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  • in reply to: Question about Bromelain #34654 Report Abuse
    crazy4cats
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    Hi-
    No, I wasn’t worried about it until this thread was started! I just get worried when I hear talk about intestinal damage due to the parasite fiasco we had. Both of the enzymes I have are part of a multi-enzyme supplement. My dogs are doing pretty well right now. So I won’t worry too much. Thanks, BC nut. (But you will always be Party V to me!)

    in reply to: Question about Bromelain #34632 Report Abuse
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    Hi-
    I just checked and both of the enzymes that I use contain bromelain. Should I try and find one that doesn’t to rotate with? Or, do they all pretty much include it?

    in reply to: Party Animal and Addiction #34629 Report Abuse
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    I think the Party Animal brand is canned by Evangers. There is talk of that going on right now on the review side.

    in reply to: Why do my dogs poop so much?? #34563 Report Abuse
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    Hi Mommadog-
    Have you got rid of the infection? Was it giardia? Mine had a tough go with giardia and now are also sensitive. I am currently using Victor grain free with a digestive supplement and they seem to be doing much better. Good luck.

    in reply to: Grain free food for a PUPPY #34527 Report Abuse
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    Hi-
    Have you checked out the 4 and 5 star puppy foods on the review side of this site? Any food that is labeled puppy or all life stages is ok to feed a puppy. It’s hard to know what to recommend when there is no mention what he is allergic to.

    in reply to: Cat food recommendations #34412 Report Abuse
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    Hi Akari-
    Did you get the cat yet. Was your friend able to catch him? Honestly, I’ve never been very diligent about getting my cats vaccinated. After hanging out on this site for a while now, I think I’m glad. Mine are strictly indoor now. But, in the past I had indoor/outdoor cats and didn’t always keep up on shots after their initial ones and never had any problem. But, I certainly don’t want to make any recommendations to you as I don’t know enough about it, other than my experience. Also wanted to remind you to try and stay away from fish based kibble and fish based canned food as much as possible. My senior cat was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and feeding too much iodine from mostly fish seems to be a common cause for it. There was actually some talk about it today on the off-topic thread on the review side of this site. Have fun!

    in reply to: favorite online store to order from #34400 Report Abuse
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    Yes, Mom2Cavs, that is what I dislike about ordering online also. I like to check the bags for tears and expiration dates before I purchase. It’s so difficult to return food online if there is a problem. You most likely just have to “eat” the costs. Plus, it’s nice to support our local pet stores if possible. I have gotten some expired or close to expired supplements when ordering from Amazon. But, so far, I’ve had great luck ordering dog food from Amazon, Wag and Petco. I am going to be trying rocketpetz in the next week.

    in reply to: Cat food recommendations #34387 Report Abuse
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    I’m sorry, I’ve never wormed mine at home and none go outside any longer so I don’t worry about it. Hopefully someone else will chime in. Good luck.

    in reply to: Cat food recommendations #34383 Report Abuse
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    Akari, one more important thing. Make sure to keep your dog out of the litter box. Dogs typically love cat poop. The cat may have worms or parasites and you do not want your dog to get them too.

    in reply to: Cat food recommendations #34378 Report Abuse
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    Just remember, the cat will most likely be very scared. That’s what I told myself when I have gotten bit. It’s not mean, just scared. You’ll have to be patient. But, who knows, maybe it’s very friendly and used to people. Yes, I’d like to feed a little higher end, but can’t afford as I mostly feed the canned food. With 4 cats, 2 big dogs and a kid in college. I do the best I can! I hope it works out. I love kitty rescue stories!

