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I start on adult so I have no advice for you there, some make the change at 6-8 months


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I'm switching Penny our 10 week old puppy we just got from the Puppy chow she was on to Canidae All Stages and I'll see what happens.  I'm also going to be switching the Pug/Boston mix my wife had since High School from the garbage Iams/Pedigree she is on to Canidae Platinum.  I'll get back with results.  At least the puppy chow our puppy was on is 100% holistic/natural, just too high in protien at 30%.

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Hi every one , I was wondering does anyone feed their dogs raw eggs or have any info about raw eggs ?


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So I went to the vet today to get a second dosing for Diesel's whipworm and the Dr. lectured me for 20minutes straight on how raw feeding is very harmful.  She claims it can cause severe joint and growth problems.  She also said that his legs have already started to turn out which is caused by raw feeding.  My husband and I did a lot of research and were feeding everything we were supposed to.. Diesel started getting severe diarrhea from eating liver and tripe so we ended up feeding him rice and a little cooked chicken for a couple days.. It has been a roller coaster trying to get him regulated.. We are now trying to put him back on dry, but the vet said that Hill's and Iam's are the only good food.. Before the raw diet we were giving him Eagle Pack Holistic Large Breed Puppy, which also gave him diarrhea.. My thought right now is to take him to a different vet and put him on a good quality food, which I'm pretty sure is not Iam's or Science Diet..   Any suggestions, or has anyone heard of the deformation from feeding raw????   We think he might have a grain allergy..  By the way, Diesel is 5mths old..
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Dang!

Jennifer, I am totally nuerotic about nutrition. I have never fed raw but I like the concept, I just can't afford it, plus my kiddo's are older and I don't know how useful a switch would be. I feed (and love) the Solid Gold line of kibble with a little Wellness mixed in for good measure. Can you get a second opinion from another Vet?

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So I went to the vet today to get a second dosing for Diesel's whipworm and the Dr. lectured me for 20minutes straight on how raw feeding is very harmful.  She claims it can cause severe joint and growth problems.  She also said that his legs have already started to turn out which is caused by raw feeding.  My husband and I did a lot of research and were feeding everything we were supposed to.. Diesel started getting severe diarrhea from eating liver and tripe so we ended up feeding him rice and a little cooked chicken for a couple days.. It has been a roller coaster trying to get him regulated.. We are now trying to put him back on dry, but the vet said that Hill's and Iam's are the only good food.. Before the raw diet we were giving him Eagle Pack Holistic Large Breed Puppy, which also gave him diarrhea.. My thought right now is to take him to a different vet and put him on a good quality food, which I'm pretty sure is not Iam's or Science Diet..   Any suggestions, or has anyone heard of the deformation from feeding raw????   We think he might have a grain allergy..  By the way, Diesel is 5mths old..
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I feed ADULT dog food, past the age of about 4 months.  I have successfully used Holistic Select Anchovy (which is pretty equivalent to Costco - blue bag) & they just dive into the Royal Canin Giant Breed.  TOTW Bison is another crave of the kids.  No problem have I had with any of these.

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Hi,

I'm really curious about a raw diet, because it seems like eating an entire chicken would be awesome compared to kibble every day, but I am having trouble with a few bits and was hoping someone could give me rough guidance:

1/ How much would you feed a 4 month Mastiff Puppy?  I read 'up to 10% of weight', but I have no idea how accurate that is.  Would you really feed about 5lb of meat a day at this age?

2/ How much do you feed a 12 month Mastiff?  2% of body weight?

