Before we brought Leo home, one of the things I thoroughly researched was what kind of food we would be giving him and for how long. We knew we would be getting a bag of food to bring home when we picked him up so we made sure to buy an extra bag of that food to make the transition to his new food easier on the stomach. Since Leo is a Golden Retriever, we wanted to go with a large breed puppy food that was low in fat and protein (per our vet). We ended up choosing Blue Buffalo Large Breed Puppy Chicken and Brown Rice and Leo loved it.
As he got older, we researched a large breed adult food and went with the Blue Buffalo Large Breed Adult Chicken and Brown Rice. He liked it for about 6 months, but his stool was never perfect. It was always on the softer side. He also started lacking enthusiasm when getting fed. With that said, among some other things we noticed with Leo, like his never-ending skin problems, we decided to switch his food again.
We knew grain-free food was out of the question because of its link to Dilated Cardiomyopathy, especially in Golden Retrievers. This time around we decided on Holistic Select Large Breed Adult, partly because it contains gut-healthy probiotics. As soon as we started transitioning Leo to the new food, his stool was noticeably better. As soon as the transition was over, his stool was almost perfect. He also hasn’t had any allergies on his stomach since we started the new food, which is a great plus because he didn’t like it when we put the tea tree oil spray on him.
For now, it seems as if Leo is doing better with his new food, so we’ll stick with that for now. What food do you give your dog? Let me know in the comments below!