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Surprise - this food stopped the tear stains

I am absolutely shocked - I never expected a food to make a difference on the tear stains, but I haven't cleaned my Maltese's face for a month and his stain is so light and the new hair is growing without any stains. He still gets the goopies, but I just comb them out. It's Solid Gold's Wee Bits with Bison and Salmon. He wasn't in love with it at first, but did finally eat it (hey when you're hungry, everything tastes good). It's only a four star food according to dogfoodanalysis.com and he's one of the few that actually does better with some grains in his food - I've done oatmeal and brown rice and both seem to help his food sensitivities.

The two ingredients - tomato pomace and parsley flakes I know are used by many for tear stains, so maybe that combined with the novel protein are what did the trick. At this point, I'm so happy with the way he looks, I'm going to wait on getting the Angel Eyes. When I get my camera batteries charged, I'll take a photo to show you what I mean. Oh and the second bonus - MeMe loves to finish what he doesn't eat, so she's getting some extra calories too.

Here's the basic review on Solid Gold Wee Bits:

Description: 380 kcal/cup


Ingredients:
Bison | Salmon Meal | Millet | Brown Rice | Cracked Pearled Barley | Rice Bran | Canola Oil | Tomato Pomace | Flaxseed | Natural Flavor | Salmon Oil (source of DHA) | Choline Chloride | Taurine | Dried Chicory Root | Parsley Flakes | Pumpkin Meal | Almond Oil | Sesame Oil | Yucca Schidigera Extract | Thyme | Blueberries | Cranberries | Carrots | Broccoli | Vitamin E Supplement | Iron Proteinate | Zinc Proteinate | Copper Proteinate | Ferrous Sulfate | Zinc Sulfate | Copper Sulfate | Potassium Iodide | Thiamine Mononitrate | Manganese Proteinate | Manganous Oxide | Ascorbic Acid | Vitamin A Supplement | Biotin | Calcium Panthothenate | Manganese Sulfate | Sodium Selenite | Pyridoxine Hydrochloride | Vitamin B12 Supplement | Riboflavin Supplement | Vitamin D3 Supplement | Folic Acid |

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein min 28%
Crude Fat min 18%
Moisture max 10%
Crude Fiber max 4%


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Congratulations!
Solid Gold is a good brand.I feed Oliver Solid Gold as a puppy but we had a gold bag. I've seen the pink bags at the stores but never bought it.

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Yeah! another doggie disaster averted! Tear stains are a pain in the a$$! I'm ever so grateful I haven't had to deal with them, I can surely understand how they would be a blight on your ever so perfect doggies face. Rufus doesn't stain, barely even waters and Shamouti is black, so I won't have the stains even though he does get the red gunk!
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That's great news, Lisa! I feed Lincoln Solid Gold Hund-n-flocken (gold bag). I am saving the Wee Bits formula for the future, in case he develops more allergies. I like the ingredients in Solid Gold - they were the most similar to the Wellness that I also like.

Post some photos of Buddy's before and afters when you get a chance!

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Since Kodi has had his allergy problems, he started to have some staining. His itching isn't as bad as it was and it seems to bother him most in the morning. I don't know if I want to start changing foods again, so I am watching him closely.


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Since Kodi has had his allergy problems, he started to have some staining. His itching isn't as bad as it was and it seems to bother him most in the morning. I don't know if I want to start changing foods again, so I am watching him closely.
Rufus' itching is the worst in the morning too. He's had some staining on his mustache but it could be from me leaving bowls of water when they play outdoors or the pineapple juice I've been adding to the food.
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Wahoo! That is pretty awesome Lisa. We used to use Angel eyes on Carmen but stopped when we heard long term use wasn't good for dogs and to be honest she looks the same/better without Angel Eyes. I just wipe goopies off her face everyday.

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Thats terrific Lisa!
Have you had any tummy sensitivities with your Maltese? The only food I've found my Winnie can tolerate is Natural Balance Duck and Potato and I would love to find a second option. If it helped with all of their staining that would be an even greater bonus.

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Beverly - he has a mildly sensitive tummy so I've tried those formulas too - the Natural Balance Duck and Potato is always a great option but I think it's a bit drying to the coat. For some reason Buddy seems to do better with a bit of grain, so the rice or oatmeal "filler" is okay for him. Maybe that helps with the sensitivity. I know that he can't have super high protein or he itches like crazy.


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I'll give a bag a try and see how he does. I think the Natural Balance is drying too, and until he joined our family I always fed the Natures Variety. He just gets loose stools on EVERYTHING. Maybe if I add the Tylan to the Wee Bits it would offset it though.
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