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    07-07-2010, 05:44 PM
Can I feed amplify to my dog?

I'm well versed in horse nutrition but I have to admit that I know nothing about dogs.

I have a 4 year old hard keeping German Shepard whose female. She's been wormed and vaccinated. She is a picky eater but I found that she likes pedigree chunky beef stew. I was at the feed store today and I noticed some of the pricey dog food has higher protein and fat than the cheap stuff.

I buy amplify for my horses and I got to thinking.... If I could combine the cheap dog food with what would be a very small amount of amplify it would save me a fortune in dog food!

My only hold up at this point is the nutrient ratios. Like if we give a horse to much selenium... is there anything in amplify that would cause issues with a dog?

I'm going to post this on dogforum too.. but figured horse people know what amplify is.
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    07-07-2010, 06:17 PM
Green Broke
Honestly, I'd go for a better grade of dog food. You want to look for more nutrient dense dog foods.
Good food but not too expensive is 4 Health at Tractor Supply. It has no corn, wheat or soy fillers. I have a German Shepherd myself, have had one my entire married life. You want to feed 2x a day if you're trying to build her up. Remember that shepherds are not supposed to be really well fleshed out, they are a thinner breed. Pedigree really isn't a very nutrient rich food, and you have to feed much more food than if you feed a better quality food. I'm by no means saying 4 Health is THE BEST food on the market, but it's a good solid food that will do well for your pet. Now..I love Orion for Shepherds, but I can't spend that on a dog food for a 70 lb PUPPY, ROFL.

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    07-07-2010, 06:31 PM
I would also suggest buying a dog food that's more nutritious. You'll actually end up feeding less that way so it's cheaper in the long run.

I suspect the reason your dog isn't gaining weight is because of what you're feeding her. I've seen a lot of hard keepers on cheap dog food and they don't gain weight for anything no matter how much you feed them because there's no nutrition in the food. They just poop it all out.

I feed my dogs Evo which is about $60 per 40lb bag, but I only feed my aussies 1 cup per day and my big Collie only gets two cups. One bag will last me a month and I have four dogs. If I were feeding them pedigree they would have to get at least four to five cups each per day to maintain the same weight.

Blue Buffalo can be found in most pet stores and it would be my second choice. I think it's about $34 per 30 lb bag. You would still feed less of this that you would the pedigree so it would be cheaper in the long run and your dog will probably gain weight.

I would stay away from mixing the horse feed with the dog food.

If you really want to go cheap and still feed her a healthy meal, then just feed raw. I used to do that with mine and it only cost me about $70 per month to feed ALL 4 of my dogs. If you talk to local butchers you can usually get chicken leg quarters and chicken backs for a very low price. Just toss the dog a leg quarter or two every night and you're done. Yep, right out of the fridge. Raw.
    07-07-2010, 06:43 PM
Green Broke
Alot of shepherd owners use and love Blue, my dogs can't eat it because it gives my Jack GAS!! ROFL
    07-07-2010, 07:03 PM
I don't have a lot of time... But the short answer is - don't screw around with your dog's food. I mean that in the nicest possible way, I've seen some really nasty examples of what happens when you start messing with the ratios/amounts of vitamins/minerals etc.

Either feed it a quality dog food formulated for it's particular lifestyle/breed/age or go to a qualified nutritionist and allow them to formulate a feeding program for you.

If you're short on money you can feed a cheaper dog food. It's not going to kill your dog and while it's coat won't be as shiny and you'll have more coming out the other end it's a lot better than making up your own feeding program.

I've fed and liked: Eagle Pack, NutriSource, Fromms, Solid Gold, and a couple other feeds. I've found that some dogs do great on one and do terrible on another, so it can take a little work to see what the best is for your particular animal. I would give at least a couple of months to see results though.

Anyways, I wrote more than I have time for, so good luck.
    07-08-2010, 10:03 AM
What every one else said.

Find a quality dog food your dog eats and does well on and you will see a huge improvement.

Think of it this way. Horses are herbivores. Dogs are carnivores. Do you really think a food product designed for a herbivore is the correct thing for your dog?

Lacking a more polite way to stay it, Pedigree is CRAP food. Kind of like you eating at Mcdonalds three meals per day every day.
    07-08-2010, 10:19 AM
Dogs are actually much closer to ominivores than pure (or obligate) carnivores, but close enough for this purpose
    07-08-2010, 10:20 AM
Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
Dogs are actucally much closer to ominivores than carnivores, but close enough ;)
Yeah, I realize. I figured if I said omnivore it would make people think 'oh good, then I can feed them horse feed and they will be fine'.

I have a dog that is very content eating hay along with my horse. They will eat from the same pile.
    07-08-2010, 10:31 AM
Yeah, you're right. My dogs LOVE the horse food and my cats all eat the hay... Just weird.
    07-08-2010, 06:29 PM
This was my line of thinking...

Dogs are omnivores that thrive on meat right? I see that a lot of dogs foods have meat as the first ingredients and then various forms of plant products.

I was looking at a very popular dog supplement, Missing Link. The ingredients are Flaxseed, Rice Bran, Primary Dried Yeast, Cane Molasses, Sunflower Seed, Freeze Dried Beef Liver, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Dried Carrot, Ground Beef Bone*, Dried Fish Solubles, Ground Barley Grass, Dried Kelp, Freeze Dried Oyster, Zinc Monomethionine, Lecithin, Chromium Yeast, Selenium Yeast, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Garlic, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Folic Acid, and Vitamin B12 Supplement. Amplify doesn't contain quite that much but the main ingredients are vegetable oil, rice bran, flax seed based. Obviously none of the beef or bone meals..

So I was just thinking I could add a small amount to a cheaper dog food like pedigree (dog foods available at wal-mart! I live in the country I don't have a ton of options) to up the fat and protein content.

I mean really of all the stuff my dogs eat (horse poo, horse feed, smegma beans..) is amplify really going to hurt my dog? Lol ?

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