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  • in reply to: Safe Dog Treats #20388 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    Hey guys,

    I just wanted to share these treats that I just picked up from Costco. I bought mine online at Costco.com: http://www.costco.com/Wildsky%E2%84%A2-Salmon-Jerky-Treats-for-Dogs-Two-24-ounce-Bags.product.11616688.html.

    For $39.99 you get two 24 ounce bags (shipping is included). Each bag has four individually packaged bags of treats inside. Only the big bag is resealable ~ I put the opened package in a Ziploc bag and stuck it back down in the big bag. These salmon treats contain wild caught Alaskan salmon and are 100% human grade and produced in a USDA inspected facility in Alaska and are certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. I also like that the company that produces them, works in partnership with small local fishing communities.

    One thing I couldn’t believe was how good they smelled! I was so tempted to try one! They also are nice consistently sized meaty pieces. As I’m sitting here typing and looking at the bag, I’ve got both dogs practically climbing all over me because they think they’re getting one!

    Here are the ingredients: Ingredients:
    Alaska Wild Salmon, Brown Rice Flour (Organic), Cultured Dextrose, Sea Salt, Sodium Lactate (From Beets) Mixed Tocopherols, Ascorbic Acid, Rosemary Extract, Natural Hardwood Smoke.

    The only thing that didn’t thrill me was the liquid smoke ~ ’cause if I’m not mistaken, that could be MSG, right? OK, so I’m pretty excited about these and so far, both pups are crazy about them.

    Just wanted to share!

    in reply to: Large and Giant Breed Puppy Nutrition #19502 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    Hi ldarlin,

    If you like Innova, it looks as though the Prime Grain Free Salmon & Herring may have an acceptable (but bordering on high) Calcium level at 1.49%. That number is from the nutrient analysis on their website.

    in reply to: Large and Giant Breed Puppy Nutrition #19500 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    And, I should’ve added to my post that I’m NOT in any way meaning to sound as though I’m advocating grains for any dogs.

    I was just surprised when I was reading the Great Dane Lady’s website and saw that she had written the quote in my previous post.

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    in reply to: Large and Giant Breed Puppy Nutrition #19493 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    I would definitely be curious to see what grain inclusive foods you’d recommend, HDM. I still remember being surprised that the Great Dane Lady was strongly opposed to grain free foods for large breed puppies until about 80% of their adult size, due to lack of feeding trials.

    Here’s a quote I took from her site:

    “I do not recommend as a complete diet for your puppy, any grain free or raw diets, regardless of brand, for large breed growth. Not until they are 8-10 months old or 3/4 of their normal size, just to be on the safe side. No feed trials have been done on large/giant breeds on the grain free or raw diets to date, so I will not recommend them.

    We KNOW we can raise them on a quality holistic kibble with a 10% raw component, if you wish, and have no problems, but not a totally raw or grain free diet, please!!”

    in reply to: Chicken Foot humor…. #17991 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    That’s hilarious!

    This story “ended” differently than I thought it would though… I pictured you having to give Bailey a hand in expelling the chicken foot. KWIM?

    in reply to: fleas! help! #17710 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    Hey guys,

    We’re on the verge of flea season, aren’t we…

    As much as I’d like to avoid unnecessary chemicals, I plan to use up my on-hand supply of Trifexis for Sam and Heartgard / Frontline for Bella.

    I was looking at the Mercola Natural flea and Tick Defense: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/natural-flea-and-tick-control.aspx

    I wondered if anyone here had ever tried it and if so, what did you think of the results?

    Thanks!

    in reply to: Ubiquinol #16748 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    I bought the Ubiquinol from Mercola. I had been looking at supplements and was shocked when I went to see our TCVM vet and asked what he thought the best heart health supplement would be for my healthy Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and he recommended Ubiquinol for her. The only problem with it was that the pump bottle malfunctioned and I was only able to use it a couple of times before the pump stopped working altogether. I called customer service at Mercola and they said they were having a problem with the Ubiquinol pump bottle and wanted to get the bottle back to send to quality control at the manufacturer. Unfortunately, I have no idea what difference the supplement could’ve made long term as a result; but would definitely try it again.

