German Shepherd Dog > To hell with this, I'M DONE! (65 replies)
by 1GSD1 on 05 May 2012 - 13:44
|DDRCZECH fan, go to www.doggiefood.com and you may be able to get free shipping if you buy 2 large bags.|
by Jyl on 05 May 2012 - 17:05
|Another food to look at is called NutriSource. I dont believe they are made at a Diamond facilty or have anything to do with Diamond.|
by Ruger1 on 05 May 2012 - 17:25
|I used Earthborn ( Primitive ) too,,I liked the ingredients, price, and my male did well on it..:)|
by goodwink on 05 May 2012 - 18:00
|I feed my girl Orijen 6 fish....she looks great!!!!! Used to feed TOTW but switched brands ....glad I did!|
by DDRCzechFan on 05 May 2012 - 19:25
|Well, taking off for the petstore with bag of dog food and receipt. I called up and complained so they are HAPPILY taking back the NB and giving me Earthborn and some in-store credit. |
I will give the Earthborn to Beau and Lilah until Beau's new Blue FREEDOM Puppy chow comes in the "mail". I did end up ordering it off of doggiefood.com and got free shipping!
Thanks for the help, everyone! Was amazed to see PMs from so many people too, who didn't know that Diamond seems to have a toe dipped in everyone's swimming pool, so-to-speak. Glad to be "of assistance?"
by yellowrose of Texas on 05 May 2012 - 19:45
I believe I suggested Blue Buffalo months ago on here and maybe I didn't relay it to you but I have 7 customers here using it..They had a recall once too
but I cannot stand DIAMOND...they are the worst ...china made dog food...in other word not worth the trouble ....I am not spending my whole life wondering what they will do next
I had it out with the VET on their staff who is over the FOOD analysis 9 years ago...
Feed raw and you only have to be vigilant over fresh meat.
and fresh eggs...etc
Another one I used and liked the Holistic mix they have ...and several others.
by Bhaugh on 05 May 2012 - 19:52
|I recently fed NB Salmon and something else and my dog itched terribly. Same on the Blue Buffalo. Most of the grain free foods I found over the past couple of weeks has TONS OF SALT in it. Watch out|
Solid Gold food is also made at a Diamond plant so even though they are not on the recall list, just a heads up.
by beetree on 05 May 2012 - 20:00
|So, everybody knows that we are talking about....
Salmonella Infantitis.....yes?....affecting 14 people in 9 states. No animals got sick. So, if you haven't let babies eat the pet food and wash your hands, like you would after handling raw chicken, you probably won't have to worry too much.
This is the CDC post........http://www.pedigreedatabase.com/german_shepherd_dog/bulletins.read?mnr=538334
And here is the CDC link.....
by yellowrose of Texas on 05 May 2012 - 20:02
| BEE" |
WE cannot make heads or tails out of the checkerboard typing on the blue squares...made me dizzy to even try.
by Mindhunt on 05 May 2012 - 20:14
|I swear by Flint River Ranch. It is made entirely in the USA (for those of you where this is important) and of USA holistic products. The food has never been recalled or listed as problematic in any way for the entire time the company has produced it. I have never had problems with this food and will continue to use it. My dogs eat less since their food is easily digestible so less waste (literally lol) and their healthy, active, good weight, and have no food issues.|
by beetree on 05 May 2012 - 20:19
by DDRCzechFan on 05 May 2012 - 21:36
|YR, in the past, I have fed Blue Buffalo, and wasn't thrilled with my dog's stools on it. (I'm talking about a past Pitbull I had, and a Beagle) they were gassy constantly, pooped probably 3-4 times A DAY (despite being ribby, at best, so they weren't over fed) and man, stools were always soft-serve consistancy. However, THAT being said, this is a Grain Free new formula, so I'll give it a shot for Beau.|
Lilah and Beau (until his new Blue comes in) are both eating Earthborn, the Field Feast (I believe is the name) formula. They both just ate a cup of it, and seemed to like it. It was a stellar price, smelled "good" (for dog food, that is) when I opened the bag, and after HOURS, LITERALLY HOURS of checking online, I have NOT found them to be affiliated with Diamond.
