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Check out Abady granular. You can add it to her current food. Look for GSD forums for help.
I just used a can of Castor and Pollux Organix and it was pretty soft after being in the fridge. Also Whole Earth Farms stays rather soft.
I love Nature’s Logic products. They don’t use any synthetic vitamins or minerals and I think that’s a good selling point.
I was at Petco today and they have I and Love and You food, all types on clearance for 50% off.
Have you tried it yet James? How did it go? I’ve used it, the dogs like it and no gas or goopy eyes. I just have to decide which flavor to get next.
Farmina! It’s now available from Chewy’s. And Darwins… no brainer.
Thanks! I will try those coupon sites. I don’t ever remember getting a coupon on my PetSmart receipt tho…
I already give him coconut oil. He was itchy when I got him so I alternate the coconut oil with a krill oil capsule. He gets one of them daily. He’s not itchy anymore but I still give it.
We brought him home yesterday and it certainly is a big adventure. He’s 2 years old and I get the feeling he’s spent most of his life in a cage. He’s very shy and not well socialized but he’s made great strides in just 1 day. I would appreciate any advice anyone can give me about feeding the 2 of them. The first 2 times I separated them with a gate and fed them. Tonite I fed them both in the same room. I’m feeding the new guy half kibble and half canned but he doesn’t want the kibble so he ate the canned portion and went to Rileys bowl which was mostly empty and Riley went to his bowl and ate the kibble (he’ll eat anything). The good news is no one growled or protected their food, but I’d like to avoid that! He seems to be digesting fine even though I switched his food. Should I give up on the kibble?
He’s a Havanese. I did get some Nutrisource samples from a really neat pet food store I found about 1/2 hour away. It’s Choice Pet Supply. I think they are a chain but they have a great selection. I was wondering why lamb is considered easily digestible because I always thought it was high in fat. Maybe that doesn’t matter in dogs?
I’m actually really nervous about getting him. I’ve never had 2 dogs before.
I don’t remember, sorry.
Be careful. Sometimes no good deed goes unpunished. A co-worker was feeding her dog Beneful. When I explained to her how bad it is, she bought Wellness Core and switched him cold turkey. He ended up sick and she had big vet bills. Of course it was my fault (not really but she thought so). So now I just tell people to read this website and hopefully they will learn themselves.
Do you know who manufactures the Canidae Grain Free Pure?
I am interested in this as well. I’m hoping to adopt a shelter dog soon. They are coming for a home visit next weekend so Fingers crossed for us! So with 2 dogs, I may have to feed partially kibble. I like Annamaet Grain free for the price. But then I’ll have to pay shipping for a small bag. Small dogs. Wellness Complete Health has one 5 star and a few 4 1/2 star foods. They are listed under 4 star. Petco has a $5.00 coupon this week and you can get a Manuf. coupon on their website I believe.
If you haven’t watched this video yet, you’ll find it helpful. https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/karen-becker-choose-dog-food-1/
Try calling the office and asking if the vet will do titer testing for your dog. That will at least give you an idea of the vet’s policy. Then at least you know where you stand.
Bump! And yes, I’m giving probiotics.
Pork is not bad for dogs, in fact some commercial dog food companies are now making pork based foods. If your dog is not accustomed to switching foods, add it in gradually.
I feel the same way about dog food. It’s always exciting when supplies get low and I can buy something new! Aren’t we a bunch of weirdos! LOL!
Read this article and watch the video. That will give you a good start. https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/frequently-asked-questions/choose-dog-food/November 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm in reply to: Looking for Some Food to Add to Darwin's for Variety #27641 Report Abuse
You can also add some plain lean meat, cooked vegetables or fruit. I buy frozen berries and defrost a few twice a week to put in Riley’s food. Also when I make salad for the humans I give him the ends of the cucumbers and carrots and the tomato tops. All summer he’s been stealing tomatoes from my garden and eating them. So who said wolves in the wild won’t eat vegetables?
I paid $132.00. It was our first time doing a titer, Riley is two. So I don’t know how often my vet will want to do it. If she wants to do it next time, I’ll see how the 2 results compare and then decide how often to do it.
