure it out, they are both healthy inside dogs, lap dogs and that is very unusual for them. Threw the years I have tried several different brands and never never had this happen before.
    I know dog food companies try to make the food so they do not have a that happen.
    One poodle I had for seventeen yrs., now one for 12 yrs, and the new baby poodle, so I am used to picking up after them.
    I am NOT going to keep them on Solid Gold wee bits.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Jessica:
    Here’s some info on lawn burn:

    Check out this forum for info on feeding large and giant breed dogs. Read the links provided on the first page and the first three or four pages of the forum:

    Here’s a link to a Google document with recommended foods. My suggestion is to contact any manufacturer of the food you would like to feed to be sure the calcium is within the recommended percentages; recipes can change without notice. Look for a post dated July 23, 2013 at 1:51 pm:

    You can also join Dog Food Advisor’s Editor’s Choice for a current list of approved foods for large and giant breeds. Good luck with your pup and stop back if you need anything else!

  • Jessica Stomps

    Our lab/Great Dane mix is 14ths but still a puppy.

    Just got back from the store. After spending an hour reading different bags of food contents and asking tons of questions, we’re giving the Natures Variety chicken raw boost kibble a shot. We got a small bag to start with. Ingredients were very appealing plus we were told it’ll lessen urine burn in our yard.

    If you have any other suggestions, please let me know. Appreciate the help!

  • Bobby dog

    Is your dog an adult now?

  • Jessica Stomps

    Thank you thank you Bobby. I checked out the Wolf King info on bag and calcium content is not listed.

    Do you have a new suggestion for a food?

    Perhaps he’s not into Bison anymore. I tried addiction once, but he wasn’t into it. We’ve also tried Merrick, but he stopped liking that too.

    I was reading up on Blue Wilderness or Orijen. Any other suggestions?

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Jessica:
    I am not sure if anything changed with this food.

    With large and giant breed dogs the amount of calcium being fed is pertinent, not protein, until they reach maturity. It is also important to avoid over-exercising in large breed puppies because their bones have not developed enough to support intense physical activity. Check out this article for more current information on feeding large breed dogs:

  • Jessica Stomps

    We started giving out Labradane Solid Gold Wolf King at 6mths. Because he is part Great Dane our vet advised us to give him low protein. Low protein diets are great for large/tall dogs. It’ll help in the long run.

    He loved the Wolf King and looks amazing. His coat is so shiny and he’s in incredible shape. Plus, his teeth are sparkling white.

    However, since they changed the Solid Gold packaging, he doesn’t eat it anymore. We have to mix in wet food for him to be interested. Plus, I hate the new packaging. Before the wolf king looked like a majestic beast and now it looks like a character from The Lion King. Maybe the cartoonish packaging makes our dog feel emasculated.

    Did they change anything about the food?

  • Brianna

    **Update:** The pup has been doing great and he loves this food. His poop is completely normal, and his coat looks much better than it did before. We’re very satisfied with this product! I’d recommend Solid Gold Wee Bit to anyone with small dogs (that don’t have grain allergies, of course)!

  • Michelle

    Thanks I may switch from wolfking! I have been buying for 10+ years, only food my dog wasn’t allergic too, they changed bag look and seller claims no change. If you compare, right off : chick peas, dried eggs some other stuff u can’t pronounce. Why? Now what do I do? Diarrhea ,gas so I am slowly changing, now itchy and itchy ears!

  • Brianna

    Also, the “Ocean Fish Meal” is menhaden fish, caught in the Pacific Ocean. It’s now stated in their FAQ on their website.

  • Brianna

    My dog (a four month old Maltese/Yorkie mix) got a urinary tract infection within two weeks of eating Blue Buffalo’s Life Protection Chicken & Oatmeal puppy formula. His poop was also odd-looking and bumpy. After ruling out other possible causes (bacterial infection, lack of water, etc), I figured that it had to be the food causing the infection. Well, it was. Apparently, something about Blue Buffalo Life Protection threw the poor pup’s pH levels completely off-balance.

    Our vet recommended Solid Gold Wee Bit, but I searched for different brands and formulas anyway. However, we ultimately ended up choosing it (over Wellness Complete Health, Nutro Ultra, and Merrick Classic). He’s only been on Solid Gold for three days now, and he’s back to normal! He didn’t take medication, supplements, or anything along those lines. He is peeing normally. His poop is no longer bumpy and weird. He is also scratching far less than he was on both Science Diet and Blue Buffalo (I think he’s allergic to chicken, and Solid Gold Wee Bit does not contain chicken, so that’s probably why).

    It’s only been a few days, as I said, but I think he’ll do great on this food! I’ll post an update in a week or so. 🙂

  • ValorousJackal

    I haven’t heard a thing about that. I still have 8 stores and vets within 30 minutes of my home where I can buy it, and the price hasn’t changed. I also haven’t heard anything about them being bought out. Is it possible the person you talked to was just saying things to make himself/herself sound “in the know” after seeing that they changed the packaging?

  • Brianna

    Hey, I was wondering if you’d update your review on Solid Gold Wee Bit? The recipe has changed! c:

  • AA

    My dog food store owner informed me that they will no longer be carrying Solid Gold due to the fact that the company got bought by a large corporation and they immediately increased prices and started cutting corners on quality. Does anyone know more about this?

  • Kikka

    Just to let everybody know, unfortunately Solid Gold changed the ingredients of Just a Wee Bit, adding peas which my dog is allergic to… so I will have to switch food. Too bad because she loves it.

  • Ryan

    Has Solid Gold removed the Xylitol from its treats and food? My distributors seem to have dropped it (its the weekend so I won’t find out until Monday why) and one of my pet supply store cohorts say they don’t carry it due to the Xylitol problem Solid Gold had.

  • Shar24

    I know you said that he did well with bison in the past, so this might be a good option to try.

  • Shar24

    Natural Balance also makes an extensive line of Limited Ingredient Diets that are a lot more budget friendly, however, not as high quality.

  • Shar24

    The thing about allergy testing is that it turns out not to be very accurate, and the only way to really find out is to do an elimination diet to see what works. You want to start with a limited ingredient diet that has a protein source and carbohydrate source that you have not been feeding. You definitely do want a limited ingredient food to do this. Nature’s Variety makes good, albeit expensive LID formulas, the rabbit formula is often a good novel protein source to start with. Then, once you figure out what he is NOT allergic to, you can start adding other things back in one at a time to figure out what does work for him.

