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catahoula11 on Victor Grain Free Dog Food (Dry) Barbara, when you feed raw how do you know what to add to it to make sure they get all of the nutrition and vitamins they need? Also, are you saying you rotate different ready made foods like Victor? How often do you change and does changing foods not upset their tummies? Sorry for all the questions but I'm just curious how you make sure they get all they need. Do you give them vitamins or other supplements?
My girl is a catahoula and I had another that we had to have put down in 2012---she…October 24, 2014 2:57 am
jolynn on Nutra Nuggets Dog Food (Dry) I feed the lamb and rice. If there is a recall I will go back to feeding what I did before, I made my own dog food. This food works for him and do not want to irritate his bowels or stomach. I have to even watch the treats he gets, so I make my own. His coat is shining, full of energy, we walk 5 miles everyday, great teeth, good pottys. I can not ask any more than that.October 24, 2014 2:21 am
Stephen Crook on People Foods That Can Be Dangerous to Dogs Good - hope it's usefulOctober 24, 2014 2:17 am
Sean on Authority Grain Free Dog Food (Dry) My puppy has switched from the old to the "new" repackaged formula with no adverse affects.October 24, 2014 1:12 am
Tony on Zignature Dog Food (Dry) Also keep in mind, certain shampoos may have a bad reaction with the dogs skin. October 23, 2014 11:52 pm
Dori on Nature’s Variety Instinct (Dry) I'm sure Matias transition will go fine. Im glad you checked out The Honest Kitchen. Great human grade food company. I also love their customer service people. I use the Zeal formula which has worked out very well in our rotation feeding. It's the only formula I've found of their food that Katie does really well on especially since they removed the alfalfa in the formula. She had begun to have problems with their alfalfa so I had stopped feeding it but have returned to it because of the…October 23, 2014 11:52 pm
Tony on Zignature Dog Food (Dry) Yes. It's all life stages. However u have a large breed dog. U might want to check out fromm family large breed puppy food. October 23, 2014 11:47 pm
Tony on Zignature Dog Food (Dry) I don't think it's anything in the food. I've read in many sites that using flea products such as frontline are harmful to both pets and humans. It's best to try a variety of foods, and stick to the one the dog does best on. A strong healthy immune system will help fight off fleas and what not. Read this
http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/npets.aspOctober 23, 2014 11:40 pm
ShepAussie on Authority Grain Free Dog Food (Dry) Not sure I would ever feed Authority again myself. I think it should receive more like a 3 star. I think that food is not as digestible as it could and should be. All dry commercially processed dog and cat food should include digestive enzymes so the animal's body can digest and utilize all nutrients contained in the food, especially if the food contains grains and other more difficult to digest ingredients.October 23, 2014 10:19 pm
maru on Nature’s Variety Instinct (Dry) I remember that last year I tried NV limuted ingredient turkey meal and he lost weight and woke up at 2AM every night. I read somewhere I don't remember where that one of the ingredients was green tea! So it completely made sense to me as to why he woke up at that time and was so energetic! Anyway that's when I switched to the Salmon meal formula and he did better but not great. Anyway, I'm going to give raw food a try and see how it goes. Thanks for your response and help! :)October 23, 2014 10:16 pm
aimee on People Foods That Can Be Dangerous to Dogs Thanks for the lead. I found it!October 23, 2014 10:16 pm
aimee on Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain (Dry) Glad you found it useful! Sorry it took you so long to find it. If you ever need any citations I've posted don't hesitate to ask. I have most of them bookmarked.October 23, 2014 10:13 pm
maru on Nature’s Variety Instinct (Dry) Thanks for helping me with such great information about raw food! I didn't know anything about it so I'm learning a lot now. It's good to know about the freeze dried food as well so I'm glad that I asked. Adding ground chia and flax seed are great ideas! Thank you so much for your kind help and time to respond! I will certainly write updates on how Matias does with FRESH raw food. I'm planning to do the transition slowly as you recommend and feeding him his current kibble in the AM and raw for…October 23, 2014 10:10 pm
