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Oh, and I also add probiotics/enzymes and a pumpkin/apple fiber supplement called Firm Up. I top with canned foods, as well. Wellness does have the complimentary canned food the their Simple line.
I’m not sure if this would work for your dog, but I like Wellness Small Breed Simple Salmon and Potato.
I buy most of my canned foods locally, but I have ordered from Chewy.com and all was fine. I order sometimes online because I can’t get all the different flavors and brands I want to try locally. I’ve had no problems here.
First of all, I don’t have a puppy, but I do have Cavaliers, one of which has MVD. I am using Wellness Small Breed Senior, which is formulated as a lower sodium food to help with the heart. I may be fine for a pup to eat, as well. The protein as fed is 25%.June 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm in reply to: I raise Yorkies. I REALLY need Help on What Dry food to feed #44920 Report Abuse
I’m glad you decided to go with the food that works for your little one. I believe feed what works, within reason of course. I still say don’t feed something as low as Alpo, or Moist and Meaty….because I’m sure you can find something better that will still work. I’m kind of in the same boat as you were….one of my Cavaliers was having issues with digestion and stool. I tried all kinds, and I mean a lot, of different foods, some very highly rated and some that I still may feed at a later date, before I went with Wellness’s new Small Breed formulas. They, like the RC for Yorkies, are specially formulated for small breeds. I’m not saying that every small breed needs to eat a small breed formula because I really don’t believe that, but it just so happens mine needed this kind of formulation and it’s working, and I’m so glad I tried them.
I used to be the food “expert” at a small specialty pet food store I worked at part time. They have since sold to Petco (a few years ago). At times, there would be customers asking for me because I knew quite a lot about each food they carried. Now, when I happen to go into Petco, they all know me and leave me alone. Actually had one of the associates ask me something about Blue Buffalo the other day, lol! When I go into Petsmart, on a rare occasion, to look around or get some Wellness or Simply Nourish cans it bugs me when an associate comes up to me asking if they can help me or when they try to direct me to Blue Buffalo. I just smile and tell them that I’m fine and don’t need help, lol. Sometimes I’m tempted to “educate” them about Blue, but usually I just go on my way. And, btw, I used to be a rep for Nature’s Variety! However, when Petco bought out the stores I frequented I left the company.
I sometimes give fish oil, but tend to feed a fish based food instead because Laverne gets loose stools if I add too many oils. COQ10 is a supplement that is good for the heart and also gums. I give both made for human and dogs. The dose is usually 1 mg per pound. Right now I have on hand 10 mg capsules and 30 mg capsules that are fine to give. The 10 mg are vetri science for dogs and the 30 mg I ordered from Swanson’s. I have also given heart supplements for dogs that contain other good things to give like hawthorn, taurine, l-carnitine. Some brands I have used are vetri science cardio strength, thorne bio-cardio, nature’s farmacy heartwise. I am going to order some chews from Ark Naturals that are from their gray muzzle line for the heart soon to try.
Hi, Cavvie lovers! I have 3 of this beautiful breed. I have Laverne, a Ruby retired show champion who weighs around 17 lbs. and tends to have mild intolerances and trouble in the past with anal glands. She is 9 yrs. and has a murmur according to my holistic vet. No meds, though. She’s lived with us for 3 years now. Hazel is my 7 year old Black and Tan who weighs around 19 lbs., all muscle. She was born with a murmur but has never had meds. She’s been with us for 5 years. She and Laverne are registered therapy dogs. My newest is Rupert, a 7 year old Blenheim retired show champion who weighs around 19 lbs. I’ve had Rupert for 3 months now. He has a grade 5 murmur and MVD, asymptomatic, however he is on enalapril twice a day. Now that his health is pretty good for him (he came to me not so healthy) I plan on making him a therapy dog, as well.