3/ How expensive is it on average to raw feed compared to Kibble.  Assuming you're using all the weird cuts in the supermarket that nobody else wants, along with lots of organ meat..
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I was wondering what your experiences are with different foods.  We recently adopted an 11 month old Mastiff from rescue, they were feeding him Precise but he had really loose stools, so we switched him to Wellness Complete Adult, but he still has loose stools (at least 4/day), dandruff and HORRIBLE gas.  Everything I have been reading tells me it's the food but I'm lost as to where to go from here.  We feed our other dogs Taste of the Wild, but I've read it's too high in protein for him as he's still growing (25-32% depending on formula).  I've been looking at Solid Gold Wolfking but have heard conflicting info. I am looking for the most high quality food that fits his specific needs and will help clean up his problems.  Any thoughts!? 
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I was wondering what your experiences are with different foods.  We recently adopted an 11 month old Mastiff from rescue, they were feeding him Precise but he had really loose stools, so we switched him to Wellness Complete Adult, but he still has loose stools (at least 4/day), dandruff and HORRIBLE gas.  Everything I have been reading tells me it's the food but I'm lost as to where to go from here.  We feed our other dogs Taste of the Wild, but I've read it's too high in protein for him as he's still growing (25-32% depending on formula).  I've been looking at Solid Gold Wolfking but have heard conflicting info. I am looking for the most high quality food that fits his specific needs and will help clean up his problems.  Any thoughts!?  
I have a 4 month old Mastiff and had him on Solid Gold Wolf Cub.  He had the very loose stool so I switched to ( per breeder reccomendation ) Lifes Abundance.  This food firmed him up within 3 feedings and he is doing very good on it.  You can only buy on their website and it is about the same cost as Solid Gold.  Very good food and you may want to look into it.
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Thanks for the tip!  We have since switched Baron over to Fromm's, after extensive research, and he's doing great on it.  His ears (which were red and inflamed) completely cleared up, his gas is all but gone, his stools are firm and far less frequent and he loves it!  So we are pretty happy with it.  I think we've found a winner. 
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great info on raw feeding on the yahoo raw feeding group


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I was wondering what your experiences are with different foods.  We recently adopted an 11 month old Mastiff from rescue, they were feeding him Precise but he had really loose stools, so we switched him to Wellness Complete Adult, but he still has loose stools (at least 4/day), dandruff and HORRIBLE gas.  Everything I have been reading tells me it's the food but I'm lost as to where to go from here.  We feed our other dogs Taste of the Wild, but I've read it's too high in protein for him as he's still growing (25-32% depending on formula).  I've been looking at Solid Gold Wolfking but have heard conflicting info. I am looking for the most high quality food that fits his specific needs and will help clean up his problems.  Any thoughts!? 

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Does anybody know about the Rachel Ray dog food? I'm looking for a good dog food to start Harley on. Right now the shelter has him on canned Alpo so I'm going to have to ween him off of it but I don't want to give him a crap dog food.

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There are a host of posts on dog food on this forum.
You may want to do a search

Interesting thing a vet told me recently:  dogs that eat canned dog food don't bloat

Now if that is true. . .that would be a wonderful "find" for giant breed dog owners.

Anyone had any experiences that would prove or disprove the theory ? ?? ?
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Well, as for the bloat thing, I have a male Great Dane who has bloated 3 times, and has been fed raw the entire time. But he has a family history of it and a really anxious temperament, so I chalk it up to that, rather than what I feed. I honestly think he'd be worse off if I fed him kibble.

I can see the logic behind less bloating feeding canned than kibble, particularly with the texture and water content differences. But, that said, my experience has been that if there's a familial predisposition, you'd better be prepared for it. All 3 times he's bloated, he's been at home, under no stress. I haven't found the trigger, but know that it can happen at any time with him. (He is 6 now. His mother died at 4 - at least the breeder did let me know that.)

I've fed raw for almost 15 years, to 7 different giant breed dogs, and he's the ONLY one who has ever bloated.

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has anyone tried nutri source? i have a 5 month old that seems to be doing very well on it but no one mentions this brand

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We feed Eagle Pack giant breed puppy food and then switch them to the adult formula. Have not had any problems with this food.

