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FDA warning on grain-free food

Discussion in 'Commercial Food' started by Caro, Jul 18, 2018.

  1. pomshe

    pomshe Forums Enthusiast

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    I recently put my sheltie pup and my pom on Small Batch frozen raw and could not be happier with the results. It is all organic and all the vitamins/minerals are naturally sourced. They love it and it agrees with them. They both have sensitive stomachs and the had no problems transitioning to it. It is a little expensive, but they are both small, so I can afford to feed it to them.
     
  2. k9kreationz

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    I love that site and totally forgot about it. Thanks for the link, I'll go check it out.
    Bought some Fromm whitefish then saw the article about how whitefish was one of the top proteins for DCM issues. I'm sure one bag won't kill her; it's like a months worth of food for the Weim.

    Y'know, in the beginning I went to GF due to Miko's allergies (excuse me, sensitivities) and making sure Koji was healthy and no allergies. After the whole kidney thing with GF, I started feeding canned for the liquid portion. Then Maddie came along and i was going to go broke, so back to grain inclusive. All the pups have been doing good on it, so no complaints. :) Just need to figure out if the DCM thing is an issue for the Weim. Sigh.
     
  3. KarenCurtis

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  4. Piper's mom

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    I honestly don't think vets even know what the proper diet is for dogs and yet so many people put their faith in them. When I asked my vet what I should feed Riley (when we were trying to figure out a healthy cooked diet for him) she said a good protein (chicken) and brown rice. That's it? What about vitamins, minerals etc etc etc? She had no clue. She's fantastic as a vet but not as a nutritionist, they need to stop acting like they have any idea at all and stop promoting ANY brand of food.
     
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  5. ghggp

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    I have to agree Caro. In my personal experience I tried a boutique dog food and ended up in the emergency room with 4 days in ICU! The food I fed Laddie was too high in fat band he ended up with a severe case of pancreases! The only thing I had done differently was to change foods. Never again!
     
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  6. Ann

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    This is so true! A vet friend told me years ago that there's really no training in vet school on nutrition, and that the foods they recommend like Hill and Science diet are due to the marketing those companies do to vets. My holistic vet has a more reasonable approach about food but pushes raw, which I can't feed, so it's a real dilemma for the average dog owner.

    The only answer is to do your own research and make the best decision you can for your dog. I spent several days finding my current food after a nutritionist told me to avoid foods with the latest fad additive (that many think is responsible for the DCM surge) of peas, pea products, lentils and potatoes. That made sense to me, since dogs are not meant to eat them as one of their main protein sources. But it was hard to find anything that didn't have those ingredients near the top of the list!
     
  7. RikyR

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    My vet flat out told me he was no nutritionist. At first, I was stunned, but I soon learned that is the case for a vast majority of vets. Had to give him credit for saying it right up front, and he did not push me at all toward any of the food he was selling. Would not have bought any of it even if he did.
     
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  8. Sunflower77

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    Have you found any dog food that does not use or use very little pea product, lentils, and potatoes?
     
  9. Ann

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    After a great deal of research and reading the ingrdients on every food label I could find, I settled on Nutro Ultra for that reason and because their other ingredients are excellent. I feed their Senior, Adult and Weight Management. My dogs love it and are doing well on it.
     
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  10. Sunflower77

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    Thank you. I will keep this product in mind. When feeding Shelties, do you choose small breed or regular?
     

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