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Farrah - we've just been using it to supplement her dry food, but she really seems to like having it in the rotation.  It's nice that it doesn't go bad quickly like open cans of wet food do, though, and it defrosts after just a couple minutes out on the counter.  Pretty convenient!

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greendiamond wrote:

Nature's Variety Prairie and Instinct dog food has done wonders for my dog. We give her Instinct duck in a can, and then Prairie Lamb for dry. She mostly gets the canned food in the winter to keep her skin fron drying out (along with dry food too).



I stood at the store for like 20 minutes, trying to decide between the NV Prairie Lamb and NV Instinct Rabbit (dry). I ended up getting the Instinct Rabbit. I've only just started adding it into her old food, but she seems to like it. The guy at the store said I could return it if she didn't. I also got her a can of the Instinct Duck, but it seemed really watery. It also seemed like a congealed blob, not sure if I got a bad can. I like wet dog food that's chunky (Merrick is chunky, but they seem to have quality control issues with their cans - there are always tons of dented ones when I go to the store). The ones that look like one solid mass always look so suspicious - I can't tell the protein source from the veggies, and the congealed blob reminds me of cranberry sauce from a can.


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Info for yogurt-givers or those afraid to try it - there are many probiotic supplements for people that are perfectly fine for pets, and even some pet-specific probiotics. I know Jarrow makes one of the latter (called Pet-dophilus).

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We tried the Instinct Rabbit, and my dog didn't care for it as much, so we switched her back to the lamb. It is better for her, any ways, she tends to not do too well when her diet is too protein-y.

As for the duck, duck is very fatty, so that what I think the "congealed blob" is. It sure has helped my dog's coat though. We mix a 1/2 can of wet food, a handful of dry dog food, some ground flaxseeds, some cranberry supplements and some salmon oil and she is one happy pup!

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My dog seems to like the rabbit, but she has been pooping three times a day, and they are not small. I don't know if it's the rabbit food or the yogurt I've been giving her on top of her food at night. I'm going to stop with any add-ins and see if it's the dry food. If it is, I might switch her to the lamb. I thought grain-free foods were supposed to produce less poop.

GD - your dog sure eats well! That makes sense too about the duck being fatty, thus the congealed blob.

-- Edited by wetbandit42 on Monday 10th of August 2009 10:04:10 AM

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One thing also to remember is that the amount per day listed on the back of the actual dog food bag/can is totally off, in most cases. Depending on the amount of exercise that your dog gets, adjust the amounts as needed.

Wetbandit42, puppies actually poop more than adult dogs. As long as the poops are productive and not too wet, it shouldn't be a problem.

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Thanks relrel, I actually didn't know that. Her poops are pretty firm, so all good there.

You're right about the recommended feeding amounts - the back of her food bag has a much higher amount than I feed her (recommended (puppy) 1 1/2- 2 1/2 cups, but I feed between 3/4 and 1 cup per day).

I need to try some of Elle's recommended add-ins. Yesterday she didn't eat much, and then today I put some canned food in with the dry, and BAM! She ate almost the whole bowl.

On another topic, what do you recommend for dog chews? I have given her rawhides, but last night she swallowed a small piece (she did this once before) and I just don't feel right giving them to her because they can cause blockages/obstructions. I try and watch her closely, but she's sneaky. I think she's fine because she's pooped twice since last night, but I threw away all her rawhides. She has a Nylabone, but she doesn't seem to jazzed about it, and she's not big on Kongs. I've read about Bully Sticks, getting beef bones from the butcher, etc. but I just don't know what's "safe" for chewies.

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Rawhide is notoriously bad for causing obstructions, as are pig ears.

Buford gets several items to play with, and his playing is all chew so I have to be careful of what he can actually chew and swallow.

He really likes the Air Kongs, these look like they are made out of tennis ball material but are much tougher. The football shape lasts the longest (as does the bone shape) because he can't really get an end to chew on. Both of these last several months.

He also has a red Kong (the kind for dental chewing, it's ridged). But he's almost killed it, I have to watch carefully to make sure no large bits are coming off.

He has two Nylabones. One regular bone shape which he only somewhat likes and a dental chew Nylabone that has little spiky bits on each end of the bone. This he likes much, much better. I'm guessing because it's rougher than the smooth Nylabone.

The only things that he's allowed to play with while we aren't home are the Air Kongs and the Nylabones. Most of his toys are for supervised play. I've spent a ton of money though, on figuring out what will actually stand up to his chewing. To figure out the three or so toys that work, I've probably gone through 10 or so other types of toys. How rough is your dog on chewing? Would she chew through a softer-toy? They make those large rope toys, maybe that could work? Buford's jaws are just too strong for most toys and unfortunately, his mouth is simply too large for a lot of toys as well.

For food type chews, we've tried the bully sticks but he destroys them in three seconds. I've tried cutting them into smaller pieces but I haven't been able to do that and if I try to take away the entire piece it's really gross. It's wet and sticky and it smells absolutely revolting. I've only tried the foot-long pieces though, because I'm afraid of him just completely swallowing the smaller pieces.

As for bones, basically any uncooked bone is fine. It's only cooked bones that are a problem because cooked bones tend to flake off in splinters. Dogs can, for the most part, completely digest an uncooked bone. People who feed RAW often mix in entire pieces of meat, bone in. But again, same problem as the bully stick, you have to be able to give them the entire piece otherwise you are left with a smelly, smelly piece of toy.

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We also reserve rawhides for supervised play - she's never had an issue before and doesn't tend to swallow larger pieces now, but that was not the case when she was a puppy!  I must have spent $300-$400 on chew toys that were supposed to stand up to, uh, chewing.  They did not.  She has no surviving toys from her teething days, which is alright because she really only likes to chew after meals now anyway.  They won't always want to chew the living crap out of everything, so it gets better!  Those bully sticks smell rank, as do the dried hooves you can get.  Blech!

We never make it up to the amount recommended on the dog food bag.  Never.  For the weight we're supposed to feed between 2.5 and 3 cups a day, and I'm lucky if I can get 2 cups plus mix-ins down her gullet.  Seems to be enough for her though - they'll self regulate to a point, y'know?

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Thanks ladies! I might try coming back to rawhides when she's a bit older. Right now, she just likes to chew too hard and she's sneaky. You turn your back for one minute, and she's trying to swallow small chunks of rawhide. Bad idea for now.

Relrel, I have a rope toy, but she never seems to like chewing on it. Once in a while she'll bring it out of her basket, but she quickly abandons it in favor of something more stimulating. I'll have to check out those Air Kongs and the spikey Nylabones. She has a little rubber bone that's got different textures which she chews on a lot, so I suspect she'd like a spikey Nylabone as well.

Thanks for the heads up on the smell that Bully Sticks create. I always thought they just looked gross, but now I know that the smell? I think I might pass on those.

Elle, my dog is the same way. There's no way I would ever get her to eat the recommended amount. She's a light eater, and getting her to eat enough is a challenge. Plus, it's probably healthier for her to be a little too skinny than a little too fat.


-- Edited by wetbandit42 on Wednesday 12th of August 2009 06:00:43 PM

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just weighing in on the yogurt advice... our pup was experiencing some food/digestive issues when we first brought her home. our vet suggested plain yogurt or kefir (sp?) and we added some to her food and she loved it and it seemed to get her back on track with her feeding/eating/digesting...

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that is great to hear yogurt worked so well with your dog. my friend is also feeding chicken soup for the dog lover's soul adult formula and they have had a lot of success with it, her dog loves it!

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Dog food.

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