I’ve been feeding him Mulligan Stew Chicken kibble but they are discontinuing it. I’m back to ground zero in finding a dog food. I am not looking for budget friendly–I’m looking for something that is a superior quality and prefer it to have no barley in it. Any input would be appreciated. My dog is a chihuahua, approx. 9 lbs and is going to be 10 years old in October. Thanks.
I didn’t know they were discontinuing the Mulligan Stew chicken. I have a big bag I’d give you if you were near me. I feed one of my dogs the lamb variety in his rotation and once ordered the chicken for something different. The chicken contains fish oil, which is one of my dog’s food intolerances.
I agree, I think that MS is a great product. It has a very unique ingredient panel.
Have you ever looked at Nature’s Logic? NL is a whole food ingredient kibbled diet with no added synthetic vitamins or minerals and nothing from China. In just looking at the ingredients in the chicken, it doesn’t contain barley; but, I didn’t check the other varieties.
You know what else just occurred to me, have you tried the Mulligan Stew canned foods? If I had one small dog, it wouldn’t be cost prohibitive to feed canned over kibble and canned is much healthier than kibble.Mom2CavsMember
Hmm….I love Mulligan Stew products. I didn’t know they were discontinuing the chicken kibble, is it only the chicken or all kibble? I feed the canned foods to my 4 on top of their kibble. I also give the canned food to my cat, who loves it, too. I have a little over a case of the canned food right now.InkedMarieMember
This is one reason I tell everyone to have at least a few foods your dog can eat: current food being discontinued.
Not too much help there InkedMarie. I asked if anyone could recommend a good dog for for my Chihuahua, not for a lecture on what I was doing wrong.
To everyone else thanks for your positive replies. With regard to Mulligan Stew, they are only discontinuing their dry kibble. They are keeping their canned products and according to the company they are increasing that line. I did look at Nature’s logic, but I think it had some grains in it that I didn’t want my dog to have–can’t remember–I’ve researched so many. Right now, I’m considering Orijen and Acana. Orijen was recommended to me by Mulligan Stew and Acana was recommended by Dog Food Advisor. My only concern for both of them is the high level of protein. Mulligan Stew was 28; Acana will be 32 and Orijen is 38. I did look on the ASCPA site re protein requirements for older dogs–my dog will be 10 in October–and it said dogs need more protein as they get older and that high protein does not lead to renal failure–which is completely different than what I was told when I got my dog almost 10 years ago.InkedMarieMember
That’s not a lecture, it’s an idea for everyone reading. Other reasons are food ingredient change, you run out of food, you can’t find the food at your local store.
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Still sounds like a lecture to me. So why don’t we agree to disagree on what your intent was.LexiDogMember
I love Acana. Orijen and Acana are my favorite kibbles out there. That is a great food. You should also look into Fromm Four Star kibble. The pieces of kibble are smaller and the protein is not too high.
Mulligan Stew kibble is grain inclusive also. Are you hoping to switch to gain free instead?
FWIW, neither Orijen or Acana worked at all for my dog that did amazingly well on MS; and of course I realize that wouldn’t be the case generally. Guess I’m just saying Orijen and Acana are great, if they work for your dog, but they certainly don’t work for every dog. : )
Not looking to go grain free, but would prefer oatmeal, rather than rice or barley. Thanks for the suggestion about Fromm, I’ll check them out also. This question is for Betsy-since Orijen and Acana didn’t work for your dog, what did you end up giving them.
Not that this contributes to solving your dilemma Brenda, but this is just a MS observation I had this morning. Sam, my Golden, must’ve snarfed down his bowl of MS too fast this morning and he regurgitated almost immediately after eating. I don’t think he’s ever done that before, so no big deal. I was shocked to see that the kibble was already breaking down! Very impressive.
Darn it! I posted a response, but it disappeared. I hate that! I’ll try again.
My Golden, Sam, just turned two and he has some food intolerances. He can’t have fish in any form, garlic (apparently) or chickpeas & lentils. He’s eaten a lot of foods that he did great on, once; but, when I feed it again, he reacted. When he’s exposed to something to which he’s intolerant, he develops a red inflamed right ear that quickly turns into a yeast infection in that same ear. The chickpeas and lentils give him horrible gas and loose stools. He also doesn’t seem to do well on foods with lots of fruits and veggies, like Orijen and Wholesome Blend. He does well on Darwin’s raw for short periods of time at a stretch, but I think you’re looking for kibble. I have to pay attention to his protein, fat and carb levels and know what ranges he seems to work best within. I recently started him on Udo’s Choice DHA blend, an omega supplement, and the poor thing had gas so bad it woke me up at night after just one teaspoon per day for a week. There are so many foods I’d love to try him on, but wouldn’t dare; but, it’s very important to me to have multiple foods for him, so I keep trying. So far, the only food he can eat without reacting is MS Lamb. I’m getting ready to try him next on Nature’s Variety Instinct LID Duck next and have my fingers crossed. My Cavalier can eat most anything, but it does seem that chickpeas and lentils cause her to become constipated. She doesn’t have anything that I consider to be “true intolerances.”
So, that said, foods that I trust and that Sam has eaten, at least once, and did well on are Canine Caviar, Horizon Legacy (my Cavalier eats Amicus sometimes which would be great for your little guy), Nature’s Logic, Dr. Tim’s, Brother’s Complete, Wellness Core, Earthborn Holistics and NutriSource. Of these, I most wish I was still able to use the Horizon and Dr. Tim’s.
If it weren’t for those intolerances, there would be many more he’d have eaten. One food I like and tried a couple of different formulas for Sam is Victor. I was disappointed the Victor didn’t work, it’s a great product and the price is a huge unexpected bonus! A couple of foods I wish I could use for him are Go!, Now Fresh, Farmina and Annamaet, but those all contain triggers. I’ve considered fermenting some veggies to add to his foods because I often wonder if it’s the cabbage in the MS that’s one of the reasons he does so well on it. Commercial raw and canned foods are a completely different story ~ are either of those options for you?LexiDogMember
Just another thought…look at The Honest Kitchen Keen. It is a dehydrated food. Recently I have been giving my dog their Embark formula and she literally sits there and whines while it is rehydrating because she likes it so much.DoriMember
Hi Brenda. I’m not sure if you would feed commercial raw, but Vital Essentials Raw and also Natures Variety Instinct Raw are both great. I have three toy dogs, a Maltese that will be 15 years old in September and weighs around 7.5 lbs, and a 4 1/2 year old Maltipoo (has tons of allergies/intolerances to foods and also environmental allergies) and weighs 6 lbs. and I also have a 4 1/2 year old Yorkipoo that weighs 5 lbs.. They all do really well on both these foods including Katie, my allergy girl. Both brands make the raw food in what would be sort of a kibble like size (bites) so you can just scoop the amount you want into the bowl, wait about 10 minutes and feed. The patties are more cost efficient but you, as I, aren’t concerned about the cost. For me it’s because my dogs are so small (they eat 1/4 cup twice a day) that the cost is not prohibitive. I’m assuming that would be the same for you. Anyway, hope I’ve helped. I don’t feed any kibble because it’s just too difficult to find anything that Katie can tolerate. She came to be at 9 weeks old with food issues and I have not found any kibble that she can deal with so I gave up. DoriJackie BMember
Acana and Orijen are both made by Champion pet foods. I think they would definitely be worth a try.
I hate when a good food gets discontinued! I do rotate foods because my older poodle is so picky, but it takes time to select appropriate foods and when a go-to food is no longer sold it takes work to find a good replacement.CSollersMember
FWIW, good advice is not a lecture, please take it as intended.
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