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Info on vaccines and health problems they cause. http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/vaccine-catherine-odriscoll/
Hi Lisa, Here’s some budget friendly foods that I like. They are in no particular order. 4health GF, Authority GF, Fromm Gold, Evolve GF, Hi-Tek Naturals, Kirkland Signature, Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain, Whole Earth Farms, Nutrisource, Rachael Ray Zero Grain. And also all the ones that Crazy4cats mentioned.
I’ve never fed Blue Buffalo, but my cousin did. Her dog (Pit bull) drank water like their was no tomorrow. She would drink a large bowl in like less than a minute, and when you refilled it, she would drink it again. She switched brands and the excessive drinking stopped. They purposely lie about what’s in their food. And with the crazy amount of drinking my cousin’s dog did, I do not trust their food at all.
Hey Dori, thanks for the info. I am signed up for email alerts through DFA, Susan Thixton, and everyone else that offers them LOL 😀
Hi Jared, thanks for posting. I would have tried the new Freshpet kibble if the bags weren’t so small. I have 3 dogs, so I need big bags. It should definitely be recalled.
pitlove, yes, Friskies does have some poor quality ingredients. (Tractor Supply’s 4health is extremely budget friendly. My cats love it, and no yucky stuff!) https://www.friskies.com/cat-food/wet-cat-food Ingredients for Classic Pate Chicken and Tuna Dinner- Meat by-products, poultry by-products, water sufficient for processing, chicken, liver, tuna, rice, artificial and natural flavors, added color, guar gum, calcium phosphate, potassium chloride, carrageenan, salt, magnesium sulfate, taurine, choline chloride, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, potassium iodide. B-6050
Q. How many Distemper shots does your dog need in his lifetime? Answer One. http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/vet-distemper-dog/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=Dogs%20Naturally%20Magazine
We need a flag “button” in the forums. Amy G is spamming all over this site!
Hi Dave, typically the better brands of dog food also make treats. So if you’re using a 4 or 5 star dog food, take a look at their treats, check labels to make sure there isn’t anything in there that you don’t want. Look for labels that says USA made and sourced. A few budget friendly treats that are available at Walmart are Blue Dog Bakery and Riley’s organic. Merrick also sells a large bag of mixed chews for like $10 or $12.
Andrea, I agree 50 miles is wayy too far! My dogs do great on Merrick foods as well. Make sure you get a video of her doing that cartwheel! LOL 😀
Hi Andrea, everyone has given you really good advice. 😀 I would just like to add that my dogs do great on Victor kibble as well. If you can buy it locally, it’s a really good price. http://www.victordogfood.com click on their find a dealer button, for stores in your area. I add canned foods to their meals too. With 3 dogs, I go through 2 cans per day. One is a Dachshund and only gets like 2 spoonfuls. The other 2 get 1/2 can per meal. I use 4 and 5 star canned foods. Nature’s Domain (Costco) $20 for a case of 24 cans. Pure Balance Stews $1.19/can (Walmart) And Tractor Supply has 4health @ $1 per can.
Sam, please don’t Alpha roll your dog. That is one of the worst things that you can do to your dog, and is likely to end with you being bitten. This is what I would do. Get a child that your dog knows and likes to help you. Have the child walk past (not toward) your dog and toss high value treats to her (several times) Then have the child walk by your dog with a raincoat (no hood) on and toss treats (several times). Next I would have the child put the hood on and pass by and toss treats (several times). *Don’t let the child confront, or try to touch the dog.* Keep the dog on a leash at all times, during the training session. If you do this it *should* desensitize the dog to children wearing coats with hoods and “strange” things that your dog is not used to seeing. If you do try this and it works well, I would do maybe daily (if you can) or at least weekly training sessions with the child and dog. Also, if possible, get different kids to help with training.
