I have a 3 month old jack russell terrier and a 1 year old chi mix. I have been feeding them Blue Buffalo Wilderness, but recently the vet told me that he doesn’t recommend that food and too much protein can be bad for them because they can’t process it all. He then mentioned that Science Diet is tested with feeding trials as opposed to being formulated, and that makes it better for the dog. Does anyone have any input on this? I am really paranoid about the food I feed my dog because I don’t want them to get sick from it. I don’t care if the food is expensive, I just want to feed them something that will be beneficial and help them live a long, healthy life. I thought that if a dog food was rated 5 stars on here it was a good choice, but apparently not since I saw other people mention that Blue Buffalo isn’t all that great.
Maybe your vet is just old-school. Healthy dogs don’t have a maximum protein amount nor do they require carbohydrates. Also you can feed various foods – kibble, canned, raw, dehydrated, not just one type of food. Feeding just kibble is like a person eating a cereal bar every meal for life. For better health, incorporate fresh, unprocessed foods, and decrease toxic load. Blue Buffalo has complaints of dogs getting sick on it, but that can happen with any dog food. Not all dogs have the same reaction to a food. Rotate foods to minimize the risk of getting sick on one. The Honest Kitchen is human grade and expensive if that’s something you’re looking for. That is one brand I have in my dog’s pantry. They eat canned, kibble, dehydrated, and raw.
I have a 12 year old JRT and a couple Border Collies and I feed much higher protein than BBW and my dogs are doing better than ever. My JRT is very active, very athletic, and very muscular. Something that she wasn’t a year and a half ago, before I started feeding this way. Some dogs have difficulty digesting high protein because their bodies are not used to handling it, but that just means they need a little extra help until their body adjusts.
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