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Important Dog Food Question In This Election Year
johnrobertson

Posted on 08/25/2004 2:13:21 PM PDT by John Robertson

In this very important time in the run-up to the election ... can I please have your dog food recommendations?


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It's time to put our almost-two-year-old Vizsla on a good maintenance diet. She is not overweight in the least, gets plenty of exercise, up to two hours a day. But the growth blends are too rich in some nutrients for mature dogs. Please give me your recommendations. We have been giving her Eagle Valley, which is a great (expensive) food. We are not looking to spend extravagantly on the new food necessarily, but on the other hand we are not going to make this decision based on cost. (Come to think of it, when did we ever make a pet decision based on saving money in our home? Never.) Thank you, dog-loving Freepers.
1 posted on 08/25/2004 2:13:22 PM PDT by John Robertson
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To: sciencediet

Ping.


2 posted on 08/25/2004 2:13:58 PM PDT by martin_fierro (_____oooo_( ° ¿ ° )_oooo_____)
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To: John Robertson

We feed our three labs whatever is on sale. But, I think ScienceDiet has a diet dog chow.


3 posted on 08/25/2004 2:15:34 PM PDT by annyokie (Now with 20% More Infidel!)
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To: John Robertson

Raw meat.


4 posted on 08/25/2004 2:16:04 PM PDT by ambrose (http://www.swiftvets.com/)
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To: HairOfTheDog

ping!


5 posted on 08/25/2004 2:16:12 PM PDT by annyokie (Now with 20% More Infidel!)
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To: John Robertson

I've got a couple basenjis on Iams Mature.


6 posted on 08/25/2004 2:16:23 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Be a Dollar a Day FReeper, and SMILE when you get your Mastercard bill!)
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To: John Robertson

Purina Pro Plan.

It's first ingredient is meat unlike others that use meal. All-natural ingredients, readily available, and they use most of the food (their poop is small).

Poop!


7 posted on 08/25/2004 2:17:26 PM PDT by kruelio
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Something with Lamb and Rice...it's good for the old colon. Nothing better during this election cycle than a dog with a healthy colon!!!


8 posted on 08/25/2004 2:17:46 PM PDT by artemis webb II
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To: John Robertson
The Dread Boston Salty has eaten Science Diet and Iams for most of his life, and when we can't get those (vet closed, PetSmart closed), Purina One is darn near as good.

Our vet has told us that Salty's in phenomenal shape, except for being a 27-pound Boston terrier born of 15-pound parents. (Go figure.)
9 posted on 08/25/2004 2:17:58 PM PDT by Xenalyte ("I love this job more than I love taffy, and I'm a man who loves his taffy.")
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To: John Robertson
Science Diet. If its good enough for military dogs, its good enough for mine.
10 posted on 08/25/2004 2:18:13 PM PDT by vetvetdoug (In memory of T/Sgt. Secundino "Dean" Baldonado, Jarales, NM-KIA Bien Hoa AFB, RVN 1965)
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To: John Robertson

We use Purina Pro Plan Weight Control for our 6 year old Carolina Dog. It's easy to find, reasonably priced, not full of fillers and meals, and makes her poop less (and it's not soft and ewwy to pick up).

:-)


11 posted on 08/25/2004 2:18:38 PM PDT by itslex71 (southern by birth, republican by the grace of my dad)
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To: John Robertson

For what it's worth, our flying squirrels do not like Regal Rat.


12 posted on 08/25/2004 2:18:51 PM PDT by PeoplesRepublicOfWashington (Jean Fraude Kerrí pour le Presidenté--Non!)
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To: John Robertson

Something with lots of onions. The dog's flatulence (and worse) are a perfect excuse/cover for your own indiscretions....


13 posted on 08/25/2004 2:20:26 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: John Robertson

Eukanuba large breed. Or Science Diet. Whatever you choose, make sure you introduce it slowly. If you just outright switch, your dog might suffer some gastronomical problems.


14 posted on 08/25/2004 2:22:41 PM PDT by Bella_Bru (It's for the children = It takes a village)
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You don't say where you live. Some of the regional brands are very good. The very best dog food I've tried is called Bil-Jac. It comes frozen and is rich in meat. You don't feed much. The dry variety is good too. Down from there are a lot of good brands. The worst brands are the cheap ones. They are mostly filler and will cause your dog to poop in large volume. When it comes right down to it, cheap dog food is anything but.
15 posted on 08/25/2004 2:23:48 PM PDT by Varda
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We're giving ours Canidae. We wanted a quality product with meat as the primary ingredient -- not corn or a meat "meal" (ex. lamb meal) which could be ground up bones, etc.