  • Shannie

    Well, the Wolf King has brown rice in it but no chicken, so I’m using this one as a testing ground to see if it was just the chicken all along causing the allergies. I hate playing guessing games, but with allergy testing far and beyond my meager budget and Sariel not being able to just tell me, can’t say there’s many other options :p I thought about just making my own food for him but was told by several people that it wouldn’t provide the right minerals and nutrition in the long run. So, if the rice doesn’t bother him as much and this bag doesn’t work for him, I’ll see about some of the Nutro ones

  • Shar24

    No problem, I really understand how hard it can be to find a food that works, and I hope that you find something soon because it is stressful too. I just looked at Nutro’s product selection and noticed that they have changed their grain free product line, they must have done it really recently, and they are not limited ingredient diets anymore, the venison and potato is now venison and chickpea and it now has chicken and chicken fat, so I would definitely stay away from that one. Do you know if your dog can do rice or not?

  • Shannie

    Thanks so much for that input! If this bag doesn’t help him by the time it’s up I’ll certainly try that. I’ve fed Nutro to my cats in years past with good results, but their digestive systems seemed much less particular. I appreciate the insight :3 Most of my friends with dogs just kinda shrug, say it’s worms, and move on, so I’ve been going in circles a lot lately haha

  • Shar24

    I have two friends that have had very similar skin and stomach issues with food and both have had brilliant success with Natural Choice Venison and Rice.

    They also make a grain free variety if rice happens to be an issue, venison and potato. I actually thought that one of them was using the Venison and Potato grain free, because she was so relieved to find a food that worked that didn’t make her baby lose her hair and itch and diahhrea and all that, but it turned out it actually is the Venison and Rice that she uses.

  • Shannie

    I’m the mom of a happy, hyper, 17 month Belgian Shepherd. He’s the love of my life, but I’ve never had a dog with so many unhappy tummy issues. They started with severe skin allergies and bad dandruff, paw-chewing, itchy, ears, and now moved to all that plus runny, gloopy, super-stinky poops. Yuck! A lot of these shifted when I changed his food to Earthborn’s bison kibble since it’s grain-free, but then it was revenge of the poops when I tried the primitive, which is chicken-based. So he had been doing rather well on it until recently when he just seemed to lose interest in his kibble. He wasn’t lethergic, vomiting, feverish, and certainly still ate anything he could get into, just not his kibble. So, opted to try something new… and it’s gone downhill from there. Sadly I’ve moved recently and the Earthborn food isn’t easily available where I am. I’ve tried two kinds of grain and chicken-free food from Merrick’s (the beef and the pork), but those turned his poop bright neon orange and were still a runny mess. I was offered a bag of the Wolf King kibble to try him on since I seem to be running out of kibble options, especially now that he’s so skinny. The Wolf King food seems to have fairly good ingredients, and I’m really hoping his stools will firm up with it, his allergies will die down some, and really hoping he puts on some weight. I’ll give it a few weeks and post up progress, but I’d love insight from others here who may have similar issues with dogs having sensitive stomachs and food intolerance issues.

  • Kachichan

    Our westie has experienced the same thing within the last 2 months. Got so bad she developed pancreatitis and almost died. Are now searching for another dry kibble. She does well on low-fat canned food, but need to find something to help with the accompanying soft stool.

  • bella

    Our 6 month old lab pit mix loves it. I got her started on it after I saw she was eating poop. She has been eating wolf cub large breed puppy food for about a month. She no longer eats poop. Her coat is very nice and she is growing nicely. I pick it up at Pet store. They will deliver it but I don’t want to wait watch and pay shipping.

  • Shawna

    I’ve had my two dogs on Wolf King for almost two years, happily and without incident. Both dogs are having digestive problems from just the last two bags I’ve bought. Has anyone else had problems in the last month or so? I’m wondering if they changed the formula.

  • lacy nissen

    We are using it on 5Week old Olde Enlgish Bulldogge Puppies and they are doing great on it.

  • I would try a totally different brand, personally, with different ingredients ..for the reason Pattyvaughn mentions below. Have some probiotics, digestive enzymes, and canned pure pumpkin on hand to help her stomach adjust to the transition to a new food, and introduce the new food very slowly – start with 25% new food mixed in with 75% old food (plus the probiotics, etc mentioned above), and increase the % of new food to 50% once her stools are solid. Next to to 75% new food, 25% new food, and then finally to 100% new food. This process usually takes 2-3 weeks. Hope that helps!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Two years is a long time for anyone to eat only a single food. Yes, you should change and you should also look for a couple more foods that she does well on to rotate through.

  • Barry

    I have a brown lab that has been on SG wolf King for almot 2 years…she loves it. She will be 8 in april and I wonder if I should change to Barking a tthe moon or sundancer….or keep her on wolf kIng

  • HealthyDogs

    Sure, I’ll email you., be happy to help where I can.

  • tanngina

    Healthy Dogs, I am a new Great Dane mom. I’ve read many of your comments on the forums here and would like to get in touch with you if you’d be willing to share your knowledge! If so, please let me know tanngina @

  • Shana

    After extensive research and realizing I have been feeding my dog (english bulldog) “junk food” for most of her life, I decided to try Solid Gold Wolfking for adult dogs.
    Wow, the changes have been amazing.
    One MAJOR change was that she no longer is eating her own poop (i know, gross), so she no longer is constantly stinky.
    Less bathing, no more itching, great coat and normal doggie breath instead of the nasty poopy smell!!!
    I had no idea that just by changing her food that we would see such fabulous results.
    Yes, its more expensive but worth it in every way.
    She no longer inhales her food like shes starving and isn’t always begging and/or looking for more food.
    She requires less of the solid gold each day as opposed to the common grocery store/walmart type dog food.
    I am happy that she is actually full with good quality food. No more begging at the dinner table! Oh, and she can finally sleep in my room again since she maintains a nice clean smell since switching to solid gold.
    If you have a dog with skin issues or has the nasty habbit of eating their own poop, then i would highly consider this brand of dog food or ANY quality dog food that doesnt have a bunch of worthless fillers!

  • Karin

    Any reason why the Solid Gold Wolfcub Large Breed Puppy has not been rated? I will be getting a lab puppy in a couple of weeks and interested in this food because it is lower in protein than the Orijen and Acana brands.

