Optimum protein choice?

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    Karin L
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    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 L

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    aquariangt
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    As long as your dog doesn’t have intolerances towards any of those, switch between all of them 🙂

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    theBCnut
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    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.

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    aquariangt
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    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 not

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    Tina
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    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.

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    Tina
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    My neighbor has a Yorkshire Terrier who is 18 years old and is allergic it nearly everything.

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    theBCnut
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    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.

    Hi Aquarianqt
    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.

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    Gail S
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    are there any products on editors choice that have NO chicken product?

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    pugmomsandy
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    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.

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    pugmomsandy
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    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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