Vizla's are good dogs.

16 posted on 08/25/2004 2:24:35 PM PDT by ZGuy
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To: John Robertson

Ol' Roy. I like how Wal Mart invests their political dollars.


17 posted on 08/25/2004 2:28:42 PM PDT by jojodamofo
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To: ZGuy

Is that your Vizsla? Incredibly handsome dogs, aren't they? One day, walking Roxie in a huge park here (near Pittsburgh), someone said, What kind of dog is that? Vizsla. What's that? came the next question (you probably get this all the time). Hungarian hunting dog, I said. She any good? the guy asked. I don't know, I said, there aren't that many Hungarians around here. It just popped out, and the two of us laughed out loud for a while. Meantime, Roxie was rooting around, looking for stuff--moles, rabbits, whales, whatever.


18 posted on 08/25/2004 2:30:05 PM PDT by John Robertson
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Jaxmax. I've got an old Lab and a young Chesapeake and they both do very well on this dog food.

It's expensive, but if you're a good conservative Republican, you've got the money. ;-)

http://www.jaxmax.com/Jaxmax/Main.cfm
19 posted on 08/25/2004 2:32:46 PM PDT by cowboyway (My Hero's have always been cowboys.)
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To: John Robertson

Democrats, with a side of Anarchists or greenies.


20 posted on 08/25/2004 2:34:01 PM PDT by kevkrom (My handle is "kevkrom", and I approved this post.)
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To: John Robertson

Nah. Right now I've got a Golden Retriever (that has actually won some awards thank you very much) and a real dog -- a dachshund! Surprisingly, the dachshund is the better hunter though, and I have had her in earthdog competitions. I can't post pictures of them because our website won't allow links of pics to other sites. I just see lots of other dogs around and Vizsla's are one breed that gets my nod.


21 posted on 08/25/2004 2:40:12 PM PDT by ZGuy
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To: John Robertson

Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice is ALL I feed my Ibizans.
No soy, no corn, no wheat, no "by-products".
I switched to this when my breed/show list subscribers found that most of this year's dog foods had corn mold toxins from last year's crop.
[my former "regular" food suddenly started giving my dogs bloody diarrhea and the vets couldn't find anything wrong. switched the food and it ended]
Haven't used anything else since and I couldn't be happier.

http://www.diamondpetfood.com/formulas.html#


22 posted on 08/25/2004 3:02:06 PM PDT by Salamander (Is my schadenfreudian slip showing?)
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To: John Robertson

Cook cheap rice. Mix the cooked rice with sardines or raw eggs or some other meat.

Avoid the expensive store-bought dog foods.


23 posted on 08/25/2004 3:59:43 PM PDT by Jemian (Terrorists don't need to be treated with sensitivity..they need to be destroyed. Cheney)
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To: John Robertson

Ask Terayzah -- she always wanted to be a dog...


24 posted on 08/25/2004 4:17:58 PM PDT by mikrofon (Former collie/shepherd & beagle owner)
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To: ZGuy
A dachshund!

The thing about Dachsies is... they have that tiny little head. All I can think of is that in that tiny little head there is a narrow little skull... and in there is what can only be a tiny, tiny little brain...

and then...

they outsmart me.

25 posted on 08/25/2004 4:24:53 PM PDT by LouisWu (Mongo only pawn in game of life.)
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To: John Robertson

My eight-months-old yeller Lab pup is healthy, as fit as a fiddle and seems to be thriving on Purina Alpo dry puppy food with an occasional aternative sack of Pedigree Puppy.


26 posted on 08/25/2004 4:27:28 PM PDT by Brian Allen (I am, thank God, a hyphenated American -- An AMERICAN-American -- and A Dollar-a-Day FReeper!)
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To: John Robertson; Flyer; technochick99; sinkspur; annyokie; Scott from the Left Coast; 88keys; ...
Ping!

I have always liked Iam's products, Eukanuba for an active dog.... it's meat based rather than corn (which no digestive system in the world can process)

And important to me, it has no ~unidentified~ "animal" products in it. In pet food label-speak, this means no horse meat or other sweepings of who knows what off the floor at a rendering plant. If it says chicken, it's chicken. If it says beef, it's beef. If it says 'animal' or 'meat' without identifying the kind, it's predominantly horse meat, with a few parts of dead and roadkill pets mixed in. I abhor the use of horse meat, so I go out of my way to avoid it.