  • Kelly

    Hi all,

    FYI, I wrote to Solid Gold this morning (August 23, 2013) for an update as to who manufactures what as I was confused. If it’s helpful, here’s what they said:

    Wolf King, Wolf Cub and Wee Bit are made at Diamond.

    Hunden Flocken, Hundchen Flocken, Holistique Blendz, Millenia, Sun Dancer, Barking at the Moon, Katz N Flocken and Indigo Moon are made at Crosswinds.


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  • Hound Dog Mom

    Diamond manufactures Hund ‘n Flocken, WolfCub, WolfKing and Just a Wee Bit at their Meta, MO plant. Crosswind Industries, located in Kansas, manufactures Holistique Blendz, Hundchen Flocken, Barking at the Moon, MMillennia and Sun Dancer.

  • rene659

    When it was made in Mo., Solid Gold moved. Now it is in Ak. So they hope for this not to happen.

  • Angie Hendrickson

    Interesting. Thanks for your reply Patty.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Some foods have a location where they were manufactured on the bag without a company name. Did you look to see if there was anything like that on your bag?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Last I heard it was Diamond, but you should contact the company and ask, in case that has changed. At least the Meta, MO plant isn’t having all the problems of the SC plant, but the company attitude about the whole thing still stinks.

  • Angie Hendrickson

    Responding to this one year later – hopefully some one can answer. But who DOES manufacture Wolf Cub now? That is what I’m currently buying.

  • Angie Hendrickson

    I’m currently feeding my my puppy SG Wolf Cub. The only thing that scares me is that Wolf Cub was once recalled last summer. I’m really hoping this doesn’t mean they’re careless with their manufacturing.

  • Angie Hendrickson

    Wait, I currently have my puppy on Solid Gold Wolf Cub. He is really healthy and has more energy than most puppies! Who actually manufactures this, then?

  • Angie Hendrickson

    I agree Patty. Many people think like this. Not sure where the logic comes from. Must be learned behavior from childhood.

  • rene659

    I have many years of using Solid Gold, with no problem. I wish it was made only in Ca., when it was baked. I am not happy it is being made some where else. It does every good for my German Shepherds. When I go to Ca., I go and buy my dog food at the Solid Gold Store there. When I come back from Ca., I buy a lot of food there. In my opinion they are the best food out there.

  • Pugsonraw

    Just saw that SG added a beef freeze dried raw to their product mix. 44% protein…

  • Pattyvaughn

    That is a lie fed to you by corporate greed to create brand loyalty. That is as ridiculous a statement as saying you would be healthier if you picked just one food and only ate it all your life. Can’t you see how stupid that is. There is no such thing as a perfect food and feeding the same imperfect thing day in and day out is how you get malnutrition. Not to mention that if you go to a nutritionist for advice the first thing they will tell you to do is cut out processed foods. Kibble is about the most processed food there is. Shouldn’t you want better for your loyal friend?

  • Emmy

    Dogs should not be finicky eaters if they are fed the same nutritious foods daily. They are not like people. You should not need to “switch things up” with your pet. Consistency is of the utmost importance with your sweet pets and their diets. That’s why the best food available is important. They will eat when they are hungry. If this continues, see your vet for advice.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I was under the impression that Diamond manufactured all Solid Gold’s foods. It’s good to know they they don’t. I like the looks of Barking at the Moon and Sun Dancer, but never recommended them because I thought they were manufactured by Diamond.

  • Woof1

    I emailed Solid Gold about Diamond mfg their products as I have used TOTW by Diamond but am looking for something still of better quality.  I will say I have never had a problem with Diamond products because they came from the MO facility which doesn’t seem to have the issues their other plant(s) do. This was Solid Gold’s response: 

    In April, Diamond Pet Foods did stop producing the 4 foods that they had been making for us; in mid-August they resumed production of those four foods which include Hund n Flocken and our three bison products (WolfCub, WolfKing and Just a Wee Bit) at their Meta, MO facility. Diamond Pet Foods has established new protocols, which include testing for a variety microbials including salmonella, along with a positive release program to assure food safety.

    Crosswind Industries, located in Kansas, manufactures our remaining formulations which include Holistique Blendz, Hundchen Flocken, Barking at the Moon, Millennia, Sun Dancer, Katz N Flocken and IndigoMoon. 

  • Pattyvaughn

    There are a couple of foods made by Diamond that are being reported as causing illness or death in some dogs.  So far the foods that I’m aware of are grain inclusive formulas.  A few vets are saying that this summer’s drought conditions were perfect for aflatoxins and that now is a great time to go grain free.  I think I have to agree with them.

  • InkedMarie

    Sometimes the dogs are smarter than the humans. If you have not stopped feeding the food, please do so. Save the bag, if you still have it and the food. Contact Solid Gold tomorrow. 

  • Hi William,

    The recall was in May of 2012, the affected lots should’ve all been removed. However, the product is still manufactured by Diamond, which remains to be a concern (for me, anyway).

    Maybe they’re tired of it. Several years is a long time to be eating the same thing, day in and day out. Don’t you agree? And maybe it’s one that’s not interested and the other is following his lead.

    It’s better for dogs to have a variety of proteins and not be exposed for prolonged periods of time to the same ingredients (which could create a favorable environment for intolerance or allergy) or to questionable ingredients that could result in serious health issues.

    Maybe it’s time to start switching things up for those little cuties. : )

  • We have two Westies (ages 5 and 14) and have been feeding them Solid Gold Adult Maintenance (Lamb in the purple trimmed bag) for a number of years.  They have always eaten all of their food with no issues, but we just bought a new bag and now neither of them eat it all.  Have there been any known issues with this product or batches of it?  Is it affected by the recall notice – it didn’t seem to apply when I read it.  Did they change their formula which would affect the  taste somehow?  It seems strange that both dogs would not eat it.

  • Connie8562

    I’ve been feeding my white long haired chihuahua the “Wee Bits” for most of her life.  She will be nine years old in February 2013.  I had to switch her food earlier this year because of transportation difficulties.  I was unable to buy her food at the nearest pet store.  I should have known better. 
    She ate the other well rated brand just fine, (she can be a fussy eater) but I noticed she had larger stool and gained weight too. 
    I tried another brand, also well rated (my husband purchased it, I wanted to take it back) and she developed a rash on her back near her tail. 
    All of these problems disappeared after I bought her “Wee Bits” again.   She’s very happy with her food now and doesn’t have difficulty eating it at all.  Some of the other food we bought her were marked for small dogs but the kibble was still too big for her to easily eat. 
    I love her “Wee Bits” because it seems to make her happy, healthy and playful as a puppy.  I will never switch again.

