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We use one for our bloodhound, even though the experts are pretty much split on whether it does/doesn’t help/cause bloat. We also take other precautions (she doesn’t get to go out an hour before/after feedings, she eats multiple smaller meals a day, we limit the amount of water she drinks at once, etc). I think it genuinely just depends on whether or not *you* yourself want to use one.
I have to say, I’m a big fan of Victor dog food. It’s a 4 star rated food, and is available at a decent price (where I work, we sell 40 pound bags of the beef meal and brown rice for $35).
I really like the Newman’s Own, and since it’s only a topper (she get’s about a teaspoon in the AM and 2 at night), I’m not really worried about some of the more controversial ingredients (though I can totally see why someone who is using it as a major part of their pet’s diet would be). Really, I am just looking to switch up the topper since I have Mocha on one type of dry food (I know I read somewhere that this probably isn’t as good as rotating food and one day when I don’t get the Victor for a reduced price and can afford it, I will try to rotate the dry food. Until then, rotating her topper is the best I can do). I finally got to the feed store today and picked up several different brands of canned food with different proteins. Since they didn’t have everything I wanted to try (which is a lot, I’ll admit), I’m planning on using the very helpful link HDM provided to order the other wet food I want to try.
Again, thank you all for actually taking the time and helping me out!
Mom2Cavs: Obviously, I can’t read my cans….oh well, yesterday was a long day. We found out my parent’s dog (the bloodhound) blew out one of her back knees and she’s having surgery on it today.
Mom2Cavs, I’m pretty sure the PureBalance I had was the regular kind, and it was a pate. I could be wrong, but I’m almost positive? Maybe they make both a stewed and a pate version?
Thanks, HDM, for the website suggestion, and thanks to everyone for the canned food suggestions! I’ve got quite a list to work from now; I’m sure Mocha is going to appreciate it!
Tripett’s, Merrick 96% have all been added to my “short” list. I’ve tried the Pure Balance, but didn’t like it as much as the Newman’s Own. I really, really wish there was somewhere online where I could pick and choose my own variety pack so I could get one of each brand I want to try! I’ve got a feed store nearby that I”m going to stop by tomorrow to see what brands they have in stock. Thanks for the suggestions!