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  • in reply to: Mastiff Puppy Rawing to Go #37193 Report Abuse
    MastiffLove
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    Wow thanks everyone for the info, it is greatly appreciated! Wish i had you all in my living room…anyone do home consults and courses??? lolll

    Back to studying! 🙂

    in reply to: Suggested Raw Dog Food Menus? #37053 Report Abuse
    MastiffLove
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    Thank you very much for your help RDM and yes i meant question 7….so if i recap i can mix the meat(s) fruits and boiled veggies and freeze and once thawed out add the supplements before serving.

    Thank you theBCnut for that info! there’s actually alot of em in my area, i will make some phone calls! 🙂

    should i grind the tripe like the meat or have it coarse grind to get Zeus to chew on it to get some teeth brushing going on? From what i read its a chewy type of organ?

    Sorry for all those questions but i wanna make this right (still have a long way to g but i’m working on it) and have a healthy family member! 😛

    in reply to: Suggested Raw Dog Food Menus? #37047 Report Abuse
    MastiffLove
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    We will buy in bulk, meaning half a cow, lots of chickens (loose fat removed), half a pig (less pig since it has more fat)(will add organs to those) for a start and later on i will add more types of meats as i find farmers or producers around my area. I will make this food for my 8weeks old English Mastiff puppy BUT my wife’s parents are getting a Colley puppy in July and later on during the summer a German Sheppard puppy, also a friend of ours is researching for a good Great Dane breeder. That being said we would be 4 different dogs on the same recipe.

    1- Can i get Green Tripe from a meat manufacture(not sure if thats how its called)?

    2- Can i grind necks?

    3- instead of using pureed vegetable can i use a Supergreen powder mixted with the meat then freeze?

    4- Should fruits be pureed? or chopped in fine pieces is ok? (like apples for example)

    5- wy use Sweet potatoes, isn’t it a source of carbs? Should it always be boiled or can it be oven baked?

    6- Thinking of buying in bulk therefore i would have the company to grind the meat including bones…would using:
    URBAN WOLF Balancer give a too high output on Calcium and an unbalanced Calc./Phos.?
    or
    Should i use Dr. Harvey’s Formative Years for Puppies?
    NOT to forget my puppy is 8weeks old!

    7- As for Greens should i use Mercola’s SpiruGreen Superfood and/OR Swanson’s Sprouted Flax Powder mixed with Wheat Grass Powder?

    8- Kymythy Schultze a certified clinical nutritionist said:” Calcium can go out of solution when feeding too many vegetables. Keeping normal acidity (low alkaline) in the digestion by avoiding veggies in puppies keeps calcium in solution and won’t deposit excess on the bones.”
    (p.s.: thank you Sharon Buchanan for the quote!)
    Would adding the product from Question 8 result in unbalancing my pups acidity?

    9- i would mix everything up in large batches (some batch will have some ingredients and some will have different ones to “balance” it out in day on day off type of feeding), and separate in individual portion size for an 8 weeks old large pup in air tight sealed bags and then into the freezer. Doing so would i loose any efficiency of certain foods like greens and fish oil?

    *** End comment: I was happy and felt like applauding Mercola.com for funding 300,000$ for the Washington State GMO Labeling Initiative, they are one of the companies, amongst many others, that i buy products from as supplements for my puppy raw diet. http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/cornucopia.jpg ***

    in reply to: Large and Giant Breed Puppy Nutrition #36760 Report Abuse
    MastiffLove
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    OMG! YAY!!!!! I found a farm/producer that produces Raw beef and chickens that i can buy in bulk with no additives and i can get it freshly grounded on Mondays and Thursdays. Grounded beef comes in 25kg bins and chicken in 20pnd boxes! They distribute those meats to sled dogs and people like me and you and also to fresh dog food producers in my area for the last 40yrs and are inspected regularly!

