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Hi All! I've lately fallen down the rabbit hole of food trial researching as well as joined the facebook group about Nutritional Dilated Cardiomyopathy in dogs (which I highly recommend everyone join) and found this interesting article I think a lot of GT'ers should take a look at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/vms3.125 This was a study done last year at UC-Davis to DNA test commercially available limited ingredient/single protein dog foods to see if they actually only included the protein specified on their label and ingredients list. Almost every formula showed DNA from mammals that were not listed on the label, and one actually did not include the main protein advertised! While they don't get super specific in pointing out which brand is guilty of which contamination, none of the brands surveyed come out looking great, and they all are brands that I've seen GT'ers discuss and probably use. This contamination could be intentional or simply because machines are used for multiple formulas and contamination happens, but either way I think for anyone intentionally trying to feed a novel or single protein diet because of allergies/sensitivities it's important to know that your kibble might not really be free of other protein contamination. And that you might be paying more for a label that isn't really true.
Guest posted a topic in Health and Medical discussionHi everyone, Winnie, who just turned 4, has been having soft stool for the past three weeks or so. It started with a bout of explosive diarrhea, which resolved relatively quickly after I put her on a rice and pumpkin diet for a few days. But then every time I tried switching to her normal kibble her stool will get totally loose, unless I mix it with massive amounts of pumpkin. I have been feeding her Zignature (grain-free, potato-free, limited ingredient) for about 6 months with good results and I don’t know what could have suddenly gone wrong, assuming the problem is her kibble. I tried switching to a rice, pumpkin, and boiled chicken for a few days and that seems to fix it rather quickly. I took her to the vet who gave her a course of metronidazole and ran a parasite test which came back negative, but I’m worried that Winnie has lost 3-4 pounds since the last time I weighted in February. I’m taking her back to the vet on Monday, and wondering if there is some specific tests I should suggest the vet to run. Alternatively, I was wondering if anyone has had similar experiences with Zignature –or any other kibble for that matter- suddenly upsetting their hound’s tummy. Among other things, most kibbles I’ve tried in the past –including Zignature- have always made Winnie poop a lot. And when I say a lot, it’s A LOT. It’s almost like the same volume of food she eats basically goes out the rear door, and I am wondering if that suggests she’s having some food assimilation/allergy issues. Vets have never really taken me seriously when I tell them the volume of her stool is alarming. Any thought or suggestion would be greatly appreciated!