Hi all: I recently switched my 2 year old black lab to a grain free food as she has some allergies and issues with her skin and it was suggested going to grain free would help. She's now on Blue Buffalo Wilderness. She seems to like it and we no issues with her enegry, stool, etc. My concern is that I've read some pretty negative reviews about Blue Buffalo in general. I always thought it was a high quality food but now I'm concerned considering all the negative comments. It's hard to tell on these websites if these are actual dog owners or just other competitors trying make the company look bad. Has anyone fed their dog blue buffalo? Any suggestions on a grain free food? I've also looked into Origen and Acana which seem like high quality food as well. Any advice is welcome!
You'll find different people are adamantly supportive -- or rejecting -- of
various brands. Dogs do differ enough so that which works very well for
one may not be very suitable for another.
The website Dog Food Advisor has a list of foods they've evaluated and
ranked for quality. If one high quality food does not work for your dog,
try another ranked high quality food -- it may do fine.
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Thank you. Yes, I checked out that website and it was evaluated as a high quality dog food with 5 out of 5 stars. She's doing fine on it. She's active, likes her food, good stool etc. It just concerned me to see the users reviews and also some reviews on the consumers affairs website. This seems to be a highly debated topic so I wanted to reach out to people here to see what they feed their dog just to get an idea. Thanks again.
I had some poor results with Blue..it just turns out that the ingredients were not right for MY pup. As it happens, he does well on a dog food that has had some recall issues(Diamond Naturals). Go figure
I feed Earthborn holistics meadow feast. It is affordable at $52.99 for 28 lbs. Feed it to my 9 month old and my 12 year old.
Todd, Yellow Lab, 1/4/13
Mr. Utley, Welsh Corgi, 2/20/02
I have fed Fromm, Annamaet, and Earthborn grain free formulas. The only one I noticed an issue with was the Annamaet salcha, it seemed to make my Lab itch.
dog food advisor is an ok start but realize that he is a dentist , i believe, and it's his opinion. (The Dog Food Advisor | Our Contributors )like others have said, see what works well for your dog, and see if you can figure out what it is that makes him itch. very often, it is chicken and many foods, that have a different protein, still have chicken fat, or chicken carcass in the ingredient. if you need a chicken free kibble, feel free to ask, as i've been down that road and have a few that i have used with success.
Not all dogs do well on the same food.
My dogs did not do well on Blue Buffalo.
I changed my labs food to Royal Canin for Labradors. She has only been eating it for about 2 weeks, but I can see a huge difference.