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Jenn, thanks again for taking the time to share this information, I’m considering trying the Solid Gold, I’ll let you how it goes. Right now my Dogs are loving the Zignature lamb, my female is celebrating when she sees me filling the bowls its funny. If you wanted to try it I know Chewy carries it, its a pain ordering dog food online but I’ve had really great service from them.
Hope to chat again soon,
Jenn, Wow thanks! My boy Theo is now 18 mos old and doing great also i have a female 4 yrs. old who is just a little yeasty, I’m still testing foods and deciding which ones I like and they like that we can afford for rotating. We have some allergies not so much to food but the dermatologist suggested using fish so i’ve tried Pure vita salmon and peas, Natures Select Salmon, Fromm Salmon and Veg and Zignature Trout and Salmon.
They weren’t getting satiated on the Pure Vita but they love the Zignature so on a whim i decided to try the Zig. Lamb which I’m just in the process of switching out. I like to know as much as i can about the dog foods but i admit i don’t know about ethoxyquin. One other thing is that i want to keep the protein below 30 for a while longer.
I think I’ll give it a try after this bag of food is done.
Thank you so very much for your detailed response!
Thanks Jenn, I did a little digging also and read it was Diamond but not all varieties. I’m sure you have better information than I found out.
Jenn, you recommended Solid Gold, do you know who manufactures this food?
Hi Jenn, thank you for your reply, I wasn’t sure you would after my last comment. I am usually a lurker, I was compelled to say something of comfort to Stanley about his dog dying from cancer whom clearly was suffering the loss of his dog, that is when you chimed in to talk to me about your GSDs. I appreciated your knowledge, experience and friendliness so that is why I asked you to share about the foods you like.
My problem was the unsolicited advice about Pano! I happy to learn as much as I can about dog food, Medical advice I’ll go to my Vet, I mentioned the Pano in my post to you so you would know why I choose to lower the protein. I actually downloaded Hounddog moms list of LB puppy foods, and thanks to her I did a ton of research about the calcium which i hadn’t known before.
My boy Theo is 17 mos old, the Pano is long gone now, I keep him lean, his coat is shiny and soft, and he is really beginning to fill out from a skinny teenager to a well toned muscular adult.
I really appreciate you coming back to share about the foods you like some as well as your tips about what to look for.
Thank again, Wendey
To Dogfoodie and Pitlove,
I am sure your you mean well but are either of you a Veterinarian? You both came on here to make it seem like I don”t know what the heck I’m talking about, thank you!! Both of you have stated “caused by excess nutrition well what do you think to high protein is? As for calcium i stated in my post I was really careful about that which i do not remember it having any correlation to Pano as in direct correlation to CHD. Now I will address excess nutrition, i have been reading these boards now at least since I got my pup maybe longer and i have researched many things said here as well as the Pano issue until my head will explode and my eyes bleed! I am here to be a good fur mom, I feed my pup the best i can afford short of making his food, he has never been OVER FED! My Vet whom I trust told me German Shepherds are prone to get Pano, the studies have stated that as well, and to change to a lower protein food which I did and it resolved!
I came in here to ask Miss Jenn what foods she likes as she also has GSDs, I did not ask for your advise about Pano, I went to the vet for that! Now I have said my piece and i will not further participate in this discussion.
I’ve never used Solid Gold or Wysong foods, i’ll check them out. I do know about the calcium thing with large breeds and was really careful about that, but something i had to learn the hard way is about protein levels in growing GSDs and some other breed as well, is they are prone to Panosteitis from to high protein. I was listening to everyone all over these boards saying high protein is good for growing puppies well not necessarily for GSDs. My Pup Theo at about 10 mos developed limping and sometimes it would shift around, I couldn’t get a grip on what the heck was happening to him, i was freaking out I thought it was hips, but no it was Pano! I think we are past that now but I’m gun shy about protein levels. I have Both dogs on fish, I’ve used Pure Vita salmon, Natures Select (wonderful food) but got tired of ordering off the website, then to Fromm which has a TON of carbs, then tried Zignature trout & salmon they liked it but both Zig. & Fromm have salt (why?) so now back to Pure Vita. I’ve trialed a few others like Great Life and Victor but really watching protein at least a while longer. I’m using alot of fish because they are both being treated for allergies and my vet dermatologist suggested it even though we don’t seem to have food allergies. I have looked at the editors choice lists for months now reading ingredient panels, guaranteed analysis, manufacturing facility and sourced ingredients as much as we can possibly know. Ugh its so hard!
Jenn, would yo be willing to share some of the products you like? I too have been doing intensive research and want to feed well but i’m finding something wrong with most of them. I have a 17 month old male gsd and a 4 yr old female gsd.
Hi Jenn, I’m very sorry to hear of your loss, for some of us our bond to our dogs is very intense and so painful to lose them! The thing about dog food is it has changed so much over the last 20 years as with human food with the introduction of GMOs, also inferior ingredients and processing, clearly there are companies out there that are more willing to be transparent about these things which certainly does improve the quality of the food (as well as the price) and better your chances for a healthier dog. I do agree that some dogs are more predisposed to cancer than others, so i guess we’ll just do the best we can armed with the information available to give our best friends a great life. Best wishes to you and your shepherds!
I can relate, our first two German shepherds pasted away two weeks apart two winters ago, we had a male and a female, the day we found out the male had a massive tumor on his spleen that night our female had a stomach torsion (flipped stomach) we got her to emergency and it was to long we had to put her to sleep, my heart was broken. Our male hung in there for another two weeks which i think he did for us, he knew we were grieving.
We now have 2 more gsds and i have been really doing a ton of research on dog food and it overwhelming and maddening, I change them around some but i’m always wondering if this one is a good one, short of making my own i’m never really sure, so ill keep up the research and love them to pieces while they are on this earth with me as i did the other two. I do feel for you!
Blessings and best regards,
Hi Stanley, I don’t really have an answer to your question but just wanted to tell you i’m really sorry for the loss of your dog, we bond so closely with our dogs they become our family and I know how painful it is! It sounds like you fed him well, there are so many questions about processed dog foods and really just so many other variables as well. I wish you some comfort at this time.
Hi Mintie, no, after the food trial was over and there weren’t indications of food alergy i went to a limited ingredient fish. The food my gsd boy is on currently is Natures select cold water and hes doing well, the one draw back (sort of) is it can only be ordered from the website. Best wishes
Yes, my derm-vet put my German Shepherd on the rabbit and sweet potato for a allergy trial. My pup loved it and did great on it however its VERY expensive!