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Adelya21
15th January 2012, 12:55 AM
I keep hearing many people on here say they feed their dog quality food. what do you feed your dog? wet or dry? name the brand and where you purchase it.

My dog currently eats instinct dry and wellness core canned but riht now he is mostly eating the dry. I want to switch to orijen dry soon.

ashleighelizabeth
15th January 2012, 01:31 AM
Sonny is 7 months and I feed him Natural Balance Duck and Potato formula. It was what our breeder started Sonny on and he seems to do well with it and really love it so we have just never changed.

Lani
15th January 2012, 01:52 AM
Lucky and Sparky both get The Honest Kitchen (Force variety, which is a grain free chicken). Lucky also gets their supplement "Perfect Form"

Lucky had chronic issues with diarrhea and soft stools and he is soooooo much better on The Honest Kitchen.

The Honest Kitchen is essentially a dehydrated raw food. I fed Frozen Raw for a few months prior to trying The Honest Kitchen. I'd highly recommend that as well, I just changed for convenience because I have limited freezer space and wasn't able to get to the pet store always every week and a few times the store didn't have the variety of frozen that I wanted to I had to go to another store or try a new protein (which because of the stomach issues I wasn't fond of doing).

Anyway, I highly recommend The Honest Kitchen. I asked my groomer to stock it and I get it from her.

barnacles
15th January 2012, 06:53 AM
Barney is currently on Wainwrights dry and natures:menu wet which is fed whilst training or from a kong while I am trying to socialise him with the cats, he gets about 100g of the dry and only a couple of teaspoons of the wet to seal the kong!! I am trying to source Wellness Small Breed Healthy Weight in the UK but it's not easy to find, if I don't get it by the time the Wainwrights is finished, I will be using Orijen. Barney came with a bag of Bakers :mad: and the most horrendous poo, I didn't even try to wean him off it, just put him straight onto a decent food and he has improved from day one (now day 15 :) )

Alana
15th January 2012, 08:04 AM
RAW! Chicken wings, necks, lamb hearts, mince - Bella used to scratch like crazy and I looked at her skin and it was very flaky and someone suggested a food allergy. I started feeding raw just over a week ago and she doesn't scratch half as much as she used too and the dandruff is still there but it is clearing up.

barnacles
15th January 2012, 08:22 AM
How easy do you find RAW to manage, do you store it in the freezer and defrost the night before? I'm tempted but not sure I could handle the mess, do you need to feed any vitamin supplements with it?

Autaven
15th January 2012, 11:08 AM
I feel either James Wellbeloved or Wainwright dry mix, but I also feed some raw like chicken, liver, hearts, kidneys etc every so often. I like to mix things in with their dry food as well such as fat-free organic yoghurt, egg or sardines.

twinklepaws
15th January 2012, 01:07 PM
Candy has Bob & Lush wet and dry food at the moment. Occassionally she has salmon mousse or sardines with it.

MadPip
15th January 2012, 01:43 PM
Fish4Dogs for my trio, Only since we changed to this food has Maddie had an interest in what she is eating that lasts more than 1 bag, and no more colitis. Yay! It suits Pippin as well, I think the fact it doesn't have rice has contributed to his yucky eyes clearing up. Rosie loves the puppy food, so a thumbs up all round.

Alana
15th January 2012, 02:40 PM
How easy do you find RAW to manage, do you store it in the freezer and defrost the night before? I'm tempted but not sure I could handle the mess, do you need to feed any vitamin supplements with it?

Usually I buy in bulk and freeze and take it out the night before or 2 days before and defrost in the fridge. I separate it into freezer bags (a meal per bag).

lindylou
15th January 2012, 03:57 PM
hi

when i first got louie at 8 weeks old the breeder was feeding him on jameswelbeloved so for the first 9 months he was happy eating but then he went of jameswelbeloved then i tried all the dog food in the suppermarket and he will only eat cesar chicken and turkey flavour and bakers compleat and fresh cook chiken
he will not eat veg or fruit

barnacles
15th January 2012, 04:40 PM
hi

when i first got louie at 8 weeks old the breeder was feeding him on jameswelbeloved so for the first 9 months he was happy eating but then he went of jameswelbeloved then i tried all the dog food in the suppermarket and he will only eat cesar chicken and turkey flavour and bakers compleat and fresh cook chiken
he will not eat veg or fruit

I generally find that dog foods from supermarkets are pretty poor quality, the one exception would be Harringtons but even that is mediocre. Bakers contains chemicals which are banned in human foods as they are proven carcinogens and also chemicals which are banned in baby and infant foods because they cause blood disorders. There are lots of really good quality foods that don't cost much more... although that is easy for me to say if he genuinely won't eat anything else. I have found all my dogs will acquire a taste for fruit and veg eventually, especially carrots which also act as cheap dentastick xx

