I usually feed my dogs Nutro Ultra, but tried out Wellness last night. Both dogs ate it, but looked a little "green" before bedtime. Then I was woken up at 2 AM with my older dog Cinnamon breathing hard/wheezing. Whatever it was, it was an odd noise. I gave her some water and unfortunately I put the poor thing in the bathroom to sleep in her doggie bed. I know that may sound mean, but I really didn't want to wake up with vomit in my bed. This morning when I woke up I got her and brought her into bed for a little snoozing, and she started heaving a little but did not throw up when I let her outside.
At this point, the only difference in my dogs' schedule is the Wellness food and traveling to my parents' house (the traveling is done all the time and is not the likely culprit).
Have any of your dogs reacted this way to Wellness, or can anyone suggest anything else that may be wrong? She's not a dog that gets into things and eats random foreign objects, so I doubt it's that.
Wellness is supposed to be so good, but I will NOT ever buy their crap again, and if something happens to my dog bc of their food I WILL seek legal action.
Wellness recently changed their entire product line with the exception of the Simple Solutions line. I know many people who have had bad/awful results from this "new & improved" formula. There is also a petition circulating out there with regards to the change in their cat food products as well. In short, Wellness is no longer a baked kibble, they've added all kinds of crap to include Menedione (sp?) in an effort to market their products to more mainstream pet supply stores like Petsmart & Petco. Everyone I know that feeds Wellness has now switched.
You can read a bit more about it at The Dog Food Project at www.mordanna.com
lol ... poor riley ....... if he is doing well on it leave him be. not all dogs do the same on the same foods.
i had fed my cats the wellness a couple years ago ... i loved it, they loved it and were beautiful on it. then my cat fox started developing uti's so i switched him off it for awhile to special food. i tried to put him back on it and as soon as i did he started with the urinary problems again. so they do not eat it anymore and i havent had a problem with him since.
my sis feeds her cat the wellness and has for a few years now and her cat does wonderfully on it.
I just switched my oldest cocker on welness atlantic whietfish and sweet potato.He has food allergies really bad.His ears get swollen up and he gets skin problems.He l oves this food and it has done great for him.When he was on natural balance potato and duck his allergies done good.But i didnt like the food.It made him poop 4 times a day and it was always runny.It was too rich for him.Now i know alot of dogs that dont have a problem with the food.He also got sick of the taste so thats the main reason I switched.
Have you tried Diamond or natural balance or solid gold?I use diamond for my 2 other dogs and they love it.
I've switched dog foods on them before, and neither one has ever had a reaction like the one Cinnamon had to Wellness.
I've heard good things about Diamond, so I may switch to that. I've also heard alot about Chicken Soup. Anyone have any experience with that food? Heck, maybe I should just stick to Nutro Ultra. Never had a single problem with that; I've just heard recently that there are better foods out there so I wanted to try one out.
Cinnamon is doing fine now. She had a little more wheezy breath earlier but I'm keeping an eye on. I can understand an upset tummy due to switching foods, but wheezing/hard breathing/heaving with no vomit is what scares me.
I'm sure Wellness is fine for some dogs, but obviously not mine.
The Wellness is now doing well in my trashcan. lol
Instead of throwing it a way I would look at the bag. Unusually they will say if your not satified with our food you can return it.
If you can return it then you can get the food you want with out losing any money.
Plus the store should return it to wellness and add to the complaint list. Maybe if they get enough of the food being returned. That either the stores selling will either stop and wellness will get the hint to go back to its origian receipt. Or wellness will do it on its own, or it just won't be sold in the pet health food stores anymore and lose its primume statis.
Maybe Wellness might even come up with two lines. One for the primume line and one for the not so primume line. Like sell to the specility stores the old formula and sell to petco, petsmart the new formula.
Who knows but I would return the food and get my money back.
If you switch to diamond do it slowly becuase it will do the same thing and if your dog bloats form it you are the one to blame,not the food company. It doesn't have to happen with every food and it may just be that your dogs are aging and don;t adjust as well or as quickly. If you switch to diamond try their lamb, the chicken,even slowly mixed it is too rich for my dobe and thats probally what the wellness did to your dogs.