    I have the Mercola krill it what seems like the identical pump bottle and have never had a problem with that at all.

    in reply to: Substitute for Hill's W/D #16265 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    Hey Sandy,

    What’s your chia seed “dosage?”

    in reply to: The Best and the Most……for the Least? #15996 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    Ordering online is safe and convenient. And, the best part is that the UPS or FedEx guy gets to lug your giant bag of dog food to your front door! All it costs you are some home baked cookies at Christmas. : )

    You know, I have to mention also that NutriSource is one of my favorite budget friendly foods. I just priced it on Petflow.com and you can get a 40 pound bag of Performance Chicken & Rice for $55.99. You can pick up a 30 pound bag of grain free food for either $49.99 or $50.99. Or, you could grab a 33 pound bag of Adult Chicken & Rice for $47.99. You might be able to pick it up locally somewhere near you. They have a nice loyalty reward program as well, buy 12, get the 13th bag free. I’d contact the manufacturer and ask if the program is available for online purchases. It’s a four star food on DFA. It’s made by Tuffy’s and I have faith in the company. In my opinion, it’s an outstanding value.

    in reply to: The Best and the Most……for the Least? #15992 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    Hi Cherrie,

    In addition to those recommended by HDM, one I use in my rotation that I think is a fantastic value is Dr. Tim’s. I use the Grain Free Kinesis in my rotation and Petflow.com has a 30 pound bag for $56.99 or you can pick up a whopping 44 pound bag of the grain inclusive formula for $63.99. Both are five star foods on DFA.

    Another of my favorites is Nature’s Logic. Petflow.com has a 26.4 pound bag of chicken or beef for $57.99. It’s made from whole food ingredients with no synthetic vitamins or minerals and no Chinese sourced ingredients; proteins are either grass finished or vegetarian fed and all are hormone and antibiotic free. Also a five star food on DFA.

    Oh, and they both smell nice. : )

    in reply to: Eating Raw Meaty Bones #15976 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    Hey guys,

    I was thinking about sanitizing bones. We have about half a dozen half eaten marrow bones laying around today. They were inside and outside ~ they got dirty and gross. I was wondering how long was too long for a bone to be left out? I picked them all up, rinsed them off and put them in a big Ziplock in the fridge, but wondered if I should drop them in boiling water for a minute or something before I give them back to the dogs to gnaw on again.

    in reply to: Chicken feet? #15974 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    Hi Sandy,

    This is probably a dumb question, but are the meats, bones & things you’d buy at an ethnic market safe? There’s a Chinese market and a Mexican market both within walking distance of my house. I wondered in particular, if the stuff at the Chinese market would be safe considering all of the Chinese chicken issues ~ I had been contemplating going in to look around, but I know if I went in to look, I’d come out with something I’d bought. I feel ignorant assuming that there could potentially be any issues at all, but honestly, I really have no idea.

    I bought a bunch of bones at the butcher last Saturday and asked the cashier about other doggie treats and she wasn’t sure, but the place was packed so I’ll ask one of the butchers on another day when they’re not so busy.

    in reply to: Gastro diet suggestion… #15498 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    Another food that’s affordable is Dr. Tim’s. Both of mine have done very well on the Grain Free Kinesis. On Petflow.com, the largest bag of Nutri Source Adult Chicken & Rice is $1.45 per pound and Dr. Tim’s Grain Free Kinesis is $1.90 per pound. The grain inclusive Kinesis is the same price per pound as the Nutri Source for the largest bag.

    A food that I think is exceptional is Nature’s Logic. Mine both do great on it and I believe for the quality of the product, $2.20 per pound is a screamin’ steal.

