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  1. We're in the process of troubleshooting a mysterious, minor health issue with our grey, and since it began right around the time we switched to our current food, we're considering finding another one. At the moment we're not in a position to go raw, so dry kibble is what I'm looking at/for currently. In my looking around, man do some of these foods have HIGH percentage protein! +30% just seems crazy high to me, for a dog that runs around in the yard after a ball a couple times a day but basically just sleeps and toodles around the house. Isn't there a point where there's too much protein for the kidneys to handle? Maybe I'm totally off base though... What do you consider an appropriate percentage protein for your dog food? How high is too high? How low is too low?
  2. I searched on the forum but didn't find what I was looking for. I was wondering approximately how many bags of dog food you guys go through each month per dog and at what bag size? My brain is having trouble processing the math that requires me to convert 4 cups of kibble into bag weight. Sigh. So if I were to go with one month's amount of kibble - say Iam's Pro-active (green bag), how many bags would I need? Thanks for putting up with my N00b questions, guys, LOL! Want to cover all my bases before completely and utterly deciding on a Greyhound (Plus my sister's deciding on what kind of dog she wants. Killing two birds with one stone here by doing research for the both of us, heehee)
  3. Hello everyone!! As part of a project I took on for a friend of mine, I have created a kibble quality/price spreadsheet in Google sheets. It is based, in part on the kibble grade post that is pinned in this forum. Those who have used it already have found it extremely helpful! Here is the link. Everyone should be able to access the sheet and edit the range highlighted in blue (if you have problems, let me know). The only thing you should need to input is your dog's weight in pounds, and the caloric intake modifier. The list of brands on the spreadsheet is by no means exhaustive and only what I consider to be the top tier of foods minus a few exceptions that are there for comparison. If you don't see your brand and would like it to be added, reply with the brand name and a link that includes, at minimum: price, pounds per bag (largest available), kCal/kg, and kCal/cup. This is something that I put together and know it is probably imperfect. I'm always open to constructive criticism and suggestions. I hope you enjoy and find it useful!! ETA: Please keep in mind that I might not be able to add your brand immediately. Once I've added it I will let you know in this thread.
  4. Hello all, My boyfriend and I just rescued our boy Kingston last month. In the past month, we've been challenged with finding a diet that best works with him. So far we've been completely unsuccessful. We were advised to get a grain-free kibble when we first took King home. We tried Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain Free large dog chicken kibble. This led to pooping every time we let him out and all of his stool was complete mush. We blamed the tape worm he had when we first brought him home from the kennel. While he was on the deworming medicine, we switched him to cooked rice and ground beef which he seemed to respond really well too. Much less poop and it even had some form to it. Since then we've made our way back to mush, & lots of it. Our vet directed us to put him on cooked rice & beef for a week to settle his stomach before trying a new kibble. This time the rice & beef didn't help. While he was pooping less, it was still mush. Now we've tried him on the Fromm salmon kibble- stinky & mushy. We're thinking a raw diet may be the only way to go here, but any advice on things to try first? Or any advice for first time raw-diet grey parents? Any help is appreciated! Thanks!
  5. Hi all, We're currently feeding Redbo Merrick's Beef & Sweet Potato kibble, which he likes well enough when he's not on a hunger strike (his endgame: yummy add-ins). But for the price, I figure the food should be just about perfect, and it's not. His stools are a little soft and can sometimes be mushy, plus he still has paint peeling gas. I think the food might be a little rich for his sensitive tummy, so it looks like it might be time to start transitioning him to another food. We previously fed him Iams (green bag) which did result in awesome poops, but his coat was dull and he would go off it on a fairly regular basis. So no go. A co-worker mentioned she feeds her dog kibble from Trader Joe's, but I haven't been able to find much information on the product. I know a lot of people on here like the treats and such, but has anyone tried the dry food? Redbo, after his 8 hour hunger strike (where he proceeded to eat the egg we added but left the kibble): It was a battle of wills, but he ate his kibble and was happier for it.
