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  • in reply to: New Dog Food Brand – Wildology #129251 Report Abuse
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    Discussion started: https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/wildology-feed/

    Has DHA, too much is not good. Blood thinner.

    Adds 50 million CFU per pound of microorganisms as “probiotics “ and dried yeast. I would never.

    Added vitamins which your pet may not need and cause other issues.

    in reply to: Pet Food Lawsuits and Other Internet Noise #129206 Report Abuse
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    Budget cuts and mergers have driven quality control down, prices have doubled while the labeled bags contain much less over time. The (in)voluntary recalls are becoming alarming and you wonder if you should join the lawsuits out of fear or an actual mishap with your dog. It’s time vs money vs your anger. Yes, the kibble-raw-freeze dried-wet food buying community IS at the mercy of all brands. Anyone testing each bag for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes or “elevated” levels of certain vitamins? Not me, as I trustingly scoop the kibble out twice day, adding freeze dried on top, always wondering. And adding nutrients like I’m a canine nutritionist. With that said, I spend as much money as my bank account allows for food allergy panels, blood tests and anything else I need to do to “know” my dogs’ bodies throughout the year. Otherwise, we’re just sitting ducks as we may misinterpret the recalls. Yes, large class action lawsuits do have merit. I wouldn’t ignore how it became that way with thousands of medical issues and/or dog deaths documented. Again, “know” your dog every single day and be on top of the news. All dogs are NOT the same.

    in reply to: Bloat Diet #129188 Report Abuse
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    For the weight loss, please go to your vet for a full blood panel test as reduced nutrients could lead to other issues.

    Second, do this test for allergic triggers in food and environment: https://glacierpeakholistics.com/collections/frontpage/products/pet-wellness-life-stress-scan-1?variant=38717885892

    Third, no more potatoes, of any kind, any color, in any thing. Very bad ingredient used by many as a filler in dog foods. Causes harmful gas and bloat.

    Look into the Zignature line of dry, limited ingredient kibble. Many to choose from. Over feed. Rather your pet eat enough and leave some in the bowl, then underfed since you don’t know which meats his allergic to.

    in reply to: Low taurine level in 11-month old dog #121707 Report Abuse
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    My boys are untrained terrors at the vet but they love the entire staff! We get a room right away LOL.

    Yes, the gray one had one TPLO, the tan one had two. It broke my heart, the pain they went thru, the recovery time. And most of all, not being able to play like before, having to be monitored. So we swim every single day during summer since we can’t afford the $4K for 6 hrs of physical therapy. That plus micellized vitamin D drops, Dasuquin MSM, UC-II collagen, taurine & Previcox. I want them to enjoy life before their hip dysplasia gets severe.

    in reply to: Low taurine level in 11-month old dog #121500 Report Abuse
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    Linda, so relieved to hear of the good news! I was waiting patiently LOL. Big hug to your pup. My boys are fine, I lowered the VetriScience from 2 capsules to one, their poop was a bit soft to my liking. But incredible energy for 5 yr olds and super strong at 80 lbs each. I’ll do the echocardiogram on him next year. I stop the swimming when they start panting too hard but it’s great for their TPLO’s.I can’t thank you enough for your post, it’s helped me be aware of what’s to come.

    in reply to: Dehydrated go food vs. Famina dog food #121424 Report Abuse
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    Farmina lists potatoes as the 3rd ingredient, which is the formula’s main filler. It lists taurine as the 4th to last ingredient, so you’re not getting much of it. And 2 to 3 different types of yeast is not good at all.

    Zignature Dry formulas contain legumes BUT does not contain a bunch of fancy ingredients your dog absolutely does not need. You can read the ingredients lists on Chewy. The brand saved my dogs from severe food allergies from all the 5 star kibbles on the list. I crumble Primal freeze dried over it, they love it.