    My Golden has a bit of a sensitive tummy at times and he does great on all of the foods that I’ve mention having used.

    in reply to: Gastro diet suggestion… #15497 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    I agree with Patty on this. This past summer, I needed to switch my new Golden pup off of the Purina Pro Plan the breeder had him on and I was able to make a cold turkey switch to Nutri Source Adult Chicken & Rice. I’ve become a big fan of their products and regularly use several of their kibbled and canned formulas in our rotation. It’s a budget friendly food and they have a loyalty rewards program ~ buy 12 get the 13th free. I convinced a co-worker to switch from Pedigree to Nutri Source and she pointed out that it’ll actually cost less because she’s able to feed less of the Nutri Source than the Pedigree.

    DogFoodie
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    Hey Jan,

    I’ve been wondering if you tried any of your Nature’s Logic, yet. If so, I’m curious to hear what sort of success you’ve had with it so far. I got a bag of the sardine recently and it’s a toss up which I’ll open next… that, Mulligan Stew or the new Orijen. ::shameless dog food junkie::

    in reply to: Does diet rotation create picky eaters? #15178 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    I’ve tried to drink a bit of apple cider vinegar in water myself for all the same reasons you’d give it to your dogs, but I just can’t do it. I bought a bottle of Braggs ACV bottled drink with honey (which I’m sure I could have easily made myself at home), but I haven’t tried it yet. It just creates a weird sort of coating on my tongue and it seems hard to swallow. I wish there was a way to make it more palatable.

    Last time I put it on Bella’s Darwin’s, she immediately regurgitated her whole meal and neither of them would touch it after that. I figured Sam would scarf it up. It’s not like I used a lot either. No more than 1/8 tsp I would guess.

    in reply to: Allergy Test Results & Food Recommendations #15084 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    I thought about that Patty. I even brought “extra” Mercola probiotics and enzymes to work the other day in case she was interested, but she feeds her Cocker and a second, much bigger dog, out of the same bowl of dry food. She doesn’t add anything to the dry so the powder would sit there and get sifted to the bottom of the bowl where it probably wouldn’t be ingested.

    DogFoodie
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    OK, maybe he said hyperthyroidism and I confused the two.

    So, it does sound that whether it’s whole fish, fish meal, fish oil or kelp, it’ll all have iodine.

    in reply to: Allergy Test Results & Food Recommendations #15073 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    LOL, Patty! : )

    I did have to give up on one co-worker who insisted that she was going to stick with Nature’s Recipe chicken, no matter what. I talked her into at least trying the grain free version and she insisted that her Cocker Spaniel (whose poor ears are so yeasty, red and swollen shut) got so much worse when she switched them to the grain free version. Forget trying to talk about the detox process with her ~ despite the fact that the majority of our “clients” are addicts. She’s stubborn… at least she was willing to try something different, that makes me think maybe she’d try something different again some day. She did add Greek yogurt to the Cockers diet and was happy that it seemed to help some of the paw licking and contributed to some regrowth of fur. It’s a start.

    Convincing your friend to switch from Diamond was a great move on her part. A part of me felt bad giving my other friend the Solid Gold food, knowing it’s a Diamond product, but it’s a decent product otherwise and I wasn’t going to use it. I had bought a couple of bags of it once at Petflow.com. I always grab their cheap “trial” offers of products ~ the Wee Bit for $3.99 for a four pound bag and the regular price is $13.99.

    in reply to: Allergy Test Results & Food Recommendations #15068 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    My friend ended up choosing NutriSource grain free chicken.

    She did the simple cost analysis and determined that she’ll actually be paying less in the long run since she’ll be feeding less than she was with the Pedigree! And, even better, she’s still researching and is looking for a couple of other foods to rotate!