maru on Nature’s Variety Instinct (Dry) I know exactly what you're saying as that's how I found this website too! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and respond, I really appreciate it! I'll keep you posted on how Matias responds to raw food. By the way, I just finished reading about The Honest Kitchen food and I was very impressed! Did not about its existence until you mentioned it. I think that could be a great choice to add variety to Matias' diet along with raw food once he gets into it completely. I'm planning to…October 23, 2014 9:57 pm
Bob K on Dog Food Allergies katie - There are lots of kibbles that do not contain lamb, milk, soy or wheat. It is easy to slowly transition to a new kibble. Why the shots? If I knew what my dog was allergic to, I would find a food that does not contain the allergen and avoid the expense, pain and time for shots.October 23, 2014 9:40 pm
Bob K on Best Grain Free Dog Foods What other dog foods have you tried? Which exact formulas? Closely monitor and track the ingredients when you buy a new kibble. Perhaps your dog is not allergic to Salmon but the potatos in the salmon kibble or maybe it is the peas or alfalfa or soy. Finding the allergen and eliminating the allergen can take time and require close record keeping. Raw is an option. How long is your dog crated or unable to eliminate? What is the allergy symptoms Hair? Scratching? Odor? Gas? Are you…October 23, 2014 9:32 pm
Stephen Crook on People Foods That Can Be Dangerous to Dogs Sorry Cyndi - not what the research says
Refer to FEDIAF Nutritional guidelines
5-10grams/kg of body weight is enough to cause problemsOctober 23, 2014 9:26 pm
Stephen Crook on People Foods That Can Be Dangerous to Dogs Sorry - worked for me
Alternatively Google "fediaf" and the link will be thereOctober 23, 2014 9:22 pm
Bob K on Wellness Core Reduced Fat (Dry) Measure the food, don't guess, cut down on treats and people food and most of all, get some exercise in. You and the dog. Cut out the sweet potatos.October 23, 2014 9:21 pm
theBCnut on Wellness Core Reduced Fat (Dry) Carrots and sweet potatos add a bunch of carbs to the food.October 23, 2014 9:07 pm
theBCnut on People Foods That Can Be Dangerous to Dogs Your link is no good:-(October 23, 2014 9:01 pm
Ruth Kaempf on Wellness Core Reduced Fat (Dry) Sounds familiar. Last spring I put my slightly overweight tweenie doxie on this food and he GAINED weight. Unbelievable. Since that experience he is back on the same food as the others and hasn't gained any more, although he hasn't lost either. He should be 12lbs but he hovers just under 14. Of course he acts as though I starved him, always hanging around the fridge and my feet when I prep food for myself. 1/4 cup twice a day with carrots, or green beans or sweet pots. mixed in.October 23, 2014 8:48 pm
Amy on Authority Grain Free Dog Food (Dry) After doing much research and seeing so many good reviews I decided to switch my 15 month dog from Taste of the Wild to Authority because it was cheaper and was listed as 4.5 stars. Everything was fine, he loved the food and was doing great with it. I was told by an employee at the store that it was being pulled from the shelves for "repackaging". A few weeks ago I bought a 36lb bag of the new "packaged" dog food. Half way through the bag, my dog got so sick. He was lethargic, and throwing…October 23, 2014 8:33 pm
theBCnut on Zignature Dog Food (Dry) We have a very long intestinal tract and dogs have a very short one, which among other things means they don't require the sheer bulk that is best for most people. Individual dogs do need more bulk, just like individual people need low residue diets.October 23, 2014 8:28 pm
Ruth Kaempf on Best Grain Free Dog Foods My doxies eat everything and I mean everything without any problems, except the Blue Buffalo food. I picked up a variety of free samples when they had a promo at my pet store and the doxies developed diarrhea.October 23, 2014 8:24 pm
Stephen Crook on People Foods That Can Be Dangerous to Dogs Hi Walter - sent extract from FEDIAF (2008) report re Toxicity of Onions and garlic. Newest report is here - for anyone interested good document
www.fediaf.org/fileadmin/.../Nutritional.../Nutritional_guidelines.pdfOctober 23, 2014 8:08 pm
Susan on Zignature Dog Food (Dry) There's something in Essential kibble making them itch maybe try another brand kibble with different ingredient to this one try a kibble with Salmon & fish again...or go back to the Costco brand & soak his kibble & drain the water to make it softer for ur old boy to chew maybe add some wet tin food as well making it easier for him the chew..October 23, 2014 7:49 pm