    As for keeping a healthy heart, give VetriSCIENCE Laboratories’ CARDIO STRENGTH Heart Support Formula (for canine and feline), sprinkle over kibble per dog’s weight.
    Active Ingredients: (Per Capsule) L-Carnitine HCl 250 mg, L-Taurine 250 mg, N,N-Dimethylglycine HCl 50 mg, D-Alpha Tocopheryl Succinate (Vitamin E) 30 IU Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) Powder Blend 25 mg, Coenzyme Q10 20 mg, Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) Powder Blend 10 mg, Folic Acid 0.9 mg, Magnesium (as Magnesium Citrate/Malate) 0.5 mg, Potassium (as Potassium Citrate/Malate) 0.1 mg, Selenium (as Sodium Selenite) 0.007 mg.
    Inactive Ingredients: Rice Flour,Titatnium Dioxide (Color), Vegetable Cellulose, Vegetable Stearate.

    in reply to: Low taurine level in 11-month old dog #120877 Report Abuse
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    My pit bulls became allergic to every 5 star grain free kibble until we found Zignature, back when no one knew about the brand. So I’m unable to switch to anything else. I add broccoli & Primal on top. One of my dogs now has a Grade 1 heart murmur but no enlargement of the heart (yet).

    Thank you so much for your post! I did a ton of research afterwards & will start them on VetriScience Cardio-Strength Specialty Health Dog & Cat Capsules, 90 count, $16.32. It contains L-taurine, potassium, DMG, CoQ10, L-carnitine, RPA, GLA and vitamin E.

    Let me know what you find in your puppy’s ultrasound.

    in reply to: Primal freeze dried raw food #120499 Report Abuse
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    A rotten oil smell means rancid, they wouldn’t sell that on purpose. Anything that smells off, even a little, do not feed to pets. Report the product and its best by/lot # to the recall website. And contact Primal’s customer service number on the back of the bag. Tell them your friends’ lot numbers as well. This is how recalls start so they can take the others off the shelves.

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    Zignature Zssentials or Zignature limited ingredient formulas.

    in reply to: LOTS of poo! #118927 Report Abuse
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    Try Zignature Zssentials. #1 for allergy prone dogs. Forget the transition, just do the switch. You want to stop the reactions completely, not just lessen them, extremely torturous for dogs. Let them eat & poo however they want as long as it’s a moist but formed poo. Top it with finely chopped boiled broccoli for extra fiber.

    in reply to: A dog food related illness? #117284 Report Abuse
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    The moment you find mold in food, you must throw away the whole bag or container immediately, since the whole batch is contaminated. Stop feeding that brand & water additive asap, and anything else and start fresh (process of elimination). Feed Zignature Zssentials until every pet is back to normal. Brush their teeth, swallowing mouthwash is absurd. Your chihuahua may need an IV pack for severe dehydration, but your vet should’ve known this.

    in reply to: Advice for sensitive stomach food #116744 Report Abuse
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    Zignature Zssentials or their limited ingredient formulas. No chicken.

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    All the Zignature dry formulas are THE best (not the wet canned). No recalls & no dead pets. Cures many dog ailments. This was after we tried ALL the 5 star brands.

    in reply to: Help! In need of a good/puppy food-ASAP #114503 Report Abuse
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    Immediately stop feeding everything you just listed.

    Fast her by skipping one meal as you run out and get a bag of Zignature Zssentials, dry grain free kibble for all ages, #1 for pups with various allergies (which you can do a test panel for).

    Take a poop sample and test it for Clostridium (a separate test from the regular Giardia fecal test). Have the vet give her a short IV fluid treatment for severe dehydration.

    After test results/or possible antibiotics treatment, get Proviabal (2-day paste, 10 day probiotic pill sprinkle over food).

    I went thru the same thing and I had to figure all this out myself, took years. I’d also look to finding a new vet.

    in reply to: smallbatch beef sliders raw #113900 Report Abuse
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    Zignature Zssentials. I split the large 27 lb bag into seven air tight canisters (by Click Clack) for maximum freshness.

    in reply to: HPP Pros and Cons #113670 Report Abuse
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    The process removes all bacteria, good and bad, but it needs to be done unless you want dead pets. Adding probiotics should help, like Proviabal, but forcing billions of “good” bacteria into the gut isn’t natural either. I personally stay away from both.

    in reply to: Sensitive stomach dry dog food suggestions #113669 Report Abuse
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    Zignature Zssentials or any of their limited ingredient formulas. Make sure your puppy isn’t dehydrated as he’s lost a lot of liquids from his body. And get a new vet.

    in reply to: suncured alfalfa safe??? #113037 Report Abuse
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    Alfalfa seeds contain a toxic amino acid, L-canavanine. And sprouts are known to naturally have a lot of bacteria. In tiny small dry quantities, it’s okay. However, make sure it’s listed in the second half of ingredients. Stop feeding if you see any abnormal side effects.

    in reply to: Grainfree and Dilated Cardiomyopathy Increase #112943 Report Abuse
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    If those particular fillers prevent taurine absorption which then leads to heart disease, this may or may not affect healthy pets over time (since adding it would do nothing).

