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    Default Nature's Variety Instinct vs. Earthborn Holistic

    My EB pup just turned 16 weeks old, he's almost fully potty-trained and I was thinking that it's time to move him off of the food that his breeder started him on (Eukanuba). He hasn't had any problems with it, but his gas is awful and I know that it's not a quality food. I've limited my options down to Earthborn Holistic Meadow Feast or Nature's Variety Instinct (either the duck and turkey formula or the rabbit formula). They seem to all exclude potato, and I am trying to stay away from chicken because I know that is a common allergy.

    Anybody have any reason why I should go with one over the other? No matter which I go with, I plan to get a small starter bag to make sure he likes it and does well on it.

    Thanks for any help that you can offer.

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    Default Re: Nature's Variety Instinct vs. Earthborn Holistic

    I use the Earthborn great plains and it has bison in it. I really like it! I used Fromm since Lola was a puppy but went grain free and it didn't agree with her so my vet suggested Earthborn grain free and I love it! The gas is gone and she doesn't go poop like she used to. Both my girls like the taste of it as well and they eat it right away. I know several others on here use it also and I haven't heard any problems yet.

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    Default Re: Nature's Variety Instinct vs. Earthborn Holistic

    I have used both with my boys. Currently on Earthborn Meadowfeast, switched over from the NVI Rabbit because the rabbit formula was hard to find in my area and even petflow didn't always have it. They are both great foods and which ever one you decide to use your boy will do great on

    By the way, I have no issues that make you want to
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    Default Re: Nature's Variety Instinct vs. Earthborn Holistic

    I am transitioning Petunia to Earthborn Meadow Feast and she really likes the taste but since she is transitioning she does have smelly farts still...will have to let you know more when she is fully transitioned and has been taking it for at least a month.

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    Default Re: Nature's Variety Instinct vs. Earthborn Holistic

    before my raw change, my pack was on just about everything, but the last thing they were on was pretty good , Nutrisca grain free and potato free. Lamb and chick pea
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    Default Re: Nature's Variety Instinct vs. Earthborn Holistic

    Thanks for the responses. I'm going to give the Earthborn Meadow Feast a try. Trying to find some sample bags before going for the big one.
    I would eventually like to transition over to raw, but I don't know anything about balancing the diet and don't have the money right now. I plan to dive into the raw feeding section as time goes on, so that I may learn about it.

    I supplement his diet with occasional brown rice, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt/cottage cheese, carrots/fruits and turkey-vegetable baby food. I'm also debating on starting a probiotic, but am glad that most of the quality foods have omega additives in them so that I don't need to add that. Any tips/insight into these things?

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    Default Re: Nature's Variety Instinct vs. Earthborn Holistic

    you don't want to add too much because that could cause gas and runny poo. My boys get plain greek yogurt on their food in the morning (1 heaping tablespoon) and at night grizzly salmon oil squirted on their food. These are done daily and the other things you have listed are just used as occasional treats
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    Default Re: Nature's Variety Instinct vs. Earthborn Holistic

    If you're going with NVI or Earthborn you don't need to supplement his meals except for occasional treats or to address a specific health symptom. These premium kibbles are designed to be "complete formula" and have specific nutrients balancing.

    I was using Earthborn Primitive Natural and before that I was with Blue Wilderness. They still had smelly farts in either one of those foods. But, my dogs did well on both of those foods. I haven't tried NVI at all. From what I remember about some forum members' experience on NVI, it has clay that can cause the dog to get constipated so just something to watch for and just check that the dog is getting lots of water.

    I'm on PMR now and if I didn't go crazy with the super expensive free-range and grass fed stuff, I could have fed my dogs at around the same amount I was spending on Earthborn.

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    Default Re: Nature's Variety Instinct vs. Earthborn Holistic

    I use NVI with Z. I had used Eukanuba with my last bulldog having no idea at all how poor quality food that was...so great job on deciding to switch. Z is doing well with it no problems...the only thing I know that is a issue with it is that its really high in protein compared to other kibbles.

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    Default Re: Nature's Variety Instinct vs. Earthborn Holistic

    I have used both, I used NVI for over two years and suddenly Vegas didn't do so well on it so I did a slow change to Earthborne Bison. He did great for about 7-8 months then started not doing so well on it. I switched to the lamb about a month or so ago with the Earthbourne and he is doing great on it!! We will have to see how long this one last. I think over time with all his allergies he develops allergies to his own food. It is a never ending battle in this house with foods. Right now he looks great with the Lamb.

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    Default Re: Nature's Variety Instinct vs. Earthborn Holistic

    Quote Originally Posted by flkjr2 View Post
    I use NVI with Z. I had used Eukanuba with my last bulldog having no idea at all how poor quality food that was...so great job on deciding to switch. Z is doing well with it no problems...the only thing I know that is a issue with it is that its really high in protein compared to other kibbles.
    High protein is not a problem. High protein is very very good. The higher the better. As long as the protein comes mostly from animal and not plant source. And both NVI and Earthborn are relatively meaty kibble.

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    Default Re: Nature's Variety Instinct vs. Earthborn Holistic

    well i have used both and they are both great food. i will say the rabbit formula of nvi comes from china but that is the only one. otherwise either is a great choice. i dont give sarah much in the way of supplements as she gets a joint med with alot of other things in it. she gets a probiotic also. i used to give salmon oil but her joint med has the omegas in it now. meadowfeast is a good choice.

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