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Crazy4cats on Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost (Dry) Wow! They are beautiful!
July 3, 2015 6:06 am

Karen Mitchell on Merrick Classic Dog Food (Dry) You need to understand how their stomach reacts to different food and how their gastric acidity and PH level works. This is why your puppy vomited!
July 3, 2015 5:38 am

Karen Mitchell on Merrick Classic Dog Food (Dry) For the life of me, I will NEVER get it! HOW, can these be good for any pet??!! With all those ingredients and it ends up looking like that?? It's processed in a way that 99% of those nutrients are lost. I mean really!? It amazes my how they suck people into these barbaric foods! Come on people, feed your pet REAL food for a change, but careful, their poor little stomaches will go into shock!!!!
July 3, 2015 5:33 am

Karen Mitchell on Merrick Classic Dog Food (Dry) Yeah, I'm confused too. He was acquired at 6 months. The way I read it, he was on raw for 6 months, then once he got the dog, he changed to kibble. OMG why!!??
July 3, 2015 5:29 am

Karen Mitchell on Merrick Classic Dog Food (Dry) Why oh why??? Your German Shepherd even tried TELLING YOU and asking you, WHY???!
July 3, 2015 5:27 am

Karen Mitchell on Merrick Classic Dog Food (Dry) The best thing you can feed your pet as an all natural RAW diet. It's doesn't have to "break the bank".If you would like some help in making the transition, my Facebook group As Nature Intended can help you.I am no means a vet. I have been researching the all natural balanced raw diet (and commercial pet food) for the past 6 years. I now share what i have learnt through my Facebook page, As Nature Intended.If you would like some advice from people, from all walks of life, professionals,…
July 3, 2015 5:25 am

Karen Mitchell on Merrick Classic Dog Food (Dry) Sue them!! Better still, you get what you pay for, crap!!!
July 3, 2015 5:12 am

el doctor on Off Topic Discussions Hi BecluThis is from;"Buying fish? What you need to know";"Buying eco-friendly fish is easier when you know where it’s from and how it was caught or farmed. Our Seafood selector does a lot of the work for you, synthesizing and simplifying the research. But when you’re at the fish counter or restaurant, knowing what questions to ask is key. And remember, an informed consumer requesting eco-friendly fish sends a powerful conservation…
July 2, 2015 11:50 pm

Debra H on Stella and Chewy’s Freeze Dried (Freeze-Dried) Any word on the action by Maryland Dept of Agriculture to mandate removal of some of the Stella & Chewy chicken freeze-dried in their state due to listeria? Wondering if this may affect other lots and locations across USA.
July 2, 2015 10:54 pm

Mary T on Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost (Dry) My two shelties eat NV chicken with boast for about 2 years. It is very uniform in the quality. The have beautiful coats. They get a half a cup for dinner, The have a half a cup of Sojos raw freeze dry turkey,
July 2, 2015 10:51 pm

Storm's Mom on Best Dry Grain Free Dog Foods No.
July 2, 2015 9:54 pm

surplus on Stella and Chewy’s Freeze Dried (Freeze-Dried) Oh yeah I don't know why I didn't bother to check the website. I think you're right though cause checking the analysis it shows the protein and the fat content are the same. That's crazy. I'll have to look up if there's any adverse side effects to that. Thank you!
July 2, 2015 9:45 pm

Crazy4cats on Stella and Chewy’s Freeze Dried (Freeze-Dried) I'm going to guess without checking their website, that the lamb flavor is lower in protein and probably higher in fat than the other flavors. That is what I have found in a lot of brands when it comes to their lamb recipes in all forms of dog food.
July 2, 2015 9:32 pm

sharron on Best Dry Grain Free Dog Foods i know grain free is supposed to be better for dogs but is it really necessary to feed if your dog doesn't have allergies
July 2, 2015 9:18 pm

Beclu on Off Topic Discussions I'm was so excited to see salmon being used as a food ingredient in dry dog foods, I understand it, there is a difference between farm raised (one of the highest levels of mercury on the fish list) and wild Alaskan Salmon (one of the lowest levels of mercury on the fish list), not to be confused with wild caught, which also as I understand it, is another term for farm raised. So, how do we know what type of salmon is being used? I'm assuming that it's the farm raised, because it is…
July 2, 2015 9:08 pm

surplus on Stella and Chewy’s Freeze Dried (Freeze-Dried) Wish I knew why the Dandy Lamb only got 3 stars...
July 2, 2015 8:52 pm

jcostin on Loyall Dog Food (Dry) I'm confused...What does Purina have to do with Cargill/Nutrena?
July 2, 2015 8:15 pm

