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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
To start this off, Napolean's food trial is starting now. I just bought a cast of Addiction's "Unagi and Seaweed". He LOVES it! I'm crossing my fingers he doesn't react to it So the food trial starts now.

I know this is a cat forum, but I would like to switch my dogs onto something better.

We went to this store in portland called "Pets on Broadway" they carry every food you guys have ever mentioned, Wellness, Innova, Felidae, Canidae, Newman's Own, Natural Balance. Even science diet

So what do you guys think is the best? I have a rottweiler cross 4 month old puppy, and a 9 year old lhasa apso cross. The lhasa is on a lamb and rice diet, although I think if she had a GOOD food she might be okay, she was on pedigree when we got her, and started having issues but has been fine on the lamb and rice. However, I have a suspicion, on a good food, like Sharky told me in the other topic that actually had what it says it has she'd probably be fine.

Also, do you guys feed only canned to your dogs as well? My cat has been getting half and half, and has maintained a good weight and my dogs have always gotten half and half, but since this food will be better, I don't want them to gain too much weight

Thanks!
post #2 of 27
Imho I would use the venison and green pea forrmula by natural balence ...it is truely basic and the fat and protein are good..
Did they have California natural?? that is my second choice
Third would be Nutro s Natural choice
those above are my dry choices...

wet I use all of the above and then a few...

Do you want to know what my 8 yr old yorkie eats??
post #3 of 27
Just wanted to say my fingers are crossed that the addiction food will work for your kitty, and I look forward to reading about your future reports
post #4 of 27
unagi and seaweed? That's so funny. sushi for cats.
post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by MeowsersMom
unagi and seaweed? That's so funny. sushi for cats.
Its a wonderful, newish to the US cat food company, you can read about their products at www.addictionfoods.com
post #6 of 27
Thread Starter 
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Do you want to know what my 8 yr old yorkie eats??
Raw?
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by Plebayo
Raw?

She gets raw two days a week..

She gets canned that she isnt allergic too( ahh if the vet would get those results)

her dry is a mix of nutros natural choice senior, innova s evo and bil jac s senior


Basically she gets the best I can afford and the best shell eat... I dont think your giving bad food just paying $$ for something that others make a "better" version of ... I looked at the lamb and rice and my biggest thing is too many grains and the citric acid... that formula is a good one.. but your 8 yr old should be looking into senior..imho
post #8 of 27
Thread Starter 
I do have to agree on the money thing, which is part of my switch on the cat. It costs me LESS for a better food [z/d has brewers rice in it]. If he can handle it, he likes it WAY better too. He sucked that half of a can up like no tomorrow!

What kind of RAW do you feed? I would be interested in maybe doing a partial RAW for my girls, it's just not something I have time for ALL the time.

As far as senior food, I agree, but I need a senior feed that is okay for dogs with allergies. So it would potentially have to be a "Lamb and Rice Senior". Like I said, I think most of her allergies should clear with a better food, when i bought the Addiction cat food today, I saw they have a dog version, and the Unagi & Seaweed is specifically for healthy bones and joints, and would be good for allergies. So I'm assuming this is something I could feed her, and then maybe supplement it with another senior feed?

What should I feed my puppy? Do you know any specific brand? That way when I go to the pet store again I can kind of know what I am looking for?

Thanks for your help!
post #9 of 27
I love unagi and seaweed so I would love to feed it to my cats. Unfortunately, they don't sell it in Texas.
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by Plebayo
I do have to agree on the money thing, which is part of my switch on the cat. It costs me LESS for a better food [z/d has brewers rice in it]. If he can handle it, he likes it WAY better too. He sucked that half of a can up like no tomorrow!

What kind of RAW do you feed? I would be interested in maybe doing a partial RAW for my girls, it's just not something I have time for ALL the time.

As far as senior food, I agree, but I need a senior feed that is okay for dogs with allergies. So it would potentially have to be a "Lamb and Rice Senior". Like I said, I think most of her allergies should clear with a better food, when i bought the Addiction cat food today, I saw they have a dog version, and the Unagi & Seaweed is specifically for healthy bones and joints, and would be good for allergies. So I'm assuming this is something I could feed her, and then maybe supplement it with another senior feed?

What should I feed my puppy? Do you know any specific brand? That way when I go to the pet store again I can kind of know what I am looking for?