Hi Trevor, here’s a list of foods that are appropriate for large breed puppies. I have had great results with Victor and Earthborn. Check the list for specific formulas. https://docs.google.com/a/dogfoodadvisor.com/file/d/0BwApI_dhlbnFTXhUdi1KazFzSUk/edit?pli=1
LM, I was not hard on Akari. She needs to hear the truth. And Ginger needs care ASAP. Everything that Marie, Dori, and I said to her is the truth. None of us were “hard” on her. Ginger is suffering. She has been for a year. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THAT. Period. No one said anything about Akari’s intelligence or education. Why would you even bring that up? This is about getting help for Ginger, and ending her suffering. Nothing else. Please stay on topic. And don’t put words in other people mouths.
Akari, Ginger needed a dental over a year ago when you first got her. It is a fact that kidney disease is caused by dental disease. It is just plain abuse to let her suffer with a mouth full of rotten teeth. Do you even realize how much agony she’s in? Please tell me how long you would have a toothache before you went to the dentist? Days? Weeks? Months? A Freakin year? Do you realize that failure to provide medical treatment to your dog is illegal? Depending on what state you’re in it may even be a felony. You are more concerned with stocking up on dog/cat food and ridiculous things that your pets don’t really even need. A large cat tree and raised food/water bowls. Really!? This is what you spend your time and money on while Ginger suffers in agony with a mouth full of rotten teeth? I just can’t wrap my mind around the fact that you have let her suffer needlessly for a year. My God this is extreme cruelty. And your ridiculous claims of every major appliance breaking at the same time are no excuse to let her suffering continue. Neither is the fact that she may die during her dental. She would be better off if she did pass than living another day in excruciating pain. You can end her suffering in one of two ways. Either get her teeth removed, or have her put to sleep. Please end her suffering. Don’t wait another day. I would also like to add that I do not care if my post offends you or anyone else. I have spoken the truth, and given a voice to the voiceless. That is all.
Thank you, Jeffrey. 😀
Leptospirosis Vaccine and Kidney Failure In Dogs http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/vaccine-induced-leptospirosis/
Titers: An Important Tool To Prevent Over Vaccination in Dogs http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/titers-avoiding-over-vaccination-in-dogs/
Is your pets vaccine contaminated? Vaccine Contamination http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/vaccine-contamination/
Hi Sam, I have had good results with Victor dog food. My 3 do awesome on it. Here’s their site. http://www.victordogfood.com/
I use Nature’s Domain and haven’t had any problems. I just went thru a bag of ND Turkey and then a bag of ND Beef. Everything was normal. Energy/appetite/small solid stools. They finished up the ND Beef about 2 weeks ago. I rotate foods so now 2 are on Victor Ultra Professional, and 1 is on Rachael Ray Zero Grain Salmon.
Some info on Vaccinations http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/why-vets-dont-recognize-vaccine-reactions/ This article has information on shots providing life long immunity. http://www.dogs4dogs.com/blog/2011/12/14/lifelong-immunity-%E2%80%93-why-vets-are-pushing-back/ Vaccinating dogs- ten steps to eliminating unnecessary vaccinations. http://www.dogs4dogs.com/blog/2009/04/22/no-unnecessary-dog-shots/ What you must learn about the Rabies vaccination for dogs. http://www.dogs4dogs.com/truth4dogs
Hi Michelle, congratulations on your new puppy, she sounds adorable. I love puppy breath. lol. It seems as though you have made her crate very comfy. 🙂 I do have a suggestion tho. When my pups were 9 weeks they had to go out A LOT. Like every 20 minutes. I remember being so excited when they made it to the half hour mark. 🙂 I know it seems excessive, but just imagine how tiny her bladder is right now. And they do poop more often at that age too. In a few months when her body and organs have had a chance to grow, she won’t need to go out as often. I’d also like to suggest rotational feeding, for a healthy gut, and less chance of allergy/ intolerance. Find 3 or 4 different foods, with different protein sources, and also made by different manufacturers. You can feed her puppy or all life stages foods. Good luck with your little girl, puppies are a lot of work, but their also a lot of fun. 😀 Here’s some info on diet rotation. https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/frequently-asked-questions/diet-rotation-for-dogs/ I personally rotate foods by using up one bag of kibble, and then starting a new bag from a different manufacturer/ protein source. I also add canned and fresh protein into the mix. I don’t know if you’re interested in using canned only for her, but that would be a great option as well.