    Soooo happy right now i’m dancing lollll

    in reply to: Large and Giant Breed Puppy Nutrition #36757 Report Abuse
    MastiffLove
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    We will buy in bulk, meaning half a cow, lots of chickens (loose fat removed), half a pig (less pig since it has more fat)(will add organs to those) for a start and later on i will add more types of meats as i find farmers or producers around my area. I will make this food for my 8weeks old English Mastiff puppy BUT my wife’s parents are getting a Colley puppy in July and later on during the summer a German Sheppard puppy, also a friend of ours is researching for a good breeder of Great Danes. That being said we would be 4 different dogs on the same recipe.

    1- Can i get Green Tripe from a meat manufacture(not sure if thats how its called)?

    2- Can i grind necks?

    3- instead of using pureed vegetable can i use a Supergreen powder mixted with the meat then freeze?

    4- Should fruits be pureed? or chopped in fine pieces is ok? (like apples for example)

    5- wy use Sweet potatoes, isn’t it a source of carbs? Should it always be boiled or can it be oven baked?

    6- Thinking of buying in bulk therefore i would have the company to grind the meat including bones…would using:
    URBAN WOLF Balancer give a too high output on Calcium and an unbalanced Calc./Phos.?
    or
    Should i use Dr. Harvey’s Formative Years for Puppies?
    NOT to forget my puppy is 8weeks old!

    7- As for Greens should i use Mercola’s SpiruGreen Superfood and/OR Swanson’s Sprouted Flax Powder mixed with Wheat Grass Powder?

    8- Kymythy Schultze a certified clinical nutritionist said:” Calcium can go out of solution when feeding too many vegetables. Keeping normal acidity (low alkaline) in the digestion by avoiding veggies in puppies keeps calcium in solution and won’t deposit excess on the bones.”
    (p.s.: thank you Sharon Buchanan for the quote!)
    Would adding the product from Question 8 result in unbalancing my pups acidity?

    9- i would mix everything up in large batches (some batch will have some ingredients and some will have different ones to “balance” it out in day on day off type of feeding), and separate in individual portion size for an 8 weeks old large pup in air tight sealed bags and then into the freezer. Doing so would i loose any efficiency of certain foods like greens and fish oil?

    *** End comment: I was happy and felt like applauding Mercola.com for funding 300,000$ for the Washington State GMO Labeling Initiative, they are one of the companies, amongst many others, that i buy products from as supplements for my puppy raw diet. http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/cornucopia.jpg ***

    in reply to: Large and Giant Breed Puppy Nutrition #36755 Report Abuse
    MastiffLove
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    Hi Sharon! I will be looking into the facebook group after we get our puppy, Zeus is his name :), cause our teens don’t know about it yet and adding that group to our facebook will certainly give them a hint lolll

    Someone wrote (i think it was you!?): “Last week I found a farm that grass feeds, no GMOs, but they do feed grains in the three weeks prior to slaughter (I’m still checking to see if that is standard practice and if not, why it’s done and whether it effects the quality of the meat (other than the tripe) – more questions for my conference list)”

    What were you told?

    in reply to: Large and Giant Breed Puppy Nutrition #36576 Report Abuse
    MastiffLove
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    Sharon,

    Thanks again for your reply!

    After talking about all the dog food kibbles and other food types we can give to our puppy and reading and watching videos on http://healthypets.mercola.com/ (thanks HDM) me and my wife decided that we will go raw! It might end up being more costly in the end but at least we will know for sure what is precisely in his dog food and we can have a better control on his diet plus it just makes sense to feed him that way …you don’t find kibbles in the wild!

    I’ve ordered Dr. Becker’s Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats Cookbook, Probiotics, Krill Oil and Spirugreen Superfood, that way i’ll have everything on hand for whatever needs our dog has. (just mentioning what i bought so far, still more to come for a complete diet like Coconut Oil and such).

    I am currently researching for a meat manufacturer that provides food stores to get the best price, luckily for me there are several in my area.

    We have bought the breeders kibble (1st Choice Large pup) for the first 3 weeks, then i was thinking of switching him to Orijen (i know the calcium lvl is a bit high) for the next 2 weeks to get him on a better kibble. Then mix Orijen and Raw to finally end up to only raw.