Storm's Mom on Royal Canin Breed-Specific Adult (Dry) Personally, I would recommend putting a dog with "dietary issues" on probiotics and digestive enzymes before I would ever recommend/encourage sticking with the same food because it "works". That's particularly true if someone is feeding an average or below average food and they try something "better".. that's a recipe for disaster in a lot of cases (causes those "dietary issues" - and, yes, I'm using the quotes intentionally) unless you add probiotics and digestive enzymes before, during and…
July 2, 2015 6:17 pm

Jamie Schwartz on Why Raw Dog Foods Typically Contain More Fat Than What’s on the Label Raw food is actually an excellent choice for dogs with pancreatitis. The reason is, kibble is a dead food with no living enzymes in it. The dog's body is forced to create the enzymes to digest the food, which overworks the pancreas. The pancreas is not able to produce enough enzymes to digest kibble (which is very hard on the dog's body) so it gets inflamed, and can even start to digest itself. With raw food, it isn't cooked, and the food is full of living enzymes. This lets the pancreas…
July 2, 2015 5:41 pm

Missbeanz on Royal Canin Breed-Specific Adult (Dry) That may be most people on dog food advisor, but not most of my customers. I try to recommend switching proteins regularly (I'm not too sold on the idea that you need to switch brands regularly but I do believe in mixing up proteins, toppers and treats) but lots of people have been through so many allergy and dietary issues with their dogs that they are very adamant about not changing their food once they've found something that works. I was pretty much saying that although this food has a lower…
July 2, 2015 5:24 pm

Shawna on Royal Canin Breed-Specific Adult (Dry) Most of the regulars on Dog Food Advisor don't think feeding any one specific food, or even brand, is healthiest for a dog. Dogs need the same amount of variety as every other living animal. Of course there are certain ingredients that are problematic for specific dogs and those ingredients should be avoided. My Pom can't have chicken (or any poultry actually) but does well on venison, beef, pork, lamb, bison etc.
July 2, 2015 4:33 pm

sohel on Orijen Dog Food (Dry) Thanks for the replies, I was reading online and just saw people say red meat is better for dogs than white and was considering buying more Orijen red or tundra instead of the 6fish or adult version but the prices seemed a little steep.
July 2, 2015 3:13 pm

Missbeanz on Royal Canin Breed-Specific Adult (Dry) Although I personally think RC is kinda crap, as a pet retail employee I always assure people if something is working great for their dog stick with it. Every pooch is different.
July 2, 2015 3:11 pm

Leslie Celia on Prescription Dog Foods change vets
July 2, 2015 2:55 pm

D Mac on Three Name Brands Top FDA List of Chicken Jerky Treats Suspects My understanding is that small dogs have the biggest risk of becoming sick from chicken jerky/sweet potato treats imported from China. A few years ago, I had a couple dogs who absolutely LOVED chicken jerky treats. If I said "chicken treat" (even if just asking my fiancé to pick some up at the store), the dogs would get crazy excited. One dog was a 16 month old yorkie poo (3/4 yorkie so looked like a yorkie and weighed around 5 lbs). The dogs were given their chicken treat after going outside…
July 2, 2015 2:45 pm

shea barhite on Purina Puppy Chow (Dry) I have run into the same problem with my golden retriever puppy she is 20 pounds and I'd like to feed her Canidae which isn't as much is Blue Buffalo or Wellness but I can't get my mom to spend that much money on dog food so I have tried a lot of things and have found that Taste of The Wild is the best lowest price food you can feed your dog. If you go on Amazon you will find that with prime you can get it for about $10 less than the retail price. I have done tons of researching and I know a…
July 2, 2015 2:29 pm

Pitlove on Best 5-Star Dry Puppy Foods The feeding guidelines are always just that, a guideline. You will see how your dog eats and you will figure out if you need to or can feed more or less. Sounds like your guy needs less.
July 2, 2015 1:16 pm

