|09-09-2013 12:06 AM|
|lindsay1126||Well so far the first feeding went great! He actually gobbled up the food ( I put Acana on top) He has not pooped yet so we shall see. Thanks for everyone's help.|
|09-08-2013 09:04 PM|
Yes, you can give Samson RMB just for short periods at first so that he doesn't get diarrhea.
I don't know how strong his stomach is (each dog is different) so I may start with 1/4th cup for a couple of feedings and work up if no loose stools.
|09-08-2013 08:44 PM|
|lindsay1126||So I went with Acana chicken & burbank potato. Though it is not grain free it is only single grain which is steel cut oats and not rice(which is what fromms uses) It was a much better price only $54 for 28.6 lbs and I get 10%off at my local store for being military. She said if it did not mix with him to bring it back and they would exchange it. How would you recommend that I switch over. I have only had to do it once and I had to cold turkey bc I didn't have very much the breeder gave me and I couldn't find it locally. I feed him 4 cups a day (2cups twice daily) so I was thinking a 1.5c of fromm and .5 cup of acana for few days and gradually move up acana while lowering fromm. I also have some pumpkin I was going to add to while doing the change. Does that sound good to everyone? Does anyone have experience with this Acana line? One of the things I love about Fromm is that there is very minimal shedding. From anyone's experience is that the same for Acana? Thanks.|
|09-08-2013 02:49 AM|
|lindsay1126||I am leaning towards Orijen too. How long should the transition take? How will I know if it does not mix with him or if it is the transition? Would you use bp or adult? I can't wait to start him on raw in the future, I know its the best. Could I give him a RBM occasionally just to keep his teeth nice and clean until I can do raw all the time?|
|09-08-2013 12:02 AM|
Their sister company is Acana, so that would personally be my next choice, and then Nature's Variety. Sorry, I don't agree with your vet so I would still go with a Non Grain, just in case it is the grains that he is sensitive to. No grains in his treats either or you won't know for sure. Chicken is a toss up.....some dogs sensitive to it....some not so you'll just have to observe him to see if it bother's him.
Don't forget that whichever food you choose, you need to wean him off of his current food on to the new food slowly so as not to cause a gut upset.
Feel free to pm me if you want to discuss in detail!
|09-07-2013 10:45 PM|
|lindsay1126||So I was just told by my vet not to eliminate chicken or grains until he is older and that it could be just a small side product of something Fromm uses. She said that Fromm is a great food but I should try other foods with chicken and/or grains in them until I find something that he likes and doesn't cause him to itch. So I have been looking at prices and I can afford the Orijen adult or LBP if I push my limits. I have heard mixed reviews on LBP foods. My vet said as long as calcium/phos ratio was in range that it was good. So now I have Orijen LBP, Orijen adult, Acana pacifica or Natures variety instinct rabbit or their prairie LBP. What are opinions or concerns on any of these. Thanks.|
|09-07-2013 07:44 PM|
Interesting. I have always be told you want as close to 1:1 as you can get with calcium never going over. 1.7. Food for thought though. I really like there the raw boost lines but, they have no listing of what the ratio is at all on any of those. Hopefully they can clear that up when they return my email. I do not like that the rabbit is outsourced to china, I would rather it be here or Canada. Thanks for showing me them though. There are so many brands to choose from. I am still open to any more suggestions. Thanks.
|09-07-2013 07:34 PM|
It is "Balanced For All Life Stages" I don't think any of their varieties have 3% calcium
This quote may help.
Taken from Relationship of Nutrition to Developmental Skeletal Disease in Young Dogs by Daniel C. Richardson & Phillip W. Toll: The absolute level of calcium in the diet, rather than an imbalance in the calcium/phosphorus ratio, influences skeletal development.2 Young, giant-breed dogs fed a food containing excess calcium (3.3% dry matter basis) with either normal phosphorus(0.9% dry matter basis) or high phosphorus(3% dry matter basis, to maintain a normal calcium/phosphorus ratio) had significantly increased incidence of developmental bone disease.2 These puppies apparently were unable to protect themselves against the negative effects of chronic calcium excess.3 Further, chronic high calcium intake increased the frequency and severity of osteochondrosis."
|09-07-2013 07:01 PM|
|lindsay1126||I did try doing raw when he was little but when my husband and I decided to try to pay off our CC debt his raw diet had to be cut being it was about $150 a month but will return once we get the last bit paid off.|
|09-07-2013 06:59 PM|
|lindsay1126||I just looked up the instinct and that looks really good and affordable. The only one I saw had a low min. calcium/ phos levels was the rabbit do you know of any others. I sent them a quick email asking their maximums too, just figured I would ask. Thanks.|
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