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April 17, 2014 at 10:02 am #38874 Report AbuseKarin LMember
As I research dog food brands, I have narrowed it down to a couple of options but now need to determine which protein choice would be best. There are many options out there – chicken, beef, lamb, venison, bison, duck, and lamb. Is one considered better than the other?
Karin LApril 17, 2014 at 10:03 am #38875 Report AbuseaquariangtMember
As long as your dog doesn’t have intolerances towards any of those, switch between all of them 🙂April 17, 2014 at 11:46 am #38883 Report AbusetheBCnutMember
Variety is considered better than lack of variety. All proteins have a different amino acid profile, so feeding variety helps to ensure that your dog has the optimum balance of amino acids. Also, some believe that dogs are less likely to develop allergies and intolerances if they are not constantly exposed to the same ingredients.April 17, 2014 at 12:51 pm #38892 Report AbuseaquariangtMember
out of curiosity, do you believe that is true BC? the allergies comment, ive heard it as well, but haven’t ever noticed it myself so not sure if its a myth or notApril 17, 2014 at 2:11 pm #38896 Report AbuseTinaMember
Dogs can have bad allergies to the proteins as well as grains and sometimes even potatoes. If you are worried about your dog having allergies to something just ask your vet for a food allergy test for your dog and that will tell you if he has any allergies at all.April 17, 2014 at 2:13 pm #38897 Report AbuseTinaMember
My neighbor has a Yorkshire Terrier who is 18 years old and is allergic it nearly everything.April 17, 2014 at 7:51 pm #38935 Report AbusetheBCnutMember
Food allergy tests are expensive and give both false negative and false positive responses, so they really are not better than doing your own food trial.
I don’t know. What I do know is that every dog I know of who had food intolerances was fed the same thing long term. That doesn’t mean that feeding everything only short term will prevent allergies though.
Actually, Micah was only 8 weeks old when I got him and was already showing symptoms, but he had several different issues that likely contributed to his food issues.
April 24, 2014 at 10:50 am #39582 Report AbuseGail SMember
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are there any products on editors choice that have NO chicken product?April 24, 2014 at 11:59 am #39586 Report AbusepugmomsandyModerator
The Honest Kitchen’s Zeal formula does not have chicken. It was an Editor’s Choice in March. Orijen has the 6 Fish formula which is just fish. Acana Singles doesn’t have chicken, I think. Also limited ingredient diets tend to have chicken-free options like Nature’s Variety Instinct. Currently, Merrick’s Whole Earth Farms has a poultry-free formula along with Castor & Pollux. Nutrisource grain free Seafood Select and PureVita.January 14, 2015 at 10:35 am #63928 Report AbusepugmomsandyModerator
Not on the EC list but American Natural Premium Grain Free Buffalo and Grain Free Ocean Fish Meal recipes are chicken free.
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