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Food & Nutrition > Limited ingredient foods?
Blaze

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Barked: Tue Feb 15, '11 9:09pm PST 
Another fairly Limited Ingredient Dog Food to consider mightbe GO Naturals Salmon and Oatmeal. Not grain free but I think(although maybe am wrong) that Oatmeal is gluten free. We are in a tricky situation right now with Blaze who is coming off of a digestive issue of unknown origin. Numerous fecals and tests. We have been home cooking and he was on sulfasalazine until 2 weeks ago when he was weaned off of it. Now we try dog foods again and see what happens. This is one of the foods we are considering. Petcurean just sent us coupons for 2 free 1 pound samples of the Go Naturals Salmon and Oatmeal as well as NOW Sr. Weight Management which is grain free. Not sure how this will go but we start this weekend. The NOW is not limited ingredient but the meats are not rendered and the protein source for this is turkey and he has been having turkey in his home cooked diet.
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Food & Nutrition > Thoughts on Evangers?
Blaze

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Barked: Sat Feb 5, '11 7:12pm PST 
Our guys love the canned foods. Never tried the kibble. Have been aware of the issues with the business so have been a bit less inclined to buy lately but even their canned has kept our guys teeth clean also.

Not sure what we'll do in the future, just keep watching to see if there's any news and probably continue to purchase some canned as long as we see no reason not to.
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Siberian Husky > another grooming question...

Blaze

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Barked: Fri Jan 28, '11 9:14pm PST 
Mom and Dad bathe us twice a year,(both the dogs look like mortified sad little rats when wet) and they keep a bottle of waterless shampoo on hand for quick clean ups. But, Silva and I are very fastidious and we keep ourselves well groomed. Mom also uses Eqyss Marigold Grooming Spray on us in the summer, and the Avacaado one for winter. Hair is another matter, two good coat blows a year, mom says hair is a condiment. laugh out loud
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Get Well Soon > Maggie needs power of the paw

Blaze

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Barked: Fri Jan 7, '11 9:47pm PST 
Oh, I hope you can get Maggie's seizures under control. Good to get to the vet ASAP as you seem to be doing since she has seized a few times on the same day. If she is not on meds perhaps it can be managed and controlled that way.

Also, I have literally seen some dogs become nearly seizure free if a diet change is made. Not sure how and what you feed but you may want to look into that too, while you and the vet probably use some med to control/stop the seizing.

I had one siberian with seizures related to Cushings and her pituitary gland. At age 14 we had to make a tough decision because she was strong physically, but she was not herself at all, and even had trouble drinking water.

I'm sure the vet will suggest an anti-convulsant for you to give her, and then maybe look at her diet. I believe I had read somewhere that a person who switched their dog to grain free food saw a significant reduction in seizures.

Good luck, and keep us posted. I will keep you in my thoughts and hope for a positive resolution. hug
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Home Prepared Food & Recipes > My Recipes

Blaze

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Barked: Sun Jan 2, '11 8:23pm PST 
Wow, really appreciate all these recipes as we move forward with Blaze and his issues. This coming week we cut back on his medication, and hopefully begin adding calcium from pulverized eggshells. We are slowly reducing the amount of sweet potato but really want to take this slow and easy because he is doing so much better than even a few days ago.

Sassy, your input and advice about checking out the nutrition data website and dog aware have been very helpful.

Thanks again, this forum has been a wealth of knowledge for us in planning for Blaze's needs and probably getting Silva off kibble too.
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Siberian Husky > ✔ A head-count of all the Dogster Huskies ✔
Blaze

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Barked: Sat Jan 1, '11 7:12am PST 
Hi, My name is Blaze and I am about 12/13 years old. Mom and dad are not sure because they got me from friends who plucked me out of their local SPCA. I loved to run on their sled dog team, but I was not as fast as their Alaskan Huskies, so I and my sister Silva who is about a year younger and rescued too, came to live with my parents in PA about 8/9 years ago. We both liked running on their recreational team. We also did some weight pulling, but I am better than my sister who only likes to run. Mom says Silva is a vixen and I am Mr Zen. Mom has not figured out how to add Silva's picture yet, but she is working on it. Silva is a black and white sibe.
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Food & Nutrition > Does anyone else ever feel bothered when you see people buying unhealthy dog food?

Blaze

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Barked: Sat Jan 1, '11 6:50am PST 
Isabelle, I tried to convince them to go to the local Pet Supply Store and suggested other food brands that would be comparable in price that they would find there. They were convinced everything there was expensive, so I settled for the Purina Pro Plan and let well enough alone. Hopefully they will research the other foods I mentioned and broaden their options as they move forward. At that point I accepted that I had deterred them from horrid food to less horrid food.
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Food & Nutrition > Does anyone else ever feel bothered when you see people buying unhealthy dog food?