    Then, I have another friend at work who came into my office the other day when we had a big blizzard rolling in. She jokingly asked if I had any dog food in my horde that she could have. She said she was out of dog food and wondered what else she could feed her dog since she wanted to go straight home and not have to stop at the store ~ she grimaced and said she feeds her pup whatever is on sale at the grocery store. I asked her if she had any fresh meat at home and she happen to have a whole chicken. She ended up giving her Chihuahua a whole chicken wing for dinner! She was really open to trying it and said he loved it! She took pictures and brought them in to show me. I asked her if she had any interest in continuing and she smiled and said she saved the other wing to give him for dinner tonight. I brought her a small bag of Solid Gold Just a Wee Bit, which I figured was at least better than anything she could buy at the grocery store. She threw away the giblets and I told her next time she could give him a little bit of that as well. Wow! What a conversion!

    in reply to: Probiotic or Digestive Enzymes #15029 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    I give both Mercola probiotics and digestive enzymes to my dogs. I use their human versions of both myself with great results. My digestive issues have improved significantly!

    in reply to: Allergy Test Results & Food Recommendations #14971 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    I’m not sure yet! She was planning to go shopping over the weekend, so I’ll find out tomorrow what she decided on. Dr. Tim’s made the short list.

    You know, I tried the Dr. Tim’s grain free Kinesis and must say we had excellent results with it. Both of mine really liked it, tolerated it well and had perfect stool. The only challenging part of it was that the kibble seemed fairly hard. Bella, my Cav, managed to crunch it up, but it looked like it took some work.

    I’ve already talked with my friend about rotation, so maybe she’ll turn into a dog food junkie like us! : ) In fact, I “had” to check out a new boutique pet food / grooming place that just opened near my house and I walked out with a huge bag of food and treats and, of course, we didn’t need anything at all!

    in reply to: Hare-Today & supplements #14893 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    My dad used to make yogurt. Something makes me think making yogurt is a heckuva lot easier than making kefir.

    Lifeway kefir it is, HDM!

    Thanks!

    in reply to: Hare-Today & supplements #14891 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    OK, in a nutshell, my question was about kefir. I’m interested in it for myself and my dogs and recommended it to a friend recently for her dog ~ kefir made with goat milk as her dog is allergic to cow’s milk, which she could pick up at a nearby health food store. It doesn’t sound like making kefir is easy though and I wondered if you made your own or bought it and if it’s difficult, etc.

    in reply to: Hare-Today & supplements #14890 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    Hey… where’s the rest of my post? Weird.

    in reply to: Hare-Today & supplements #14889 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    Pardon my hijack, Marie!

    in reply to: Does diet rotation create picky eaters? #14809 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    By the time I get to the bottom of a small five pound bag of kibble, my Cavalier is already acting disinterested. I switch kibbled foods, A LOT, and use different canned toppers with each can I open; but as soon as I give her some kind of different kibble, she’d eat it all up by itself without any topper. I think she’s a bit picky, just a bit, by nature.

    Sam, my Golden, eats whatever I give him and would like very much to finish whatever her big sister doesn’t eat when he’s done with his own.

    It works for me though, since I’m a dog food hoarder. ; )

    in reply to: Walnut Oil #14804 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    I bought krill from Mercola for my dogs. It comes in a super convenient airless pump bottle. One pump per ten pounds of body weight. Clean, neat, easy, quality.

    Unfortunately, I’ve discovered that the dog I bought it for seems to turn her nose up at most things fishy. The other dog who doesn’t really need it, loves it. Go figure. I have yet to find a kibble or canned food that is fish protein based that Dog A really likes. She will, however, devour a tinned sardine. She eats high quality kibble, canned toppers and the occasional meal of Darwin’s raw, but the black part of her coat (she’s a tri-color Cavalier) still isn’t that shiny in some places ~ in particular, on her rump. I use organic coconut oil, but not as regularly as I should to really see the benefit in her coat quality. I also add an occasional raw egg. I’m thinking my next supplement of choice will be Solid Gold Sea Meal.

    Why are you wanting to supplement with oil? Is there something you’re hoping to correct?

    in reply to: Allergy Test Results & Food Recommendations #14787 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    Thank you so much, Sandy! I was hoping you’d also chime in. : ) Those are all great recommendations.