    in reply to: Cat food recommendations #34376 Report Abuse
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    Hi Akari-
    Yippee, cats, one of my favorite subjects! I have four right now. 15, 5 and two 3 year olds. I hope the kitten is fairly tame. He might be tough to catch if she isn’t. I am first going to give you my go-to website for cat food nutrition. It is catinfo.org. I have rescued a handful of semi-feral kitties. They sometimes are hard to get to eat wet food at first, but keep trying if that is the case. I also feed both canned and dry. My favorite budget canned food is Authority only found at Pet Smart. I think it is the best for the least. I also have and do feed Chicken Soup, Fancy Feast, Nutro Max and Friskies. In addition, they get Weruva Cats in the Kitchen every now and then as it is more expensive, but very good. I rotate dry between Taste of the Wild, Wellness Core, Earthborn and right now am feeding Premium Edge Healthy Weight because they are getting a little chubby. Yes, the Premium Edge and Taste of the Wild are Diamond products, but I keep an eye on recalls and so far so good. You actually have to be aware of recalls for every brand. Very concerning matter! Check out the site I mentioned above. It is full of all kinds of cat health information and has two different charts with several types of canned food sorted by protein, fat, carbs and phosphorous. Good luck. It can be a very rewarding experience to save a kitty. It certainly will not survive for more than a couple of years if left in the wild. It might take a while for it to warm up to you. My 15 year old kitty was feral and it took three years for her to come to me. Now, she won’t get off my lap! LOL!

    in reply to: Pure Balance #34354 Report Abuse
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    Hi-
    Yes, pure balance is made by Ol’ Roy. But I think it is much better quality. I use the canned food regularly. It’s a great value. There is an active thread on this food on the review side of this site. You may find it helpful.

    in reply to: Pickey eaters #34343 Report Abuse
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    Jennilee-
    A bit smitten? lol! Hey, I actually was going to recommend Pet Fresh. There was a big discussion on this food in the review section of this site a few days ago. It was determined that is a very good food. I’m glad you found something that works and is healthy.
    My (human) boys are 19 and 23. No grandchildren for me either. I’ll have to start dressing my cats! I don’t think I’m gonna get my two 80lb retrievers in a stroller! Take Care.

    in reply to: Pickey eaters #34279 Report Abuse
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    Jennilee-
    Your pups sound adorable. They are smaller than most of my cats! Lol! There has been mention of a lot of dogs picking out the life source bits. Also, do they like fish? Once a week, I use sardines with my pups’ kibble. I also use a kong like Marie mentioned. But, it’s more to keep mine busy and out of trouble when they are in the house in the evening. I soak kibble for a minute or two then add a little pumpkin and apple sauce to the kibble. Then stuff the kong and stick in the freezer. They love it. But like I said before, they love everything! Good luck!

    in reply to: Pickey eaters #34271 Report Abuse
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    Hi Jjennilee-
    Actually, yes, you could add meat to a kibble they like. Do you ever add water or a topper to their kibble? As I understand it, as long as you keep an unbalanced topper at 20% or less of their total diet it is fine. You could put a little chicken or roast in their kibble with some warm water to make a gravy to try to make it more appetizing to them. I was also wondering if you have tried canned food? Most canned is balanced and you could do half and half with the kibble. Or even just canned if they like it better. I can’t really relate to this as I have two lab mix dogs that eat anything and everything! I wish you luck!

    in reply to: Change in stool #34249 Report Abuse
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    Hi Harper’s Mom-
    I am using Victor Grain Free right now. I’ve recently experienced soft stools also previously. They are doing very well on the Victor so far. The first three ingredients are beef meal, sweet potatoes and chicken meal. I am going to try their salmon formula next. I’ll report how they do on it. I wish you luck. I didn’t know feeding a dog could be so complicated. Lol!

    in reply to: Best Food for a Dog with Colitis #34196 Report Abuse
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    I also have labs with digestive issues. The supplements that I have used with success that have similar ingredients are: Gastriplex by Thorne, Vetri Probiotics BD by Vetri-Science, Phytomucil by Animal Essentials and the Perfect Form by Honest Kitchen. Good luck all. This is not a fun issue to deal with.

    in reply to: Poops a lot #34107 Report Abuse
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    I’m sure he will enjoy them. You could also add psyllium or chia for fiber. Bruno is a lucky dog!