Has he had a fecal test for Giardia and Coccidia? For some reason this is not always included in the “standard” test. Call your vet to make sure.
I would say 1 is enough for them. How did they do? Did Stop&Shop cut them lengthwise by any chance?
You’re welcome! My dog didn’t love the antler either, but he chews this bone every day.
WOW! Sandy, I’m jealous! It’s like a whole pet food store there!
These are 2 I am familiar with.
Can anyone give me an idea what the shipping charges would be to NY?
For MPC orders, I mean.
Perhaps you’re not feeding enough food. Try increasing the serving size.
I would not let the parsley/salmonella recall issue deter me from buying or using THK for one second. Just MHO.
I got the 95% Pure Balance. It was a pate.
I’m using the Evo turkey and chicken in my rotation. I’m still sticking with it so far, I think it’s an excellent product for the money. I second the Whole Earth Farms and the Pure Balance doesn’t have gravy.
I’m on Long Island. It actually will probably cost quite a bit in tolls to go to the turnpike, so maybe have to re-think this.
Wow! I just went onto the Top Quality website and I’m impressed! I have a couple of questions. The bone content listed is from 22 to 30%, depending on the animal source. What is ideal? 30% seems high, no? So I’d have to add in boneless meat to this, right? Second question: Is dried liver as good as fresh? Does it still contain the same amount of nutrients? If so, It seems like a much more convenient way to include in the diet. I’m looking at an hour’s drive to pick up but the prices are good.
It seems her question is; could an underlying illness or condition be responsible for her dogs reactivity? That’s an excellent question. Maybe other holistic vets would do phone consults,too. That could get you started.
Hi Somebody, Have you considered a consult with a holistic vet? You can find one here: http://www.ahvma.org . Also Dr. Karen Becker will do phone consults. They will help you get to the bottom of the problem rather than just treat the symptoms.
Hi Chuck, I’ve been where you are now and I agree it is overwhelming! You can take it step by step. I started by eliminating kibble altogether. The more I read about it, the more I felt it wasn’t a good food for my dog. I switched to 5 star canned foods, rotating brands and protein sources. I gave him a chicken neck or foot twice a week. Then I started rotating in commercially prepared raw starting with Primal and Nature’s Variety. Now his main food is Darwin’s but I still rotate in other brands and cans. I give him 2 homemade meals a week, he eats twice daily so that’s under the 20% rule.
I don’t feel confident at this point to self prepare all of his meals. My next move is to rotate in meals consisting of fresh meat with a premix added. He’s only 2 so we have time! Maybe I’ll get there eventually but for now I’m doing the best that I feel comfortable with.
Start your dog with a chicken neck and see how it goes. My dog will eat absolutely anything but it did take him a few minutes to get going on his first chicken neck. He just looked at it and circled it for a while before getting down to business. Now he eats all kinds of bones.
Can you video the gulping episode next time it happens? That might help the vet figure out whats happening.
Oh, and most important, Bless you for taking a senior dog!
I just want to say I don’t think a healthy dog should smell, especially a poodle. I think a vet visit is in order to check for yeast/ ear infections.
Rachel Rays Nutrish Zero Grain (Zero Grain only!) and Whole Earth Farms.
How about NutriSource, or Nature’s Domain from Costco or 4Health from Tractor Supply.
Hey Scott, Trader Joe’s is a good place to buy the Organic Virgin Coconut oil, too.
I mean that thin, pointy bone that’s in the leg. The secondary one. I didn’t know how else to describe it.
My 12 lb dog does absolutely fine with chicken thighs. No problem at all. I’m hesitant to give him the legs tho, because of that splintery bone that’s in there. FreeholdHound, was that the L’Oreal fund raiser you went to? How was it? I was considering going but it’s almost a 2 hour drive for me. Do you think it was worth going?
Yeah,, that grinder’s not in my budget. The #8 is supposed to grind chicken, duck and rabbit bones but the instructions say specifically not to grind bones with this model. Confusing.
Yikes! Barf hardware is right!
I’m sorry I can’t help you but I’m trying to bump this up so someone else can see it.
Thank you all. HDM– baby steps, baby steps….