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by amalie79
Sat May 26, 2012 1:15 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Please Help . . Is this just arthritis??
Replies: 13
Views: 3834

Re: Please Help . . Is this just arthritis??

My Simon, who was a lab/setter cross and lived to be 16, had terrible arthritis. But at some point he began having neurological difficulties, and spondylosis perhaps. He lost strength and coordination in his hindquarters, part of which I blame on feeding too low protein food and developing some musc...
by amalie79
Sun May 13, 2012 10:32 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Good News :)
Replies: 39
Views: 9017

Re: Good News :)

I think someone addressed in an earlier post how to transition a dog to set meal times. I transitioned my dog at 13years old and he'd been free fed his whole life. Plus, she'll have less to eat all at once.
by amalie79
Sun May 13, 2012 9:56 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Good News :)
Replies: 39
Views: 9017

Re: Good News :)

If you feed at set times instead of leaving it out all day, you can soak the kibble to make it softer and easier to eat. Can also make the food smellier, gravier, and overall more enticing for picky eaters.
by amalie79
Sun May 13, 2012 1:17 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Is this a good quality Dog food.
Replies: 6
Views: 2399

Re: Is this a good quality Dog food.

I'm pretty sure all the South Carolina foods have been pulled from shelves.
by amalie79
Sat May 12, 2012 10:50 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Is this a good quality Dog food.
Replies: 6
Views: 2399

Re: Is this a good quality Dog food.

And just a reminder-- if you switch, especially since your pup's been having tummy troubles, do it gradually over the course of several days. Mix in a little of the new kibble with the old on the first day; on the second day, make it a little more of the new and a little less of the old, and so on, ...
by amalie79
Sat May 12, 2012 10:45 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Is this a good quality Dog food.
Replies: 6
Views: 2399

Re: Is this a good quality Dog food.

I already posted on the other thread-- this is almost exactly the same as the ones I broke down in that posting for cost, and I would say it's better than Dog Chow. :)
by amalie79
Sat May 12, 2012 10:28 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Good News :)
Replies: 39
Views: 9017

Re: Good News :)

Yep-- when I was feeding all kibble, my very active two 45lb pit bulls and my lazy 65lb lab all ate the same amount-- 2 cups a day of Taste of the Wild (1 in the AM, 1 in the PM). If you're getting Dog Chow at 50lbs for $20, then you're paying 40ยข/lb, and feeding 4 cups per day. If you feed a food t...
by amalie79
Sat May 12, 2012 6:11 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Good News :)
Replies: 39
Views: 9017

Re: Good News :)

The Purina web site recommends 3 or so large cans per day for a mediumish sized dog. At that price, you can get a great dry dog food.

What does your dog weigh, and approximately how many cups of food do you feed per day?
by amalie79
Sat May 12, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Good News :)
Replies: 39
Views: 9017

Re: Good News :)

Something worth remembering in the future, too, is that often the foods that are a few steps up from Purina (like Kirkland's, Diamond Naturals, even Taste of the Wild, etc.) are higher calorie or at the very least more nutritionally dense-- so that even though they are more expensive, you feed less ...
by amalie79
Thu May 10, 2012 1:41 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: OMG - the shedding!!
Replies: 14
Views: 3602

Re: OMG - the shedding!!

Thanks for the feedback - I like that red 'curry' brush shape... Might look for something like that. I've already tasted the coconut oil -- YUM -- would it be too much 'oil' to feed a TBL/day on top of the 2 fish oil tabs I already feed? I've wondered the same thing... The way I've been handling it...
by amalie79
Thu May 10, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: OMG - the shedding!!
Replies: 14
Views: 3602

Re: OMG - the shedding!!

I started with just a little coconut oil on their meals-- like 1/2 tsp maybe, once a day. Then I worked up to roughly a tablespoon once a day over the course of a few days. They gobble it up, and then I get to lick the spoon. :) And I cook with it myself, since it has no cholesterol (it doesn't make...
by amalie79
Thu May 10, 2012 10:31 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: OMG - the shedding!!
Replies: 14
Views: 3602

Re: OMG - the shedding!!

I've never found a good brush-- and how awfula re those little heairs when they get stuck in your foot!! it's like the worst splinter in the world!-- but do you ever feed coconut oil? River sheds like crazy, but she seems to be doing so less lately, since I introduced coconut oil to her diet...
by amalie79
Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:09 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Raw Food for $1.28 a pound in the Southeast US
Replies: 7
Views: 2481

Re: Raw Food for $1.28 a pound in the Southeast US

http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; It's become a little more convoluted than it used to be. Look up the part (leg and thigh are listed separately), then click on "Full Report" and it'll give you a "refuse" percentage, some also break that down...
by amalie79
Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:30 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: B.A.R.F. 101
Replies: 1369
Views: 410344

Re: B.A.R.F. 101

We have been feeding raw part time for a while-- 40-50% of their meals are raw. I'm starting to add in kidney and I'm not sure if I need to do anything particular with it? I got it fresh from the abattoir, so it came from a cow butchered that morning. They vacuum packed 4 lbs for me, and I just toss...
by amalie79
Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:46 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Irritation in between toes, and under chin
Replies: 29
Views: 4467

Re: Irritation in between toes, and under chin

Natural Balance is not my favorite brand, but they do have a number of limited ingredient diets with novel proteins, and they have a line of treats to match each of those diets. We've used them off and on over the years. This is all why we switched to premium kibble and why we've been slowly making ...

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