    My pit bulls successfully rotated thru half of the 4 and 5 Star foods until suddenly at age 1 1/2, became severely allergic to chicken, grains and a lot of other ingredients. I did a full panel testing for both. Zignature saved their lives, as their topical and ingested medications didn’t help. They were so tortured.

    I’ll definitely monitor their heart health much closer as I cannot take them off of Zignature (I’ve tried, bad results immediately in their fecal matter). I have recommended this brand to other members in dire straits. Thank you for this new information!

    in reply to: Pet Food Lawsuits and Other Internet Noise #112841 Report Abuse
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    For those interested in a toxicological analysis of your current dog food, the link below is a list of dog food testing laboratories that may help you with your concerns.

    https://petfood.aafco.org/Testing-Laboratories

    in reply to: Acana dog food (See Admin reply below) #112658 Report Abuse
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    I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s incrediblely hard to trust an ingredient’s source and which formula is beneficial for your pets. This website alerts you about recalls but states it does not test the dog food. Home cooking is great but you need to make sure you add the correct amount of vitamins and minerals. If you do choose to go back to kibble, there are many labs you can send a sample to to get tested for whatever concerns you may have.

    in reply to: Orijen #112266 Report Abuse
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    It’s found in certain ingredients & can be compared to amount of lead in water that’s safe to drink. Their 6 month test study wouldn’t be viable if you’d been feeding a high lead formula for years and years. To find out about your specific food, you’ll have to send it to a lab, many to choose from.

    in reply to: Editors Choice List Not helpful #112251 Report Abuse
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    Now that you’ve provided a bit more info…

    Take your pet to a specialist to ensure he doesn’t have masticatory myositis. In the meantime, many dogs like to place their food elsewhere before eating. If he likes the floor, mimic it by raising a large tray so his neck isn’t straining downward (prevent choking), and spread out the kibble on the tray. Make it fun. Also hand feed & keep some in a raised bowl as well. It could be he may not like the food, so he just plays with it. With patience, you’ll figure it out.

    in reply to: Editors Choice List Not helpful #112095 Report Abuse
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    EVO Grain Free Red Meat Formula Large Bites Dry Dog Food

    in reply to: White puppy #111940 Report Abuse
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    You can try Forza10 Sensitive Tear Stain Plus Grain-Free Dry Dog Food.

    If your pet’s tearstains are dark red, they are the result of porphyrins, which are iron-containing waste products from the breakdown of red blood cells that can be excreted in tears and saliva. If the stains are brown in color, it indicates a yeast infection on the face. See your vet before treating it.

    Avoid products containing antibiotic tylosin tartrate.

    in reply to: Ltd Ingredient food #111808 Report Abuse
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    I would rather starve my dogs than give them yeast culture and Dried Bacillus Coagulans Fermentation Product. The whole probiotic rage that doctors are still trying to push cuz you replace or increase the good bacteria in the gut? No such thing, never proven and is now being taken off the shelves for humans.

    Zignature, all the way, to forever. My dogs don’t look that way cuz of my kisses!

    in reply to: Greyhound full of fear #111721 Report Abuse
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    Socialize him with your friends, the golfers and swing a few balls in your backyard daily. Show him what they are, the sound it makes etc. Lay them around the house, play games with it.

    in reply to: Need to change from Halo dog food #111588 Report Abuse
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    Anything from the Zignature line of kibble. Not the wet though.

    in reply to: Ketogenic Diet For Dogs #111508 Report Abuse
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    NomNomNow.com, no prep involved.

    in reply to: Need advice on chicken free food for Labradoodle. #110927 Report Abuse
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    Anything from the Zignature line, their kibble, not the canned. My pits are allergic to every other brand. They’re super strong and healthy.