Ruth Kaempf on How to Choose Dog Food Could the hair loss be healed with adding some oil to her diet? A vet who has nutritional knowledge and/or holistic vet training might be helpful. A dog breeder I know gives her corgis and doxies one of those fish oil capsules for humans. She buys the Kirkwood brand (Costco). So for about three years now I give my mini doxies one capsule/day and the 18year old's bare patch is completely filled in. It took about 2 months. Someone else I know gives her dog a teaspoon of flax or virgin olive…October 23, 2014 7:44 pm
Susan on Dog Food Allergies Hi Sandy try a potato free kibble,alot of grainfree kibbles have potaoes & sweet potaoes.. I found potatos & sweet potato gave my boy hive like lumps, itching & scratching & the sweet potato gave him itchy ears & shaking his head all the time, the only real way to know what foods are causing her problems is an elimination diet, that way you'll see what food causes the red bumps & itchy, my boy also cant have foods with wheat, alot of the doggy biscuits will have wheat so…October 23, 2014 7:39 pm
theBCnut on Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain (Dry) Soooo....all these months later, and I'm sharing this info with the next group of people. Thanks Aimee!! And the links you provided on digestability too! You wouldn't believe how long it took me to find these.October 23, 2014 7:39 pm
Ruth Kaempf on Zignature Dog Food (Dry) Well aren't we humans told that lots of fiber and lots of water is essential for our well being? I imagine what's good for us is good for the dogs. One of my Doxies drinks tons of water, while the other two drink less but they are all healthy.October 23, 2014 7:23 pm
Ruth Kaempf on Zignature Dog Food (Dry) I spoke with a rep from Zignature in the pet store where I purchase the food. If its any consolation, he looked me straight in the eye when he said that there are absolutely no ingredients sourced from China in their food. The package also states that it is a US product. So for whatever it is worth....:-)October 23, 2014 7:18 pm
Lexx on Dog Food Calculator Wet food is not always the best option, due to the high fat. Go to a local pet store and purchase dry food, it is the better option. Good luck!
PS, I also have a Chihuahua. :)October 23, 2014 7:17 pm
Ruth Kaempf on Zignature Dog Food (Dry) I've just finished a bag of the zssential kibble. This was the second time my dogs went through a bag of it, the last time was some months ago. They seem to do fine on it, but they also did well on the lamb and the turkey. However, lately they scratch themselves a lot even after flea bath and application of Frontline Plus. So now I am not sure if it is the food that makes them itch. They are mini wirehaired Doxies and they eat everything and anything. I used to feed them the premium Costco…October 23, 2014 7:06 pm
katiegoesmew on Dog Food Allergies My dog was allergy tested in preparation for allergy shots. We found out that she is allergic to lamb, milk, soy, and wheat, so just switched her food instead of starting shots. That was four or five years ago, and she hasn't needed shots! She takes Zyrtec for her numerous environmental allergies, though. I recommend asking a vet for a blood allergy test, even if you don't want to do shots. You aren't bound by a contract to do shots, and you don't have to do food trials to try to find the…October 23, 2014 6:58 pm
SandyandMila on Off Topic Discussions Here's a natural, herbal recipe for homemade toothpaste for that stinky doggy breath. :D http://www.k9instinct.com/blog/homemade-dog-toothpaste-recipeOctober 23, 2014 6:58 pm
missy on Best Grain Free Dog Foods I have a 6 yrs old pug that just got over a very bad urinary infection, also has allergies. I thought we where doing good with grain free salmon. Where do we go know? Vet said high quality ptotein food I thought that was what I was doing?
October 23, 2014 6:40 pm
USA Dog Treats on Nature’s Variety Instinct (Dry) The Instinct kibble + raw is called Instinct raw boost. It is reviewed here on DFA:
The raw in Instinct Raw Boost is freeze dried so it's a DRY food. Freeze-Dried, Air Dried, and Dehydrated foods have had their moisture removed through one process or another and are not a true raw food in my opinion. It is definitely a marketing angle when a dog food manufacturer calls any dry food raw!
