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  • LabsRawesome

    Wild baby sealion jumps on boat, and rubs all over this gut like a cat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNPrUWXVlAY

  • USA Dog Treats

    I’m curious to know HOW they got the idea that dogs should eat things like corn and lots of carbs.

  • sharron

    just curious as to who and when did the idea that dogs shouldn’t eat corn, carbs etc

  • LabsRawesome

    Oops! That one posted twice.lol. Okay I’ll stop. :)

  • Cyndi

    Ha ha!! No, no light saber either. Geez, I’m missing out on all the fun!!

  • LabsRawesome

    That’s okay, I’ll give you a ride on mine. Do you have a light saber? Their pretty awesome too. lol :)

  • LabsRawesome

    Aww you gotta get one their sooo much fun!! :) Light sabers are a blast too. LoL!!

  • Cyndi

    I don’t have one :( I’ll just walk with the dogs :)

  • LabsRawesome

    I agree. My kitten had an extremely bad reaction to a vaccine. That’s when I started researching vaccines. I used to think that vaccines were good for animals, and I was being a responsible pet owner by bring my pets in every year for shots. I was so wrong! I won’t make that mistake again. Puppy/kitten shots= immunity for life.

  • SandyandMila

    Please don’t be the majority and report any vaccination reactions suffered by your pet. http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/vaccine-reactions-unreported-dogs-cats/

  • LabsRawesome

    You can come, make sure you bring your quad! :)

  • Cyndi

    Awww, I wanna come and play too!!

  • Shawna
  • LabsRawesome

    Yes we are all always happy when we’re playing in the woods. Blue got some instruction on how to ride a quad! LOL

  • Cyndi

    Some little half dog looks mighty happy in that pic! Your son looks pretty damn happy too! :)

  • LabsRawesome

    We spent Saturday in the woods, my favorite place to be. :)

  • huskyhannah

    I adopted a Husky named Hannah when she was 6 mos old now she’s two and she HOWLS!!!!!!

  • LabsRawesome

    :)

  • LabsRawesome

    If Pitbulls could only talk……

  • Cyndi

    Lol! I really didn’t though, lol! I’m happy to say that’s just Bailey! :)

  • Crazy4cats

    Yeah, it looks like you rubbed her down with baby oil! LOL!

  • LabsRawesome

    That’s so awesome! :)

  • Cyndi

    Thanks! So glad I finally figured out what the problem was!

  • Cyndi

    Yes she does feel much better! I still can’t get over how dull her fur became when it was falling out and she was so itchy. I couldn’t take my eyes off her outside today, it almost looked like someone had rubbed oil or something on her she was so shiny, lol!

  • theBCnut

    She’s looking GREAT!!

  • 4FootedFoodie

    I was wondering about that! Great news!

  • LabsRawesome

    Aaww she looks great! I’m sure she feels much better too. She is sooo shiny! :)

  • Cyndi

    Yes, it was quite a chore! I had to wash everything Bailey would come in contact with, quickly, not fun.

  • Cyndi

    I love lavender too, that’s why I couldn’t wait to try the Gain with lavender. Took me a while to figure out that that’s what Bailey was allergic too.

  • Dori

    Glad you finally got through all the laundry to get the Gain’s perfume out. What a chore. I’ve always used dye free/ fragrance free because of my allergies so Katie benefited along with myself.

  • Bobby dog

    That was an easy fix! I looooooooooove lavender. I grow it in a little spice garden in my backyard.

  • Cyndi

    Thanks Dori! & yes, good for Bailey, no more itching and scratching and hair falling out.

  • Cyndi

    I had switched laundry detergent to Gain with lavender. Of all things, lol! I LOVED the smell of that stuff, but I love Bailey more. So, back to the old stuff…

  • Dori

    Hi Cyndi. She looks beautiful and so shiny. Good for you and good for Bailey. YEY!

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Cyndi:
    Glad to read the news! What was the problem?

  • Cyndi

    Had to share. Bailey’s fur is all grown back, and she is super soft and I can’t get over how shiny her coat is. This pic doesn’t do it justice, but I am soooo glad I finally figured out what the problem was. I got my beautiful girl back! :)

  • LabsRawesome

    Hahaha. That blog is from one of the Trolls that got kicked off the site. She admits it herself. What a loser, she’s just doing it for attention. Dr. Mike should sue Jane Lerner for defamation of character.

  • LabsRawesome

    I thought I raised her better than that!

  • theBCnut

    Perfect, just perfect!!

  • Gin
  • Hound Dog Mom

    I was wondering the same thing. It will also be interesting to see if this curbs some of the quality control issues they’ve been having as of late.

  • Cyndi

    LOL! What a ham!

  • Melissaandcrew

    It will be interesting to see if they produce all their own or only part of their food like Ethos.

  • Hound Dog Mom
  • Hound Dog Mom

    haha too funny.

  • LabsRawesome

    I came in the room and my cats were like what? Oh, you wanna take our picture! How’s this pose?

