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Have you considered putting your dog on raw? That may be an option.
Personally I would put the dog on raw food. Kibble is the worst thing you can feed your dog. I am so sorry your dog is having these issues.
I highly recommend going to this website. I buy a lot of things from them for my dog. They have a wide range of prices, many reviews and super fast shipping.
If you are on Facebook, I would highly recommend your join this group. – Home Cooked Diets For Dogs. They offer a wealth of information on how to keep meals balanced, what supplements to use etc.
Good luck Patricia. Hope your sweet pooches love it. Merry Christmas !!!
Hi Patricia. Yes I am now feeding raw frozen patties and my pup Lacey loves them. I did a lot of research and came across a site by Susan Thixton. https://truthaboutpetfood.com/
She puts a list out every year of pet foods she recommends. After reading the reviews and researching the companies, I went with Raw Bistro. https://rawbistro.com/collections/raw-food
Dog Food Advisor review: https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/raw-bistro-dog-food/
This is a small business in Minnesota. Their food is also recommended by Dr Becker who’s opinion I value. I bought it directly on their website. They shipped it very quickly in a foam cooler with dry ice.
I started Lacey on their turkey patties and transitioned her very slowly over about two weeks. She had no upsets from the food whatsoever. Perfect poop every time. Right before the transition she was eating the Primal freeze dried turkey/ sardine. I would put the Primal on one side of her bowl and the Raw Bistro on the other side. I would intentionally turn the bowl in different directions and she would always eat the Raw Bistro first. She likes the Primal but much prefers the Raw Bistro.
The only down side to the raw frozen patties is that you have to remember to take out the patties the night before so they have a chance to thaw in the refrigerator. We actually just bought a new standing freezer which is wonderful. No more bending over and looking for stuff that has fallen underneath and gotten lost. Raw Bistro does a dehydrated raw as well so I did purchase a bag in the event I forget to get the patties out of the freezer.
I actually stopped feeding my dog Farmina. Not because she didn’t like it, but because even after a slow transition and a few months eating it she still had a loose stool. I have recently transitioned my girl to raw and am thrilled with the results.
Most dogs do really well on raw. I changed mine over because she hated kibble no matter which brand I tried. She loves it and is doing great. Are there any holistic vets in your area? Also there are several great raw feeding groups on Facebook. I am sure people there would be able to guide you.December 8, 2019 at 12:26 pm in reply to: What vitamins and minerals to add to homemade food? #150575 Report Abuse
I recently joined Home Cooking for Dogs on Facebook. There is a wealth of information there about how to get started, keeping meals balanced, supplements etc. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1651729598373140/
American Natural Premium also has poultry and legume free:
Jerry R totally agree with your assessment.
There are many great video’s on youtube on raw feeding. Also, if you are on Facebook, there are raw feeding groups there as well. Here is a site with tons of great information: http://www.dogaware.com
I second trying freeze dried food. My pup didn’t like kibble either, even after trying various brands. When I changed her over to the Stella & Chewy freeze dried patties everything changed. She would not only eat everything in the bowl but would come back several times just to lick the bowl. She loves the Primal freeze dried as well as I have rotated the two brands. I am now getting ready to change her over to a raw frozen diet which I am sure she will love even more.November 19, 2019 at 5:07 pm in reply to: Does anyone here make their own home cooked dog food? #150116 Report Abuse
Thank you for all that info William.
Thank you Bethann C. Answers is one of the brands I am considering.
So I got a response from the administrator to my question regarding the varying ratings of the Stella proteins. Here is the response:
Thanks for your email. These issues were caused by the fact the company had different figures on their website as we visited over an extended period. We have merged all the freeze-dried recipes and now only present a single product. The remaining reviews are no longer available on our website. Due to low search phrase demand on Google, we are not planning to restore and update these archived reviews in the future. Thanks for taking the time to write.October 31, 2019 at 2:24 pm in reply to: Does anyone here make their own home cooked dog food? #148983 Report Abuse
GSDsForever thank you so much for all the information !!!
