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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 ( ), 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.

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Comment by Administrator Jan on November 14, 2018 at 3:28pm

Thank you CJ, Gracie, and Quinn.  It's been over 4 months, so we've adjusted to not having her around.  It was particularly hard on Nessy, as she'd never been an only-dog before.  But even she has adjusted to the new way of things.

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on November 13, 2018 at 9:11pm

I am so sorry to hear of Lily's passing, Jan. I hope you and Nessy are doing well. 

Comment by Administrator Jan on October 9, 2018 at 2:36am

Thank you Pedro & Alessandra,  it's been hard to be without my dear Lily.  She was my favorite (don't tell Nessy! ;)

From what I understand, they are not necessarily required to update the label when they reformulate the food.  That may have changed.  In any case, the information from the FDA about Peas & Potatoes as fillers in "grain free" foods came out 3 weeks after Lily passed over the rainbow bridge.  So I would not have realized it might be a part of her demise.  Hind-sight, as they say, is 20-20.

Thank you again for caring!

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on October 8, 2018 at 7:51pm

Hi Jan, just read this. As always, thank you for the warning and sharing information that may be helpful to others. I am so sorry about Lily's passing but I truly hope you don't feel guilty. It would not occur to me that food manufacturer's wouldn't advise of ingredient changes! Sending you hugs and as always, loving paws!

Comment by Nathalie Bergouignan on October 1, 2018 at 6:55am

This is so scary. How can you avoid making a mistake? there

is so many different kind of dog food... people tell you no buy this one no buy that one. What can we do to help our pets stay healthy. I dont know what i should do with my pup and her food. Change or no change

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on September 21, 2018 at 9:41am

Okay, I was curious because I've heard that there are some imposter products on Amazon and was wondering if Earthborn could be one of them.

Comment by Administrator Jan on September 20, 2018 at 8:27am

Local.  It's easier for me to haul the bags into the house through the garage, than through the common hallway at my condo. ;)

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on September 20, 2018 at 4:33am

Just curious - where do you buy your food from? Amazon, chewy or local?

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on September 20, 2018 at 2:36am

Thanks for the info Jan.  I feed Earthborne Meadow Feast and haven't seen or noticed any changes but will keep an eye on it.

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