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Old 03-27-2014, 10:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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In the process of researching options for diet for my GSD that I will be getting in a few months. I have seen a lot of information on grain and grain free brands...any suggestions?

Also, my parents have 2 Great Danes and I know they are prone to bloat after eating and have run across some info that states GSD are as well- has anyone encountered this?
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Everyone here will say grain free, after that it's a toss up, Orijen, Fromm are two brands that come to mind, and very much so are GSD are prone to bloat, also wheat allergies


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For kibble, I think Orijen and Acana are as good as it gets. Fromm is also a good brand.

I changed to raw and have not looked back. It's SO much better for my dog, her tummy was upset on any kibble I tried.
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In the end the best food is the one that your dog does well on and that you can afford.

I fed Delgado Fromm LBP which is not grain free, he did well on it but at one year I switched him to their grain free Four Star line and he did even better. His coat and overall health is excellant and he cleans his bowl with relish so it works for us
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I think grain free is a fad. They replace grains with peas and potatoes. Still a carb, still a starch. Still a food that has to be processed in order for a dog to break it down.

So, really what is the difference?

I avoid corn because most corn is contaminated with GM corn.

I have two dogs on kibble, not grain free, and are doing just fine.

I have two dogs on RAW. Occasional carbs from fresh fruits and veges.
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I will only recommend what I have used and what has worked for me.

I have used Solid Gold Wolf Cub and Wolf King, I have used Blue Buffalo Blue Wilderness, I have used Taste of the Wild and I am currently using Wellness Complete Health and Wellness Core.
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I think grain free is a fad. They replace grains with peas and potatoes. Still a carb, still a starch. Still a food that has to be processed in order for a dog to break it down.

So, really what is the difference?

I avoid corn because most corn is contaminated with GM corn.

I have two dogs on kibble, not grain free, and are doing just fine.

I have two dogs on RAW. Occasional carbs from fresh fruits and veges.

Totally agree. I think a lot of people see grainfree and think the food is 100% meat and don't realize the rice is replaced with potato. I don't see any difference in the two. (just stay away from corn and make sure there is a high content of meat)
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Grain free at year for my dogs. I feed Fromm LBP at a year may go to grain free.


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Honestly, I have had better results with dog food with grain than with potatoes. We did ok with TOTW but after the total lack of responsiveness of the company to a rank bag before the last Diamond recall I wrote them off. They told me the food was fine. My dog told me it was not. My nose told me it was not. And about three weeks later that lot was recalled.

I also stay away from corn and wheat. Did well with one with millet, but I want to bring in some more variety and am trying one with beans instead of potatoes..not really causing any gas problems..... Carbs are carbs anyway you cut it. Some grains have gluten and THAT can be a source of problem. I would love to be in a position to put together a proper raw diet with some variety.
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Mine were on Fromm for a long time and one of them got sick enough to go to the vet, then the second one got sick and I tossed the food. Not sure if it was the food, but I've had no problems since I switched them. They are on a grain free, salmon and sweet potato food and all are doing very well. The protein and fat are not as high as the Fromm was. I think finding that balance is pretty important. I also stay away from chicken, wheat, and corn.
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