Thanks for your help!

Good morning...

For raw I am learning( why they have commercial"100 balenced") ... Gigi loves organ meats.. I mix organs( liver and kidney is all I cant get them (2 of 3) to eat and mucsle meat they all like chn breat and hambuger with some bone meal( since I dont grind at home )... It does cost more( than grocery fare but less than canned) since I buy natural at the least and organic when I can..

To ansewer the senior question , most are chn based since the older dog sense of taste and smell are less than a younger aninmal ... If she needs lamb and rice look at lamb and right light.. If she can handle chn ... look at the natural choice senior it is chn rice and oatmeal and has jt support( gigi always go back to it and it works for her)


For Rotties I like large breed beef based food( I know red flag for many but in nearly 3 years doing demo s those that arent allergy prone love it and thrive) ....If worried about allergies look at lamb and rice large breed ( nutro and cience diet are the only makers of this I think) .. Do you keep the dogs seprate at meal time?? How big is the puppy in lbs now ?? Any sensitivitys???
post #11 of 27
I am trying to switch to Wysong. Relatively complex to mix, not necessarily easy to find but I think it is a good ideea.

www.wysong.net

If anybody has any experience with it, I would greatly appreciate your feedback.

thanks !!
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by ahem
I am trying to switch to Wysong. Relatively complex to mix, not necessarily easy to find but I think it is a good ideea.

www.wysong.net

If anybody has any experience with it, I would greatly appreciate your feedback.

thanks !!
I like there all meat canned.. the dry has things I dont like one I saw had by products corn and wheat ... I think they make raw supplements too those looked good
post #13 of 27
Thread Starter 
The puppy is about 25-30lbs. I need to re weigh her, last time she was at 22lbs. I do feed them seperatley kind of, they each eat from one end of the kitchen. They don't get into each others food [I watch them just in case, if the pup finishes first she'll try to weasel in] the only thing the pup will do is once my dog is done she'll lick her bowl.
post #14 of 27
is the puppy 16-18 weeks??? or are we a rotty mixed with a smaller dog??


Try the natural choice senior for the older one if you dont suspsion a chn allergy if you do , give me a day and I will find you a good one
post #15 of 27
sorry at times I cant read... at four months that is a great wt and puppy will likely get 65lbs ... the max large breed beef would be a good food to start
post #16 of 27
Hi Plebayo,

I just spent the past few days researching foods for my cats and for my sister's dog.

I found this article online that was sooooooo helpful!

http://www.mordanna.com/dogfood/index.php?page=identify

After going through many, many brands, I chose 6 that I recommended to her for her dog. They are (in my order of preference):

1. BLUE --this one has high-quality all-natural vitamins where the others use cheaper synethetic vitamins or a combination of both. It is also cold-formed so that there is no heat processing which depletes the other pet food's vitamins. http://www.bluebuff.com

2. MERRICK http://www.merrickpetcare.com

3. CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE PET LOVERS SOUL--this has the most meat
http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com

4. INNOVA http://www.naturapet.com

5. WELLNESS Dog Food http://www.omhpet.com

6. ORGANIX Canine Formula (dry only and only bought online)--this one is organic
http://www.castorpolluxpet.com

Hope this helps!
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by bloob & valo
Hi Plebayo,

I just spent the past few days researching foods for my cats and for my sister's dog.

I found this article online that was sooooooo helpful!

http://www.mordanna.com/dogfood/index.php?page=identify

After going through many, many brands, I chose 6 that I recommended to her for her dog. They are (in my order of preference):

1. BLUE --this one has high-quality all-natural vitamins where the others use cheaper synethetic vitamins or a combination of both. It is also cold-formed so that there is no heat processing which depletes the other pet food's vitamins. http://www.bluebuff.com

2. MERRICK http://www.merrickpetcare.com

3. CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE PET LOVERS SOUL--this has the most meat
http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com

4. INNOVA http://www.naturapet.com

5. WELLNESS Dog Food http://www.omhpet.com

6. ORGANIX Canine Formula (dry only and only bought online)--this one is organic
http://www.castorpolluxpet.com

Hope this helps!