Chris Fink on The Truth About Corn in Dog Food Answering Think About it..I have a small boston that suddenly had seizure and would not come out until intervention, she did it again four months later. The third time I noticed it was because I was late in feeding her. She also was allergic to something but any commercial dog food I tried wold always result in her biting her feet within minutes of eating it even if it took a week or two to react. So, I pulled her off of all dog food and started with cottage cheese and first rice...which she…
July 2, 2015 12:51 pm

theBCnut on Iams Naturals Dog Food (Dry) Life expectancy is based on the average age that members of a certain group attain before they die of any cause, so dogs that live to old age should exceed life expectancy. If they die earlier than that, we should be looking for the cause. Recently, I had a 13 year old German Shepherd die suddenly. She was completely healthy one minute and dead the next. The life expectancy of GSDs is 9-12 years, but she didn't die of old age, she had an aneurism, which could have happened at any age. My current…
July 2, 2015 12:43 pm

Crazy4dogs on Purina Dog Chow Light and Healthy (Dry) It could be the food. You could try changing to a better rated food, but I would also suggest an immediate vet visit to rule out any serious health issues.
July 2, 2015 12:37 pm

Crazy4dogs on Iams Naturals Dog Food (Dry) My dogs live several years past their life expectancy. My large breeds have been in the 14.5-15 year age range and I know several medium-large dogs in their upper teens. While some might be due to genetics, excellent food and care are also a factor.
July 2, 2015 11:55 am

txn64 on The Truth About Corn in Dog Food I don't feed my dogs any dog food that has corn meal in it.
July 2, 2015 11:04 am

Jj90009 on Iams Naturals Dog Food (Dry) Ok well my dogs life expectancy is 12-15 years so if she died tomorrow I would say old age. But everyone is different. I think 14 is old for a dog, not many I have known to live that long.
July 2, 2015 11:02 am

Madison on Purina Dog Chow Light and Healthy (Dry) Hi April, I'm seeking for answers. My dog has been on this food for a little over a month and in the past week and a half he's had 4 seizers. The vets here also were saying may be early signs of cushings. What was the turn out for you and do you have any suggestions to help my dog. He's half pug/half Boston Tarrior
July 2, 2015 10:37 am

Madison on Purina Dog Chow Light and Healthy (Dry) My dog has been on this food for a little over a month now. He poops all the time and just recently a little over a week ago he had 2 seizures. Then today he's had 2 in less than a 12 hour period. Could it be this dumb food? And if so what should I do. He's never had this issue in his life
July 2, 2015 10:30 am

theBCnut on Wild Calling! (Canned) The biggest problem I would be sure they have is that they are underreporting fat content, so if you can't return the food, then when you open a can, put half of it in the freezer and use the other half a spoonful at a time. I don't remember what kind of dog you have, but if it is one of the fat sensitive breeds, be very careful with how much you give. The second issue is of them letting meat rot before they can it. The canning process kills all the bacteria, but that bacteria produces…
July 2, 2015 10:11 am

theBCnut on Iams Naturals Dog Food (Dry) It may have been bad luck, Lord knows I have had my share, but considering how many dogs I had in that period of time, that would have been extraordinary bad luck. I have a 14 year old dog right now, and if she died tomorrow, it wouldn't be from old age. So maybe we define what dying from old age means differently.
July 2, 2015 10:04 am

Pitlove on Orijen Dog Food (Dry) Dogs could simply just need a change especially if they have been eating it for years.
July 2, 2015 9:34 am

Pitlove on Orijen Dog Food (Dry) I work for a small pet boutique that carries Orijen. Our largest bag of Tundra is price at 106.99$. The owners try to keep the prices reasonable. The more novel the protein source and the harder to come by (chicken, turkey and beef are readily avaiable) the more expensive the food will be. You will notice that foods with rabbit and vension will always be more expensive because they are novel proteins. DogFoodie is correct, it does not mean better, just novel or exotic.
July 2, 2015 9:32 am

DogFoodie on Orijen Dog Food (Dry) I would say that some of the animal proteins used in Tundra are more novel, not necessarily better. I read a while back that Tundra would be sold exclusively in stores and not online. I don't know if that's changed since the initial product offering. But, yes, the price you saw is about what it sells locally where I am as well.
July 2, 2015 9:12 am