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I am currently in my own battle with food. Brody gets red hot ears, soft stools, and has been drinking a lot of water. I tried switching him to Wellness Simple but it just made the issue worse. Soft stools went to runs. He was doing well on Holistic Select but I am not sure what has changed all of the sudden.
I was very interested in Nutri Source Grain Free but I cant locate anyone around here that sells it but I am still looking. Has anyone else tried this? My next choice would be California Naturals Grain Free Venison but again hard to find around here. I have to drive into the heart of SF to find a place... that is my next mission. Has anyone had any luck on either of these?

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nutri source is excellent in my opinion, no hot spots--coat is shiny and plenty of energy, stool is perfect--heres a pic

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I feed my two boys 4Health (as well as my cats).  They seem to be doing very well on it.

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I am so confused about what I should be feeding!  We just got our Mastiff, Kitty, last week.  She is 8 weeks old.  The breeder was feeding Wal-Mart's Ol' Roy.  No way!  I bought Science Diet Large Breed Puppy food because my little chihuahuas do well with Science Diet.  Now I'm learning about the rapid growth and limiting protein and everything. 

What's the difference between Eagle Pack Giant Puppy and Hollistic Select Giant Puppy?
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Holistic Select is Eagle Pack's Holistic Line. Holistic Select, if I remember correctly, used to be named Eagle Pack Holistic. I just saw last night that Petco is now starting to carry Holistic Select.

I am currently trying First Mate Grain Free food. Anyone heard of?

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Oh - I forget to mention - I had my pup on Holistic Select Anchovy, Sardine, etc.. since he was about 3 months old. He did great on it! Personally, I think it is a great food. Low protein and low fat and a quality food that Brody decreased his food intake from 10 cups per day (on Natural Balance) to 6 cups per day on the Holistic Select. He recently started to get really hot and dirty ears and soft stools on the Holistic Select, so sadly, I had to make the change.


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Does anyone else have their Mastiff go off raw food?  All of a sudden he's lost interest in chicken or beef, the only thing he'll eat are the turkey necks.  I didn't want to just give up and move to Kibble but over the last two days he's barely eaten because of his sudden food strike.

I can't really afford to avoid beef/chicken considering the cost of raw feeding.  Things were going well before, he was eating ground chicken, beef, chicken backs, hearts, whatever else I could stuff into my freezer, without a problem.

Then all of a sudden he started to slow down and only eat about 4lb instead of 6-7lb and now today he's eaten nothing.  He even tried to get to a poop that got hidden in the snow and eat that rather than eat a bowl full of chicken.

I thought maybe he was mad about semi-defrosted meat but the chicken he has right now is fully defrosted and he still won't touch it.  I was hoping he was just being fussy and would rather eat than be hungry.

I can't decide what to do, I want my boy to eat but I don't want to just give up on the whole thing because he's feeling too good for beef and chicken.

If I threw him a bone he'd eat that, it's like all he wants to eat are bones.
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Hi everyone I am new to the forum and I already found tons of information in here. I do have a feeding question though. I just got Harlee ,my 6 year old English Mastiff, 2 days ago and they had her on a diet of 1 meal a day consisting of 96 ounces of food. They had her on a brand that is not available here in my area so my husband just got a bag of Ol' Roy. We are going to switch once I find out where in my area I can buy Eagle Pack Holistic. My question is should Harlee be eating that much food in one day? She weights about 185 and is 6 years old. I just feel like that is too much food, but I don't want to make her hungry. I would greatly appreciate all the replies. Thank you. Ashley


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Hi ashley, I see you were able to post.  I feed my guys about 6-8 cups of dry food a day, and I add canned salmon, or canned mackeral for additional treats ( great for coats and eyes) I also sprinkle a little cheese on top a coulple of times a week. I feed Costco's Chicken and rice.  It is actually better to feed twice a day ( split your amount into two smaller servings) easier on the tummy.


