As I mentioned in previous posts, finding a good kibble for Nix was quite an odyssey. She’s tried at least five or six different types of kibble until we’ve found one that works for her and that we don’t have to mix with any other foods: Brit Care Junior Large Breed Lamb & Rice.
In general, Nix’s previous kibbles either resulted in her scratching herself more than usual, or in loose stool. We started with the Royal Canin German Shepherd Puppy, whose formula is chicken-based. Her stool was fine and she liked it, but she scratched quite a lot. After eliminating the possibility of any kind of parasite infection (fleas, mites, and so on) the vet suggested trying a new food, as he thought she may have some chicken-related allergy. And here our odyssey began.
In general, we tried foods which were fish-based and grain-free. The scratching then subsided, but her stool was loose. We then tried another grain-free, chicken-based kibble, the cotecnica maxima, which was the worst offender of all, as her stool was very loose. At this point we started mixing it up with the Royal Canin Gastro Intestinal Junior because we didn’t want to throw the food away. Ironically, although the Royal Canin is also chicken-based.
Afterwards we went back to Taste of the Wild: Pacific Stream for puppies, however, we got the feeling that Nix scratched herself more than the last time she had tried the food, although I have to admit that this may have been due to the fact that we still mixed it with the Royal Canin Gastro Intestinal Junior (which contains chicken). We decided to try something new, because the Taste of the Wild is not sold locally and we have to order it online. It would be great if we could choose exactly when we want it delievered, but this is not the case.
In the end, Manel came up with the solution: look for a kibble which does not contain chicken, which is what apparently gave her a bit of allergic reaction (hence the scratching), but that it contains rice, to see if it helped with the stool. We went to our local pet store, and after spending about an hour debating what new kibble to get her, a very nice employee recommended trying the Brit Care Junior Large Breed Lamb & Rice.
The kibble was a success from day one. Her stool has never been as easy to pick up as it is now and the scratching has been considerably reduced. And Nix also loves it. The ingredients seem of pretty high quality; here is the list, extracted from the official website: lamb meat meal (42%), rice (36%), chicken fat (preserved with tocopherols), dried apples, salmon oil (3%), natural flavors, brewer’s yeast, hydrolyzed crustacean shells (a source of glucosamine, 320 mg/kg), cartilage extract (a source of chondroitin, 190 mg/kg), mannanoligosaccharides (180 mg/kg), herbs and fruits (rosemary, cloves, citrus, curcuma, 180 mg/kg), fructooligosaccharides (120 mg/kg), yucca schidigera (120 mg/kg), inulin (110 mg/kg), milk thistle (90 mg/kg).
One of the advantages of the Brit Care brand/line is that they have specific versions of the kibble for large dogs. I don’t know if there is a slight difference in composition, but the main difference is on the grain size, which is bigger. This forces the dogs to chew the food a little more instead of just gulping it down.
A nice touch is that the largest food bag (12 kg) includes a handle to carry it. It’s not the greatest thing, but it’s a nice addition.