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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Whatever happened to the days when you fed your dog Purina Dog Chow? Those days are definitely gone. Finding the correct dog food is as confusing as finding the correct food for us on this "healthy" journey. Apparently, dogs need healthy food too.

Summer seems more hungry than Sydney ever was. She has more energy than Syd and is constantly on the move so I guess it makes sense. I decided to look into other dog foods for her. I talked to my vet who said to read the label and the first 3 ingredients should be protein. UGH! That is not easy.

I looked at foods and there are some which are gluten free, wheat free, low fat, high protein etc. The list goes on and on. This isn't like researching a new vacuum cleaner and reading reviews. It all depends on the activity level, age and medical condition of the dog. Don't get too much sugar, too little fat, too much grain or too little protein.

I thought reading labels on human food was confusing.... it is nothing like this emoticon emoticon
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    we go all natural call of the wild food. It helps with their skin conditions. They have thrived on it. I found it pays to buy good food! It isn't full of fillers and well worth it!! We also tried blue buffalo which is really good too! Good luck!!
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    it is quite a challenge, isn't it? i have spent way too much time reading dog food ingredients lately. that dog food analysis site is good. and if course stay away from any by products, corn, cornmeal, etc....
    the one i like is called acana and also orijen, but, they are probably just canadian.
    1595 days ago
    Summer gets lots of table scraps too. We found a great food that is made right here in Wisconsin which is supposed to be super for dogs. Of course, Summer may be a bit spoiled because of the loss of Syd. She deserves the best. It is called Fromme.

    Sydney's ashes came home yesterday. It was kind of weird. But, also kind of comforting to know that a small part of her is still with us.
    1596 days ago
    I give my old girl Dads dry food and mix in some moist food in it for her breakfast and then keep Purina in her bowl to nibble on all day
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    Ha Ha! You know, we don't worry about it! We still buy Old Roy from Wal Mart and the cats and dogs both eat that! They are all fat and sassy and have clean teeth, so that is good enough for me. Of course, Girlfriend (our dog) gets lots of table scraps! I know that is a no no to some people, but she loves them! emoticon
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    I SO hear you on this! Our senior kitty is such a food snob! He has NO appetite and I have to bake him real organic chicken tenders in a little EVOO and then tear a little piece into shreds for him to eat it. emoticon I finally got smart and started buying the packages in big sizes at Costco...baking them, putting into individual zip lock bags and freezing them. Before I was throwing away perfectly good chicken that he didn't get to! Talk about a finicky cat! emoticon Amazing the things we do for love!

    I'd just say be sure you don't give Summer anything with by-products in it. You don't EVEN want to know what they use as wonder our poor animals get cancer and all kinds of dreaded diseases!

    I'd just google healthy dog food and see what you come up with. Good luck and hold onto your wallet. Sometimes human food is less than the animal food! emoticon
    1596 days ago
    I researched things quite heavily... since Chrissy is extremely sensitive to so much - yet needs nutrition... Hubby insists that the cheap-O Ol' Roy from that W place would be just fine (it's what our last dog lived to 18 yo on - not by MY choice, but...)

    Since Chrissy is a SHE, she falls under MY rule ;) & I get to buy the food. After MUCH MUCH trial and error and research, and trying my best to avoid 'corn' 'corn meal' etc (Chrissy's biggest sensitivity - corn and grain)...

    I've been having GREAT success with her with the Blue Buffalo Freedom - they have one for 'Large Breed' that has the essential nutrients for large breed dogs and their typical issues - like hips/joints/etc. I can definitely HIGHLY recommend giving that a try.

    Outside of that, the next best I'd found (that wasn't as expensive as some of the others) is Nutro brand. Granted, you're probably not as worried about 'grain free' (like most of us shouldn't worry so much about gluten free, unless we're sensitive!), and both brands have plenty choices and varieties.

    The Blue Buffalo Wilderness is one that a friend of ours was feeding to her son's husky that was having trouble keeping on weight. Not something I'd recommend for multi-daily feedings. He was suffering something, and needed the high protein. It is loaded with LEAN protein to build muscle. So yeah, just like we don't need a diet with 80% protein, neither do Summer or Chrissy ;)

    Blue Buffalo's (& Nutro's) websites always had coupons and trial offers - give it a shot with a small amount first, and try a few of the varieties to see what Summer likes! Don't just up and one day give her a full bowl tho' - they recommend 'weening' them when changing foods. Mix a lil' of the new one in her existing, then gradually increase that percentage until the changeover.

    Vet was right tho', look at ingredients, and those first FIVE ingredients should NOT include carbs! Just like we might aim for, to avoid excess sodium and sugar :)

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    1596 days ago
    I like to use this site when comparing dog food brands: It breaks the ingredients down in an easy, understandable way.
    1596 days ago
    You are such a good pet owner. I know you love your pups.
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    go for the high protein!

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    I totally understand. My dog gets Purina One Chicken and Rice or Lamb and Rice and is doing fine, but she isn't (knock on wood) special needs in any way. Good luck, because I have read the labels and it is darned confusing to know what is best.
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    You know that I can totally relate to where you are coming from. I put Aspen and Sierra on Iams lamb and rice. Then with Utah I bought expensive Blue Buffalo Wilderness duck dog food because I thought he might have allergies. His poor face just itches so very much. He rubs it against everything (walls, the bed, couch, me...).

    Then with his seizure meds (Ellipse mends I should say) his liver levels went way high and I learned that I should consider a different dog food because I guess Blue Buffalo Wilderness is high on protein (perhaps too high). I considered the Iams Lamb and Rice and was told by one that there is too much filler in that food. I was told to consider Hills something or another. It is wayyyyy confusing.

    Craziness. I agree... emoticon emoticon

    Oh I do have one things that may actually help. The vet said to give them green beans if they are so hungry. The idea is similar to people, if for example I reduce Utah's food a bit (because we do not want him to gain any ore weight) throw in some canned green beans as filler. Funny though he is not the hungry one though. I think Sierra could eat a buffet on her own. She thinks the green beans are the greatest on earth. Less than $2 for a HUGE can. Best of luck.
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    Comment edited on: 6/4/2013 1:22:21 PM
    I don't dare look at my dogs food label.

    She has eaten the same thing since I got her. I do know if she gets anything else (like turkey on Thanksgiving) she gets the runs... emoticon
    1596 days ago
    Yes they now have quite the selection to choose from. I did Purina back in the day simply because it was what my budget could affor. Good luck!!
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