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My Siamese cat eats Indoor Formula, he loves it!

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From a post of mine on an earlier thread:



Here is a list of some of the better food choices:





California Natural would be the food with the least amount of ingredients if there are any allergy problems.



http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=home-tab





Solid Gold-



http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/sh...owcat.php?cat=0





Wellness/Old MotherHubbard-



http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/dogs/index.html



specifically fish and sweet potato which is good for dogs that have food issues:



http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/dogs/wellness_detail.asp?pCode=dryDogSup5MixSwtPot





Chicken Soup



http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/





Eagle Pack



http://www.eaglepack.com/pages/for_your_dog.html





Wysong



http://wysong.net/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?S...ategory_Code=CD





Flint River



http://www.myflintriverdog.com/healthy_dog...and_treats.html





Innova Evo- basically raw in kibble form



http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=home-tab





Innova-



http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=home-tab





Timberwolf Organics-



http://www.timberwolforganics.com/cat--Pet...Foods--pet_food

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Hills science plan - fantastic ,and james wellbeloved - not sure if you can get in the states.
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Innova's Evo is one of the best kibble forms of dog food you can buy. Dogs and cats are NOT grain eaters. Raw food is best but rather troublesome to buy/prepare/etc. Corn, wheat, soy and so on are all big no-nos in Fido's diet. And unless the pet has serious health issues refusal to eat any food is not reason to switch. Dogs can go several days with no food and they will be fine. (Cats CANNOT go more than 48 hours without food). Pick a food you want to feed and stick with it. Just because the kids hold out for Happy Meals doesn't mean you should give in;)
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Bump.



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valerie wrote: Bump.



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Puppy Chow would never, ever make it past my front door. I got a cup of it from my pup's breeder to use to switch her over to Canidae. P.C. has too many fillers listed in the first 5 ingredients and most of the meats are meat by products. I avoid all Purina foods for basically the same reason. I won't buy anything with corn, soy, or meat by products. Pukeanuba is along the same lines. Iams isn't any better and they also use labratory dogs to "test" their products. Not something I condone.

Personally, I feed Canidae. My mom feeds Costco's Kirkland foods to her dogs ( I checked the ingredients for her and it stacks up just fine).

Here in the States, Science Diet is not such a great food either. The foods that they make for medical issues though are fine.
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Canidae is very good food!



I might also say... those I listed are just suggestions... I don't get

anything from those companies! ;)



Tamsen gets Bil-Jac Chicken and Oatmeal for Seniors...



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valerie wrote: Canidae is very good food!



I might also say... those I listed are just suggestions... I don't get

anything from those companies! ;)



Tamsen gets Bil-Jac Chicken and Oatmeal for Seniors...



:)



Do you know anything about Neutro for seniors?

I get the oatmeal and chicken.......it has

glucosamine I also get the Ultra when they have it.
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StupidCowboyTricks wrote: Do you know anything about Neutro for seniors?

I get the oatmeal and chicken.......it has

glucosamine I also get the Ultra when they have it.



I personally have never fed it but it does have a pretty good reputation.

There is a whole school of thought that says... if it works for your pet,

don't change. The problem can come with some of the foods that have

more additives and more grains, over time any animal can become

sensitized to something.



If your pet has good ears and coat... go with it.



We do give Tamsen her glucosamine seperately. That's pretty much just

a matter of choice, though.
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valerie wrote: I personally have never fed it but it does have a pretty good reputation.

There is a whole school of thought that says... if it works for your pet,

don't change. The problem can come with some of the foods that have

more additives and more grains, over time any animal can become

sensitized to something.



If your pet has good ears and coat... go with it.



We do give Tamsen her glucosamine seperately. That's pretty much just

a matter of choice, though.



She is 16 year old Westie, thought I was going to lose her Thursday morning. I switched her to Neutro about two years ago, as she was throwing up all the time, I had talked to a man who rescued Westies and he told me about or how to make her some food with hamburger and oatmeal, I found this stuff at Petco and I also have started giving her the extra glucosamine with her heart and water pill, mixed in a tablespoon of cottage cheese, the little bugger loves it. lol.....that glucosamine was to be mine, too gross tasting for me and I have two large bottles (I got over internet)I also got two jars of the capsules (I will take those) I don't know how much longer I will have her, but she is bouncy and chipper today. I love her so much.
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You must be doing something right if she's 16!!



I know how you feel, our old girl is purebred and 13. But all you can do is

your best, and love them.



How many times a day do you feed yours? I would suggest more frequent

smaller meals. Then their systems can process the food better, and they

don't have to go so long without.
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valerie wrote: You must be doing something right if she's 16!!



I know how you feel, our old girl is purebred and 13. But all you can do is

your best, and love them.



How many times a day do you feed yours? I would suggest more frequent

smaller meals. Then their systems can process the food better, and they

don't have to go so long without.



She has pretty much just eats when she wants too.

