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  • in reply to: Diet for renal failure #131123 Report Abuse

    Sanne
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    Why is it an issue though? If the vet diagnosed your dog with renal failure and says a prescription food is needed I would assume they would have no problem writing a prescription for it? You can then purchase from anywhere else that sells the food with that prescription.

    in reply to: Diet for renal failure #131120 Report Abuse

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    I agree, if there is a health problem your dog has that requires specific nutrients I would stick with a prescription food. I really like Farmina’s prescription foods and Royal Canin is another good option. Since I am not a vet, I would not feel comfortable recommending a random food for a dog that I assume has some kind of ailment.

    in reply to: Feeding Guidelines w/ Added Toppers #130962 Report Abuse

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    Absolutely not bad to try it at all! Don’t beat yourself up over it, some dogs are just soo much more sensitive than others and there isn’t much we can do about it. Honestly, the ingredients do not look awful in that food at all. It may be a little low in meat but dogs do not NEED high amounts of meat to be healthy. I would have no problem trying this food if my dog was miserable on everything else. If it works, it will be oh so worth it to see your dog have relief. Trust me, if it works any guilt you have about feeding it will be gone. The “best food in the world” is garbage at the end of the day if your dog’s system is not happy on it.

    A few years back, I tried to feed my dogs some 40% protein 20% fat grain free type foods. I was dead set on feeding my dog these kinds of foods because they are supposedly so high in meat which is supposedly the only way to feed a dog. So much wasted time with my dog being miserable, gassy, huge loose stools, itching. I finally said F it and started from scratch. Dumped the high protein food, stuck with something between 25-30% protein 11-16% fat and rice, millet, or barely for the starch since this is kind of similar to what she was on as a pup. What a difference. Such small firm stools that took a maximum of 20 seconds to pass. No nasty residue left behind. It may not have the highest meat content but who cares?? My dog is like a normal dog, no poop or skin issues, no stressing about what might happen next on this food lol. As an example of what I like to see in a food, while I was in the States I fed my dog Victor Senior and that worked so perfectly for her. The brands I feed now here in Europe all have very similar ingredients/analysis.

    Geez I let this get very long, sorry sometimes I ramble on 🙂 I just wanted to let you know I know where you are coming from and do not let the guilt get to you over the brand/ingredients. Both you and your dog will be happier for it

    in reply to: Feeding Guidelines w/ Added Toppers #130954 Report Abuse

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    Oh that is a shame! Poor thing, I hate when my dogs get digestive upset. They look so miserable. If you still want to try adding your own topper, I wouldn’t bother with “recipes”. Especially for more sensitive dogs, I think it is better to add things one at a time instead of introducing mixes. I would just give plain chicken or beef added to their food for example. Then if they can eat that consistently for a week or so you can try adding something else.

    I’m sure you know this already but just in case.. also make sure your meat has no added sodium, and the leaner the better for sensitive dogs.

    in reply to: Feeding Guidelines w/ Added Toppers #130909 Report Abuse

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    Regardless of what I am feeding I know about how many calories both my dogs need to maintain their weight so that is how much I feed in a day. I mix raw meat, sardines, veggies, eggs etc in their food every day and simply make sure that the added food + dry food = their needed calories. I keep calories from added food to a max of 25% of their daily calories as that is what my vet suggested I stay around.

    I always recommend people know how many calories their dog eats from their normal food. Makes it so much easier to know how much dry to reduce if adding canned for example.

    in reply to: Help! Puppy food #130826 Report Abuse

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    Just my personal opinions of these brands.. I would not bother with Blue Buffalo. So many people seem to have digestive issues on that brand. I also do not like the company as a whole, seems shady. Orijen and Acana are imo very overpriced for what they are. So much beans/lentils/peas which in my experience are not very easy to digest. My dogs get gas and huge loose stools on foods that use beans/lentils as the starch source. I have had much better digestion results with foods that use rice/barely/potato/sweet potato, that is just my personal experience though. With all the odd cases of DCM/low taurine with dogs on Acana, I would hold off on that food anyway until more is found on that.

    I am not too familiar with Innova or Solid Gold. Wellness seems pretty decent. My go to puppy formulas are Farmina Puppy and Annamaet Original Puppy or Ultra. It really is trial and error though, what works for mine may not work for yours. You will only know what works for him by experience.

    As for mixing add ins, my dogs starting since they were pups get raw meat, boiled eggs, and tinned sardines added to their dry food. They are very used to this though as like I said this started very early on. I would not add in a bunch of stuff too quickly with your pup though. You could start with just some egg or chicken added in a few times a week and go from there.

    in reply to: Wet food vs Dry Kibble #130543 Report Abuse

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    Regardless of dry or tinned, you should go by calories. However many calories your dog maintains on with a dry food is going to be around what they need from a tinned food. There is no difference or benefit nutrition wise to dry food. So long as the tinned food you are feeding is labeled as “complete and balanced” you could feed all tinned if you like. The added moisture actually makes it a bit better than dry IMO

    I imagine most large dog owners feed primarily dry food unless they have the proper funds for it, which is of course possible for some.