Hi furever21, I wouldn’t use either one of those. Check out Victor dog food. http://www.victordogfood.com Their Foods are rated 4 and 5 stars over on the review side of dfa. My 3 do great on Victor.
You’re welcome, Rosy! 😀
Hi Rosy, I have a two year old 16lb Dachshund named Blue. I have two large dogs as well. All 3 do great on Victor dog food, I use the grain free formulas. Here’s Victor’s site- http://www.victordogfood.com/ They have a “Find a dealer” for stores in your area. Great food, great price. Victor is about half the cost of Blue. Great price for 5 star food! 😀
Hi Erin, I use all of the grain free formulas of Victor. I get great results with all of them. 😀
Hi Natalie, welcome to DFA. 😀 My favorite kibble is Victor. It’s a 5 star grain free food, without the usual 5 star price. I buy it locally, it’s just under $45 for 30lbs. The food is available in small bags too. Here’s Victor’s site. Click on their “Find a dealer” for stores in your area. http://www.victordogfood.com/ I recommend a rotational diet. Pick several different foods to try, different foods/manufacturers. Then rotate through different proteins- Chicken, Beef, Salmon, Turkey, Lamb, ect. Explore other options as well. Since you only have 1 small breed dog, you might want to feed canned food. Canned is more species appropriate then kibble. Because canned food is moisture rich and the food is closer to it’s original state, it’s much less processed than kibble, and uses no preservatives. Also, with just 1 small dog you could feed a human grade canned food. 😀 My 3 love Merrick canned once in a while for a treat. It smells and looks so good, I’m tempted to try it myself. lol. 🙂 Unfortunately I cannot feed Merrick exclusively as I have 3 dogs so I have to go with more budget friendly canned foods. If you’re interested Merrick is sold at Petco. I hope your puppy does well on the foods you try. Good luck! 😀
Hi Kristie, your Vet is a total Asshole. If I were you, I’d look for a new Vet. ASAP.
Melissa, your neighbors dogs breath doesn’t stink because he’s being fed canned food. My 3 eat canned food every day, and they do not have bad breath. However, putrid bad breath is not normal. Please tell your neighbor that his dog needs to go to a Vet for a dental exam.
Hi Melissa, have you tried feeding canned exclusively, without any kibble? If it’s within your budget, I would definitely try canned only. Costco’s Nature’s Domain sells for $20.99/case of 24 cans. Tractor Supply has 4health canned, it retails for .99/can. Walmart has Pure Balance canned stews, they just recently went up to either $1.09 or $1.19 per can. These are 4 and 5 star foods, and much more species appropriate than any kibble. 😀
Hi Meghan, My 3 dogs do very well on Victor dog food. It gets a 5 star rating on DFA. If you can buy it locally, it’s a great food at a great price. I pay under $45 for 30lbs of Yukon River. Here’s Victor’s site. Click their find a dealer for stores in your area. 😀 http://www.victordogfood.com/
Hi Akari, My dogs are big and they occasionally have sneezing “fits” where they sneeze 4 or 5 times in a row. They smack their faces off the floor too, it’s not just a little dog thing. I would be concerned if they had snot when they sneezed tho. It could be Kennel Cough or doggy flu. There is a lot of nasal discharge with Kennel Cough. Let us know what the Vet says. Hopefully your dog is feeling better soon. 🙂January 31, 2015 at 4:01 pm in reply to: New Standard Dachshund Puppy not sure what food to give and how to change diet #65587 Report Abuse
You’re Welcome! 🙂January 31, 2015 at 3:17 pm in reply to: New Standard Dachshund Puppy not sure what food to give and how to change diet #65583 Report Abuse
Hi Flowers, you’re welcome! Sounds like your pup is off to a great start. 🙂 Yes, canned is definitely better than dry. Caned is higher in meat protein, species appropriate, moisture rich, contains no preservatives. Here’s a list of the best 5 star puppy foods. You have to scroll down a bit to see the list. https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/best-puppy-foods/best-canned-puppy-foods-5-star/ I use 2 from this list Pure Balance Puppy Stew @ Walmart $1 per can and Costco’s Nature’s Domain $20 for a case of 24 cans. Your puppy would probably eat about 1 can per day.January 31, 2015 at 2:15 pm in reply to: New Standard Dachshund Puppy not sure what food to give and how to change diet #65579 Report Abuse