    in reply to: Poops a lot #34073 Report Abuse
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    Aleksandra-
    The Victor Ultra Pro variety has the highest protein and the lowest fiber in the line. It has 42% protein, 22% fat and 2.7% fiber. The premium grain free that I’m using right now has 33% protein, 16% fat and 3.8% fiber. As for Earthborn Primative Natural, the fiber is even lower at 2.5%. I think the other varieties in the line are a little higher also. I’ve only tried the Meadow Feast and my dogs did not do well on it.
    Both of these websites are very informative and easy to maneuver. You should check them out! Good luck.

    in reply to: Poops a lot #34052 Report Abuse
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    How about Victor Ultra Pro grain free or Earthborn Primitive Natural?

    in reply to: My wild little girl #33785 Report Abuse
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    Patty-
    Hard for me to write this cuz it makes me so sad. I’m really sorry. As I have written before, I also have taken in feral cats. There is something so special about them. When they finally trust you for just a few seconds even, it’s the best reward ever. I’m sure she will be missed by everyone. Thank you for giving her a great life. 🙁

    in reply to: Poultry/Grain Sensitive Pooping Too Much #33726 Report Abuse
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    Hi Leah-
    Just to add to my last post. If I had a bigger pet food budget, I’d definitely be checking out the Nature’s Variety Instinct kibble and possibly trying to feed more fresh and/or raw foods. Have a great day!

    in reply to: Poultry/Grain Sensitive Pooping Too Much #33725 Report Abuse
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    Leah-
    Sounds like you are on the right track! Read through Dr. Mike’s library of informative articles on the review side of this website. Empower yourself by learning as much as possible. Then, most importantly read the ingredient labels and analysis of what you are going to feed. I just looked at the pretty packaging and listened to those crazy commercials before I ran into some issues with my pets before I got smarter. You are already past that! I am currently feeding Victor grain free with great results. I think most of their food has poultry except for the fish based kibble. I’m not sure how you feel about fish. I’m going to try it next. I also add toppers, such as, canned, sardines, raw nuggets and eggs to their kibble. Have fun with your new pup!

    in reply to: Poultry/Grain Sensitive Pooping Too Much #33718 Report Abuse
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    Hi Leah-
    Congrats on the new pup. How fun, but very stressful. They are almost like having a new born baby! Have you checked out the 4 and 5 star limited ingredient foods on the review side of this site? I’ve heard many experts on this site say that Natures Variety Instinct is a great choice. I have not used it as it is not in my budget, but many have had excellent results with the smaller less frequent poops with this food.
    However, if you are willing to cook for your pet, it is probably even better. I’m hoping to “bump up” your post, so others may chime in. Good luck!

    in reply to: Looking for a good petstore treat.. #33614 Report Abuse
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    I bought a 5lb box of Wet Noses peanut butter/banana treats at Costco last week. There are two 2.5lb pckgs in the box. It sells for $12.49. Not sure if this is a great price or not because I’ve never bought them before. They smell good and the dogs really like them. Good luck!

    in reply to: Cat food hairball/indoor formulas? #33576 Report Abuse
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    Hi-
    I guess I’m lucky also. Haven’t had much trouble with hairballs either. Three of them have short hair and one has medium length. I think longer haired cats have more issues. I split a 6 oz can of food between them twice a day and give them a little dry also. I try to give the larger boys a little more than the small girls, but I think my chubby little girl goes around and eats everyone’s left overs. I alternate between wellness core turkey/duck and Taste of the Wild dry foods. I’m thinking of finding a dry food with a little less calories. As they are all indoor cats and getting a little chubby. I don’t give them much dry now so thought a “lighter” recipe might help with the weight. Any ideas? As far as hairballs go, I think that feeding canned and brushing the cats is the best remedy.

    in reply to: Choices #33565 Report Abuse
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    Hi-
    Wow! Nice coupon. I have been using the Victor grain free with great results with my dogs. I highly recommend it. I feed my cats Wellness Core with great results as well. I think Weruva just sells canned food, bit I think they are very good also. I’ve never used the Merrick G/F, but Merrick seems to be a good company. Have fun with your choices.

    in reply to: Kitty weight loss #33366 Report Abuse
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    Hi Shasta-
    Have you had a full blood panel done on her? There are at least three very common conditions that I know of that can cause that. I have experienced or have had friend’s cats have these symptoms and it has turned out to be either hyperthyroidism, kidney disease or diabetes. I really hope that isn’t the case for sure. But, a possibility. I use a lot of the budget friendly Authority canned food for my crew. Good luck.

