It has been two weeks since we switched food. I want to thank everyone for their emails, comments and support. WOW the response was overwhelming and full of information. I truly appreciate the time and effort each of you put into sharing links and oodles of information.
After much thinking and discussion we have settled on a combination of kibble and raw.
The kibble we selected is Acana Grain Free "Prairie Harvest"
Prairie Harvest is free-run chicken, fish (walleye & lake whitefish) & fresh eggs. Human grade, low carb & grain free. We will change that periodically to their other grain free blends; Pacifica (salmon, flouder, herring), and Grasslands (lamb, eggs, walleye & northern pike.
I am supplementing this with raw (e.g. raw meaty bones, turkey back/neck, veg blend, yogurt, eggs, lamb and Honest Kitchen dehydrated for when I am in a hurry)
The first most important thing - The GAS IS GONE!!! (insert happy dance here)
All stools are firm and normal looking and the most important thing...the dogs are diving into their food like I have never seen before.
Using Beth as an example: Before she was a typical border collie, if there was something more interesting going on she wouldn't eat. Most days I had to separate her from the other dogs and shut her into a room with her bowl to get her to eat her food. She acted like it was a major chore. Now she is bouncing around like a jack rabbit on crack before meal time and her energy level has gone through the roof.
Another huge change I have seen is in their coats. Especially Brynn's coat. Her fur has changed so much over the past week - she reminds me a sleek seal. Shiny, smooth and silky.
Just to test - this morning I put a dab of canned Canidae on their kibble. This afternoon I was engulfed yet again by the gaseous green cloud of doom. That confirmed I have done the right thing.
Happy tummy, happy dog, happy mom.
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