It’s very frustrating indeed Patricia. I rely on these ratings when making choices for my dog. It is very disappointing when there are errors. Patricia is there a way for members to message each other privately on this forum? I would love to discuss raw feeding with you personally since you have a small dog like mine.
So it looks like the Stella & Chewy duck duck goose patties were updated now to 2.5 stars. The raw patties were not updated and still say 4 stars. This is very upsetting as a week ago I bought the duck ones thinking they were 4 stars. Guess I will need to go exchange them as I don’t want to feed my dog anything under 4 stars.
Thanks Patricia. That is very helpful.
Thanks for sending the emails Patricia. I will be looking forward to hearing what they say.
Thanks for the breakdown. I haven’t used the Primal yet but I have the turkey and sardine in the pantry for her next rotation. I am baffled by the fact that the Stella Lamb is 38% protein/38% fat and rated 2.5 stars. Yet the Stella Duck is 38% protein/38% fat and is rated 4 stars. How can that be? Unless there is something in the ingredient list that justifies the different rating.
I am one of the people that bought the turkey patties for the 5 star rating. I am giving my pup one turkey and one chicken patty to balance out the fat a bit. I think however that my pup might have an issue with chicken. She is much more itchy and her tear stains have increased.
I wish there was a better explanation on how the Stella patties are rated. You would think turkey would be a lean meat yet it get 2.5 stars. The duck duck goose gets 4 stars when the fat and protein are both 38% which seems high. I had bought the turkey patties when I thought they were 5 stars. Right now I am giving my pup one turkey and one chicken freeze dried patty to balance out the fat content a bit. She loves them both.October 19, 2019 at 5:04 pm in reply to: Only Natural Pet Raw Nibs-freeze dried grain free nibblets #148544 Report Abuse
Here is a review from this website:
I would never feed my dog Rachel Ray. It is one of the foods listed on the DCM list.October 14, 2019 at 12:25 pm in reply to: Vet wants dog off food containing potato and any legumes #148288 Report Abuse
I just ordered this for my pup. Haven’t tried it yet as she still has some of her other food left. It was recommended to me by some members of another dog forum.
My pup is a year old. We have the same issue as you. We can never let her go freely in our large fenced in yard as she loves to put everything in her mouth. Rocks, leaves, mulch, acorns, sticks, grass etc you name it. Ours understands the leave it command and will do it in a controlled setting in the house. But when we are outside and I tell her to leave it she looks at me as if I am talking Portuguese. I think she is just so intrigued with all the “treasures” she finds outside. Hopefully in time she will outgrow this.
Patricia, I totally agree with you. I spend so much time stressing over the best food to feed my pup. LOL !!!
Thanks for the review Patricia. Since the DCM scare I have been trying out different kibbles to see which one my pup likes to put in her rotation. The Stella Ancient grains is next on our list. I also recently ordered the Stella Tantilizing turkey freeze dried patties. Unfortunately I think there is an error on the reviews. In the freeze dried dinner reviews it is rated 5 stars which is why I ordered it.
However, if you look at the frozen raw they are only a 2.5 star which is probably correct due to the fat content.
All the other freeze dried and raw patties match in terms of stars. So for now I am giving my pup one chicken patty and one turkey patty to balance it out a bit. I am glad Stella seems to be releasing so many great new products to choose from.
Thank you so much for your response. My Lacey is an 11 pound bichon so I always worry about anything with too much fat. I also just got a bag of the grain inclusive Stella kibble to try. How do your little chi’s like that kibble?
I just ordered this for my pup as she seems to itch a great deal when eating chicken: https://www.chewy.com/american-natural-premium-turkey/dp/204685
My bichon loves bully sticks the most. I buy them from Best Bully sticks. I only get the ones that are low odor and made in the USA. She has never gotten sick after eating them. She also gets the baby carrots daily which she also enjoys.
Which Primal and Stella patties do you use and what kind of dog do you have? I feed my bichon one meal of Stella patties. We are using the chicken right now but I have noticed a major increase in her itching. Some of the proteins are very high in fat which concerns me. But my pup loves the Stella patties. I just got the Primal turkey and Sardine to rotate with but haven’t used it yet.
