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Food suggestions for a whippet-terrier cross

Geoff and Kathy
August 15th, 2006, 06:30 AM
Hi there! My dog Biscuit has been getting by on Purina so far, but I want to get him a better food. I've just found out about a feed store in my rather small town and now I would like some suggestions. With all the chioces of food out there, I'm honestly a little overwhelmed and confused. I know more or less what to look for for nutrients and I'm learning what to avoid, but I could use some extra help.

I'm checking out the local stores soon, so any help you can give would be appreciated!:fingerscr

Puppyluv
August 15th, 2006, 10:48 AM
OMG, did you post pictures and I missed them???
Sorry.... waaaayy off topic there. Some really good foods are Wellness, Solid Gold, Merrick and Evo to start.

rainbow
August 15th, 2006, 11:56 AM
Go Natural, Timberwolf Organics, Dick Van Patten's are also good. So are Canidae and Innova and they are cheaper than the others. Read some of the older posts on this dog food forum....there's lots of good information here. :dog: :pawprint:

Prin
August 15th, 2006, 01:04 PM
How big is he? If he's anything below about 40lbs (they say 20, but IMO, it's not tailored so specifically, same with the large breed one, Wolf King), Solid Gold Just a Wee bit might be good. It's a bit expensive, but it's supposed to be more dense so you feed a lot less.:)
http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/showproduct.php?id=68&code=140

Geoff and Kathy
August 15th, 2006, 03:47 PM
No pics yet! They are still too big. That is him on my avatar!

Thanks for all the help! I've noticed that he doesn't seem to like the Purina One stuff as much.

Geoff and Kathy
August 15th, 2006, 03:51 PM
I talked with the lady at the feed store and she recommended Acana Small Breed (he's about 12 pounds). Does anyone know anything about it?

Prin
August 15th, 2006, 03:56 PM
The puppy one?
Chicken meal (low ash), steamed oatmeal, rice bran, chicken fat, ground whole flaxseed (natural source of Omega 3), beet pulp (sugar removed), herring oil (natural source of DHA and EPA), chicken broth, yeast extract (MOS), chicory root (FOS), yeast culture (saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation solubles), yucca shidigera, marigold extract (source of lutein), rosemary extract, whole garlic, Atlantic kelp, carrots, parsley, tomatoes (natural source of lycopene), apples, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, lysine, vitamin A supplement, dl alpha-tocopherol acetate (vitamin E), methionine, carnitine, vitamin D3 supplement, *iron Bioplex, *zinc Bioplex, *manganese Bioplex, biotin, *copper Bioplex, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, nonitrate, vitamin K supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), vitamin B12, calcium iodate, folic acid, lactobacillus plantarum, enterococcus faecium, lactobacillus casei, lactobacillus acidophilus. *chelated mineralIt looks ok, but you'd have to check with the company to be sure "vitamin K supplement" is K1 and not K3 (K3 is to be avoided if possible).

Just so you know, beet pulp is a stool hardener that works by releasing a toxin into the blood that temporarily paralyses the colon, which stops peristalsis (muscle contractions) and keeps the food in there longer... Not a terrible thing, but it's not great either. Tomato pomace is a hardener too, only it doesn't do the whole paralysing thing.;)

rainbow
August 15th, 2006, 03:59 PM
I think it still has menadione sodium bisulfite complex in it. If you do a search on this forum you'll read what we've discussed about that ingredient.

I did email them at one time asking them to remove it from their dog foods. They replied saying that they would look into it. :dog:

Geoff and Kathy
August 15th, 2006, 04:00 PM
No, it's the small breed version.

The same store also has Eagle as well, which would be better?

Prin
August 15th, 2006, 04:04 PM
Does it have Canidae too? Canidae is better than both.:)

btw, the small breed adult and puppy are nearly the same ingredients, so my post above is still ok...

Geoff and Kathy
August 15th, 2006, 04:13 PM
No, it's the small breed version.
Chicken meal (low ash), steamed oatmeal, rice bran, chicken fat, ground whole flaxseed (natural source of omega 3), beet pulp (sugar removed), herring oil (natural source of DHA and EPA), chicken broth, yeast extract (MOS), chicory root (FOS), yeast culture (saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation solubles), steamed sweet potato, yucca shidigera, marigold extract (source of lutein), atlantic kelp, carrots, tomatoes, (natural source of lycopene), apples, whole garlic, parsley, rosemary extract, cranberry, sea salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, lysine, glucosamine HCl, chondroitin sulfate, vitamin A supplement, dl alpha-tocopherol acetate, methionine, carnitine, vitamin D3 supplement, *iron Bioplex™, *zinc Bioplex™, *manganese Bioplex™, biotin, *copper Bioplex™, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin K supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), vitamin B12, calcium iodate, folic acid. *chelated mineral

The same store also has Eagle as well, which would be better?

Prin
August 15th, 2006, 04:18 PM
If you can find an eagle pack without corn in it, maybe eagle pack, but stores that carry both would tend to carry others too...
Here are a couple of brands to look for:
Canidae (http://canidae.com/)
Solid Gold (http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/)
Merrick (http://www.merrickpetcare.com/)
Timberwolf Organics (http://www.timberwolforganics.com)
Wellness (http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/)

rainbow
August 15th, 2006, 04:38 PM
This is just my opinion but I wouldn't suggest Wellness until we can get confirmation from OMH re the menadione and the kidney disease issues. :o

Prin
August 15th, 2006, 04:40 PM
That's why I put it at the bottom... Normally, it's #2 or 3...:D