Around 2 months has passed since we decided to change our Labradors’ dry dog food kibble with the hope that their health problems would cease. At first we were delighted by what our new dog food was doing for our pups but in the last couple of weeks, their bodies have adjusted fully to the new food and the results are not as good as we had thought.
Upon very high recommendations, we had slowly switched Dakota and Cheyenne from Eagle Pack Holistic Select to Nature’s Logic Beef to help combat such health problems as dry skin, frequent shedding, allergy eye discharge and ear infections. At over $47 per 27lbs bag of dry beef flavored food ($100 a month), we knew it was a bit pricey but figured that the pups were worth it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.
After the full 8 weeks it takes to see the direct changes caused by new food, here is a synopsis of what we found.
Dog Food Pros
- Healthier skin
- Less ear infections
- Well-formed disintegrating feces
Dog Food Cons
- Massive shedding
- No change in allergy eye discharge
- Constant scratching, licking and gnawing on paws
- Losing weight – constantly hungry
- Increased plaque buildup (kibble is smaller and doesn’t need much chewing)
- Extreme urine grass burns
- $1.74 per lb
It is obvious that the change in food has actually caused more health problems than if we had just left them on the Eagle Pack. Although they had some slight health concerns before, they were better off on the Eagle Pack Holistic Select® Anchovy, Sardine & Salmon Meal Formula. When you take into account that the cons now outweigh the pros, that the food is $.59 more per pound and that is will cost us twice as much per month to feed the dogs with the new dog food, Eagle Pack is the sure winner.
Sure, their poop may stink a little more and they may need to have their ears cleaned a little more frequently but, overall, this is what is best for their health and happiness. So, the Lab Brats daddy is going to head off to the pet store this morning and purchase a bag of Eagle Pack so we can begin the transition back to their old dog food immediately.
(Please Note – Not all dog food is right for all dogs. Changing dog food is a personal choice and must be based on your own dog’s needs. If you dog has specific health concerns, please consult your veterinarian before making any dietary changes.)