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Old January 25th, 2012, 03:20 PM   #41
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We have a 10-12 year old chocolate lab that started getting ear infections in the last two years. We had been using Science Diet, but moved Taste of the Wild from TSC. It's supposed to be grain free, and the vet thought it might help.

http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/

I can't remember what it costs, but it's only a bit more than the Science Diet we had been using.

The dog loves it. I can't work with her in the garage anymore because she spends the entire time wanting to get into the food container. It drives me nuts. We give her 2 cups in the morning and 2 at night, but I swear she'd eat a bag in the morning, one for lunch, and 2 for dinner.

Looks like Blue Buffalo is available at TSC, too. We just bought a bag, so I'll have to try and remember for next time.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 03:21 PM   #42
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Be thankful for that. I wish I never had to either.

$50 for a 25lb bag that lasts our lab a month, maybe month and a half.

Then our schnauzer is on some dental food that is probably even more expensive per pound.
Same here, but after watching a youtube video showing what animal by product was, it's the only thing I'll feed my Husky.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 04:13 PM   #43
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Be thankful for that. I wish I never had to either.

$50 for a 25lb bag that lasts our lab a month, maybe month and a half.

Then our schnauzer is on some dental food that is probably even more expensive per pound.
We go through a 35lb bag every 2 months or so, really not bad at all IMO. My parents spend as much feeding their lab shitty science diet because they have to feed him twice as much (which I can't believe since my mom works at a vet). One thing you'll hear a lot of people say is that you can cut back the amount of food you feed your dog if you switch to a better food. We cut back from 3 cups a day to 2, and our lab has maintained a healthy 65lb.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 04:41 PM   #44
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Old January 25th, 2012, 04:42 PM   #45
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Holy crap, I have never seen him eat so fast. I bought the lamb and rice for him and he loves it! Same price as The Taste of the Wild we were feeding him too.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 04:54 PM   #46
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We go through a 35lb bag every 2 months or so, really not bad at all IMO. My parents spend as much feeding their lab shitty science diet because they have to feed him twice as much (which I can't believe since my mom works at a vet). One thing you'll hear a lot of people say is that you can cut back the amount of food you feed your dog if you switch to a better food. We cut back from 3 cups a day to 2, and our lab has maintained a healthy 65lb.
Yeah I get the half as much thing. It just seems shitty when you go to Petsmart and drop $50 on a bag of dog food lol
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Old January 25th, 2012, 06:10 PM   #47
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Flint River Ranch

http://www.frrco.com/
X2...this is the only food that I know of that isn't extruded. Do some reading and you'll find that extrusion isn't good. It costs more than just about anything else, but you can feed them less because they easily absorb it due to being baked.

My dogs were on diamond (which was OK), then the Kirkland food. The Kirkland food is shit - don't care what anyone else says. My dogs were shitting CONSTANTLY on that food. At 2AM I was getting woke up because they had to go out...

They've been on Flint River Ranch for about 3 months now - their bowel movements are entirely regulated, and they actually want to eat the food. Their coats look better, and their skin doesn't seem as dry either.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 06:13 PM   #48
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Feed my BloodHound Pup Diamond Large breed puppy at the moment... He loves it, but im pretty sure he would eat ANYTHING in his general area. 35$ for a 40# bag a TSC
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Beneful. Its the only thing that the two of them could agree on.
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Blue Buffalo, highest crude protien and no by product or fillers
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Pro Plan for my two adult Husky's. I've been happy with it for years but over the last few months my one dog has developed a really bad skin allergy and my interweb research is pointing to a lack of zinc. I'm taking her to the vet next week and expect to hear to change her diet, but does anyone know of a zinc suppliment for dogs?
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I feed a 50/50 mix of nutro natural and taste of the wild. She loves the TOTW but it's too much protein for her.
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Pro Plan for my two adult Husky's. I've been happy with it for years but over the last few months my one dog has developed a really bad skin allergy and my interweb research is pointing to a lack of zinc. I'm taking her to the vet next week and expect to hear to change her diet, but does anyone know of a zinc suppliment for dogs?
Where is she itching? Our vet has our dog on three allergy meds. One is a suppliment they take that helps their skin. It is almost like a fish oil suppliment, only it has extra stuff in it for dogs with allergies. She has been on this and the other suppliment for about two weeks and her shedding has reduced significantly.
Our dog has both seasonal and food allergies.
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Its not a dry itching, but more of a raw oozing throughout the saddle area. Her fur is greasy and stinky and her skin is red and irritated. I'm afraid to give her a bath because I don't know if its painful- it look like it is but shes not itching at all.
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Purina Dog Chow Complete and Balanced
I mix in a package Purina Moist and Meaty with each dish of dry food.
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Its not a dry itching, but more of a raw oozing throughout the saddle area. Her fur is greasy and stinky and her skin is red and irritated. I'm afraid to give her a bath because I don't know if its painful- it look like it is but shes not itching at all.
Cici used to tear all of the fur off of her face and chew all of the fur off of her paws. It's so hard to see them hurting. She also used to get ear infections all the time.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 07:48 PM   #57
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Purina, Pro-Plan
Eukenuba
Iams
Blue Buffalo
Hills

Those are the big ones that are good. If you go to a pet store, they carry these and a few others that are quality.

Do not buy pet food from a grocery store. That stuff is junk.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 07:53 PM   #58
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Pro Plan for my two adult Husky's. I've been happy with it for years but over the last few months my one dog has developed a really bad skin allergy and my interweb research is pointing to a lack of zinc. I'm taking her to the vet next week and expect to hear to change her diet, but does anyone know of a zinc suppliment for dogs?
Melinda works for Bloom Animal Hospital in Livonia. He's a specialist in Skin and Allergy. He may not be the cheapest, but he's world known. Just a thought for you if you need to find a specialist.
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Its not a dry itching, but more of a raw oozing throughout the saddle area. Her fur is greasy and stinky and her skin is red and irritated. I'm afraid to give her a bath because I don't know if its painful- it look like it is but shes not itching at all.
Melinda says you need to get a biopsy done.
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We use Eukendoba (Sp?) Lamb and Rice. We have a Chihuahua and he has some serious Food Allergies. It seems to work really well. We only have to buy a 50 pounder about once every 6 months though.
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