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        03-24-2010, 11:35 PM
      #11
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    Originally Posted by charlicata    

    We've been feeding her Pedigree since she turned a year old, and she's 5 now.
    Unfortunately as much as it might considered a "name brand" dog food company, they are just as bad as any of the not as used or well recognized dog food companies on the market that are sold in general grocery stores. She might have been fine for years eating this food, but the company itself has not guidelines or laws they have to follow when producing the food. That means that they could have very well changed the dosing of some of the ingredients or just getting worst quality animal byproduct.

    Please keep us posted on what happens. I hope you guys are doing ok.
    Here is a good read for those of you who have some free time(it's very long). A very interesting read: What’s Really in Pet Food
         
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        03-25-2010, 05:59 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    The first ingredient in pedigree is Whole Grain Corn. Any grains in general are bad for dogs - and corn particularly so. It can actually cause their stomach to twist - and I'm not making this up either, I was listening in on a pet nutritionist. The same goes for cats.

    Our vet's office has science diet - and you couldn't PAY me to use that crap either.

    Felidae and Canidae are AWESOME foods - but they are expensive.
         
        03-25-2010, 07:00 PM
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    Originally Posted by PaintsPwn    
    The first ingredient in pedigree is Whole Grain Corn. Any grains in general are bad for dogs - and corn particularly so. It can actually cause their stomach to twist - and I'm not making this up either, I was listening in on a pet nutritionist. The same goes for cats.

    Our vet's office has science diet - and you couldn't PAY me to use that crap either.

    Felidae and Canidae are AWESOME foods - but they are expensive.

    Yep, I don't like to see corn or wheat, wheat middlings etc... listed on a dog or cat food. Big time allergens. And now with soy being so popular...don't like seeing that one listed either as it's also often an allergen.

    Cheap fillers and while some dogs and cats can do fine on them, many do not and become sick; skin problems, behavior issues, cancer, seizures and on and on...
         
        03-25-2010, 08:36 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Pedigree is made by the Waltham Company, and the Waltham Company, in the UK, along with Purina, in the US, together pioneered the field of nutritional research in pets. The actual Waltham label pet foods, sold only as specialty diets in vet clinics, is a great pet food. Pedigree is their grocery store, lower end label. It's actually an okay diet for your average dog with no special nutritional needs or problems, it's certainly vastly better than kibbles and bits or ol roy or something along those lines. But if you have a dog with any allergies, or dogs that work particuarly hard, it doesn't do the trick.

    I agree with PaintsPwn, for a packaged food you are going to be best off with Canidae. You out to look into raw diets though - it might surprise you how easily and affordably it can be managed. My dogs have a weird allergy - they can digest RAW chicken proteins just fine with absolutely no problem at all. Give them a packaged brand dog food though, containing even the tiniest amount of chicken protein, and they break out terribly. It has to do with the way chicken is processed/cooked that causes an allergic response. I use a raw diet with my collies when they are working or breeding, and generally either Canidae or EaglePack Holistic with my pet dogs or when my collies are not being worked or parenting.

    (I worked as a pet nutritional counselor for five years.)

    I hope all turns out well, Charlii - I know you've had a rough time! *big hugs* you know you can mssg me anytime. Keep me posted!
         
        03-25-2010, 09:29 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Thank you all again for all the well wishes. Belle had a full work-up today. Nothing was out of whack. She weighs in at 80#'s, and he said that it was a perfect weight for her. He could feel and count her ribs without being able to actually see them. Nothing abnormal showed up in the blood work (YAAYYYYY!!). All the enzyme counts were good; and as far as the seizures, he told me to watch her closely. If she has another seizure within a month, I'm supposed to take her back in. He also told me to keep a written record of the seizures, which I started as soon as she came out of it that night. I did ask him about the food. He said that it was totally up to me, that her teeth look exceptionally white for her age (5 yrs), with not build up whatsoever. I am going to look into the Canidae though. Do I buy it online, is it sold in feed stores, or do I need to find a vet that carries it?
         
        03-25-2010, 09:37 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Charlicata - you should look at pet stores. I know Pet Supplies Plus carries it, but I have no idea whatsoever how popular that chain is... If you find a feed store, they should be able to order it for you. Canidae with shipping online for such a big dog would cost some serious dough!
         
        03-25-2010, 09:40 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    And thank you Indy. I feel very thankful and lucky that Rosie is ok after her ordeal. Now I'm thankful that so far Belle isn't having to take a daily medication for the seizures. That will only happen if she starts having them on a regular basis.

    In other words, I'm trying really hard to focus on the good things. Even when sometimes it seems it's one step forward and two steps back. I appreciate everyone on here so much.
         
        03-29-2010, 05:09 PM
      #18
    Showing
    Glad to hear everything turned out ok. If you make a visit at your local vet clinic, they will be able to tell you food will work best for your dog. There are all sorts of great dog foods that are regularly monitored and you know you can feed with safety in mind.

    Good luck with everything.
         
        04-09-2010, 11:36 AM
      #19
    Foal
    Question Help!

    I was just about to post a thread until I found this one..

    My chihuhua just had a seizure. This is her second one that we know of.. the first one was about six months ago. She may of had one when we weren't home though.. anyways not sure what we should do? She is about five years old and has been on the same food since she was a puppy. My mom cooks up chicken and rice to mix in the dry food. Anyone have any advice?
         
        04-09-2010, 11:47 AM
      #20
    Weanling
    I'm sorry about the seizure. Our yellow lab started having them 3 years ago and when she hit 4 in 24 hours, we couldn't handle it anymore. Her last one had her plow through the dining table and jump onto the kitchen counter. It was just too much for us. We never did figure out why she was having them. It's horrible to watch.

    As for the nutrition, like everyone has said, Pedigree isn't that great. We actually feed our dogs (Labs) Enhance Hunters Edge, which is cheaper than Purina Pro Plan (which is what our pro trainer feeds all his), but nutritionally equivalent. It's only available around here at our feed store. It is one of 3 different brands by Arkat. Even though the protein:fat ratio is a little less than we were feeding with the PPPerformance, we actually feed less. Granted, our dogs are hunt test dogs, so they work harder than the average pet, but it made their coats look better, and their energy levels haven't dimished any.
         
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