Autaven
15th January 2012, 04:59 PM
I generally find that dog foods from supermarkets are pretty poor quality, the one exception would be Harringtons but even that is mediocre. Bakers contains chemicals which are banned in human foods as they are proven carcinogens and also chemicals which are banned in baby and infant foods because they cause blood disorders. There are lots of really good quality foods that don't cost much more... although that is easy for me to say if he genuinely won't eat anything else. I have found all my dogs will acquire a taste for fruit and veg eventually, especially carrots which also act as cheap dentastick xx

Harrington used to be in the same kind of league as JWB and Wainwright, however they recently changed their ingredients to less than 4% meat from 20% without actually telling anyone. Someone who fed it finally noticed so people are now aware. It's a shame because they were a affordable brand with decent ingredients and now they're right back to the same league as Wagg who they also produce!

BIZA
16th January 2012, 09:53 AM
I give my lot raw in the morning usually Natural instinct as it has the veg and everything already in it. The evening they get a small amout of Skinners Duck and Rice.A couple of mine used to get colitis alot but i have found using the Skinners they dont anymore. They also get bones when i have a delivery but i dont have room in the freezer to keep them

Adelya21
17th January 2012, 12:56 AM
Thank you for all your replies! wow, I havent heard of many of these foods! I tought I did some diligent research on dog food before we got our pup but I guess I am going to look more into some of the brands you all mentioned.

Lani, I think you are the only one from the US so I will google yours first lol.

We buy our food from pet supplies plus a chain pet food and supplies store. The ones we feed him received great reviews from sites like http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ but it may not be as good as some of the food that you guys mentioned.
Lucky and Sparky both get The Honest Kitchen (Force variety, which is a grain free chicken). Lucky also gets their supplement "Perfect Form"

Lucky had chronic issues with diarrhea and soft stools and he is soooooo much better on The Honest Kitchen.

The Honest Kitchen is essentially a dehydrated raw food. I fed Frozen Raw for a few months prior to trying The Honest Kitchen. I'd highly recommend that as well, I just changed for convenience because I have limited freezer space and wasn't able to get to the pet store always every week and a few times the store didn't have the variety of frozen that I wanted to I had to go to another store or try a new protein (which because of the stomach issues I wasn't fond of doing).

Anyway, I highly recommend The Honest Kitchen. I asked my groomer to stock it and I get it from her.

lucidity
17th January 2012, 03:28 AM
That dogfoodadvisor site is great! The kibble brands I've fed are: Orijen, Acana, California Natural, Innova, EVO, Fromm, Nature's Variety Instinct, Canine Caviar and Annamaet. Some other brands of dehydrated/raw: Ziwipeak, Addiction, Nature's Variety medallions.

Of all these I'd say my favourite are Orijen, Acana, Canine Caviar and Ziwipeak. All are good brands, though. I've also fed a ton of canned food brands and really like Blue Buffalo Wilderness cans. (These brands are all available in the US, btw. I used to live in Canada :) )

Adelya21
17th January 2012, 03:43 AM
yes ! I love that site. another one I use as well is http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com (http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/). Orijen is one of the best I hear I plan on gradually switching my pup even though instinct has excellent reviews as well. My pup doesnt like wilderness! I told my brother to feed his dog, not a cav, that and his dog loves it! My dog is so picky with food!
That dogfoodadvisor site is great! The kibble brands I've fed are: Orijen, Acana, California Natural, Innova, EVO, Fromm, Nature's Variety Instinct, Canine Caviar and Annamaet. Some other brands of dehydrated/raw: Ziwipeak, Addiction, Nature's Variety medallions.

Of all these I'd say my favourite are Orijen, Acana, Canine Caviar and Ziwipeak. All are good brands, though. I've also fed a ton of canned food brands and really like Blue Buffalo Wilderness cans. (These brands are all available in the US, btw. I used to live in Canada :) )

lucidity
17th January 2012, 04:06 AM
I used to use the dogfoodanalysis site as well, but it's not as comprehensive and isn't updated often, so I've switched to dogfoodadvisor now :D

Oh I forgot to mention that I've fed Taste of the Wild before and the dogs do really well on it! It's on my rotation list right now :) Haha, my Papillon Cadence is really picky too.. but I don't bother coddling him anymore so he has to eat whatever I feed or go hungry. His choice!