Jj90009 on Iams Naturals Dog Food (Dry) Well we have had many dogs die of old age... We have a 13 year old dog right now who is growing strong. So sounds like bad luck Bcnut
July 2, 2015 8:32 am

losul on Blue Buffalo Life Protection (Dry) are you trying to "combine" summaries? What do you mean by "chart form"I don't know why you would choose to use horses, HSI, and garlic powder? When we are talking about dogs, the words garlic powder, garlic oil, and the PSI under dogs in the summary, and I don't see the dog HSI form of garlic supplement in the summary defined.Thanks for showing how you calculated equivalent powder to whole raw garlic.I'll probaly calcualte it myself later when I get time, and will try to figure out…
July 2, 2015 4:36 am

losul on Blue Buffalo Life Protection (Dry) Aimee, I can't say without my further looking back why those numbers (30-60) seem to have stuck in my mind. Somewhere down the line while researching garlic, somethings must've given me that impression, even if is a mostly false impression. I never before specifically researched a dog's RBC turnover rate, and obviously what you presented is the more accurate. Probably there's someone(s) who wants to make out some kind of devious intent in that also, but whatever....after all that before, I'm…
July 2, 2015 3:15 am

Jourdan on Best 5-Star Dry Puppy Foods Right. I agree. We are feeding him what the directions say but its too rich for him. I have heard good things about Fromm as well. Thanks for the recommendation.
July 1, 2015 11:11 pm

Crazy4cats on Pure Balance Dog Food (Canned) Huh? You must have fed the tubs or the 95% canned because the stews do not have a lamb recipe that I'm aware of. I stick with the stews listed above because they have less fat in them and do not cause any digestive upset to my dogs. I highly recommend them and they very budget friendly as far as canned food goes. I can't say that the higher fat content made your dog sick, but it is a possibility. Hope he gets better soon.
July 1, 2015 11:10 pm

Pitlove on Best 5-Star Dry Puppy Foods It's not really with Orijen that overfeeding can cause loose stool, it's with any food. It is also extremely bad to overfed a large breed puppy/adult dog. Overfeeding a LBP not only leads to loose stool, but to growth and development issues as well. My large breed did really well on Orijen Regional Red and Adult Dog formulas. I like Orijen a lot, however it's not always for every dog. I am however impressed that a breeder is using it. Very expensive! Consider also looking at Fromm Gold Large…
July 1, 2015 11:02 pm

sohel on Orijen Dog Food (Dry) Has anyone been able to find Orijen Tundra sold anywhere in the US or at a reputable online retailer? Only place I found had it listed for $120 for a 29 lb bag, double their adult dog food. Is the meat in the Tundra that much better for dogs than the poultry based adult food?
July 1, 2015 10:36 pm

Jourdan on Best 5-Star Dry Puppy Foods Thanks! We added a little rice to his food and fed him less kibble in each serving and he had one solid stool. I have heard the complaints with orijen regarding overfeeding even a slight amount causes loose stool, so I'm really hoping that this is the problem. Then I can switch him to something he can eat more of.
July 1, 2015 9:00 pm

Pitlove on Best 5-Star Dry Puppy Foods I'm about to put my dog on California Natural Lamb and Rice Large Bites to start an elimination diet to find out what he's allergic to. They also make a chicken one. It has only 4 ingredients.
July 1, 2015 8:30 pm

Pitlove on Best 5-Star Dry Puppy Foods The loose stool could be because his stomach isn't healthy enough to try a new food for one meal. Dogs who don't produce natural healthy bacteria in the gut that allow for constant change in diet with no GI upset need 7+ days to transition to a new food. If you want to feed Earthborn, add a pro/prebiotic to his diet and a digestive supplement and that will ease him into the new food with no loose stool.
July 1, 2015 8:29 pm

Pitlove on Eukanuba Dog Food (Dry) They are scavenging carnivores.
July 1, 2015 8:04 pm

Pitlove on Eukanuba Dog Food (Dry) They like many low quality brands are good at marketing and knowing what to say to hook the average dog owner. This is not a good food.
July 1, 2015 8:04 pm

Robert Badd B Brown on Pure Balance Dog Food (Canned) Lamb Pate Made My Dog Vomit And Gave Him The Runs Also Was Unable To Walk Kept Losing His Balance First Time He Had It And Will Be The Last Time However He Does Eat The Pure Balance Hard Food But The Wet Food Is A No Go!
July 1, 2015 7:30 pm

amylu on Eukanuba Dog Food (Dry) Right now - July 1, 2015, my bag of Large Breed Puppy formula lists Chicken as the first ingredient.
July 1, 2015 7:24 pm