None of the warnings I…October 23, 2014 6:38 pm
Dori on Nature’s Variety Instinct (Dry) You could feed the NV kibble in the a.m. and the NV raw for his evening meal or the other way around. I never feed kibble and raw in the same meal. I rarely use kibble but when I do it would only be one meal of the deal. I feed twice daily. Which Nature's Variety Instinct raw and kibble did you pick out?October 23, 2014 6:21 pm
RutGot on Merrick Grain Free Dog Food (Dry) I have my pit/bulldog mix on 4 parts Merrick, one part Acana and I mix it with a tablespoon of low fat Greek yogurt and 3/4 cups water to make a broth. She's crazy for the yogurt and licks the spoon every meal time. A number of places I've read online said yogurt can help with flatulence as well. Also, if I'm making anything with tuna, I keep the water from the can and add that to her kibble.October 23, 2014 6:07 pm
Francesca Arias on Simply Nourish Dog Food (Dry) I have several dogs and I buy a brand new large bag of dog food every 3 weeks. I have been feeding simply nourish to my dogs for 2 months now. The last purchased bag of simply nourish grain free lamb had maggots in it. I only buy grain free dog food and I have never seen maggots in dog food before. I will never purchase this food again. October 23, 2014 4:22 pm
Walter Schrager on People Foods That Can Be Dangerous to Dogs Oh! and one is a three year old Yorkie cross named Belle, and my other is a ten year old min pin name Chyna.October 23, 2014 4:18 pm
Walter Schrager on People Foods That Can Be Dangerous to Dogs I put a chicken broth on my dog's food, and it has onion and a bit of garlic in it. They seem fine, and I have been giving them the broth on their food for over a couple years now. Are they going to be ok? Can email me at waltchr[email protected]October 23, 2014 4:16 pm
theBCnut on Nutra Nuggets Dog Food (Dry) I understand what you mean. My dog has allergy and stomach issues and finding a food that works is the most important thing. After you have one, depending on your feeding philosophy, then you have time to consider something else, but first you have to have that one. Since your dog seems to do better on a food with more carbs, lower fat, and lower protein, I thought I'd suggest one other possible food choice. I've found, with my own dogs and others I've helped, that NutriSource is usually…October 23, 2014 3:01 pm
theBCnut on Great Life Dog Food (Dry) Maybe you should be concerned about a fourth. Great Life is more concerned about being able to print "No Recalls" on their label than they are about the health and welfare of the dogs that eat their product. They had an issue where not enough preservative was mixed into their buffalo food. People reported to Great Life that the food smelled rotten and their dogs were getting sick. Great Life had unsold product quietly removed from store shelves, but never issued a recall. That is dishonest.October 23, 2014 2:49 pm
Christine Daley on Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost (Dry) I must add I do not think natures variety is a really bad food it's just the quality has lessened as I had used it a few times in conjunction with my ORIJEN. I emailed NV when I noted the change and asked them do they really think people who spend lots of $$$ on dog food do not notice these changes???? Never heard from them!! Anyway check out ORIJEN. They have a great web site!! Food is also human grade!! Like!! Only the best for my 3 yellow labs. Their coats are just beautiful , lean and…October 23, 2014 2:39 pm
Christine Daley on Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost (Dry) I agree with you. The protein sources in their "new formulas" has definitely lessened and in my opinion the food a lower quality. For example the venison and lamb formula. Why is now turkey meal the second ingredient and not lamb!!! If I wanted turkey I would buy turkey. Orijen is a much higher quality. They have an adult formula, regional red, and a six fish. All fresh from Canada. And not loaded with tapioca!!! Coming out with another formula next month called tundra with lots of nice meats!!…October 23, 2014 2:31 pm
maru on Nature’s Variety Instinct (Dry) Thanks so much for your advice! I went to Petsmart and found a kibble+raw version of Instinct and thought that it could be a great idea to try it, but after reading your comment I guess I was wrong. Also, I'm curious to know what sources of fiber/carbs I would give Matias if I just feed him with raw. I'm completely new in the "raw food field" so can someone help me clarifying this?October 23, 2014 12:53 pm
Matt on Simply Nourish Dog Food (Dry) I switched over to this brand a couple of months ago (July 2014) and I have nothing but positive results since.
My dog has so much more energy; at a new state of playful I haven't really seen in him before. There isn't much of a change in his coat other than he's shedding more frequently; which is expected from his breed (Shepherd/Chow mix); but his coat had also gone through some improvements when I had started him on a regular daily dose of fish oil.
This also seems to satisfy him better…October 23, 2014 12:04 pm
malrescueSATX on Acana Singles (Dry) Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it. I guess I should have stated it slightly differently as I am not so much "worried" about all the legumes as simply not thrilled about it.October 23, 2014 11:28 am
jolynn on Nutra Nuggets Dog Food (Dry) I have a rotti that has very serious stomach and allergy problems, I've tried the 5 star brands they are to rich for him. Nitra is the only food he seems to be able to digest properly. Personally I believe it depends on the dog October 23, 2014 11:17 am
john on Great Life Dog Food (Dry) "My dog ate Great Life and then got hit by a car". "My dog threw this up so I fed her Alpo and she didn't". "The woman who answered the phone didn't understand organic chemistry". Please note your anecdotes are neither projectable nor causally valid. Rather, cite meaningful observations which have some substance. My breeder fed her Samoyeds Great Life and had no food related issues over 20 years. That said, I am concerned about three things. 1) Low levels of Protein (22%) concern me so I…October 23, 2014 8:44 am
Eddie Cintron on Blue Buffalo Basics (Dry) The tick chemicals are lethal that's why their applied on the back so the dog doesn't lick it. There are other home remedies that will do the same thing. Coconut oil which is good for a dogs fur and a teaspoon in their food is good and it will kill fleas as it smothers them cause it's oil base.