Adelya21
17th January 2012, 04:25 AM
You know thats really good you dont coddle him! lol. I have to muster up the courage to do this! mine will just watch me put the food in his bowl and we say eat (he knows what it means) and he will just look, smell it pretend he will eat and then run after us. we used to have to stand there until he ate from his bowl now he wont eat it until we put it in on the floor or feed by hand. but we stopped feeding by hand. we just got scared at a certain point bec if he didnt eat he could get sick so we fed by hand now enough is enough lol. theres nothing wrong with his bowl. he will eat wet food just fine or human food when we give him some chicen or carrots etc but NOT dry food.
I used to use the dogfoodanalysis site as well, but it's not as comprehensive and isn't updated often, so I've switched to dogfoodadvisor now :D

Oh I forgot to mention that I've fed Taste of the Wild before and the dogs do really well on it! It's on my rotation list right now :) Haha, my Papillon Cadence is really picky too.. but I don't bother coddling him anymore so he has to eat whatever I feed or go hungry. His choice!

lucidity
17th January 2012, 05:21 AM
Oh Cadence does the same thing ALL the time! I'd put the bowl down.. he's sniff and walk away.. LOL. When he was a puppy I used to mix in wet food, add in yogurt and all that but after a while he'd refuse to eat any of it, so I decided well buddy you're getting that and that's the end of it! Nowadays he will eat at night when he's REALLY hungry and can't afford to be picky anymore, lol.

Have you only been feeding him one type of food so far? It COULD be that he doesn't like the food.. if that's the problem you could try feeding him another brand and see how it goes.. but if he's done this with many different foods, then yea.. he's just being picky! LOL.

It's MUCH easier to have a glutton dog, really! Lyra LOVES food and will eat absolutely EVERYTHING I feed her with gusto! I love it. She is so efficient that she finishes her food within 2 minutes.. Even less if it's raw (because I feed ground raw, so she just licks everything up within a minute, LOL) or canned!

Adelya21
17th January 2012, 06:48 AM
OMG we buy him 4x types of dry food and alternate lol.its ridiculous! right now we are on blue buffalo puppies, the instinct and 2 types of california natural. orijen we tried but its too hard for him to chew it bec it has bigger kibble. ye he is picky! he is picky with some wet food too but definitely prefers wet over dry. basically if its not chicken he wont eat the wet food lol. salmon or any fish forget about it! im soo glad im not alone! lol.
Oh Cadence does the same thing ALL the time! I'd put the bowl down.. he's sniff and walk away.. LOL. When he was a puppy I used to mix in wet food, add in yogurt and all that but after a while he'd refuse to eat any of it, so I decided well buddy you're getting that and that's the end of it! Nowadays he will eat at night when he's REALLY hungry and can't afford to be picky anymore, lol.

Have you only been feeding him one type of food so far? It COULD be that he doesn't like the food.. if that's the problem you could try feeding him another brand and see how it goes.. but if he's done this with many different foods, then yea.. he's just being picky! LOL.

It's MUCH easier to have a glutton dog, really! Lyra LOVES food and will eat absolutely EVERYTHING I feed her with gusto! I love it. She is so efficient that she finishes her food within 2 minutes.. Even less if it's raw (because I feed ground raw, so she just licks everything up within a minute, LOL) or canned!

Soushiruiuma
17th January 2012, 02:07 PM
OMG we buy him 4x types of dry food and alternate lol.its ridiculous! right now we are on blue buffalo puppies, the instinct and 2 types of california natural. orijen we tried but its too hard for him to chew it bec it has bigger kibble. ye he is picky! he is picky with some wet food too but definitely prefers wet over dry. basically if its not chicken he wont eat the wet food lol. salmon or any fish forget about it! im soo glad im not alone! lol.

This is ridiculous. It's time to switch to one food. His hunger strikes won't last forever, offer him the food, and if he doesn't eat it offer it again later. Use the same kibble as treats, so he can't fill up on something else.

Sunna
17th January 2012, 02:28 PM
I use dry food called Regal.

StellaLucyDesi
17th January 2012, 06:23 PM
Currently, I am feeding Fromm 4-Star grain free kibble (I also like their grain inclusive). They are eating the Beef Frittata now and will rotate with Surf & Turf and the new game bird formula that just came out. I also give them canned food on top of the kibble. They generally get Fromm Gold or Nature's Variety Prairie/Instinct. I like these canned foods because they don't contain any guar gum or carageenan. I love Mulligan Stew canned food, but haven't used it in awhile. Other kibbles I like and have used (and may use again in the future) are Nature's Variety Prairie, a brand called Rotations, Halo and Now! I also like Earthborn. But, as long as they are doing well on it they will continue to get Fromm 4-Star. I have also fed premade raw, and the brands I like and have used are Nature's Variety, Primal and Steve's Real Food.

chloeciara
17th January 2012, 09:18 PM
Your not gonna believe me but i spoonfed my dog soup the other day.:rotfl:... it was very funny but she liked it becoz she drank it al :D:o

Sabby
17th January 2012, 11:41 PM
I am trying Rosie on K9 freeze dried raw. She has always had red patches on her mouth and belly. If I see an improvement I will change all of mine to that. It's from canada and it's a shame you can only get it in Lamb in the UK at the moment. It's very Convenient as it is freeze dried but because of that it's expensive.