  • Rebecca Presley

    It is very disappointing that Solid Gold used Diamond manufacturers. You would think everyone would learn that Diamond is not to be trusted, but for some reason very good pet foods still seem to think it is okay to take a gamble with them.  What it tells me is that no matter how badly I had hoped to purchase this food for my pup, I don’t trust them enough to go through with it. Also very surprised at Natural Balance for the same reason.

  • Emackinnon

    This is a cross comment from your article about Ethoxyquin. Not to spam your page, but I was pretty gratified with Solid Gold’s very prompt and thorough response to my query:

    All of our formulations specify Ethoxyquin free ingredients.

    do not add Ethoxyquin to our diets nor is the fish meal used in our
    formulations preserved with Ethoxyquin; the fish meal used in our diets
    are preserved with
    the natural preservative Naturox and additional Naturox is added to our
    formulations during production.

    receive a sample of every production run that the manufacturing mill
    produces, each of these samples is then sent out for Ethoxyquin testing;
    the test results
    we have received show no presence of Ethoxyquin.

    Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, Inc.

  • HealthyDogs

    Interesting.  I just received an email from Solid Gold via my distributor that, according to the email, Diamond unexpectedly dropped Solid Gold in mid-April (The Wolfking & Wee Bits- Bison Foods that Diamond Co-Packed).  Solid Gold has not been able at this point to find another copacker to manufacture their Bison Products, so until they do, they will be unavailable.

    I hate to be suspicious, but the timing coinciding with the Recalls…..just too coincidental.   It is pretty clear from the email that there is some bad blood between Diamond and Solid Gold.

    Hopefully something better will come out of it all.

  • Jess

    Solid Gold sent out an E-mail that they are dropping  Diamond as their manufacture. I haven’t heard who they are changing to, but this is a good move on their part, unless the choose Menu.

  • hounddogmom12


    Solid Gold recently had some of their foods recalled that had been manufactured by Diamond. Their WolfCub and WolfKing formulas were the only ones recalled, so you should be fine if you’re feeding Hundchen Flocken. Solid Gold isn’t a bad food ingredients-wise, but you may want to look into a brand with a more reputable manufacturer (Diamond has had many quality issues in the past and doesn’t seem to be learning from past mistakes).


    What is Diamond Gaston plant? And, why is it bad? I just started my puppy Pom on Solid Gold Hudgen-Flocken puppy dry food this week. She seems to like!?! Anything bad in it? Thank you.

  • Ricki Diehl2

    My american bulldog is super picky and has been eating wolfking for a few months now and he loves it. It also has firmed up his stools. I am saddened by the fact some of the bags were however recalled, and if it weren’t for the fact that it has done him well stool wise I would put him back on Natura food immediately. I’m hoping Solid Gold stops using diamond plants forever since they seem to have this recurring issue so that my dog can continue on something both myself and he enjoy! Nothing better than finding a food that your dog AND his insides love.

  • J101

    Solid Gold Facebook page reporting they are brand #14 on the Diamond recall list. Looks like two products made in Gaston plant.

  • gaffagirl

     I would choose to feed Solid Gold Just a Wee Bit if price wasn’t an issue.  I think it’s a great product!

  • Katseres

    Thanks again Melissa and Shawna.  I appreciate all the information I can get.  

  • Shawna

    I sure will 🙂

  • melissa

    Please share when you find out!I would love more info on the tear staining issue. Thanks

  • Shawna

    She does mention staining as separate but no useful info yet..  “The cause of the red or red-brown staining is something I’ll discuss in detail in an article soon. You won’t believe what I’ve learned.”  Patiently waiting 🙂

  • melissa

    Shawna points out very useful information, but I wanted to add that not all dogs who get red/brown tear stains suffer from Epiphora. Epiphora is excessive tear production, but not all dogs with excessive tears will stain brown. For example, my shihtzu had epiphora due to a blocked tear duct, but no brown stains. My white boy has normal tear production on a schirmer tear test, but what does hit his face stains red/brown when pearled barley is high up in the food list.

    The mix I mentioned is an old “schnauzer handler” trick that was shared with me many years ago. I mix it up to a paste consistency and then just work it into the hair. When dry, I comb it out and rinse well with a little water.

  • Shawna

    Katseres ~~ Jan Rasmusen, owner of two Maltese and author of “Scared Poopless:  The Straight Scoop on Dog Card”, has done extensive research on tear staining and discusses it on her website — dogs 4 dogs.

    Here’s a quote from the site.
    “Excessive tearing in dogs (called epiphora) and red and brown tear staining is not merely a cosmetic nuisance. It is a symptom of disease, poor diet, allergies, genetic predisposition or physical malfunction…..

    Epiphora caused by too many tears is an automatic response to irritants such as dust, infection, allergens, poor diet or a health problem. Think of tearing because of a health problem as you would a runny nose. It’s one way bodies rid themselves of

  • Katseres

    Thank you for the information.  Do you use equal parts of the ingredients to remove the stains?  Also, what do you feed your white dog to prevent the staining? I hate to change her food but the stains are bad. 

  • melissa


    It could be. My white dog gets bad staining under his eyes and beard if  cracked pearled barley appears in the top 4 or 5 ingredients. I get rid of the rust colored stains when and if they  occur by mixing hydrogen perioxide, cornstach and white mylanta-of course being careful not to get it in the eyes. It also works on rusty colored beard stains : )

  • Katseres

    I have been feeding my 3 yr old Bichon Frise the Solid Gold Bison Wee Bite for approximately 1 yr.  The staining under her eyes have become much more noticeable.  Is there something in this food that may be contributing to the staining?

  • Hi Dr. Patterson,

    I’m so sorry you had difficulty posting here today. And I can assure you, your comments have never been blocked.

    For proof, please notice all your comments have been published.

    Unfortunately, Disqus, the company who operates the comments function of The Dog Food Advisor website has had some technical problems throughout the day.

    Thankfully, the issue appears to have been fixed now.

