After a bout of some digestion issues over the past week or so and at our vet's recommendation, we have decided it is time to transition our puppy off of her current food (Merrick Backcountry with health grains) and try something else. 

She is currently on a Hill's ID diet and our vet suggested either Hill's or Purina Pro Plan. We are hoping to get some feedback from fellow members on what they are feeding/have fed their pups in the past. Any insight or recommendations outside of Hill's or PPP is also very much welcomed! Thanks!

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  • There is lots of information in The Food Group on this site and a recommended dogfood list is found there.  It is dated a couple years ago, but I believe it is still valid information.  Also, check out the Health and Medical Issues Group.  There are many discussions about tummy troubles and lots of information in those discussions.  

    How old is your pup and what kind of digestion troubles did she have?

    I feed my doodle Fromm Four Star Nutritionals grain free dogfood, but there are many other good dogfoods. Best of luck to you and Piper!

    • Fromm is one of my favorite brands, it's what Jasper eats along with Stella & Chewy's. But for digestive issues, a limited ingredient single protein formula is usually the best bet. 

      • I like the bigger variety in the grain-free that Fromm has vs. Acana.  9 varieties vs. 4? (although it looks like Acana maybe has more now, their website filters are not working very well), keeps things interesting for miss Riley.   Bonus is that it's an all life stages food so new puppy will be able to transition to eating the same thing if all goes well (Acana is too).

        I noticed that Acana has some new limited ingredient formulas coming out "soon".

        • Jasper came home from his breeder on Fromm's Four Star Surf & Turf, (I might have had something to do with my breeder's choice of foods, lol) and I've stayed with the Fromm Four Star grain-free formulas ever since. It is definitely fine for puppies. I also like the fact that you can provide variety by rotating the formulas without any transition. You can usually do that with any line from any brand, but very few brands have as many different "flavors" to choose from. 

          • Last bag Riley had before this one DH said it was "rabbit".. and I just checked and there is no rabbit formula that I can see lol.  I have no idea what Riley had the bag before this one, I've started writing it down just to make sure we're not doing the same one twice in a row.

            She has definitely preferred some over others but has yet to actually refuse to eat any of them so far.


              "Hasenpfeffer" is German for rabbit stew, and in fact rabbit is the first ingredient in this Fromm formula. :)

              Interchangeable recipes prepared with ingredients delivered to our family facility, our Four-Star dry recipes for dogs are prepared with meat, fish,…
              • Oh! That must be what it was then.  I just thought it was duck but I guess it's rabbit WITH duck.  I confess I only looked at the names and not the ingredients lists.

  • Hi Chris,
    WE have a very large and active group here on DK called the Food Group, where for the past 12 years we have recommended, advised, educated, and helped out members with their doodle's diets and digestive issues.  The group started after the 2007 massive recalls of dozens of pet foods contaminated by ingredients imported from China took the lives of thousands of dogs and cats including some that belonged to our members here. We have a list of recommended brands in the group, and it does not include Hill's Purina, or any of the other "big dog food" brands owned and manufactured by multinational corporations that still import ingredients from China. These are the brands that vets recommend, mainly because they sell them and because they get huge compensations from the companies. It is well documented that there is no nutrition curriculum in vet school and what vets do know about pet food comes from the sales people at Hills, Mars, and Purina. Most of us learned a long tinme ago not to take food advice from vets. They study medicine, not nutrition. This is really not different from our medical doctors, but they don't sell us food or recommend brands. 
    You should also know that Hill's ID and all other Rx foods sold by the vet contain absolutely no medicinal or therapeutic ingredients. They are nothing more than a bland diet composed of very cheap ingredients (mostly corn) and sold for a high price. There have been several class action lawsuits brought against the selling of these diets by "prescription", for this reason. 
    With digestive issues, you want a single protein, limited ingredient diet. Many of the brand we recommend make LID formulas. My favorite is Wellness's Simple line. 
    Here's a link to our recommended brands list. If a brand isn;t on here, it's either because it's very new, or because it's junk, lol.

    And here is a link to the Wellness Simple line. Most oif us here whose dogs have had digestive issues have had great success with these formulas.

    Recommended Dog Food Brands 2018
    GRAIN-FREE FORMULAS ONLY Orijen  Formulas:  (Formulas are slightly different depending on whether they are made in the U.S. or Canada; check website.…
    • Wow this is all so eye opening and helpful. We are going to take a look through all the different foods, etc. to help make the right choice. Thank you for all of your hard work on this!!

      • The list is up to date regarding brands, but the various formulas may have changed since we last updated it. The key thing to remember is that within any brand, there are several different lines: some with grains, some without grains, and some that are limited ingredient. Not all brands make LID formulas, which is what you want. You want a formula that contains only one animal protein and not a lot of ingredients, and ideally has a protein content of at least  25%, a fat content of 15% or less, and a fiber content of 4% or more

        So many people will say, well, I tried Suchandso brand and it didn't agree with my dog. But a brand is just a name, it was the specific formula that didn't agree with the dog. Maybe it was too high in fat, too low in protein, or had too many different kinds of animal proteins. Perhaps another formula from that same brand would have worked beautifully. So you want to be looking at specific formulas, not just the brand name on the bag. 
        My labradoodle who had serious disease problems could not tolerate the Wellness Core line, but he did beautifully for many years on the Wellness Simple line. 

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