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    Howard C
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    I have been feeding my 2 Goldens’ Natures Variety Instinct Raw Boost for a long while. It is a very expensive food but the results, in my opinion, made it justifiable. However, for the last couple of months I have noticed that the bags contain a smaller amount of the raw boost pieces and both dogs’ stools have changed. They have become softer—almost runny at times.
    It was never like this before. Has anyone else had the same experience with Natures Variety Instinct?

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    theBCnut
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    They have reformulated some of their foods to contain less protein. I don’t know if the Raw Boost formulas have been reformulated or not.

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    DogFoodie
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    Yes, the formulas have changed.

    Take a look at their website: http://www.instinctpetfood.com/instinct-raw-boost-healthy-foods-pets

    When you click on the ingredients tab, you can see the current ingredients and the former recipe.

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    theBCnut
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    Some of those were quite big changes!!

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    DogFoodie
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    Yep, and not for the better. I’ll continue to use the NVI LID though since I’ve had such great results with Sam. I’m super disappointed with the lamb LID though and won’t use our recommend it. Disappointing.

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    theBCnut
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    22% protein? Surely lamb isn’t more expensive than rabbit?!?

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    Naturella
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    Bruno got sick on the NVI Rabbit, but he’s never had the old formula, whatever that is. Vomiting and diarrhea, I tried him on it twice – first time it could have been something else that caused his illness, the second time was fully controlled and I attribute it entirely to the food. Alas, I really hoped it would work for him. Oh well, I will try another protein in the future and see how he does. For now he’s on a food he’s done well on in the past.

    I guess, to the OP – Howard C – try to add The Honest Kitchen’s Perfect Form as a supplement for about a week – stool should improve – and keep your dogs on it for about 2 more weeks after stool is good. If it is unstable again when you take them off of Perfect Form, then it may be time for a food switch…

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    Howard C
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    Thanks to all for the feedback. My next question would be does anyone have any experience, either good or bad, with Orijen products?

    #55270 Report Abuse

    pugmomsandy
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    I’ve only used the new Orijen treats which my pugs love, but pugs don’t snub any kind of food or treat 99% of the time. Mine already eat raw and they eat different forms of food so they are used to food/treat changes.

    #55279 Report Abuse

    aquariangt
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    2 of mine did well on orijen, 1 did not. He has had issues on other rich things as well though. I know plenty of people that love it.

    I kind of like their treats, the dogs love them. They do get a bit crumbly which can be irritating

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