Re: what are you feeding your dog
I feed Dante Innova's Evo which is a new kibble...totally human grade ingredients and absolutely no grains. With my last GSD, Micah, and my mixed breeds, I fed the Volhard's raw diet. It was incredibly expensive to feed 3 large breed dogs that diet, but I felt it was the best way to go at the time. However, I didn't see any real improvement in them to warrant the expense, the time, and the frustration. (Possibly the diet itself? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img]) Hubby didn't want me following the same course of action when I got Dante, and the search for an all human-grade kibble began. The breeder had sent him home with Bil-Jac and Iams. He loved the Bil-Jac, but it's preserved with BHA/BHT, so I wouldn't feed him that. Dante is extremely fussy about food, and even when raw meat was added to the food, he wouldn't eat it. I tried: Canidae, Innova (not the Evo), Flint River Ranch, Wellness Super5Mix Puppy, and another premium human-grade food that I can't remember the name of. I stayed with the Wellness until the manager of CountryMax told me that a rep had just been in promoting the Innova Evo. He gave me the samples he had been given along with the information pamphlet, which I promptly read. The food is great and I like the idea of no grains as GSDs do not tolerate grains that well. The only thing that bothered me a little was the protein content...42 or 43%. However, I since did some research on protein contents and found that the higher proteins reflect more of what the dog's systems were designed for. Dante's been on it for 6 or 7 weeks now and is thriving. The itching has stopped, his coat is so beautiful and soft, and his energy levels have increaed (which is keeping me on my toes). I DO THINK THAT FEEDING RAW IS BENEFICIAL, but I think I've found a great food that keeps hubby happy. It's expensive...so I'm not sure what the deal is in his mind, but he doesn't seem to mind me spending that amount of money on kibble as long as I'm not feeding the raw diet. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/headscratch.gif[/img]
J.Lynn and Dante (a.k.a. Boo-Bear)
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