    I personally feed my bigger dog 3/4 dry food and 1/4 “human food” like sardines, eggs, meat

    in reply to: Grain-free diets linked to heart disease? #130314 Report Abuse

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    All of Farmina’s foods are free of those ingredients. Good food made with at least 90% animal protein. Annamaet grain inclusive foods do not have any of those ingredients either. I also like Purina Beyond grain inclusive foods, which are also free of all those ingredients.

    in reply to: Starch free and grain free dog food. #130115 Report Abuse

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    If the vegetables are raw then it is still 100% raw. It may not be 100% meat but it is still raw…

    in reply to: Happy Birthday to Boone! #130036 Report Abuse

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    Happy birthday, he looks like quite a handsome dog!

    in reply to: weight management non grain free? #130034 Report Abuse

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    I use Farmina Light for my older dog who needs less calories. Fat is around 11% I think. My dog does great on it

    Victor Select has a Senior/Weight Management food that also looks really good. Fat is around 12%

    Those are the only two I’m familiar with enough to recommend

    in reply to: Looking for Advice #130010 Report Abuse

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    Hi Alice, yes CBD oil is just as beneficial for humans! You could certainly ask your doctor about it and they may be able to point you in the right direction and tell you what to look for in a brand. I wish I could help you out on where to buy it but I live in the Netherlands so we have different brands.

    One of the best brands I have heard about available for dogs in the States is Super Snouts Hemp Company. They originally started with products for dogs but now have some for humans too. Quite pricey though I think! The people I know who have used this brand for their dogs say they usually only need half the recommended dose though. Still, seems much more expensive for humans. Even so, their website is a great resource for information on what makes a good quality CBD product and how it works, even if you go with a different brand

    in reply to: Looking for Advice #129933 Report Abuse

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    I think most people go overboard with too many unnecessary supplements. If your dog is on a complete and balanced food there is no need for supplements unless you want something for a specific problem.

    Extra Omega 3’s are great for skin, joint, and heart health. It is a good overall supplement but I prefer to just feed my dog real mackerel or sardines as opposed to a fish oil supplement. It is cheaper and fresh food is always a good thing.

    Glucosamine, chondroitin, msm, green lipped mussel powder are all great for arthritis. CBD oil I find is even better

    Coq10 can be great for heart health if your dog has any problems with that

    As you can see, most supplements are good for specific issues and do not need to be given just because.

    in reply to: Mature/All Ages/Large Breed #129920 Report Abuse

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    Lots of great advice in Susan’s post. Though if your dog has arthritis I would not rely on any food for glucosamine support. They are just not high enough to make any substantial difference. For example, in the Core Large Breed formula, the amount of food my bigger dog would eat of that brand would supply her around 300mg of glucosamine. Her vet recommends closer to 1000mg for her size. My dog would have to eat over a kg of that food just to meet her recommended amount daily lol. Best to use a supplement to add it if your dog needs it.

    On a side note, only thing I found to help my older dog’s aches and pains is CBD oil. Good stuff.

    in reply to: dog food questions #129809 Report Abuse

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    I fed those Freshpet logs while on a trip. I wanted something easy on the stomach since my dogs were getting quite a sudden switch. I picked one of the chicken and brown rice rolls. My dogs LOVED that stuff and poeps were small and firm. Never any digestive upset and one of mine tends to be very sensitive.

    I really like the idea behind it, a fresh less processed food and price was not ridiculous for what you get. The ingredients were nice and simple too – meat, some organ, egg, rice and veggies. That was what drew me to it, I like simple for my dogs. I honestly can’t think of anything that would steer me away from it if it were available here.

    in reply to: No Hide Chews #129807 Report Abuse

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    Wow! Read through this whole thread and what a mess!! I remember a while back seeing these chews raved about on various forums and other sites and thinking “I need these!!”. I could not find them anywhere here in Europe though. I’m so glad that I couldn’t. They seem like a huge scam and the company responses are very dodgy, says a lot about them. I will be sure to point my American friends to this thread, I know a few of them use these on a regular basis.

    Currently I only use frozen Kongs to keep my dogs busy too. A few times a week I give them a CET Veggiedent Fresh chew. They don’t last for entertainment but man do those new “Fresh” chews really help with breath, especially for my smaller dog.

    Aimee, you are awesome for going through all this to unravel the BS!

    in reply to: Mature/All Ages/Large Breed #129804 Report Abuse

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    Usually a large breed formula is only truly necessary for a growing large breed puppy. The calcium and phosphorus levels are usually balanced better in large breed puppy food, ensuring proper growth. Not sure about the guidelines for adults though, never had huge dogs

    Studies have shown that senior dogs need more protein per kg of body weight than an average adult dog, up to 50% more. Senior dogs on low protein foods had weaker muscles and more muscle tearing. There is no beneficial reason to lower a healthy senior dog’s protein intake.

    As a general rule of thumb, my vet tends to recommend around 2g of protein per kg of body weight for a healthy adult dog and 3g of protein per kg for a healthy senior

    in reply to: lawsuits against Orjien/Acana #129787 Report Abuse

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    No problem! Not much really, just some small differences in where the starch ingredients are on the list and ours seems to be missing liver and other minor things.