  6. This is really interesting and goes against what a lot of raw feeding information says about raw digesting faster than kibble and that there is danger in mixing the two. I personally feed both raw and kibble and have for years, so I appreciated this piece and am reassured that I am not putting my pups at increased risk. http://therawfeedingcommunity.com/2015/01/08/digest-this-kibble-may-actually-digest-faster-than-raw/
  7. Does anyone have food suggestions or lessons learned for hounds that have undergoone tie back surgery. We are currently feeding our GH a combination of shrded people food, along with Kirkland Super Premium Canned / Wet. Our 11.5 year old senior appears to do better with a softer texture. Prior to surgery we were feeding Taste of the Wild Dry with water added. We tried breaking up the TOTW, but found this to be very difficut. Any and all suggestions are welcome. Thanks. .
  8. Hi everyone, Winnie, who just turned 4, has been having soft stool for the past three weeks or so. It started with a bout of explosive diarrhea, which resolved relatively quickly after I put her on a rice and pumpkin diet for a few days. But then every time I tried switching to her normal kibble her stool will get totally loose, unless I mix it with massive amounts of pumpkin. I have been feeding her Zignature (grain-free, potato-free, limited ingredient) for about 6 months with good results and I don’t know what could have suddenly gone wrong, assuming the problem is her kibble. I tried switching to a rice, pumpkin, and boiled chicken for a few days and that seems to fix it rather quickly. I took her to the vet who gave her a course of metronidazole and ran a parasite test which came back negative, but I’m worried that Winnie has lost 3-4 pounds since the last time I weighted in February. I’m taking her back to the vet on Monday, and wondering if there is some specific tests I should suggest the vet to run. Alternatively, I was wondering if anyone has had similar experiences with Zignature –or any other kibble for that matter- suddenly upsetting their hound’s tummy. Among other things, most kibbles I’ve tried in the past –including Zignature- have always made Winnie poop a lot. And when I say a lot, it’s A LOT. It’s almost like the same volume of food she eats basically goes out the rear door, and I am wondering if that suggests she’s having some food assimilation/allergy issues. Vets have never really taken me seriously when I tell them the volume of her stool is alarming. Any thought or suggestion would be greatly appreciated!
  9. Hi everyone, Saliva stains on Winnie's face are driving me nuts. As much as I try to keep her cheeks reasonably clean, those brown, sticky stains will just not go away. I understand this is due to some kind of red yeast growth related to the particular chemistry of some dogs' saliva, and hence must be connected to the dog's diet. I feed Winnie Blue Buffalo grain free dry food (Freedom or Wilderness), which is supposed to be one of the best (and pricey) dog food out there, but I was wondering if the heavy yeast growth might be in some way connected to that food. Sometimes Winnie also starts scratching and biting herself like crazy, but I'm not sure if this is just behavioral or allergic (and maybe yeast related?). Apart from that, she eats very well, always begs for more, gets 1 capsule of wild salmon oil and 3mg of melatonin a day, hoping it will eventually help with her very bald butt, tummy and throat. Also, any new advice on how to get rid of those annoying stains? I've had some moderate success with a mix of peroxide, baking soda and corn starch, but I'd need to torture her with that every other day to keep her reasonably clean. Apple cider vinegar in her water does not seem to make any difference. I'm unwilling to give her any antibiotic to fix this problem. I know this is (apparently) only a cosmetic issue, but I'm uncomfortable with the idea of yeast growing on my girl's face!
  10. What is the actual label of the "Iams Green Bag"? We've had our grey for 5½ weeks and have had problems with her system. She came will a severe case of tape and round worms and after her deworming also received Panacure. She has "pudding poo" and on the advice of the vet we are currently feeding her boiled chicken, rice and pumpkin twice a day with Forti-Flora added once a day. She is supposed to start having kibble introduced to her meals but as soon as she gets Science Diet Adult Lamb and Rice her stools get extremely runny all over again. I would like to go pick up some Iams today to but want to make sure I am purchasing the correct bag. It sound like a little of that to start maybe exactly what she needs. I know she was being fed Iams Lamb and Rice at her foster's home.