Hi Flowers, welcome to DFA! Congratulations on your new Dachshund puppy! I also have a Dachshund, he turns 2 in February. I rescued him at 6 months. He is my first small dog. His name is Blue and he is adorable, friendly, and affectionate. Please make sure to socialize him properly. Take him everywhere you can, and just let people love on him. Socialize him with lots of different sizes of friendly dogs too. I have 2 other dogs. A Lab named Trinity, and a Springer Spaniel named Cooper. I feed a mix of kibble and canned. Between the 3 dogs I go through 2 cans and 5 cups of dry per day. The only reason that I even use kibble is because I cannot afford to feed 100% canned. For 1 small Doxie it wouldn’t be expensive at all tho. My food recommendation to you would be to put him on canned food, it is much more species appropriate than kibble, because kibble has no moisture. With canned the food is moisture rich, closer to it’s original state, and preservative free. I would love to see some pics of your puppy. 😀
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The dog pictured is a Borzoi.
Hi Nikki, welcome to DFA! 😀
I feed all 3 of my dogs Victor. I buy it at a local store for just under $40 for 30lbs. Check their store locator for stores in your area. http://www.victordogfood.com/
Hi Dori, I give Trinity 2, but she is allowed up to 4. I’m sure Hannah could handle one per day.
Hi Dori, after the first week Trinity had noticeable improvement. After week two she was back to running. 😀 That made me sooo happy!! 😀 Try it for Hannah, I’m sure it will help her joints too. I give it to Trinity in the morning right before I feed her. Let me know if you do try it.
Yes they can be opened and mixed with food. They are the type of capsules that you can open and the contents are powder. They really helped my dog, The difference in her joints is dramatic. She is back to taking long walks in the woods. 😀
Hi Sadie’s Mom, Hydraplenish really helped my Labs joint problems. She went from hobbling around to running again. Here’s a site with free shipping. https://www.pureformulas.com/hydraplenish-60-vegetarian-capsules-by-natures-way.html Trinity takes them with no problem, but if your dog doesn’t like taking pills you can open and mix the powder in with canned. Another option is pill pockets, you can buy them at Walmart. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re treats with a hollow center, that hold pills.
This might be a really dumb response, but maybe she just needs to go out more. I mean you said it was a large amount of pee. So maybe she just really had to go, and couldn’t hold it anymore.
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Hi Kayla, I forgot to mention that Riley’s biscuit ingredients are all USA sourced and made in USA as well as being Organic and Human Grade. My 3 love the Peanut Butter, and the Sweet Potato biscuits. 🙂December 8, 2014 at 1:21 pm in reply to: Which dry kibble tastes the best (for spoiled dog) #59670 Report Abuse
Hi Bobby D. Have you ever considered canned dog food? It’s more species appropriate than kibble. And not too expensive, if you only have 1 dog. I use Pure Balance Stews, It receives a 5 star rating, and is $1 per can at Walmart. I also use 4health cans from Tractor Supply 99 cents, and Nature’s Domain canned from Costco $20.99 case of 24 cans. Or you can do a can/kibble mix, which is what I do, because I have 3 dogs. Kibbles that my 3 love, and don’t break the bank are Victor, 4health, Pure Balance, Rachael Ray Zero Grain, Nature’s Domain, Earthborn, Authority Grain Free, Whole Earth Farms by Merrick, Evolve Grain Free. Big Lots has Nutro Ultra Grain free @ $12 for a 12lb bag, and a 22lb bag is $24. I was told the reason the food is being sold at Big Lots is the line has been discontinued by the Manufacturer. 🙂
Hi Kayla, I use Riley’s dog treats. They are organic and human grade. They have a store locator on their site. http://rileysorganics.com/ I buy them at Walmart. They come in small and large size biscuits. They are reasonably priced. 😀
Hi Talia, I’ve seen a soft treat called Pill Pockets. They have a hollow center, and you just slip the pill inside. I’ve never used them or checked the ingredients, but you can buy them at Walmart.
