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Friday, July 4th, 2008
4:37 am
[jolie_dog_food]
Free Homemade dog food
There's this site for dog lovers you may want to check out. They have free homemade dog food recipes and it's also a community of dog lovers so they have anything about dog care.

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Tuesday, July 11th, 2006
11:44 pm
[fightsactualfoo]
Organ meats & food processors.
Hi, I'm new! I adopted a 2-year-old rescue Beagle, and I am getting her started on a raw food diet. She has taken quite a liking to raw chicken wings, but I want her to eat a larger variety so she can get the most out of her diet. Organ meats came highly recommended and I figured I'd give it a whirl because I have never seen a dog walk away from meat... until now.

Ariel will walk away from chicken liver, beef liver, and chicken gizzards. It's the weirdest thing I've ever seen. My question is this: I was thinking about getting a food processor. That way I could mix up the livers and gizzards with the chicken wings (and maybe sneak in some fruit for her, too), and it would all come out looking like regular canned dog food only much better for her than actual canned dog food.
Would a food processor do this for me (I've never had one)?
Would in grind up the bones without breaking the machine?
If this works, what else should I trying mixing in to her diet for maximum nutrition?

Thanks, guys. This community is great.
Monday, July 10th, 2006
3:12 pm
[islandprncss]
Food for multiple dogs house
I have 4 dogs, and my boyfriend has 2, so between the 6 dogs, I've been feeding everyone Innova EVO.  However, I've been told that it contains too much protein for the two older dogs (7 & 14 years old) and for the overweight dog.  Here's a run down of my boys a rottie pup (8 1/2 months), a yellow lab and a rottie/mountain dog mix (both 3 1/2 years old), a lhasa apso (2 years old), a lhasa apso (7 years old), and a shih tzu (14 years old).  I like the EVO because it's no grain, but because I've been told that it's too much protein for the older boys, I switched them to Merrick Senior Medley.  Also, I was told by the guy at the store that it may be too much protein for my other boys (aside from the puppy) because they aren't that active, so they got switched to regular Innova.  I would love to hear from others with mulitiple dogs, and dogs around my dogs' age(s) and activity level (or lack thereof).
Saturday, March 25th, 2006
2:26 am
[dreamnovice]
Just for the record...
Two helpful sites:

http://www.dogfoodproject.com/

http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=comp-wiz

The latter sight is biased towards Natura foods, but I find this tool to be very convenient when comparing different foods and ingredients.
1:57 am
[dreamnovice]
Hey yall. I'm diggin this community. Hope it will grow!!

I use California Natural. My veterinarian actually recommended it. However I'm thinking of switching to Innova (both are under same parent company Natura) because it has a senior variety with glucosamine/chondroitin. However, it's much more expensive and has many other ingredients, which I'm wary of. Supposedly all those vegetables and cheeses and whatnot are good for dogs, but I'm skeptical that most of it is a marketing gimmick without a solid backing of research. Esp. since those holistic foods are becoming more and more popular.

Anyway, has anyone heard of the deal with menadione? It's a supplemental form of vitamin K which is banned in human food because of its high toxicity. This is on the DL (ha) but I work at a pet store and have heard that many people have recently had problems with their dogs getting very ill (one dog's death might actually be from it) from Wellness, which recently changed its formula to include menadione. However, it lists the ingredient as vitamin K to hide this fact. (The reason being this form of the vitamin is much cheaper.)

Nature's Balance I think just removed menadione from its dog foods after several complaints. I think Nutro uses it too, and some other dog foods. Be very wary of it because I think it can be very toxic. However much of this is rumor, although there is a substantial article on menadione here (sorry have to copy/paste):

http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=menadione

Also does anyone know the deal with taurine? I'm worried it's yet another nutrient added too hastily, as no one knows how much is actually good for dogs.
Sunday, February 19th, 2006
10:49 pm
[medea151]
Hey there, i'm new so i thought i'd introduce myself, i have been working at Petsmart for the last 3 years and i'm still learning about dog nutrition, i've taken it upon myself to rid the masses of crap foods. i currently have my pug on blue buffalo, and am getting realdy to make the switch to wellness, i guess i'm looking for opinions. just hoping to learn more.
Sunday, January 29th, 2006
6:30 am
[leadinglabbie]
Nature's Variety Raw Instinct
Hi. I have a working guide and a retired guide (though she worked for someone else). I feed them a mixture of different things. I'd like to feed totally raw, but they get other stuff mixed in with the raw. I particularly like NRG, which seems to make a good supplement to either a kibble diet or a raw diet.