I had to try many foods due to Laverne’s intolerances, which started with loose stool, rumbly tummy, not wanting to eat at times and of course the dreaded anal gland issues. We are finally (hope I don’t jinx us, lol) doing great with Wellness totally. I’ve always used Wellness cans and biscuits/treats but their kibble size was just too big for them, especially Laverne who I needed it to work for the most. So I used others, like Acana Singles, Merrick, Instinct LIDs, Zignature, Annamaet, Dr. Tim’s, Victors and probably others I’ve forgotten about. Some worked and I’ll still feed if needed…Annamaet, Dr. Tim’s and Victor, but a lot of others didn’t. I even tried premade raw, which was fine but too hard for my household to deal with. Foods like THK didn’t go over well. However, recently Wellness came out with new Small Breed formulas…YAY! So I tried them. I now rotate through Small Breed Senior, Small Breed Whitefish and Small Breed Simple Salmon along with their canned Stews for topping kibble and Yogurt biscuits for bedtime snack. I use their Pure Bites for training. Things are great, atm!! I do add a probiotic/enzyme supplement and a fiber supplement called Firm Up with each meal. It’s simply dried pumpkin and apple pectin. They also get coq10 for their heart. This has been working for us for 2 months now and I will continue this regimen. Sometimes I will use other canned toppers, like Simply Nourish, Fromm or Weruva for variety. All 3 have such soft wonderful coats and great skin. I did shave them down a little for the first time this summer and can honestly say that I love the haircuts! I kept their ears and tails long. I will keep them cut this way. I hope some of this info. gives hope for you guys with other Cavvies, my heart breed! 🙂 <3
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Hi, and I’m sorry to hear that your little dog has this. I’m not recommending Hills but the diarrhea is probably coming from an abrupt diet change. I’m sure you didn’t transition to the Hills…I apologize if I’m wrong on this. Anyway, there are a few foods I would consider for a dog prone to pancreatitis. Annamaet Lean is a good food (annamaet.com). It can be ordered form Chewy.com or Wag.com, and other places. I can’t get it locally so I would have to order online. Wellness Core Reduced Fat is another I would try. Wellness is available most places like Petsmart and Petco. Wellness also has a Small Breed Healthy Weight that might work and a line called Simple that has a healthy weight formula. I love Wellness. Victor dog food (I order mine from Sportdogfood.com) has a senior formula that looks good, too. Remember, whatever you choose try to transition slowly from whatever he’s eating now. If that’s not possible try adding some plain canned pumpkin to the food to help firm up stools during transitioning. Not pie filling, just plain pumpkin.
Lew Olsen, is (I believe) a nutritionist. I’m sure these products are fine, but like other people (Dr. Becker, Ask Ariel, etc.) they are selling their own products. I like to look at dogaware.com for recommendations. I know that Lew’s supplements are on the list there.
I used to love Natural Balance for my gang. I had one with intolerances/allergies and digestive issues and this food helped at that time. I also loved that they had canned and treats to “match”, making it easier to feed an intolerance prone dog. Sadly though, they have since sold to Del Monte and that makes them a no go for me anymore. If I had to use them to sort out an allergy I might….but I would search for other ways to do it first. It’s really frustrating when a food you like and trusted sells out to a large conglomerate. If I had to shop at Petco, I would use Wellness or Nature’s Variety.
I agree with theBCnut. I also found a supplement I love, called Firm Up. It’s just dried pumpkin and apple pectin. You can get it with cranberry, too. Love it!! So much easier to use than canned pumpkin, which mine didn’t care for in their food. They eat this up, though. I won’t ever be without it. It has been a life saver for anal glands, too. 🙂
Thanks for the reply, I am in constant contact with my holistic vet (who hates the medicine as much as anyone). We put off using as long as we could and now she doesn’t want me to use it anymore so and she is telling me what to do with it and how to stop using it. I appreciate your concern, though.
