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Old 03-04-2013, 05:45 PM   #166
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No shit! Our lab who has been on Science Diet has elevated liver values now too. Came out of nowhere. Going to change diet tomorrow now......
Will you please do me the kind favor of letting me know what food you move to, and if the liver values drop?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:58 AM   #167
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MY dog had been doing well with the switch from Iams to Taste of the Wild, but all day yesterday, and so far today, he's been one big farting machine! He's stinking the house up. The kids don't even want to play with him! Something has set him off! He did get into the trash can yesterday AM, and get some food the kids tossed....not exactly sure how much or what he got exactly....one might have been a protein bar the kids opened, decided it wasn't candy, and threw away! But the dog stinks so bad right now!
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:56 AM   #168
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Cool2 Pair of female shepherd mixes 6 mo & 2 yr olds


Dog sitting and just got a rescue doggie - the pup on the left is doing another week "in the hole" while her spay heals up. keeping them separate has proven... interesting. Going to swap out their Beneful for something today - been browsing this thread for ideas.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:31 PM   #169
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Will you please do me the kind favor of letting me know what food you move to, and if the liver values drop?

Thanks in advance.
My dogs thyroid values normalized when I got him off dog food (Pinnacle, then Dick Van Pattens) and started feeding him real food. As I said earlier in this thread, it probably costs about the same (one can of peas, split up twice during the day, with shredded chicken breasts, cooked. Or the peas and whatever meat I can get on sale at Vons.)

I add vitamins, glucosamine (cuz better to prevent hip issues than deal with them, no harm there) and some digestive enzymes.
No farts, good stools, fantastic coat, no bad breath, no vomiting, all of which happened on the kibbles listed above.

It costs about the same monthly but even if it didn't, he is worth it 10x over
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:57 AM   #170
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Kangaroo meat veggies and a dash of yogurt, two or three times a week we give them chicken frames for calcium.

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Old 03-10-2013, 10:17 PM   #171
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:39 PM   #172
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Dog sitting and just got a rescue doggie - the pup on the left is doing another week "in the hole" while her spay heals up. keeping them separate has proven... interesting. Going to swap out their Beneful for something today - been browsing this thread for ideas.
Damn! Who is the scrappy dog in the middle?

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Old 03-11-2013, 01:33 PM   #173
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Barf

Just stumbled into this thread, but I gotta say Cogitator is on the right track. I've had several dogs on BARF diet and it is no more expensive than quality kibble. I generally prefer cicken, leg quarters being the easiest and cheapest in general. I find excellent prices on fish as well. I have also been known to get free beef that has aged beyond sale date and this was my late Rottweiler's favorite (she liked it near rancid).

BARF is also an easy traveling diet for your fuzzy friends. No bag tupperware in the car full of kibble and no searching for exotic kibble at your vaca spot.

My vet supports the diet and there is a lot of good info available.

Side bonus: nice little white chalky poop
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:14 PM   #174
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Just stumbled into this thread, but I gotta say Cogitator is on the right track. I've had several dogs on BARF diet and it is no more expensive than quality kibble. I generally prefer cicken, leg quarters being the easiest and cheapest in general. I find excellent prices on fish as well. I have also been known to get free beef that has aged beyond sale date and this was my late Rottweiler's favorite (she liked it near rancid).

BARF is also an easy traveling diet for your fuzzy friends. No bag tupperware in the car full of kibble and no searching for exotic kibble at your vaca spot.

My vet supports the diet and there is a lot of good info available.

Side bonus: nice little white chalky poop
It is more expensive if you have a dog allergic to chicken.
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:47 AM   #175
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Tinks couldn't be more right! I've been lucky and never had to deal with severe food allergies in my pets, BUT I can only imagine the hassle. Be watchful as you switch diets around...
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:35 AM   #176
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Been feeding both of our dogs (3.5 year old American Mastiff/Aussie Shepherd mix and 4 year old Great Dane) Canidae ALS from the time we rescued them, they both do pretty decent on it. I wish they pooped a bit less, but I've found the Canidae is one of the best reviewed foods (it's a low 5 star) for the money, we pay just over $1/lb for it locally.

The Dane had a hell of a summer and required emergency surgery to gastropexy his colon (it wrapped around the gastropexy site for his stomach, no idea that could happen). He's been good since but now that his digestive tract is all sorted, we've figured out that he has IBS. I think we're going to try the ALS Grain Free with him, see if it helps the death farts. It's just shy of a 6 star and not too much pricier than the regular ALS, and now that both dogs are older, the higher protein levels aren't a big concern.

Related note, we have both dogs insured, I can heartily recommend this to anyone. We didn't use it until the emergency surgery, but that maxed his annual benefit, came out to the cost of a Kia, we only had to pay about 1/4 of the total bill. Not sure he'd still be with us if it wasn't for the insurance. The savings also easily cover both dogs premiums for life a few times over.
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Old 03-17-2013, 02:09 PM   #177
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Went to pick up some Taste of the Wild today at Tractor Supply. On sale for $42.99 for a 30LB bag.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:14 AM   #178
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One day when we were there, the dog started choking and gagging, then puked out a nasty pair of my son in laws partially digested underwear.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:07 PM   #179
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Here's a link to sign up for recall alerts....

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall-alerts/
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:35 AM   #180
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Went to pick up some Taste of the Wild today at Tractor Supply. On sale for $42.99 for a 30LB bag.
We were with Nutro Ultra, (4 stars on Dog Food advisor) and our pups seemed to do really well on it. But, we got a wild hair, and gave Blue Buffalo Wilderness (5 stars) a try. They scarfed that down, too, but at $65 for a 35 lb. bag, that was getting a bit pricey.
I did our bi-monthly trip to Costco yesterday, and printed out the 4 and 5 star rated foods. Being Costco, I was 90% sure I'd strike out, and all they'd sell is junk food.

BUT, they (obviously) carry Kirkland brand 'Nature's Domain'. Gets 4 of 5 stars, and is Costco's best dog food. Another bonus is that it's $34 for a 35 pound bag.

So, the real test was at dinner time. I opened it up, and the damn dogs bum rushed me to stick their heads in the bag. As long as they don't start getting bad stools/low energy/poor coats, I think we may have a winner.

Gotta start cutting it in to their current food, so we don't have any digestion distress.
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