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  • in reply to: How do I change my profile pic? #32382 Report Abuse
    pugmomsandy
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    Go to gravatar.com and make an avatar. You can actually make more than one.

    in reply to: Suggested Raw Dog Food Menus? #32292 Report Abuse
    pugmomsandy
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    Somebody sent me this link:

    http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/zoo/WholePreyFinal02May29.pdf

    Some whole prey numbers starting on page 9.

    in reply to: Suggested Raw Dog Food Menus? #32214 Report Abuse
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    OK…so according to the website mentioned above, if whole birds are around 29-32% bone, where does the 80/10/10 come to play? Should I make raw grinds closer to 30% bone?? And what about dogs prone to struvites or ones that need decreased mineral content?

    • This reply was modified 7 years, 3 months ago by pugmomsandy.
    in reply to: Switching Foods #32130 Report Abuse
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    Try with an even smaller amount (maybe 10%) and maybe a spoon of yogurt, or even better, kefir with multiple strains of organisms or a probiotic pill or powder.

    in reply to: Stuffed Kong ideas for puppy, raw fed #32129 Report Abuse
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    You can try kibble, yogurt, a dehydrated food like The Honest Kitchen or other and layer them in the kong and freeze. But these won’t last all day once they start thawing.

    in reply to: Heartworm prevention. #31916 Report Abuse
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    My dogs and house smell like essential oils most of the year – Halo Herbal Dip or plain eucalyptus for the mosquitoes.

    in reply to: Flea infestation. #31915 Report Abuse
    pugmomsandy
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    I found one vet that recommended using Nyguard insect growth regulator for the yard. Can’t remember the website now but the vet had also recommended other natural remedies as well.

    in reply to: Fixed formula foods? #30830 Report Abuse
    pugmomsandy
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    What do you mean by “fixed formula”? I’m not familiar with that term.

    in reply to: Feeding adult dogs puppy food #30813 Report Abuse
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    What supplements in particular?

    in reply to: Protein-to-fat ratio #30812 Report Abuse
    pugmomsandy
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    Yes it could. That’s why I suggest contacting the food company directly for more info on the canned foods you might feed.

    in reply to: Food rotation? #30786 Report Abuse
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    I have 2 to 3 bags of food open at once and several canned foods and freeze dried foods I use as toppers. My pups could technically get a different meal every time.

    in reply to: Need ideas for wet dog food for diabetic dog #30763 Report Abuse
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    For the price of the latest low glycemic foods (kibble and canned like LiveFree and Orijen), you might try feeding raw food like Darwins or Instinct, Bravo, etc. You might even ask the vet about incorporating something like the Yeast Starvation Diet which only has meat, eggs, oil and a vitamin. It might be possible (cost-wise) to feed a min pin a freeze dried raw diet if frozen raw is something you don’t want to feed.

    http://homemadedogfood.com/yeast-starvation-dog-food-recipe/

    in reply to: Protein-to-fat ratio #30760 Report Abuse
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    crazy4cats,

    That’s why I had such an issue with one brand of canned food which severely understated the fat content on their website. Their Duck formula originally stated 8% protein and 6% fat, but now their updated info says 8% protein and 10% fat which is 125% fat-to-protein. No thanks. Not for my indoor, lazy, house dogs!! Unfortunately, consumers must ask the pet food company for more accurate info since they only have to list minimums.

    in reply to: Dog flatulence, constant! #30683 Report Abuse
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    My pup used to have silent killer farts too. It only went away after adding probiotics and digestive enzymes. I started using those a couple years ago. Now I only use them a couple times a week and my dogs can eat various types of food and flavors without any issues.

    in reply to: Cutting feeding costs #30461 Report Abuse
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    The initial cost of getting 2 or 3 freezers (if you have space) is expensive but it would allow you to order in bulk and stock up on sale items or order quantities by the case if you’re in a raw feeding group that does bulk orders or buying from a restaurant supplier. I often feed other things besides raw. Mine will get raw with canned or freeze dried or with some kibble even. Also look for the meats that are at the sell-by date. They’re marked down. You might compare the price of Merrick/Natures Logic/Hound Gatos rabbit and duck formulas to Hare Today. Also Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance has a rabbit and goat formulas. Maybe you could use those for toppers to lessen the raw amounts. Again, I don’t know how they would compare to the prices from Hare Today.

    in reply to: Feeding Tripe #30227 Report Abuse
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    Also GreenTripe.com is carried by some retailers and there is freeze dried tripe (of course, this is the most expensive). If you’re worried about carrageenan, don’t feed canned products every day. After all, alot of canned products also have BPA!

    Dr Harvey’s, K9 Natural, Vital Essentials have freeze dried tripe. I use Merrick 96% tripe and frozen tripe.

