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Lance & Nikki

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  • in reply to: grain free kibble #43469 Report Abuse

    Our Great Dane loves the Merrick grain free foods. It comes in Buffalo, Duck, Real Texas Beef, Chicken, and Pork (currently on the flavor and she absolutely loves it), and they just added Salmon and Lamb. Not sure what the price range of this would be in Canada though.

    in reply to: Canned Dog Food #43197 Report Abuse

    We have a 16 month old Great Dane and a 7 month old St Bernard and we feed them Merrick dry food (the Dane gets the grain free and the Saint is on the classic puppy) and every 3rd day we mix in a can of Merrick for each into their afternoon feeding. I like to spread it out so that they don’t get spoiled on the wet food and that it’s still like a treat for them. But on the evenings when it’s canned food night, they devour their meals.

    in reply to: Best Walmart Dog Food #33611 Report Abuse

    I love, it’s where we get our food currently for our dogs. We are buying Artemis brand food and nobody locally sells it, so we get it from Chewy. Once you know how fast your dog(s) go through their food, set it for Autoship and you never have to worry about it again, and Chewy carries many, many top brands of food. Their site is super easy to use homzie, I highly recommend them.

    in reply to: Large and Giant Breed Puppy Nutrition #33606 Report Abuse

    Hi! I was researching some info on food for our dogs and I came upon this site and more importantly, this great thread. I read some of the thread but didn’t see what I was looking for exactly, so my apologies if this has already been addressed, but I really want to make sure that we are doing the right thing when it comes to feeding our wonderful dogs.

    We have a Great Dane that is now almost 13 months old and we have a St Bernard puppy that will be 14 weeks old this Friday. Right now we are feeding them both Artemis Fresh Mix for medium and large breed puppies. We went with this food because it got good reviews and from what we could find, it’s a high quality food. But now that Pepper (our Dane) is over a year old, we were thinking of transitioning her to an adult food and preferably a grain free one because she does have a rather sensitive stomach. In researching this, we saw that calcium content is an issue in giant breed dogs, especially breeds like the Great Dane, and it seems that many grain free foods are higher in calcium.

    What we want to switch Pepper over too is the Merrick grain free line of foods because from everything we have ever read, Merrick is a fantastic company that makes extremely high quality food. And since we have to get the Artemis food shipped in because nobody locally carries it, and we already use the Merrick canned food a couple of times a week to supplement the dry food and both our dogs love it, we would really like to use the Merrick food once our dogs are old enough to switch to adult food. I did e-mail Merrick to find out what their calcium content is by dry matter and they sent me the following:

    Grain Free Chicken- 2.50%
    Grain Free Buffalo- 2.50%
    Grain Free Duck- 2.50%
    Grain Free Pork- 2.32%

    Now these are all over the recommended limit of 1.3% to 1.5% that I have read about for giant breed dogs, but most of those limits were for their growth stage. My question (and concern) is, is Pepper old enough now where the calcium content of the food isn’t as critical as it would be if she were still a fast growing puppy (she’s right about 100 pounds now and hasn’t put on much weight at all in the last few months, she’s seems pretty steady at her current weight and size)? She currently is eating twice a day (morning and evening) about 2 cups at each feeding.

    Sorry for the long winded first post and thank you in advance for any advice/information you can throw our way, it is greatly appreciated!

    Lance & Nikki

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