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I'm starting this thread as a conversation piece. I realize it may and probably will cause some debate. Please take note that I have no problems with whatever you choose to feed your dog, that is your decision and I respect that. Please respect others opinions and thoughts as well.

I feed Nallah a grain free diet of Wellness CORE. She gets 3 cups a day and it has done wonders for her overall health and appearance. The reason I choose Wellness CORE is because of its great list of ingredients, completely grain free, and it gives my dog the nutrition she needs in order to thrive.

Since our switch to Wellness CORE I have noticed more engery, sleek & soft coat, less shedding, bright & alert eyes, and smaller poops.

I had also fed Nallah Natures Variety previous to CORE and she did pretty well on that but wanted to make the switch to grain-free. Before NV she was on Beneful & Iams.

Ingredients play a huge role in what I choose for my dog. My switch was influenced by word of mouth from other dog owners and learning about nutrition on forums such as this.

Please share your experiences, I welcome them all!

 

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I feed my 5 month old Aussie Orijen puppy > http://www.orijen.ca/orijen/products/puppy.aspx.

I have friends who feed Orijen and Acana and I see how healthy and energetic their dogs are. Great coats too. Seeing is believing for me.

Oh.. he gets 1 full cup in the morning and one in the evening. BUT he is a weird eater and I dont force it , like the 15 minute down rule. I let him chose when , the bowl is always empty at night time so I'm happy .

Grain free as well .


Oh I wanted to make a comment on my dogs feeding habits , IF I take his cup of food and just pour it on the floor he eats it pretty much instantly . If it goes in his bowl he seems more fussy . Anyone else experience that behavior or is my dog weird ?
 

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I feed Orijen regular. My cavalier gets 3/4 cup per day. 1/4 cup in the morning, 1/2 cup at dinner. The food is incredible. My cav is energetic, glossy coat, not as much itching, smaller, less frequent poops.

I am a believer! The food is fantastic.
 

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I feed my 3 Orijen Senior. Stella (my cavalier) gets 3/8 - 1/2 c. divided into 2 meals a day. Lucy (my poodle/brittany/chi mix) and Desi (my poodle/shih-tzu mix) both get 3/4 - 1 c. divided into 2 meals a day. They are doing fantastic on it. They have been on it since Nov. They were on very good food previously, even some grain-free, but I always wanted to try Orijen. I couldn't get it at my local store (I could get most every other brand, tho'), so I finally decided to order it online. We have been using it since and will continue to use it! The best food I've used to date!
 

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My dogs eat 4-5 raw meals a week, (up from 3!). I can't afford to go 100% raw, I don't have a big freezer, and it really is a big commitment. So they get kibble in the mornings and the evenings I'm busy. The evenings I'm free, they eat raw. They mostly get chicken quarters, ground beef sometimes, and a raw egg thrown in now and then (usually with the beef or a kibble meal). I also give them fish oil capsules on raw nights, because conventionally-raised chicken and beef are high in omega 6 fatty acids, and I want to balance it. I can't afford grass-fed meat (which is omega 3/6 balanced).

For kibble, they eat Chicken Soup, Diamond Naturals, Member's Mark Exceed Performance, and occasionally any other decent brand I find on sale. Moose is getting Exceed right now because I couldn't keep his weight up on the CS or DN. He always loses weight in the winter. He's doing fine now, but I might look into Diamond Naturals Performance for next year....there are some ingredients in the Exceed I'm not totally comfortable with. The kibbles I've chosen are the best balance of price and quality I can find locally.
 

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Willie is on the CORE ...but, I did just get California Natural-Herring & Sweet Potato, and started mixing it yesterday with the CORE.....He has been itchy a bit, and not that interested in his food lately, so he needed a rotation anyway. I picked the CN.......I do like the CORE, though! :)

Oh, and I forgot......I also bought him his first ever raw bone.....L-)....a lanb bone....Can't wait to try it.....I will be able to do so these next few days as I am off work....:)
 

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I used to feed my dogs Innova Evo small bites kibble....after doing some research, I felt a raw diet would be better suited for their needs. I then switched over to Natures Variety raw food. I've had them on this for the past year and have just recently started using Primal raw food as well. I'd like to eventually switch them entirely over to prey model raw diet but, for now, I am still learning more about how to do this and how to supplement their diet while doing this....
 

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I feed both the canine and felines Wellness Core. My dog gets fresh fruits/veggies/raw a few times a week. The meezers get this raw mush I make once a day.
 

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I feed Zoey Nutrisource small breed puppy because it is the best darn food I could find in our area. It's pretty decent, not too expensive, and she loves it! If we ever move though I would probably switch her to Wellness or Innova.
 

