Originally Posted by pigeonsheep
I dont feed him the chihuahua one that's for older dogs. I actually feed him the puppy one which has fish oil in it too. it's called "Royal Canin MINI Puppy 33™ Formula" recommended by my vet too. I've heard about beet pulp being an allergen but on the bag it says that the sugar is removed...hmmm i dont know -_-; The vet told me if i changed his diet he is going to have diarrhea
i'll have to ask him again when i see him2 days after Thanksgiving
Most vets are not pet nutritionists. Here in Canada (and I have heard elsewhere as well) the vet students receive a an afternoon nutrition clinic sponsored by the food company du jour.
So most vets push the food they sell (as obviously there are financial reasons for it).
Yes the formula you are currently feeding has anchovy oil (#10 on the ingredient list)and salmon meal (#31 on the ingredient list and again 80% water/20% salmon) - compare that to a premium food that is fish based like 6 Fresh Fish from Orijen where the main ingredients are:
Fresh salmon (includes chinook. coho and sockeye species), salmon meal, russet potato, herring meal, fresh lake whitefish, sweet potato, fresh lake trout, fresh Northern walleye, freshwater cod, fresh herring, sunflower oil, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherals, a natural source of vitamin E), sun-cured alfalfa, dried sea vegetables (brown kelp, Irish moss, dulse and bladder wrack), leeks, psyllium, crab shell, rosemary, lecithin, apples, black currants. - see the difference??
Your puppy will not get diarrhea if you change him over to a higher quality food slowly. You can't just cold turkey him over and expect good results.
Usually the recommended change over schedule is:
100% old food
75% old food 25% new food 2-4 days
50% old food 50% new food 2-4 days
25 % old food 75% new food 2-4 days
100% new food
If your vet supports this food - ask him why he/she does because of the following:
The first ingredient is a meal which is 80% water and 20% meat - meaning that protein is not the main ingredient.
It contains fillers, grains and beet pulp (sugar removed is better than not but still an allergy concern).
A vet who is truly knowledgeable about canine nutrition would likely steer you towards a human grade ingredient food with quality protein as the main ingredients.