You can Google coconut oil use for dogs and get a variety of topics on it.October 23, 2014 5:18 am
Eddie Cintron on Blue Buffalo Basics (Dry) Wow, that is something. I say the flea powder as you stated it effects the nerves. Glad to hear your dog is not having those seizures.October 23, 2014 5:15 am
Eddie Cintron on Blue Buffalo Basics (Dry) Duane, it's always good to speak to your vet because they know what your dog needs. As far as a good quality less expensive Wegmans Chain Supermarket came out with a new brand that is called Simply By Nature in 3 dry brands and 2 can brands. One can brand is chicken organic and Dog Food Adviser has rated it 4.5 stars cost 1.59 and then Beef prime cuts as the same price.
The dry they rated 4.0 stars, again check with your vet because a dogs BUN and CREA which has to do with liver and kidney…October 23, 2014 5:11 am
Susan on Pure Balance Dog Food (Dry) Hi Kayla, It normally tells u on the bag of kibble how much to feed ur dog by it weight sometimes some companies say to feed less Ive found, your dog will start to lose weight if ur not feeding enough...also when starting a new kibble you add 1/4 cup new kibble & take out 1/4 cup of their old kibble you do 1/4 cup for 2 -3 days then 1/2 cup the next 2-3 days then 3/4 cup next 2 days then after 1 week you should be on the new kibble but I do it slower cause of IBD, if poos are sloppy stop…October 23, 2014 4:23 am
Susan on Lifetime Dog Food (Dry) They're beautiful, big ears ..., I bet it feels good after helping a rescue dog, then watching them go to their new home......We need more people like u in
this world..October 23, 2014 12:13 am
Aleksandra Ninova on Nature’s Variety Instinct (Dry) My Bruno also was supposed to be eating the rabbit this month, but 3 days into transition and he got sick. Vomiting and diarrhea. It could've been other reasons besides the food, so after a break of a week during which he only had boiled chicken, brown rice, pumpkin, and The Honest Kitchen Perfect Form supplement and got better, I reintroduced the same kibble in a very controlled way to eliminate other reasons - well, 3 days in again and he started vomiting again. Just not for him I guess. Maybe…October 22, 2014 10:56 pm
USA Dog Treats on Nature’s Variety Instinct (Dry) Hi maru,
Sorry to hear about your little guys allergy problems!
I would transition him slowly onto a raw diet. I would do it over 2 weeks and here's why. Raw food can contain a lot more bacteria than a dry food diet and there is always a chance that it could cause loose stools.
Some dogs have a harder time than others dealing with the higher bacterial load cold turkey. There is a better chance that your guy will NOT have any issues transitioning from a dry food to raw if you go slowly. His…October 22, 2014 10:22 pm
Dori on Nature’s Variety Instinct (Dry) When I switched my 3 dogs to raw food I did it "cold turkey". I didn't transition them. They had absolutely no problems whatsoever.October 22, 2014 9:33 pm
Diane on Pure Balance Dog Food (Dry) Thank you I think I will give it a tryOctober 22, 2014 9:17 pm
Anthony Moriarty on FDA Issues Dog Treats Warning I just found a bag the other day in my cubbard and didn't know who got them for him. Started giving him a couple a day three days ago he is in the ER Right now and blood work reads kidney failure. Aslo I just checked and the bag expired in aug 2014. He has been puking and not eating for over 24 hours now. I expect these damn things were prob made years ago. I'm a terrible dog owner. October 22, 2014 8:59 pm
maru on Nature’s Variety Instinct (Dry) One more question: should I transition to the raw food as with any other new food or can I just start feeding him with raw? Want to make sure he doesn't end up with loose stoolsOctober 22, 2014 8:47 pm
theBCnut on Pure Balance Dog Food (Dry) This is an All Life Stages food, so yes it is supposed to be OK for puppies.October 22, 2014 8:45 pm
Melissaandcrew on Taste of the Wild (Dry) While schnauzers as a breed are prone to stones, not all get them and I do think certain lines are more prone. In all the ones I have owned I have not had a problem. I wouldn't feed this food to a schnauzer due to the high fat and their predisposition to pancreatitis.