Blaze

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Barked: Fri Dec 31, '10 6:52pm PST 
Oddly enough it used to bother me a lot when I saw people purchase lower quality dog food at the grocery store, but I used to remind myself that at least they were feeding their dog(s), and I would just move on. I have not always been able to buy premium kibble myself. However the past 8 years or so we have been able to feed premium quality. Currently I find myself spending a small fortune to cook for one of our senior sibes with a recent health problem.

Today however, while at a local dollar store for laundry detergent,and dish detergent I witnessed a young couple looking at two separate bags of dog food, and flip them over to compare ingredients. I don't remember the brands(think one was Alpo)but they were definitely not the greatest. I was standing there in a local sled dog club sweatshirt. The young woman turned to me and asked which of the foods was the lesser of two evils. She told me of their financial difficulties and I expected the husband to throttle her. They had been feeding canidae and they felt they would not be able to afford it regularly in the coming months. Her idea was to mix and or rotate and at least try to cut their dog food bill but still feed canidae and a cheaper formula. I was able to convince them to head up to the local large chain grocery store to look at Purina One or Pro Plan, or something of a similar caliber. They were very interested to hear about the worst ingredients in the dog foods they had been looking at.(BHA/BHT, and mystery meat meal) I was happy for the opportunity to share and educate them a bit, and happy that they would at least look at something better and within their budget.
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Home Prepared Food & Recipes > Need suggestions please!!

Blaze

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Barked: Fri Dec 31, '10 6:19pm PST 
Thanks Sassy, will do, on the carbs/protein ration. We had a good night tonight. He should still be providing us with visible pea shell/hull, but none, just nice formed, firm stool, and smaller as you said earlier. We probably won't take any major steps until we see how this coming week goes now that his meds will be reduced as well. Probably just work on reducing the sweet potato slowly. I've got one eggshell drying at the moment, figuring I would add that slowly as well. This will only be probably half a tsp to 3 pounds of turkey, so that is introduced slowly too. Thanks for the tip on baking/microwaving them. Got a mortar and pestle and a coffee grinder so we should be able to handle that as well.

Truly appreciate the advice, thanks!!!
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Home Prepared Food & Recipes > Need suggestions please!!
Blaze

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Barked: Fri Dec 31, '10 4:31pm PST 
Thanks so much for the input. I was just perusing the b-natuals website, articles, and the recipes(low glycemic in particular). We are bagging the idea of cooking up the dehydrated peas, lol, it is apparent we are carbo blasting right now. I was afraid of that. So we will slowly be cutting back the sweet potato, we'll stick with turkey as we slowly transition in some of the ingredients in the recipes mentioned. Then we can also play with the meat/protein sources. In the past he has not had issues with protein sources so hopefully no problem lies ahead with that. He's had beef, chicken, lamb, eggs, salmon, mackeral, sardines etc. Never really gave him organ meat when we cooked 25% of their diet, but it looks like we may need to eventually add that too. Also he has had cottage cheese and yogurt with no problems prior to this whole issue. Don't remember ever giving him leafy greens in the past, although he has had broccoli before and it was listed on one of the recipes.

Thanks for the vitamin/mineral info. Would it not be wise to start at least adding the eggshell real soon? I believe I saw that it was to be 1/2tsp crushed eggshell per pound of meat. Is this correct, and would it be wise to gradually add this back into the diet as I am about to cook up 3 pounds of turkey tonight? Great way to spend New Year's Eve. lol However, I would love to see our babies still lounging with us next New Years and at this point cooking for them full time will surely help make that more likely.

A few other dumb/annoying questions....I currently have brown eggs from free range chickens here at the house, I purchase them at a local butcher shop. Can I use brown eggs for the eggshell/calcium he needs, or do they need to be white eggs? I had another vitamin/mineral question but it escapes me at the moment.

Thanks very much Sassy/Maxwell, I'm starting to get my brain wrapped around what we need to do. Guess we'll take baby steps while we get him stabilized and then work on being able to give him a cooked diet with variety that has the proper amount of vitamins and minerals to support both he and Silva in these senior years.

We will take in a few more stool samples as well in the coming weeks. It lingers in my mind what the root cause of this problem could be..did he suddenly become grain intolerant and his intestines became irritated, did he pick up something bacterial or parasitic, or is something even worse going on. Either way, going this route will be healthier. He is still mellow in the house but playful and happy, and able to yank you around outside. He wants to run!!! He has a hearty appetite and has all along, in no other obvious way has he changed, and trust me, having had 6 siberians at any given time, we have maintained a diary of sorts to document observations in order to keep track of things with our furkids. He had bloodwork in June and will get more in January at his yearly check up so we will have comparisons and can also adjust from there as well.

Thanks so very much for the info and links, and thanks for answering my newbie questions. Have had siberians for 17 years but this is the first time we have encountered this type of problem. Life with dogs=a constant learning process.
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