  • sharron

    i put the same info in as you except i checked off needs to lose a few lbs –
    the first time i fed her this food i was told to feed 6 medallions (this was nearly 4 yrs ago), she put on nearly a lb in about 2 weeks – i think it was in the winter so that probably was the reason since it’s hard to get her out
    for really good walks here in calgary –
    i can feed her more now and then cut back during the winter

  • Dori

    Hi Sharron. I just went on to NV site to the feeding calculator. I put in that she weighs 10 lbs., maintain weight, I added in as the food, rotates between proteins. Their calculator came up with 348 calories or 5.5 medallions per day. I don’t know where you got the 218 calories. What specifically did you put into their feeding calculator. I can only tell you that all of my girls would be emaciated if I only feed them as little as you are feeding your dog that is bigger and weighs more than any of my dogs. Please give me the parameters that you put into Natures Variety Instinct Feeding Calculator so that I can see where you’re going wrong.

  • sharron

    now she’s hungry again. do i give her another medallion – sorry but i really don’t know what i’m doing

  • sharron

    also on the NV site and their feeding guide it shows that she could get 218 cals/day and be fed 4 oz = if 1 medallion = 65 calories, 4 = 260 calories – i emailed NV – don’t understand that at all – i must be missing something – i will feed her 2 in the morning and spilt the other 2

  • sharron

    she flucuates between 10.3 lbs and 10.8 lbs – done this for 4 years – 2 vets have told me to maintain her at this weight and a nutritionist would like her at 9 lbs – i think the latter is being extreme – i’ve been going with the vets’ opinions

  • Dori

    If 10.6 lbs. is the ideal weight for her then I believe you are not feeding her enough food. As I’ve mentioned often on posts, my girls are 5, 6 and 7 lbs. They each get two ounces twice a day. If measuring my cup, my girls each get 1/2 cup of food twice a day. Are you trying to keep her at the 10.6 lbs? In other words what is the ideal weight that you think she needs to be?

  • sharron

    dori – she’s a yorkie/chihuahua, 10.6 lbs and the medallions are 1 oz each

  • Dori

    Sharron. How much does your dog weigh? She’s a yorkie right? What size medallions do you have? They make a large one and smaller medallions.

  • sharron

    hi dori – sorry to bother you with another question – i gave lexee this morning a medallion, she ate it, but was still hungry, so i gave her a tsp of can – just wondering if this is appropriate. i know i can’t give her raw and kibble – someone told me a long time ago that you could, she was sick for a week – thanks

  • Dori

    It’s just trial and error.

  • sharron

    i find that owners who have more than one dog don’t have weight issues with their dogs because they are always playing and chasing around the house (the dogs)- i play with lexee and run around the house to get her running but i can only do it for a few minutes.
    and no i’m not getting another one.
    so will try out the medallions and see how it goes – on the bag they do show how much to feed for weight loss. she doesn’t need to lose weight but i know if i fed her the regular amount that the bag shows, she will gain

  • Dori

    Just have patience with her. Overall, in my opinion, if you keep her on a raw diet then eventually rotate proteins within a brand, you’ll be able to rotate with other very high quality raw meals. Just be patient. Don’t stand over her to watch her it. Give her her personal space. Just don’t switch her food back and forth from raw to kibble to canned, etc. Give her a chance. Feed raw. She’ll eventually be healthier and happier and therefore you will also be happier and less stressed. There is no reason to be stressed over feeding your dog. Feed them an appropriate high quality food and they will be fine. Happy to hear that Lexee ate her dinner.

  • Bobby dog

    I just clicked on this advertisement from my e-mail; looks like the sharks are circling…

    http://www.tzlegal.com/investigating-blue-buffalo-pet-food-products/?gclid=CIvti7KixsACFZTm7AodGzwAQw

  • Dori

    I don’t know know the fat content of kibbles, as I’ve stated I don’t feed dry foods or canned. I would bet that there is more fat in pre made raw foods. There are a lot of nay sayers on the amount of fat in pre=made raw foods. As I’ve said, I’ve never had a health issue with any of my dogs. All the vets that they see, traditional, holistic, etc. cannot believe how fabulous they all are including Hannah who at 15 has a mass in one of the lobes of a lung and a tumor in her bladder. If we didn’t know this for a fact you would never believe that she has any issues whatsoever. A little loss of hearing, a bit of night blindness a little bit of dementia that we’ve just started noticing. She’s still running around with the other two playing, barking, eating, drinking water. Everything and anything. She’s the first one at the door to greet people coming out and also going out. The higher fats have never bothered their weight one way or the other. I do have to remember at times to adjust their food because they all have a tendency to be on the thinner side than what they should be. They are toy dogs and we have a very large home so they are always running around chasing each other around the house. Now, if one has a dog that is prone to pancreatitis, I don’t know. BUT. And that’s a big fat BUT. High QUALITY fat does not cause pancreatitis. I have only had on dog in my life that had pancreatitis. A Tibetan Terrier. That was my stupidity. I left a package of Nathan’s hot dogs too close to the edge of the counter when the door bell rang. I came back and all the hot dogs were gone including 3/4 of the package. I wasn’t used to having a dog that could reach the counters.

  • sharron

    lexee ate a medallion for dinner – o happy day!!!!!

  • Bobby dog

    Shannon:

    Take a look at the Pedigree and Nutra Nuggets review. The ingredients that are printed in red are what you want to avoid.