Hi Peter, I think Brother’s is a very good food. You should consider rotating foods. Pick 3 or 4 foods from different manufacturers, with different proteins. That may be more difficult with allergy dogs. Have you ever looked at Victor dog food? They have at least 1 formula that is considered an allergy formula (depending on what the allergy is to) I have had great results with Victor’s Yukon River, and Ultra Pro 42. If you have a store in your area, the price can’t be beat. I pay $39.99 for 30lbs of Ultra Pro42, and $42.99 for 30lbs of Yukon River. All the grain free formulas of Victor are rated 5 stars on DFA. Here’s Victor’s site, they have a store locator. http://www.victordogfood.com/October 15, 2014 at 2:10 pm in reply to: What dog food gives you the best "bang for your buck"? #54812 Report Abuse
Hi Halina, Victor is a great food. If you can buy it local, it’s a budget friendly food. The grain free formulas, and 1 grain inclusive formula (Active Dog and Puppy) are rated 5 stars. I pay just under $40 for 30lbs of GF Ultra Pro 42. Some of the formulas are available in smaller bags too. Here’s a link to Victor’s site. http://www.victordogfood.com/ Check out the dealer locator for stores in your area. 🙂
Hi Weezerweeks, here’s what dog naturally magazine says about Vaccs. Eliminate or minimize vaccinations as much as possible
vet vaccine dog We saved the most important point for last. In cats, the Feline Vaccine Associated Sarcoma is an aggressive malignant tumor that appears at vaccine injection sites. What is the veterinary solution for this? To vaccinate cats in the tail so it can easily be removed when fibrosarcoma strikes.
This doesn’t mean dogs don’t get cancer from vaccines. The Journal of Veterinary Medicine, August 2003, shows that vaccines cause cancer in dogs at their injection sites too.
Cancers are found in not only in vaccine injection sites, but in other areas of the body not directly the vicinity of the injection site. Documented cases of lymphoma have resulted in patients developing vaccine injection site fibrosarcomas.
The reason cancer is so strongly linked to vaccines is a commonly found vaccine adjuvant: aluminum. In l999, the WHO named aluminum hydroxide as a grade 3 out of 4 carcinogen, with 4 being the most carcinogenic.
Not only do vaccines inject this dangerous carcinogen into pets, they also have the same effect as the above toxins; the damage the cancer protecting p53 genes. Talk about a double whammy!
If you must vaccinate, be aware that it only takes one core vaccine to protect a dog or cat for life. There is no need to revaccinate once a dog has responded to a vaccine. How do you know if your dog has responded to a vaccine? You ask your vet to run a titer test, preferably two to three weeks after vaccination.
You can learn more about vaccine risks and duration of immunity.
So there you have it! Five easy ways to prevent cancer in your pet. What changes can you make today?
Hi Ivan, Costco’s Nature’s Domain Turkey & Pea Stew sells for right around $20 for a case of 24 cans. It’s rated 5 stars on DFA. Here’s their site http://www.great-pet-supplies.com/natures-domain-brand My dogs also do well on Pure Balance Puppy cans from Walmart, $1 per can. 5 stars on this site as well. Also Tractor Supply’s 4health is 4 a star and is .99 per can. 😀