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  • in reply to: Blue ridge beef #85122 Report Abuse
    bkagel
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    DO NOT BUY from this provider!!! Not only do they use 2d and 3d meats, which is bad enough!! I have been feeding it to my dogs for almost 2 years. I always wondered about the stamp NOT FIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION. Red Flag!!! Red Flag!! Then I heard about the 2d and 3d meats, my one dog’s allergies seems to have increased. They love it on the first day but when I take a cut up piece from the freezer it’s a different story. It goes bad so quickly and it smells FOUL!!! I switched from Hare today for now. I am going to try an organic meat csa over the summer if I can find the meat I need for my dogs.

    Nasty nasty stuff!!
    Stay away from any any protein that states “protein denatured by alcohol” bad mojo!!

    in reply to: Apple Cider Vinegar for stomach acid #67286 Report Abuse
    bkagel
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    I am a big advocate for Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar for myself and after reading yet another article on raw apple cider vinegar for dogs, I thought why not. It’s done wonders for my immune system and I’ve become one of those raw apple cider vinegar freaks. It’s been about 2 weeks now that I have been putting 8-9 drops in their water bowls. They are super picky dogs!

    The biggest improvement has been with my dog gracie. She has some form of ibs. Since taking the raw apple cider vinegar in her water, her poop sizes have been smaller (yes!!) and they aren’t as squishy. In fact, if I put ground flaxseed in her food for those “special times” it seems to make things worse, not better.

    I can’t say enough good things about their health and raw apple cider vinegar.

    in reply to: Alternatives to Rimadyl #67284 Report Abuse
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    I was told to give the tumeric every other day and then to stop for a week or two. Why? Same information for skullcap and milk thistle.

    I have two small dogs. One is 11 lbs and the other is 10 lbs. They seem to respond better to traumeel than the above mentioned. Heel has been bought out and I can’t seem to find the tablets anymore.

    in reply to: Grain and White Potato Free Dog Foods #67279 Report Abuse
    bkagel
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    Help!!! I’m going to have to change everything free dog food again!!! Gracie is the one with the allergies. I have been giving both dogs raw apple cider vinegar in their water and her sensitive tummy seems to be doing much better in two weeks. However…..I have gone through almost all the dog foods that Inked Marie (thank you very much Inked Marie) listed and there is something I don’t like or they don’t like in almost all of them.

    What they don’t like-anything with chicken or turkey

    What I don’t like-fruit, legumes, anything that has a super high protein in it because it gives Gracie the runs. I’m not fond of sweet potatoes either. She’s an 8 year old papillion that acts like she’s 3. She doesn’t need fruit or sweet potato because she’s the energizer bunny already.

    We have used Merrick grain free, Nature’s variety, Back to basics pork (too rich and gave her the runs) and currently using Nutrisource grain free. I don’t give them the lamb. Since they are both small dogs, I rotate blends every 3-4 months.

    They love their kibble but it’s cold and snowy outside and she’s still scratching like a fiend.

    Gracie and George were at their healthiest when they did raw. However, mommy doesn’t have the time, money, or energy to make up batches of raw food and repeat repeat repeat.

    They love Evanger’s wet food and so do I. Just meat and water. I was thinking of trying Evanger’s dry food but I am concerned about the high level of protein to fat ratio. I’m also concerned about the sweet potato. Somebody help me!!

    in reply to: Grain and White Potato Free Dog Foods #42885 Report Abuse
    bkagel
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    Lentils are really hard on a dogs digestive system. I would consider other options before I gave my dog a food with lentils in it especially if they have ibs.

    in reply to: Grain and White Potato Free Dog Foods #29285 Report Abuse
    bkagel
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    My mom also told me to contact Chewy and let them know she’s having an allergic reaction to that mix of dog food. Ask for a credit or an exchange. Do you think they will do that since it’s been a couple of months?

    Since I brushed her out she’s not as itchy/scratchy. She has a double coat so I have to remember to try to brush her out more often. This is another reason to remember to brush her out on a schedule that is better than what I have now.

    in reply to: Grain and White Potato Free Dog Foods #29209 Report Abuse
    bkagel
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    Hi all. I looked over and over again for a food that was friendly for my Gracie. I found Nutri Source and bought a honkin’ big bag of buffalo. She’s scratching like crazy and I don’t have a lot of $$ to go out and get a bag of the fish formula. She seemed to be less itchy on that. I also brushed her out because she’s got a double coat. That helped. Should I try adding coconut oil in her food or just get a smaller bag of the fish formula, cross my fingers??

    in reply to: Grain and White Potato Free Dog Foods #23967 Report Abuse
    bkagel
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    Thanks Patty. I did a little more research and I am going to try nutrisource grain free heartland select or seafood select in the 5 lb bags. I can buy it at a local pet food store. If she does well on one. I can buy it online for less. Love Wag’s free shipping.

    in reply to: Grain and White Potato Free Dog Foods #23964 Report Abuse
    bkagel
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    Hello again. I’m going through the brands looking for food for Gracie from the top. Here’s my question. If your dog has IBS or at the very least is super sensitive AND she’s a yeasty little thing what about all the lentils and chickpeas??

    Won’t that make her gassier and even more bloated?

    Just for laughs, she can’t handle a protein content higher than 32% either. That’s why back to basics gave her the runs.

    in reply to: Grain and White Potato Free Dog Foods #23868 Report Abuse
    bkagel
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    Hi all. I have been using dog food advisor for quite some time. Here’s the deal. I have an 8 year old pap and I think she has ibs. She’s sensitive when it comes to grains and overly processed foods. The last dry food she was on was Merrick’s grain free buffalo. She was doing okay on that kibble but she get’s seasonal allergies. She was one yeasty dog! I slowly took her off the Merrick and put her back on her raw food diet. With a lot of baths, and her adjustment to her old raw food diet I thought we were good to go. Unfortunately she started having serious diarrhea, so she just ate cooked chicken with pro- biotics from Nature’s Farmacy. I cooked her a low residue food and then I started adding 1 tablespoon of acana per meal thinking I could switch her to acana. No way. I thought I was going to pass out from her second poop. Talk about foul smelling!!

    She does well with a protein ratio of 28-32% and a carb ratio the same or lower level. I really liked brother’s complete, but realistically, I can’t afford it. I have two fur babies and while they are small I don’t know if I could afford them. At least with a 50 lb bag of Acana, I would be set for a good 4-5 months.

    This is what I’ve tried over the years that hasn’t worked or I didn’t like:
    back to basics-diarrhea city too much protein
    Evo, Innova, California Naturals-she didn’t do so well on those as a puppy. Ibs flare ups etc.

    Having written all of that, is there some grain free, potato free (or at least low potato) food I can get my dogs that I can get a sample packet(s) I can afford. It used to be that the stores would give you a sample packet. Pet people charged me $10.00 for a sample packet.

    I live in Columbus Ohio. I usually go to Petco or Pet People because they tend to have the better foods in stock.
    Please tell me there is help for this situation. She’s on the prescribed low resolution and she’s taking “their” probiotics. It’s only a matter of time 2-3 days until she’ll be back to normal. I have NO clue what to give her that I can afford for both of them.

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