Yesterday I got the Blue Buffalo Fish and Oatmeal formula I wrote about switching to here. I’ve been following the recalls of some of the Blue Buffalo foods and thank you to those of you who have e-mailed me. The Fish and Oatmeal that was recommended to me was never mentioned in the recall talk and since I had plenty of time to think about all this, I still think it was the right decision to switch. It helped that I had just bought a big bag of Science Diet when I started hearing about Blue Buffalo haha! No snap decisions when it comes to my guide dog, that’s for sure.
I couldn’t wait to start this switch, especially lately because Jayden has been having some horrendous flatulants haha!!! They are totally of the silent but deadly variety and always seem to happen when he’s on the couch next to me. Wow. That, along with the itching and shaking of his head just kept telling me to try something new. I checked the blogs about Blue Buffalo that I’ve been having Google alert me to and read the latest yesterday before getting a bag, and in one of the links about allergies, it mentioned the licking of paws, which Jayden has been doing also.
I recently talked with the new owner of two rescue labs and she had her labs on Blue until she found out that one has severe food allergies and so they’ve switched to a very hypoallergenic food. Her dog had much, much worse symptoms than Jayden, so much so that they had to do allergy tests. She said the only reason she doesn’t keep the other dog on Blue is because it’s just easier to feed them both the same. She recommended it though and it’s all she’s fed her dogs even before the rescue dogs.
As soon as B walked in with the bag, Jayden started sniffing air haha!! He had to wait, as it wasn’t feeding time. I put the remaining Science Diet from the forty pound bag into my Vittles Vault and then poured some Blue into a large Rubbermaid. We only got the fifteen pound bag to start, so there’s room to store the rest of it.
When it came time for Jayden’s dinner, I scooped a cup and a quarter of the SD and then added a quarter cup of the Blue. The lady on the phone said to mix it in gradually and watch the stool. She said the stool will get soft at first, so increase Blue when it’s solid again.
Jayden has been on a cup and a half twice a day and that’s because on a cup and three quarters, he gained some weight. Eventually he should only be on two cups of Blue a day, according to the lady, though he might need a little more since he’s a working dog. I’ll monitor closely in the coming weeks.
So to the fun part. I set the mixed bowl down and told Jayden ok and he sniffed it and went to town. Normally he’ll lick the bowl clean for a few seconds. This time? He licked that bowl for a full minute after he had eaten all the food. And that was with only a quarter cup of it. Same thing this morning. Wow! I’m not noticing a difference in stool but I’m gonna do a quarter cup of Blue for at least three days before increasing.
So here’s where I’m gonna sound crazy. I swear to God he feels softer. I’m crazy, right? He’s only had a total of a half a cup of Blue after dinner last night and breakfast this morning, but I swear he feels softer and I touch him a lot obviously. Am I just really crazy??? Hahaha!!! And his morning number two had less than normal, already.
I’m probably just crazy since I’ve never done this before. I was nervous yesterday and emailed Carin before the switch haha!
I’m so excited to see how he’s gonna feel and smell over the next few weeks, and I’m so happy he liked it. I guess some dogs will leave the LifeSource bits but he sure didn’t.
Oh and the food smells good! It’s got a fish smell but not gross and a sweet smell. Wow. Ok, enough now, really hehe. I’ll keep ya’ll updated, plus this is a great way for me to keep track of the switch since I’m not taking any chances. If the itching doesn’t stop, it’s to the vet we go.