What do you all think about the latest on this? I'm asking because I had been feeding Perry grain free for the last year - and recently switched to Fromm and some of that is grain free. I don't want to stop it if it's not that serious (do you think it would have happened by now if it were going to?) - though will consider with the next batch of getting the regular Fromm/ not the grain free, but if I decide not to feed him what I have right now that means a few months of either really low quality dog food (I mean really really low) or figuring out a home cooked diet - until we can get back to the US and get different food.
Ricky eats Honest Kitchen dehydrated food and we mix in the protein, usually boiled chicken breast or sometimes tuna or lean beef. We then mix in a little bit of dry kibble to balance things out. I agree with
that a balanced diet, in moderation, is best. Remember that dogs are basically carnivores and a pet nutritionist told me that vegetables, fruits, and grains just pass right on through while extracting some essential nutrients. The danger, in my opinion. is feeding a grain free diet that may be high in protein but low in other essential nutrients, in other words just cheap fillers. We give Ricky very little cheese and peanut butter (only in moderation) because of the danger of pancreatitis. Stay informed, stay vigilant.
On other food issues - I decided to switch him off chicken because so many people were talking about chicken allergies. He's still chewing on his feet a little too much, but getting rid of the chicken has improved the runny eyes. I know it was that because we were off it when we were in the US (and had added the new probiotic) and the eyes had cleared up a lot, when we came back I had a little of the chicken left, so I was mixing it with his new food - and the runny eyes came back, then just threw the rest away and am just using the new food, and the eyes have cleared up. They're still slightly damp, but no where near as bad.
Ricky gets various supplements on a daily basis including probiotics. He still had runny eyes and tear staining. The Vet sent us to a canine ophthalmologist a couple of years ago and said he had healthy eyes. The Vet said that's good, then something else might be the problem, maybe seasonal allergies. He told us to try one half a human Benedryll (they come in 25mg tablet so half would be 12.5 mg.) with Ricky's morning meal. The runny eyes (which the Vet said was primarily mucus) went away and so did the tear staining. I am NOT telling you to try this. I'm just saying what has worked for Ricky. ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR TRUSTED VET BEFORE TRYING ANYTHING NEW. Every dog is different.