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  • in reply to: Whole prey feeding. #74176 Report Abuse
    mah4angel
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    Oh wait, between 0.2 and 0.3 pounds, sorry!

    in reply to: Whole prey feeding. #74175 Report Abuse
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    OH I also forgot to mention that Louie is a ten pound silky terrier, and although I call him my puppy he’s actually five years old 🙂
    According to Hare Today, he would be eating anywhere between 0.1 and 0.2 pounds per day.

    in reply to: "Kahoots" brand foods #43818 Report Abuse
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    I’ve fed my dog the Kahoots canned duck food. Pretty good ingredients list and my family is devoted to their store because of their amazing customer service. The store began down here in Southern California (I believe in San Diego) and is a relatively small chain at the moment. My dog loved the food and it didn’t seem to give him any issues, but I only fed it every three days (if that) to augment some of the cost of his homemade raw diet. They have a pretty awesome special for their canned food, where you get 12 for $12 (I think, I could be wrong- I just remember it was a great deal) so it wouldn’t hurt your wallet to check them out 🙂

    in reply to: GreenTripe.com #22896 Report Abuse
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    OMG it would take decades for Louie to finish that much food! Hahahahaha. He’s so teeny.
    I really want a standing freezer, though! Esp because I really want to order a traditional half from Morris Grassfed Beef for my fiancee and I, and some extras for Louie (180 pounds of beef o_O) and I have absolutely nowhere at all to store any of it!! When we move out, I’ll probably try to find one or two on Craigslist to put in the garage and then I can start buying raw in bulk like a pro! Haha 🙂

    in reply to: GreenTripe.com #22820 Report Abuse
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    Hi! I actually use GreenTripe.com 🙂

    My Louie loves the Xkaliber blend, and I love the blend because it’s very unique and offers a nutrition profile that I don’t think I’d be able to offer Louie without some extreme work. I’m seriously very very lazy so I like the blend a lot!

    GreenTripe.com is based in Hollister, California, about 15 miles away from my house, actually, so I just pick it up from their location. I don’t think that I would be willing to pay the shipping if I was located further away, to be honest.

    I would like to find some more local places to get Louie’s food to add some more diversity to his diet, but for now I’m very happy with GreenTripe.com!

    in reply to: Multivitamin :) #22463 Report Abuse
    mah4angel
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    I’m also going to be adding the Only Natural Pet Cranberry Wellness supplement for his urinary tract once I get it 🙂

    in reply to: Multivitamin :) #22462 Report Abuse
    mah4angel
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    YAY! Thanks HDM ^_^

    in reply to: Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil #22347 Report Abuse
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    Okay! Testing (I haven’t used Photobucket since my Myspace days HAHA) 😀

    http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff227/mah4angel/Mobile%20Uploads/WP_20130718_006.jpg

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    in reply to: Suggested Raw Dog Food Menus? #22339 Report Abuse
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    I’m going to start adding some minced garlic to Louie’s food. But I’m not sure how much to add. How much should I give him and how often? He weighs ten pounds.

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    in reply to: Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil #22327 Report Abuse
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    Yay!

    I wanted everyone to know that I found a 78-ounce tub of Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil at Costco for $21.49!! I wanted to post a picture of it but I’m not 100% sure how to do that lol. If you have a Costco membership I would seriously consider checking out local warehouses for it. It’s a really seriously great deal. And if your Costco doesn’t have it, you can also ask them to bring it in ^_^

    in reply to: Liver enzyme (?) elevation? #22326 Report Abuse
    mah4angel
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    Yeah, most people’s are! It’s a little bit crazy ^_^ Thankfully I should be able to do that. I only work six and a half hour shifts at Costco, and I nanny at my house so I should be able to do drops every eight hours. Fingers crossed!

    in reply to: Banfield? #22284 Report Abuse
    mah4angel
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    AH I always do this, I keep calling worms heartworms and not clarifying that I mean all worms. He tested negative for heartworms AND intestinal parasites when they gave him the wormer. I understand to a certain extent what their thought process is but it’s just really hard for me to believe that all of that is necessary.

