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06-10-2014 12:18 AM
carmspack the dog looks pretty much ideal in weight.
He also looks to be "American" bred pet , ASL in his past.
Muscle type is genetic . Push to get it , when you can't and all you get is soft , over weight , not converted to buff muscle.

check for giardia , which you have to ask for specifically
06-09-2014 11:21 PM
kafrchst Hi everyone, Although I have grown up with mostly airedales most of my life, then a lab and more recently I have had the pleasure of having 2 german shepherds. On the subject of diarrhea, recently my almost 4 year old is having diarrhea. he is a "sock eater" but generally we have been able to learn how to keep him out of danger from eating things that might harm him. We are givinng him a less expensive general dry dog food ( I can't remember the name of it) and we mmix it with about 1/3-1/2 cup of canned food. We ued to use Innova but didn't see the benefits. Anyway the only difference in his diet that I can see recently is a new breand of dog biscuit treats (whch have always used gingerly so that he will eat properly and not gain weight inappropropriately. When our dogs have had diarrhea we have added whole grain rice which has in the past helped to solidify the stools. I plan to call our vet in AM to discuss this issue. He is up to date on his shots and preventative medicines but recently we were given a new anti tick/flea application instead of Front Line which is what we have used in the past. Let me pause to say how endearing this particular dog is...
06-03-2014 06:26 AM
huntergreen mice pic, your pal looks great.
06-02-2014 07:43 PM
Rocket Took him hiking today in the backyard. Stool looked good. He's quite healthy. Vet said he can gain a couple pounds, but he's healthy.

Per the scale at the vet he's 103lbs.

Here he is this morning at a high alpine lake (10,800')

05-22-2014 10:57 AM
LaRen616 He looks perfect to me, I wouldn't add more weight to him.

You want to be able to slightly feel his ribs.
05-22-2014 10:50 AM
Rocket So I have made the switch to Pro Plan, and so far he likes it. He is happy to eat, he doesn't appear to be in any GI distress, and He's higher energy.

I haven't seen his stool yet since the full transition (i have a lot of room for the dogs to play) and any time I've seen stools they appear normal, I just haven't seen him actually poop, so I can't be sure they're his. Anyway vet appointment is tomorrow so I'll be able to look into everything.
05-18-2014 05:12 PM
Gretchen wonderful photos! your dogs look so happy. looks like we have the same granite counter tops.

Have your tried a meal of boiled chicken, broth and well cooked white rice to see if that will stop the diarrhea for a day or two? Our dog had giardia 3x, plus some other parasite and I believe these problem plus the treatment process kind of ruined our dog's GI system. The vet thought she had allergies, but it turned out, no allergies she just could not handle kibble. You could look into the brand, The Honest Kitchen - it is dehydrated raw, less expensive and easier to prepared than raw and it worked wonders for our dog.
05-18-2014 02:57 PM
Heidigsd I was just trying to give the OP an example of how much it can cost to feed a home prepared diet, Nikki has health issues and eats a limited ingredient diet. If Samson is otherwise healthy and can tolerate chicken @ $1 per lb then of course the cost goes down.

With Samson weighing over 100 lbs he will need more calories than Nikki gets. You can get an idea of how much he will need here: PetDiets - Daily Energy Requirements
05-18-2014 02:12 PM
sehrgutcsg
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I can tell you what it costs me to feed Nikki home cooked meals. Due to her health issues she gets a diet low in fat which means I need to feed more calories. I cook roughly 100 lbs of pork tenderloin a month & 40 lbs of sweet potato. Monthly cost depends on meat prices but $450 per month is about average.

The $450 includes the cost of the sweet potato and her vitamins/minerals, Nikki weighs 62 lbs.
That sounds like a lot of money, for home cooked meals. $100+ a week for 1 dog > ?

I hate to sound like a broken record. If you find out your dog is low on estrogen or is a male, (blood work up) I know sweet potato is on the hit list, with carrots causing more estrogen in the system and if the dog is not deficient on that hormone, white potato is the better choice of carbs.

Pork tenderloin, I have no clue. I buy chicken on sale for $99. cents a pound, add green beans and peas, with white potato's. I cut the carrots out. If dry costs $32.00 a month for two dogs, @ 40 lbs. one large and one small, the coconut oil, digestive enzymes and bentonite powder which I cut back to twice a week will be way less the $25.00 per week for two animals.

I cooked 15 lbs. total. It could not have cost more then $4.00 a pound, plus the dry and additives.. I wish I was your dog, really....

$8- chick yields 4 lbs. 25% prot.
$6- potato yeilds 8 lbs. 50% carb.
$2- peas and greenbeans 12.5% vegg.
$32- 40 lbs. dry chic. and rice 50% w/ 50% home cooked.
$0- chicken broth from chic. to potatos 12.5% moist.

15 lbs home cooked at 4 table spoons per meal lasts, I guess more then 2 weeks..

Now add the additives.. $ > ?
05-18-2014 01:29 PM
Heidigsd
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I can't really afford raw, but I may lean towards home prepped meals. I have plenty of time for that.
I can tell you what it costs me to feed Nikki home cooked meals. Due to her health issues she gets a diet low in fat which means I need to feed more calories. I cook roughly 100 lbs of pork tenderloin a month & 40 lbs of sweet potato. Monthly cost depends on meat prices but $450 per month is about average.

The $450 includes the cost of the sweet potato and her vitamins/minerals, Nikki weighs 62 lbs.
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