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Thank you Tracy. I have heard of Costco's and it is easier for me to find so I am going to start with that one first. I would have to order the Eagle Pack. Thanks for information it really helped. I am going to split Harlees food to 2 times a day also. She doesn't eat the whole bowl at one sitting anyways and my kids keep playing with her food. lol. Canned salmon I would have never thought of that but I am going to try it out. I hope she likes it. Thank you again for all your help. Ashley


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I feed my pup eagle pack I soften it by soaking it in water then adding a fist full of raw beef

So far so good
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I would hesitate to feed kibble and raw together. They are both digested at different rates, which could cause some major gas  for puppy.
If you are not comfortable feeding raw totally, then I would feed one meal of your kibble and then the other meal raw. However google rawmeatybones for some great info.
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Although I would love to be able to feed raw, I'm not able to do that right now. I feel like I wouldn't be able to give my puppy what he would need nutritionally for growth.  
I am in love with Taste of the Wild-Pacific Stream. It is good as far as kcals go, Protein/fat content are ok, and it also has the calcium/phosphorus. It is grain free, and I think this makes a world of difference as far as gas, etc, at least in my dog it does. They also have the Bison flavor, which is lower in protein/fat than the other formulas they have. So far, we have only tried the Pacific Stream formula, and he loves it! 
I wanted to buy the food that the Great Dane Lady recommended, but I spent hours on end on the phone trying to get a hold of those products and didn't have any success. No one in my area, let alone my state, carries these products. They wouldn't sell them to me unless I was a breeder. Her site is very informational. On one page, she recommended if all else fails, to go with the store bought food Blue Buffalo Lamb and Brown Rice Adult formula. Well, we were on that for months. I personally didn't like it for him. That was supposed to be part of the whole 'slow grow' thing. He had runny stools, and easily 10-12 of them per day. It was very acidic, almost like vomit (sorry, I know that's gross. lol) and his breath smelled exactly like the stool all the time, even if I brushed his teeth. It was pretty gross! The vet wanted him thin, but I felt at times he looked too thin, and he ate appx 8 cups per day give or take. At that rate, he should've been much larger than he was, but I guess since he was pottying so frequently, it was just running straight out of him. I tried Pedigree (and I don't feed this regularly to my dogs) but for the purpose of slowing down his growth. The 1st couple of days were OK, but I'd say by day 3, you could hear the gas rumbling in his tummy from the other room. Now, when it exited....run for cover! lol 
Even though I could deal with that, it didn't agree well with him. He actually ended up refusing to eat all together and for a few days, he would only eat a couple of cups. I thought tough love, just don't give in, he just doesn't want to eat it because it's not as yummy and smelly as the other food. But it truly just didn't work. He looked sick to me and seemed tired. My 1st thought was obstruction and he must've eaten a foreign object, but he stays right with us, and his belly wasn't tender at all. I fed him some cottage cheese and it stayed down. Then his Blue Buffalo fish and Sweet Potato treats, they stayed down and he was begging for more. I knew then it wasn't anything but a food issue. I didn't even gradually switch back, I just gave him Taste of the Wild and he was cured the 1st feeding. lol  He immediately perked back up!
He has NO gas with it, stools were immediately firm (but not hard) even on the 1st feeding. He has energy and his coat is shiny, and knock on wood, I probably shouldn't say this, but I have never had an issue with coat or skin. Let's hope that never changes!
Oh, and his maximum poops per day are 3! That's WAY better than 12 any day, for me and him both! He was a super pooper! 
He doesn't beg for food or anything like that now that he's back on Taste of the Wild. I love it! It's definitely a keeper! 
My Chihuahua's love it also, and my cats, well, we haven't tried their cat formulas yet. They eat Chicken Soup for the Soul Senior Hairball Formula...and let me tell you, it really works! Love that stuff! My Chi's used to eat their puppy formula and they loved the tiny bites. My cats will on occasion try to steal Dozers Taste of the Wild...they are odd. lol  

So I recommend Taste of the Wild!Pacific Stream Formula because it has been the greatest success in all areas for us.  I really think he doesn't tolerate grain. That has to be what it is, because any food he has eaten that has grain has been a disaster in some form or another. I somewhat dreaded Thursdays because I knew those 'training treats' were going to have him pottying all the live long day, and they did. So, I started taking fresh carrots, apples, and boiled chicken breast. All was well there. 