    I will continue to go to Banfield for now because there are certainly things that they provide through their plan that are expensive pretty much everywhere else (any routine testing; ear swabs, blood tests, urine tests, stool tests, etc., dental cleaning, the comprehensive exam, etc.) all for $39.99/month, which is not *bad*. But I am looking into other options for Louie for the future.

    in reply to: Liver enzyme (?) elevation? #22283 Report Abuse
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    Yes! It was probably because of the dosage and the number of times you have to administer it per day (3 times per day, 1 drop for every two pounds of body weight plus some if your dog is over a certain weight, etc.). It will probably be difficult but I’ll be able to do it, especially because Louie is so small. He’ll have 5 drops three times a day (since he’s only ten pounds), which seems totally reasonable to me ^_^

    in reply to: Liver enzyme (?) elevation? #22242 Report Abuse
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    Thanks! I’ve actually comprised an all-natural herbal prevention plan with Only Natural Pet products. So, no more chemical heartworm prevention for Louie ^_^

    I did not know that milk thistle has properties that would help with the cleansing of the liver! We’re going to have him re-tested for the liver enzymes soon. The vet said that the elevation was so small that it most likely is less than nothing to worry about, and that when she re-tests they should be back to normal.
    I’m pretty much 99.9% sure that I know what happened, though. The HW pills we’ve been using (Quadriguard) was from the previous vet that saw him, and the new vet had never heard of it. The new vet didn’t know that the Quadriguard had wormers already so she would give him additional wormers every month (which is one of the things I pointed out early on because I found it strange that she was giving him wormers even though he tested negative for heartworms).
    I kind of think she didn’t believe me when I said we had him on something. Every time we go to the vet, the computer system tells the vet tech to ask if we wanted to put him on heartworm prevention because “it says he’s not covered” even though we’ve told them over and over and over again that we have him on Quadriguard. I’m kind of done with Banfield. I want to find a local Holistic vet, but all of them are quite a drive and Louie gets DEATHLY carsick. Also, the two holistic vets within half an hour of here have pretty awful ratings on Yelp 🙁

    I’m actually finalizing my purchase from Only Natural Pet. I’m getting a ton of stuff. Two different kind of prevention (the HW Protect Herbal Formula and the Para-Gone), the Herbal Defense Oil Blend (to prevent bugs from biting in the first place), and Cranberry Wellness for his UT issues (apparently he has crystals in his urine that make him more likely to have bladder/kidney stones and UTI’s). I currently have him on FirstShield for fleas and ticks but I want to move away from chemical flea and tick prevention as well.

    I’d really love to see how his liver and the rest of his body will react to the lack of chemicals! I’m spending so much money to do this whole chemical cleanse but it’s SO worth it!

    mah4angel
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    I have no idea how much sodium this has, but I *always* recommend Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural simply because it’s a great food (great protein content, etc.). On chewy.com a 28-pound bag is $47.99 (~$1.71 per pound). If it was a 30-pound bag it would be about $51.42.
    I also highly recommend Earthborn’s wet food tubs. On chewy you get a pack of 8 9-ounce tubs for $17.49. So about $2.19 per tub, and about $0.24 per ounce.
    Obviously I really have no idea what the sodium levels are and both are a little bit above your $2/can and $50/30-pound bag limit but I thought I’d give my recommendation since I had great luck with both of these 🙂

    in reply to: Liver enzyme (?) elevation? #22180 Report Abuse
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    Okay you guys thanks so much!

    Also, I understand oh my goodness. I’m a nanny of three (one six year-old, one four year-old, and one six-week old) and they are quite the handful! I potty-trained the two older ones- because their parents refused to do it themselves- and taught the oldest one colors, numbers, and letters. I’m also the only one whose ever read to them. I know it’s not the same as being a parent but I really have raised those kids and it’s so mentally challenging to have two, now three, crazy children to care for…

    I kind of figured as much as far as ProHeart having more side-effects. I guess I was just hopeful because Louie is REALLY seriously hard to give pills to (like we hide it in cheese, and he bites of sections of the cheese, finds the pill, takes it out, and eats the cheese -_-).

