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post #1 of 18 Old 03-01-2011, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Natural dog food

What do you feed, why and what are the benefits?

I have always fed Pedigree, they were not involved in the pet food recall of a few years ago, and I always assumed that natural food would be crazy money, but I have investigated and some of it isn't that bad.

So obviously every food says they are the best, so give me your opinions - and price if you remember it.

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post #2 of 18 Old 03-01-2011, 11:57 PM
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Diamond Large Breed is what I use for my BullMastiff.

BullMastiff's have sensitive tummies and develop allergies, so we've been through several brands.

Breeder fed him Pedigree, he had the runs when I got him so I switched him to Nutro at a pet store employees suggestion. He did fine but after some reading, I wasn't happy that their first ingredient was "chicken meal", so we went to Innova.

Innova was fine for a year+ and then he started itching. Switched to Natural Balance fish and sweet potato. OMG, I could not deal with the fish breath. Switched to duck and potato variety instead. Fine for a year+ and then itching again.

He's now on Diamond, it's been about a year... so just waiting for him to start itching and need a new food. Seems to be his pattern... wondering if I might be able to use a brand we'd tried in the past again or if it's permanent allergy.
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I fed my last dog pedigree, and while it was ok, he never looked in peak condition as far as coat condition goes.
He was put to sleep a couple of years ago at the age of 14, and a few months later I brought my little border collie pup.
Instead of going down the processed dog food path, I went for the natural food, but made my own.

I just buy a dog meat mix from the local butcher, add rice and egg (including shells - yep, very good for calcium!!) and then just throw in whatever left overs we have in there. Lots of veggies and such in there. Put it into a blender, and then mix together with the meat, rice and egg.
I make enough for a couple of weeks, just put it into separate bags and freeze.
He also gets access to lots of fresh bones and chicken necks.

He is super healthy on this diet, I would be proud if my hair was as shiny as his coat, he is really soft, sleek and full of energy. I've had many many comments on how good he looks and have converted a heap of people to his diet for their own dogs.
Sooooo much better than horrible commercial dog food that's for sure!
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I went for the natural food, but made my own.

I just buy a dog meat mix from the local butcher, add rice and egg (including shells - yep, very good for calcium!!) Lots of veggies and such in there. Put it into a blender, and then mix together with the meat, rice and egg.
I make enough for a couple of weeks, just put it into separate bags and freeze.
He also gets access to lots of fresh bones and chicken necks.
^^ This is what my Grandparents did as well with their dogs.

They lost a few dogs to cancer, and when they lost their 3rd dog, they had an autopsy done to find out exactly what was going on. The Vet suspected it was the "Alpo" canned food they fed them - so they went the route Kayty stated.

The dogs they had since then, were healthy, strong and happy. They even threw the egg shells in with the mixture. Their last dog, had hip displacia due to her breed, and they threw MSM into the mix which helped make her more comfortable.

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All we stick to is vet bought food. Our dog had some seizures a few years ago. The dog has no health problems at all, and after a vet check everything came out clear. I ended up doing a lot of research and calls to the Canadian Vet board and spoke to a few vets. They did confirm that dog foods outside of controlled vet clinics, have no guidelines or testing they need to follow when producing pet food. They did also confirm to me that common problems like seizures and blindness as well as renal failure can happen from these foods.
The only thing we were advised to do is to get vet sold dog food as those particular brands are tested regularly and monitored, so we went with that and have done that since. Have had no other seizures or issues since.
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We were told in our nutrition classes that if you do the raw food option it's very important for you to speak with an actual veterinary nutritionist to make sure the diet is balanced. There are some pretty nasty problems caused by nutrient imbalances, especially in growing animals.
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^^ That is great to know! I was not aware of that, thanks for sharing.

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This gives some information about it...

http://www.thewholedog.org/NHMVMiner...anceinpets.pdf


I'm trying to remember what the name of the disease was and see if I can find a video. It was heart breaking...
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I feed my doberman Diamond Large Breed Puppy Lamb & Rice. It is the only food that I have fed her that didn't cause obvious upset to her (vomit, diarrhea, general lackluster appearance). I also throw in two tabs of ProBios dog probiotic supplements a day.

This is a great website a friend of mine showed me. It's a good place to read up on stuff and make your own decisions on what you want to feed your animals:

Dog Food Ratings by Brand
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Thanks for the information everyone.
Crimsonsky, thanks so much for the link - that's exactly what I was looking for.
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