ReptiLady on Hill’s Ideal Balance Crafted Dog Food (Dry) God I have to promote this food and I'm not happy about it. At 69.99 for a 15lb bag it costs more per pound than the lamb nature's variety LID (which is about $85 for a 20-25lb bag. I knew it wasn't very good, but 2.5 stars xD? I'm very underwhelmed.
July 1, 2015 6:48 pm

Gailyn White Terry on Dogs and Carbohydrates — A Surprising Secret Revealed Karen, yes charcoal is carcinogenic EXCEPT activated charcoal. It is widely used in hospitals to control anemia in cancer patients and remove toxins from the digestive tract. You don't absorb anything in activated charcoal, it just moves things through the system that you would otherwise not want hanging out there. Burned food, bbq, and charcoal briquettes are another story.
July 1, 2015 4:15 pm

Deb on Simply Nourish Dog Food (Canned) I am having the SAME problem with my Maltese. I started her out on the Simply nourish chicken, peas, potatoes dry food. She got tired of it so I tried the Simply nourish salmon and sweet potatoes and she didn't like it. What wet Simply Nourish did you get to mix with the dry? Thanks!
July 1, 2015 2:05 pm

LisiePooh on 4Health Dog Food (Canned) Yes. In fact, I've read that brown rice has higher levels of arsenic than white rice.
July 1, 2015 1:56 pm

J Shockley on Canine Caviar (Dry) The formula change causing vomiting (my dog experienced) was related to how the minerals were "uncoated" which made them upset the dogs stomach. This is confirmed from CC to my pet store. I switched my dog to Acana Grasslands and I'm hesitant to switch back. It's a bummer as the botanicals are a big reason I was happy with CC.
July 1, 2015 1:42 pm

aimee on Blue Buffalo Life Protection (Dry) Hi Storms MomHonestly... It is because I didn't want to take the time to find citations for something I know.Here are some sources for you: "The bone marrow constantly produces new RBC's, since the life span of an RBC is only about 120 days""Red cells are produced by the bone marrow and have an average life span of 110 to 120 days" is a research…
July 1, 2015 1:27 pm

aimee on Blue Buffalo Life Protection (Dry) When values are given in chart form like as seen here I'd expect that all numbers refer to the same form. The summary you posted reported the HSI in horses as being based on dried garlic powder.To calculate a fresh equivalent I used moisture contents from USDA database. Dried garlic powder is reported as 6.45% moisture and raw as 58.58% water. 22 mg/kg dried garlic x .935 DM = 20.57 mgDM"y" mg fresh garlic X .414 DM = 20.57mgDM garlic Solving for "y" = 49.68 mg fresh garlic/kgUSDA…
July 1, 2015 12:00 pm

Jess Aldrich on Low Protein Dog Foods Surprisingly she said it is up to us! She recommended that since KD is working for him now to keep him on it. I just want to be sure he is getting a well rounded diet and would love to get him on something else because KD is rather expensive. I think her only hesitation with telling us to switch is that the bile acids are still kind of weird. But as far as we know, the shunt is closed. She recommended repeating the bile acids test at some point or even doing an ultrasound to look at the liver.…
July 1, 2015 11:56 am

Jess Aldrich on Low Protein Dog Foods Thank you!!! I have been wondering about all of this. I almost felt as thought he isn't getting enough from the K/D... Will talk to a nutritonist!
July 1, 2015 11:16 am

Storm's Mom on Blue Buffalo Life Protection (Dry) Where did you read ~120 days? Why ask losul to produce evidence of the finding when you yourself did not do so for yours?
July 1, 2015 11:02 am

aimee on Blue Buffalo Life Protection (Dry) Shawna,What I got out of your link is that WGA when applied in vitro to a cell culture line originally taken from a colon tumor it altered the cells permeability and that WGA stimulates cytokines.From el doctors reference when garlic was put onto tissue in a living system it caused cell death.So yes toxicity is relative and all things are "toxic"
July 1, 2015 10:55 am

aimee on Blue Buffalo Life Protection (Dry) Hi losul.I'm quite certain I read the avg RBC lifespan in the dog is ~120 days. Where did you read rbc turnover in 30-60 days?Sensitivity to oxidation is related to the number of sulfhydryl groups on the hemoglobin molecule. People have 2, dogs have 4, cats have 8.People aren't immune to oxidative effects, but highly resistant compared to other species. IMO I think the amount of fresh garlic needed to cause anemia in a person would have to be massive and would cause the person to vomit…
July 1, 2015 10:31 am

