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Old 07-11-2012, 02:40 PM   #61 
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Ive never heard of it. Maybe I'm wrong but I thought fish based foods aren't as good due to high levels of salt & mercury? :/ I mean I'm sure it's much better than corn and wheat xD
Here is the link and they do have international stockists

http://www.fish4dogs.com/Products/Wo...-Complete.aspx
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Old 07-11-2012, 02:44 PM   #62 
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Just checked international stockists and they do not supply in the US so my link is of no use to you
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:44 AM   #63 
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I've always fed my dogs Royal Canin. I recommend it because they are 10-11 years old now and they are perfectly active and healthy :)
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:05 PM   #64 
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I feed my dog, who is 16 going on 17, Innova Senior Blend, Innova Low Fat Adult, and AvoDerm wet food.

He used to be on a diet of Beneful and would shed like crazy, but a month after switching him to Innova, barely any hair comes off of him and he's a corgi mix. His coat is also a lot softer and less oily. He's looking better and acting like he feels better for his age and advanced arthritis.

I like the Innova Senior for him, not only since it's a reduced ingredients formula, but the kibbles are very thin and easier for him to chew since he still does enjoy the crunch.

For treats, I feed him either Greenies pill pockets (He's on Tramadol for pain) or Blue Buffalo, which he seems to really like as well.


On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd put Innova at 9 or 10. the cost is a bit high, but you get a 6 pound bag cheaper than Blue Buffalo while not really sacrificing much or any quality.
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:29 PM   #65 
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I was told by a vet that blue buffalo is a good dog food brand
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:25 AM   #66 
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I feed my dog taste of the wild, skinless chicken breast n lean beef
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Old 07-13-2012, 05:56 AM   #67 
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I was told by a vet that blue buffalo is a good dog food brand
+1 BLUE is what I feed my cats and dog. Wow you got a good vet! Most vets recommend the crappy brands like PURINA veterinary diets or science diet just because they are paid to endorse those.
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:33 AM   #68 
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+1 BLUE is what I feed my cats and dog. Wow you got a good vet! Most vets recommend the crappy brands like PURINA veterinary diets or science diet just because they are paid to endorse those.
Yeah, dont you hate that? My vet was pushing them, but when i went in last month they have a new brand. They are pushing. You know sometimes it helps to chat with them, or give them print outs of info for them the gander when time permits.

I saved four ferrel kittens several years back. I tamed them one by one to take to a no kill shelter (after getting them almost friendly and nuetered/spayed the place was full and i kept them, and im very allergic to them . )

The runt/female was the first to be my friend. I swear she was the master of them all. After I brought her inside, to acclimatize her, she had some trouble, and i searched the web. To me it seemed to be an abortion .

I called the vet, and she said no that never happens. I explained the full situation and took her in. She checked her over said she fine and I made her appointment for spaying.

During the spay she did find the infection, created by the abortion. She told me how sorry she was, but that she just didnt show any signs of being sick when I brought her in. I emailed her the urls regarding the abortion info I had, and she thanked me.

I need to email her the urls i have the cat food now
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I just ordered some Wellness Core for my cat. :) I intend to make my own food for him when I can afford the start up costs, as it is cheaper in the long run, but not initially. I'd have to buy a meat grinder and supplements to mix in with the meat to start. This website has a lot of good information about cat nutrition and homemade diet and a cost analysis. http://www.catinfo.org/

I don't remember if it was on that site or another (and don't feel like re-reading now, haha), but I read a very good explanation of why dogs are somewhat of omnivores, even though in nature they are/were carnivores. Dogs have been domesticated and fed by humans for thousands of years and as such have adapted to a human diet of meat and vegetables. Cats, on the other hand, have not been fed by humans for nearly as long (when domesticated, until the recent past few hundred years, they fed themselves on mice/etc.), and as such, they're still carnivores because they haven't had that adaptation time.

I don't eat grains, so I don't intend to feed them to my animals. And I most especially won't feed them any vegetable oils. I prefer a natural approach, closer to what they'd eat in the wild. Until last week, I had no control over what my cat ate as he was in my parents' care (he's been eating Iams dry food and Friskies wet food for the past 12 years... I suppose it could be worse...) but now he's at college with me! So he's going to get Wellness. :) I still don't think Wellness is nearly as good as what I could make on my own, because it contains unnecessary vegetables/fruits that cats shouldn't ingest, but it's FAR BETTER than most, so I'm okay with it for now.

Cats have a very short digestive path, and as such, they can't digest fiber (more info on that: http://www.catinfo.org/#Cats_Need_Animal-Based_Protein_). It's much like feeding a betta only peas...
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:17 PM   #70 
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I made my cats a DIY water fountain, it encourages them to drink more.

http://www.tntpuff.com/cat_water_fountain.htm

It cost me about $25 for everything, which is the cost of one of the cheapest cat fountains available and also if the filter breaks, I just have to buy another $10 filter. But if you have a real cat fountain and it breaks you have to replace the entire thing which would cost anywhere from $25-$50.

Sorry I hope you don't mind me posting this... It's not about dogs but it is about animal nutrition since cats have a low thirst drive, and need extra water especially when fed dry food. xD
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