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I'd been feeding my dogs Earthborn Holistics grain free fish formula for years. About a year ago, they started having loose stools with the new bag of food. I never occurred to me that the manufacturer had changed the formula as drastically as they did. It wasn't until late July of this year that I looked at the ingredients list (online), and realized that they had made drastic changes to the formula. I believe when I started my dogs on that food, it listed "fish meal", fish, potato, etc as the first 3 ingredients. Sometime last year, it had been changed to "fish meal", peas of some sort, and oil, as the first 3 ingredients. No wonder my dogs had loose stools!
It really wasn't until after the July 12th warning from the FDA ( https://www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/newsevents/cvmupdates/ucm61330... ), about grain free dog foods using peas & / or potatoes as a filler, that I realized how bad the food had become. Unfortunately, my older dog, Lily, passed away at the end of June. I believe her demise was accelerated by the formula change. I have no proof. But that is what I believe.
The key point here is that when you notice your dog(s) not doing well on the food that has worked for months or years (as in my case), go to manufacturer's website and check what they are currently listing for ingredients on the food. Is it different from what you remember choosing?
It used to be that manufacturers could change the formula without updating the label on the bag (until they'd used up old pre-printed bags). That may still be true. I'm not sure. Therefore, the most up-to-date information would likely be found on their website. I cannot say if Earthborn Holistics had updated the bags I bought. I, unfortunately, did not check...
All I can say is that I feel guilty for not being on top of the formula change, am angry that the information from the FDA about peas/potatoes came out after my dog died, and wish I could take a step back in time and make it better.
I talked to my dog's Vet, and she said they currently do not know if the peas / potatoes interfere with uptake of taurine or if it is a simple lack of taurine in those ingredients. They just don't know at this point...
Please don't be me.