    in reply to: deshedding brush #33251 Report Abuse
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    Hi Patty-
    I take my pups in to a groomer about every 4 months for a bath and brush. I believe they use the furminator. Their coat always looks so good when we pick them up. Is it actually damaging their coat? They are lab/retriever mixes. Thanks.

    in reply to: Budget friendly dog foods #33175 Report Abuse
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    Hi Aleksandra-
    No, Blue Buffalo is not a Diamond product. But, Canidae still uses Diamond for some of their manufacturing and they are a little sketchy about which of their products still come from the Diamond plants. I’m with you on the TOTW food. It looks very tempting.

    in reply to: Advising a Food Switch? #33128 Report Abuse
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    Hi-
    I think you have gotten some good ideas. I know that you have to be sensitive with your friends when you try and “help” them with dog food. I’ve been successful at switching two off Beneful, but others have no interest in what I have to say. It’s funny to me that it can be such a touchy subject. Good luck!

    in reply to: Advising a Food Switch? #33116 Report Abuse
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    Marie-
    It appears to me that she is giving Shasta220 advice on how to get a friend to switch dog foods without being rude.

    in reply to: Budget friendly dog foods #33082 Report Abuse
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    Hi Akari 32-
    You could click on the recalls tab above and bring up the previous recalls to see which states were usually involved. I know what you mean. The Diamond products are so tempting. Most appear to be great budget friendly foods. I work for Costco and we sell hundreds of bags of the Kirkland and Nature’s domain foods without incident. I live in the NW and we have not been affected by most recalls (supposedly). I’m still a little leery and still have not started using it again. But with it being almost two years, I’m tempted. Not sure if that means they’ve figured it out or are about due for another one! Hopefully, they have tightened their quality control because I know thousands of dogs are eating it. I think Taste of the Wild is one of the most popular foods along with Blue Buffalo sold in our area. Good luck, but I think you are right about Florida being one of the states affected in the past.

    in reply to: Great Dane diarrhea advice #32611 Report Abuse
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    Petco does not carry Perfect Form. I got it at our local feed store. It is made by The Honest Kitchen. You’ll probably have to go to a more boutique type pet store that carries the Honest Kitchen line of food. You could always order online if you are not opposed to that. Good luck!

    in reply to: Golden's Endless Skin Problems #32513 Report Abuse
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    Hi Tina-
    I agree with Patty that you should have blood work done on your dog. My furry nephew was experiencing similar problems as your dog plus a little lethargic and his eyes a little buldgy. His blood work showed that he had hypothyroidism. He now takes a tiny little pill everyday to speed up his metabolism and he’s like a new man! Good luck!

    in reply to: Diabetic Dog (Duplicate Topic #2) #32496 Report Abuse
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    Hi Leah-
    I, unfortunately, am no help to you about diabetic dogs. However, if you go to the top of this page and click on the library tab, there is a thread for diabetic dog foods. There has actually been a lot of action on that thread. There seems to be some well informed people that are contributing to that thread the last couple of days. Check it out and good luck!

    in reply to: Cat and dogs and food #32489 Report Abuse
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    I keep my cats’ food and litter box behind a door with a Kitty door on it that the dogs can’t get through. I also bought a big tall gate with a little kitty door in it through pet smart to keep them out of the laundry room where the other little box and dirty laundry is. Good luck!

    in reply to: Canned Cat Food #32488 Report Abuse
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    Hi CattleCait-

    Have you checked out Weruva’s website? I believe they own BFF and Cats in the Kitchen. I also remember seeing pictures of the canned food on their site. It’s good your cat doesn’t like Tuna, because too much of it is not good for cats anyway. Check out Dr. Laura Pierson, DVM website: catinfo dot org. Good luck!