October 22, 2014 8:40 pm
Diane on Pure Balance Dog Food (Dry) Hello is this okay to give to a 3 month old? I have her on Purina One now and she has very bad gas. I also have 3 adult dogs so I need good food but I can't afford to go broke either.October 22, 2014 8:18 pm
theBCnut on Nature’s Variety Instinct (Dry) The regular Instinct has a few different ingredients that are common allergens. You can try the NVI limited ingredient diets or maybe try canine caviar. I would stay away from poultry, since that seems to be one of the things they all have in common.
FWIW, my dog reacts to chicken in all forms, tomato, grains, and flax. All of those are fairly common allergins and all are in a huge majority of foods.October 22, 2014 7:44 pm
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Susan on Nature’s Variety Instinct (Dry) Hi Maru, have you tried a kibble without POTATO, I found that sweet potato & potato was causing sloppy poos, itchy skin & itchy ears..have a look at the kibbles ingredients that you have tried & see if there was potato or sweet potato....Have you tried the "Holistic Select" Anchovys, Sardines & Salmon meal works great for some dogs with bad itchy skin, or Raw is the best for skin problems. You might of just picked the wrong kibbles that has an ingredient that he gets itchy…October 22, 2014 6:50 pm
maru on Nature’s Variety Instinct (Dry) Hey Dori! Thanks so much for such detailed and quick response! I'll try to follow each step and try some of those to see what works and doesn't work. Thanks so much again!! Very appreciated!October 22, 2014 6:41 pm
maru on Nature’s Variety Instinct (Dry) Hi there! I tried the limited ingredient turkey meal formula and then the regular salmon meal formula. Thanks for your interest in helping me! Appreciate it!October 22, 2014 6:40 pm
Melanie on Taste of the Wild (Dry) I totally agree. I wish I could find a better brand. I tried so many and for some reason my lab was shedding soooo bad. It was like he blew his coat for 3 months. That's never happened before. Put him back on TOTW and it's already better. Not sure what nutrients cause less or more shedding. We also tried the Merrick Bison and sweet potatoe and my lab didn't do well on it. Glad to hear Wellness is working for you. I think they too used Diamond at one time to manufacture their food but stopped…October 22, 2014 6:31 pm
theBCnut on 4Health Dog Food (Dry) That's kind of like saying my kid likes McDonald's but not broccoli, should I go back to feeding McDonald's. There is a coupon thread on the forum side and the coupon guru Akari will tell you all her tricks. She gets food for her dogs just about free. Feeding variety is better for dogs, just like for people, so taking advantage of whatever you find on sale is really a good idea, as long as it is halfway decent. Changing foods also helps to encourage all those different probiotics to thrive.…October 22, 2014 6:11 pm
theBCnut on Back to Basics Dog Food (Dry) Best is not buying a bag that can't be finished within a couple weeks of opening it. If your food is going to last a little while longer than that, then what you are doing is just fine, as long as you are leaving it in the original bag and rolling down the top. If your food is going to last a lot longer than that, then freezing it in sealed bags that hold 1 weeks worth or less is a good idea. If you do freeze food, make sure you take it out of the freezer with plenty of time for it to come…October 22, 2014 5:52 pm
Dori on Nature’s Variety Instinct (Dry) Hi maru. Sorry about your little guy. They are so miserable when they have intolerances and allergies to foods and environmental issues. It's been a very long road for Katie and I. What I will tell you is that I feed her (and my other two girls) commercial raw foods. I rotate brands and proteins within the foods with these exceptions. I do not feed anything that contains, grains, corn, white potatoes, rice of any sort, poultry, fowl of any sort, soy. I make sure that I read ingredients…October 22, 2014 5:49 pm