Hope you find a food you and your dog are both happy with.  


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Help; I am new to the forum but am having some real trouble w/ my almost 3 year old mastiff I have tried a few different kinds of food and am in the process of having his thyroid checked (don't care for the vet they never like what I have to say about food always refer to holistic as "hollywood" or "designer" foods) I when I first got him we had him on science diet large breed puppy (didn't like it) switched after lots of research to Eagle Pack Holistic large breed loved it until we movd back to FL had a hard time finding it and he stopped eating it for some reason. Then switched to Solid Gold Wolf King did well for a while until suddenly had loose stools for a while, recently switched him to Blue Buffalo Wilderness (no corn or grain) he seems to like it but is very spoiled and will only eat food if I put a cooked scrambled egg in it. current problem is his skin, he has bumps all over (had this before the eggs were introduced) his fur is really oily and I am on the vets suggestion bathing him once a week. He doesn't mind and niether do I but I want a solution and am in need of help. He has for almost a year been stuck at the weight of 135lbs and after switching to the Blue Buffalo has gained and reached 144 (YAY) we have been waiting for him to gain for awhile seeing as his parents were 180 and 220. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated..
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Any thoughts on Natures Domain salmon and sweet potato? Jack really likes it and his coat is beautiful. He is fed 3 cups 2x a day with a little top dressing in the am.
Also, has anyone heard of Nzymes granules and back PAC plus? A friend recommended them.

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I have a 11 week old EM pup & a 10 year old Boxer, I feed my pup (Meena) Eagle Pack Large & Giant Breed Puppy. It seems to do well for her, so far so good! Im starting to add green beans and carrots to her food along with warm water. I use frozen veggies that i boil for 5 min then cool tempid. Are frozen veggies ok or should I use canned (no sodium)

 

My Boxer has had skin allergies since she was around 1, Benadryl use to do the trick. I've tried her on so many dog foods from Purina to Wellness to Taste Of The Wild. I decided to try her on Eagle Pack as well (Lamb) because it seemed like beef & chicken gave her reactions. Eagle Pack has not stopped her from her allergies so I'm giving her boiled ground beef and white rice (she has had many times before with no reactions) to clean out her system... Still not working after 5 days. I was wondering if  it's possible that Advantix II could be the culprit since it is more then likely not her food? I have always used Frontline, my Vet suggested Avantix II because it covers all types of pests. I know Mastiffs & Boxers are very different but, I am at a loss. Please help!!

 

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Oh, I almost fogot!

Meena eats Eagle Pack Large & Giant puppy 3x a day: 1 1/2 cup am, 1 1/4 cup mid-day, 1 1/4 cup pm. Is this enough food for her?

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I have a 11 week old EM pup & a 10 year old Boxer, I feed my pup (Meena) Eagle Pack Large & Giant Breed Puppy. It seems to do well for her, so far so good! Im starting to add green beans and carrots to her food along with warm water. I use frozen veggies that i boil for 5 min then cool tempid. Are frozen veggies ok or should I use canned (no sodium)
 
My Boxer has had skin allergies since she was around 1, Benadryl use to do the trick. I've tried her on so many dog foods from Purina to Wellness to Taste Of The Wild. I decided to try her on Eagle Pack as well (Lamb) because it seemed like beef & chicken gave her reactions. Eagle Pack has not stopped her from her allergies so I'm giving her boiled ground beef and white rice (she has had many times before with no reactions) to clean out her system... Still not working after 5 days. I was wondering if  it's possible that Advantix II could be the culprit since it is more then likely not her food? I have always used Frontline, my Vet suggested Avantix II because it covers all types of pests. I know Mastiffs & Boxers are very different but, I am at a loss. Please help!!
 