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/nutra-nuggets-dog-food/

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/pedigree-dog-food-dry/

    If you are going to purchase food locally I would print the list of dog foods from the 3, 4, and 5 star categories on DFA. You can find the categories by selecting “dog food reviews” on the left hand side of your screen. Take these lists to the stores and see what they have in stock in your price range, then check out what is available on DFA to help with your choice.

    I am not sure what is available or what the prices of dog food is in Alaska, but I think with your budget you will find quite a few quality foods.

    Check out catinfo.org for cat food and other cat info. Good luck!

  • Shannon

    Well right now no more then 50 a month, I bought this at Fredy’s because the only local pet store is way expensive so we bought from a local grocery store but they do sell Nutra Nugget at pet stores as well. I am looking for a new healthy food for our babies though just so hard to know what is healthy now a days.

  • Shannon

    Well right now no more then 50 a month, I bought this at Fredy’s because the only local pet store is way expensive so we bought from a local grocery store but they do sell Nutra Nugget at pet stores as well. I am looking for a new healthy food for our babies though just so hard to know what is healthy now a days.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Shannon:
    I wouldn’t worry too much about the new food. It will probably serve as a good transitional food from the Pedigree to another food. What’s your budget? Where do you purchase pet food? Are you able to order on-line?

  • sharron

    is there more fat in pre made raw such as NV than there is in a dry food such as orijen (18%), or earthborn holistic primitive natural (20%)

  • Shannon

    I have the (NUTRA NUGGET) lamb formula and the ingredients I was attempting to type them here but UMM I can even say them let alone type them all!! I thought that it was a good dog food being that it was not corn meal the 1st thing, I just bought the bag now I am regretting it. I cant afford to just go and buy a different brand though so this will have to be used, but I am going to be changing it AGAIN. I had them on pedigree that got recalled so I went to this and now Im finding that it is not that good of a brand when I was told it was. I am so lost at what is good and not good now a days to feed my babies :( I have a cat and he has eaten friskies indoor formula for 5 years he is healthy nothing wrong with him. SOMEONE HELP ME FIGURE OUT THE BEST FOOD FOR MY BABIES. I HAVE BULLDOGS THEY ARE HEALTHY AND WEIGHT PERFECT FOR THEIR SIZE. I LIVE IN ALASKA SO I NEED TO FIND ONE THAT IS LOCAL AND AFFORDABLE. I HOPE SOMEONE SEE’S THIS AND CAN GIVE SUGGESTIONS

  • sharron

    i do have a bag of NV lamb medallions – i just pulled one out for dinner – will give it another go at it and see if she will eat it – thanks

  • Dori

    Sharron. I don’t recall throughout all the posts but have you ever given any thought to feeding your dog a raw diet? I think a lot of these issues would resolve themselves. I have three toy dogs all on raw diets for the past two and a half years. All issues, including weight have entirely fixed themselves. There is way more fat in raw foods which have never been an issue health wise for any of my girls. My girls weigh 5, 6 and 7 lbs. That would get rid of grains (raw doesn’t contain grains) and would will your dog up. Just a thought.

  • sharron

    i know about the calories in calories out but how do you know how many calories your dog burns off in a day

  • sharron

    ok thanks – i’m rather a fast walker and once her bathroom duties are done with then i pick up the pace, i don’t do the stop and sniff every 2 feet – i’ll crank it up a bit more and rather than feed her first in the morning i will take her out first perhaps that will increase her appetite and she will be more inclined to eat dry, i still have trial size bags of acana – thanks again

  • Storm’s Mom

    I would actually suggest longer, less frequent walks – for example, 1 x 1hr and 1×15 mins per day. Her metabolism may not have time to get going on and do its thing on such short walks, unless the walks are really intense/fast-paced. The shorter the exercise duration, the more intense it needs to be in order for results to show.

    I’m not a runner either.. when I walk relatively quickly, Storm runs ;-) Well, plus I usually put him on a long retractable leash (25ft I think it is), and he always likes to run ahead to near the end of it, and come back ;-)

  • sharron

    i’m good at futzing

  • sharron

    i take her out 4 x a day – about 20 mins to 30 mins each walk – should i do more? – also i’m not a runner

  • Storm’s Mom

    Why not just feed her a little bit more and exercise her a little bit more, too, so that she doesn’t gain weight? I’m sure there’s a “sweet spot” to be found somewhere.

  • sharron

    if i feed her less than 4 oz a day, she is hungry, feed more then her weight goes up – i’ve fed her earthborn holistic and cut back to 3 oz, it didn’t fill her up, but i wasn’t going to give her more of it. the same with orijen. if i go with a dry food that less calories, with less fat, she won’t eat it i’m finding that with just feeding canned.
    i gave her this am 1/4 cup of the can,
    now she is wanting more. if i don’t feed her now she will start bringing up bile, like she did yesterday.

  • theBCnut

    There are about 30 grams in an ounce, so it’s just a way to be even more accurate when feeding dogs that eat such small amounts. For a dog that eats 4 ounces of food, getting 1/2 ounce too much or too little can cause weight changes that are noticable.

  • Bobby dog

    Sharron:
    I see you are still concerned with weight gain. Be sure to read the ingredients in the dental chews you feed, some can be carb heavy.