Shawna on Low Protein Dog Foods If the surgery was a success than, in my opinion, you really don't need to feed a "low protein" diet such as kd. KD is so low protein that it doesn't even meet the minimum requirements set by the AAFCO for protein in an adult dog -- kd kibble has 14% protein while the AAFCO minimum is 18%.That said you want proteins that will create the least amount of work for his liver while it is healing and detoxing. In my opinion, your best bet would be to work with a licensed nutritionist like Monica…
July 1, 2015 9:55 am

Nikki Rakowiecki on Best 5-Star Dry Puppy Foods I have a Bullmastiff/boxer male intact, that is 85lbs and will be a year old on July 22nd. I started him on 4health Grain free, we have gone through all the flavors to find him the right one and he still acts like he is "missing" something. I grabbed some samples of Earthborn Primitive Natural Grain Free...he seems to like it alright...but now he has loose stool. HELP!
July 1, 2015 9:51 am

aimee on Blue Buffalo Life Protection (Dry) Hi el doctor,As evident from the pics garlic is caustic. One can find pics of skin burns as well which occur when people apply it to their skin for periods of time.I' m not sure what to make of this as the delivery system doesn't reflect how it usually is consumed. However medline reports "When taken by mouth, garlic can cause bad breath, a burning sensation in the mouth or stomach, heartburn, gas, nausea, vomiting, body odor, and diarrhea. These side effects are often worse with raw…
July 1, 2015 9:49 am

Shawna on Blue Buffalo Life Protection (Dry) I've seen this same thing suggested in humans. Hopefully nobody is silly enough to attempt to forcibly feed raw garlic on an empty stomach.
July 1, 2015 9:09 am

Ya Fei Iona Chen on Nature’s Variety Instinct Ultimate Protein (Dry) my dog hv home cooked for breakfast,kibble for it ok for me to do the same with nv ultimation,as they claimed to hv higher protein content than other kibbles.does it matter if i add extra meat ?
July 1, 2015 7:11 am

ChiChi on Tiki Dog Food (Canned) Tiki has multiple formulas... If you compare the new to the old, majority of them have had an increase in protein. Hence why I said that. I have all of the old protein values saved for comparison...
July 1, 2015 2:37 am

el doctor on Blue Buffalo Life Protection (Dry) Hi aimeeI was discussing the possible risks and benefits of feeding garlic to dogs with a Vet I sometimes refer clients to.While she wasn't able to shine any light on the issue of red blood toxicity, she did tell me about a study in which a dehydrated, pulverized, raw garlic preparation was administered directly onto the stomach mucosa of 2 beagles in 3 different places. Different preparations were used on the remaining 4 dogs in the studyThe preparation used was half cellulose and half…
June 30, 2015 9:33 pm

babydangy on Pure Balance Dog Food (Dry) Okay so I have possibly pickiest dog you will ever see. She has been horrible and my family and I have wasted hundreds of dollars on her to try and get her to eat. We have bought Instinct with the freeze dried raw meat in it, she ate it for about a month till we moved then she stopped and her sister actually stopped eating it as well. I then switched them to Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural. I would boil her some chicken and rice and mix a little of the dog food with it, but she just threw…
June 30, 2015 6:11 pm

Yeika on How to Choose Dog Food Dog Food Adviser is a great page, if in need of Some tips on how to pick your dogs food this link should help ;;
June 30, 2015 4:23 pm

jch on DNA Ancestral Dog Food (Dehydrated) This dog food has been recalled so many times in the past few years. I'm not sure how often it was the diamond naturals, but is it not made in the same place as the other diamond brands. This dog food scares me. I know rescues that use it and swear by it but I've also seen their dogs sick after the recalls and they fed the diamond naturals. The dogs didn't really look well either. I'm speaking of their personal dogs also, so it's not that the rescue dogs were in bad shape to begin with. I know…
June 30, 2015 3:57 pm

