Outcome: Some of you have emailed me and asked me which food I chose. After consulting with a veterinary nutritionist for Cornell, I put my field champion on Dr. Tim's Pursuit. This is the note I wrote to Dr. Tim today: It says it all:
My labrador retriever field champion has been on Pursuit for the past 6 weeks, and the results have been dramatic. His coat is tremendous. While he still can have some gas, his stools are actually formed, even on a trial weekend. Most importantly, his energy level is back! And I can tell he feels better. I am not sure what I was wishing for with regards to the energy level..... but his tail is high, his eyes are bright, and he is back to being his obnoxious self that I have come to know and love. I now can get to the end of a trial weekend without him showing great fatigue! His trainer, who was resistant at first, states, "wow, I wish we would changed this earlier! It has made all the difference in his coming back after an injury!" This dog tore his CCL 1 year ago, after burying himself in the silt on the edge of a pond (like quicksand) and fighting his way out (twisting injury also). He is s/p TPLO. Thanks Dr. Tim! You have a loyal customer!
I really do attribute the food to a large part of the dramatic change I have seen in my dog. I also have cut down the amount of food I am feeding him, so the expense has evened out.