    • This reply was modified 7 years, 4 months ago by pugmomsandy.
    in reply to: Suggested Raw Dog Food Menus? #30011 Report Abuse
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    Patty,

    I remembered to pull out another bag of raw to thaw!! Yay!! But I forgot to get liver for the dogs and shredded lettuce for the people tacos!! But they can eat what I’m grinding today so they should be eating raw for several days straight!

    in reply to: Big Dog Naturals #30010 Report Abuse
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    I use this as part of a topper. My topper is usually a mix of freeze dried and BDN. It rehydrates well. Sometimes I’ll use it by itself as a topper. No GI problems.

    in reply to: Top Quality Dog Food (TQDF) #30009 Report Abuse
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    You can mix and match.

    in reply to: Suggested Raw Dog Food Menus? #29932 Report Abuse
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    They eat raw probably 25-50% of the time. I would like to *remember* to thaw more regularly! They ate 2-3 days of raw last week and I have a bag thawing out right now for tomorrow or the next day. My frig is really cold. They got a duck neck 2 days ago. I’ve been feeding alot of warm freeze dried/canned food toppers lately. At 50% raw, they would get about 10 oz total per day but I don’t measure anymore so they get 3 or 4 blobs of raw with a supplement stuck in them!

    in reply to: Suggested Raw Dog Food Menus? #29928 Report Abuse
    pugmomsandy
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    If I remember, I’m going to get some liver and gizzard for the batch. But that’s what I like about the CarnivoreRaw. It has vitamins, etc for when I might not have a certain ingredient.

    in reply to: Suggested Raw Dog Food Menus? #29921 Report Abuse
    pugmomsandy
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    Upcoming batch will include:

    16-17 lbs duck necks
    9 lb beef/lamb/goat meat
    2 lb beef tripe
    2 lb beef kidney
    1 lb beef spleen
    2 lb beef heart
    CarnivoreRaw without calcium

    in reply to: Are my dogs hungry or liking food too much? #29894 Report Abuse
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    I have pugs and they (99.9%) are vacuum cleaners/always hungry and they love to eat ANY THING at ANY TIME!! Even the 14 yr old! I would just suggest feeding them to keep them at a good body condition. There are several “body condition score” charts you can look up online.

    in reply to: need help with raw feeding #29892 Report Abuse
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    This recipe book has cooked/boneless food recipes and a recipe to make a complimentary vitamin mix to go with the food and serving suggestions: “Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats” by Dr Karen Becker/Beth Taylor. You might also look at the home-cooked area at dogaware.com for some tips.

    http://dogaware.com/diet/homemade.html

    in reply to: Raw food supplement to kibble? #29427 Report Abuse
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    I don’t look up the scientific stuff myself. I feed a mixture of foods sometimes. One meal can just be kibble or it can be kibble, freeze dried raw, raw and canned all together!

    in reply to: Grain Free Diet = Too Much Poop #29289 Report Abuse
    pugmomsandy
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    There are hundreds of foods to try out. Maybe your dog is not used to high protein grain free. What were you feeding before and how long? There are foods “in the middle” if you want to try that. I feed a range of 4 to 5 star foods and haven’t had any issues with more poop or larger poop. And actually my fosters have the largest and more frequent poops after being vetted and then I get them. I also give the dogs some probiotics a couple times a week. The best poops are on raw food with bones – small, formed, no smell like the size of little bird eggs. I have small dogs though. But what I’m saying is, try something else. My fosters do good on Nutrisource Heartland Select and grain free Lamb. I would call those “in the middle”.

    in reply to: lamb based senior food #29278 Report Abuse
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    Beside feeding my senior an all-life-stage food(s), I give him Actiflex 4000, fish oil, Jarrow True CMO (cetyl-myristoleate) and liver/kidney support, probiotics and some Springtime Longevity or Fresh Factors.

    Anyhow, I like using Nutrisource grain free Lamb Meal and Nature’s Logic Lamb Dinner and Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Lamb or Grandma Lucy’s Artisan Lamb, Canidae Pure Elements or Canidae Pure Land.