I use Diamond and it does really well for them.I have used chicken soup and it was great also.My dogs loved it but it was to expensive to buy ever week and half.we were going through 100 dollars a month.Its great food though.
I love it too but the chicken is to rich for my dobe. My other three still get it but he gets the lamb and has done great on it. I ran out of the lamb a couple weeks ago and figured it would be ok to give him the chicken and boy was I wrong!
I have a number of dogs on wellness sweet potato and fish. None of them seem to have a problem. Your dogs could have a problem with one of the ingrediants. My Border Collie was on Purina 1 for a the first year of her life, then one day she became deathly ill. She developed an allergy to lamb over night. It depends on the dog. I would love to hear more about the change in the wellness make ingr. because I do recomend it.
Has anyone heard anything about Vets Choice, Health extension. We started feeding it at my job and ALL of the dogs are doing great. It is a holistic food, but I am a little weary because it seems almost too good to be true.
My 10.5 month old chocolate lab puppy so far likes Natural Balance (blue bag with chicken, duck, & lamb). Her old food, Nutro Ultra is almost gone. It will be awhile though when her Wellness is finished. I'm hoping once and for all that my puppy is on the food that works best for her. She really does like the flavors of the Natural Balance dry food and also the canned ones.
I would like to share this from my copy of the Top Dog Foods for Total Wellness from The Whole Dog Journal.
Some of the best approved dry foods are:
Blue Buffalo California Natural Canidae Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul Drs. Foster & Smith Eagle Holistic Select Evolve Natural Flint River Innova Merrick Natural Balance Nutro Natural Choice Ultra Pinnacle Royal Canin Natural Blend Timberwolf Organics Wellness Super5Mixes Wellness Simple Solutions Wysong
Some of the not recommended foods are:
Purina Beneful Diamond Premium Adult Formula Gravy Train Dog Food Happy Tails Complete Nutrition for Adult Dogs Purina HiPro Dog Food Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Kibbles'n Bits HomeStyle Chicken & Vegetable Flavor Nutro Max Adult Nutro Natural Choice Adult Lamb & Rice Nature's Recipe "Breed Specific" Formulas Nutra Nuggets Adult Maintenance Ol'Roy Pedigree Purina Dog Chow Purina One Total Nutrition Lamb & Rice Formula Science Diet's "Nature's Best with Real Beef Adult Dog Food"
Remember though that just because your dog doesn't do well on a food that another dog might only do well with that food. Also, it does no good to tell anyone that they're feeding their dog the wrong food. You might get a response back that their dog is very healthy and yours isn't because yours can't eat the same food brand as theirs. It happened awhile back to me. Of course I replied that my puppy was very healthy, but only does well on high premium dog foods without by-products and that for me it's worth paying extra to keep my puppy healthy. Remember some people won't spend a little more to get better nutritious value foods. And also some people just can't be reasoned with that there are better foods available with better nutritious ingredients.
I didn't see Solid Gold on the list. I believe it is one of the premium dog foods. I've found that one of my sibes is allergic to chicken. We were feeding the Wellness White fish and Sweet Potato, but it was way too rich for them. We had puddles instead of piles. I've moved them to the Eagle Pack Holistic Anchovy, Sardine and Salmon. Still fish based, but not quite as rich. Much better results and their fur is much softer.
I believe Solid Gold is a very high quality food also. It has great ingredients, my dog does great on it and I always get comments on what a healthy coat she has. Like someone said, different dogs do differently on different brands of food. Its odd what happened to your pup, I hope she's doing okay now.
My Cinnamon girl is okay now. Thanks for all the advice and concern. I am an overly protective mom and it just scared me when I woke up at 2 AM to her wheezing and heaving. I hate to see when I have children someday lol. I probably should not have abruptly switched foods like that. I think it's back to Nutro Ultra! That seems to work for them, as they are healthy, happy, and have luxurious coats. :)