  • Dori

    I’ve always measured in ounces. I keep a small digital kitchen scale on the counter and weight their food when I’m feeding raw. I also use 1/4 cup per meal for each dog depending on what I’m feeding (dehydrated, etc.). I don’t really think it matters whether you are using ounces or grams I think the amount of food would come out the same. Use the individual food guidelines as a place to start but remember as Bobby dog said. You will be the best judge of how much your dog should eat by feeling your dogs body. I’m always tweaking a little more or a little less for each dog. In summer the dogs are more active, long rainy days they’re more couch potatoes.

  • sharron

    hi gin – her teeth are fine, in fact her vet is quite impressed due to her getting older and being a small dog – she is missing upper teeth between the front and her back molars – they never came through and her vet said about when she was close to a year old that they were never there. when she does eat dry, which is rare, she does doesn’t chew the kibble pieces, she swallows them whole. that can’t be good for her digestive system. she gets dental chews. i have read the label on NB rolls and i think the 3rd or 4th ingredient is sugar, so i have never tried it. my concern is weight gain which is easy for her to do, even with getting 4 20 min walks/day.

  • Gin

    Merrick makes a great canned food. You will see that it has meat/poultry, vegetables, the ingredient list is human grade.

  • Gin

    Sharron have you checked your Yorkie’s teeth? I know you have a Yorkie mix, but we have a dog hotel & grooming, and have seen many Yorkies that would not eat. It turned out that they never lost their baby teeth and had a set growing behind them. So common with that breed. It could be that he just knows that you will change the food. A good try for a dog that won’t eat, Natural Balance Dog Food Rolls. We use them for finicky dogs, they love that stuff (not as funky as wet food). Try the beef or lamb. Dry food as the best thing.

  • Guest

    Sharron have you checked your Yorkie’s teeth? I know you have a Yorkie mix, but we have a dog hotel & grooming, and have seen many Yorkies that would not eat. It turned out that they never lost their baby teeth and had a set growing behind them. So common with that breed. It could be that he just knows that you will change the food. A good try for a dog that won’t eat, Natural Balance Dog Food Rolls. We use them for finicky dogs, they love that stuff (not as funky as wet food). Try the beef or lamb.

  • Bobby dog

    You can use either measurement. Google a unit of measurement conversion site to find out how many ounces are in a gram or vice versa.

    Follow the feeding guidelines on your dog food as a starting place for the amount to feed Lexee; remember to adjust amounts accordingly to keep her in ideal health and body condition.

  • sharron

    i’ve been told that i should be measuring lexee’s food in grams and not oz – does it make a difference – is she getting more food than she should be getting if i use a 1/4 cup to measure it out

  • sharron

    all my past dogs were so easy to feed – could have brought home a bag of sawdust and they would have eaten it i’m sure – lexee really threw me for a loop – didn’t know picky dogs existed

  • Dori

    My dogs will eat food, fruits and veggies, raw cooked, whatever. They don’t care. They’re not picky whatsoever. Never have been.

  • sharron

    thanks dori – she likes them cooked, won’t eat them raw

  • sharron

    ok thanks

  • Dori

    Unless your dog has an underlying medical issue i.e. diabetes etc. Then there is no reason not to feed carrots. I feed my girls carrots all the time as treats. Yes, I know they come out pretty much the same way the go in but I’m not feeding them carrots for their nutritional value. I feed them fruits and veggies as treats.

  • Bobby dog

    I have no suggestions either way about feeding lexee carrots, sorry.

  • sharron

    thanks so much for your help – just wondering if feeding cooked carrots is a good idea since carrots contain sugar – so many questions i have!!!!

  • Bobby dog

    For feeding my dog I follow the directions on the can and adjust according to his appearance if necessary.

    As you know there is no magic formula for feeding your dog, each one is different.

  • sharron

    i seem to have to feed her more of can food than i did when i fed her dry (when she was willing to eat it) is this normal

  • Dori

    In actuality a dog should not eat dry food.

  • Bobby dog

    Kibble does not clean teeth. Buy a toothbrush and doggy toothpaste for your dog to take care of her teeth.

    Very nice that you donated the food!!! ;)

  • sharron

    i’ve asked so many questions i’ve gotten myself confused – must be an age thing – anyway, on the weekend she decided that she didn’t like the wet mixed with dry, just ate the wet and left the dry, that’s when i decided enough of this and went out and bought cans of food while donating the bags of dry that i had, most were still full bags. of course i got the lecture from the pet store owner about feeding just canned and her teeth, told her that i will deal with that if it becomes necessary, all my dogs in the past were fed just dry and their teeth were’t anything special from eating dry, still took them in for cleaning,

  • Bobby dog

    You’re welcome. No apologies necessary and you didn’t forget anything. Feeding your dog canned food was a suggestion I made.

    You wrote lexee would only eat the wet food you mixed in with her kibble at the time. It only made sense that she didn’t like eating kibble after everything you have tried feeding her up until that time and she clearly preferred canned.

  • sharron

    hi – thanks – sorry that i asked this question again – can’t remember what i’ve asked about and haven’t asked

  • Bobby dog

    Hi sharron:
    About two months ago I suggested you look into feeding your dog canned food. She has been letting you know for quite a while kibble is not her favorite. It would likely be more economical than continually buying a different kibble for her every few weeks as well. Yes, feeding a quality canned food is more species appropriate and healthy.