    • This reply was modified 7 years, 4 months ago by pugmomsandy.
    in reply to: Fish Oil Dosage? #29156 Report Abuse
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    If I’m giving a capsule that is a higher dose, I will give the whole capsule but then only give it a two or three times a week. I’ll buy human fish oil capsules to use on me and the dogs. Once in a while, they get a whole raw sardine too.

    in reply to: kibble similar to SYNERGY from Natural Balance? #29133 Report Abuse
    pugmomsandy
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    Horizon Complete, Victor, Nutrisource, Nature’s Select (Hi-Pro formula), Holistic Select have grain inclusive foods similar to Synergy. Merrick does also but it’s notably higher in protein than the others including Synergy. And there’s also Infinia Chicken and Brown Rice.

    pugmomsandy
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    I buy plain cetyl-myristoleate (Now or Jarrow brand) from swansonvitamins.com.

    in reply to: Dry with freeze dried? #29087 Report Abuse
    pugmomsandy
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    There’s really not enough freeze dried pieces in the raw boost! You can buy some other brand of freeze dried like Stella & Chewy’s and break up a freeze dried patty into the kibble. I supplement with freeze dried Vital Essentials. I use it as treats throughout the day too.

    in reply to: Senior russian toy terrier nutrition advice #28900 Report Abuse
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    It’s healthier to have a varied diet and to not become dependent on just one food. Recipes change and then dogs have trouble adjusting to the new formulation when only given one food long term. After your dog has been switching often, he shouldn’t have a problem with it. Give him probiotics with each meal. Why would you want him to only eat one food every day of his life? Different meats have different amino acid profiles to offer. I can’t leave food out at my house because a have pet vacuum cleaners. It sounds like he is not interested in his dry food or his treats. Time for a change. Mine LOVE to eat! Any food, any form, any time.

    http://urbanpawsmagazine.com/archives/59

    in reply to: Senior russian toy terrier nutrition advice #28891 Report Abuse
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    You can find a similar food to Life’s Abundance for less $$ like Nutrisource grain inclusive line small/med breed puppy formula (yes, for your 8 yr old). If you’re willing to feed something better than kibble though, look into some dehydrated/freeze-dried foods like The Honest Kitchen or Grandma Lucy’s or Dr Harvey’s Oracle. These are less processed than kibble. If you can home cook for your dog, then those brands I just mentioned have a Pre-mix where you just add your own meat and some oil. I give my dogs probiotics, sardine/krill oil, super greens powder supplement, colostrum, Springtime’s Bug-Off/Longevity and some joint supplements. Mine also get fresh food like raw meat, scrambled eggs and raw sardines and leftovers of meat/some veggies.

    in reply to: compliments lamb and rice #28887 Report Abuse
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    Some foods you might consider also are Pinnacle Peak Protein, Solid Gold Barking at the Moon, Brothers Complete Turkey, ZiwiPeak, Merrick grain free and Wysong Epigen. These are all over 40% protein. Epigen is 60% and Ziwipeak is around 12% carbs.

    in reply to: Whole Earth Farms vs Premium Edge #28853 Report Abuse
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    Chicken Soup is also a Diamond made food. Have you looked at Nutrisource? They have grain and grain free recipes at a reasonable price.

    in reply to: need help with serious issue and decision #28633 Report Abuse
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    Awesome news! What a relief!

    in reply to: Whole Earth Farms vs Premium Edge #28615 Report Abuse
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    The gas is from not being able to properly digest the new foods. This can happen with all foods – old and new. You can help their digestive tract by adding probiotics to their meals and digestive enzymes until they have healthier guts. I don’t like to feed just one food as this sets them up to have unhealthy guts since they are only exposed to certain ingredients and therefore only know how to digest those certain ingredients. Rotate through several foods to offer variety (4 and 4.5 and 5 star foods). And you can feed them an “all life stage” food. I personally prefer Whole Earth Farms Puppy (for all life stages) to feed the seniors as they require more quality protein. It only has 28% which is not high by any means. There is also Merrick Classic which is good for all life stages (even the senior recipe). For Premium Edge (made by Diamond so be aware) I would not chose the Senior or Lamb recipes. It’s (the Premium Edge review is coming up for an update and the Lamb formula will not be 4 stars). For Healthwise, mark off the Weight Control formula. For Diamond Naturals, I personally would mark off the Adult Lamb Meal and Rice and Senior 60+, Large Breed Adult Lamb Meal, and Lite Lamb Meal formulas. Diamond Naturals grain free and Nature’s Domain (at Costco) is OK at 3.5 stars. They’re more like 3.75! Just like any company can have a recall (like Diamond has had several), don’t become dependent on one food or brand in case you have to change and dog food companies can change and do change their recipes from time to time. Even my 14 yr old foster (and my other nine pugs) eats a variety of different kibbles, canned foods, dehydrated foods, and raw foods without being gassy. I fed them probiotics and enzymes at one time fairly regularly but now they don’t need them every day as they have healthy insides now. Sometimes I just pour a little multi-strain kefir (Lifeway) on their food for the probiotics and they get a powdered probiotic supplement a couple times a week.