She does like her bowel to always have something in it, even if she isn't hungry she makes sure she has food and water, she is so funny and expressive.....I do believe she has gone deaf and blind this last year and a half, it's hard to say what she See's or hears but she is on top of it....lol

she has a problem with the stairs but she figured that out when she comes down she rubs the side where the wall is.

she doesn't look old either she looks pretty good. I don't ever want to lose her.
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StupidCowboyTricks wrote: She has pretty much just eats when she wants too.

She does like her bowel to always have something in it, even if she isn't hungry she makes sure she has food and water, she is so funny and expressive.....I do believe she has gone deaf and blind this last year and a half, it's hard to say what she See's or hears but she is on top of it....lol

she has a problem with the stairs but she figured that out when she comes down she rubs the side where the wall is.

she doesn't look old either she looks pretty good. I don't ever want to lose her.

If it matter to you to find out what she can see and hear, there's things you can do to check that. Just the fact that she's 16 says something about what a good "mom" you have been.

As far as the food, I say, at 16, let her eat when she wants.

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I would never switch a 16 year old animal over to BARF. And I don't usually

tell people about it (although I have mentioned it on this site before)

because it requires a much larger commitment to time etc., than most

owners are ready or willing to do.
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Years ago when I had a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, I used to get up every morning and open a tin of Pedigree Chum. For a long time I used to think "Actually, that smells quite nice". One morning, before I knew what I was doing, I actually tasted a bit.

Oh my life!! - all I can say is DON'T. It was disgusting and gritty. One out of one owners said their Krammy didn't prefer it.

I was lucky really that there were no long-lasting side effects......Woof


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My son is a chip off the old block and years ago when I used to push him around the supermarket in that little seat on the trolley, he'd wait until we were within earshot of other shoppers and loudly say "Oh Dad, Do we have to have dog-food again for dinner, can't we have something else?"

Used to raise a few eyebrows.

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valerie wrote: I would never switch a 16 year old animal over to BARF. And I don't usually

tell people about it (although I have mentioned it on this site before)

because it requires a much larger commitment to time etc., than most

owners are ready or willing to do.
Me to. I was just mentioning it so people were aware of it in general and not as specific advice for a specific animal. I'm sure that refined processed food for animals is general as bad for them as the sugary, salty, overrefined foods which are so heavily promoted for our children. If we want our pets to be hyperactive, unsociable and unpredicably violent as well as obese then feeding them the animal equivalent of kids cereals will lead in this direction.

The less processed a food is the more likely it is to be the equivalent of what nature intended for those we love, whether child or pet.

Thanks to Snooze control for pointing out my error in my previous post in this thread. I've altered it so it now appears snoozecontrol post is irrelevant but I really didn't want my original link to get any more publicity, so apologies to Snooze.
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Right now both the pups are eating Merricks.. and they both get all the fresh veggies and fruit they want.
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SnoozeControl wrote: No worries, Ted. Most of my posts are irrelevant.:rolleyes:

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tedhutchinson wrote: Me to. I was just mentioning it so people were aware of it in general and not as specific advice for a specific animal. I'm sure that refined processed food for animals is general as bad for them as the sugary, salty, overrefined foods which are so heavily promoted for our children. If we want our pets to be hyperactive, unsociable and unpredicably violent as well as obese then feeding them the animal equivalent of kids cereals will lead in this direction.



The less processed a food is the more likely it is to be the equivalent of what nature intended for those we love, whether child or pet.



Thanks to Snooze control for pointing out my error in my previous post in this thread. I've altered it so it now appears snoozecontrol post is irrelevant but I really didn't want my original link to get any more publicity, so apologies to Snooze.



Then maybe it would have been better to place it IN the BARF thread or

to put a caveat in, so people reading that post won't think you ARE in

fact suggesting it for a 16 year old dog...



Barf thread:



http://www.forumgarden.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5704&highlight=barf
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valerie wrote: Then maybe it would have been better to place it IN the BARF thread or

to put a caveat in, so people reading that post won't think you ARE in

fact suggesting it for a 16 year old dog...



Barf thread:



http://www.forumgarden.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5704&highlight=barf

Yep I stand corrected. I should have checked to see if barf had been mentioned onsite before I posted. Although I'm not sure that the change to eating healthily at any point in live wouldn't lead to improvements. I just know that if I mentioned it to my parents in when they were alive they simply weren't interested in bothering with healthier eating options so I suspect a 16yr old dog also wouldn't want to learn new tricks either.
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And then again, Tedh, you have those who feed Ol' Roy and table scraps

and you can't convince them otherwise!!



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valerie wrote: And then again, Tedh, you have those who feed Ol' Roy and table scraps

and you can't convince them otherwise!!



:-5



:(



Now there is frustration huh, I don't get the feed pets crap thing. Though my cat loves the dogs food in my house. Silly thing, runs to the dogs bowl every morning waiting for me to feed the dog, so he can muscle his way in.
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