    Here’s my rough translation of Core original
    Fresh Turkey 15%, Turkey meal 13%, Chicken meal 15%, peas, dried potatoes, potato protein, dried chicken protein 5%, chicken fat 5%, Flaxseed 4%, Beetroot 3%, Salmon Oil 1%, Dried chicory root 0,5%, Apples, Broccoli, Spinach, Blueberries, Cranberries, Tomatoes, Yucca, Yeast extract

    Might be some minor mistakes in there haha thinking of the English equivalent for some of those was a bit difficult

    Oh wow after posting this reply my other long drawn out one seems to have disappeared! Glad you saw it before that happend 🙂

    in reply to: lawsuits against Orjien/Acana #129772 Report Abuse

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    I would think the toxins could be a big part of it more than “exotic” meats. I live in the Netherlands and as Susan pointed out, this just isn’t an issue here in Europe either. Some very common meats for dogs in my country are venison, rabbit and goat. Very often fed raw too. I would think if meats like that were a cause for all of this we would be seeing quite a few cases here in NL!

    Orijen and Acana are sold here in Europe but we only get the stuff from the Canadian plant. Also, even if a food is not made in the EU, if it is sold here it must pass the same regulations that food made here does. I still don’t touch Champion foods though and it is not that common in the Netherlands. Most of us stick to foods made in Europe because the rules on pet food are much more strict.

    It is definitely an interesting theory! Interestingly, dog foods full of legumes are not very popular here either. We do have some with peas but foods like that just have not gotten very widespread here.

    in reply to: Heart Murmur in 4 month old puppy #129645 Report Abuse

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    Indeed. That is why I made the point to get the go ahead from their vet before attempting to alter food

    in reply to: Heart Murmur in 4 month old puppy #129643 Report Abuse

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    I wouldn’t say chicken is naturally high in sodium. A lot of meats have added salt sure, so that is something to look out for. But just by looking at the Mg of sodium per serving you can easily pick out which ones have salt added.

    I used to homecook for my past dog with cardiac issues with the go ahead from my vet. The food was where it needed to be in sodium, regardless of the type of protein I used (beef, chicken, goat, venison). Use common sense when buying meat for the dogs and pass it by your vet.

    in reply to: Heart Murmur in 4 month old puppy #129627 Report Abuse

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    Completely agree with the others here. Please listen to your vet and keep her on the prescription food if that is what they are recommending. I wouldn’t mess around with a pup with a heart murmur that young.

    I know the ingredients do not look the best but it’s not just about ingredients. It’s about how those ingredients come together and work in the end product, especially when your dog already has a health issue. Science Diet (along with Royal Canin) have a long history of proven success with their prescription foods.


    Sanne
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    I am not sure which Nutro foods are grain inclusive as they have SO many lol I also have no experience with them

    Some grain inclusive foods I like are Farmina Ancesteral Grain, Annamaet, Purina Beyond to name a few. My dog is currently on Beyond and doing great but she has eaten all of these brands and done well. Beyond has a Salmon flavour, Farmina has Cod, and Annamaet has Salmon and Lamb (Option is the name). I believe Annamaet also has a couple chicken based grain inclusive foods that have Herring in them as well, Ultra might be one of them. Victor Select has grain and their ingredients look pretty good, they have an Ocean Fish formula. I have not personally tried this brand yet but have heard a lot of dogs do good on it.

    If you are interested in Nutro I would check out their website to see which formulas have grains. You could also go to Reviews on this website and check out the reviews for all of the Nutro formulas, there you can see the ingredients. Keep in mind the company’s website will always be the best place to see the most up to date ingredient lists for their foods.

    Hope you find something that works out for him! I hate going through the food journey


    Sanne
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    I would listen to your vet. They know more about your dog than a store owner. I personally would not touch anything from Champion (Orijen/Acana). They are currently in quite the lawsuit and have more cases than I am comfortable with of dogs having DCM and/or low taurine while on their foods.

    There is nothing wrong with grain inclusive food. Using peas/lentils/chickpeas etc in place of rice/oats/barely has no benefits unless your dog is specifically allergic to those ingredients. Peas and beans just up the overall protein content of the food with plant protein.

    in reply to: Puppy food v Adult food #128957 Report Abuse

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    Interesting. I have never liked Orijen anyway.. but I could never personally support a company like that…

    in reply to: Which of these brands would you pick #128413 Report Abuse

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    Thank you both for the recommendations! I think I might try the Farmina first as it looks really good and seems to have a lot of positive reviews everywhere. I like the look of the Light formula, my dog tends to be on the chubby side so I don’t want a food too high in fat or kcals.

    I definitely like the idea of rotating, or at the very least having a back up brand that I know she does well on. So if she does well on it I will still try at least a second one. The senior Canidae looks good but for now I am just going to avoid too many peas/lentils/chickpeas ingredients. They make me a little too nervous. The Victor Senior/Healthy Weight looks pretty decent for a lower calorie option though. If the Farmina works I may still give that one a try as a back up. Glad I have not been able to find any negative history about these brands yet!

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