  11. It's been several years since we've had a puppy in the house. We just got Deano and he is 2 1/2. We feed one can of Pro Plan in the morning and two cups of Nature's Recipe kibble in the evening. He weighs 72 pounds (and is slightly taller than our 82 pound Finn) and I think he should gain a few pounds. I think we could increase the kibble and we should probably get the puppy version versus the adult that we usually get. So any ideas on how much to increase on the kibble? What about puppy versus adult? When are they considered an adult?
  12. Guest

    Best Dog Food

    For the money, what is the best dry dog food there is? I saw a commercial today for Blue Longevity and was thinking about buying that.
  13. Hello everybody. I've had my Galgo Stannis for over two months now and after some ups and downs and with the help of Joyce we finally solved Stannis runny poo problem. After the fasting and a white rice+cottage cheese we transitioned him into eating Costco's Lamb and Rice kibble and he was loving it, no farts (maybe one a day), finishing his bowl without looking away and cleaning it every time and really looking forward to feeding time jumping and moving his tail. But at some point after going through more than half of the bag, he started again with runny poo, so I decided to try the magical "Iams green bag" solution after reading how many other greyhound owners have solved the runny poo issues even after trying grain free and some other of the best quality kibble out there, and he was liking the combination of half costco half iams, but he stopped being that enthusiastic about it after eating all of my double egg sandwich (my entire breakfast) when I left it unattended for a while, and he did this just 1 hour after his 3 cups breakfast, ever since that day hes not that interested in kibble anymore and today he only ate half a cup in the morning. I've tried giving him the kibble dry, soaked in water, with little water, and nothing works. From day 1 we gave him his kibble really wet like a cereal, but about 3 weeks ago we managed to teach him to chew his kibble so he could have better teeth and he was doing it without a problem. I had him neutered 1 week ago, so we haven't taken him out on walks yet and we have to wait about 3 or 4 more days until we can do it again. I don't know if that has something to do with it. He had tape worm and we gave him drontal about a month ago, perhaps is time for a second dose? Somebody also told me that their dogs don't eat when it is to hot, is that the case with some greyhounds too? (I live in Tijuana Mexico, which is right at the border with San Diego CA, we've had a good heat wave this last few weeks) Any advice? should I just give him time until he figures he's not eating egg sandwiches for breakfast anymore?
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    Cup Size

    Newbie question here, I got very confused after reading online how much a cup is, many agree that a cup of kibble should weight about 8oz, so that was my starting point and came up with a cup size with almost the same volume as one of those red plastic cups. I would appreciate if some member post some pictures of a cup of kibble? I would like to compare.
  15. Doug recently has been turning his nose up at his kibble. It's gotten to the point that it takes about 1-2 hours for him to finish his breakfast and dinner -- he'll ignore it for a good long while, then eat some, then ignore it for another half hour, etc. My main question: I generally wet his kibble, which means that, after two hours sitting in the bowl, it has a sludge-y consistency. Should I worry about the soggy kibble going bad during that period? I'm also of course curious about what is causing his disinterest in food -- in the five months we've had him, he's always been eager for mealtimes. He's been on Reconcile for a few months now, and we recently switched him to the generic (fluoxetine), but this behavior started several days before the switch. He's also been less enthused with bully sticks, which also started before the switch to the generic, but still enjoys peanut butter and little treats of cheese. We brush his teeth several times a week and haven't noticed sensitivity there, but who knows. He's also had a bad hot spot on his tail for a while now, which he had been licking at when left alone (separation anxiety symptom) -- could it somehow be related to that? (We've treated the hot spot and it is healing, and are currently putting alone training on hold after this set-back.) Any thoughts would be appreciated. We feed Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream, and his disinterest in it started when we were toward the end of a bag, so I don't believe it's the quality of the kibble. Thanks!
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