    Should i switch 1st Choice and mix it with raw after the first 3 weeks and increase the raw dosage and skip Orijen entirely?…i don’t know, it would be a faster way to get him on a better and proper food balance but he would be on 1st Choice longer and honestly i really dislike the ingredient in that kibble.

    in reply to: Large and Giant Breed Puppy Nutrition #36523 Report Abuse
    MastiffLove
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    thank you Sharon and H2H for your input. I am currently contemplating Fromm’s Frittata no grain formula BUT it has a low protein value. My main concern with this kibble is the price…90$ CAD FOR 26pnd bag…that’s a costly dog bowl considering i would add proteins to it.

    So far i havent found a meat full dog food with low calcium here in Quebec other then Orijen. I’m still looking but it’s getting hopeless.

    in reply to: Large and Giant Breed Puppy Nutrition #36506 Report Abuse
    MastiffLove
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    Omg i’ve just looked at the ingredients list…i am not going with Royal Canin…back to the research board!!!! lolll *sigh*

    in reply to: Large and Giant Breed Puppy Nutrition #36505 Report Abuse
    MastiffLove
    Member

    Hello again, so i’ve been reading, studying, analyzing and calculating like a madman since my last post. I am thinking of going with Royal Canin Giant Puppy since it has a low calcium % at 2.287/1000 kcal with a 0.82%:0.67% calc/phos ratio. I would add a canned topper or fresh meat to boost the proteins. Also to this, i was thinking of adding a probiotic formula and a dash of fresh fish oil and if the stool is too “soft” i’d regulate with pumpkin. Comments? Suggestions? Warnings? Praise?

    Now question is, considering a rotation with added ingredients/supplements what would be a good starting schedule e.i. 3days on 4 days off for probiotic formula and so on….also what would be a safe amount of for each of em? What would be a good topper high in proteins?

    p.s. Thank you for all your hard work and knowledge Hound Dog Mom.

    in reply to: Large and Giant Breed Puppy Nutrition #36411 Report Abuse
    MastiffLove
    Member

    Hello everyone!

    I would love some help in figuring what would be the “best” diet for my dog. Alot of you here seem to have alot of knowledge about this subject and i want to give the best diet to my dog so he will be in top health, shape and growth so he can live a great life without issues due to his diet.

    On the 9th of April i am getting my Englsih Mastiff His dad is 220pounds and his mom is around 185 pounds he will be 8 weeks old he is one of the biggest of the litter. I am mentioning this so we can have an idea on an average he could possibly weight once adult and i want to promote growth and size without risking ANY health issues due to exessive or poor feeding.

    I’ve been reading for quite awhile and theres so much information to consider that i’m getting overwhelmed with info lolll.

    He is currently being fed with First Choice Puppy Medium and Large Breeds (4stars on the reviews here) and i will switch him to Orijen Puppy Large once i feel he feels confortable in his new home (most likely after 3 weeks he’s been here) .

    I have read on here that mixing a puppies diet with diferent brands and types of food is a good thing also mixing dry kibbles with canned food is good and/or adding home food to his meals will supplement for whats missing.

    But here are my questions:

    1.Should i keep him on Orijen after his “switch” has been done until he reaches a certain age/weight or should i right away start “mixing things up” to best his diet?

    2. Would any supplements or additives be used as a mixing ingredient to his kibbles?

    3. Orijen has a Calcium (min/max) of 1.2/1.5% as wirtten on the 13kg (28.6pnd) bag enough or too much calcium? And could it be clarified, is it per portion served, over the whole bag, in one kiddle alone and such…how does those precentage work? so i can in the furture know what i’m dealing with.

    4. Could someone give me a good idea on how to proceed thrue all of this like weeks old you do this, at a certain weight (considering hes not over or under weight and such) you start adding those kind of things…so on and so forth.

    I understand theres alot of factors to consider like activity levels, too fat too skinny, etc. and so i will be monitoring his weight and growth weekly thrue his first year so i can spot anything different at a certain event like using a certain type of food or supplement etc. So try to be positive in giving as much detail as you can…i want to learn and i love precise and detailed info.

    P.S. I live in Canada Quebec both parents are American living here in case you wish to suggest some food brands please consider i might not have access to it other then by shipping.

    Sorry for the loooong post i’m french and i try to be clear on what i’m concerned about.

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