  • sharron

    must a dog eat dry food, which she hates, is it healthy just to feed canned – thanks

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I’m sure the line will be reviewed soon. After quickly looking it over, I’d be very surprised if it did not rate 5 stars.

  • aimee

    Hi Hound Dog Mom,

    Like you I’ve assumed that if a food said it met the AAFCO nutrient profile that it would, and maybe it actually does.

    But I’m finding multiple instances when the information companies give out doesn’t meet the profile and it leaves me with a lot of questions.

    I was reaching out to you as I thought you might have noted this when you made the list as I noted several kibbles whose reported Ca is below AAFCO. I thought maybe you had some insight.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hey Aimee –

    I’m assuming you’re probably referring to some of the dehydrated foods.

    When I made the list all I went by (as stated on the list) was calcium level reported to me by the company and the AAFCO statement. I didn’t take the time to investigate into whether or not the foods did indeed comply with AAFCO’s requirements. To be honest, until you brought it to my attention I had no idea that there were so many foods claiming to meet certain nutrient profiles when they don’t actually conform to these nutrient profiles. I for some reason placed a little more faith into the regulatory agencies than I should have and assumed all that was regulated.

    At this point, while I still think it’s useful and can serve as a good starting point for lbp owners to start selecting foods, the list hasn’t been updated in while. However, due to the upcoming lbp project for Editor’s Choice I can’t justify taking the time to weed through the list and update it.

  • theBCnut

    Nope, I got nothing…

  • theBCnut

    You know how when you click on someones avatar, it gives you the little screen with their profile and the background is the regular screen, but darker? I’m getting the darker background screen but nothing in the foreground. I’ve tried it 4 different times over the last couple days, and it’s done the same thing each time. Figures, I always get the weird stuff.

  • aimee

    A question for Hound Dog Mom: I recently took a look at your LBP list and have a question I’m hoping you can answer.

    I understand that when the AAFCO statement is met via feeding trial the food would not have not have to meet the nutrient profile( Dr Tims Kinesis or Innova LBP) or foods which are not complete and balanced not meeting the profile. But I’m puzzled by others whose AAFCO statement reports they meet the profile yet the Ca levels are below AAFCO.

    Did any of those companies explain to you why these discrepancies exist?

  • Dori

    Will DFA be reviewing them soon? I hope. :) Thanks for the heads up.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Fresh Pet has just introduced a new line of raw foods: http://freshpet.com/our-foods/our-brands/vital/raw/

    They are refrigerated (not frozen). They look pretty good. Looks like they are using probiotics to help inhibit harmful bacteria.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi my favorite BCnut! Yes, the site has changed again. You should get two options when clicking on that button, All and Replies. It now shows you who gave up votes as well as who has replied. Wecome back!

  • 4FootedFoodie

    I just tried it and it worked for me. Probably just a flukey thing with your connection or something.

  • theBCnut

    So now when I click on the little red button that used to take me to a list of replies to my posts, it just turns gray and the screen goes dark, but it doesn’t take me to the replies list, and I can’t seem to get to those replies through my profile either. Anyone else?

  • Dori

    Thanks C4C. That is some seriously green food. Let us know how it goes.

  • Dori

    Ahhhhhh. Thanks Cyndi.

  • Crazy4cats

    Yes, what Cyndi said! Weird, huh? I expected it to be more chunky, not so powdery fine and Green! Dogs really liked it though.

  • Cyndi

    Dori, it’s green because of all the dried green ingredients, like dried spinach, dried spirulina algae, dried kelp, etc. There is other stuff in it too, but I think those are the only green ingredients. The See Spot Live Longer DInner mix is a dried powder, so whatever you mix it with, will turn green. :)

  • Cyndi

    Maybe someone will stop eating so much now, LOL!! How adorable!

  • Dori

    I wonder why it’s so green in color. Any thoughts? I’ve never used the food so I don’t know what ingredients would make it so green.

  • Dori

    How very sweet. Poor little critter I’m so glad there are still decent kind people out and about. :)

  • LabsRawesome
  • sue66b

    Hi Gwen, have you tried Malaseb medicated shampoo, it stops their itch & kills any bacteria on their skin & doesnt strip their good oil from their skin, I also have to leave it on Patches paws for 2-5 mins when his paws are bad, after washing his paws with the Malaseb, his paws are nice & pink again no redness,by night, I have to bath every 5-7 days as soon as I see Patch really scratching, at first he use to run when he heard the bath running but it must help him cause he just waits & lets me pick him up with out running now,,I can buy Malaseb from our Pet Barn or vets, also Ive been putting Sudocrem, its for babies, in the baby section in the supermarket, its for Dermatitis, nappy rashes ezema, pressure sores, I put on Patches paws before our walks as its been raining here now for 3 weeks on & off & I found the water makes Patches paws worse, this really has helped Im not bathing him every 5-7days no more, Im bathing in his Malaseb every 2 weeks now, so between the 2 things I have Patches allergies under control, also he’s eating the Wellness Simple, Duck & Oatmeal maybe that has helped as well….he’s been on the Wellness Simple for 2 months now but I still mixing in his 1/2 cup Eukanuba Intestinal vet diet for diiner & lunch he just has 1/2 cup wellness Simple…I never tried the Hills Z/d as the first ingredient is Starch my Patch cant eat Potatos he breaks out in a red rash all over his stomach so I thought how will the Z/d help him with Starch as first ingredient..its a struggle vet wanted Patch on Prednisone I said no, I did use the 1% Cortisone cream but I found it didnt really help his Paws the Sudocrem is heaps better…Good-Luck

