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I have three dogs....one is 16 yrs old (Misty) she is a sheltie...(Lacey) also a sheltie 8 yrs. old....and a chinese imperial Shihtzu (Sassy) 2 yrs. old. I usually just buy something off the shelf of the local food store or Walmart. I guess it hasn't been too bad if our dog Misty is still alive. I would like some suggestions for a better dog food....
 

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Welcome to the forum Tweety! I have a few questions for you if you don't mind me asking them....What at Walmart are you currently feeding? Why do you want to switch? Are you able to purchase from a different store? Budget wise are you looking Low, Medium, or Highed end?

Since you mentioned Walmart, they have a brand at Walmart that is not to bad for the money. It's called Maxxiumum Nutrution. The Lamb and Rice is the best one of the group though. The chicken has corn where as the lamb does not. I've fed it and did ok not steller mind you, but a number of people I know feed it and their dogs do very well with it.
Bare in mind that the better quality food the better it is for your dogs health wise and in the long run it is cheeper for you to feed one becaus you feed less and the vet bills can be less. But, that being said not every one can afford a $50.00 bag of food!
 

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I currently feed Canidae myself. I have 2 Boxers, and a Pit mix. They are all doing well on this. I have feed Beneful in the past untill I found out it wasn't very good. Dog food has gotten so pricey! I have thought bout switching to something cheaper, but they end up eating more and I hate to think I'm feeding the wrong type of food.

I'm glad you posted this thread, I look forward to hearing what other people feed there dogs.
 

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I was either buying Pedigree or Purina Little Bits indoor complete, from Walmart. Well, the last time I grabbed Purina Dog Chow off the shelf from the local food store, the dog are picking at it. Tonight, I found something called Natural Life, the dogs are liking it. Hopefully, I made the right choice.
 

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Ahhh....I had to place it they make Lamaderm. Their actually are not that bad of food for the price. IMO, I'd feed the Lamb, but I dont feed anything that has corn, soy or wheat, but that's me!:)
I think that you made a nice choice for the money and stepped up a little bit in the quality from what you were feeding before! I hope it works out for your dogs. You want to feed it for atleast 4-6 weeks. This will give them time to adjust and let you see the performance of the food. Please let us know how it goes!!

Oh, since Zanytactics wanted to know what people fed here's what I feed! Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Venison and I mix a spoonfull of wet food, usually Evo, Wellness 95%, or Natural Balance and their supplements with a little bit of water. Im feeding 7 dogs, but one is on Eukanuba Naturally Wild Venison. He's being switched to Natural Balance. Another one is on Evo Red Meat since he decied he didn't like the Natural Balance any more.:rolleyes:
 

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I have a 12 year old Sheltie with a sensitive stomach. I recently changed from Beneful to Natural Balance Duck and Potato L.I.D. I can't believe the difference a few weeks has made. She is doing much better, her stools are well formed without mucus her coat is looking better and she seems to have more energy. I've also been adding a spoonful of Wellness canned Salmon on top, and she gobbles it up :) I'm also giving it to my 3 year old Beagle to see if it will help with her allergies.
 

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Sick Dog!!!

Well, I bought that new food on Monday night. I been mixing with the other food. Now, Lacey is getting sick. I am giving her rice but do you think I should just give her the old food after this passes?
 

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Im sorry to hear that Lacey is not taking the change well. Some dogs take change in foods well and some don't. How much are you mixing of old with new? You might be going to fast for her system. I have an Aussie that is just so sensitive to dietary changes I go very very slowly, almost a few kibble at a time. Some foods just dont agree with him. If she was doing well on the previous food, then I don't think it's out of the question to go back to the old food once you get her system stable.
If you really want to change because of quality, there are foods on the market specifically for sensitive stomachs. There are also are supplements that you can give her to help ease the food transition. EaglePack makes one called Transitions, it's basically a pre and probiotic to aid in digestion.
It works very very well.

Hope this helps you out and I hope Lacey feels better soon.
 

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I am mixing like a hand full of the old to a hand full of the Natural Life. She is throwing up....diarhhea....I just might stick to pedigree or Purina Indoor Complete
 

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That might to to fast of a change for her. Im thinking that is about a 50% change almost right of the bat. Ideally change overs take about 10 to 14 days. But, Natural Life may just not agree with her. That happens. I have known dogs who have eaten Pedirgee all their lives and have done extremley well with it. IMO between the two I'd stick with Pedigree. Im not a huge Purina fan. In the grocery brands, my first pick is Iams followed by Pedigree. Iams is highly digestable and the dogs I've seen on it shine.
In the mean time, I agree that rice will help get her back on track. Also, give her a small spoonful of plain yougurt with each meal. This helps balance out the flora in her gut.
Please keep us posted on her progress. I hope she's well soon.
 