theBCnut on Nature’s Variety Instinct (Dry) Not Dori, but you may be seeing environmental and food allergies. Which NVI did you try? You might want to think about trying Rabbit LID, if it was one of the regular ones, or one with a common protein.October 22, 2014 5:45 pm
Carrie Hammond on 4Health Dog Food (Dry) Wow, how much do those cost? I am barely able to buy the expensive food as it is. I would have thought it would have more of what he needed already in it, as opposed to the nasty junky food he used to be on. He didnt have any trouble on the junky food, should I just change him back?October 22, 2014 5:38 pm
Bob K on Lifetime Dog Food (Dry) German Shorthaired pointers. I have used Flagyl several times and it helped but these were rescued dogs that we had no history on, all were stressed, on unknown diets previously and lucky if they had clean water and a warm bed at night. We have had about 60 dogs in 7 years from 3 days to 4 months.October 22, 2014 5:38 pm
Rebecca Helfer on Back to Basics Dog Food (Dry) I keep my dogs food in a air tight container.I've heard that's the best way to keep it fresh. Am I wrong about this.Anything else I should do what's the BEST dog food for a dachshund? October 22, 2014 5:26 pm
theBCnut on Taste of the Wild (Dry) HaHaHa!! If I had small dogs, I probably would have 10 or more, but since I insist on all of them living in the house, and nobody in my house, other than me, thinks it's a dog if it's under 40 lbs... I just don't see how we could fit 10 or more at a time. The most I've ever had at one time was 8, and they were almost all GSDs, 1 was a Great Pyrenees, 2 were Malinois. And some of them were just there for training, not for keeps. That was insane. I don't even want to think about how much I…October 22, 2014 5:16 pm
maru on Nature’s Variety Instinct (Dry) Hi Dori! I have a Chihuahua and I have changed his food several times, first to a grain free formula and no chicken. I changed to Natural balance but he was still very itchy then I changed to Nature's Variety Instict and still itchu but his coat improved A LOT! Since he was still itchy and shedding I ended up with Wellness Core deboned turkey, turkey meal and chicken meal formula and his coat is not looking as good as before, his stools are very soft and smell pretty bad and guess what? Still…October 22, 2014 5:16 pm
Susan on Lifetime Dog Food (Dry) Hi Bob, Metronizazole is used to treat infection cause by bacteria & other micro-oraganisms and protoza....some vets over prescribe Metronidazole (Flagyl) without looking into what else could be causing the diarrhea. What breed of dog do you rescue? or do you help any breed, I was rescuing & helping Staffies, then I kept my rescue boy & stopped with rescuing....but I miss helping these poor un loved souls, Ive been thinking of helping another poundie but I'm scared I'll end up…October 22, 2014 5:00 pm
Melissaandcrew on Taste of the Wild (Dry) Hmmm. I don't see the problem with 10 or more at one time..lol...October 22, 2014 4:55 pm
Melissaandcrew on Acana Singles (Dry) Hi Malrescue-I have tried the lamb only to date, and all love it. The only reason I have not tried the grain free duck is because they have not had it in stock. Also used the Pork formula. Dogs have eaten both without issue or negative consequence.October 22, 2014 4:52 pm
frabn on Purina One Beyond (Dry) Took your advice Karma_Grant - when she finished her run of One Beyond, we switched her to Castor and Pollux. It gets rave reviews on all the dog lover sites, plus I really like the fact that the expiration date on the food is within a 60 day period...meaning its much fresher and has less preservatives than the other food you can buy. I also like the fact that you can see the dried fruits and vegetables with the kibbles.
Oh, and the pup loves it, too...which is what I care about the most…October 22, 2014 4:13 pm
theBCnut on Lifetime Dog Food (Dry) Yeah, I know. It's quite common for them to prescribe certain things for certain symptoms without ever trying to get to the root cause, like steroids for just about all skin issues. Most vets just don't look for possible dietary issues, except dietary indiscretion and changing foods too fast. And even those are owner reported.
