by stormtrooper on 02 September 2020 - 10:09
by Pirschgang on 02 September 2020 - 12:09
by hexe on 03 September 2020 - 05:09
Meh. Have fed IAMS basic MiniChunks formula for almost 30 years now, mixed with some yogurt and canned food, supplemented with 1000 mg Vitamin C, 1200 mg fish oil & a glucosamine/chondroitin product. Dogs also get veggies, fruit, eggs, dairy, fish, meat, chicken and table scraps from time to time as available. Yes, there is grain in IAMS basic formulas. That feeding protocol has kept my dogs healthy and in good condition, and I'm of the "if it's not broke, don't fix it" mindset. Things aren't broke here so far.
With one exception, my dogs have lived from early- to mid-teen ages. The one exception was a dog I adopted when he was 7 years old, who I lost shortly before his 12th birthday to hepatic cancer. Max had discoid lupus that remained in remission, without the use of steroids, beginning 3 months after I got him until his last day on earth.
I'm satisfied with the results I'm getting with what I feed. If/when it goes off the rails, I'll make the appropriate changes. I have recently switched my 10 year old bitch from the basic MiniChunks to the SmartPuppy MiniChunks, for the added DHA, after noticing that she still seemed shut down, and her problem-solving abilities seemed to be on the decline, many months after the loss of her 12 yr old companion. Wanted to see if the slight increase in the DHA would improve those concerns, and I feel I've gotten the results I was seeking. [Yes, I could have just increased the fish oil for added DHA, but doing so can often bring on soft stools and I'm not looking to bring that on.]
If TOTW is working for your dog, and you otherwise like your vet, then I'd just stick with what you're doing, and when your vet brings up the subject of food again, I'd simply tell them I appreciate their suggestion but "for the time being, at least, I'm staying with what's working well for us".
Lastly, Science Diet isn't the evil formula that many folks make it out to be, either. I've known plenty of dogs that do very well on that food, live long, healthy and active lives on their products. I've also known plenty of dogs that do very well on Purina Dog Chow, Pedigree, and other major supermarket brands. Likewise for dogs that are raw fed, and those whose owners cook fresh food for them daily. When anyone asks me about what to feed their dog, my advice is always the same: Choose the best food your wallet will consistently support, find what works for your dog, and stick with it. Your dog's health, growth and condition should be your guide as to what works for your dog.
by Hired Dog on 03 September 2020 - 05:09
by MKGermanShepherds on 03 September 2020 - 12:09
The short answer
High dollar no grain high protein diets is not where it is
by Nans gsd on 03 September 2020 - 13:09
by gsdsteve on 03 September 2020 - 18:09
by Pirschgang on 03 September 2020 - 19:09
by Koots on 04 September 2020 - 11:09
I am transitioning my 5 month old pup from Acana Large Breed Puppy (Canada) to Acana Classics Red. He was having intermittent bouts of diarrhea, which has been resolved with Metamucil/pumpkin. By switching him to the Red, which is a red meat formula, I am testing to see if he was sensitive to the chicken in the puppy formula. The protein, fat, calcium & phosphorous content is very similar between the two so he will still be getting all the nutition he needs but with a non-chicken, red meat food.
by Nans gsd on 04 September 2020 - 13:09