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Blue (food brand)

Post  ocnside on 11/29/2011, 2:24 pm

I feed my puggy puppy Julian Nutro Natural Choice Lamb & Rice

I also give him NuVet Vitamins\

I was told to switch to Blue Buffalo oatmeal & rice?? Any suggesstions or comments?



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Post  Renee on 11/29/2011, 2:30 pm

Hands down best place to get honest ratings of food: www.dogfoodadvisor.com

These are unbiased, truthful reviews of basically every major brand of food.

My own personal advice would be to make sure you are feeding a high quality kibble, avoid any that use fillers / cheap grains like wheat, corn, soy, etc.
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Post  Pugsaunt on 11/29/2011, 5:31 pm

Penny does not react well with wheat - she gets an ear infection just about every time. Corn and soy give her gas that blows the windows out. I have become a dedicated label reader - any mention of grain or by-products marks the food/treat off my list. I second Renee's advice about the dogfoodadvisor.com site. Great information.
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Post  Not Afraid on 11/29/2011, 6:49 pm

The Whole Dog Journal is another place to go to get food recommendations, although I'm not sure if it is available to non-subscribers.

After doing some studying with a pet nutritionist, I came to the conclusion that the very best thing I could do for my dogs and cats was to a) feed the best quality food I can afford b) keep away from any grains or by-products and c) change the food and protein source often. I feed prepared, frozen raw, freeze-dried or dehydrated raw or occasionally canned. For me, it's a good mix between what I have time to prepare and what packs the largest nutritional punch. In 4 years of feeding raw, my pugs have never had an ear infection, skin issues, anal glad issues, weight issues or any other major health issues. I figure good food is cheaper than vet bills.
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Post  Renee on 11/29/2011, 7:10 pm

Not Afraid wrote:The Whole Dog Journal is another place to go to get food recommendations, although I'm not sure if it is available to non-subscribers.

After doing some studying with a pet nutritionist, I came to the conclusion that the very best thing I could do for my dogs and cats was to a) feed the best quality food I can afford b) keep away from any grains or by-products and c) change the food and protein source often. I feed prepared, frozen raw, freeze-dried or dehydrated raw or occasionally canned. For me, it's a good mix between what I have time to prepare and what packs the largest nutritional punch. In 4 years of feeding raw, my pugs have never had an ear infection, skin issues, anal glad issues, weight issues or any other major health issues. I figure good food is cheaper than vet bills.

WDJ is only available to subscribers.

Lisa, I do the same as you - I use dehydrated raw (THK) as my base, rotate their formulas, and add in a rotation of raw meat, organ and ground bone with every meal. So far, the only ailment I can't shake are Tobey's UTI's. I just started adding a berry blend supplement to her food, and I hope that will do the trick.
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Post  Not Afraid on 11/29/2011, 7:12 pm

I just started adding Sojo's into the mix. So far, so good!
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Post  lisamak on 11/30/2011, 11:15 am

You've got some great advice already, but what you need to figure out first is 'why was a food change recommended?'. Blue Buffalo (I presume that's what you're referring to) is a slight step up from Nutro quality-wise. But if your dog is having issues with the Nutro (either recurring ear infections, other yeast/itch issues, or tummy upset) - the core ingredients are about the same. Both contain grains (rice, oatmeal and usually barley).

If you want to go grain-free and Blue Buffalo is available they have a Wilderness line that is grain-free. I'd say its about the same quality as the Evo line of grain-free made by Innova. Both offer a couple different proteins and are available at Petco and Petsmart. Also available at Petco is the Natural Balance brand - a large range of proteins available in their grain-free line and a little more affordable than BB or Evo.

If you're shopping at a feed supply store, most carry Taste of the Wild which is what I recommend to a lot of clients. Its a high-quality grain-free with a variety of proteins and one of the more affordable brands out there.

Now all that being said my dogs have always had raw (sometimes frozen, sometimes dehydrated). That's what they need and its available and nearly-affordable Very Happy. If you don't want to make that jump yet then there's lots of commercially prepared high-quality stuff out there. Figure out why you need/want to change food and determine what's available, affordable and appetizing for your family.
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Post  Renee on 11/30/2011, 12:17 pm

Not Afraid wrote:I just started adding Sojo's into the mix. So far, so good!

I've seen this at one of the stores... Have not picked it up yet though.

I really wish someone would sell more options for raw food up here!
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Post  SacramentoPugs on 11/30/2011, 8:22 pm

lisamak wrote:If you're shopping at a feed supply store, most carry Taste of the Wild which is what I recommend to a lot of clients. Its a high-quality grain-free with a variety of proteins and one of the more affordable brands out there.
I've been feeding Marlee Taste of the Wild for quite a while now, and she has done beautifully on it. It's available with many different protein sources, so I rotate through several of the varieties, in both dry and canned, on a regular basis. Just thought I'd throw that out there as a testimonial -- I really like TotW.
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Post  Pugsaunt on 12/1/2011, 5:55 pm

SacramentoPugs wrote:
lisamak wrote:If you're shopping at a feed supply store, most carry Taste of the Wild which is what I recommend to a lot of clients. Its a high-quality grain-free with a variety of proteins and one of the more affordable brands out there.
I've been feeding Marlee Taste of the Wild for quite a while now, and she has done beautifully on it. It's available with many different protein sources, so I rotate through several of the varieties, in both dry and canned, on a regular basis. Just thought I'd throw that out there as a testimonial -- I really like TotW.
Penny does well on TotW and on Orijen. The problem is that Orijen is twice the price of TotW.
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