    I’m especially happy to welcome you here as input from a trusted veterinary professional (like yourself) is always welcome.

    Thanks for dropping by.

  • melissa


    I am sure it was a glitch-I have had issues posting from time to time in the past, but it usually resolves itself quickly-

  • Mary Patterson

    Actually now I’m un-blocked so maybe it was just a glitch 🙂

  • Mary Patterson

    This message is for Mike Sagman.  Earlier I left a comment on the Back to Basics dry forum, and now I’m blocked.  Is it because I let it be known that I’m a vet in the St. Louis area?  I would never counsel people or give advice obviously since I have no dr./patient relationship with anyone on the internet.  In fact, I give your site information to all of my clients and highly praise it as a great place to start learning more about canine nutrition and reading/understanding food labels (along with some other great sites).  Nor am I trying to drum up clients or business – I work at a very non pushy clinic that strives to offer great services, not sell product or unneccessary services.  So I don’t know, maybe I broke an unwritten rule perhaps…I’m just very passionate about dog and cat nutrition. 

  • Bella

    Unfortunately, my Chi would not eat Solid Gold at all.

  • sandy

    Maybe adding some of the D-Zyme by Solid Gold will help with digestion.  Kibble takes a long to breakdown – possibly even longer than  12 hours.

  • king

    Hello, great site!
    I had been feeding my 2.5 year old Aussie mix the same food for about 1 year and a half with no problems.  Relatively high quality food:  “Solid Gold – Wolf King”.  Recently he has been throwing up almost all of it, pretty much undigested.  Long story short, vet x-rays and prescription food isolated problem to the Kibble of Wolf King.  Said it may be IBD problem, and to switch food.  That brought me to your site.  I cannot tell if it is ingredients or kibble size or what!  He seems to have no problem (yet) with smaller kibble or canned food.  Is it weird to have him reject this food after eating it for so long?

  • Tiffanizorarose

    THIS FOOD IS AWESOME FOR PET HEALTH! It’s a must in a pets diet…

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Thanks Sandy, for some reason my mind couldn’t think of all the foods I normally know about lol!  

  • sandy


  • sandy

    Also Horizon Legacy/Amicus, Back to Basics, Brothers Complete Allergy, Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance, Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Great Plains, Natures Variety Instinct, EVO herring and salmon,

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Yes, please let us know how your dog does on Precise Holistic or Nutri-Source grain free (whichever one you choose).  Btw, there are other foods without potatoes in the ingredients.  The one that comes to mind first is Brothers Fish.  I don’t know if you specifically need fish based.  If not, then California Natural has grain free foods without potato as well as Dogswell and Canine Caviar.

  • Debra

    I have always had my dogs on solid gold, but I have one dog which is getting yeast infections and now hotspots. I was told to switch her to precise holistic or nutri-source grain free seafood. These have no potatoes in the first 5-6 ingredients. I will update in a month. I had her on the sg holistic type and it was all carbs and little meat. The dog coats are absolutely beautiful.

  • Jan (Mom to Cavs)

    It sounds like you might need to try a hypo-allergenic food for the one dog. Eventhough, Sundancer is going in the right direction (I believe it’s grain free) it’s still not hypo-allergenic. And even if you want to feed one food to both dogs, it would still be okay to feed your non allergic dog the hypo-allergenic food. Check out the “best dog foods” title on the left of this site. Then click on suggested hypo-allergenic foods for some great suggestions. Some I recommend are: Nature’s Variety LIDs, Natural Balance LIDs and California Natural.

  • Sharon

    Hi all,

    I have tried switching my two bassetts from Pedigree dry dog food to, first, Avoderm, and now, Solid Gold Sundancer. I have one dog that seems to be allergic to every good dog food I try to switch him to as his nose becomes so dry and nasty and his eyes become runny. The other one is fine with any dog food. Does anyone have any suggestions as I am at my wits end and feel like putting him back on Pedigree as to not make him uncomfortable. Thanks!

  • Tanya

    Julie: Try Solid Gold’s “Barking at the moon” it’s grain free and has a higher protein % which should keep them fuller for less food. Also, it should help for any lingering allergies as well.

  • Shawn Dalton

    If your dog is getting gas after eating, use the Seameal powder that Solid Gold sells. Our dog eats Hunderflocken and the Seameal powder. It contains the same substance as beano. If we forget to put the Seameal on his food, we notice right away with his horrible gas. By the way, it says to mix the seameal with some water, but we found he eats it by just putting it on his food dry.


  • Julie Santos

    Frustrated here. I have 5 dogs. 4 of them cocker spaniels, 1 husky/shepherd mix. I have been feeding them Purina One all their lives and they were doing well. Until one day the husky developed 2 hot spots, and 3 of the cockers started chewing their paws and backsides. My vet told me that it was possible they had developed allergies (all at the same time?) or that Purina had changed the formula. I put them all on Solid Gold Hund-n-Flocken and miraculously they all stopped scratching, hot spots cleared up. BUT, 3 of the cockers started gaining weight at a very fast pace. I cut back on the amount, but they drove me nuts acting like they were starving. So we switched to Solid Gold Holistique Blendz. Losing weight, but one cocker started scratching again and another refuses to eat it. Lord can anyone give me some advice here.

  • Shawna


    IMO it’s not the food that is causing the issue but rather the digestive healthy of your pup.. I foster Boston Terriers and they are, so I’ve heard, one of the worst breeds when it comes to gas (and snoring). I have had over 30 foster dogs (not all Bostons and not all gassy) but those that are usually are gas free within a few weeks and all have left my home gas free..

    The first thing I do when a dog comes in is start them on digestive enzymes and probiotics. Digestive enzymes help break the food down into its absorbable parts so as many of the nutrients as able are utilized by the body versus being pooped out.

    Probiotics prevent bad (gas producing bacteria and yeast) from being able to colonize the intestines.

    I was only able to find one ingredient list for Kahoots dog food but it appears to have a significant amount of grains in it. The grains in food promote gas as the sugars are a source of food for the bad bacteria and yeast. The below is quoted from Dr. Karen Becker DVM clinic website..

    “Grains foster an inflammatory response, which exacecerbates chronic skin problems, allergies, degenerative joint disease and gastrointestinal problems (Inflammatory Bowel Disease, chronic diarrhea, mucus stools, vomiting and excessive smelly gas, to name a few).”