My pup is currently on Farmina Cod Ancestral Grains. She absolutely loves it. I buy the food directly from the Farmina website. Any concerns anyone has can be addressed with a private message on facebook. They are very quick to respond to questions.August 29, 2019 at 7:54 pm in reply to: Please advise on a good dry dog food for a sensitive stomach #145588 Report Abuse
My pup is not particularly a fan of dry kibble. I have tried several brands over the last few months and its always the same story. She will often just sniff it and walk away. However, I have found that if I add a little low sodium chicken broth or some tiny pieces of meat or a spoon of canned food she will gobble it right down.August 28, 2019 at 12:43 pm in reply to: FDA names 16 brands of dog food linked to canine heart disease #145497 Report Abuse
I personally would not feed Fromm. Too many DCM cases for me. Secondly they have changed some of their formulas and did not notify consumers. A friend was feeding the Salmon A la Veg. Her dog got sick and she could not understand why as he had been on the food for a long time. Turns out the new formula has chicken in it and her dog is allergic to chicken.
I would leave your puppy on the Proplan. The 30/20 formula is the same food that my breeder used when I got my bichon. We left her on it since we didn’t want to make any more changes given she was going to be in a new environment. She did really well on it.
My mom’s malti/poo has eaten Fromm grain free for over 5 years. When the DCM report came out I switched his food to Purina Pro Plan salmon sensitive skin and stomach. I really cringed changing to a Purina food but I must admit he has done really well on it. He likes the taste of it and he always has good poops.
A friend of mine has been feeding Fromm Salmon a la Veg to her dog for some time and he always did well on it. All of a sudden the dog was not feeling well. and she noticed he was getting tear stains. Turns out they changed the formula and added chicken fat. She had no idea that the formula was changed and her dog is allergic to chicken. She has decided to look for a different brand all together.
I actually took my pup to the vet last week to have her checked for fleas as there was some debris in her fur. But the vet said it was just a little dirt from outside. She checked her thoroughly and said there was no signs of fleas. We do have carpeting in some rooms in our house. But she has been confined to just the kitchen and tile area of our family room due to potty training. I guess I will just have to do a food trial as suggested to see if I can narrow down what is causing her itching.
For those of you that have done allergy testing, what kind of test did you have run? Was it a blood test at your vet’s office or something different? I am thinking of having my puppy who is currently 10 months tested. When I got her from the breeder at 10 weeks, she was being fed Purina Pro Plan Sport. When she reached about 8 months old she flat out refused to eat her food. All the time she was on the Pro Plan she was itchy. I thought maybe it was the chicken in the kibble she was allergic to. I switched her over to Farmina Ancestral Grain lamb. Yet the itching continues. I also feed her an evening meal of Stella & Chewy freeze dried patties which she absolutely devours. They are a beef/salmon puppy formula. I really would like to figure out why she is so itchy. She has no hot spots or fur loss. Just often scratching.
I agree that it is so confusing. Every time I think I might have found a good choice of kibble, someone will point out that it has an ingredient in it that is questionable. I have had my puppy on Farmina Ancestral grain lamb. She seems to like it but now people are saying to be careful because it has alfalfa in it which is a legume. It is not in the top five ingredients but it is still there. I subscribe to Whole Dog Journal. They recently sent an email with some updates to the whole DCM issue. This is the paragraph that I am paying the most attention to when choosing a food:
“For now, we would strongly recommend avoiding foods that use peas – including constituent parts of peas, such as pea starch, pea protein, and pea fiber, and especially multiple iterations of peas (such as green peas, yellow peas, pea protein, etc.) as major ingredients. If any one of these appears higher than the 6th or 7th ingredient on an ingredient list, for now, we’d switch to foods that do not display this trait.
Same goes for chickpeas (may be referred to as garbanzo beans), any other type of bean, and lentils.
We’d switch away from any foods containing more than one of these ingredients (peas, beans, or lentils).”
I was feeding Proplan to my puppy only because that is what the breeder was giving her. But about a month ago she just refused to eat it. I switched her over to the Farmina low ancestral grain lamb. She absolutely loves it. I am planning on trying the cod flavor next as she loves anything with fish.