Terrible medicine! Lucy Mae, who has skin cancer, has just been put on prednisone about a month ago by my holistic vet. We held off as long as we could. She is now in last stages. I knew about all the side effects, but boy, this medicine has changed my once great house dog into a raving lunatic! She went from a dog that bothered absolutely nothing in the house to raiding every trash can in the place. She can barely reach the counters but is constantly trying to surf them….and actually stole a whole loaf of bread off by the tiniest part of the package that was sticking off the edge, she ate most of it before I found her. We have to be very careful where we put stuff now, when never before. She’s panting all the time, too. She has not become aggressive, thank goodness. She has always been a little moody, so I was worried about it. The vet told me that this medicine will eventually stop helping her lymph nodes. So, after the last pills yesterday I’m not giving her anymore of it. We will let God take care of her and nature take its course. It’s very sad to watch how this medicine affected her, let alone the cancer itself. It will be devastating when it’s time to let her go, but I know then she won’t be in pain and misery any longer. Even though that time is still a little ways off, I’m preparing myself and family. 🙁
I love Victor food. I get mine when I use it from http://www.sportdogfood.com. Please go there and check it out. They do only dry, though. For cans I love Wellness Stews, but others that are good and reasonably priced are Pure Balance (Walmart’s brand), 4Health Stews (Tractor Supply’s brand). I am trying lately to use cans without carrageenan, which is a controversial ingredient these days. I also love Dr. Tim’s and Annamaet’s dry….neither make a canned food. I also love Wellness dry, of course. Other cans I like (price not taken into consideration) are Weruva, Simply Nourish, Mulligan Stew, Instinct and Prairie.
My dogs have no staining now. I have 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and the girls had been pretty good for awhile, but not perfect. Rupert came to me with some large eye stains and paw staining. I have recently been feeding Wellness Small Breed kibbles (a variety of Sm. Brd. Senior, Sm. Brd. Simple Salmon and Sm. Brd. Whitefish). I got Rupert going on 3 months ago and started this kibble 2 months ago. I also top with Wellness canned and a very few others, Simply Nourish and Weruva but mostly Wellness. I also am using Wholistic Pet Digest All Plus and a supplement called Firm Up, which is dried pumpkin and apple pectin. The only treats they get are Wellness Yogurt biscuits at night before bedtime. I use their kibble the rest of the time. At the Hospital during Therapy Dog visits Laverne and Hazel get banana chips and Zuke’s minis (which I plan on replacing after the bag is empty). ALL staining is gone from everyone. It use to be when I groomed/brushed them and wiped their eyes Hazel would be great, Laverne would have one eye that still came away with a little brownish stain and Rupert would be getting a little better but not totally clear. Now, after 2 months of nothing but feeding this way, all staining is gone from all dogs. Even Rupert has none on his paws or otherwise. I’m thrilled! I’ve always loved Wellness products but the kibble size was too big for my Cavs. When they came out with these new formulas for Small Breeds I immediately bought them and I’m so happy…..now I just hope they continue to come out with more Small Breed flavors.
One note I would like to make, though, is that I think that getting the dogs’ guts back in peak shape is what helped the staining the most and I feel that the Digest All Plus and Firm Up were instrumental in doing that. Laverne had prior anal gland problems that are not happening now either, and Rupert had a ruptured anal gland right after coming to us which has healed great and I’ve seen no signs of returning (I keep praying about it, lol!).
I am using Wellness Small Breed kibble (Senior, Simple Salmon and Whitefish). They all love it! I also use Wellness cans as toppers religiously, however, since all but the stews contain carrageenan I’ve cut back on those kinds. It doesn’t matter, though, what kind of Wellness (or any canned food, for that matter) that I give they all love it.June 5, 2014 at 6:12 pm in reply to: Help choosing right food for a picky eater with sensitive stomache #43542 Report Abuse
If you have a Tractor Supply in your area, they have their brand of food called 4Health. It is very reasonably priced. Look on their website to see what they have. Also, Wal Mart has their brand called Pure Balance that is not bad. I’m sure others will help out on here.
Oh, yeah….one more I like for people on a strict budget is Whole Earth Farms, however you would have to buy a large bag….which would be fine if you stored it properly. Victor dog food is great, too! I have to order my Victor online through http://www.sportdogfood.com, so if you can do that check them out, too. Good luck to you!
I think the rumor that Blue is a Diamond company comes from the diamond shape on their bags. In fact, I’ve actually heard some people call it Blue Diamond, lol! But, like Kritterlady said it is NOT and is privately owned. Personally, I don’t trust them….too many people’s pets have had issues with it (and I know some) and they also have too many co-packers for my taste.
I need to add that I also love Fromm, dry and canned. Forgot about them for a minute because I haven’t fed them in a little while, lol.
My top 5 picks, currently: In no particular order
DRY: Wellness, Annamaet, Victor, Dr. Tim’s, Precise
CAN: Wellness, Simply Nourish, Weruva, Nature’s Variety, Mulligan Stew
Betsy, I like the looks of NVI Healthy Weight, too. I do use the canned version already as a topper. I might eventually try that kibble.
