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    Don't tell my boss, but we are going to try Wellness Core (the reduced fat variety) for awhile. I like (and work for) Nature's Variety but I am thinking that maybe the higher fat in Instinct isn't cutting it for Maddy. She needs to lose weight, I heard grain free can help with that but other than give her nicer white teeth, I haven't noticed much else with the Instinct. I looked at Evo reduced fat at 52% protein (OMG) but my guy at the store said that was really too much protein unless Maddy was working in the field on a daily basis. He also suggested putting her on 3 small meals a day to jump start her metabolism. It's kind of a catch 22 with her. She is very very muscular, but she just weighs too much. And this is not a "give her a can of green beans" dog. This food is like 33% protein, 9% fat.

    I'll let you all know what I think after a few weeks. Half of me was tempted to put her on that Science Diet Joint Formula food that Bob mentioned a few weeks back, but the thought of me feeding peanut hulls to my dog scared the crap out of me.

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    My dog has been on the regular Wellness Core for over 3 months and doing well. I did start him on the reduced fat one because of it's higher fiber content and my vet and I initially thought we were dealing with colitis issues because he was having mucus in his stools. Once I switched to his old food to Wellness, the mucus cleared up, so I then switched him over the regular Core. He also did well on the reduced variety, but I would have had to feed him more. That could get expensive.

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    Just curious as to why you chose to use the reduced fat version? The regular only has 14% fat. I have had one of my girls on the regular formula and she is doing great on it.
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    DefaultRe: Wellness Core?

    She might have chosen the reduced fat version also because of the calories, 350 calories compared to 490.

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    Maddy is 85# and too heavy although she is all muscle. I have to figure a way of reducing her weight due to elbow issues and not starve her. She is not a green bean dog. I am hoping the lower calorie food will make her lose weight.

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    Didn't realize that there was that big of a calorie difference between the 2 formulas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiddsmom
    My dog has been on the regular Wellness Core for over 3 months and doing well. I did start him on the reduced fat one because of it's higher fiber content and my vet and I initially thought we were dealing with colitis issues because he was having mucus in his stools. Once I switched to his old food to Wellness, the mucus cleared up, so I then switched him over the regular Core. He also did well on the reduced variety, but I would have had to feed him more. That could get expensive.
    What were you feeding him before?

    The mucousy thing happened with Baloo on Orijen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baloo317
    Quote Originally Posted by kiddsmom
    My dog has been on the regular Wellness Core for over 3 months and doing well. I did start him on the reduced fat one because of it's higher fiber content and my vet and I initially thought we were dealing with colitis issues because he was having mucus in his stools. Once I switched to his old food to Wellness, the mucus cleared up, so I then switched him over the regular Core. He also did well on the reduced variety, but I would have had to feed him more. That could get expensive.
    What were you feeding him before?

    The mucousy thing happened with Baloo on Orijen.

    (sorry for the hijack... :-[)
    He was on Natural Balance Potato and Duck, had been for about 3 years and had been doing great on it.

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    DefaultRe: Wellness Core?

    Yes please keep us posted on the results. Raven is on Natures Variety Instinct now but I am very seriously considering the Core reduced fat. First off, she really needs to loose weight and she also has anal gland problems so I thought the higher fiber in the reduced fat would be great. It really looks like a good food and I really like the grain free. She is doing better on the Instinct than she has on any other food, but she has a hard time pooping and she never has had that problem before. Let us know how you make out.

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    DefaultRe: Wellness Core?

    So far so good with the Wellness Core Reduced fat. Maddy's switched over with no digestive distress. She does great on Instinct but I wasnted the less fat. I'll give her a few more weeks and see if we notice anything in her weight.

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