    I’m so glad my friend is willing to switch foods. I think what she’s feeding actually contains some of the allergens that are problematic for her dog. Thank you both, Jan and Sandy, so much for your help!

    I also happened to read this, posted by Hound Dog Mom recently to someone else whose dog has yeast issues and thought it would be great advice for my friend as well:

    “I would recommend adding a high quality multi-strain probiotic – probiotics are “good” bacteria that will help keep the “bad” bacteria (like yeast) in check. I would also add a supplement with natural anti-fungal, anti-bacterial anti-parasitic and anti-viral properties. Some good options would be coconut oil (organic virgin), oil of oregano or fresh minced garlic (make sure you give an appropriate amount of garlic and don’t give for more than 3-4 days consecutively, take at least 2 days off after every 3-4 day cycle). If your dog has yeast on her paws (or any other area, such as the ears) they should be disinfected daily. Soak the paws in a solution of 1 gallon water, 1-4 cups of white vinegar and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Clean the ears with 3 parts white vinegar to 1 part witch hazel. If the whole body is infected with yeast bathe the dog in a natural anti-fungal shampoo – I would look for a tea tree oil shampoo, avoid oatmeal shampoos as the oatmeal acts as food to the yeast. ”

    I think those supplements are easy enough to add to her dog’s diet ~ easy enough that I think she’d actually do it!

    DogFoodie
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    Hey Jan,

    They’re all good in my book. If you’ve been doing a lot of chicken and are wanting to get away from it a bit, I have this idea that maybe the lamb and venison are more easily digested red meats than beef. I could be completely wrong about that though. : ). I started with the lamb canned and the venison kibble and they were both good from the start.

    You know, I avoided grains at all costs and Nature’s Logic contains millet; but, after doing some research about it and after getting some more information from HDM and Shawna about it, I’m OK with it and would have to say I definitely prefer it over some other binders.

    I’ll be eager to hear what you think of it!

    in reply to: Allergy Test Results & Food Recommendations #14676 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    Thanks, Jan!

    You know what, I think I had actually recalled looking at California Natural also and that’s funny you say that because I wouldn’t typically recommend it at all either. I was struck by how few ingredients there are in it and it would definitely be in her price range. I’m putting that one on the short list. : )

    DogFoodie
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    Can’t seem to open this myself at work right now; but, I just got this in an email from Susan Thixton’s site, The Truth About Pet Food, regarding Blue Buffalo changes: http://truthaboutpetfood2.com/blue-buffalo-kibble-change

    DogFoodie
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    I’ve used Nature’s Logic kibble for a couple of months, Jan. I started over the summer with their canned foods, which are also excellent. Both of my dogs really like both the canned and the kibble. Bella, my Cavalier was looking a little dry and flaky (when she was on the Canine Caviar rotation before starting Nature’s Logic) and she looks like my shiny, pretty little girl again.

    In the canned, I’ve used the lamb and in the the kibbled formulas, I’ve used vension, beef and chicken ~ all with great results. It’s tolerated well… no gas, good stool quality and nice coats.

    I’ve ordered it from both wag.com and petflow.com. I was also suprised when I used the store locator on the Nature’s Logic website because they happen to carry it locally at several natural food stores and pet boutiques near me. Try this, you never know: http://www.natureslogic.com/locations/. It’s really pretty affordable also. On petflow.com for example, it starts at about $2.20 per pound for a 26.4 pound bag. I buy the small bags only because “I” get bored quickly and change food on these guys A LOT!

    Also, I discovered that Nature’s Logic is one of Susan Thixton’s favorite foods ~ which also meant a lot to me. : )

    in reply to: What to feed? #14631 Report Abuse
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    I’ve used Horizon Amicus, ~ which is meant for small and toy breeds ~ it’s a five star food and is itty bitty. I’m not certain, but think it gave my dog some tear staining, but it really is an excellent product. She tolerated it very well and her coat looked nice.