On a side note, the pet store guys now know me by name, or refer to me as "the German Shepherd Lady"...um, thanks?
by DDRCzechFan on 05 May 2012 - 21:39
Great Plains Feast
by yellowrose of Texas on 05 May 2012 - 21:55
| I have heard FLINT RIVER is good|
BUT is it not only in Texas?
by yellowrose of Texas on 05 May 2012 - 21:58
| One thing for sure, you have to take change slowly|
YOu can expect for a week or so some bowel upchuck
German shepherds digestion tracts do not take lightly to constant change..and some just will not be able to eat the brands we suggest..
But yu have to find one at least and stay on it...and quit changing it...let the dog acclamate to it.
Blue Buffalo has about 9 different types so maybe you need to switch to the Large breed or their Holistic..
You pup is gonna have a time of problems because of his bowel upset.
Keep him on probiotics for sure
Feed smaller amounts...so he eats it and doesn't woof it down...
more feedings until he gets settled in his bowel ...
Plenty of water with NO CHLORINE in it
by Siantha on 05 May 2012 - 22:15
|I feel terrable my boy was diagnosed w salmonella from totw ugh|
by DDRCzechFan on 05 May 2012 - 22:21
|I certainly expect the bowel issues, the thing is, when he was sticking with one food, they recalled it, needless to say, bowel upset or not, I can't keep him on it...|
He and Lilah BOTH get bottled water now, because of our tap water. Even WE don't drink it. We were told we couldn't have a water softener because it would eat the pipes or some crap? There are times I miss living out in the country, away from crappy city water, that's for sure.
Since he has been with me, he's only been on ONE dog food. Taste of the Wild. I never fed the kids the Natural Balance bought late last night, I opened the bag to get it ready for morning breakfast, but ended up just taping the bag closed and took it back to the store. This will be the second food he's been on since being with me. His breeder fed Iams, and I was not going to keep him on that for longer than I had to.
The transition to the Blue Buffalo formula will be done over a 10-15 day period, because I don't want to upset his stomach more than it needs to be, but simply put, I can't find even one store around here who sells PUPPY formula Grain Free foods. Not even one. I have TWO that are within 30 miles of my house; a small family owned and a Pet Supplies Plus store. I have a TSC (Tractor Supply Co) within about 30 miles of my house but when I called them this morning they had never even HEARD of Blue FREEDOM, let alone carry it. The Pet Supplies Plus DOES carry Orijen puppy, but it's the small breed puppy, they have been sold out of the Large Breed puppy for over a week now.
I'm not saying I don't understand WHY my pup's stomach's upset, but keeping him on TOTW wasn't an option and I have to special order the puppy chow because it's so new.
Believe me, no one wants my kids on a consistent diet more than I do, I feel like I find a "good" food and then the skeletons fall out of the proverbial closet and I can't feed the food anymore. It's like constantly beating my head up against a brick wall. I'm trying to do right by them but struggle to find the elusive "Good" food that I won't have to take a second mortgage out on my house for.
by BlackthornGSD on 05 May 2012 - 22:29
|I've been feeding Earthborn for about a year now--my dogs have done extremely well on it. It's comparable in price to ToTW, but the calories are higher--which I really like.|
I also fed the Earthborn product with grain to my puppies and momma dogs last year, and they all did really well on it.
Every time I end up trying Blue Buffalo, I'm never really happy with the quality of it or how my dogs do with it.
by BlackthornGSD on 05 May 2012 - 22:36
|I also have started feeding some Honest Kitchen -- their Keen line has a reasonable price and the quality is very high. The dogs also really like it.|
by DDRCzechFan on 05 May 2012 - 22:37
|Thank you Christine, I too have heard nothing bad about Earthborn!|
The ONLY reason I am trying this NEW Blue FREEDOM is because it IS grain free, if it wasn't, I'd be passing on it. If I don't like it, you can bet I'll be calling Blue up, just as I did with every other brand of dog food. LOL