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    We are back at the vet for the second time this month with non pooping issues. Our vet thinks we should try a hypo allergenic grain free limited ingredient food other than the instinct which is when these issues started.

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    Are you feeding Natural Balance or Natures Variety Instinct? I am confused because you wrote Natural Balance in the title and something about "instinct" in your post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TessaAndSamson View Post
    Are you feeding Natural Balance or Natures Variety Instinct? I am confused because you wrote Natural Balance in the title and something about "instinct" in your post.
    Sorry. Instinct is what were having issues with. I'm going to try the natural balance and was hoping for some good reports from others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piamitch View Post
    Sorry. Instinct is what were having issues with. I'm going to try the natural balance and was hoping for some good reports from others.
    Well Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Salmon and Natures Variety Instinct are the only foods I have ever had any success with actually. Samson was on Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Salmon for years and did wonderfully. Then he developed a ear infection following a surgery he had. Nothing the vet prescribed could clear that ear infection, it was a constant issue for 6 months. Then I read here on EBN that potatoes can aid in the growth of yeast (yeast being one of the causes of ear infections) and that getting him on a potato free diet could help clear up his ear infections. Natures Variety Instinct is the only food I know of that is potato free AND grain free (he needs grain free for his allergies). So I made the switch and within 2 weeks he was ear infection free and has been in the entire year since. He's been doing great on the Natures Variety Instinct ever since the switch. He could possibly still do great on the Natural Balance if I decided to switch back since he's been ear infection free for so long but I feel like I have a good thing going and am just afraid to switch back. Anyway just wanted to share my experiences with both foods, I think they are both great foods for dogs suffering from allergies.
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    That makes me feel much better, thank you!!! I was concerned about the potato but for now I'm giving it a shot. It's one of the brands my vet mentioned too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piamitch View Post
    That makes me feel much better, thank you!!! I was concerned about the potato but for now I'm giving it a shot. It's one of the brands my vet mentioned too.
    I really like that it truly is a limited ingredient food, it cuts out alot of the crap that could potentially cause allergy issues. I highly recommend the salmon formula unless Ruckus has any issues with salmon or fish based foods. And I found adding salmon oil to any food is very beneficial as well.

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    I went and got the salmon!! The vet said either a salmon based or rabbit based. The rabbit food he was talking about was royal canin so I went with natural balance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piamitch View Post
    I went and got the salmon!! The vet said either a salmon based or rabbit based. The rabbit food he was talking about was royal canin so I went with natural balance.
    Awesome! Keep us updated Hope all goes well. Glad you didn't go with royal canin, in my opinion is they charge a premium price for a less than average food.

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    We have very good friends that have used Natural Balance for years..and their Bully does great on it! Jake is on Fromm..beef fritatta..but he jut isn't doing great on it ..we have also tried the surf n turf with even worse results..so if I make a change..I'm going to try the Natural Balance. My vet also recommends it to all her new bully pup patients. Let us know!

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    I use Natural Balance LID Salmon. All four here are doing great on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAKEISGREAT View Post
    We have very good friends that have used Natural Balance for years..and their Bully does great on it! Jake is on Fromm..beef fritatta..but he jut isn't doing great on it ..we have also tried the surf n turf with even worse results..so if I make a change..I'm going to try the Natural Balance. My vet also recommends it to all her new bully pup patients. Let us know!
    Samson didn't do well on Surf & Turf and the Beef Frittata either!

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    I'm getting excited with everyones input!! I feel like ruckus is a hot mess and it's all my fault. When we got him he was on nutro and looked great(he was 6months) knowing how crappy nutro is I switched him to Fromm. Each flavor seemed to cause different issues so I switched to instinct, first beef then salmon. He is so constipated I'm crying for him. The vet suggested natural balance, I don't doubt him, but had to check here lol!! I'm thinking of just switching right over since his poop will already be loose from the enemas today, and I don't want to block him up by transitioning slowly. Is this a bad idea??

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