I'm wondering if anyone has tried the new Nature's Variety food, Raw Instinct (this link takes you to Sitstay's product page). It is grain free and actually has no potatoes! My guide does not do well with an abundance of potato in her diet. (The other dog does just fine and did very well on Innova Evo, for example.) The only other grain-free food I've seen without potatoes is the NRG Chicken Grainless formula, but that is way to expensive (about $50 for 4 lbs or something similar). I would like to try this kibble, but I'd like to hear about others' experiences. I like Nature's Variety, and my dogs have had some of each of their product lines. I know they have to use chicken meal in a grainless kibble so that the ingredients will bind together, but I still find it kind of interesting that Nature's Variety used to brag about the fact that none of their foods had any meat meals whatsoever. Still, I'm open to trying the product.

Finally, if you are looking for a relatively economical substitute for raw when traveling, I can't say enough good things about NRG! It does have grain, but only oats, and I'm very impressed with the ingredient list. My dogs do very well on it.
Saturday, December 24th, 2005
12:06 pm
[linzeyz]
Dog Food Recall - LIVER FAILURE
Sorry to interupt your Christmas guys...

See the Diamond Pet Foods web site http://www.diamondpetfoods.com/ and CNN report http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/12/22/dog.deaths/index.html?section=cnn_mostpopular for additional information



Media Statement Diamond Pet Food


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2005

Media Contact:
Mark Brinkman, Diamond Pet Food
573/229-4203

Diamond Pet Food has discovered aflatoxin in a product manufactured at our facility in Gaston, South Carolina. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring toxic chemical by-product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus, on corn and other crops.

Out of an abundance of caution, we have notified our distributors and recommended they hold the sale of all Diamond Pet Food products formulated with corn that were produced out of our Gaston facility (see complete list below). Please note that products manufactured at our facilities in Meta, Missouri and Lathrop, California are not affected. The Gaston facility date codes are unique from other Diamond facility codes in that either the eleventh or twelfth character in the date code will be a capital "G" (in reference to Gaston). The range of date codes being reviewed are "Best By 01-March-07" through Best By "11-June-07". Diamond's quantitative analysis records substantiate that Diamond's corn shipments were definitively clear of aflatoxin after December 10. As such, "Best By 11-June-07" date codes or later are not affected by this notice.

States serviced by our Gaston facility include Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky (eastern), Main, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Vermont, and Virginia.

We are rapidly analyzing retained samples of all products produced in Gaston so we can isolate specific lot numbers impacted and provide this information to our distributors, retailers and customers as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile, if your pet is showing any symptoms of illness, including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, yellowish tint to the eyes and/or gums, and severe or bloody diarrhea, please consult your veterinarian immediately.

Product quality and customer satisfaction are important to us. We pledge to keep you updated as new developments occur.

Gaston Facility Products Removed From Sale
Diamond Low Fat Dog Food
Diamond Hi-Energy Dog Food
Diamond Maintenance Dog Food
Diamond Performance Dog Food
Diamond Premium Adult Dog Food
Diamond Puppy Food
Diamond Maintenance Cat Food
Diamond Professional Cat Food
Country Value Puppy
Country Value Adult Dog
Country Value High Energy Dog
Country Value Adult Cat Food
Professional Chicken & Rice Senior Dog Food
Professional Reduced Fat Chicken & Rice Dog Food
Professional Adult Dog Food
Professional Large-Breed Puppy Food
Professional Puppy Food
Professional Reduced Fat Cat Food
Professional Adult Cat Food
Sunday, October 2nd, 2005
2:07 pm
[roxnflox]
Hi
I'm new here...actually it looks like a brand new lj...so I guess everyone's "new" here.
I have a 3 1/2 year old Australian Shepherd.

She's been eating Wysong Synorgen and Anergen plus Archetype freeze dried raw mixed in. I also give her Wysong PH- since she's had issues with struvite crystals. I also feed her some raw meat and some fruits and veggies.

My EX vet wanted to put her on Hills prescription diet. Has anyone looked at those ingredients!! ~shiver~
Before the struvites she was eating Wellness...which I still think is pretty good stuff. I just thought switching once in awhile is a good thing. Ok I read Whole Dog Journal...they recommend doing this.
She was also getting a bit chubby on the Wellness.