    Often times when probiotics are introduced, the battle that ensues between the good bacteria/yeast and the bad bacteria/yeast will cause a worsening of symptoms TEMPORARILY. Some times this can be alleviated by giving 1/4 the recommended dose and working up, over time, to the recommended dose.

    If you decide to give probiotics a try, look for one that has many different strains of bacteria and yeast. It is known that at least 14 strains are natural to the canine gut. By only adding one or two you are not providing all the benefits that probiotics have to offer — AND, possibly not providing the correct ones that will help with the gas/loose stool etc.. Dr. Karen Becker has a wonderful product on Mercola Healthy Pets. You can purchase her product OR take the information supplied in the product description and look for one locally that is as close to as possible. I use Garden of Life Primal Defense but I think it’s actually more expensive then Mercola Healthy Pets product AND missing one of the bacteria that are beneficial to dogs.. Dr. Becker’s product can be found here

    To reiterate — get a no grain and lower glycemic (no potatoes) food and start enzymes and probiotics.

    I hope this is helpful information!!!!

  • sandy

    I’m currently feeding my dogs raw and potato free kibble and they hardly have any gas now.

  • Tonya

    My 8 mo amstaff is currently eating 1/2 Taste of the Wild Bison formula (he loves it) and 1/2 Kahoots chicken brand (which he isn’t enthused about). His gas is horrific and I keep rotating dog food and it doesn’t change. Also, since feeding him Taste of the Wild his stools are loose. Is this too much protein? I give him Solid Gold supplements which worked wonders on our cat. I hear conflicting reviews from trainers and breeders about Solid Gold kibble. Also, my local Kahoots employee told me to switch from Kahoots lamb to Taste of wild….but his gas is worse than ever. So I am weening him off to the chicken brand. Id like to feed him a brand that will hlp him. Help!

  • Gordon

    Royal Canin?. and Natural Harmony Farms (The latter I’m not aware of). I wonder what Dr. McKenzie would say? I mean, since grain, high carb and artificial preservative rich kibbles are an improvement on Nature and better than home prepared or BARF type foods. Because you know, dogs have evolved to do better on made made, mass produced, cheaper, and assorted coloured doggy pellets/biscuits, and that dogs have long ago evolved from wolves with now no relevance to same what so ever.

    My sarcasm is not aimed at you Aimee. Get it? Aimed at Aimee, Huh, gee I’m funny, NOT, I hear in the back ground.

  • Aimee

    It was a dog food called Natural Harmony Farms. I think it was a preservative they were using. She broke out with Royal Canin…that was when I first got her and didn’t know about healthy dog food. She loves this Gold stuff and looks great. I don’t know what was in the other food, but she’s fine on this.

  • Gordon

    Aimee – No way! :O What kibble caused the break out? Are you sure? Because Dr. Brennen McKenzie (Anti-Christ Vet) says grain and artificial preservative ridden kibble is so healthy!

  • Aimee

    I put my Shihtzu on this food a week ago because the kibble she was on was making her break out on her stomach. Within 2-3 days after switching her to the wee bits her rash was gone. Her coat is a lot softer as well. Aside from the fish being ethoxiquen free it seems very healthy. I’ve noticed her coat is a lot softer and she wastes less.
    Side note for Jana- instead of going to Purina try some other lines like Avoderm Lamb and Rice or the Fromm line like surf and Turf. These are excellent companies and the food isn’t so pricey. Avoderm sends out awesome coupons if you call or e-mail them as well. I would have my Shihtzu on the Avoderm Lamb but the pieces were a little to big for her. She’s 8lbs. The small bites chicken they make didn’t interest her, even though it seems like an excellent food as well. Avoderm also has a grain free line Beef and Fish. Good luck.

  • Hi Jana… Sorry to hear about your dog’s issues. Unfortunately, since I’m not a veterinarian and due to the biological uniqueness of each pet, it would be inappropriate for me to provide specific health advice or product recommendations. Please see our FAQ page and our reviews for more information. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers. Wish I could be more help.

  • Jana Hald

    I have been feeding my dogs (Golden Retriever and German Shepherd) Solid Mmillenia for awhile now. The dogs go through about 9 cups of food a day. $50 worth a food every 3 weeks. So I decided to go back to what we fed our first German Shepherd that lived 13 years, Purina One. The dogs now seemed to like it, but I have noticed the Golden is crabbier and the coats on both dogs aren’t nearly as shiny as before. My question is, the Shepherd has a thyroid problem is Mmillenia the best choice out there for her???

  • Rebel

    I did a lot of research on dog foods 4 years ago as we lost our 14 year old sheltie to the bad wheat/rice? that was found in the science diet and other brands 5 years ago. I chose the Solid Gold for several reasons when we got our now 4 year old GSD, mostly as the Wolf King Brand was for large breed dogs. He loves it, I usually mix about 1/4 cup of baked chicken with it. Large breed pups can get Panosteitis and I had actually changed him over to the Blue brand (a little cheaper) and he started having problems with his front legs due to the Pano, put him back on Wolf King and problem was gone within 24-30 hours….I would highly recommend this product to anyone with a large breed dog.

  • Hi Jane… Like all reviews, my reports are based upon both knowledge and opinion. Please see my About page for more information about who I am. More to the point of your question, I’ve made an effort to include clear explanations in the words on every one of my 500+ reviews detailing how I arrived at my conclusions. Hope this helps.

  • Jane

    Hi, who are you Mike? Your reviews are on the base of your knowledge or opinions? Thank you.

  • tina

    my jack russell terrier did well on this food

  • Heidi,

    You can call Solid Gold and all dog food mfgrs. and I’m sure they will tell you taurine comes from China. I called a few human vitamin companies in the US and they all said taurine comes from China because it’s cheaper. I bet you probably don’t know where your raw ingredients come from in your supplements. Remember, it can be made in the U.S., but the raw ingredients can come from China. It’s always best to call the mfgr. and ask.

  • Hi Heidi… To learn why I intentionally ignore the place of origin of each ingredient in the more than 2,500 dog food products covered on this website, please take a moment to visit my article, “The Problem with Dog Food Reviews“. Hope this helps.

  • Heidi

    I was wondering about the Taurine in all of Solid Golds Dry and Wet Foods? My Yorkie really likes Solid Gold and Artemis but the Taurine in the Solid Gold concerns me. Does it come from China? By the way I love your dog food reviews. Thank you.

