Post # 1
- Wedding: January 2010 - Mr. P's GrandparentsÃ¢Â€Â™ Ranch
My little Curly (and my reason to be Miss Poodle) is 11 years-old.
About 4 years ago I started feeding him with “Senior & Medium size” dog food, it’s great for his hair and he poops without leaving a mess, small balls – almost like a rabbit -LOL
The thing is that Mr. Poodle needs to buy food to have for him when we arrive and I have no idea what kind of food is available there (Califronia), he told me I should just do the research and tell him the kind I want.
So I was hoping I can get some suggestions from the hive… do you have a old dog, what you feed him with?
Post # 3
My dog isn’t very old, he is 5. But I’ve always fed him canidae all life stages and I love it. It is meat-based rather than primarily grain, and it gives him lots of energy and a shiny coat. 🙂
Post # 4
That is what we feed my mom’s doggies 🙂 Since they sell it at Petco, you should have no problem getting it in Cali!
Post # 5
Best thing to do is look for a food that has the same basic ingredients as the one you are using, especially if your dog is doing well on it. Look at the first ingredients on the label of your dog food, usually one kind of grain and one kind of protein meal will top the list. Chances are, the dog food you are feeding Curly will be available in the US as well, but maybe under a different name. Check who makes your food, some of the major players are Hill’s, Purina and Mars, and then look in their lineup for something similar. Good luck!
Post # 6
- Wedding: January 2010 - Trinity Presbyterian Church/Harrison Opera House
Do you know what base his food is? veggie, lamb, beef, chicken? I know that whenever you swtich a dog’s food that it’ll cause a little bit of diarhea, but after a while they guet used to it. I would just stick to as close of a formula as you can.
Post # 7
Definitely go with a higher end brand if you can afford it (Canidae, Royal Canin, Nutro, etc.) and get their senior formula.
I used to feed my cat the “cheap” stuff (Friskies or whatever) and it’s been great since we upgraded. Less/better smelling poop and beautiful coat!
Post # 8
Wellness dog food is also supposed to be really good. Our Boston Terrier eats the Complete Health one (in a purple bag). I would assume that their Senior food is high quality too. I hope that Curly has a safe and happy trip.
Post # 9
my 10 1/2 year old dog eats Beneful and loves it. He has a great coat, is at a healthy weight and is very playful!
Post # 10
I have an 11YO small dog here in Cali and we feed her Beneful. It keeps her active and her coat shiny… and no messy poops!
Post # 11
We use Inova for our Cavalier… it’s one of the better ones out there… as far as Nutro goes, take a look at the consumer affairs website (http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/nutro.html) there’s a TON of complaints to the company regarding their food and what it’s been doing to pets 🙁
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2010 - Victorian Gardens of Two Sisters
Innova is a great dog food, but I don’t think you can find it at the larget pet shops. I’m not sure what stores are convenient to where Mr. Poodle lives…
Petco sells Wellness now, it’s a great dogfood! Especially Wellness Core, their grain free recipe.
Wellness also makes a senior formula that might be worth looking into : )
I’d pack a plastic baggie with some of the food that you’re feeding him now and slowly mix in his new food so that it doesn’t hurt his tummy.
Good luck to you and Curly <3
Post # 13
Our dachshund mix is 7 years old. She eats Royal Canin MINI Weight Care 30. She chunks up quite a bit on regular food so she’s got to be on lite food. Eventually we want to put her on Royal Canin MINI Aging Care 27 but they don’t recommend it until age 8 or more.
Post # 14
My dogs have been on Eagle Pack (holistic mix between chicken and duck) and recently we’ve switched to Praire (by Nature’s Variety). We switched only because where we prefer to shop stopped carrying Eagle Pack. I think something to remember to do when switching foods is to use a supplement like Wendy Volhard’s Endurance so the transition is easier on their system and try to transition slowly rather than suddenly. Most specialty dog stores or care facilities (including some vets) carry some of the higher end foods (we get ours from our local doggie daycare we frequent, Urban Tails). Research what brand you want to switch to and then search for a vendor on the brand’s website that is near your future home.
I’m a big proponent of the Endurance since it is useful when they are sick, stressed, in pain, etc. as well as when switching foods and environments. I’m sure you’ll find the best choice for Curly.
Post # 15
I would definitely do the mixing suggestion made by Miss Lamb…other than that, I’ve used most of the brands suggested here and have loved them all. I liked Beneful the best…
Post # 16
Sorry, that was Miss Dachshund, not Miss Lamb! Sorry!