Also good around here, you have to read labels to see for yourself, are the premium feed-store brand dog foods. I am buying a chicken and rice food packaged for my local farm supply that is equivalent to Iams. But they'll have differing grades, and you get what you pay for.

27 posted on 08/25/2004 4:27:52 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

Shag here (mom and dad's rather spoiled 6 yr old Dobe) doesn't have a preference (can you tell?) but if he could speak he'd tell you he just LOVES as treats those pigs ears that you can buy at Sam's Club...

28 posted on 08/25/2004 4:36:37 PM PDT by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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To: John Robertson

Flint River Ranch - all natural, baked food. They have a website, I think.


29 posted on 08/25/2004 4:48:12 PM PDT by austingirl
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Well, our Lab had a skin allergy that only cleared up when he was fed Hills Lamb and Rice, only 'treat' was his daily Milk Bone (extra large). Lived 13 years. Good dog.

Our Gypsy (rough coat collie-mix) gets Dick Van Pattens Natural Balance - no corn, soy, wheat, eggs, dairy or sunflower oil.


30 posted on 08/25/2004 6:19:00 PM PDT by osagebowman (HHD -)
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To: HairOfTheDog
Neutro Natural Choice.

No fillers, and has Glucosamine and Chondroiton for joints.

I've had my dogs on this for two years, and they're noticeably perkier, allergy symptoms have decreased (not disappeared), and they love the taste.

32 posted on 08/25/2004 7:03:16 PM PDT by sinkspur ("What's the point in being Pope if I can't wear the tiara?"--Cardinal Fanfani)
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My three little ones eat Royal Canine (Yorkshire Terrier Mini Bites) I like how they make a blend special for each breed. Since yorkies have human like hair-not fur- they need extra oils for their coats. My pom eats it too and she is silky and has stopped itching.

Check and see if they make a special blend specific to your breed.

33 posted on 08/25/2004 7:21:43 PM PDT by arbee4bush ( I expressed myself forcefully and felt better after I did it-VP Cheney)
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I've fed Nutro for years. It must be ok, as my oldest dog died at the age of 18, followed by her 17 year old daughter the next year.

The next oldest dog is 15, and then the "baby", is 13. All Nutro fed.


34 posted on 08/25/2004 7:22:00 PM PDT by Darnright
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I'm a big fan of Breeder's Choice foods. They make AvoDerm which is great for dogs with skin and coat problems.

My "vest pocket" Lab (40 pounds) had problems as a puppy with dry skin. We switched her to AvoDerm Chicken & Rice (they also make Lamb & Rice for dogs with allergies and a baked style food as well.)

Here's the result - 3 year old Choc Lab competing in agility. She's very fit and very glossy in coat. Full of energy (maybe too MUCH energy).


She also does Hunting Retriever.

35 posted on 08/25/2004 7:25:06 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (. . . Ministrix of ye Chace (recess appointment), TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary . . .)
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To: John Robertson

Pork chops are nice.


36 posted on 08/25/2004 7:30:49 PM PDT by PoorMuttly ("Now, there you go again.")
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To: John Robertson

My JRT is on Science Diet Canine C/D Prescription because she has to have a low-sodium diet, but my father feeds his 75 lb. Chocolate Lab and 50 lb. mutt on whatever he can buy in bulk, and they do just fine. I'd check with your vet and/or a club dedicated to your dog's breed.


37 posted on 08/25/2004 7:38:18 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (RKBA Lord High Pun-dit [a.k.a. Chief Torturer])
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To: John Robertson

Purina Pro Plan. The dog will thrive and you won't spend your time scooping mountains out of the yard.


38 posted on 08/25/2004 7:40:16 PM PDT by secret garden (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: AnAmericanMother

I feed my Dalmatians Avoderm (dry and canned) and use a great supplement enzymes, glucosamine, chondroytin and beneficial cultures (which I can't remember the name of right now). Seems to be working great, the dogs are 9 and 8 going on 2.


39 posted on 08/25/2004 8:28:54 PM PDT by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: John Robertson
This should help you with your questions.

Whats really in Pet Food?

Selecting a Commercial Pet Food

I hope this helps you, and other Freepers, make a good decision on what to feed your pets.

40 posted on 08/25/2004 9:39:29 PM PDT by Khurkris (Proud Scottish/HillBilly - We perfected "The Art of the Grudge")
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To: John Robertson

We just switched over to Exclusive Dog Food two weeks ago. No by products, human grade lamb,beef or chicken.