    DogFoodie
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    I’m on a rotation of Nature’s Logic right now and love it. The kibble size is very small not much bigger than Canine Caviar, which I think of as tiny. If you’re interested in a natural food with quality ingredients and whole food vitamins and minerals, check out Nature’s Logic.

    in reply to: Dandruff, Itchy Skin #14436 Report Abuse
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    Hi DieselJunki,

    I bought some Mercola dog shampoo and found it’s definitely low lathering. For me, it didn’t work out the best because my Golden has a long, thick coat; but, for my Cavalier with a thinner, silkier coat, it did work better. If your guy is a Bull Dog, I would think it would work well for him.

    I think I just generally feel really confident in Mercola products. In looking at their website, it looks like they have 10% off through today for their President’s Day sale.

    Asking a lot of questions is how we got lots of help and answers, isn’t it! It works for me, too! : )

    DogFoodie
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    Wag.com carries Weruva: http://www.wag.com/buy/Animal=dog?s=Weruva. You’d get 15% off of your first order, assuming you’ve never ordered from them before; and you get free shipping on orders over $49.

    in reply to: E-Collars #14348 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    Hi DieselJunki,

    From what I’ve come to understand, if a dog has a testicle that hasn’t dropped at a very early age, it’s probably not going to drop ~ there’s a limited window of opportunity and the door is only open for so long (both literally and figuratively). If your vet is suggesting that you wait to see if it drops on its own, I’d consult another vet for a second opinion. My dog has two small incisions because the undecesended testicle was located and removed through laparoscopy. Traditional surgery techniques that I watched on YouTube had the poor dog’s belly sliced wide open… extremely, unnecessarily, invasive surgery. Also, I was hoping to wait until sometime after 12 months of age because of the benefit to the endocrine system; and my holistic and traditional vet stated that it would be exceptional unlikely that my dog ended up with testicular cancer within the first year of life anyway. I couldn’t wait any longer because Sam,my Golden pup, was starting to show some marking behaviors and he’s way too rough with his older sister, a Cavalier.

    in reply to: E-Collars #14261 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    So my vet just called this morning to check on Sam. I thought that was so nice of her. : )

    You guys probably already know this, but I was asking her about a collar and she suggested taking a big old t-shirt, putting it on him and cutting holes for his back legs and knotting it on his back with a rubber band. Genius! She said she does everything she can think of before she puts a collar on a dog because dogs hate them so much.

    I’m definitely trying her idea!

    in reply to: Brewer's Yeast Controversy #14223 Report Abuse
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    Outstanding, Shawna!

    It’s going to take me reading this several times in order to fully digest it.

    I started a binder of important dog food information and am adding this to it. : )

    Thank you dear… you’re awesome!

    in reply to: Dry Food suggestions for Dog with "Food Allergy" #14214 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    OK, so HDM, it sounds as though while coconut oil contains some linoleic acid, it’s not necessarily a good source of linoleic acid. Is that right? It obviously has a lot of great health benefits aside from that so, I’m definitely going to start giving it to my dogs again. I like to melt it and mix it into their food and recently, I’ve gotten lazy so I have been skipping that step altogether. So, rather than the krill for Bella, she’s going to get an egg lightly friend in coconut oil several times weekly. Sometimes a raw egg in her food seems to make it too sloppy for her preference.

    When speaking of coconut oil for humans, ‘memba how it always used to get a bad rap? Would it be better to use coconut oil in cooking ~ better say than, vegetable oil? My dear old mom flipped when I told her I was giving the dogs coconut oil and I was trying to tell her (in layman’s terms) why it’s good for them. She was sure I was going to kill them.

    Squid oil, huh? Sounds… interesting. : )

    in reply to: Dry Food suggestions for Dog with "Food Allergy" #14197 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    Hi Jan!