    in reply to: Galliprant for Osteoarthritis anyone? #110765 Report Abuse
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    Previcox is THE best pain reliever. Given after a full meal. On others, my dog didn’t know who he was, where he was or who I was. Scared me to death.

    in reply to: Canine Caviar Special Needs #110158 Report Abuse
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    Stop kibble, very hard on the kidneys. Feed Primal Freeze Dried Nuggets. No refrigeration, rehydrate with water. Rehydrated analysis: crude protein 13%, crude fat 12%, crude fiber 3%, moisture 68%. Add chopped steamed broccoli if you can for more fiber. A bit of canned dog food as a treat. Moisture is key.

    in reply to: Small kibble for senior chihuahuas #109852 Report Abuse
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    You can pick any high quality kibble, just put it in a blender to get finer bits or powder form to mix with wet food. Kibble needs to be their main source of protein, vitamins and minerals plus fiber for good stools because most canned food may not be nutritionally complete.

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    Zignature Zssentials. And more exercise, playtime!

    in reply to: 3 yr old Beagle gets upset stomach frequently #109698 Report Abuse
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    Stop the all the chicken immediately. He’s become severely allergic to chicken. Also, not all dogs can eat raw ingredients. Stop all food now, fast for 24 hrs, lots of water to drink. If you can, take him to the vet to IV fluid into him for dehydration, which happens after vomiting & diarrhea. Feed Zignature Zssentials kibble until you find what you like but doesn’t contain any ingredients your dog is allergic to.

    in reply to: CALORIES #109538 Report Abuse
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    I wouldn’t worry too much about counting calories. Right now, your dog’s telling you he’s not satisfied after a meal. High quality kibble or whatever your own formula is must have high fiber, vitamins & minerals. The wrong mix will make him beg for more fatty treats. The first five ingredients listed are very imported, good meats. Meals and treats should be at the same time everyday, no extras from other people. Google “beagle weight chart”, follow the images to see where he’s at visually in weight then adjust the amount of food per day vs amount of exercise and satisfaction. You will eventually find the correct amount visually, not by calories. Exercise is a must and playtime with a toy or bully bone keeps his mind off of scrounging.

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    I highly recommend the Zignature dog food line, the kibble, not the canned. I would personally deliver it to you, it’s THAT good.

    It grain free. Free of the most common potential canine allergens: corn, wheat, soy, dairy, and chicken. Nutritionally correct ratio of fruits and vegetables rounds out the recipe with powerful antioxidants, and fiber-rich low glycemic carbohydrates.

    Many limited ingredient formulas to choose from. However, since some are exotic proteins, you have to watch to see if your dogs get an allergic reaction to it. My pups tried every 5 Star food on the list and the results were disastrous until Zignature saved their lives. I’ll spare you details. I won’t touch any other brand.

    in reply to: Excessive Pooping #109237 Report Abuse
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    If you can, get a poop sample to your vet right away so the fecal test results come back before your appt.

    Puppies normally poop a lot as long as the poop’s consistency is formed & not diarrhea. Follow the Bristol Stool Chart for comparison. All puppies should be fed the correct amount split over 4 meals round the clock or as far apart as you can manage. Offers easier digestion & all day energy. Then 3, then 2 meals. My 4.5 yr olds eat 2 meals per day. If I present the whole 2.5 cups in one sitting, they won’t bother finishing it.

    If you have some extra money, I highly recommend doing an allergy panel test so you know which ingredients to avoid when choosing food.

    in reply to: Scratching Dog #108945 Report Abuse
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    Any kibble from the Zignature line. Switch to Aroma Paws honeysuckle & jasmine natural shampoo. Do an allergy panel test.

    in reply to: Merrick duck has my dog pooping *a lot* #108548 Report Abuse
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    You dog is still a puppy so any ailments is a cause for concern. Food transitions take a week maximum, not a month. Purina bought Merrick in 2015, so by now per reviews, it isn’t the same quality anymore. Excessive poop means zero digestion, she’s not getting any nutrients from the food. She shouldn’t be vomiting at all, and if the raisins aren’t in the vomit, stop the kibble immediately & take her to the vet. Both causes severe dehydration. Run fecal tests if you can. Feed Zignature Zssentials until you know what’s going on with her GI tract.

