Q. I switched my 3 mo. old Yorkie to Nutro Natural Choice for puppies. Web reviews say dogs have died from it, is it true? Do I switch? If so, to what?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. I do not personally know of any dogs having a reaction to Nutro Natural Choice products as these products are all holistic and usually made of high-quality ingredients. However, dogs can have an allergic reaction to almost any ingredient (just like people) so it is possible that some dogs may have been allergic to or reacted poorly to an ingredient within the food due to an underlying condition. If you are currently feeding Nutro and your dog is doing well, she may be just fine on it. However if you are concerned, a puppy wellness check up to look for any allergies or underlying issues can always help.
If you do decide to switch foods to another product, there are many products similar to Nutro on the market. Blue Buffalo is the closest choice as far as ingredient content, however many foods are available on the market. Higher end foods often tend to avoid grains that can cause allergies such as wheat, corn and soy products, and may be grain free or mostly meat-based. Some companies, such as Royal Canin will also offer breed specific foods and may have one just for Yorkshire Terriers. If you do switch, be sure to do so gradually over a period of a week to 9 days, slowly adding in more new food and less of the old. This will help prevent any stomach upset from a new food.