    Unfortunately, my Bella doesn’t like the krill and I got it specifically wanting to add Omega 3’s to her diet since she her coat was looking a little dry. Sam, my Golden pup, will of course eat anything I set in front of him and I regularly use fish oil for him due to his pano. For Bella, all I used was two squirts and it’s pretty concentrated so the fish oil equivalent wouldn’t been far greater ~ she obviously has a very good nose.

    I swear it never occurred to me to use a thumb tack until I mentioned to Toxed once how I had literally sliced open my thumb trying to poke a fish oil capsule open. A thumb tack would definitely be much safer. My hands were a little wet and my knives are super sharp, but unfortunately have smooth handles and I slipped a bit and split my thumb wide open. : (

    Edit: You just reminded me that I have organic coconut oil at home and maybe I’ll get that back out tonight for Bella. Is coconut oil a source of linoleic acid?

    in reply to: Dry Food suggestions for Dog with "Food Allergy" #14193 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    I bought some Mercola krill oil in the most incredibly convenient air-less pump bottle: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/krill-oil-for-pets.aspx.

    You use one pump per ten pounds of body weight. No pills to poke open and no fingers to slice open while doing so. That said, I also really like Toxed’s idea to poke open a fish oil capsule with a thumb tack.

    in reply to: Problems with Merrick kibble #14192 Report Abuse
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    I’m considering this conversation as my sign to return the unopened bag I have on hand to Petflow. Thank goodness they make returns so easy. I’m fairly sure that the bag I have is probably fine, but it’s just not worth taking the chance. Thanks guys! : )

    in reply to: Grains #12423 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    And, one last question…

    What about these pseudo grains and aflatoxin?

    in reply to: Grains #12407 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    Hi guys!

    Thanks for your help on this!

    So, to follow-up on what I’ve now learned about “pseudo-grains,” do you believe these ingredients offer worthwhile nutritional value that you would actually seek out or is it a matter of not really minding that they’re in a kibble? Also, are these pseudo-grains used as binders ~ or maybe I should ask, why do you think they’re put in dog food in the first place?

    in reply to: Stella at Bridge #12138 Report Abuse
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    Hi Jan,

    I recall your recently mentioning that she was on medication. She hadn’t been medicated for very long, had she? I was familiar with the condition only after coming across it shortly after I got my Bella. I was in tears watching YouTube videos that people had posted about it.

    Having held my black lab in my arms when she went to sleep was so incredibly painful that it was nine long years later before I decided to get another dog. Cavaliers are just the sweetest ~ you know that though ~ it would be unbearable to watch her suffer.

    I’m so sad for you today.

    in reply to: Stella at Bridge #12136 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
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    Oh my goodness, I am so sorry to hear about Stella. Bless her sweet little heart. : ‘ (

    in reply to: Paw licking Yellow Lab #11670 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
    Member

    Hi Panda,

    Sweet potatoes are different from white potatoes. Sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index and are preferable to white potato. However, Natural Balance has snuk some white potato into your food. The fifth ingredient is potato fiber, and I would surmise that’s white potato fiber to which they’re referring. Just be aware of it and if it doesn’t work, move on to something else. : )

    D/D is prescription food intended to assist digestive discomfort due to food sensitivity or intolerance. You’re much better off finding your own quality, limited ingredient diet if necessary.

    in reply to: Paw licking Yellow Lab #11657 Report Abuse
    DogFoodie
    Member

    Hi Panda,

    It looks like this food contains white potato. Give it some time, but if the problem isn’t resolved with your new choice, you might want to refer back to Hound Dog Mom’s suggestion to choose another food that doesn’t contain white potato and possibly a novel protein.

    Here are the ingredients for your new food:

    Ingredient Listing/Guaranteed Analysis
    Sweet Potatoes, Salmon, Salmon Meal, Canola Oil, Potato Fiber, Natural Flavor, Sodium Chloride, Salmon Oil (a source of DHA), Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, DL-methionine, Choline Chloride, Natural Mixed Tocopherols, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

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