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        07-21-2013, 09:26 AM
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    We feed Blue wilderness for the high protein content. I have a kurzhaar that has an insane metabolism and it's the only thing that keeps him at a good weight. We've tried just about everything with him, sure wish he'd keep weight on something a bit cheaper though lol.
         
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        07-21-2013, 09:33 AM
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    AvoDermŽ - Large Breed Puppy Formula

    I have 1 dog who has extremely touchy digestion, anything remotely like cheap dog food and he gets the runs. The other 2 can eat anything they like but because of him, I buy the "good" stuff. After some experimentation I found Avo Derm and LOVE it. It's certainly not the cheapest dog food around but I never have tummy upsets or diarrhea, they shine like little mirrors and aren't psycho on it (I have JRTs). We go through a 30 lb bag/month or so and it runs me right around $50. And I can buy it at Petco.

         
        07-21-2013, 09:35 AM
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    Green Broke
    I've used the Kirkland Signature brand & really like it, but where we live now it's 100 miles to the nearest Costco. Our dogs are doing well w/food from Petsmart-their brand, I believe.
         
        07-21-2013, 09:36 AM
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    Love that pic Pat! My sister has a wire haired Parson Russell, he's such a spaz most of the time but when he's in a mellow mood, he's the best snuggle buddy ever and cute as all get out.
         
        07-21-2013, 09:40 AM
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    Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
    Love that pic Pat! My sister has a wire haired Parson Russell, he's such a spaz most of the time but when he's in a mellow mood, he's the best snuggle buddy ever and cute as all get out.
    LOL, oh yeah, we call them the "Evil Snugglers" because they're better than a sleeping pill for getting you to sit down and fall asleep with them in your lap. When they're sweet and good, oh my, there's no better little dog. When they're naughty...............mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
         
        07-21-2013, 09:41 AM
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    We use to feed Purina. It's one of the better cheap dog foods. When the recall was going on a couple years ago a couple of our dogs came down with mild cases of salmonella. We switched over to Bill Jac because it wasn't on any of the recall list. We're feeding Simply Nourish (Petsmart brand) now which is about $48 for a 30lb bag.
    Kirklands is good, so is Nutro, Science Diet is overrated.
    I've noticed we don't have to feed as much with the higher end dog food because there's less fillers. I've also noticed there is less waste in the yard to clean up.
         
        07-21-2013, 09:49 AM
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    Our three dogs (2yr old 100 pound Bernese mountain dog, 6yr old 17 pound bichon frise, 12yr old 40 pound beagle) are all on blue seals lamb an rice. We had them on tractor supply's 4health grain free, which I really liked because the Bichon's skin problems disappeared, and the bernese's tummy troubles went away. They are doing pretty well on the blue seal. Other brands we have fed are canidae and wellness, both of which I liked.
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        07-21-2013, 11:11 AM
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    Green Broke
    My shepherd gets random dry skin issues. Mostly during the winter. Last winter she got a bad hot spot and would itch herself raw in many other places. My dogs both do well on the purina but I feel like I atleast owe it to them for some good stuff! Haha but let me tell you, I feed a full bowl 2x a day to my guys and that's keeping them at a good weight.
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        07-21-2013, 11:54 AM
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    The dog food you need is the one your dog does well on- unfortunately just like horses, there is no 'one size fits all' diet that is guaranteed to result in a happy, non-itchy, non-smelly, happy gut dogs. I've seen dogs do well on everything from Old Roy and Beneful to nutritionist formulated specialty homemade diets.

    IME, the crappy cheap foods result in gassy greasy dogs who poop a lot and you have to feed a lot so you have to buy a lot. Out of all the dogs I see in my practice, it's only a rare few that really seem to do well on those, but they do exist. My dad's dogs always did very well on Iams. My own (who have various medical issues) have done well on different prescription diets, Taste of the Wild, Natural Balance, Innova Evo, and now the Smartpak food. I like that it just shows up at my house when I need it, and my dogs are happy and healthy. I also feed them people food- leftovers and the like (avoiding chocolate, grapes, onions, etc) since I figure that's what dogs were domesticated on anyway.
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        07-21-2013, 12:06 PM
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    Weanling
    Healthy Kibble is a lie. All you can do, sticking with processed food, is pick a lesser of evils.

    Educated raw is the only truly healthy way to feed a carnivore.
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