    in reply to: Liver enzyme (?) elevation? #22145 Report Abuse
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    OH totally forgot! I’m thinking of using ProHeart 6 for the next six months for my Louie. It’s a heartworm preventative that’s injected and protection lasts for six months. Not sure if this is a good alternative to a monthly/six-week pill?

    in reply to: Liver enzyme (?) elevation? #22144 Report Abuse
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    Okay another question (I’m so sorry!).
    We have a newborn baby in the house (not my baby haha I’m 21, no babies for me for a while ^_^) and we’re using Similac with Iron for his formula. Apparently Louie really likes the formula because we constantly spill it on the floor and he licks it all up.
    My question is, is formula safe for him (I have a feeling it is, but I really don’t know)? And, my bigger concern, will it throw off his vitamin and mineral supplementation if he ends up licking it up? I don’t want him to be getting too much iron or anything else. For a bigger dog I don’t think I’d be too concerned but he’s so small that I’m always worried something will have a bigger effect than it seems.

    Thanks and sorry again…

    in reply to: Liver enzyme (?) elevation? #22003 Report Abuse
    mah4angel
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    AH YES it is an intestinal parasite preventative that I’m thinking of.

    And thanks for the suggestions!

    in reply to: Liver enzyme (?) elevation? #21984 Report Abuse
    mah4angel
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    I’m just trying to look for a more holistic alternative to the heartworm preventative that my dog is currently on (which is like, a chemical stew).

    in reply to: Liver enzyme (?) elevation? #21983 Report Abuse
    mah4angel
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    I have no idea ahhhh. It may have been more of an immune booster or something. I just remember it came in a huge jar, I BELIVE in powder form and that it was a good alternative to heartworm preventatives and that it’s commonly used in farm animals o_O

    in reply to: Liver enzyme (?) elevation? #21979 Report Abuse
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    Hey you guys 😀 SO there was a wormer that was mentioned before (I think by HDM) on ONE of the many topics on here and I just cannot find it. It’s supposed to be meant/widely used for farm animals, and everyone was saying that they have used it on their pets and that they really really love it! I don’t, however, remember the name of it 🙁 If anyone can help me out, I’d really appreciate it.
    Gracias in advance ^_^

    in reply to: Science Diet killed my dogs #21915 Report Abuse
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    Even better!! That should make the transition easier and much MUCH shorter, actually ^_^ Wet food is, in general, healthier than dry food! Now that I know that your baby is already eating wet food and doesn’t need to be transitioned from dry to wet, I can offer you a whole new (shorter) transition plan (if you don’t mind), I just copied and pasted my old plan and deleted and reworded some stuff haha. All I can say is remember to transition properly! It’s very important!!

    -Change from Science Diet to a four-star wet food (something like the Nature’s Domain wet food-which is sold at Costco and is not yet listed on this site but that I’m positive would receive a four-star mark: http://www.naturesdomainpetfood.com/about-natures-domain/natures-domain-grain-free-turkey-and-pea-stew-for-dogs, or Artemis Fresh Mix canned food: https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/artemis-fresh-mix-dog-food-canned/).
    I’ve selected these because they have decent fat-to-protein ratios. The fat-to-protein ratio should be around 50% (Hill’s Science Diet Adult Canned Dog Food has an average fat-to-protein ratio of 68% so we’re trying to start to reduce the fat-to-protein ratio with these four-star foods).

    -Then from a four-star wet food to a five-star wet food (like the Earthborn dinners: http://www.petflow.com/product/earthborn-holistic/earthborn-holistic-duke-s-din-din-gourmet-dinner-wet-dog-food).
    These tubs have an average fat-to-protein ratio of about 47%, pretty much perfect. Like I said before, I HIGHLY recommend Earthborn products!! These come in great, easy to re-seal tubs in a variety of flavors. I used them for Louie to get him used to a higher moisture content.

    -Then go to a 100% raw kibble (these raw kibbles come “dry” BUT they need to be re-hydrated with water so it really is more of a wet food than anything) like DNA (air-dried raw, stands for Dried N Alive): http://www.dnapetfood.com/node/20, or something similar.

