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Author Topic: What Dog Food CAN I Feed My Dogs???  (Read 2642 times)
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annabanana4883
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« on: September 11, 2007, 12:43:38 PM »

I used to feed my dogs dry dog food (Science Diet then Beneful) until the food recall earlier this year--especially because they got sick.  A few times a month, I'd mix in wet food (it was Wellness) and it just so happened that I fed them a contaminated batch and they got sick, but now they've got a clean bill of health.  Thank God!!! 

I've been making food for them ever since (I switch between chicken and rice OR toast and turkey with vitamin supplements), but I recently read an article saying no one knows the long term effects of human food diets.  This coupled with the fact that I occassionally board my dogs (and need a dry food), I am thinking about adding dry dog food to what I give them.  The problem is, I DON'T TRUST ANY COMPANY--at least none of the companies from the recall and that's a ton!

MY QUESTION:  IS THERE ANY DOG FOOD THAT'S OK TO GIVE THEM?? 

I want to feel good about what I give them (3 year old Collie and 1 year old Chihuahua/Wiener mix) and I don't care if it's expensive. 

Are there any people out there with the same issue?  What did you do about it?  Can anyone recommend a brand?  People keep recommending Timberwolf Organics, but I have mixed feelings since they don't disclose who manufactures their food.  Can anyone help?
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2007, 01:22:29 PM »

Annabanana - Hey! Anna is my middle name but I use it a lot cuz my first name is hard to pronounce.... anyway, I have been called anna banana forever, so it feels as though I am talking to myself!

When the Pet Food recall happened my kitty got hit twice, but since I was also home cooking and feeding different things, the damage was limited.

I just took him to a vet today for an eye infection he caught form his new housemate, a 3 m/o kitty.. and the vet said even her two cats were hit with the tainted pet food "no one was spared".

I reported to her as I did here that I was insistent on all home cooking, and one day I will get there, but they truly hate over 50% of my cooking - and I have been told I am a really good cook!

I told my vet I had tried everything, and found ORIJEN. ORIJEN has been my kitties' lifesaver. It's from Champion Pet Foods in Canada, and just recently introduced into the US. ORIJEN is my kitties' staple, though I do still home cook, feed freshly cooked meats and fish and poultry, and feed a can or two of Newman's Own from time to time.

On Orijen my Mackie sleeked up, he had been pretty puffy eating the old food with so much grain... he's now back down to 12 pounds, from 13.5 and we do not restrict what he eats, ORIJEN has been the biggest difference. He's a beautiful healthy boy once again, except he has the mother of all hairballs right now.

ORIJEN is better known in the doggie community, but they make a formulation for cats and Champion Pet Foods has been terrific in answering questions. I would say give it a try, they have trial sized bags in good petfood stores...

Anna
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EricV
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2007, 01:26:52 PM »

and it just so happened that I fed them a contaminated batch  


A contaminated batch of which food? You make it sound like the Wellness, but to my knowledge they were not affected by the recalls, etc. However, many reported illnesses from pets eating Science Diet and Beneful. If you do think it was the Wellness, what makes you think that? Did you have it tested?
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2007, 11:35:03 PM »

Did your dogs get acute kidney problems from bad food? Like did the blood tests all show the classic signs of kidney issues?
Cuz it's kind of a big deal to say a food is contaminated and since Wellness is not one of the recall foods, I am assuming you are talking about the Science Diet or the Beneful which anectodally people have been complaining about.
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2007, 04:48:19 AM »

anna,

Glad your dogs are okay.

You might want to visit this forum where you can ask questions about home cooking. 

Making Your Own Pet Food And Home Remedies

http://itchmoforums.com/making-your-own-pet-food-and-home-remedies-b62.0/

As far as dry dog food, I've been feeding Timberwolf and Wellness on a rotation basis to 2 German Shepherds.  Both dogs are in excellent health.  No problems whatsoever.

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