I agree with Marie. One other food I would suggest is Annamaet Lean for weight loss. I’ll admit I’ve never used it, but have fed other Annamaet formulas and like them quite a lot. Annamaet and Wellness are two of my favorite companies, actually.
Hmm….I love Mulligan Stew products. I didn’t know they were discontinuing the chicken kibble, is it only the chicken or all kibble? I feed the canned foods to my 4 on top of their kibble. I also give the canned food to my cat, who loves it, too. I have a little over a case of the canned food right now.
OnyxMom…try adding a probiotic/enzyme supplement to his food to see if it helps with the breath. I just adopted another older Cavalier and he will be getting a dental. His breath was stinky when we got him 2 months ago. However, after adding Wholistic Pet Organics digest all plus to his morning and evening meals, his breath doesn’t smell now, even though his dental isn’t scheduled until 6/10.
I don’t know anything about food and thyroid or Real Meat dog food, though I have used the Real Meat dog treats quite a bit and it was fine. I have also fed Victor dog food and I think it’s a very good food. I wouldn’t know which formula to recommend to you, but if you fb or email Philip at Sportdogfood.com he might have some ideas about which formula would best fit your needs.
Suburban Gal….in my experience you and your dogs are the exception rather than the rule. I could use a retractable leash with my 4 and it would be okay but I find the handle to be too unwieldy. I will admit before I knew anything about dogs and we adopted Lucy and Desi I did use retractables…..I did drop them a few times and did have some tangled up experiences. After I started doing obedience training and began using a standard 6 ft. leash, I realized how much more control I had and I really liked the regular leashes so much better. I actually use 4 ft. regular leashes when I am doing therapy dog work. Some of the experiences I’ve had with retractables occurred when I worked at a pet specialty store. We would have customers come in with all kinds/sizes of dogs using a retractable leash. More often than not, they would not be paying the least bit of attention to their dogs and they’d let their dogs go too far on the leash. We had dogs knock stuff off shelves, go around the corner from their owners and “do their business” (which of course the owner denied it was their dog because they didn’t see them do it lol), go around into another aisle and harass other customers and/or dogs. We actually had a customer get tangled up in her own retractable with her dog and almost cut her finger badly! I decided then and there I would never in good conscience recommend them. Sorry, if you disagree Suburban Gal. That is your right and I’m sure you and your dogs are perfect when using them….just wish everyone could be like you.
Enzymes and also probiotics may help. I believe there are feeding directions on the containers of the Mercola products….just go by that. I do know that my Cavaliers have sometimes eaten poop and other times did not…and I feel their stool eating was not behavior oriented but food oriented because they seemed to do this with foods that didn’t really agree with their stomachs (too rich, imho). I do feed enzymes and probiotics with each meal. Currently, (knock on wood, lol), no one is eating stool….Yay! They are eating Wellness Small Breed Senior and I am transitioning to Wellness Small Breed Simple Salmon and Potato because I feel my new guy seems to do better with grain free.May 14, 2014 at 5:25 pm in reply to: Low fat, lower protein senior canned dog food out there? #41627 Report Abuse
If you’re looking for wet foods that are low in fat, try Weruva and Simply Nourish…they are usually 1.5% as fed. The protein may still be kind of high, though. For kibble, Wellness Core Reduced Fat is pretty good and Annamaet Lean is another one that comes to mind, as well as Victor Senior (it’s not grain free). I am currently feeding my gang Wellness Small Breed Senior and Small Breed Simple Salmon, along with Wellness cans and today I did feed Weruva Cirque de la Mer (or something like that).
Maybe others on here will be of help but I’m sorry I can’t in all good faith recommend a retractable leash, especially to a larger dog like yours. I feel they can be a danger to the owner and dog. One just does not have the control over the dog with these kinds of leashes. Better control is achieved with regular leather 6ft. leashes, imho. Good luck to you, but I just feel this is a bad idea and an accident waiting to happen.
Jess, you may be right but where did you read about a lawsuit against Diamond? I don’t feed Diamond products anymore, but was just wondering. I do know that Blue Buffalo is being sued by Purina recently, but that’s it.
sue66b, just a question….I love Holistic Select, too. How did you find out that the protein is hydrolyzed? I’ve never heard or read this before. Thanks.
