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Bobbi K, if your talking about Wholesomes Sportmix my pups did not tolerate it well. Lots of loose poo.
Logan, how about sharing your recipes with measurement amounts etc? And then your weekly menu? Thanks for all the info.
I did find the Simmons website – http://simmonspetfood.com/ but it has no specific info on their foods or even a list that I can see.
Any hope of getting an explanation of why foods are removed from the Editor’s List? Or at least and indication that the food isn’t being removed due to negative changes in the food itself?
I would like to be able to see the previous months’ editor’s list. I would also like to suggest that when foods are removed an explanation be given so that is it’s only removed to allow another brand the opportunity to be on the list I would know it is still just as good as the foods currently on the list. Just a suggestion.
It seems like I read a long time ago that there is a reason Abady foods haven’t been reviewed here. I could be incorrect about that though.
Will there ever be a review of Abady products?
Thank you, Susan
Thanks everyone. I searched today and there are very few. I was acting on the suggestion of Steve Brown’s book that says you should get s “basic kibble” without fish or fish oil bc he thinks it is rancid by the time your dog is eating it. Then you supply your own omega 3’s with sardines. Anywho — does anybody else ever feel completely overwhelmed and at a loss for what food to feed? Ice done raw somedays. I can’t devote the time it takes to do full time home prepared and can’t afford commercial raw. We don’t have good suppliers in the area. No coop etc.
Thank you. I wish there was a reliable tool for searching either including or excluding specific ingredients. I would imagine it would be a daunting task to keep up with the changes in formulas and addition of new foods etc. but a girl can dream 🙂
Thank you for your suggestion, Inked Marie. I hope I didn’t come across too abruptly.
I tried it the other day when I first learned of it and it seemed to work fine. Now for the last couple of days it doesn’t seem to be functioning. The check list of possible ingredients doesn’t appear so selections can be made.
Hi Inked Marie,
You are correct the Hare Today grinds are just scoop and feed. I was referring to the other option for feeding raw less expensively which would be to prepare the raw meals myself. That is the time investment to which I was referring.
I am not currently interested in feeding a full home prepared diet. I am truly interested in finding several kibbles that are well tolerated by my pack to rotate. I would like the kibbles to be low carbohydrate as far as kibble goes. If I choose to feed raw it won’t be more than one day per week at this time. I’m familiar with Steve Brown’s book that instruct how to best do that or the option of feeding a Hare Today or Reel Raw balanced grind.
Thanks to you both for your input. I have ordered from Hare Today in the past when I was raw feeding. I just can’t seem to stick with a large portion of the diet being raw due to either costs or time investment required. I won’t completely rule out raw if it became necessary. Right now, I’m just trying to find several lower carb kibbles to rotate as the main base of our diet. In trying to decrease the carbs and potatoes, I increased the peas and tapioca. It appears one of those ingredients may be the culprit in the tolerance issue Delilah and Rooster are currently experiencing.
No one has currently been diagnosed with yeast by a vet. I have a standard poodle that gets yeasty ears but is currently doing ok. I have a new rescue, Maltese mix, that has severely itchy paws, dis dos discolored nails, and black spots on tummy that look to be yeast from past experience. I am also using chlorhexidine shampoo and spray. I have senior dogs that I believe could benefit from less inflammation that carbs can contribute to. It seems pretty well accepted that dogs don’t really need carbs so it makes sense to me that less is more in regards to carbs.
Thank you both, TheBCNut and Crazy4Cats, for your replies.
My motivation for getting rid of potatoes was that they have an inflammatory impact. I wanted to decrease the overall carb content to foods with less than 30% due to a yeast issue and lower carbs seems better all around – hopefully, for dental health as well. I’m really not opposed to grains if the overall carb content is low. It looks like the foods that are causing the issues have both peas and tapioca so will have to experiment to see which is the culprit. I try to find foods that I can feed to everybody but not sure if that will work out.
I’ve just read on another thread about peas and legumes being hard for many dogs to tolerate. All the kibbles that I’ve been using lately have chickpeas or other peas. That may be our issue. I tried cutting out all potatoes. I may need to go back to some of the kibbles that contain sweet potatoes.
I have always rotated kibble. I’ve tried feeding home prepared raw exclusively and it was just too much work to be honest. I went back to kibble and then decided to do home prepared raw about 4 days per week. Again, I decided it was too much work so my next plan is to go a rotation of high protein lowest carb kibbles I can find and then add in 25% fresh foods and feed raw one day per week. That’s where I am now. Seem to be having some difficulties with tolerance of kibble full time. I stopped everything else. I don’t know if the tolerance issues are bc they’re eating more kibble or bc I’ve deliberately chosen low carb high protein kibbles. I keep thinking when they’re tolerating kibble better I’ll start adding other things back in but… I’m wondering if I need to reevaluate my plan. Tolerance of Nature’s Variety Rabbit was awful and ever since we’ve been off track. I end up feeding each kibble for 1 1/2 – 2 weeks then switch off.
Thank you for all your hard work and this tool. Looks very promising for making narrowing down choices much easier.
Wow. Sounds pretty complex. Do you give two meals per day? If so, is one kibble and the other your raw, sardines, canned, etc.?
It sounds like you feed pretty much the way I would like to feed. Could you go into more detail of how often you feed each food form? What supplements you add? Are the supplements also rotated or only given when feeding certain meals, etc? I currently rotate a couple of different lower carb kibbles from each Orijen, Nature’s Variety, Merrick, EVO, and Dogswell. I tried raw full time and it became too much for me timewise. I can’t afford premade raw full time so I’m looking at how to incorporate more fresh foods or other food forms into my kibble rotation and trying to find a method that keeps it on the simple side.
WOW! Thanks for the link to dogfoodwizard.com. That may really be useful.
Hi Marionne H,
Thanks for your reply. I’ve recently added two EVO kibbles to my rotation so I was just curious. So far so good for my pups.
I’m not sure what type of joint supplements I will try yet. The glycoflex 3 seems to be causing GI issues with my little pom, Rooster. I think I may try the Joint Power Rx recommended by Hound Dog Mom. I do know I won’t be trying FidoActive ever.
What exactly are your concerns about EVO’s quality?
It’s a commercially packaged product. You should be able to read an ingredient list or the guaranteed analysis to determine if it includes bone or another source of bone. If your dog doesn’t have diarrhea I’d say she is getting calcium from somewhere.
No one has an opinion about this?
I have tried multiple times to feed raw. My toy dogs do well on it but I just run out of steam on grinding or preparing it. Ordering premade raw foods seems very expensive even compared to higher priced kibbles like Orijen. I would be interested in an easy recipe as well.