    -And then transition from that to a pre-made frozen raw OR you could totally cut costs and make your own (which is what I’m doing), and then you’ll have 100% control over what she’s eating 😀

    • This reply was modified 8 years, 3 months ago by mah4angel.
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    in reply to: Science Diet killed my dogs #21636 Report Abuse
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    I think Melissaandcrew is suggesting to use Hi-Tek as your five-star dry food ^_^ I would say, though, that Hi-Tek’s grain-free formula (and I would suggest using a grain-free kibble, period) is pretty high in carbohydrates. However, it might be a good alternative to Earthborn if you can get a smaller bag of it given that Earthborn only comes in 15 lb bags.

    in reply to: Help with starting my dog on a raw diet. #21635 Report Abuse
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    I UNDERSTAND ABOUT LIVING WITH YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW OMG. Mine says that my dog is too skinny when he’s THE PERFECT WEIGHT AH. When we went to Vegas for four days two weeks ago I gave her very specific instructions about his diet and she let my nieces feed him AN ENTIRE PACKAGE OF HIS FAVORITE, MOST EXPENSIVE, IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND dog treats because he’s “too skinny” UGH. She also keeps buying him snacks and treats (like Beggin’ Strips omg) and once bought him Cesar’s food (which is such bad food oh my goodness) -_____-
    I would say to give it time! I was lucky in that my baby has LOVEDDD every bit of raw food that I’ve given him. I gave him some green tripe today and oh my goodness it was like the gates of Heaven opening up for him he just gobbled it up!
    Let us all know how it goes ^_^

    in reply to: Suggested Raw Dog Food Menus? #21558 Report Abuse
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    Hahaha I’m quite an excited, rambunctious person, but I’m so excited about finding this website and doing something amazing for my Louie so I’m just being extra excited now ^_^
    OH MY GOODNESS PUGMOMSANDY HOW CREEPY!! Hahahahaha.

    in reply to: Suggested Raw Dog Food Menus? #21542 Report Abuse
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    Wanted to post some news about my progress!

    I got the salmon oil and Dr. Harvey’s Multivitamin and Mineral supplement and have been adding them to his food already along with some coconut oil.
    Tomorrow I should be getting the vitamin e, cod liver oil, and glandular supplements from Swanson, so I’ll be removing the Earthborn from his diet and using the supplements with the chicken grind.
    Then I’ll be picking up the Xkaliber from greentripe.com on Tuesday, and will probably be adding that in sometime next week.
    I was able to grab some RMB’s and organ meat, too ^_^ I got a whole ton and am doing my two week freeze now. SOOOO excited 😀
    I got ox tail, pork necks, chicken feet (omg I never realized how unbelievably creepy those things were until I was walking about the grocery store with a thing of them!), chicken livers, chicken hearts and gizzards, and pork feet. I may have also gotten something else but now I don’t remember. The organ meat is all chicken because beef organs were kind of expensive (don’t recall seeing pork organ meat), and I figured it would all balance out with the RMB’s.
    Unfortunately Only Natural Pet is back-ordered on the Super Daily Greens and won’t get it in till the 31st so I won’t be able to add that into my rotation for a little while. Sigh.
    So we’re close to a 100% raw diet!! AHHH hehe 😀 I’m sure I will have many many many more questions and concerns along the way but I’m so glad I’ve gotten him all the way to this point ^_^

    EDIT: Forgot to mention that I also got a kitchen scale! I am decidedly more excited about this than my wonderful fiancee but I’m so glad I’ll be able to measure his food out properly ^_^

    • This reply was modified 8 years, 3 months ago by mah4angel.
    in reply to: Science Diet killed my dogs #21472 Report Abuse
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    Yes! I do believe that we are always reunited with those we love; animal and human. Whether it be in Heaven or in another lifetime, whatever you happen to believe in ^_^

    There’s a whole forum topic dedicated to raw dog food menus here: https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/menus/. I’m totally no raw dog food genie haha and you can see all of my ramblings and questions on there and my current future recipe is the last comment on the thread hehe. I don’t have everything I need to actually feed him his raw diet yet so that’s why I’m not feeding him 100% raw as of yet but I will be soon!