  • Hi Juanita… We recently updated this review and switched our “example” to the puppy product. There are some variations between products, but my star rating remains the same for the adult product, too.

  • Juanita P

    Hi Mike,

    Some one in a previous post ask about the Hund-n-Flocken Adult food, you say to look above at the review, but that is the puppy hund-n-flocken you have for review. I have checked Solid Golds website and that is the puppy formula! Would also like to know about the adult formula, thank you!

  • Jackie

    Dear Louise,

    I do give him a glucosamine and chondroitin supplement pill once a day, when I stopped for about 10 days to test it out he seemed worse, so I think the pills do work a little.

    I believe Solid Gold recommended those two kinds and the Seameal because of the Omega 3 and 6 oils, they reduce inflammation around joints. They also said the other “minerals, vitamins & enzymes [will] help heal, build and strengthen the joints and tendons.” I don’t think anything will heal the deformed knee cap except surgery, but healthy food to maintain muscles sounds logical to me. I also have heard good stuff about the Seameal from animal rescuers. I probably will stick with that, may rotate around the dog food though with some other brands to keep him interested in eating, he is a bit picky. Was considering Grandma Lucy’s and Acana.

    PS His luxating patella is pretty minor and doesn’t seem to hurt him, but he is 5 so I would like to keep him in the best shape possible for when he ages. We got him from a dog rescue and love him a lot.

  • Anna

    Stephanie Matz, you’re best off with a dog food with acidophilus in it, in part, due to his age. You don’t need a dog food with beet pulp to cure diarrhea from bad proteins and fats as is commonly advised.

  • Louise

    Hi Jackie,
    Sorry to hear about your poodle’s luxating patella.
    My chihuahua had two luxating patellas. The only thing my vet recommended was glucosamine and chondroiton supplements. Even though my chi ended up having surgery to correct the problem, my vet and I are convinced these supplements gave her some relief. To this day, with my vet’s permission, my girl still gets a maintenance dose.
    Am curious as to why the Solid Gold Representative told you those two foods might be good for your poodle. If they were trying to claim that the foods would help with the luxating patella, I would personally be very suspect of that claim.
    Don’t know anything about their seameal supplement, though – maybe someone else on this site has had experience with that.
    Good luck with your poodle – hope all turns out well.

  • Jackie

    Solid Gold has a new grain-free food, called Sundancer. It isn’t on here. Their customer service representative recommended Sundancer and Barking at the Moon for my poodle with a luxating patella. Also their Seameal supplement. Can’t wait to see a review on Sundancer! It says on their website it is also gluten free…

  • Donna Mason

    Thanks guys for the advice! I’m avoiding the high carbs to try to keep the cancer risk to a minimum since I read that carbs feed cancers. Besides, who needs all those fillers? I also read that there are noted differences in bloodwork w/ dogs that eat a war diet and high protein grain free diets. The research is showing that the normal reference values for dogs fed raw food diets should probably be revised. I know for a fact my vet is a Science Diet junkie who doesn’t necessarily buy into grain-free so I may be battling him to keep our 3 dogs on this diet. Thank you Mike for looking into Sundancer…I’m gonna try it anyways but will keep checking to see what you think about it!

  • Hi Donna… The reason Nutro Natural Choice Grain Free isn’t included on our Best Grain Free list is because it does meet the 4 or 5-star requirement to be eligible for inclusion on this list.

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    Donna – Many brands have recently come out with grain-free kibble choices that are low in protein. Their low-protein recipes are obviously high in carbs, primarily from potatoes and peas. Nutro Natural Choice Grain-Free is low protein (compared to other grain-free). Mike has rated Nutro NC GF, but it’s not yet listed on his grain-free page. You can look it up by brand name.

  • Hi Donna… Most grain free dog foods are above average in their protein content. So, if low protein is what you’re looking for, you may find this option offers you very few choices.

    Solid Gold’s Sundancer is already on my To Do list. However, due to our current backlog of products for review, it could be a while longer before we get to it. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Donna Mason

    Hi Mike…any updates on reviewing the Sundancer by Solid Gold? I was just informed by my vet that my boxer’s Kidney blood work is slightly high. She’s been on Acana Grain Free for over a year now. He says I need to change to a lower protein food but I want to stick w/ grain free. Any suggestions?

  • Hi Harky… In most cases, we rate dog foods by selecting a typical product to represent the full product line. We only rarely rate each individual product. Please see the big yellow “dashboard” near the top of this report. Notice this review actually uses Hund-n-Flocken as representative example for the full Solid Gold product line.

  • harky

    Any idea what abt Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb)?

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  • Gordon

    I’m glad we have a Vet admitting what I’ve been saying in many posts. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve always had great respect for Vets. After all they’re great animal loving people and a God-send when it comes to saving out beloved pets from illnesses and injuries.

    But take for example my Vet. She insists Hills Science Diet is the best there is. Yet she couldn’t explain why.

  • Mary

    Hey Cally – I just saw your post above mine, I am the vet. Personally, I would not feed the Science Diet Nature’s Best – look at the ingredients – mostly corn, lots of fillers, and I’m sure there is Menadione in there. And yes, it is probably b/c your vet sells Science Diet that he or she recd this. I would feed the Solid Gold or another high quality diet – there are thankfully alot of good ones out there now and you no longer have to drive to a specialty pet store to get them, PetCo carries alot of them now. We had a Hills rep come in our hospital recently with a new line they have started, a line that only vets will carry, so not in the pet stores, and not the prescription line, and after looking at the ingredients, I just couldn’t get excited about it – again, mostly corn, by-products, and fillers!! and at i’m sure a very expensive price. It is called Healthy Advantage, and the first ingredient of all the diets, including for feline, is chicken by-product meal, and has corn, mill runs, and so on. I think the rep realized she wasn’t dealing with an uninformed consumer/pet lover/vet. Good luck.

  • Meagan

    Thank you Mary I wish you could be my dogs vet.