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Everybody is on Taste of the Wild here. I decided to change recently to something other than SD/Iams, well quite frankly, because J.C. had some nasty gas problems. I read up on different foods and picked something in my price range. It's a major plus that the feed store that sells it is a 5 minute drive away. Within a week I noticed changes and I've been quite happy with this food.
 

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Bridgette eats Natural Balance Fish and Sweet Potato which is fantastic for her food allergies.

We switched a couple years ago from Purina Beneful and it made a huge difference! Her coat is shiny and her energy went way up!
 

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I feed Healthy Paws raw patties. Right now, she gets 1/4 lb patty of chicken in the morning and a 1/4 lb patty of either turkey, salmon, bison, or lamb in the evening. I add a salmon oil capsule to her dinner and give her a vitamin E capsulte twice a week. Once a week, I'll substitute a beef neck or rib bone for dinner. I'm giving her chicken every morning but will switch the proteins for dinner each month. This month, she got the gourmet pack but that costs a bit more.
 

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I feed Innova EVO kibble (both red meat and chicken), chosen because of the ingredients and quality of same, and lack of grains. I add fresh meat to one of two daily meals (bison, venison, lamb, beef, chicken breast), or dehydrated meat. Once a week, they get an omelette with French Mountain Cheese and spinach, Wild Alaskan Salmon, and once a month, a pasta meal with red sauce and meatballs, beef pot roast w/baby carrots and small red new potatoes, and meatloaf made with cottage cheese, grated carrots, and oatmeal.

Treats are mainly human food - hard boiled eggs, sardines in olive oil, garlic chicken, plain, live culture yogurt, low fat cottage cheese, raw bones, etc., because I don't trust the ingredients in most treats packaged for dogs, and/or won't feed my dogs those ingredients. I do give them Natural Balance food rolls, and Stella & Chewy's Dehydrated Lamb Steaks, along with a few others like that.
 

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I am new here but wanted to jump in after reading :)

I also feed prey model raw. My dogs and cats eat whole chickens, rabbits, deer, lamb/sheep/goats, fish etc. Its actually a LOT easier to get my hands on meat then I expected it to be, and its amazing the difference in my dogs. I watched my 40LBs overweight bi-laterly dysplastic golden retriever with horrible chronic HGE, allergies and joint pain so severe he could hardly walk, drop down to a slim 55 LBS, loose all the skin/allergy issues, completely stop requiring monthly vet visits for HGE issues, AND we were able to cancel his impending surgery for hip replacements. He can now run, jump, swim, play, and wrestle with the other dogs. Before I switched him to raw, I had tried him on grain free wellness CORE, and was doing underwater treadmill therapy with him to try to increase his muscle mass and help him loose weight, but it wasn't until I put him on RMB diet where he really began to heal. He is now off of ALL of his pain medication and suppliments.

I guess the thing that suprises me the most about switching 100% to raw is how much less expensive it is total then I thought it would be. I was buying 3 of the big bags of CORE a month (if I remember, those are 27 LBS bags? its been a while since I bought them) and they were expensive here, about $60 a bag. Plus, he had monthly vet appointments for HGE, suppliments, steroid shots, and if we really wanted to get picky, his VERY expensive underwater treadmill therapy which we had to drive 2 hours to go to every 2 weeks. Overall, I figure I am saving a couple hundred bucks a month, and adding years to my dogs lives :) I'll never go back to feeding kibble again!

I AM glad to see how many people are now feeding organics, or grain free, or prey based food now versus just a few years ago.
 

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I'm feeding Bishop (boston) and Isis (APBT) TOTW.....they are doing very well on it....they look great, no poo problems, little to no gas

I'm feeding Chloe (pug) Wellness healthy weight...but I'm not super happy w/it..she looks ok and poo is firm but big...I think I might check into a few other brands....but for now she is doing fine on it....she seems to be a little heavy but I think its mostly do to the winter weather...:D
 

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This is why


And this is why.

We feed Eagle and have for over 20 years.

The dog in the top photo is our Sweep, who is 11 years old. The average lifespan of a Flatcoat is about 7 1/2 years. The average lifespan of one of our dogs is just over 10. Okay, so he is ungroomed and looks a bit scruffy, but find me another 11 year old Flatcoat that moves like that!

The dog in the bottom photo is my Viggo. Bright eyes, shiny coat, loads of energy. Not that it will mean much to most of you, but he has sperm counts in the billions with normal sperm at about 95% (the repro specialist says it is "phenominal."). This is typical of our boys, and we don't have any fertility or whelping problems with our girls, either.

So longer lifespans, beautiful conformation, sound structure, excellent breeding history, loads of energy. Bottom line: It works for us.

As for raw, that hasn't ever been an option, as I live with an immuno-compromised adult. Everything in our house is wood. We simply could never risk any type of disease transmission. I am a huge supporter of "feed what works," and for us, there has never been a reason to switch to something else.
 
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