    Here is a thread for help with starting a dog on raw dog food: https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/help-with-starting-my-dog-on-a-raw-diet/ BUT it will take a few months to transition her all the way up the ladder to raw food, so I wouldn’t be super worried about it quite yet 😀 I think the most important thing is to just get her off of Science Diet food. And if you have any of the Science Diet left, PLEASE donate it to a local shelter! I know that Science Diet is not at all optimal for our wonderful furry friends but shelters need all that they can get 🙂

    I also wanted to add something that I forgot to my original comment, which is to start feeding raw meaty bones and organ meat (livers, hearts, etc.) when she is fully transitioned to DNA (or another freeze or air-dried raw). RMB’s as we call them are GREAT for dental health! And it’ll be a great introduction to real, raw meat. Pork necks, chicken necks, ox tails, chicken backs, chicken feet, pork feet, etc. are all RMB’s (as opposed to recreational bones like thigh bones, etc.) that are recommended. And the organ meats will supply extra nutrients. Just make sure to freeze them for two weeks just to be on the safe side 🙂

    RMB’s and organs (and any table scraps, etc.) should make up no more than 20% of her daily diet (because it will throw off the balance supplied in the pre-made food), so you’ll want to give her maybe one pork neck one day and maybe one chicken heart the next day, and so on and so forth. BUT like I said, this is all a long way off so I wouldn’t focus too much on this portion of the feeding.

    In reality, the longest transition time will more than likely be right now, switching from Science Diet to whatever 4-star GRAIN-FREE food (totally forgot to mention that the four-star food should be grain-free) you choose, whether it be Nature’s Domain or something else. This is because her tummy isn’t used to the lack of grains. It’s almost like a detox process. So, that transition will most likely take the longest to complete; probably a month or so.

    This is why adding fiber (with things like pureed pumpkin, hemp, chia, and flax seed, etc.) and probiotics/digestive enzymes (with things like yogurt, etc.) is important because it helps to nourish the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut as well as balancing out any other digestive problems.

    I’m trying to pack in a lot of information into one comment so that you won’t have to do too too much fishing for information. It’s stressful, I know! The most important thing is to just pull the trigger and do it. I second-guessed myself and I waited until I felt I had found the perfect food, but no food is 100% perfect. There is no supplementing a wolf’s primitive diet with just one food, try as we might hehe ^_^

    in reply to: Science Diet killed my dogs #21456 Report Abuse
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    Hi! I’d like to start out by saying to ChristyGH and dendad, I am SO SO sorry for your losses! I know it’s easy to feel bad about your choice of diet for your babies but it is absolutely NOT your fault!! We all can see how much love you had for your babies and all of us have been there! You had every reason to believe that you were doing the best for your babies and no one should ever begrudge you for it, including yourself <3

    I’m on my way to feeding my Louie (a 10-pound Silky) 100% raw and had a few suggestions myself.

    His previous owners had him on pretty much whatever was on sale at the grocery store/whatever they decided to pick up from Costco that day (Pedigree, Purina etc.). The one he was on when we took him home was Purina Puppy Chow (we got him four months ago and he’s three, not a puppy anymore).

    I’ve personally found that it was easier to transition him from the CRAP he was eating before slowly up the ladder of great-quality foods. I would buy small batches of each new food (5-10 pounds if available) which would last him for a month or so and then move on to a higher quality kibble. Every time I’ve upgraded his food, he’s picked out the old one from his bowl! ^_^

    It’s important to mention how to transition a dog. You have to transition SLOWLY, very very slowly. You’re going to keep a certain ratio of new food to old food for a week OR if her bowel movements change, wait until they turn to normal to move onto the next ratio. At first, have 25% of the new food, and 75% of the old food. Then (once everything is normal) do 50% new 50% old. Finally, 75% new, 25% old until it’s 100% new food.

    My suggestion (after going through this whole process) would be to do this (remember to ALWAYS properly transition your pup between each step and add probiotics/digestive enzymes and fiber):

    -Change from Science Diet to a four-star kibble (something like Nature’s Domain: http://www.naturesdomainpetfood.com/ which is sold at Costco in HUGE bags so it might not be the best for a little one like yours)

    -Then from a four-star kibble to a five-star kibble (like Innova Prime: http://www.petco.com/product/118780/Innova-Prime-Grain-Free-Beef-And-Lamb-Adult-Dry-Dog-Food.aspx?CoreCat=OnSiteSearch, or Earthborn Holistic: http://www.petflow.com/product/earthborn-holistic/earthborn-holistic-primitive-natural-grain-free-dry-dog-food). I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Earthborn Holistic products, they are GREAT quality and my Louie adores the Primitive Natural kibble.