Crazy4dogs on Kirkland Dog Food (Dry) Wellness is a good brand that seems to be well liked. I've only used the Core formula. The Guaranteed Analysis on Wellness Senior is similar to Royal Canin which should help the transition. Also, don't forget that all treats should be corn/etc free or you won't know if the food is working. Choose treats that have similar ingredients to the food. The reason a lot of the senior formulas get lower ratings is because often they are low in protein. Dogs actually need higher protein as they age.…
June 30, 2015 2:53 pm

losul on Blue Buffalo Life Protection (Dry) Actually I believe the words garlic oil/powder refer to the PSI number (56) rather than HSI.Can you tell how you calculated an equivalent?Raw whole garlic substitutions (powders, granulates, etc) can be found by googling those words. These generally refer to in terms of cooking recipes.Here is one; more I have researched, the more comfortable I feel about supplementing my dog's diet with garlic. For…
June 30, 2015 2:40 pm

Debbie Leonard Traynor on Kirkland Dog Food (Dry) Thanks, Crazy4dogs, that is VERY helpful to know. I will see how this all works out for them. We ended up selecting Wellness Senior (per recommendation from an employee at PetSmart)...and will slowly introduce it into their bowl, mixed with RC. I'm surprised to see that senior formulas have less stars. Thanks, again, for your help!
June 30, 2015 2:29 pm

dreamingspires on ZiwiPeak Daily Dog (Dehydrated) My dog won't touch the mouldy food. About 500g wasted. As I said earlier, can't remember the seller. I suppose I could try Ziwi Peak themselves? Will report back ...
June 30, 2015 2:14 pm

dreamingspires on ZiwiPeak Daily Dog (Dehydrated) I had the same problem with the lamb product (dog food), but not with the venison and fish. I haven't contacted the seller because I bought it at Crufts and can't remember who from!!!
June 30, 2015 2:11 pm

losul on Blue Buffalo Life Protection (Dry) There are people who claim that garlic is quite toxic to humans also, even somne say so in any amount. Yet throughout the ages, people have been using garlic for it's numerous benefits, without completely proven adverse events, or at least regarding hemolytic anemia, and as far as i know. But I have seen references that in large enough amounts, humans too are not immune to garlics oxidant effects on RBC's, and yes even hemolytic anemia.If a mammals susceptibiltity to blood abbnormalities from…
June 30, 2015 2:09 pm

Tilly Jane on Low Protein Dog Foods I'd go by what the vet recommends. It's really difficult to work out what levels of protein, but this, I understand is also affected by other things in the food such as phospherous.
June 30, 2015 1:51 pm

Andi Mortenson on Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6 (Dry) No, I have not looked into that - My dog has such a tender tummy that she doesn't tolerate changes well. We do occasionally switch flavors within a brand. It's odd...when we adopted her 18 months ago at 7 years old, she was really (25lbs!!) overweight, and had only ever been fed table food....she didn't appear to understand the idea of dog food, or being fed from a bowl! Now she gets sick from small changes...go figure!
June 30, 2015 1:48 pm

Andi Mortenson on Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6 (Dry) I agree, I did go to a different Costco because that occurred to me, but it was still in Colorado Springs, so may well have been the same batch.
June 30, 2015 1:40 pm

gthomson on Castor and Pollux Butcher and Bushel (Canned) I was surprised to find bones in it as well. Just bought a can yesterday and thought I'd try it. But I didn't like seeing it had bones in it. They do crumble when I squeeze them, so I don't think there's a problem with splinters. But it seemd like too much of a potential choking hazard if my dog doesn't chew them up good enough. And as far as I know, bones aren't a natural source of nutrition for a dog - they just chew the meat off of them, but wouldn't normally eat the bone, so it doesn't make…
June 30, 2015 1:30 pm

Crazy4dogs on Purina Pro Plan Savor (Dry) When you feed a better food, generally you feed less. Where you feeding the same portions?
June 30, 2015 12:14 pm

Crazy4dogs on Do They Really Use Dead Dogs and Cats to Make Pet Food? I'm not a fan of Purina but it's sad to think they were the ones who discovered the problem and not Blue Buffalo's own quality control. :(
June 30, 2015 12:11 pm

