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I feed mine Iam's senior diet. Well I heard that Iam's was one of the best foods, but correct me if I am wrong. I feed them both who are 9 and 11 years old the senior Iam's diet. Beside the Iam's kibbles, I feed them a tablespoon of canned Pedigree meat.


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Strictly Iams. Bob (great name for a mutt, huh?) does well with it and seems to have no end of energy!


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If you want to start a fight among dog people just ask "what is the best dog food" and you'll get a tussle going every time.

I used to feed Iams until they were sold to Procter and Gambel. Jeff King dropped them as his feed sponsor shortly after they were sold, not because they sold the company, but because his dogs started dying. Whether or not it was related isn't certain, but when he quit feeding the stuff his dogs quit dying. Iam's has also been accused of some pretty cruel animal experimentation practices (reference [URL=http://www.uncaged.co.uk/iams.htm]Iams - the Suffering Behind the
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I currently feed Nutro Natural Choice large breed adult, supplemented with raw meat and probiotic. It's bloody outrageously expensive but I'm very pleased with the results. I chose Nutro specifically because it does not include corn or corn by-products in the formulation. Dogs don't digest corn very well so they don't get the full nutritional value from foods containing corn.

As the mushing season progresses and my dogs are working harder I'll probably have to start feeding a hotter food, one with higher protien and fat levels. I'm just now starting to do the research to find a food that will work for me.

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purina 1 fat boy diet... w/rice ... nothing with a lot of corn i understand that corn is especially harsh on a dogs system.... please regard my signature....


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hey Swanny. I used to feed my dogs Nutro until I moved to this small town in the middle of the desert, so I am lucky I can get Iam's. But I believe in all what you say and I will work on getting Nutro for them somehow! thanks for all the valueable info! smile.gif

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Rose, you might ask around your little town to learn if anyone is carrying Science Diet. SD Lamb and Rice forumla is pretty good food and I fed that for quite a while before switching to Nutro. You may be able to find it through a vet's office.

If my choices were "grocery food store" and Iams, I would probably feed the Iams, but I'd be sure to supplement it pretty heavily.

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Pedigree. Our dogs are 16, so I can,t complain.


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I feed my dog HA "hypoallergenic" by Purina. It's costly but less waste & waist..lol

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My dog almost died from some of that junk food out there..so after a big vet bill, and a few years on this food no problems. 'knock on wood"
The dog doesn't care for it much, and it reminds me of corn puffs cereal..but he has way more zip- not that he needed anymore..he is 6 years old.

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My GSD has a pancreatic deficiency and as a result the best food for her is raw green tripe. Her meal is verging on a "barf" (bone and raw food) diet eat.gif consisting of 1lb tripe, can of Winalot wet food, some James Wellbeloved dry food, carrots & sweet and other odds of vegetables. She adores tomatoes and if she's in a 'faddy' mood, refusing to eat we just need to cut up a tomato into her meal and she polishes off the lot!!



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QUOTE (Swanny @ 10-Oct-2006, 12:10 PM)
If you want to start a fight among dog people just ask "what is the best dog food" and you'll get a tussle going every time.

I used to feed Iams until they were sold to Procter and Gambel. Jeff King dropped them as his feed sponsor shortly after they were sold, not because they sold the company, but because his dogs started dying. Whether or not it was related isn't certain, but when he quit feeding the stuff his dogs quit dying. Iam's has also been accused of some pretty cruel animal experimentation practices (reference [URL=http://www.uncaged.co.uk/iams.htm]Iams - the Suffering Behind the
'Science'[/URL])

I currently feed Nutro Natural Choice large breed adult, supplemented with raw meat and probiotic. It's bloody outrageously expensive but I'm very pleased with the results. I chose Nutro specifically because it does not include corn or corn by-products in the formulation. Dogs don't digest corn very well so they don't get the full nutritional value from foods containing corn.

As the mushing season progresses and my dogs are working harder I'll probably have to start feeding a hotter food, one with higher protien and fat levels. I'm just now starting to do the research to find a food that will work for me.

Swanny

Swanny, thanks for that info. I had never heard that before. I will definitely take a closer look at using Iams. It has always done my dogs pretty well, but I may need to reconsider.
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QUOTE (zeryx @ 11-Oct-2006, 01:08 PM)
My GSD has a pancreatic deficiency and as a result the best food for her is raw green tripe.  Her meal is verging on a "barf" (bone and raw food) diet eat.gif consisting of 1lb tripe, can of Winalot wet food, some James Wellbeloved dry food, carrots & sweet and other odds of vegetables.  She adores tomatoes and if she's in a 'faddy' mood, refusing to eat we just need to cut up a tomato into her meal and she polishes off the lot!!

Zeryx, I would probably feed a raw diet if my circumstances were different. Because of my job I am away from home two weeks out of each month. My dogs board with a mushing friend while I'm at work and Mike is really good about keeping up their training for me. I worry that switching back and forth from kibble to raw every two weeks would do more harm than good.

I have a friend who has been feeding raw food for a long time now with excellent results. One of her dogs is a fifteen year old, 100 lb German shepherd dog that still has excellent teeth and is reasonably active. He's a great old dog.

Mike is the name of the guy I board my dogs with. He's been mushing dogs for a long, long time now. He's in his sixties and still out on the trail every other day. He and I have been 'bickering' over food for a while now.

Mike feeds a good quality, performance dog food that according to the label has more protien and fat than the Nutro I feed. Because many of the ingredients are corn or corn products, it is much cheaper. I currently pay about $1.00 per pound for the Nutro and Mike is paying about 75 cents per pound for his kibble.

In order to maintain their weight, I have to feed my guys 2 cups of Nutro supplemented with 1 lb of raw chicken, meat or fish daily. Although Mike's dogs are much smaller than my guys, he has to feed each dog at least 3 cups of kibble and almost twice as much meat.

Consequently I believe we are each paying about the same to feed our dogs, but my dogs require less volume and produce much less stool than his. I'm convinced the difference is in the quality of feed, but Mike thinks it's because my freight dogs were bred to be easy keepers while his dogs are bred primarily for speed and have a higher base metabolic rate.

Although I wouldn't admit it to Mike (I enjoy keeping the debate going), I think that both factors contribute to the result.

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I feed Nutro as well. Not much waste and also no corn filler. And it has a dental formula since my dogs doesn't have the best teeth in the world anymore. She is getting old and since she had a bad start in life and eat trash and other bad food her teeth were already bad when we got her.

But she likes it and she is happy with it. Also feed the Dental Bisquits from Nutro.


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Are you all talking about Nutro or Nutromax? Wasn't there a dog food name by Nutromax? unsure.gif

Swanny, I can indeed get Science Diet through my vet's office. So you think their food is pretty good, then, eh? I will check into that then. Lamb and rice perhaps? Shelties have tempermental tummies. Many thanks as I am always trying to find the perfect dog food. rolleyes.gif
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Nutro manufactures "Max" as well as "Natural Choice" and at least one other brand as well. Nutro Max, Nutro Natural Choice and Nutro Whatchcallit. I feed the Natural Choice currently.

My dogs did well on Science Diet - a lot better than on Iams or Eukanuba after the P&G buy-out. I wasn't mushing them then, but one of them was a hard hunting pointing labrador retriever. It can't hurt to give it a try.

Keep an eye on their stool for a few days. They may get a bit runny during the transition, but it shouldn't last more than a couple of days.

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