    -Then start SLOWLY adding in wet food to the kibble (like the Earthborn dinners: http://www.petflow.com/product/earthborn-holistic/earthborn-holistic-duke-s-din-din-gourmet-dinner-wet-dog-food).

    -Then, switch from the five-star kibble to something that has raw in it like Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost food (which has bits of freeze-dried raw in it): http://www.petflow.com/product/natures-variety/nature-s-variety-instinct-grain-free-raw-boost-venison-meal-lamb-meal-dry-dog-food. Continue to add in the wet food.

    -Then go to a 100% raw kibble like DNA (air-dried raw, stands for Dried N Alive): http://www.dnapetfood.com/node/20, or something similar. At first, I would continue to add in the wet food to this, but then I would transition her to 100% DNA (or whatever food you decide to use).

    -And then transition from that to a pre-made frozen raw OR you could totally cut costs and make your own (which is what I’m doing), and then you’ll have 100% control over what she’s eating 😀

    • This reply was modified 8 years, 3 months ago by mah4angel.
    in reply to: Suggested Raw Dog Food Menus? #21434 Report Abuse
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    Just thought I’d share, already posted this on my Multivitamin topic, but it’s more appropriate for this forum.
    So here’s my recipe (I make eight batches for Louie right now and I will be continuing to do that, and adding a couple things every day so I’ll be able to mix it up and give him some variety)

    Morning (recipe makes 8 meals, aside from the parts to be added on a daily basis):

    4 patties / ~1.1 lbs / ~2 cups From the Heart whole grind (~0.1375 lbs / ~1/4 cup per serving)
    2 cups XKALIBER blend (greentripe.com) (1/4 cup per serving)
    1/2 650 mg capsule of Swanson’s glandular supplement (~40 mg per serving)
    1 200 IU capsule of vitamin e (25 IU per serving)
    1 1000 mg capsule of cod liver oil (125 mg per serving)
    Rotating every day (adding to above recipe on a daily basis):
    -1/2 tsp salmon oil
    -1/2 tsp coconut oil
    -1/2 tbsp flax seed
    Rotating every day (adding on a daily basis):
    -Dr. Harvey’s Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement
    -Only Natural Pet Super Daily Greens

    Evening:

    RMB’s (rotating)

    I’ve ordered the green tripe and am going shopping for the RMB’s tomorrow! Everything else is on its way here 🙂

    in reply to: Multivitamin :) #21433 Report Abuse
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    Okay, changed some stuff again! Haha. I figured out the glandular supplement, and I decreased the amount of meat because I found an ounce to pound converter and he eats about half what I put down in the first place.

    So here’s my recipe (I make eight batches for Louie right now and I will be continuing to do that, and adding a couple things every day so I’ll be able to mix it up and give him some variety)

    Morning (recipe makes 8 meals, aside from the parts to be added on a daily basis):

    4 patties / ~1.1 lbs / ~2 cups From the Heart whole grind (~0.1375 lbs / ~1/4 cup per serving)
    2 cups XKALIBER blend (greentripe.com) (1/4 cup per serving)
    1/2 650 mg capsule of Swanson’s glandular supplement (~40 mg per serving)
    1 200 IU capsule of vitamin e (25 IU per serving)
    1 1000 mg capsule of cod liver oil (125 mg per serving)
    Rotating every day (adding to above recipe on a daily basis):
    -1/2 tsp salmon oil
    -1/2 tsp coconut oil
    -1/2 tbsp flax seed
    Rotating every day (adding on a daily basis):
    -Dr. Harvey’s Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement
    -Only Natural Pet Super Daily Greens

    Evening:

    RMB’s (rotating)

    I’ve ordered the green tripe and am going shopping for the RMB’s tomorrow! Everything else is on its way here 🙂

    in reply to: Multivitamin :) #21405 Report Abuse
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    Well, I think I’m going to try for this (updated a little bit after some research on my own):