    in reply to: need feedback on walmart's Pure Balance canned #32485 Report Abuse
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    Hi Ana-
    I have used Walmart’s Pure Balance canned food and thought it was a great value. My dogs loved it and they did well on it. I even used the one that is not grain free and didn’t think there was really that much rice in it. It looked and smelled very good. I also have used Kirkland cuts in gravy frequently. Canned food is way too expensive. I don’t think you should feel bad about using either one of these brands. It’s a good way to add less processed food to your dog’s kibble. Right now, I’ve been adding some frozen raw nuggests, sardines, or eggs to their kibble in the evenings because I got tired of recycling so many cans! But, I think I’m going to go back to the canned soon. They really like it! Good luck.

    in reply to: Cat Food advisory sites? #32426 Report Abuse
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    It is a Pet Smart brand. I wish it was a little higher in protein, but for the price, which is usually around 75 to 85 cents for the 6 oz can, it is a good food. And yes, the can is actually 6 oz., not 5.5 like so many have gone to while keeping the same price. I don’t think it has any unnamed by-products or food coloring like the typical lower priced foods have. I go to Petsmart for its fish supplies and cat food, otherwise, I like our local feed store for the dogs. Good luck!

    in reply to: Cat Food advisory sites? #32400 Report Abuse
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    Well I’m glad to hear a fellow cat lover also thinks that the Authority brand canned food is a good one for a great price also. Looking forward to the new cat food advisor some day.

    in reply to: Cat Food advisory sites? #32377 Report Abuse
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    Hi Shasta-
    I also wish there was a cat food advisory site as great as this dog food one! But I agree with the others, a good dog food brand is most likely also good place to start with cats. Since you are not opposed to using Diamond brands, Kirkland Signature at Costco is very similar to the Diamond Naturals and Chicken Soup at an even more affordable price. I rotate between Wellness Core, Earthborn Primitive, and Taste of the Wild dry for mine. I also use various canned foods such as: Chicken Soup, Nutro, Friskies, and Authority. Also importantly, try to stay away from fish based kibble and canned food. It contains a lot of iodine which could later lead to hyperthyroidism. As mentioned above, catinfo dot org is a great site for cat nutrition and health issues. It does have a few charts with a lot of data on numerous brands of canned cat foods. Good luck!

    in reply to: Turkey Necks #31325 Report Abuse
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    I don’t have any recommendations for you, but I’m replying to bump up your post. You might try posting on the off topic thread on the review side of this site. I think more people are on in that area. Good luck.

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    Well, Patty, since we’ve already “hijacked” this thread. Oops! Where do you order your turkey necks from. I’ve been buying Natures Variety from a feed store. They are very expensive and they don’t get them very often.

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    My boys each had a turkey neck last night. But, unfortunately they only lasted about 5 minutes. They are crazy chewers! At least they don’t gulp (swallow) as bad anymore. The only thing that lasts longer than that are bully sticks or marrow bones. I think the bully sticks last a whole 10 minutes!

    in reply to: favorite online store to order from #31288 Report Abuse
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    Has anyone ordered from RocketPetz dot com? If yes, what was your experience? Thank you.

    in reply to: favorite online store to order from #30820 Report Abuse
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    Well, I got my first order from Wag today. And just like several have said, it came in a huge box with lots of those air pillow things stuffed in with it. The dogs loved the packing and the cats loved the box. The bag of food was in perfect shape and the expiration date good. So hopefully the food works out. They certainly liked how it smelled. Oh yes, and it came in two days just like promised.

    in reply to: Dog flatulence, constant! #30811 Report Abuse
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    I’m using total-zymes powder right now with success. The only time they have gas is after I feed them sardines for some reason. They get fish farts! Lol! It is a little expensive and I’m going to try a cheaper brand next to see if it still works. Good luck!

    in reply to: Dog flatulence, constant! #30807 Report Abuse
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    Have you tried digestive enzymes? The yogurt and Kefir both contain probiotics but not enzymes. I’m not sure about the Beano or GasX.

    in reply to: Protein-to-fat ratio #30748 Report Abuse
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    Ok, so I’m not a rocket scientist, but that tells me that fat has approximately twice the calories of protein. I hadn’t paid that much attention to the calorie weighted analysis before. Interesting 🙂

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