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« Reply #45 on: August 08, 2008, 11:05:34 AM »

4leggers - have you considered food allergies for your itchy dog?  There may be a meat, veg or other ingredient in the food you are feeding that is not being tolerated.  Labs do seem to often have overreactive skin, whether food or environment related.

My dogs are very allergic to chicken, and get really itchy and develop yeast infections in their ears if they eat it.  I think a few people on here felt the tapioca in that food might have been a problem for their pets too.  Not to say it's a bad food, just may have ingredients your lab might be reacting to, or you may need to switch proteins. 

I also learned from a vet awhile back that dogs don't have the same problems with cholesterol as people do.  Also, even though my dogs are allergic to chicken meat, they do well with eggs.  Vet said it was a different kind of protein at that stage of development.  They are supposed to be a good protein source for pets.
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« Reply #46 on: August 09, 2008, 08:05:16 PM »

YesBiscuit and Petslave,

Thank you for your knowledge, I feel better about feeding the eggs.  Petslave, we have recently decided to switch our Labs to Nature's Logic, I was going to go with the Chicken formula.  However, after reading what you said may try a different protein source in that line.  This is such a valuable site.  Thank you. 
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« Reply #47 on: August 09, 2008, 09:57:32 PM »

It could be something other than chicken, or even food, but that's a good place to start.  A lot of people put their dogs on bland home-cooked diets for awhile to see if the symptoms lessen or go away, then start adding different proteins and carbs to ID problem foods.  Some vets will test for food allergies, others say it's not reliable.  This article has some info on the whole issue, including "challange" diets:

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1664&articleid=143
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« Reply #48 on: August 10, 2008, 07:36:34 PM »

4leggersMom- My cats did fine with the NL other than constipation[which acidophilus & pumpkin helped] but it was too rich for the dogs. Same problem with NV. It may have been the mont. clay which both have or the fruits & fats sprayed on both for vitamin content.If yours just have skin problems & no stomach issues either 1 should work for you.
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« Reply #49 on: September 11, 2008, 09:51:05 PM »

I have been going to a small meat processing plant near me. Local people raise their own goats, lambs,cows, deer (in season) and have them butchered here. This means they are not pumped full of antibiotics for shipping and auctions. I can get FDA also but really not necessary as the animals are locally raised and healthy. So I find out which day a particular breed of animal will get butchered and then I go get the throwaway parts that are tossed in a huge barrel. And such throwaway parts! Kidneys (some people don't want them) lots of bones with lots of meat on them, just a feast. I put them in a pan, turn on high, when they sizzle I turn down to low until they are cooked. Then I separate them into freezer bags so I have a couple of weeks worth of happiness. They are happy to give me all these parts free to haul away. So if you live near an area where they raise animals, even if they are doing it on a big scale and shipping them, there is sure to be a local meat processing place nearby, as the ranchers always raise some for themselves.  Go there, make friends, and get all the free meat you want.
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« Reply #50 on: May 06, 2009, 10:20:14 AM »

Thinking it might be a lot less complicated and less costly to start off home cooking for my pups rather than my kits.  My dogs will eat anything, including "kitchen disasters".    Tongue Cheesy
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« Reply #51 on: May 06, 2009, 10:37:14 AM »

Very true,it would also be easier to try the cat food after successfully cooking for the dogs. My dogs are canine vacuum cleaners ! Grin They got a few Zuke's pb treats this afternonn & I dropped the clothespin that was on the bag,Fragile tried to eat it. Tongue
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« Reply #52 on: May 16, 2009, 06:46:28 AM »

So what are homecookers here feeding their dogs these days?  I have Strombeck's book with recipes.  Would that be a good way to start?  Are you following those (with grain) or adapting them to your specific dogs.  No grain?  I don't want to do raw for the dogs.  My dogs are on mostly grain-free right now, but don't seem to have any problems was foods containing rice.
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« Reply #53 on: May 16, 2009, 11:47:43 AM »

I usually use the doggy oats recipe for the dogs, but I don't use the healthy powder & cut down to about 1/4 the grain amount. That means you need to check the calcium & minerals you are adding & make adjustments. Mine do ok as long as they get some grain in it. My neighbor uses the full amount of grain,but no healthy powder. Her lab is still young & can't maintain her weight with grain free.If you want the healthy powder,I have some already mixed in the fridge & will mail it to you. I was nervous about the bonemeal & 2 of them were licking & scratching with the kelp. It has solid Gold bonemeal,organic kelp & Lewis-Labs lethicin & brewers yeast in it.And Nature's Bounty vitamin C.
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« Reply #54 on: May 16, 2009, 11:56:08 AM »

Healthy Powder?  Wasn't that from Pitcairn's book?  Bone meal does freak me out, but I do have 2 tubs of powdered eggshell.
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« Reply #55 on: May 16, 2009, 06:15:43 PM »

Yes Pitcairn has a healthy powder recipe that is in all his recipes. Like I said if you want to ty it I have it already mixed. I just add the lethicin & brewers yeast & Vit C with eggshell. I don't use it. Its too expensive to throw away so if anyone wants it let me know. I also have a 1/2 bag of organic kelp I can't use. I am cooking right now,already did Remy's,am putting the cat food in containers now & need to finish the big dogs. 56 lbs of meat tonight.Am posting in between.
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« Reply #56 on: May 16, 2009, 06:17:57 PM »

ye gads   Shocked  How long does 56 pounds of meat last?  How many meals?
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« Reply #57 on: June 10, 2009, 06:17:36 PM »

For all you dog owners out there - is there a website for dogs similar to the cat-oriented sites catinfo.org and catnutrition.org?

I have a friend who's interested in learning about her dog's nutrition, but other than the dogfoodproject.com (which is as much about how to make the best of commercial foods as anything else), I don't know where to steer her.

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« Reply #58 on: June 10, 2009, 07:01:32 PM »

One very good site with information about nutrition, health, diseases, etc. for dogs only is

            www.dogaware.com

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« Reply #59 on: June 10, 2009, 07:09:00 PM »

The B-Naturals site has some good info on dogs including recipes for home-made food.  They do sell supplements for home feeding, but still a good resource.  This page gives the basics of home feeding and links to past articles in the newsletter about it.

http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/cooked-diet/?main_page=Apr2006.php
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