    Morning:
    1/2 cup whole grind (rotating between protein sources)
    1/2 cup XKALIBER green tripe grind (greentripe.com)
    Alternating between Dr. Harvey’s and Only Natural Pet Super Daily Greens super food supplements (every other day)
    Swanson’s glandular supplement (still not sure of the dosage nor how often to administer since it’s a human supplement)
    1/8 capsule of 200 IU vitamin e (25 IU)
    Rotating between salmon oil (1/2 tsp), coconut oil (1/2 tsp), and flax seed (1/2 tbsp)
    1/8 1000 mg capsule of cod liver oil (125 mg)

    Evening:
    RMB’s (rotating)

    I’ve already purchased everything except the green tripe, which I’ve already sent them an email about, and the RMB’s, which I’m still searching for locally.

    I’m so excited!

    in reply to: Multivitamin :) #21387 Report Abuse
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    I feel like 1/8th of a capsule of the cod liver oil should do it (just based on the ratio of your dogs’ weights to mine) but then again, I really just don’t know.

    1/8 is also the perfect amount because I make Louie’s food in batches of 8 servings.

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    mah4angel
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    Okay! And the cod liver oil would not supplement the omega-3’s, correct (I believe you said before that in order to get enough omega-3’s through cod liver oil, you’d be getting excessive amounts of vitamin a and d)? I actually am going to try to go the non-supplement route especially considering I have a ton of flax seed that I bought at Costco that is a possible source of manganese if I supplement with it correctly, and because I just think it’s an all-around better option for my Louie.

    SO I’m wondering if this will work for the morning:
    1/2 cup whole grind (rotating between protein sources)
    1/2 cup XKALIBER green tripe grind (greentripe.com)
    Alternating between Dr. Harvey’s and Daily Greens super food supplements
    Swanson’s glandular supplement (not sure of the dosage since it’s a human supplement)
    1/8 capsule of 200 IU vitamin e (25 IU)
    Salmon oil (should I give this daily or maybe alternate between this and ground flax seed/others nuts and seeds?)
    Daily cod liver oil (not sure how much to give my 10 pound dog – I know you give your babies one 1.000 mg capsule)

    I was also looking at urinary tract boosters because Louie apparently has crystals in his urine and a much higher risk for UTI’s and kidney/bladder stones.

    I feel so close to getting this down AH 🙂

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    Thanks so much pugmomsandy 😀 It seems to have the same/similar benefits as in human consumption. I was also wondering if it would be good to rub on my Louie’s paws to prevent and heal dryness.

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    AH I feel so dumb the glandular is the one that was linked to me a while back in this conversation. I found it again and I guess I picked right LOL. Aye aye aye I’m such a basket case it’s not even real o_O

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    I use the Oster Naturals brand, I get it from WalMart, and also Nature’s Miracle fragrance-free odor eliminating formula. I’m not sure that it’s the best that I could be doing for Louie. I REALLY want to make my own dog shampoo and conditioner for him.
    I made my own shampoo and conditioner for myself for about a year and then found a GREAT all-natural, fragrance-free, CHEAP shampoo at Whole Foods that works even better 🙂
    I might check out some of the formulas mentioned here but, we have to give our pup a bath once a week. He wanders through everything and my fiancee and I have pretty intense allergies, PLUS he always stinks! He always smells like his food (which makes sense) but GOODNESS, EW! So, with having to bathe him once a week I need shampoo and conditioner that’s economical.

    Also, tattoos! AH! I have two but I have like, three more planned… *sigh* SO addictive!

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    What exactly is coconut oil used for in regards to doggie supplementation? I know coconut oil is great for soooooo many things for us two-legged folk (when ingested it helps curb appetite, works to heal the skin, hair and nails from the inside out, etc.) so I’m sure there are many benefits to using coconut oil in our dog’s food as well 🙂

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    I don’t see manganese in this vitamin, so if I were to use it (assuming it’s safe and adequate), should I maybe continue to add the flax seed?