So far, I haven’t had any problems feeding Wellness. I have used their cans daily for years, however, the only fish flavors I’ve used are Simple Salmon and Pot. and 95% Salmon. No problems with them. I used to use Wellness Core Reduced Fat for my male Shih-Poo (since gone to the bridge) and never had any issues. I just transitioned my crew to Wellness Small Breed Senior kibble to go with their canned Wellness (I use the stews, Simple line, 95% line, and the senior cans) because I needed a lower sodium food and this fits the bill. So far, everyone is doing fine.
Wellness Core Small Breed is also either chicken based or multiple protein based while Core Ocean is just fish, I believe. It could’ve also been related to that….who knows. Also, did you give them the Small Breed Core cold turkey or switch to it gradually? Even though it’s the same brand the makeup of the food is kind of different the regular Core line, so it might have been like switching to a brand new food cold turkey. Just something to ponder.
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Thanks, Betsy! We do certainly love him! If you didn’t know about his health issues, you wouldn’t know by looking at him and by the way he behaves lol. He is a very handsome boy and a very good boy, too. So loving and funny. We feel blessed to have him in our lives and will treasure how ever long that might be. 🙂
For sure, theBCnut! Btw, I’ve also transitioned the dogs over to Wellness Small Breed Senior kibble to go along with the Wellness cans I always use. It has controlled sodium levels which won’t hurt. Even Laverne seems to be doing well with it.
Sorry, it has taken so long to post an update on Rupert. Bear with me, as this may be kinda long. When I took Ru (as I like to call him, lol) to the vet for his pre surgery blood work for his dental and neuter (and to get a rabies vacc.) the blood work came back that everything seemed fine except his white count, which indicated some kind of infection. Also, as a side note….my breeder friend had taken him to a health clinic to have his eyes and heart checked out, by a cardiologist. They told her that his eyes were good but he did have a grade 1/2 murmur (out of 6). He was heart clear a year ago, at least that is what she was told. So….when both my vets examined him (separately) they said his murmur was not a 1/2 but definitely more in the 5 range! They thought maybe the infection was from his teeth and perhaps had settled into his heart! They put him on an antibiotic. 🙁 My vet didn’t feel comfortable putting him under anesthesia until he saw a cardiologist. So we made an appt. to see a very good one locally. Now….in the meantime, pretty much overnight because Ru had been professionally groomed and I had brushed him, too, and no one noticed anything amiss….he had an abscessed anal gland! I took him back to the vet and she tried to get it to express. She had some trouble and told me we were gonna switch his antibiotic to a different one and that now she thinks this was the reason for the infection. I took him home and began hot compresses and such. A few days later it did burst!! Yuck!! I called the vet and she told me to monitor it and told me what to do and what to look out for. It seemed to be doing fine. About a week later on a Friday (with his cardiologist appt. on the following Mon.) I took him back to my vet just to be checked over. The gland is healing okay, so far. He had his cardiology appt. and it was determined that he does have a grade 5/6 murmur. He also has MVD (Mitral Valve Disease) which is the number one killer of Cavaliers. 🙁 He has been put on enalapril (twice a day) for his blood pressure. One good thing is that so far he is asymptomatic. This coming Tues. he will see my vet again to check to see if the enalapril is doing its job. If so, he can be scheduled for his dental and neuter (and possibly anal gland removal?). Of course, the vet will use a certain anesthesia for such cases and I will be a nervous wreck!!! My breeder friend did say she would take him back, but we will not be doing that as we love him very much already. He is now a part of our family.
Well….that is Ru’s saga so far. I will give you updates when I have them. Currently, he is a joy and acts like any normal Cavalier! 🙂
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Wellness has declared themselves to be non-gmo. They are also making their dry at their own factory, as far as I know, and not outsourcing to multiple factories like BB. There may be other differences but these are just a few that stand out as important, at least to me.
Just remember to vigilant concerning Natural Balance now, they were bought out by Del Monte. I don’t trust that their sources are the same as they were and we all know Del Monte does source from China, so…..
While I’m not an Avoderm fan I do like Pinnacle (they are made by the same company). Pinnacle has never had a recall. There are other foods out there without the ingredients you listed. Precise has some, Annamaet, Victor, etc.
