Trying to find the perfect diet is about to drive me insane and I need some advice!
I've just upgraded the dog's food from Nature's Recipe Lamb and Rice (Felony has problems with corn, and yeasty feet etc. so it was a step up from the IAMS that our vet had her on at the time) to Nature's Variety Instinct Turkey and Duck meal formula. I thought that the Nature's Variety would be a much better food and while Felony was doing alright on Nature's Recipe, she was still shedding a good deal and still having some yeasty feet problems.
I started Felony on Nature's Variety last saturday (yep I've mixed it with her old food instead of a sudden switch) and since that time she has been vomiting. She's vomited about 5 times since the switch, about 2/3 days ago, I fed her boiled chicken and rice for a day or 2 to settle her stomach and had no more vomiting for the 2 days she ate boiled chicken and rice. Today I went back to the new food mix, and she vomited about an hour after eating it.
She has no diarrhea, and is otherwise healthy, well hydrated, active, normal temp. etc. I'm pretty sure that it has to be the new food. I don't want to put her back on her previous food because I want to be able to feed her the best food that I can...but having to clean up happy little vomit puddles is getting old really fast.
The Nature's Variety website mentions that changing foods may cause digestive upset, but I assumed that I would see diarrhea with the change in foods and not just vomiting. Is this just a normal part of the changing process that will go away when she adjusts or should I go back to her old food? Has anyone had any problems with the Nature's Variety Instinct? Even when she's not vomiting, she seems a bit more gassy (and burps a lot more) since I've changed her food. I'm not sure if I should just stick with this new food for a little while longer, or try different foods which may cause the same problems. Any advice anyone can give would be very appreciated!
And for the record, I've tried discussing this with the vet I work for, but he's a hardcore Science Diet fan and his solution to all nutrition problems is to feed Science Diet.
Here are the ingredients for the new food:
Healthy, Natural Ingredients
Duck Meal, Turkey Meal, Salmon Meal, Canola Oil (naturally preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Tapioca, Tomato Pomace, Pumpkinseeds, Herring Meal, Sun-Cured Alfalfa Meal, Montmorillonite Clay, Natural Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Brewers Yeast, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Niacin Supplement, Biotin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Iodine Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Carotene, Folic Acid), Peas, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite), Sea Salt, Dried Kelp, Cranberries, Blueberries, Inulin, Freeze Dried Turkey, Freeze Dried Turkey Liver, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Freeze Dried Turkey Hearts, Freeze Dried Ground Turkey Bone.
Instinct Duck Meal & Turkey Meal Formula for Dogs is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile for All Life Stages.
Feeding Guide and Instructions
Sudden changes in diet can sometimes result in digestive disturbances. Do not overfeed regardless of the pet’s acceptance and eagerness. Overfeeding is the most common cause of digestive upset. Always introduce any new diet over a period of days, mixing with the present diet. Keep fresh water available at all times and offer plenty of exercise.