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    What multivitamin would you recommend, HDM? I found this one: http://www.swansonvitamins.com/natures-answer-multiple-vitamins-8-fl-oz-liquid and I like that it’s liquid and that it has no calcium. And I also found this glandular supplement: https://www.swansonvitamins.com/natural-sources-raw-multiple-60-caps
    Is there anything store bought that you personally recommend for supplementation? Especially a multi?

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    I really need to get a kitchen scale, because everything is in pounds and grams/milligrams and I have no current way of measuring that. Which only adds to the anxiety lol. Actually, I think this would be about 10000000000 times easier if I just invested in a kitchen scale 🙂 HDM, your advice and information is SO appreciated!! I’m such a troll on here and you’re always so kind and helpful, and never condescending or impatient. THANKS SO MUCH, and Louie thanks you, too!

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    mah4angel
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    OH and RMB’s in the evenings.

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    mah4angel
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    Yes, I believe Trichinosis.

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    Okay!

    Would cod liver oil supply enough omega-3’s to replace something like a salmon oil so that I can kill two birds with one stone? I know that the whole sardines would be high in omega-3’s but I’m not sure that cod liver oil would be acceptable. Would flax seed be high enough is manganese (I have a lot of flax seed here lol)? How much manganese should I supplement? Would the human multivitamin supply enough vitamin E (obviously there are a million human multi’s and you can’t know for sure, but, just in general)?

    I’m up to here with my menu. This is all assuming all of my questions are answered with a “yes”:

    1/2 cup raw whole grind (alternating between protein sources)
    1/2 cup XKALIBER grind (greentripe.com)
    1/4 capsule of a no-calcium human multi
    1/2 tbsp flax seed (this is what I’m currently giving, I don’t know that this is adequate, too little or too much)
    Alternate between Dr. Harvey’s and Daily Greens
    Alternating between cod liver oil and whole sardines
    Swanson’s glandular supplement (assuming my grind happens to not include glands)

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    Okay! Yeah, next time I go to my local raw supplier I’ll ask if their grind contains glands. I believe they said it was a whole grind but now I feel like I may have misinterpreted because that was a week or two ago and goodness help me if I can remember that far back -_-

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    I believe it was 3 weeks, but I could very well be wrong about that.
    Louie has been gassy since we got him and I can’t figure out if it’s better or worse on his partially raw diet. It could totally be the detox from the raw 🙂 Supposedly that’s one of the side effects of juice detoxes in humans, as well.

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    Yeah, when I was lying in bed after doing my research on the vitamins I was thinking of alternating between the two supplements for variety. I just wasn’t sure if that would a good balance over time so yay 🙂
    I actually only feed once a day because it’s easier on me (because, again, I’m lazy haha) so I would probably alternate every day or every other day.
    What glandular supplement is recommended? I’ve seen a few mentioned, but I’m not 100% sure where lol. How would I include a glandular supplement (every day, every other day) and would that be something else to alternate between multiple formulas? Also, what does a glandular supplement consist of? And, what does it do, exactly (I’m thinking it supports the body’s glands but that’s a tiny bit vague lol)?

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    Also, the Young Again supplement specifically states not to supplement with anything else.

    Also, should I be adding anything to the future menu? Is it missing anything essential? I’m sure it’s missing some vitamins and minerals.
    1/2 cup raw whole grind (alternating between chicken, beef, pork, etc.)
    1/2 cup XKALIBER green tripe grind (greentripe.com)
    Some sort of fruit/vegetable supplement (for antioxidants and vitamins)
    Some sort of omega-3 supplement (fish oil, whole fish, etc.)
    RMB’s

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    Do you think Dr. Harvey’s would be the best of both worlds as far as supplementation? It has both vitamins and super foods, whereas as the Young Again has more vitamins and the Daily Greens has more super foods.
    Because I’ll be adding green tripe into his diet (within the next week, hopefully), it seems that he won’t really need the added probiotics, enzymes, or fiber that the Young Again product offers.
    The Daily Greens is essentially what I was looking for but now I’m wondering if that’ll all be enough or if I would also need to add a multivitamin or something. AH idk 🙁

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    Is stevia safe for dogs? It’s in the ingredients for the Green’s Multi, which is why I’m asking.

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