Marie, just for clarification….Fromm Four Star Nutritionals also has grain inclusive foods.
I am truly sorry for your loss. I’ve experienced similar with Cavaliers. After having Stella in my life it changed forever. I currently have 3 and will always have one of this breed in my life. Even though this breed comes with health problems inherent in the breed, I still want them in my live because it is better with them in it than not to have one at all, if that makes sense.
Also, just an fyi…..sometimes the dog and cat recipes of certain foods, dry and can, are pretty much the same…ingredients and GA. For example, Mulligan Stew canned food is fine for dogs and cats (I asked the maker). Also, Fromm Gold dog food looks very, very similar to Fromm cat food. Instinct Healthy Weight canned foods are the same for the dog and cat formulas. So I save money and just buy the dog cans and give it to all of them. I also believe that some of the Instinct kibble (don’t remember which ones, though) are the same for both….and the dog food is cheaper. I’m not saying this is the case for all dog and cat foods, but I did discover this for some. It may take some research to really find out and also asking the maker (although they will tell you to feed the dog and cat foods to their prospective counterparts, but they do want you to spend more money lol).
Btw, what I did was check ingredients and mostly guaranteed analysis. If the GA is the exact same for both and the ingredients are in a little bit different order, it doesn’t matter to me. I especially check the obvious like protein, fat, fiber, etc. But, I also check taurine, and other minerals.
Betsy, not “cooking” foods, but “cooling” foods….according to the Chinese feeding method. Cooling foods help with inflammation, while warm or hot foods tend to aggravate it. Whitefish is a cooling food, while salmon is considered neutral, I believe.
Betsy, according to the Chinese feeding method lamb is considered a hot food. Lots of people use lamb in the winter and something like whitefish in the summer. Or, if you have a dog that always seems to be “hot”, like seeking out cool places to lay or has some kind of inflammation going on, then you also would want to try to feed a cool food, other than lamb. Hope this helps.
Betsy, I don’t know if I’ve had success lol….but my holistic vet does advocate and uses this in her practice. She wanted me to put Laverne on a cooling food when she was having all her allergy/intolerance issues so I chose fish based foods, like whitefish or salmon (which is actually considered neutral, I believe). Laverne is doing fine with these kinds of foods, but I do sneak a few other proteins in on her sometimes lol.
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I use Springtime, Inc. products pretty much every day. When I first start something new of theirs, like adding spirulina or a joint chew, I always start with 1/4 of the chew and work up to a whole one. They are split in 4ths and easy to break, imo, so it’s an easy thing to do. I’ve never had gas using them, but all dogs are different. Maybe you could back off and start with part of the chew first.
There are several products that I think are good. I also like Wholistic Pet Organics products. I love their salmon oil and their digest all plus. I have used basicly all of their products over the years at one time or another. I also love Springtime, Inc.’s products. I love their joint health chews. It also comes in a powder. I used their chews for my Shih-Poo, Desi, when he was living. He had both rear luxating patellas that were a high grade. The vet I had at the time, since switched to a holistic vet, always remarked that he was close to needing surgery but keep doing what I was doing. He never had surgery in all his 8 years of life. I did kind of restrict his activity, though not much. He passed with another health problem. Anyway, those are the two I’ve used the most. Oh, I almost forgot about Missing Link Joint. I’ve used that and like it pretty well, too. Hope this helps.
I also agree with the rotation theory. I personally think Wellness and Blue are similarly priced, especially at my Petsmart. I would choose Wellness for sure. Of the two you mentioned, Blue and Nutro…..I guess I’d choose Blue.
I’m not a vet and I’m not saying that the Instinct kibble is to blame, however, I just want to note that Instinct kibble is a high ash kibble. I found that my dogs cannot handle certain high ash foods, NV being one of them. I have just rotated them off of Victor, which I also think is a very good food but it is pretty high in ash. They are eating Annamaet again and actually doing better. They can only eat foods like Victor or NV or Earthborn (which is also pretty high in ash) for a short while before I notice problems start happening like increased tearing, having accidents in the house or stronger smelling urine and loose stool. Fromm and Annamaet are two foods I love that use low ash proteins.