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5 days is nowhere near enough time to purge your boxers system of allergens.  I usually tell my clients anywhere from 6-8 weeks, with a day or two around 2 weeks that seems worse than ever. 
You have a couple of different options... You can try a limited ingredient diet like Natural Balance Potato and Duck.  The food is literally only potato and duck, so it helps with an elimination diet (instead of having a food with 30+ ingredients the dog could be reacting to).  6-8 weeks on that, and if there is improvement, you can start trying the other Natural Balance flavors to see if there is any reaction, and so on.  If it doesn't help, I'd consider a raw diet.
Unfortunately, because your boxer is white, the propensity towards allergies goes up.  Something about pink-skinned, white dogs makes them more susceptible to these things.
Now, the other question is, I don't know where you are located but do you NEED flea prevention?  Can you go a few months without it and see if that helps?  I have lived in the South Carolina Lowcountry and now live near the gulf in Texas and I don't use flea or tick preventative.  Then again, I also feed a raw diet and feel that it makes my dogs naturally distasteful to fleas.
The other thing you need to do is look around your house... look at your cleaning products, laundry detergents, floor cleaner, candles, room sprays, etc.  Dogs can be sensitive to these things.  My ex-husband once used Febreze in our home, and both the dogs and myself (asthmatic) had a horrible reaction to it.  The less chemicals you can use, the better.  Use the natural, scent free laundry soaps, use white vinegar or a steam mop for floors, etc.  This will help eliminate some environmental things that may only be irritating his already sensitive system.  At the end of the day, however, you just may have a very sensitive dog.  I have found that in my clients with the dogs who have highly reactive system, the raw diet does work best because it seems to have a calming effect on the immune system.  I guess if you think about it, your immune system probably functions better on whole, fresh foods than it does on highly processed McDonalds, so it makes sense that dogs would be the same.
All that being said, why the green beans and carrots for the pup?  If they aren't steamed and pureed you're basically only increasing stool size.  If you want to add stuff, I'd be more inclined to add some boiled meat or a healthy, canned food.  At the end of the day, however, she shouldn't need any add-ons (except maybe salmon oil) as the food you're feeding is completely balanced. 

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I have a 4 month old and a 3 year old and have fed both Blue Buffalo holistic food and they do great on it. I also mix their food 3 times a week with organic babyfood and organic brown rice. Neither of my dogs have ever had lose stools and they are very regular. The only thing I have noticed is with my 4 month old. He has the stinkiest gas ever. Thats the only downside I have had..other than expense of course but you get what you pay for.


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I need help with my 34 month old female Mastiff in regards to diet. When she was a pup, we fed her the best dry food we could find but began feeding her table food. This progressed to raw chicken and then hot dog weiners when she tired of that. Even with the weiners, if we do not cut them in half and feed them to her, she won't touch the plate. I have gotten her to eat some canned food but only 1-2 cans 1st thing in the morning. She won't touch it later on. When we are gone, our house sitter says he has trouble even hand feeding her. If I hand feed her, she's drooling down both sides of her mouth and blowing bubbles!.

I want the best for her 'cause she's like a child to me BUT I am sure this cannot be healthy but I do not know how to get her back on track. Some say just put dry food down and she'll eventually eat when she gets hungry.

She weighs 172 now and seems healthy and happy. I carry her to the vet every 6 months.
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I feed my 3 month old mastiff, purina lamb and rice adult dry with cooked sweet potato added. He loves the sweet potatoes, and now I am finding out that he loves to eat sugar snap peas fresh. Are they okay for him to eat?
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i cook just natural food, same like mine to my dog.

i don't belive in fabrication food so much... 