True that many vets don't do a complete fecal on the first visit. My vet just started sending all non normal fecals off to the lab, but they have, at least, always…October 22, 2014 4:12 pm
Bob K on Lifetime Dog Food (Dry) I have used Flagyl (Metro) many times, but not with my own dog that I know the history, care and feeding of. Changing food is lots easier than Flagyl for 5 dogs. Seems a little odd for a vet to do that rather than diet change. Many vets do not do a complete fecal and often the problem is not properly diagnosed. Flagyl is also used to treat Giardia.October 22, 2014 3:20 pm
theBCnut on Suggested Hypoallergenic Dog Foods The fact that it got worse with a food change shows that it is food related, and that the food you changed tohad at least one ingredient that she reacts to. Start collecting ingredient lists of the foods that she has eaten. Compare the ones that you know she did badly on and see if you can determine what they may have in common. Take those ingredient lists with you shopping for food and try to find a food that is as different as you can. You can not wait 6 month in the hopes that a…October 22, 2014 2:50 pm
tiff on Merrick Grain Free Dog Food (Dry) No problemOctober 22, 2014 2:49 pm
Barbara on Victor Grain Free Dog Food (Dry) I completely agree! It has great ingredients and a very reliable company. My comment was just my frustration and not meant seriously. I had called a feed store that was about 20 miles away that would order the Yukon Salmon and the GF Joint health for me but they discontinued being a distributor :( . There is another co-op about 25 miles away that has the GF joint health but won't special order the Yukon so....I have just decided it was easier to order on-line which I do. It is only one of…October 22, 2014 2:47 pm
theBCnut on Lifetime Dog Food (Dry) Metro is well known to slow passage through the large intestine, so it helps firm up nonspecific large intestinal diarrhea AKA pudding poop. Lots of vet prescribe it for this reason, rather than getting to the bottom of the issue in the first place, and they often have the exact same results as reported here. It works temporarily, but then the diarrhea is back.October 22, 2014 2:40 pm
Debbie on Suggested Hypoallergenic Dog Foods My Shelty is having skin and paw issues. She was constantly chewing her paws and legs until they were just a mess. Shes wearing the cone now which has helped a lot. She is taking meds for thyroid and skin infections. Shes on an antibiotic that I'm hoping will clear up her itch issues. She gets Benadryl 3 times a day, but I don't know if it helps or not. I want her to be on Apoquel which is supposed to work wonders for pets with allergy issues. But its not widely available right now. I've heard…October 22, 2014 2:16 pm
Bob K on Lifetime Dog Food (Dry) Why the Metronidazole if there was nothing wrong? Did the vet check for Giardia, Crypro and Coccidia? How old was the food? WHat was the expiration date? Where do you store the kibble in the summer months?October 22, 2014 1:58 pm
malrescueSATX on Acana Singles (Dry) The new formularies have been out a few months now and was wondering what everyone's thoughts were???
We have had pretty good results with most of our pack (all huskies and malamutes) but one seems to not want to eat it all the time and we are having to rotate flavors a little faster than we used to, but all seem healthy and happy. A little worried about the legume overload. Thinking of going back to using more of the Acana Regional Line or at least a combo of the two in order to increase meat…October 22, 2014 1:13 pm
Dusty on Blue Buffalo Wilderness (Dry) I have use BB Wilderness Salmon flavor for 8 years. My dog, a Blue Lacy, is a high energy cow dog and he works on my ranch. He has an allergic reaction to corn and rice, so we were forced into a grain free diet for him. When we first started grain free, there weren't any commercial dry dog food options available. After about 8 months BB Wilderness started arriving in our area. Since I don't have TV, I'm not influenced by ads. In fact, I haven't seen a dog food commercial in years. I read…October 22, 2014 1:07 pm
Lydia de Vries on Lifetime Dog Food (Dry) My 5 dogs add very bad diarrhea in August and I took my dogs to vet and did a fecal sample and no parasites. My vet give me Metronidazole for 2 weeks for all 5 dogs. The med help allot with the diarrhea. But once I completed the meds the stool just never got firm they were mushy. At first I was thinking it was cause by them drinking bad water. So I made sure they couldn't get to the water source anymore. But it's now October and their stool are still not that firm. So a week ago I decide to…October 22, 2014 12:51 pm
Stephanie Leach on NRG The Raw One (Dehydrated) 5 STAR from me and my dog Libby ...she is is 9 lbs. & 8 yrs old, she has been with us for 7 yrs and has been on NRG Maxim for the majority of this time. She loves it, we love it ! She has the energy of a puppy and people continually comment on her bright eyes. Our vet tells me she is well muscled... this is from the food AND the fact she gets lots of exercise - walks, hikes & agility type fun with our dog club.
I have her on the Bison because the other 3, although good, need more food…October 22, 2014 12:43 pm
catahoula11 on Victor Grain Free Dog Food (Dry) Barbara, I just spoke with Paul at Victor. He was so very nice and will answer any question you might have. My breeder feeds Victor and after a lot of research, that is all my pup has eaten and she's great.October 22, 2014 11:07 am
Bob K on Lifetime Dog Food (Dry) Well said - Like the honesty.October 22, 2014 11:05 am
catahoula11 on Victor Grain Free Dog Food (Dry) I would be afraid if the pet stores and especially Costco start selling Victor. Right now it is limited and all of the products that go into it are from the USA and it is manufactured by them, not by an outside company. If the demand surpasses the supply, I would hope none of this would change but you never know. I feed Yukon River and she has been eating that since she was 7 weeks old and she will soon be 2 years old. Her coat is shiny, her energy level is great, she is very healthy. I am…October 22, 2014 10:58 am
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