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Acana has a small breed puppy one in their classic line. Their kibble in that one is really small if you want to try.
Thanks everyone! I will try and see if I can find any of that stuff.
Thanks for all of the help!July 2, 2014 at 7:26 pm in reply to: Trouble Training to Leash Walk two 5 month old pups. #45901 Report Abuse
What I have found to stop pulll=ing is to stop for a few seconds and make them go back beside you everytime they pull. It may feel like you are going no where for awhile, but after a few times they should start to get the message.
Go! Doesn’t have carrageenan in their canned foods either.
I am not familiar with Carna4 Gold, so I just looked it up on here. To me, it looks to be a very good food. A couple of other foods I would recommend if you are interested in rotating foods, is Now! Fresh small breed and Acana. Now! has a nice small kibble size, and I definitely trust the company. Acana’s kibble size ranges. Some of the ones in the original line can be small or large and the one’s in the regional line tend to be large (about the size of a nickel). I have a poodle myself and he doesn’t have a problem with the large kibble size, but all dogs are different!
I never knew that, I though digestive troubles meant that there was a food intolerance. Thanks!
The beef, bison, and grains tend to just make is very, very itchy. He doesn’t have any intolerances that we know of. He doesn’t itch himself to the point of being red, raw, of losing fur, but he just shouldn’t be this itchy. I am considering trying to find a dog safe mosquito spray for him. We used to give Jasper canned food with his meals, but sometimes he would get tired of it. The canned foods he had were Go! and Wellness (95% and CORE). Now he gets kibble with an Orijen freeze dried treat sprinkled on top (to entice him to eat it). For supper he often has Orijen freeze dried medallions, which he really enjoys. For snacks (and we know that these don’t make him itchy), he gets fruits and veggies, freeze dried treats, buddy biscuits (hard and soft ones), and ice chips/cubes.
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He never was on a bad food. He has always been on at least a 4 star food. We have tried to find the offending ingredients and found out that bison, beef, and many grains he reacts to. Jasper also likes the rotation because he tends to get tired of food after 2 small bags. We change the food every bag and he does well without any digestive issues. It could just be that it is an itchy dog that needs extra supplements to help reduce it.
I do rotate foods. Right now he is eating Orijen adult, and he has also eaten Acana Pacific, Wild Prairie, Grasslands, and Now! Fresh. I am wondering if it is seasonal allergies as well. There is also a strong possibility that he is getting bitten from mosquitoes. During the winter, we were supplementing his food with fish oil and he was definitely not as itchy. Not perfect, but not bad either.
Thank you so much for the links!
Do you know if it will help the itchiness at all if there is an existing problem? He isn’t itching himself until he bleeds or anything or chewing his paws, but he is definitely much itchier than a dog normally should be. Thanks for all the help!May 28, 2014 at 10:15 pm in reply to: Acana changes & stressing out about kibble options #42798 Report Abuse
I have used Acana products for my 10 month old puppy and have had a lot of success on it. I bought a sample bag of the lamb singles (when it still contained oats), but he seemed to do better without grains. I think that having their new singles without grains will actually help my dog. To me, having some foods in your rotation that contain legumes is not the worst. I will continue to support Champion pet foods and feed their products.
I have also fed Petcurean products, however my dog seems to like Acana better (he is eating a bag of Orijen right now and doesn’t seem to mind that as well, and he is picky). I used Now Fresh, but he got tired of it after a bag. He has also had some of the Go! wet products and enjoyed that.
Now fresh is a really good food! My dog ate it and enjoyed it. For treats from trusted companies, I would recommend cloud star, sojos, and pet kind makes some good treats too. Natures variety instinct also makes some good raw treats.
I use cloud star treats. They are healthy and come in grain free varieties (even the soft ones!). They are a US company. I used to use zukes, but since purina took over them I switched to cloud star.
I would recommend going to Acana. Sometimes going from a lower quality kibble to a higher quality kibble isn’t easy on a dog’s digestive system. Acana’s protein levels are a bit lower and it isn’t as rich as Orijen, yet it is of the same quality. Hopefully this will help with the loose stools. While Orijen is a great food, it isn’t for every dog.
Jasper is on a grain free rotational diet. Right now he is eating acana Pacifica. He has never been one to get matted before, however he is losing his puppy coat right now and growing in his adult hair.
Thanks for the recommendations on use of detanglers and brands!
A grain free kibble I would recommend is acana regionals. They come in beef, chicken, lamb, and fish so it is good for rotation. My picky dog likes it and it is made with quality ingredients that are Canadian.
The food that I would most highly recommend from PetSmart is Wellness Core. Simply Nourish is also a good brand that many people have had success with.May 3, 2014 at 5:11 pm in reply to: Edible, Large Size Healthier Milk Bone Alternative #40819 Report Abuse
I use Cloud Star Grain Free Buddy Biscuits and my dog really enjoys them. They are large and come in a few different flavors. They also have a wheat free version if you are don’t mind grains being included.
I’ve used the peanut butter flavoured ones and my dog loved them. They are easily broken, but you can also give one at a time without a problem (even for a small dog). They aren’t very hard.
Thanks for the advice!
I’ve tried giving the raw to him at different temperatures, but it doesn’t seem to make much of a difference. Is cooking it ok if there is bone in it?
I have considered mixing in Triplett (he has it once in a while mixed with his kibble), but I don’t want him to always expect Triplett and the raw mixed together.
I feed him orijen freeze dried medallions for supper a few times a week. Does this have the same benefits as raw?
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Thanks for all the help! He is already booked on the flight, and we are getting everything ready for him in advance! I won’t give him any water, don’t want to chance any accidents in his carrier!