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Gwen-
    Sorry to hear your dog is having some tough issues. Mine have had mostly digestive issues. No itching or biting problems. I used about 1 1/2 lbs of lean ground turkey with 3 Tbs of mix. This fed two 80lb dogs 1 meal. I did lightly brown the meat. I chickened out to feed it raw! I did not use any supplements with this meal. I use Firm up dehydrated pumpkin and pectin when feeding kibble with canned. I also use Vetri-Pro BD currently when feeding kibble. The dogs loved the homemade meal and had no issues afterwards without the use of supplements. I’ll try to feed once a week. Good luck to you. I know it’s stressful trying to figure out the right “formula”.

  • gwen

    Hi C4C,
    How much ground turkey did you use & how much does your dog weigh? I’ve been wanting to try this but our vet has put our baby on Hills zd. We were doing an elimination diet & she was still scratching, hives, shaking ears etc. We had her on Wellness Core GF then we transitioned her over to Nature’s Variety LID Rabbit & still hives, scratching etc. & she got to the point she wouldn’t eat it. Her stools were real black & hard. She started throwing up & she stopped when she 1st started Hills then she starting throwing up every day & having loose stools. I put pumpkin in her food & probiotics. She hasn’t gotten sick in over a week. The vet put her on antibiotics 2 times back to back & steroids. I finally said no more antibiotics/steroids. She won’t eat the Hills unless I put canned food in w/it. We’ve been soaking her feet in vinegar, hydrogen peroxide & water & wiping her body down w/the mixture as well. This has helped but she still has some hives at times & scratches but not like she did. We bathe her weekly in a tea tree oil shampoo but I’m not really sure what to use. Do you have any suggestions? Glad all your dogs like it! Can’t wait to get mine off the Hills!!!

  • Mary Smith

    Has anyone had problems with Blue Buffalo?

  • Bobby dog

    ;)

  • Cyndi

    Lol!

  • Cyndi

    Love, Love, Love this!!!

  • LabsRawesome
  • Crazy4cats

    :D

  • Bobby dog

    C4c:
    Not what I thought it would look like either. Can’t wait to hear how your boys do on it! Since you posted a picture of the “input,” I think it would only be right that you post “output” pictures. ;)

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi all-
    Thought you might be interested in what See Spot Live Longer Dinner mix looks like when mixed with ground turkey. It doesn’t look anything like I thought it would. It’s very green and smells very green. It’s not chunky at all. It is very finely ground. I lightly cooked the meat. The dogs loved it! Even my slow eater gobbled it down. We’ll see how the evening goes, but so far no issues in the first hour. Hopefully I’ll get to post pictures of some nice tight little poops! Lol!

  • 4FootedFoodie

    I can appreciate that. One of mine does the same thing. He’ll be fine for a while and the reaction slowly seems to creep up on him. I can understand why a limited ingredient food would be helpful for you.

    I had great luck with NVI LID. I used the duck and turkey, but would no longer recommend the lamb. So, I would recommend that as another option and would also suggest taking a look at Back to Basics.

  • HappyTails

    I’m glad to hear your dog is doing well on Wellness! If I’m not mistaken you have the dog with IBS? My dogs do very well on proteins like lamb and duck,so its nice to know if they do well on this brand I’ll be able to rotate again. Thank you :)

  • HappyTails

    I definitely will keep the other brand as an option,thank you so much! :)

  • HappyTails

    My dogs are the ones that do great on a food for a few months and than all of sudden start getting sick on it for no reason,since the beginning of the year I think I’ve had to switch their food 5 times already.They cant tolerate corn,wheat,soy,chicken,barley,etc. I wasn’t specifically searching for a LID but Wellness Simple popped up when I browsed around on Chewy :)

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Review board recommends Blue Buffalo modify advertising:

    http://www.petfoodindustry.com/53067.html

  • 4FootedFoodie

    Hi HappyTails,

    Is there a particular reason you were looking at a limited ingredient food? I love Wellness products, but the protein and fat in the Simple line are fairly low.

    Of the two, I’d pick the Wellness, for sure; but, I’m just wondering if there might possibly be some other options that might also be good choices for you. Nothing against Avoderm. I actually had a bag once, but gave it away due to some ingredient intolerances (chickpeas) that I hadn’t identified when I originally bought it.

    I can’t recall off the top of my head if you were dealing with any particular issues other than what you mentioned in your post today.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi HappyTails:
    I would recommend you give either brand a try. I have fed both and Bobby did really well on them! His fur was very soft and shiny, no digestive issues, and both seemed very palatable to Bobby; he was very happy at meal time. Whichever one you choose, I suggest you keep the other brand as an option for your rotation.