Bryan Bilicke on The Truth About Corn in Dog Food I work with over 50 dogs every month. Every dog that is on cheap cereal grain based foods using by product meals and unnamed animal fats always display one or more of the following. Slowness-less active at ages as low as 2 years, Overweight, Smelly Coat(even after a bath), itching dry skin, hot spots, tumors, diabetes, etc.. I have also seen all of these conditions go away once these dogs changed over to foods that use all natural type ingredients with no cereal grains or by products. I…
June 30, 2015 12:02 pm

Kenneth Alexander Harrast on Merrick Grain Free Dog Food (Dry) I have a female lab/boxer with a sensitive stomach. I tried prescription diets and limited ingredient diets from the vet as well as all the premium brands and they all gave her the runs. The only food that gives her a firm stool with no problems is from Nutro. I give her the lamb and rice. You might give it a try. It's less expensive than the super premium brands as well.
June 30, 2015 12:00 pm

Shawna on Blue Buffalo Life Protection (Dry) It's apparently available as an eBook through some universities.Wheat germ agglutinin, from any products containing whole wheat, is "toxic" to individual cells too but you never mention that and if memory serves are completely fine with the inclusion of whole wheat or even wheat germ in pet foods.
June 30, 2015 11:43 am

aimee on Blue Buffalo Life Protection (Dry) I agree older cells are more susceptible but that is not the same as only ones affected, healthy cells can be affected as well. I see your statement as incorrect.In regards to the quote " There is a long history of safe use" this is in direct reference to the HSI number posted which seems to be a much lower dose the commonly recommended.The additional information losal linked to reports that the HSI refers to powder or oil and not fresh garlic as I had assumed based on the information…
June 30, 2015 11:43 am

carla on Taste of the Wild (Dry) Yes I do. My Golden is 11 year old, and is very intolerant to cereals. I am using this brand (wet lands and pacific stream) and it's going very fine.
June 30, 2015 11:37 am

aimee on Blue Buffalo Life Protection (Dry) I still consider garlic toxic in any amount when viewed from the cellular level, but as I said in very small amounts is not toxic to the organism as a whole.It isn't clear to me if the presumed safe intake value (PSI) is a best guess to be safe on a daily or long term basis whereas the HSI is a long term basis with "no apparent ill effects"To understand this better I really think I need to read the chapter from the book.
June 30, 2015 11:13 am

Shawna on Blue Buffalo Life Protection (Dry) It wouldn't actually be useless but not as health promoting as when eaten/fed, grated/crushed etc and raw. Cooked garlic still has inulin and FOS which are prebiotics that feed the good bacteria in our guts.Many will say that garlic doesn't help with fleas but I don't think that is 100% accurate. Fleas have multiple ways of finding their victims, carbon dioxide from exhaled breath is one way. Colorado State University Extension Office used to have an article discussing garlic's benefit…
June 30, 2015 11:03 am

DogFoodie on Ol’ Roy Dog Food (Dry) That's exactly what I found last night also, Shawna.
June 30, 2015 11:02 am

Shawna on Ol’ Roy Dog Food (Dry) It appears that Ol' Roy Maximum isn't sold in the US where the ratings are done. I can find it on Walmart Canada only where it states "Product of Canada" and it doesn't list the ingredients.
June 30, 2015 10:41 am

DoubleDoodle on Purina Pro Plan Savor (Dry) I know this food is not high quality, but it's the only food my dog tolerates. I've tried Acana, taste of the wild, blue buffalo, and some merrick variates to no avail. Every other food upsets his GI tract, and it gets progressively worse until we switch back to Purina Pro Plan Savor. Even Purina Pro Plan Select, the slightly higher quality variety from purina, didn't set well with him.And yes, I taper the switch to other food for about 10 days on average, and usually he doesn't have problems…
June 30, 2015 10:27 am

Shawna on Do They Really Use Dead Dogs and Cats to Make Pet Food? That is true but it seems all of their issues are blamed on the "supplier" (like the excess vitamin D that was causing illness in dogs). At what point are they going to take responsibility for their own quality control issues?
June 30, 2015 10:25 am

N.M.Giles on Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain (Dry) Our 10-year-old beagle loves ND salmon sweet potatoes. He had seizures for nine years. And is now seizure free for one year. He loves his new dog food and we are halfway through the first bag. What we did find out, it was chicken that was his trigger and I've been told this by other owners of dogs with seizures. Maybe your treats have chicken in them or chewies?
June 30, 2015 10:18 am