For an allergic animal only Wellness has some formulas I would try... these are all good brands , thou I wouldnt use most of them for varing reasons...
post #18 of 27
I know what you mean, each has its own benefits and flaws. What food do you use (And if you make your own, what ingredients)?
post #19 of 27
Nevermind, Sharky, I found your post below.

Ahem, regarding Wysong, the ingredients seem to be all over the board. Some awesome ingredients with some really poor quality ones.

I'm looking into a few raw companies right now. So far the one I'm impressed with the most is Natures Variety Prairie freeze-dried and frozen foods. The other three I'm looking into are Homemade4Life, Bravo Raw Diet and Great Life Performance.
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by bloob & valo
Nevermind, Sharky, I found your post below.

Ahem, regarding Wysong, the ingredients seem to be all over the board. Some awesome ingredients with some really poor quality ones.

I'm looking into a few raw companies right now. So far the one I'm impressed with the most is Natures Variety Prairie freeze-dried and frozen foods. The other three I'm looking into are Homemade4Life, Bravo Raw Diet and Great Life Performance.
Check out raw advantage and The Honest Kitchen - one I am familiar with as the company is located in my state, the other is highly spoken of on a pet retailers list I am on.

I personally won't feed garlic to my cats, rules out the Nature's Variety as I recall from the last time I looked.
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by ahem
I am trying to switch to Wysong. Relatively complex to mix, not necessarily easy to find but I think it is a good ideea.

www.wysong.net

If anybody has any experience with it, I would greatly appreciate your feedback.

thanks !!
I highly recommend the Wysong all meat, but for any of their formulas containing garlic I won't use it.
post #22 of 27
Hi Pat and Alex,

Thanks for the raw recommendations. Looks like there are a lot of choices out there, just for raw food companies. Those two you recommended are both very good!
post #23 of 27
I think for folks who feed raw (which doesn't include me at this point) it is a really developping market, far better than a few years ago.

I just love the Raw Advantage company, I've met one of their reps at a local distributor's open house, and prefer small companies run by accessible people
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by bloob & valo

I'm looking into a few raw companies right now. So far the one I'm impressed with the most is Natures Variety Prairie freeze-dried and frozen foods. The other three I'm looking into are Homemade4Life, Bravo Raw Diet and Great Life Performance.
Out of the raw diets you've mentioned, the only one I know anything about is Homemade4Life (or Pets4Life), it's a pretty good formula, and a good company, but I REALLY dislike the way that they package the food. It's just in ice cream cartons, not sealed with a plastic seal or anything. So I find the food gets freezer-burnt really easily, and the lid freezes to the food, and then you've got paper stuck to the meat. It's definatley something to consider.
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
I think for folks who feed raw (which doesn't include me at this point) it is a really developping market, far better than a few years ago.

I just love the Raw Advantage company, I've met one of their reps at a local distributor's open house, and prefer small companies run by accessible people
Yes, it's a great market now for the many pet owners who are transitioning to raw. The reason I don't care for Wysong as I do with the other brands mentioned is because they have animal plasma as a main ingredient in their Chicken and Beef dishes; high salt content in their Pheasant and Uretic; wheat, corn, and cane molasses in their top 10 ingredients of Archtype Buffet; poultry fat and corn in their top 3 ingredients of their Treats; poultry fat, corn gluten meal, wheat, ground wheat and ground corn in their top 10 ingredients in Nuture, etc.

The regular Archetype and Archetype Burgers look good.
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by bloob & valo
Yes, it's a great market now for the many pet owners who are transitioning to raw. The reason I don't care for Wysong as I do with the other brands mentioned is because they have animal plasma as a main ingredient in their Chicken and Beef dishes; high salt content in their Pheasant and Uretic; wheat, corn, and cane molasses in their top 10 ingredients of Archtype Buffet; poultry fat and corn in their top 3 ingredients of their Treats; poultry fat, corn gluten meal, wheat, ground wheat and ground corn in their top 10 ingredients in Nuture, etc.

The regular Archetype and Archetype Burgers look good.
I like your thinking I can live with corn gluten meal so long as it isn't the only protein source, but of all that you listed, that is the only ingredient I would accept.
post #27 of 27
Hi, I'm glad I can be of some help, even though I'm just starting out! We have that in common, you and I both have fun researching foods. Do you enjoy researching in general? When I get interested in something I can get obsessive until I know everything about it!
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