(Closed) Advice about dog food, please!

posted 8 years ago in Pets
  • poll: What should we do?

    Keep using Costco food - he will adjust

    Switch back to Purina - it did the job

    Switch to a different brand

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  • Post # 31
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

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    somethingblue04:  I didn’t say that the Cotsco food wasn’t quality food, but I think it’s clear that this dog isn’t tolerating the f ood well and she should pick a different food to try. Dogs actually have no reason to eat anything besides meat, bone, and organ meats. So, fruits and veggies aren’t nesessary. Clearly this dog isn’t tolerating something well, so it’s best to limit what the dog is eating to help pinpoint what the problem is. 

    Post # 32
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    It seems like you have gotten a lot of great comments about dog foods, so I juste wanted to comment on how fast your dog eats.  I got the Omega Paw Tricky Treat ball for my dog: 

    http://www.amazon.com/Omega-Paw-Tricky-Treat-Large/dp/B0002DK26M/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1397257200&sr=8-4&keywords=dog+feeding+ball

     

    and I put her dry food in it instead of treats.  It took her a little while to figure it out, but now she loves it and it forces her to eat more slowly.  A completely different option, depending on how tall your dog is, is to get one of the raised food trays.  Best of luck!

    Post # 33
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

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    somethingblue04:  We made the switch from Blue Buffalo to Costco. Supposedly, Cosco is supposed to be similar to Taste of the Wild in quality. We have used the Salmon version and the Chicken version. We switched because BB was just too darn expensive. And I have to say, we couldnt have been happier. His fur is shiny and his poop is solid and regular.

    Which one are you using? Is it the Nature’s Domaine? 

    Post # 34
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    Busy bee

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    somethingblue04:  We changed our dog’s food to Blue Buffalo…He was on Royal Canin for his breed but my SO was reasearching foods and found out that his food had a lot of grain and junk. We figured out that Blue Buffalo Wilderness for Small Breeds works well for him. He seems to enjoy the taste so much better. He has been having more frequent (sometimes up to 3 a day) stools. They’re not super hard like they were before, but it seems to be easier for him to poop. & all his stools are around the same size. Blue Buffalo costs a bit more but we are definitely willing to pay it. He is a 5lb yorkie.

    Post # 35
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

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    somethingblue04:  traditional dog food brands, like Purina, at engineered to produce dry, solid stools that are easier to collect.  They are designed for the owner’s convenience as much, or more, than the dog’s nutrition.  So, this likely means that your research is correct, and the Costco food is better than the Purina food.

    Post # 37
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Think about what your stools look like when you’re healthy and have been eating a good diet.  They are also mushy, n’est pas?

    Post # 38
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

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    somethingblue04:  I can’t tell you much about dog food, but I do know plenty about the Kirkland cat food! We have 3 cats that eat it. They were previously eating meow mix, which gave all three of them diarrhea. Since switching them completely, one is doing really great, one is really gassy and not quite solid (like I assume your dog is) and the third one still has problems with diarrhea. He is a kitten and they don’t offer kitten food, so we’re hoping that will clear up a bit as he gets older (if we feed him kitten food the older cats steal it and get fat). 

    My parents have been feeding their cats the Kirkland food for many years, and they’ve always been incredibly healthy. As far as inexpensive foods go it seems to be the best. 

    Post # 39
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I second what most people have said.  A good quality dog food is always better than the cheap dog foods, you can get many good dog foods at a great price.  There are many good dog foods out there.  It was mentioned earlier, can pumpkin works great, it is good for both diarrhea and constipation.  Can pumpkin is a life saver for my pooch.  Dogs also love the taste of pumpkin. 

    Another good website to learn about dog food is:

    http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/

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    fallingleaves:  We have Tricky Treat Ball for my dog as well.  My dog LOVES her Tricky Treat Ball.  We use it to help tire out dog out, even at 10 yrs old she still has so much energy.

    Post # 41
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

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    somethingblue04:  You can always add rice to his diet or canned pumpkin just to help “thicken” things up a bit. I also give my pooch cottage cheese too. I noticed a difference within a couple days when I switched. Honestly, 50$ for Blue Buffalo vs. 35$ for Costco was worth it. 

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