    in reply to: High Calorie/Protein Chicken-Free Dry Dog Food #108379 Report Abuse
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    Zignature Zssentials from Chewy.com. My dogs are allergic to everything (I did the allergy panel testing) & we ate through the whole 5 star list before we found it. Great stools, great check ups & people say they’re “beautiful”.

    in reply to: Dr. Harvey's Veg-to-Bowl #107014 Report Abuse
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    Go back to nutritious kibble. Grind it down in a blender.

    in reply to: Attacked by pit bull #106268 Report Abuse
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    There must be an abscess. White blood cells destroy whatever’s causing the infection. Some of these white blood cells will end up in pus, which also includes dead skin and dead germs. The body considers pus toxic and will try to get rid of it. But when pus collects in an abscess, it may not be able to drain out on its own. As pus builds up, it can press against the skin and surrounding inflamed tissue, causing pain. Not doing anything will cause the infection to spread or be pushed deeper inside the body, making things worse. So yes, it’s necessary.

    in reply to: Galliprant for Osteoarthritis anyone? #105281 Report Abuse
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    My pit bull mix had a not so successful TPLO & his brother has a partial tear. Hip dysplasia starting as well. They get Previcox once a day right after dinner time, for a year now. We take breaks from it though here and there but it’s pitiful to see after day 2 without it. No side effects and healthy kidneys and livers. Does anyone think Galliprant would be better or stick to Previcox?

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    Blue Buffalo supplier was charged with 8 criminal counts awhile ago. Use of chicken feathers and lead were reported,as well.

    Anyway, if your dog itches for more than 3 days, always immediately stop whatever food you’re giving since steroids & Benadryl are very bad for any animal. Your dog is simply intolerant to (or becomes allergic to) an ingredient you’re giving him, whether it’s in the kibble or a treat or human food.

    In the meantime, feed Zignature kibble until you do an allergy panel test on your dog. Then you’ll know which ingredients he can eat with no adverse effects. My boys are allergic to everything so they’ve thrived on Zignature.

    in reply to: Osteosarcoma, Good Results? Causes? #104925 Report Abuse
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    It can be genetic or start in a normal fracture. Full bone removal is necessary, nothing good about it at all.

    Fluoride ingestion can cause dental fluorosis (disease of the teeth), weakening of bones, bone loss, bone cancer, kidney disease, osteosarcoma and hormone disruption. It’s synthesized when added to water, not natural.

    It’s a Class 2 environmental toxin. Whoever did this to your dog should be under investigation.&

    in reply to: Filling, Lower-Calorie Food for My Dog #104812 Report Abuse
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    Is his Lymphoma in remission for the first time? I’m really sorry to hear about it, can’t imagine.

    Is he taking any meds that would cause weight gain or bloating? I wouldn’t lower the quantity of food, it’s the correct amount or he’ll constantly feel hungry. Stop the probiotic, as it can have bad side effects for a those with a weakened immune system. Stop the oil (i.e. Calories in Sardine Anchovy oil? Calorie Content: 10 calories per 1 gram. 1 Litter (33oz) =10,000 calories). Get low calorie treats and bones.

    My pit mixes are around 78 lbs at 4.5 yrs old. They eat 2.5 cups of food total in two meals per day. They also get Dasaquin MSM, broccoli and meat toppers, treats, bully bones and they love Pasta and pizza!

    I feed Zignature Zssentials dog food because they have a lot of food intolerances. The brand also makes limited ingredient formulas.

    in reply to: Husky tremors #104776 Report Abuse
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    Definitely an injury or degenerative issue. Stop all jumping & running immediately and go to the vet. Need X-rays of both legs, hip dysplasia X-ray and test knee joints or for any ligaments torn. Check back for nerve injury. Hopefully it’s none of these but it’s best to find out before it’s debilitating.

    in reply to: Orijen #104761 Report Abuse
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    Your dog is intolerant to one or more ingredients in Orijen. Stop feeding that food immediately, diarrhea causes instant and severe dehydration. Your dog is allergic to chicken or other proteins. Get allergy test done.

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