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01-31-2013 12:33 PM
jocoyn Some helpful resources

Pet Food Labels - General

How to Avoid Choosing Dog Food with Inferior Meat Content

I actually think meat meals can have bone in them and that is why looking at the ash as well as calcium is important because that gives you some insight into how MUCH bone-is added. Though vegetable matter can also contribute to both ash and calcium.

The Dog Food Project - Meat vs. Meal
01-31-2013 11:11 AM
lilysmom I have probably tried every grain free kibble out there because I thought it would be better. 3 years of dealing with a variety of intestinal issues I read on this forum of success with California Natural. I switched and the results were amaziing. No more grain free kibble for us !I guess that is why there are so many types of kibble out there.
01-31-2013 07:14 AM
Maya I am feeding grain free Back to Basics and Presidents Choice Nutrition first puppy canned grain free to both my dogs now. The older chow was always overweight and had tummy issues until I made the switch. She has never looked better at 14 years of age. The shepherd with EPI has to have grain free and is a whopping 87 pounds of bounding good health. Dogs do not have sufficient pancreatic enzymes to digest the corn and wheat fillers they add to dog foods and this can cause a host of digestive issues as well as obesity problems.
01-21-2013 06:14 PM
Finnick<3 I change foods each 30ish pound bag and feed both grain inclusive and grain free in my rotation.

Finn, my 7 month old GSD, does best on Orijen. I see a difference in his coat and stamina. However, with Jasmine my 8 year old rottie, Orijen changes nothing.
01-21-2013 03:29 PM
barnyard Happy is on grain free - Wellness core reduced fat.
The pup is on Fromm Gold. I do supplement a bit. In the morning they get some coconut oil with their kibble, and at night they get Kirkland cuts in gravy and the puppy gets a squirt of salmon oil. Once a week they do get raw bones.
They're both doing great with what they are on right now.
01-21-2013 12:59 PM
Rua
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Originally Posted by msvette2u View Post
Tony's info is incorrect. Meat (specified) meals is muscle meat.
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Meal is not full of bone. Unless of course you are thinking about bone meal. Meal is meat that has had the moisture removed. At least it was when I studied.
Yeah, that's what I thought it was. Maybe Tony was thinking of meat by-products which are used a lot in different dog foods?

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I feed only raw, but if i had to feed kibble, i'd probably end up not feeding grain free, just based on cost alone. Some of the prices of those foods are crazy, $60-$70 for under 30lbs.

I get 80lbs of raw poutry for under $40 at the distributor I go to.
Lucky you! I wish I could get it that cheap. Right now, it would cost me about €150 for 80lbs of raw poultry.

In the end, I decided against the Lukullus (the food I was considering when I began this thread), solely because it has alfalfa in it. And from what I understand Alfalfa is linked to bloat in dogs.
01-21-2013 12:43 PM
df1960 I feed grain free........ for us the difference I've noticed since switching to the grain free is a LOT LESS shedding from the GSD and a LOT LESS gas from the boxer. We use the Kirkland Grain Free.
01-21-2013 12:26 PM
ShatteringGlass I feed only raw, but if i had to feed kibble, i'd probably end up not feeding grain free, just based on cost alone. Some of the prices of those foods are crazy, $60-$70 for under 30lbs.

I get 80lbs of raw poutry for under $40 at the distributor I go to.
01-21-2013 11:46 AM
Doc Meal is not full of bone. Unless of course you are thinking about bone meal. Meal is meat that has had the moisture removed. At least it was when I studied.
01-20-2013 09:53 PM
msvette2u
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Really? That's interesting...I was always under the impression that meals were supposed to be higher in protein than whole meats. I didn't know they were so full of bone.
Tony's info is incorrect. Meat (specified) meals is muscle meat.
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