  • sue66b

    Hi Happy Tails, I’d go with the Wellness Simple, Im using the Simple Duck & Oatmeal & Patches poos are the most perfect since I’ve owned him, nice & firm easy to pick up no problems, then if they go good start rotating with the Lamb & Oatmeal, as these two are the lowest in fat the Duck & oatmeal is min11% fat max-11.98% fat the Lamb is min-12% fat- max- 12.98% fat, & the kibble is easy to digest as there’s no potato, patato makes a kibble hard & harder to digest…..also Wellness is guranteed so if ur not happy swap for something else…

  • HappyTails

    Hi everyone! I’m back here looking for some advice on dog food (again).I’ve had my dogs on Earthborn,of which they’ve been doing well on,I’ve been rotating between the Coastal Catch and Meadow Feast with no issues up until about a week ago,for some weird reason or another a few of my dogs are having really loose stool,I fasted them for a day,stools went back to normal,resumed feeding and they turned loose again,my dogs are weird,what can I say?So I’ve been looking around and have narrowed it down to either Avoderm or Wellness Simple as our next food to try,I’ve read the reviews here and both seem to be good candidates,but I cant seem to choose.Of the 2,which one would you all pick? Thanks!

  • Cyndi

    Yes, I was impressed too by that lady. Good for her not giving up and finally catching the poor dog.

  • Crazy4cats

    I was going to reply to one of your posts to tell you that I thought that runaway pup looked like yours! IM so glad it didn’t get hit. That girl really could run that caught her. Very impressive and happy ending!

  • Cyndi

    Thanks for posting the link HappyTails! What a great story. That dog looks alot like my Bailey. Hopefully someone claims her or she finds a loving furever home!

  • HappyTails

    I saw that the other night on our local news. She’s awesome for doing that! Heartwarming to see her and everyone else pitching in and trying to corral the poor pup. Now hopefully they will be able to find her owners. For anyone else that wants to see the video,here ya go :) http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Search-Continues-for-Owner-of-Freeway-Dog-272388901.html

  • SandyandMila

    Totally!

  • Crazy4cats

    I thought that video was entertaining, but was disappointed that there was no mention of the disease that this challenge is all about.

  • Crazy4cats

    Ok, which one of my fellow crazy DFA posters did I see on TV charging down the California freeway ( on foot) after that loose pup? Was that you, Dori? It was amazing the dog didn’t get hit. Quite the video. I don’t know how to post links with my ipad. Otherwise I would have. I sure it’s readily available if you are interested.

  • Cyndi

    That was so funny……& a little gross, lol!

  • SandyandMila

    Dogs Naturally’s Dana Scott Ice Bucket Challenge, only this one is a little different then others you might have seen. lol http://youtu.be/2PcMzHvCL5Q

  • LabsRawesome

    Lol. He’s such a little clown.

  • Cyndi

    LOVE that name!! That’s adorable! She is beautiful!

  • Cyndi

    Ha ha!! “Look at me, are you taking pictures? Look how cute I am!” LOL!!

  • USA Dog Treats

    Moose is a very handsome boy!

    The little guy is Kiko.

    This is Bosito.

  • USA Dog Treats

    They must be descended from similar bloodlines. The Jindo is Korean and even more ancient than the Shiba Inu who is from Japan.

    Twinkie says that Shiba Inu’s look like Jindo’s, not the other way around:)

  • LabsRawesome

    Oh, and then he started posing for pics.

    I think he knows he’s cute! lol

  • LabsRawesome

    Yeah he did.He thinks that he is a big watchdog. lol

  • Cyndi

    Awwww!! Blue caught you taking the pic, lol!! How adorable!

  • LabsRawesome

    Here’s my 2 sleepy little guys.

  • Cyndi

    Is there Shiba Inu in that breed? I just googled pics of a Jindo and most of them look like a Shiba Inu.

  • Cyndi

    & you know MY little princess, lol!

  • Cyndi

    A Jindo? Never heard of that. Maybe it’s just the angle of the pic, but she does look big, lol! My apologies to her though, lol! That chow is adorable. What was his name?
    This is my Moose. He was my doggy soulmate. He is in heaven as well.

  • USA Dog Treats

    Hi Cyndi

    She is a Jindo. She said she is very petite, not huge!!!!!

    My avatar is the Chow who changed my life. He is in heaven now.

  • Cyndi

    Awwww, now for her I can say she is beautiful! Is she a chow or a chow mix? She looks huge!

  • USA Dog Treats

    Here she is!

  • USA Dog Treats

    The Princess

  • USA Dog Treats

    Thank you Cyndi!

  • Cyndi

    Awww! What a beautiful dog! Or should I say Handsome, lol!

  • USA Dog Treats

    The little prince on his throne.

  • Crazy4cats

    I LOVE those husky pups. They are so silly!

  • Cyndi

    Awwwww!!!!

  • Crazy4cats

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  • sharron

    hi dori – doesn’t matter – gave her a medallion at dinner – she wouldn’t touch it – had to throw it out – thanks anyways

  • Dori

    Why not feed dry in the a.m. and NV medallions in the p.m.?

  • sharron

    can wet food be mixed with NV medallions

  • USA Dog Treats

    Hi sharron

    The raw contains all of it’s natural moisture which is usually 70 to 80%. Anytime we (dogs or us) consume a high moisture food the moisture helps us feel full on less calories than if we ate the same amount of calories with all the moisture removed (kibble 10% moisture).

    So whether it is raw or lightly cooked, commercial, homemade or canned your dog should feel fuller than if he ate the same amount of calories in a dry food.

