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Son of Butch
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FDA lists 16 brands of dog food most frequently connected to a spike in dilated cardiomyopathy.
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One thing the brands seem to have in common is labeled 'Grain-Free" with primary ingredients
being: peas, lentils, potatoes.
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Thanks for that! I use 4Health. I will investigate. It says grain free.
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We've fed our dogs Ole Roy since the 80s. Our dogs live long lives. Scooter, lived into his 20s. Unless they die by accident, they live almost health issue free. My son feeds his new border collie some fancy food that makes his poop red, and he poops a lot. He stays at the house while my son is working during the day. Red poop everywhere
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I am not sold on this "Grain-Free" fad when it comes to dog foods... Seems like a lot of health related issues are coming to light about it lately. If you study the wolves in nature, one of the first things that they eat after a fresh kill is the stomach contents which usually contain grains, grasses, etc.. I have been feeding a brand of dog food called Victor. They make a lot of different foods including grain-free's. One of the best websites that I have come across to get a truly unbiased review of all brands of dog food is www.dogfoodadvisor.com
. The sight can get kind of detailed but if you want to see what ingredients are used and where they are sourced from, I highly recommend you check it out.
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I'm always kind of leary about feeding our dogs any of it, but what can you do. I have been feeding middle of the road Southern States dog food for several years. I switched to a more expensive lamb and rice variety from SS for my Border Collie, when he started having skin allergies. It seemed to help. With my heeler and her pups I went back to the other. Now that SS is handling Purina, I'm feeding it. Years ago I remember the Purina having some issues too.
Kind of makes me wonder about some of the stuff that we people have available to eat, knowing of all the health issues around.
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Hmm I have been using Taste of the Wild. Looks like it’s research time.
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TCM's link is a good starting point.
Dig down to find info on the dilated cardiomyopathy issue & most current USDA recommendations.
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I rotate a grain free recipe with a rice one. Use Chewy for delivery, Wellness for both cats and dogs. Better nutrition is usually cheaper than vet bills for chronic disease. (same with humans!)
cats supplement themselves with rodents, occasional birds and reptiles - though I try to discourage the latter two. Dogs supplement with...well, they are dogs. LOL
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Who'd of thought a dog would starve to death on peas and lintels? (sarcasm)
Coming to a starving fake meat user near you.
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Their just dogs and dang lucky to have a place to call home. We feed whatever dog food is on sale. I keep hoping they'll run off but every morning their at the back door wagging their tails looking for a treat.
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In all honesty, my working dogs are eating whatever is cheap. They get plenty of freezer clean-out, and I usually make sure we have at least one deer to feed them over the winter (last year we got lucky, one got hit by a car and died in the driveway!). They are healthy, fit, outside dogs. If they are really lucky, they get a heated water bowl during the winter, and the barn office has a doggy door, so they can get out of the elements (it's only heated/cooled when I'm working in there). If I have a bred or nursing female around, of course they are treated and fed quite a bit differently...
As far as the grain free fad goes, I think people like to project their own problems on their pets. I'm convinced that most people who have "sensitive" pets, have issues themselves. If grain is so bad for them, why do mine have to eat the goat feed or cracked corn spilled on the floor when a fresh dish of quality dog food is steps away? My dad always said that manufacturers made dog food for people, if they made it for the dogs, it would be the stinkiest, oiliest shyte you could put in a bag...
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If I started a dog food company I would brand it as being made with ingredients chosen by dogs. Mostly placentas and roadkill.
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Who provided the information for the recommendation? I bet it was from the likes of Hills, Eukanuba, Walthams. I am a bit cynical when it comes to drug companies and dog food manufacturers. The last I heard was that the Hills rep was giving canine nutrition lectures to Vet students at the local Vet school, a bit of a conflict of interest IMO.
I wouldn't be too worried as long as you keep your dogs fit lean and healthy.