Leo’s Food

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!

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  1. I used to use Holistic Select, but now my oldest has to have 93% extra lean beef because of liver disease. it is an excellent food. my breeder uses it . i am not a fan of BB, too much junk in their food. be sure and check the ingredients in the Holistic Select because i know they had peas, lentils and chickpeas in it. however, no one really knows what is going on with the long in depth investigation. they have come back with so many things, some are founded and others not. they dont really think the
    no grain is the issues now. my dogs are on this list as well. Holistic Select used to send emails with coupons in it but not so much anymore. if you call Wellness, great cust service, they will send you some coupons. they used to have a program buy so many bags and get one free, but i think that has stopped except for breeders. i had to special order mine, i used the no grain, fish.

  2. We have to cook for our dogs because they are EXTREMELY picky eaters! We have spent hundreds of dollars trying to find the right food that they will eat. My amstaff mix will eat actual dog food once in a while but my shepherd/lab mix refuses to eat any type of dog food. I do have dog food in the house, which is Purina SmartBlend Small Bites Beef & Rice Formula. I also have the same in canned food. We usually boil chicken breasts or thighs, shred it up & mix it with white rice, carrots, sweet potato & green beans or peas.

  3. My Maddie is 12 and is a corgy Boston terrier mix. She is on allergy meds, but I usually can stop them over the winter, so probably itches from outside environment things- new grasses, etc. I have been feeding her Abound w/salmon & sweet potato, peas and brown rice in the mornings, and Purina One Smart Blend True Instinct w/real turkey and venison. She likes them both a lot and does very well.

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