Calandra
18th January 2012, 03:17 PM
My Chloe Louise was a finicky eater unless I fed her. I posted about it about 2 weeks ago. I took Karlin's advice and cut back the number of times I fed her from 3 to 2. Like Karlin said, a puppy won't starve itself. Well - I'm am so thrilled that my Chloe Louise eats - in the morning, and in the late afternoon -- without me feeding her. :)

I feed her Natural Balance (yep, still following in Sonny's footsteps :)). Specifically, Natural Balance - Small Breed Bites (for puppies through adults).

I got a sample of dry Biljac puppy food - and it made my Chloe sick. :( She threw up immediately after wolfing it down. I thought maybe she just ate too fast (since this was during her finicky time) and that the food swelled up in her stomach and made her throw up. Well, a few days later, I sprinkled just a few of the pellets on her food to try - not so much - and she still go sick later that night. I took her to the vet (because she didn't eat at all the next day), and the vet believed the food was simply too rich for her.



This is ridiculous. It's time to switch to one food. His hunger strikes won't last forever, offer him the food, and if he doesn't eat it offer it again later. Use the same kibble as treats, so he can't fill up on something else.

jasperpaw
18th January 2012, 07:16 PM
My first cavalier who is now nearly 12 yrs old was a fussy eater, we tried lots of different dried foods, but he would`nt eat and of them, he only liked chicken, veg, small bite mixer and tinned food. I was determined when we got our younger cavalier who is now 20 months that he was going to have dried food in his diet, he has James Wellbeloved, and guess what our older dog will now eat the dried food if he finds any on the floor or in a bowl, my younger dog is less fussy, but saying that I tried to give him carrot a while back but all he did was roll his body all over it but would`nt eat it.

heyheidi
19th January 2012, 06:45 PM
When we got Aubrey a few weeks back, she was eating Fromm. Now she is eating Nutro Ultra, both the canned and dry puppy formulas.

Aubrey is quirky too with eating. She stares at her bowl and walks away. I've also fallen to fedding her by hand, but also know that she'll eat when she has no choice and is hungry enough. She LOVED the Nutro originally, but now does it with this food too, so I don't think it's that she doesn't like it, I think she is just being a primadonna like her dog mommy, who is the same way.

StellaLucyDesi
19th January 2012, 09:00 PM
Why did you stop feeding Fromm? It is an excellent food, and imho better than Nutro Ultra. Also, I notice you're from Wisconsin and Fromm is made there. Did your dog not like the Fromm or was there some other reason?

heyheidi
22nd January 2012, 05:38 AM
She stopped eating it completely. Once I got her the Nutro Ultra, she devoured it. I think I want to try Fromm again, though. She's goofy about her food, she acts like she is afraid of it until I make a trail of the food to her bowl, and by the time she gets to the piece closest to her bowl, she'll finally smell it and eat it. But when I had Fromm mixed in with it, she wouldn't touch it.

StellaLucyDesi
22nd January 2012, 09:22 PM
I would try the 4-Star Fromm foods with her. I know they have a Fromm Gold puppy food, but the 4-Stars are all-life-stage and with a Cavalier they would work fine. They have lots of different flavors, too, and that's good for a finicky eater.

SuzRN
23rd January 2012, 01:15 AM
For the last year or so I have been feeding the girls wellness core original with a little of the 95% meat canned(beef, lamb, or salmon). Their coats are in great shape, Chelsea is better weight, no stomach troubles in over a year that required more that a pepcid.

Vivian is picky at times, just looks at the bowl. But I found that if I just pick it up an move it somewhere else, she gets excited and eats up.(this happens only when there is no canned food with the dry of course:rolleyes:).

Find one, stick with it for a while and be slow to introduce anything new(mix together) has been my best plan. Enjoy the puppy.

heyheidi
23rd January 2012, 03:13 AM
StellaLucyDesi, thanks for the tip. I will definitely try 4-Star Fromms. She definitely is finicky, and just stares at her bowl...sounds like lots of the Cavs do!

Adelya21
23rd January 2012, 04:40 PM
Lol. I mean i can understand him getting bored with one food flavor. I wouldnt like eating just one type of food. I just wish he ate when he needs too. and yes we do use the kibble as his treat normally we use instinct. lately he has been eating instinct on a daily basis so thats a blessing.
This is ridiculous. It's time to switch to one food. His hunger strikes won't last forever, offer him the food, and if he doesn't eat it offer it again later. Use the same kibble as treats, so he can't fill up on something else.