    • This reply was modified 7 years, 5 months ago by pugmomsandy.
    in reply to: Diarrhea after transfer of food #28613 Report Abuse
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    Feed him bland home food for a couple days until he’s better and then slowly introduce back his old food. Then, very slowly add in the new food, even if it’s just a few pieces per meal and don’t increase the amount of new food until he has adjusted.

    in reply to: need help with serious issue and decision #28602 Report Abuse
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    If I had the means and finances, I would go as I would be worried of some kind of cancerous tumor. Did the vet check his upper palate/upper throat/nasal passages? My pug does regular reverse sneezing. Sounds terrible and sounds like he’s choking.

    in reply to: Need help with portions #28601 Report Abuse
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    For newbies at homemade, I would suggest the recipes at http://www.homemadedogfood.com (recipe with Dinovite and oil supplement and serving size suggestions) or get a recipe book. Your dog really needs more nutrition than meat and veggies. One recipe book I use is “Real Food For Healthy Dogs and Cats” by Dr Karen Becker/Beth Taylor. This gives cooked and raw recipes with a vitamin mix recipe. Another option is to use a Premix like Grandma Lucy’s or The Honest Kitchen, Urban Wolf, or See Spot Live Longer dinner mixes. You add meat and oil and the premix has all the vitamins/minerals added. I make raw food and use CarnivoreRaw in my rotation.

    http://dogaware.com/diet/homemade.html

    in reply to: Fish Based Dry Dog Food #28575 Report Abuse
    pugmomsandy
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    Look into Wellness Core Ocean, Horizon Legacy Fish, Horizon Pulsar Fish, The Honest Kitchen Zeal, Smack Pet Food Salmon, Nature’s Logic Sardine, Nutrisca Salmon, LiveFree salmon, Holistic Select Sardine, Nature’s Logic canned sardine, Nutrisca canned salmon, Hound & Gatoes canned Trout or Salmon, Great Life Grain Free Salmon. You can also use canned/pouched sardines packed in water/no salt added for human consumption, and even raw sardines or mackerel. The Honest Kitchen Zeal is low fat and has a moderate amount of fiber and you can make just a spoonful if you wanted and it tends to generate a formed stool. I’ve used it before. For other novel proteins besides fish foods, there is also Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance in goat and rabbit.

    • This reply was modified 7 years, 5 months ago by pugmomsandy.
    • This reply was modified 7 years, 5 months ago by pugmomsandy.
    in reply to: Pug stomach issues #28564 Report Abuse
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    Does he have this problem with the homecooked food? Have you thought about long term homecooked food? Did they vet test for giardia and coccidia? Sometimes more than one stool sample is necessary.

    in reply to: Triflexis #28530 Report Abuse
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    Here is the link to the article. This is worrisome as I’ve been using Interceptor (made by Bayer I think) on the dogs if indeed the milbemycin from this brand also comes from China!

    http://www.fox23.com/news/local/story/Green-Country-vet-refuses-to-carry-Trifexis/xecY12zW_0Sm7fgHjAzoXw.cspx

    Anyone know where ivermectin/Ivomec comes from??

    in reply to: Beef Trachea from Best Bully Sticks #28505 Report Abuse
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    I order Merrick beef trachea. Not sure if they still make it. But I would still order from “grass fed Brazillian cattle”. Greentripe.com has USA raw trachea (not roasted and dried). Bravo also has trachea. Their chews are sourced from USA and New Zealand. I just don’t think there are alot of grass fed, USA cattle period! There’s a bigger market in other countries.

    in reply to: How to mix canned with dry? #28474 Report Abuse
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    I try to go by calories too. For my dogs, I’ve figured out about 1/3 can + 1/4 cup kibble works for them. Of course the amount of calories per can varies, but this averages out and they seem to be maintaining their weight. Puppies eat more though so you’ll just have to adjust to his growth.

    in reply to: which dog do you like best #28311 Report Abuse
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    I’ve been Pugged!

    in reply to: Omega 3 + 6 Supplement #28310 Report Abuse
    pugmomsandy
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    I give mine chia seed, sardine oil and krill oil.

    in reply to: Vital Essentials #28308 Report Abuse
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    Mine like VE and Merrick tripe/liver patties too and also the tripe spring chews from ONP.

    • This reply was modified 7 years, 5 months ago by pugmomsandy.
    in reply to: Apple Cider Vinegar for stomach acid #28236 Report Abuse
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    in reply to: Should I feed Raw Venison, straight from the Deer? #28080 Report Abuse
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    Either. If your dog likes and tolerates it raw, then feed it raw. If he needs to transition to raw then slightly cook it first. Some dogs when first starting raw don’t like the texture of raw (funny, I know) and they have to lightly sear the meat. Maybe they’re not used to cold food, not sure. And some pups need time to adjust to raw and might have some GI issues. Of course, give bones raw.

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