Q: Gas Problems!! With Blue Buffalo
I feed my dogs Blue Buffalo dog food. My German Shepherd/Retriever Mix and her puppy, a Collie/Shepherd Mix, have had an extremely bad gas problem (there is always bad air!!!). I know Blue Buffalo is a high quality food, that is why I feed it to them. I am careful about what I feed them and will not feed them anything with by-products. I don't understand why they are having such a bad problem with gas on this food. Is gas a sign of an allergy to something? Should I switch to another food? If so, what kind?
Thanks in advance.
Jan 21, 2010
I find Blue Buffalo to be a high quality food, but my Germna Shepherd/Yellow Lab mix got the runs from it (she was naturally gassy & this made her worse). How long has your dog been eating Blue Buffalo? if it's been a while, maybe slowly weaning her onto something else would be a good idea. My Shepherd mix couldn't handle a lot of meat, so I ended up giving her Purina One (which I was not happy about, since Pet promise was discontinued-but it worked well for her). It may take a whiloe to find the "right" food, but there are plenty of choices out there!
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Jan 20, 2010
I've heard of several people had gas issues with BB, maybe its some sort of vegetable that they use, not sure. I would try a different food, not sure what your budget is, Taste of the Wild is pretty affordable.
Innova and Natures Variety are also good brands as is Wellness, but I would try a grain free since its easier to digest for dogs (taste of the wild, wellness core, acana provincial have moderate protein levels) and dogs seem to like the taste of kibble that has more meat then grains.
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Jan 20, 2010
pet food can be tricky. some foods are definitely better than others, but ultimately, what you've got to find is the food that has the best ingredients and nutrition, that works with your budget, and that works well *for your pet*. it's more about finding "the right food" than it is about finding "the best food". i too briefly tried feeding my dog Blue Buffalo Wilderness and ended up switching her to something different because the BB made her horribly, terribly gassy, so you're not alone in that experience.
there are lots of other foods out there without by-products...some, like BB, will also be free of corn, and some are grain-free altogether. some other brands you might want to check out: By Nature, Wellness / Wellness Core, Halo, Taste of the Wild, Innova / Evo, Prairie / Instinct...and that list is by no means exhaustive. around here, we have a little local pet store that has a great selection of high-quality pet foods, and a really customer-friendly policy on their pet foods. if you buy a bag of food from them and it doesn't work out for your pet (ex., you discover that it makes them horribly gassy), if you bring the remainder back in the original bag and with the receipt, they'll give you store credit to get something else. you might want to see if any stores in your area have such a policy. it could make finding the right food for your critter a little cheaper and easier.
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