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Hello Tweety

I home cook for my shelties but I do feed the foster dogs kibble. We don't buy any dog food from the grocery store or from the pet supermarkets. Rescue provides kibble for the fosters so I dont' have to buy any but we always feed either Innova, California Natural or Wellness. We have learned all about by-products in a report from Gainsville Veterinary school and have choosen to buy dog food that doesn't contain by-products. It's hard to find and a little pricey but in the long run we do feed less of the food and the price isn't all that much more. Research your food carefully and choose a good qualityfood for your dogs. Some do well on Canidae and some don't. It's the same with Innova it's a richer food so some dogs have trouble with the transition. Keep looking for a food that agrees with your dog and stick with it. Don't change monthly to give them a different taste. That only cases tummy upsets.

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There are a few things to consider when changing dogs foods and why your dog may be getting sick.

One thing to consider is that several things may be going on at once. Changing from what I call junk food to a better diet, dogs will go through a detox period. This detox period can cause dogs to get sick with what you have mentioned plus mucus on their stools, diarrhea, and the other symptoms that you are describing. The cheaper brands of dog foods contain many toxins and are pure junk. The body needs to get rid of all this junk and switching foods too fast will cause some dogs to get sick.

Don't go back to the old food once your dog has cleared up! Personally I wouldn't feed Natural life. It's loaded with corn and wheat. Two heavy allergen foods. Your dog is probably reacting to these things in the food. The grains used in dog foods is very low grade.

Try a food with no grains in it. Personally the Taste of the Wild is the best food I've fed my dogs and puppies. It's also a little cheaper then all of the other grain free foods out there. My dogs switched to this very easily. (I have 8 dogs and right now a litter of pups). I can switch my dogs in 2 days with absolutely no trouble what so ever. And Kerries are known to have sensitive stomachs and intestines.

When my dogs or other friends dogs get sick, we don't feed chicken and rice. We feed Chicken and pasta mixed with a little Goat yogurt. Cow products can produce gas and make dogs colicky.

As far as Pedigree and Purina foods, they are at the bottom of the list. Along with Iams, Eukanuba and Science diet (made by Hills)

Inova Evo is a good food, no grains but pricey. Orijen, another high grade grain free, very pricey but very good. You'll feed less of these foods and have a healthier dog.

I wish I could feed my dogs a totally raw diet but that is way out of my budget.

If price is a big issue for you, and you want to stick with a cheap food, the better one to feed is the Costco food says Kirkland on the bag. It's $25 dollars for a 40 lb bag. It does have grains in it, but the ingredient list is pretty good. I've fed my dogs this food when money is really tight and the dogs did fine on it.

Read the ingredients and learn as much as you can about any food that you feed your dog(s). Stay far away from foods that contain Corn, wheat, by products, and preservatives such as BHA, BHT and Ethoxoquin.

Good luck!
 

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I love puppies !!!

I have 2 puppies of about 2 months old. I give them nutritional product which is today easily available online.

Check this product i am using since they born >>>> Puppy Food

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I have a 6 year old Sheltie with a VERY sensitive stomach and a 4 yo Sheltie/Pom mix. They get Blue Buffalo. I had the Sheltie on Wellness for a bit but he didn't do too well with it. Little upset tummy and he decided he didn't like it.

Both eat the Blue Buffalo and do just fine. It has no corn, wheat or soy in it.

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I love dogs !!

You might try giving your cat some canned "cat" tuna, raw eggs and meat. We feed our dog mostly raw meat and I've never worried about him being sick. I know lots of people do this for their cats too. It's "species appropriate" - they wouldn't cook their food if they lived in the wild.

Also, I recommend you to go for some ready made gluten-free dog foods such as >>> Gluten Free Dog Food



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My 3 dogs get Eagle Pack Holistic Select dry/can. They have eaten Anchovy, Lamb, and the Senior dry formulas. And they have eaten the chicken, lamb, and beef can formulas. They love it and do fantastic on it. It doesn't have corn, wheat, soy. Great food! :)
 

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I recommend the best !

It is important to give them a balanced diet with plenty of calcium until they have finished growing. Low carb diet is highly main requirement of any dog food that helps to maintain overall dog's health.

Keep in mind that dogs utilize fat well and some nutrition specialists think that at least 18 percent is ideal. You may check this brand that my Lou like ---> DOG FOOD

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Wow! A sixteen year old dog! If your dog has lived to be that old then you must be doing something right. My hat's tipped to you. My suggestion would be to try Purina or Iams. Of course those can be really expensive so I would also recommend finding coupons for those particular brands.
 
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