Quality, grain-inclusive, adult dog food WITHOUT chicken?

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    Jordan C

    Hi everyone!

    I am looking to switch my Golden Retriever over to a grain-inclusive diet that also does NOT include chicken as he has proved to be VERY chicken intolerant in the past. He is currently on Fromm Heartland Gold LBP and does just fine on it. It’s time to switch him over from puppy to adult, and I’m taking my veterinarian’s recommendation to switch to a grain-inclusive food as long as it is high quality. I’m struggling to find something that is both grain-inclusive while being completely chicken free? Any suggestions?

    Thank you!!

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    Why not stay with Fromm? They have grain-inclusive formulas.

    PS: I don’t think a tiny bit of chicken fat will bother anything.

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    Patricia A

    Stella and Chewy’s has grain inclusive Beef. https://www.stellaandchewys.com/dog-food/stellas-essentials-wholesome-grains/beef-and-ancient-grains-recipe
    Product Benefits
    #1 ingredient grass-fed beef
    Wholesome grains including brown rice, pearled barley, oatmeal, quinoa and millet
    Pea-free, lentil-free, potato-free & poultry-free
    Made in the USA with no ingredients from China
    Rich in Omegas for healthy skin & coat
    Leading levels of glucosamine & chondroitin to help maintain hip & joint function
    High quality proteins for lean muscle mass
    No corn, wheat or soy protein
    No by-product meal
    Guaranteed taurine levels
    Complete & balanced for all life stages except large breed puppies

    Never The Other Stuff!

    Beef, lamb meal, pearled barley, oatmeal, brown rice, pork meal, beef fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural vegetable flavor, beef liver, millet, quinoa, flaxseed, calcium carbonate, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, suncured alfalfa meal, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), inulin (from chicory root), pumpkin, blueberries, taurine, tocopherols (preservative), thyme, sage, dried kelp, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, rosemary extract.

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    “I’m taking my veterinarian’s recommendation to switch to a grain-inclusive food as long as it is high quality. I’m struggling to find something that is both grain-inclusive while being completely chicken free? Any suggestions”?


    This one has absolutely no chicken of any kind. Fromm is a quality dog food.

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    BTW: The food you say your dog does fine on has chicken https://www.gofromm.com/fromm-family-large-breed-puppy-gold-food-for-dogs

    So, wouldn’t it make sense to just go to the large breed adult formula?

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    Jordan C

    The one he is on right now is the Heartland Gold one, not just the plain Gold – all beef no chicken! 🙂

    I’m totally open to staying with Fromm I just wanted to explore some other possibilities! Thanks for the input!

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    Hi Jordan.

    Some additional options for grain inclusive, with NO chicken formulas include these brands:

    Dr. Gary’s Best Breed, First Mate, Eagle Pack’s Holistic Select Line (see e.g. Adult Radiant Sardine, Anchovy, & Salmon), Sport Dog (e.g. Buffalo formulas), Inception, Purina Pro Plan (e.g. Salmon & Rice Sensitive Stomach & Skin), Petcurean Go!, Farmina, Annamaet, Canine Caviar, Verus, Instinct by Nature’s Variety Be Natural Salmon (includes peas #7), Nutrisource (e.g. Trout & Rice — not the large breed one), and (soon) Open Farm’s new grain inclusive line. One of the moderators here, PugMom Sandy, noted a sardine formula from Nature’s Logic also.

    Purina, Hills, & Royal Canin have veterinary therapeutic formulas/prescription diets that exclude chicken as well.

    The above is not an exhaustive list or a recommendation for any listed. And those are just U.S. available foods.

    Your choices will depend upon what you are looking for preferentially in a formula and brand, things that you personally believe to be indicative of “high quality.”

    From experience, I have known many dogs to do well on the Fromm Whitefish grain inclusive formula recommended by another poster above, especially dogs with sensitive digestive systems and needs for low residue, highly digestible. It has a nice mix of whole grains, sweet potatoes, and bland, highly digestible simple carbs.

    I am currently feeding Annamaet’s Option formula (purple bag: Salmon based, w/lamb) and am very pleased with the company and the formula. To it, I daily add canned wild Alaskan salmon with bone, to bring the protein up from ~26-27% protein (dry matter, actual typical) to 30%+ (adjusted for our needs). Last month I added canned sardines.

    Good luck! If you are interested in one of the above formulas/brands, I’d be happy to give you my thoughts on it.

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    p.s. In addition to preferring grain inclusive/non-legume heavy formulas at this time, I’d recommend avoiding feeding exclusively or frequently lamb & rice formulas, particularly ones low in protein and high in ash, as well as those from a company less experienced and knowledgeable in safe formulating.

    Ditto very high fiber formulas long term, absent a compelling medical need as advised by your vet.

    Both have long been associated with higher risk for DCM, and showed up again in this most recent FDA compilation list of 560 dogs.

    Watch that your dog is eating the expected calories to obtain the amino acids and nutrients needed, and if not (in order to keep lean body condition), look for a formula better suited in caloric & nutrient density for your particular dog.

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