I've been thinking of going to a total raw diet...but thinking if I go on vacation etc who will possibly feed her raw food while I'm away! Not my usual dog sitter!!! Ok maybe if I pay her ;)

Any opinions out there on kibble vs raw?
Wednesday, June 8th, 2005
4:31 am
[kaliraksha]
Natural Balance
I just started my 12 week maltipoo on Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance... she's wild about all the lamb flavors. Any opinions on it? Or any experience with it? Or hey any experience at all with a more natural less by producty or for small breeds type foods. Ha, did that make sense...Neh its 4 34 am. Thanks for all the help in advance!
Wednesday, May 4th, 2005
9:55 am
[splitpeasoup]
Gluten
What is gluten and why is it bad?

(x-posted)
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005
11:09 am
[islandprncss]
Overweight and underweight dogs, what do I do?
Hi all, I just joined the community. I have two large dogs, a yellow lab and a rottie, who mean the world to me. They are both 2 1/2 yrs old, and pretty active. Here's the thing, Percy, the lab, is about 90lbs, a bit overweight, so I have him on weight maintenance diet. Zulu, the rottie, was a runt, so he's only about 70lbs, and no matter how much he eats, still looks underweight. Can anyone suggest a diet/brand that would be good for them both? Also, I would be very interested in everyone's thoughts about home made food. If this is a route any of you go, can you suggest good recipes, or a website with good recipes? Thanks!
Tuesday, April 12th, 2005
5:28 pm
[splitpeasoup]
Nutro Ultra
What is your opinion on Senior and Large Breed dog foods? My dog is about 7 years old and 60 lbs.

I am thinking of putting him on Nutro Ultra Senior, which is available at Petsmart.

Top 5 ingredients are: Whole Brown Rice, Chicken Meal, Lamb Meal, Rice Bran, Poultry Fat

22% protein, 4% fiber

Amount of feed per day for a 60 lb dog is about 3.5 cups.

The alternative is to go to Aloha Feed and get Innova or Canidae, which is not available at pet stores.

What do y'all think?
Friday, March 11th, 2005
12:04 pm
[splitpeasoup]
Food for a dog who won't eat much
A friend recently brought to my attention that Iams is cruel to the animals it tests on, so I am looking to switch to another brand.

I would like to go with Nutro, but the quantity issue is bothering me. Nutro Natural Choice for adults recommends 3.7 cups for Cobbey's weight. The problem is Cobbey eats very little - usually only about 2 cups a day or less.

Iams in contrast recommends 2.4 cups for his weight.

(It is quite baffling, because the calorie difference between the two is not that huge.)

The problem is if he was on Nutro and ate his typical 2- cups, he would be missing half his nutrition.

I need a good quality, easily available, relatively concentrated dog food. Any suggestions?

Cobbey is a 60 lbs, 7 years old, mixed breed dog
Tuesday, September 7th, 2004
1:45 pm
[archived]
Hi,

I wanna know if there's any pet nutritionist amongst here. Maybe we can share pet health tips. I'm big on pet nutrition myself and though I'm no expert, it brings a joy to my heart everytime I can help educate pet owners and share pet info between ourselves.

-Di :)
Wednesday, July 28th, 2004
9:28 pm
[clarityat3am]
I just started my little poodle on a Wysong diet. I did a lot of research and based on her needs and the information I could dig up I decided that Wysong was the best way to go. Right now I'm going to use a combination of Duck Au Jus (canned) and Maintenance (dry), plus Biotic pH- to help control her struvite crystals in her urine. Hopefully I can prove to my vet that that 'prescription' garbage she gave me is really as crappy as I think it is. ;)
Friday, July 9th, 2004
11:18 am
[buffalogal]
I feed my dog Canidae. I love that food. I've never had a problem with it. THe breeder I'll be getting my next dog from feeds Canidae. I think when we found that out we both got extra brownie points in each other's eyes. LOL

It can be hard to find, but it's not over expensive, granted it's not 15 bucks for a 40 pound bag, but hey, you get what you pay for right?
10:05 am
[hheather]
first post
Ok so we need a first post...
so here it is everybody tell me what you feed your dog cause I'm nosy like that
Right now I'm feeding my 60is pound yellow labrador Alf, that's a workign guide dog a mixture of a bland food and innove, soon he will be totally on Innova. He was on Wellness which I absolutely love and tha tworked well for my last guide but he lost too much weight on it so I found a higher calorie still human grade food.

yeah so don't be shy and post

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