My new baby four months has skin allergies, can't bear to be touched and has not started gnawing on himself so I wanted to nip it in the bud and he is miserable doesn't like to be loved and snuggled due to itching.

Here is what I found so far as website.

We have to get it at the Feed store not available in regular stores.

We were using Science Diet and the feed store recommended it his Dr. told me what to stay away from and this stuff sounds great.

The size is pea size bites, nice for my 14yrs old who cannot chew very well.

They claim to use fresh meat never frozen.

Here is the one website I found.

Exclusive Dog and Cat Food
Address:http://www.davisfeed.com/id86.htm


41 posted on 08/25/2004 11:49:29 PM PDT by oceanperch ( 04 Bush.....He will continue to lead America with the Lords Blessing)
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To: PoorMuttly
Pork chops are nice.

Okay, to cut through the "crap", and get to serious discussion, when one feeds their 80lb man's best friend the likes of pork chops, what is the recommended carpet cleaner, that is safe and leaves a pleasant scent? ; )

42 posted on 08/25/2004 11:57:25 PM PDT by EGPWS
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To: Severa

My 9mo old Yellow Lab loves the rolled up pig ears he looks like he has a cigar hanging out of his mouth all the time.

Oh Wait I have pics.

Chris, Labs eating plums and a clean Garage
Address:http://community-2.webtv.net/wheelchairsite/ChrisLabseating/


43 posted on 08/25/2004 11:59:06 PM PDT by oceanperch ( 04 Bush.....He will continue to lead America with the Lords Blessing)
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To: ambrose
Raw meat.

I use raw meat as a dessert item for my Husky. When I give him a milk bone he usually enjoys it without knowing that he has used up on of his 10 pleasures in doing so.....one of my fingers!

44 posted on 08/26/2004 12:07:12 AM PDT by EGPWS
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To: EGPWS

Well...Muttly doesn't know about the scent...but if you apply enough ice cream to the spot...dogs tend to clean up after themselves, if you know what I mean.

Maybe that's why they often name us "Spot!"

IMHO...the most pleasant odor IS pork chops, so perhaps the second dose will have a better effect. Worth a try.

(I would be glad to test this theory for you, [THICK pork chops would work best] if you still have doubts. Vanilla ice cream would work nicely too, in my professional dog opinion...)


45 posted on 08/26/2004 12:11:20 AM PDT by PoorMuttly ("Now, there you go again.")
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To: EGPWS

Well...Muttly doesn't know about the scent...but if you apply enough ice cream to the spot...dogs tend to clean up after themselves, if you know what I mean.

Maybe that's why they often name us "Spot!"

IMHO...the most pleasant odor IS pork chops, so perhaps the second dose will have a better effect. Worth a try.

(I would be glad to test this theory for you, [THICK pork chops would work best] if you still have doubts. Vanilla ice cream would work nicely too, in my professional dog opinion...)


46 posted on 08/26/2004 12:13:30 AM PDT by PoorMuttly ("Now, there you go again.")
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To: PoorMuttly

first post hung up...so i hit the button again. Oops.

Anyway...I think this is a VERY good idea, and bears repeating.

My interest is purely scientific, mind you.

(and if the experiment proves inconclusive...we could always try again with Lamb Chops)


47 posted on 08/26/2004 12:16:35 AM PDT by PoorMuttly ("Now, there you go again.")
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To: PoorMuttly
Well...Muttly doesn't know about the scent...but if you apply enough ice cream to the spot...dogs tend to clean up after themselves, if you know what I mean.

Thanks PM!

You have saved me a lot of time and effort.

I'm going to change my decor to reflect the appeal of "vanilla swirl" carpeting! Yea, that will do it!

Thanks for your input! : )

48 posted on 08/26/2004 12:19:34 AM PDT by EGPWS
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To: EGPWS

It is always gratifying to assist in inter-species cooperation.

I am sure that you will enjoy your new motif...especially as it will bring joy and myriad olfactory pleasures to your furry friend....especially over time, and the changing of seasons.

Enjoy !


49 posted on 08/26/2004 12:52:30 AM PDT by PoorMuttly ("Now, there you go again.")
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To: PoorMuttly
It is always gratifying to assist in inter-species cooperation.

You sound like the "grandmother" who is appreciative in the knowledge that her work has been done and knowing that the kids are working now, all you have to do is enjoy the best part of the cooperation and leave the mess to the "pups"!

50 posted on 08/26/2004 1:00:57 AM PDT by EGPWS
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