Dog owners: What dog food do you feed them?

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  1. seuadr

    seuadr Wee-stromer

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    Well, i did use whatever was on sale.. after reading this thread and that website, i am now feeding them taste of the wild. the only one i've tried so far is the plains fowl, but based on how they wolfed that down, i wouldn't be supprised if they like all the other flavors as well!
  2. nskitts

    nskitts Long timer

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    It looks to be Tractor Supply's premium offering. I'm going to give it a try the next round. That's better than 2 bucks a pound for some of the others.
  3. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    Aren't the evaluations on PetFoodAdvisor.com sponsored by...pet food companies?
  4. groop

    groop So much to ponder

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    There's petfoodadvisor.com and dogfoodadvisor.com. Dogfoodadvisor.com is the more popular of the two. If you believe what is on the internet, there is a disclosure page to make your own conclusions; http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/disclaimer-and-disclosure/. Then there's this 8-page debate on scam.com discussing whether or not the dogfoodadvisor.com, is a sham. You be the judge: http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?t=163221

    Petfoodadvisor.com simply redirects to sponsored links
  5. el queso

    el queso toda su base

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    Currently I'm feeding them Natural Balance Limited Ingredients Lamb and Rice formula, but the younger pointer seems to be developing an allergy, so I'm looking for something else. I used to feed the old guy Natures Choice senior food, but I moved him over to the NB because it was easier to manage. The one thing odd about the NB is that it gives them rock hard poops - seems like it must hurt! :eek1

    The old dude just turned 17!

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  6. Bueller

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  7. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    Today I made the decision to move my 2nd oldest dog from Acana to a raw diet. She's always been on the neurotic side, and would often lick the air, the couch, blankets, etc., when she would get stressed. I've done a decent amount of reading about potential food sensitivities and allergies, which was the motivation to move my dogs to Acana from Science diet about a year and a half ago. But in addition to the licking, this dog has started to puke up a bit of kibble in the middle of the night about once every week and a half. After reading that it could be an issue of the kibble absorbing too much water from her intestines we tried soaking the kibble for about 45 minutes before feeding. It seemed to help at first, but she got sick twice last night. So I purchased Primal raw Chicken formula today. Holy shit, that stuff is expensive! But if she stops getting sick and/or having other symptoms of food intolerance I suppose a raw diet is cheaper than a vet bill.
  8. MookieBlaylock

    MookieBlaylock Long timer

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  9. Bueller

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    That works out to 9 days worth of freeze dried food for her, for $19.99 versus 8 days of frozen Primal for $17.99 at the local Pet People. Basically the same cost either way, but I appreciate the suggestion :thumb
  10. DangerMoney

    DangerMoney Loud Helmets Save Lives

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    We've had GSDs for years and tried different brands of quality dog food. We've settled on Flint River Ranch and have it delivered via UPS so there's no hassle finding it nor running out. As others have mentioned, higher qualtiy food means less filler->more gets absorbed into their system->less comes out the back end.

    Dogs have sensitive GI tracts so if you switch foods, do it gradually by mixing a little of the new food with a lot of the old in each feeding and increasing the ratio of new to old as time goes on. Otherwise the dogs develop diarrhea.


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  11. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    So true. Earlier in this thread I mentioned that I gave up dog food and switched to peas and frozen chicken breasts, which I cook, and meat when I get it on sale. Not only did my dog lose 30 lbs, his coat is great, his poops solid, he does not throw up, does not scratch. Basically eliminated all the issues I had with him, due to food but I could not track it down.

    And he is healthier, too, more energy, too boot.
  12. PoundSand

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    If he lost 30 lbs, seems like you could have started by just feeding him less of his regular food and he would have had less poo, lost weight, been healthier, with more energy.... Sometimes the answer is pretty obvious. ;)
  13. Bueller

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    Obvious as it seems, some dogs just can't lose weight on conventional high carb content dog food.
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    Our last Golden lived to be pretty ancient for the breed. When he got to be over 14 years old it became a bit of struggle to keep him hydrated and nourished. He was happy and healthy enough but just couldn't digest kibble anymore.

    We started him on that diet on advice from my vet after she made a miracle save following a bout of severe diarrhea. It probably added a solid year to his life. We bought giant packages of frozen chicken breast on sale then cooked them in big patches.

    The cost wasn't prohibitive since we bought big packages on sale and the old boy wasn't eating much by then anyway. And, if nothing else, he went out a happy old dog chowing down on as much yummy chicken as he wanted every day. :dg
  15. RocketJohn

    RocketJohn Hook em' Horns!

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  16. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    He was 128 and muscular in his unnuetered state. this was on mostly Pinnnacle or Dick Van Pattens Nautural kibble. He had a bad reaction to a rabies shot, had an emergency surgery to remove two softball size testes ( which were growing so big there was concern his scrotum would split open:eek1)

    He was sluggish for a few months after that, I didn't blame him, and he no longer had any testosterone to burn off the fat. His weight crept up slowly, he just could not lose the weight on his previous diet, no matter how little of it he ate.

    He is now back to his former weight.
  17. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    what's wrong with big poops anyway? When my guy takes a big dump, he looks back at it and acts so proud!:clap
  18. BHW

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    Follow up: Our dog is working his way through his Iams Simple and Natural bag. There are days where he lets it sit for hours before eating. I don't think he likes it. And the gas! He's squeaking out "Silent But Deadlys" all day and night. I thought maybe his anal glands were full, but that's not the case, he's just farting all the time. The UPS man just delivered a 30 pound bag of Taste of the Wild. I'm going to start mixing it into his bowl until the Iams is gone. I sure hope it stops up his methane leak!

    We decided to just order Taste of the Wild from Amazon, $46 shipped to our front door!
  19. anotherguy

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    If he's anything like mine he'll scarf it down.
  20. BHW

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    Yeah, I mixed some TotW into his Iams tonight. He wolfed it down, then licked the bowl clean after he finished. This morning, he did not finish his bowl of Iams, and let it sit for several hours. I think he's liking the taste of the 'Wild" Bison and Venison. I'm just now hoping his farts ease up!