Hey everyone! I've had Oscar on Fromm's Gold Coast Weight Management food with a little Acana Lamb and Apple mixed in. I've found the perfect balance to keep Oscar at a healthy weight of 60lbs. Oscar has developed a couple problems the past several weeks, and I'm doing a little sleuthing to figure out what it is. First of all, he's developed a bad case of red yeast, which for those of you who have cream-colored dogs, know how disgusting it can look. Its not just hair around his eyes that get that deep, dark red staining, but his beard and anus as well. Its more than just cosmetic too. Although consistency is the same as always, his poops smell much worse than they ever did before, he has terrible stinky gas, and terrible smelling breath. A week ago I was feeling so bad that I must be doing something inadvertently to cause this problem. His last bag of Fromm came from a different source than usual, gofromm.com, when Petflow didn't have it in stock. I remember thinking when I opened the bag, that it smelled different than I was accustomed to, but I'd used gofromm.com before back when the shut down was in place, and had no problems with that bag. I didn't think it was the food. The other thing I had changed was the daily yogurt I gave him. I changed from yogurt to greek yogurt, not even thinking there was a big difference. I've since learned greek yogurt has more protein but less probiotics. I immediately switched back to yogurt, and now add a little kefir to it to up the probiotic content. He's only been on this for 4 days and already his gas has subsided and I may be imagining it, but his poops don't seem to smell so bad. I'm not sure about his breath. The red staining may take months to clear if it ever does. In past episodes of red yeast (there's been a few over the years of having light-colored doodles) after a course of antibiotics for other problems the red yeast would be eliminated.
My question is, does anyone think I should buy another bag of Fromm from another source? Should I just give it more time on the new yogurt regimen and see how he does? Should I talk to the vet? From past experience I've learned that vets don't give red yeast much notice. They tend to think its just cosmetic.