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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-23-2012, 09:19 AM
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I would try a Limited ingrediant food with Fish (Salmon or whitefish) as the protien source. Lots of folks including me with dogs that have EPI, digestive issues and food allergies have had great succes with it.

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I would try a Limited ingrediant food with Fish (Salmon or whitefish) as the protien source. Lots of folks including me with dogs that have EPI, digestive issues and food allergies have had great succes with it.
Thanks...that's sort of the direction we've had to go...right now he's eating brown rice and today it's elk for protein just to try to get his tummy straightened out. The vet had him on Royal Canin Duck and Potato selected proteing prescription but that's what gave him so much gas.

He's always done well with chicken or lamb based foods, so we're going to try Nature's Domain Turkey and Sweet potato, increasing it VERY slowly with the brown rice and meat (beef, elk, deer or chicken since that's what's in the freezer) and we'll see how he does. He may never be able to be solely on kibble again, but that would be okay. I just want him out of the distress he's been in.

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Originally Posted by SS-GSD View Post
...Chicken quarters are a cheap way to replace some of the muscle meat you'd feed for the day AND offer calcium. I buy the bagged ones for like 60-70 cents a pound. (They come in 10lb bags) Sometimes I can catch them on sale for as low as 30-50 cents/lb!
Wow. I thought I was getting a good deal on chicken leg quarters for .79 per pound. I cook them in the slow cooker with lots of filtered water to make plenty of good rich broth and mix the meat and broth with TOTW. Where do you find them so cheap?

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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-23-2012, 04:33 PM
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I buy them from the grocery store. I prefer to buy food when it's at it's "best by" date and marked really low since they have to get it sold. Food Lion, Walmart, Just Save. Dunno what you guys have in ya'lls states, you just have to check around. I think Walmart is the most expensive, I don't shop there very often so I can never fully remember the price on quarters. I think it actually might be about .79 cents/lb.

You should be able to find it all with the rest of the meats, things like hearts (With the exception of chicken hearts which are typically packaged together with gizzards) might be a little harder to come by. Chicken liver is the easiest type of liver to find, they come in plastic cup containers at every store I've ever shopped. Typically by the bagged chicken quarters. I normally pay about $1-1.25/lb for those but have gotten them as cheap as 25 cents/lb on sale. Oh and you can use cow tongue as a muscle meat too, that's the "oddest" thing I've found on Walmarts shelves but it was a bit pricey for my taste. You can stop by regular butcher shops for things too, though you can ask them or the butchers are grocery stores for things if you don't see them on the shelf. Any Asian or Mexican markets will have the best selection of "odd" foods including yummy treats like chicken feet. Lol! (Which also make a fantastic bone broth) If you can get things that are grass fed and hormone/steroid free from a local farm then that would be even better!

You may also ask your cattle friends about getting tripe from them. Stinks like whoa but sooo worth it! Especially for a pup like yours that has digestive problems, it's full of natural digestive enzymes. This you can't get from a store since it can't be sold for human consumption unless it's cleaned/bleached. The white stuff from the store is no good, you need smelly green tripe.

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