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Old 05-26-2013, 10:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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As requested, we've started a new thread on dog food recommendations as the old thread was, well, . . . old.

To help our members who are looking for food suggestions, please add your recommendations for quality foods to help keep our fluffs happy.

Mine eat a combination of high-quality foods. They have Fromm Salmon Tunalini mixed with Foster & Smith lamb and brown rice; both of those foods are on Whole Dog Journal's list of recommended dry foods.

Dinner is Vital by FreshPet - either one of the fish recipes. WDJ hasn't yet rated the rolled foods, but this has a 5 star rating from Dog Food Advisor.

Tessa has a sensitivity to chicken and Sweetness has had oxalate crystals in the past, so finding a routine that worked for both was tricky, but they seem to be doing well on this.

Please add what is working well for your fluffs to this thread!
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I use Taste of the Wild right now. They love it and are doing very well on it.


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Since it was recommended by many others and my breeder, that Maltese should not eat a protein level over 26%, I kinda had hard time getting Sammie's foods figured out. He did well on natural balance GF, but after all the recalls of 2011/2012 I switched to Fromm's grain free kibble. I don't like the canned Fromm only because it's so soupy.

AM: Grain Free Fromm: is little over 26% protein kibble, but best food I've found. Plus it's available in my small town at a dog speciality botuiqe only. I wanted a food that I didn't have to order. We buy the tunalina or wild game bird as they are lowest in protein. Sammie has elevated bile acids and his brother passed away very young with a shunt. So he needs lower protiens. He also has allergies such as head shaking if he eats dry grain type kibble.

PM: slice of Vital freshpet. I buy non fish ones mostly. They spit up the fish twice, not sure why.

I give natural balance GF treats, and fruitables too.
For teeth regimine: i rotate these. they get Sams Yams fries, CET dental chews, lebo dental spray, and a squiroften mouth of dental rinse and daily water additive.
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I switched Poochie to Nature's Recipe Grain Free Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe. She seems to enjoy this form of dry food. I did have her on the Wellness brand and I think she was allergic to it. She started scratching and biting a lot. Can anyone suggest wet food. I'm always looking for coupons but the brands in the pet store are hard to come by. The coupons I always come across aren't the best rating dog food.
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Go online maybe for coupons for higher quality foods. I don't see many like you said. Only the foods I won't use.
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I noticed that as well the coupons that are in abundance are normally for lower grade food and Poochie deserves better than that.

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Lucky loves FreshPet. He has been on it a few weeks. Lots of energy, poop good. Mad in US of mostly (97%) US and Canadian ingredients - nothing from China. Lots of plant ingredients, good meats.
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Mia eats Merrick's lamb with brown rice and apple dry food...and Wellness wet food in lamb with sweet potato and I also buy Nature's recipe wet and Merrick's Wet...she gets picky after awhile, so I have to keep switching around to keep her interested. I don't do much poultry because it seems to make her scratch. I try to stick with venison, lamb, buffalo and a little beef..
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Well, after going through so many of the high quality dry foods, premixes and so on and so forth i put mine back on Primal Frozen Raw as soon as i came back from Nationals, i feel that this is the best food for mine and they do very well on it, i noticed with dry food they would eat, but weren't very excited about it, with the Primal they are so excited each and every meal. I thought about home cooking and using BalanceIt, but i hate cooking and can't see me keeping something like that up, tried home cooking before and didn't last 2 months, so Primal Raw it is, i switch the protein around quite frequently and i'm lucky that none of the kids are picky eaters. It's expensive feeding 5, but well worth it to me.
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I feed Blue Buffalo Small breed lamb and brown rice and/or Innova small breed. I wanted to find a food that wasn't too high in protein or fat content because I don't want to over stress the liver. But, I wanted to find a food with high enough calories to make sure the dogs maintain a proper weight. The Innova is very high calorie but the fat and protein content isn't insanely high like a lot of small breed foods. The dogs seem to like both foods and I like the weight and coats and overall health on the foods.
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