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Okay, I know I probably missed it somewhere but,,,,,does anyone know anything about Diamond dog food? Is it a good food for a mastiff pup? Adult? I can't find anything on the food rating site? Was at Mernards and just happened to see this brand, I always go to pet smart for dog food, right now I am feeding half and half of Innova adult dog food and Purina healthy morsels with some snap peas and sweet potatoes mixed in
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i cook just natural food, same like mine to my dog.

what do you do for bone (calcium)? bone can not be cooked for animals


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The biggest issue for growing mastiffs is not the protein so much as the calcium phosphorus and the ratio of each.  search calcium and phos in the search bar above lots of threads dealing with this and the proteins

 


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Okay, I know I probably missed it somewhere but,,,,,does anyone know anything about Diamond dog food? Is it a good food for a mastiff pup? Adult? I can't find anything on the food rating site? Was at Mernards and just happened to see this brand, I always go to pet smart for dog food, right now I am feeding half and half of Innova adult dog food and Purina healthy morsels with some snap peas and sweet potatoes mixed in

Hello,,,

 

I use Diamond Large Breed Puppy for my female Mastiff "Bella" and she has done very well on it.  Been giving it to her for about 5 months now and she loves it.

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I transitioned Pandora to 4Health Puppy, the breeder was feeding them Purina Puppy Chow, and I want nothing to do with Purina. She is doing great on 4Health, I've also switched my cat to 4Health indoor formula.
I've had dogs and cats my whole life, but I never knew how horrible kibble is that has animal by product. To be honest before I started researching everything for my mastiff, I never even looked at ingredients label, on any pet food. And it makes me sick to my stomach, that I've been feeding my previous pets animal by product kibble, and artificial vitamin K.
After reading EPA's Meat rendering plants report, I was completely disgusted  to find out that they use euthanized cats and dogs from animal shelters to make kibble.


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Well the place I get Bella her food is no longer going to carry TOTW (after this last INCIDENT they decided it wasn't to their standards. They are dog snobs but have great stuff). I had switched her to Instinct Duck meal and turkey meal formula http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php/product/1300/sort/8/cat/8/page/1

 

That's an old rating but the best I could pull on my phone while standing in the store isle LOL. I would love to know what you guys think of this kind and this formula. It did get the 6 star rating back when this review was given could it?

 


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It's the last paragraph that has me worried. She just turned a year this April 26th if that matters. This is her relaxing in my spot  and looking at me as to say what; did you want to sit here? Man these dogs have some persoanlities to them.

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I am feeding my 9 week old mastiff, Orijen Puppy Large Breed. The food is organic and grain free. I have read very good things about this food. The sites that rated dog foods give it 5 stars.

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my mastiff was 4 months old when he came to my home,now he is 7½.First i bought Pro Plan Puppy Large Robust Chicken&Rice(4 to 5 months).Then i read nice reviews about Orijen Puppy and bought it(5 to 6 months) but i couldn't withstand loose stool and poops smell(really terrible).Then i bought Royal Canin Giant Junior.Titan likes it,stool is fine and no poops,size of the kibble big(others was small and he didn't chewed them).But at dogfoodanalysis it is not a good food and i'm a little bit worried.I want to change TOTW Pacific Stream Canine Formula(25 protein/15 fat/1,9 Calcium/1,1 Phosphorus) Anyone used TOTW?
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There are several people on the forum that use it. 

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Darius is now 7 months old. For his first eight weeks he was fed Purina Puppy Chow by his breeder. Once he came home, I fed him Orijen Large Breed Puppy Food, Ancana Wilderness and Blue Buffaloo Large Breed Grain-Free Chicken. All three brands gave him liquid stools about 6 times a day. For the past 3 days I have been feedding him again Purina Puppy Chow. He is back on hard, compact stools 3 or at most 4 times a day. I love the result but do not want to feed him such a low-quality food. Does anyone have an idea why his digestive system seems to respond so much better to Purina than to any of the branded high-quality foods? What should I feed him from now on and in what portions (ie how many cups a
day and how often)? Any advice would me be greatly appreciated.

                                                                               


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