    This will help you to feed him a little less calories each day without him being hungry all the time.

    An added bonus is the QUALITY of raw, lightly cooked and canned can be much higher than ANY kibble.

  • sharron

    not sure what heading to put this question – will feeding commercially made raw food help with weight loss better than low calorie kibble – thanks

  • Crazy4cats

    I could watch that over and over :)

  • Hound Dog Mom
  • Cyndi

    Thanks USA, I appreciate it! Bailey’s not real big on belly rubs, but I knocked her down and rolled her over and rubbed her belly for you, lol! In a gentle way, of course, :)

  • SandyandMila

    No I haven’t, thanks for the link! :)

  • sue66b

    Hi Sandy, have you tried Paws Dermoscent Essential 6 spot ons https://www.pawbyblackmores.com/products/essential-6-for-dogs

  • losul

    Thank you for that BC!

  • USA Dog Treats

    I forgive you Cyndi!!!!!!!!!!!

    Give Bailey a belly rub from me.

  • LabsRawesome

    He likes big butts, and he cannot lie!

    Hahaha.

  • USA Dog Treats

    Thank you Dori!!!

  • USA Dog Treats

    Hi theBCnut

    You are right. Thank you for your concern. All Better!!!

  • Cyndi

    Awww, thanks Dori! :)

  • Dori

    Absolutely. Sad about the news about Robin Williams but you gals are on a roll tonight. Thanks

  • Dori

    LMAO! Hey Labs! Gotta find me that guy that likes fat chicks! Damn that is seriously funny. I don’t have any Walmarts near me but now I wish I did.

  • Dori

    Like an actual middle school fight? Jeeze. What a nut job!!!!!!

  • Dori

    I don’t know what it is. Is everyone so stressed out about all that is going on in the world that they are taking it out on each other? Cray-cray are very kind words from you BC. A heck of a lot nicer than I would have been. Damn, people seem to be going nuts lately. Scary scary scary. There are so many negative stories in the news around the world right now one would think we would be kinder to each other, not the other way around.

  • Dori

    Hi Cyndi. I believe you have made a genuine effort to apologize more than once on this issue. We all screw up and make mistakes. Either we jump to a conclusion or our lives are stressful and we speak before we think. I’m very impressed as to how quickly you attempted to make amends. Brava girlfriend.

  • theBCnut

    Belly laughs are soooo good for you!

  • Dori

    Ok “BC” that deserves a HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LabsRawesome

    Yep all the crazy people shop at Wally world. I have proof. Check out these pics. Just scroll down. LMAO. http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2013/02/the-30-funniest-people-of-walmart-photos/

  • theBCnut

    I had some stupid woman pull her kid out in front of my car in the Walmart parking lot and then she felt she had to follow me to yell at me. There is a lot of seriously cray-cray in their parking lot.

  • LabsRawesome

    IKR everyone says that. lol :)

  • Cyndi

    & you should forgive Cyndi for her confusion. Afterall, she DID apologize and didn’t mean anything by her comment…. :)

  • LabsRawesome

    Yep. One time a Walmart a girl wanted to fight me for crossing in front of her car to go in the store. She actually waited outside for me to shop. Seriously cray- cray.

  • theBCnut

    Hi USA
    You’re welcome, but I think you are maligning losul by saying he is trying to mislead people. Just like you and I got off to a bad start because we worded things bluntly or didn’t imagine how people would intertpret what we posted or just plain were having a bad day and decided to take offense at each other, I think you and losul have stepped on each other’s toes and are now moving into personal attacks. You can both choose to keep adding fuel to the fire until Dr Mike gets involved, or you can choose to ignore each other. Personally, I think you both have something to add to this site and I would prefer the latter.

  • theBCnut

    Really!?! Labs R Awesome isn’t your real name!?! Man, was I fooled!

    Sent from my iPod

  • theBCnut

    That’s the truth!! I really had no idea how many psychos are out there until I got on DFA and found out how many of them go screwy if you try to educate them about something. Or how many of them take my and other’s awkwardness as a personal attack.
    Sent from my iPod

  • theBCnut

    They collect every detail you let out about yourself until they have enough to know(or guess) which info they came up with on a search pertains to you. The troll came up with wrong info on me, I guess because there are 2 people in my town by my name, different middle names(but who would know).

  • LabsRawesome

    Hahaha. :)

  • USA Dog Treats

    Darn copycats!!!!

  • LabsRawesome

    Even though Labs R awesome that is not my real name!! Hard to believe, I know. I used to post with my real first name, but I would never post with my real first and last name. Too many Psychos running around IRL and on the net.

  • Dori

    Cyndi. Funny that you say that because I was just about to point out to you that because Jeremy and USA both have white dogs with glasses you may have gotten confused. Glad you picked up on it.

  • Dori

    Hi USA. I’m so sorry that you and your family had to go through such a horrible time. These trolls are really beyond creepy. I don’t even get how they get personal information. Seriously, don’t they have lives to live. Who has so much time on their hands AND be such a mean spirited person. I thought we were here to learn and help out. Again, sorry you and some of the others have had to go through such experiences. Happy you’ve been so helpful to me and others.

  • Dori

    Hi BC. What I don’t get is how these trolls even get our personal info. It’s really creepy.