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Blue Buffalo Wilderness - Chicken Recipe "HELP"

Discussion in 'American Bully Health' started by BO-LOC, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. BO-LOC

    BO-LOC Puppy

    Blue Buffalo Wilderness - Chicken Recipe "HELP"

    I currently have my bully on Blue Buffalo Wilderness - Chicken Recipe. While at the vet today for his shots, she asked me what he was on. I told her, she replied that Blue Buffalo was one of the worst kibble out right now. I then asked her about TOTW since I heard a lot of people on here use that. She replied the same thing that both BB and TOTW have had a lot of problems and recalls. She recommended IAMS and Royal Canine shit so I didn't think she was very educated in animal health or kibble for that matter. Have anyone had problems with Blue Buffalo Wilderness or Taste of the Wild? Can anyone recommend any other good Kibble? I don't want my boy to get sick if it is true about BB, I did some quick research and lots of people were complaining on reviews on BB, but then again, every dog food has some complaints. I was thinking that possibly those dogs had allergies to fish or chicken or whatever kibble they were on?

    I also read somewhere that Blue Buffalo sold their company to another company and they are getting their ingredients from CHINA? not sure if that holds water but if someone can give me a few answers and help me out please do.
     
  2. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    As a general rule, most vets are educated in overall health of dogs. They are not nutritionists and many do not elect to take several courses that explain in-depth about canine nutrition. It's similar to a general practitioner human doctor.

    I'd venture to agree with you that this vet does not sound very well-educated when it comes to which kibbles are good and which to stay away from.

    Blue Buffalo is FAR from one of the worst kibbles. It's not the best, but it's above mediocre. BB is NOT owned/manufactured by Diamond. Diamond has had several recalls over the past couple of years and BB has not been affected by these recalls.

    This link explains who manufactures the various kibble brands.

    http://truthaboutpetfood2.com/who-makes-what-in-pet-food

    Taste of the Wild IS manufactured by Diamond and has been a part of several recalls. Your comfort level in feeding a Diamond brand is entirely your own prerogative. Several members still feed it without issue and several refuse to go near it.

    IMO, Iams and Royal Canin are junk with tons of useless fillers. Many vets also sell those brands so they have something to gain from recommending it.

    If your dog does well on BBW, then I wouldn't switch. Why fix it if it's not broken? If you feel inclined to check your options, I suggest a rating website like http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ that objectively rates and explains the differences in various dog foods ranging from kibble to premade raw.

    FWIW, one of my dogs is on BBW chicken and does very well on it. One of my other dogs does well on Nature's Variety Instinct Limited Diet lamb due to severe allergies. My 3rd dog eats 100% Prey Model Raw.

    There are lots of choices in regards to feeding. You just have to decide what's going to work best for you and your dog.
     
  3. ATL King Titan

    ATL King Titan Little Dog

    My pup is on BB Wilderness Puppy formula and absolutely LOVES it! He literally sprints to his crate and will be in there waiting for me to set down his bowl when it's time to eat. He used to have some skin problems, but since I switched that has all cleared up. He has a gorgeous coat too! Like what unoriginal said...why fix what isn't broken? I've heard that vets get kickback bonuses from some vendors to recommend their product...mostly the crappy brands too.
     
  4. BO-LOC

    BO-LOC Puppy

    Ok good, it just kinda worried me. I NEVER really did any research on dog food before I registered on the pitbull-chat forum. Glad I came here, everyone has lots of knowledge when it comes to dog food. I really didn't know how bad some of the foods I used in the past were. Ya, im going to stick with BB. As soon as I put it in his bowl for first feeding he gobbled it up. He has never done that before so I was really happy finding a food he enjoys. I kinda figured she was trying to push the dog food on me since she said that BB was horrible and that I should switch to Iams lol
     
  5. E Diggy

    E Diggy Big Dog

    _Unoriginal hit the nail on the head here. The irony is most people would take a vet's word for it that they know what they're talking about. The truth though is that they're not nutritionists. If I were you, I'd call your vet out on this and ask them to break it down for you. Dtate, support, explain is what I always say. I talk a lot of shit, but only when I know what I'm talking about. When I don't, I shut up. Have the vet explain why Iam's is better than BB. I bet they won't be able to.
     
  6. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    I don't even engage with my vet. I feed what I feed. I don't ask for my vet's opinion or advice regarding diet. I simply don't want to hear it, so I don't bring it up and I've never been asked. Lol
     
  7. E Diggy

    E Diggy Big Dog

    My vet asked me what I feed and when I replied BB, he said that's good, and broke down the difference between high end and low end food. Not that I didn't know that already, but I thought it was good that he understood. It says something about his competence. You'd think all vest would know.
     
  8. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    It would make sense.. But some don't know and some are more interested in money in their pocket than the animals they care for.

    My vet asked me a couple years ago what I fed, I said TOTW. He said "ohh the good stuff" and hasn't made a peep since.

    Granted, I'm terrified to tell him I feed raw. :lol:
     
  9. E Diggy

    E Diggy Big Dog

    Yeah, I actually have a dentist that is always trying to sell me his "recommended" sonic toothbrushes. If my vet tried to entice me into buying Iam's, I think I'd tell him straight up, "no thanks, that's garbage. might as well feed the boy sawdust."
     
  10. Kane666

    Kane666 Puppy

    I feed my dog blue buffalo basics salmon and sweet potato never let my dog eat food wit chicken in it only salmon
     
  11. Tiffseagles

    Tiffseagles GRCH Dog Premium Member

    Kane - This is an older thread (from 2013). If you have a question, you will get more responses by starting your own thread.


    I know this is an older post but wanted to add (since it was bumped):

    My dog was on Blue for a while. She stopped eating it. We switched.

    Many vets are more comfortable recommending Purina/Hills/Royal Canin/Iams because those are the companies that are doing research. It's not necessarily because the others (BB, TOTW) are bad foods but because the companies haven't put the effort into proving that their formulas are good. Just like some people won't recommend TOTW because of it's history, some vets won't recommend a company that's not actively involved in proving themselves.

    If you do have a concern about nutrition, discussing it with a veterinary nutritionist is always an option. They can even help you formulate a home made diet.
     
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