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  • in reply to: Rotational Diet #118535 Report Abuse
    RollTide10
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    Thanks to everyone’s input thus far.

    I’m interested in keeping Fury on a kibble diet. So for those suggesting Raw dog food, raw freeze dried, etc. Thanks for taking the time but no thanks.

    Thanks for the input, Pitlove. I’ve transitioned Fury on 2 different types of food and both with a 10-day transition. Transition to his current food also took about 10 days and while his stool was soft at first, now his stool is the ideal firmness and color. The shelter was giving him chicken flavored food, he did okay with it so I figured he’s alright with chicken. His current food’s got Turkey, Duck, Quail so I think poultry is okay for him.

    I’m thinking of either switching him to
    Taste of the Wild Prey Angus Beef or Trout flavored next since their nutrition data are very similar to the food he’s on now.

    I’m just not sure if I should start him on a rotational diet :\

    in reply to: Need advice on food! #110112 Report Abuse
    RollTide10
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    Thanks for recommending the brand, crazy4cats, will definitely look into ’em πŸ™‚

    Thanks for explaining that, Susan. I don’t use Facebook otherwise I would join that group, haha. πŸ˜› I will be sure to look for food that has balanced Omega-3 and 6. Thanks again πŸ˜€

    in reply to: Large and Giant Breed Puppy Nutrition #110111 Report Abuse
    RollTide10
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    Sorry to hear that the rotational diets were disastrous for your pups! D:
    That is also one reason why I’m not super sure whether to try rotational diets or not, I have heard a lot of disastrous stories about ’em.

    Thanks again for your advice πŸ™‚

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    RollTide10
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    Thanks, anon101 πŸ™‚

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    RollTide10
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    Thanks for the response, pitlove.

    I guess when I read the ingredients, I’m turn down by the numerous questionable things that’s in Royal Canin. I also wanted to look for another brand/flavor of food so I can rotate my pup through that. Should I look for/aim for something that is as close to what RC provides?

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    in reply to: Need advice on food! #110086 Report Abuse
    RollTide10
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    Thanks for the advice, Susan! πŸ™‚

    I definitely do plan on rotating his kibbles once I know what I’m looking for and what his body likes. I have read/heard about the 2-weeks thing for kibbles and keeping food inside an air-tight container. I’ll be sure to do that πŸ™‚ What kind of profile dog would you recommend me looking at? Just all-life stages or growth or should I expand to maintenance and/or unspecified profile?

    I’ve been taking numbers for Omega-3s only but I’ll be sure to make sure that it’s sitting at around half of Omega-6’s % and check out Wellness Simple Turkey and Salmon flavors.

    Canidae Pure Sky, Pure Wild & Pure Sea are all on my list of food that I am researched. I’ll be sure to double check all the numbers, especially when it comes to Omega-3 and Omega-6.

    Lastly, I was told to by the vet to wash him once every month. How come you suggest a weekly bath? Is it to wash off the allergens? Wouldn’t over-washing also get rid of the healthy oils?

    Thanks again for all these good tips πŸ™‚

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    RollTide10
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    Been catching up on everything that’s been discussed since back in ’12. Thank you to everyone who has contribute to the topic/discussion.

    I have a question on what to feed my Lab/GSD Mix. The shelter estimated him to be 2-years old. They were feeding him Royal Canin Medium Adult so I thought to keep it as his food. That is, until I discovered the numerous questionable ingredients. I also noticed that my dog would be scratching/nibbling on his back every so often, not constantly but still a cause for concern. So I thought to attempt to combat this with some grain-free food. After much research, I settled with Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Chicken/Turkey…seeing that it’s not only affordable but contains decent ingredients.

    My pup loves food so he has been chowing down WEF with no problem (for 18 days now- including a week of transition time) but I’ve noticed that he’s been shedding a lot more than usual and small clumps of hair is falling from his tail. I also discovered a 2β€³ long (literally a line) bald patch where his back and hip-bone connect (ruled out fleas). I’m not sure where it’s from but I have a hunch it may be caused by WEF and their lack of Omega-3 data (they won’t say how much Omega-3 is in their grain free chicken and turkey recipe, just that it is formed naturally in the ingredients)

    Due to this reason, I’d like to transition my pup to another food that has at least the same amount of Omega-3 RC has (they said .48%). Should I move him back to Royal Canin or try another type of food (whether with or without grains)? I guess I just don’t exactly know which type of food to look for. When I started researching I looked for food that has Growth and All Life Stages profile. Then I looked at the numbers for protein, fat, fiber, Omega-3 %, Calcium and Phosphorus % and C:P ratio.

    But now, after reading some posts on here, it seems that the Calcium and Phosphorus % is not as important as my pup is now 2 years old but the and ratio should still be between 1:1 – 2:1? Should I still be focusing on Growth / All-Life Stages food or should I broaden the search and look at Maintenance and/or Unspecified profile?

    Ah, so confusing D:
    I guess I just want my pup to eat food that is close (or better) to what RC offers, without the questionable ingredients. Here are the data I gathered from RC:

    Crude Protein – 23%
    Protein (DMB) – 25.56%
    Crude Fat – 12%
    Fat (DMB) – 13.33%
    Fiber – 3.1%
    Fiber (DMB) – 3.4%
    Omega-3 – 0.48%
    Calcium – 1.20%
    Phosphorus – 0.80%
    C:P – 1.5:1
    kcal (kg/cup) – 3633 / 336

    in reply to: Need advice on food! #110081 Report Abuse
    RollTide10
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    Did research on both of ’em. I guess I just don’t exactly know which type of food to look for. When I started researching I looked for food that has Growth and All Life Stages profile. Then I looked at the numbers for protein, fat, fiber, Omega-3 %, Calcium and Phosphorus % and C:P ratio.

    But now, after reading some posts on here, it seems that the Calcium and Phosphorus % is not as important as my pup is now 2 years old but the and ratio should still be between 1:1 – 2:1? Should I still be focusing on Growth / All-Life Stages food or should I broaden the search and look at Maintenance and/or Unspecified profile?

    Ah, so confusing D:
    I guess I just want my pup to eat food that is close (or better) to what RC offers, without the questionable ingredients. Here are the data I gathered from RC:

    Crude Protein – 23%
    Protein (DMB) – 25.56%
    Crude Fat – 12%
    Fat (DMB) – 13.33%
    Fiber – 3.1%
    Fiber (DMB) – 3.4%
    Omega-3 – 0.48%
    Calcium – 1.20%
    Phosphorus – 0.80%
    C:P – 1.5:1
    kcal (kg/cup) – 3633 / 336

    in reply to: Need advice on food! #110077 Report Abuse
    RollTide10
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    Thanks for the advice, Tyrion.

    I did research both Under the Sun and WEF…but neither of ’em will say what their Omega-3 contents are, just that it’s formed naturally in the ingredients they use.

    For this reason I’m now very reluctant about trying another WEF flavors and Under the Sun…seeing that my pup got issues with WEF and their unknown % of Omega-3s. :\

    in reply to: Need advice on food! #110074 Report Abuse
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    Thanks for the advice, Anon.

    I thought to start small and base things off the recent changes that occurred and that is, his diet. Everything seems relatively normal when he was on Royal Canin. I’d just like to switch him to some other brand/flavor that doesn’t contain ingredients like “chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, natural flavors, dried plain beet pulp”.

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