  • Mary

    I am a veterinarian, and unfortunately it is true that we don’t receive much in the way of nutrition education while in vet school. I was also spoon fed the hype from the major food companies and regurgitated this dutifully for years to my clients, until I decided to educate myself on ingredients/products and what is really in our pets foods – very scary stuff!! I subscribe to Whole Dog Journal and have developed a more holistic way of looking at things when it comes to my family and my pets. I currently feed Solid Gold Hundenflocken dry, but also feed some canned food every am as well – usually the Blue Buffalo, Merrick, Natural Balance, or Wellness. I no longer recd any Science Diet or Purina products to my clients. The hospital where I work is going to start carrying the Blue Buffalo, and I will probably switch to the dry when we do. It is very important for pet owners to do their homework and research what they are feeding.

  • Cally

    Teri, I think Solid Gold is pretty good about responding. I had a question about a preservative and they got back to me within a day or two.

    My (almost) 3 mo lab puppy has been having digestive issues. I’d had her on iams smart puppy because thats what the breeder had her on but I wanted to transition her to solid gold wolf cub. When we were at the vet this morning he recommended against it and had me get science diet natures best. I’m trying not to be cynical and believe that it’s just because he sells science diet. But it’s difficult. I’m willing to give the science diet a chance but if she isn’t responding well I’ll get the wolf cub food.

  • Cathy Nichols

    Yes, I would like to see the analysis! Getting a new Wheaten this summer and they need not as much protein and certainly no glutens or grains will help allergy issues. I have been researching for weeks.

  • Mike Tann

    I am hoping that SUNDANCER just might make it into the 5* foods. I am going to switch my 15 year old Siberian Husky to it because she’s lost 6 lbs. on a high quality(5*) grain-free food.

  • A Hodges

    Thanks for your work!

  • Britni

    We have been feeding our 3 beagles sun dancer! they LOVE it!! it is highly digestible and affordable! They were on barking at the moon, but they were tired of the taste.

  • Hi Kristin… Thanks for the tip. Sun Dancer is now on my list. And it looks interesting.

  • Solid Gold has a new formula, Sun Dancer. Its chicken based and gluten free. Perhaps you could add it to you ‘to do list’. Thanks!

  • Hi April… We do not currently track the individual micro nutrient content of the dog foods in our database. We have chosen to accept the AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements as a screening tool for the numerous vitamins and minerals in each product. For example, we assume that if a company claims a product meets the AAFCO requirements for a particular life stage (growth or maintenance) that it’s appropriate for your pet. According to AAFCO (for puppies, for example), calcium must be at least 1.0% and phosphorus 0.8%. And the calcium-to-phosphorus ratio between the two minerals must not exceed a 2:1 proportion. Look on the package and be sure these numbers are met. If you need lower amounts than these. Hope this helps.

  • April

    What are the calcium and phosphorus percentages?

  • Teri


    I will do that. I wonder if they will even bother responding.

  • Hi Teri… You may wish to contact Solid Gold’s customer service department.

  • Teri

    Can someone please advise on the changes that Solid Gold, specifically Hund-n-Flocken, may have had in recent months. I’ve fed this to my schnauzers all of their lives and have never had skin problems. And now in just the past couple of months they are experiencing some skin irritations. Nothing has changed in their diets, but I keep seeing tidbits of info about Solid Gold and some changes that they may have made. Anyone have any inside scoop?? Thanks!

  • Heather

    I purchase my dog food at a holistic dog food store. They informed me that they no longer sell the solid gold (which is what my doobieshave been on for the past year) Because they have increased the amount of grain in their dogfood. They suggested for an equivalant that I switch them to Canidae which my dogs dont seem to like as well.

    Is this as bad as what the people at the store made it sound out to be? they did stop selling it; but it is a store, so they may have a biased opinion based on some other factors I am unaware of. According to this site, they both score 4 stars.

  • Hi Stephanie… As much as I’d like to help, I’m not a veterinarian. So, it would be misleading and inappropriate for me to recommend a specific dog food (like Solid Gold) to treat your dog’s digestive condition. By the way, I’m not sure if you could call this product “low residue”.

    There are a number of quality foods that claim to be digestive. Click the “Tags” tab at the top of our website. Then click on the link that’s labeled “digestive”. This will give you a list of product lines that contain at least ONE of its foods that’s claimed to be for digestive problems by its manufacturer. Hope this helps.

  • Stephanie Matz

    What a great site! And, I have a question. We have a 14-1/2 year old Border Terrier, struggling with digestion–lots of diarrhea. He’s been on IAMS Low Residue (now recalled) and that’s been just OK. In its place, vet suggested Science Diet ID (got worse) and then Science Diet Sensitive Stomach (got still worse.) As a puppy, he ate Solid Gold Hundchen Flocken with no problems. So, question: Would the adult version of this contain the ingredients necessary to help his digestion? Thanks for any thoughts you have.

  • Dean Jones

    Love this site! Our dog has a chicken allergy, and we had been feeding him IVD dog food which we purchased at our vet. Over the past six months, his allergy symptoms had been getting worse – and two different vets could not correctly diagnose the source of his symptoms. We finally discovered that IVD was purchased by Royal Canin, which is owned by Mars.

    Royal Canin is ostensibly a high-end dog food – but they have had to recall their food and numerous pet owners report that, since the acquisition, IVD/Royal Canin has caused issues for their pets. We switched recently to Solid Gold – and all of our dog’s allergy symptoms have disappeared. We can tell that he is still adjusting to this food – and that it is “richer” than IVD.

    The only advice that I would add to your entry is that most vets actually are NOT a good source of nutrition advice. Most of their information comes from pet food companies, and they receive only a superficial education in animal nutrition. If your pet has allergies or nutrition issues, you are better advised to do the research yourself than rely on your vet.

  • Hi Shea… you didn’t make a mistake. This is still a very good dog food. It’s just that by our standards, some of the products in the line are not especially high in meat content.

  • Shea

    After trying several brands of dog foods, my small dog has preferred and done very well on Hund-n-Flocken and Just a Wee Bit formulas. I’m disappointed to see it’s considered just an average dog food and noticing there are four controversial ingredients in the food. After reading your review, I hope I’m giving her a high quality dog food. I picked this food for her because it’s on the Whole Dog Food Journal’s Best Dry Dog Food List.

  • Hi Jan… Oops! You’re right. Thanks for calling this oversight to my attention. Look for an “update” and another review of Solid Gold in the next day or two.

  • Jan McCollam

    Hi, I was wondering why you didn’t include Barking at the Moon? It isn’t in the 5 star ratings, either. It is Solid Gold’s grain-free formula.