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Old 11-28-2012, 10:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Feeding Blues and Fawns

I have fed IAM's mini-chunks for years to my home pets and my working bomb dogs (NYPD - Bomb Squad). It is a food that I have stood by for years and I have fed different breeds and ages without any problems. I want to get a Fawn or blue pup eventually and I was wondering what foods people are feeding. I was also wondering if people who have dilute dogs have fed Purina Pro Plan - Sensitive Skin and Stomach with good results and did it make a perceivable difference in the quality of their coats?
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you planning on adopting a blue or fawn? It will probably be difficult to find one from a reputable breeder.

I'm not fond of the foods you mention, but I make it a conscious decision to feed the best I can.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My fawn ate raw. And never had a skin issue or thinning hair. When we did kibble her coat got greasy.
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You know, there are many dogs taht are fed Iams, Beneful, Bil Jac, and those other foods and do just fine for years but, personally, I feel that those foods are the equivilant of McDonalds for your kids.

ProPlan isn't so terrible and many doberman people (my boy's breeder included feed it with no problems.

I personally like a much higher quality, grain free food. I feed Nature's Variety: Instinct but I also like Orijen, Acana, Innova Prime, and the Fromm foods (to name a few). And then there's raw, which I also recommend.
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Hi Emily,
Right now I am leaving all avenues open as to where I get my pup from. As for the foods well my guys have been on IAMs for a long time and my old beardie made it to just under 15 yrs old and was in excellent health until right before the end and my 9 yr old lab who has had renal disease for the last 6 yrs. He was on a kidney diet but lost so much weight even on nearly 8 cups of food a day that his vets and I decided to put him back on the IAMS minichunks. He gained his weight back and he has maintained his kidney function for the last 6 yrs. But I get what you are saying there are foods that I won't use or recommend either. I haven't heard anything negative about the PPP sensitive skin and stomach formula, other then some dogs do smell fishy when on it. I have only heard good things about it as far as coat goes, so thats why I was asking.
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I have read on here that a lot of dobes do well on PPP. I can't really compare doing well, to my dogs doing well. I simply wouldn't feed it based on my research.

I feed Nature's Variety Kibble at the moment, and Legacy Raw Premade.
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I was actually very curious about this thread.

Right now, between My Boxer and Wife's Sheppard mix, we are feeding them Kirkland Chicken and it has worked great, especially for the Sheppard, the Boxer had a bit of gas while getting used to the food, but Boxers also have very sensitive digestive systems.

I would imagine that this food would work very well for you Blue/Fawn as well, plus its roughly $25 for a 40 pound bag of food.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I was actually very curious about this thread.

Right now, between My Boxer and Wife's Sheppard mix, we are feeding them Kirkland Chicken and it has worked great, especially for the Sheppard, the Boxer had a bit of gas while getting used to the food, but Boxers also have very sensitive digestive systems.

I would imagine that this food would work very well for you Blue/Fawn as well, plus its roughly $25 for a 40 pound bag of food.
didnt Kirkland dog food get a recall in the US?? and doesnt it have beet pulp in it too?

I cant comment on blues and fawns but i can say Orijen has been great for Caesar and i would not feed food with grain in it, theres plenty of brands of grain free foods loads of people on here use

Maybe consider a premade raw diet if you havent got the time to make your own (dont know about pros/cons of premade raw compared to home-made)

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didnt Kirkland dog food get a recall in the US?? and doesnt it have beet pulp in it too?

I cant comment on blues and fawns but i can say Orijen has been great for Caesar and i would not feed food with grain in it, theres plenty of brands of grain free foods loads of people on here use

Maybe consider a premade raw diet if you havent got the time to make your own (dont know about pros/cons of premade raw compared to home-made)

From my understanding Diamond, the owners/distributor have had certain foods over the years recalled, but I do not think, at least to my knowledge that the Kirkland food itself has been recalled.

I did some serious research before I put my boys on it, and I heard nothing but good things, even my vet recommended it.

One of the only semi bad things about it, is the fact, it is usually only sold at Costco, which could be a problem for some people, but for my wife and I, it has not ever been a problem.
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the grain-free varieties of Kirkland were recalled. regular Kirkland isn't manufactured by Diamond.
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Hi Emily,
Right now I am leaving all avenues open as to where I get my pup from. As for the foods well my guys have been on IAMs for a long time and my old beardie made it to just under 15 yrs old and was in excellent health until right before the end and my 9 yr old lab who has had renal disease for the last 6 yrs. He was on a kidney diet but lost so much weight even on nearly 8 cups of food a day that his vets and I decided to put him back on the IAMS minichunks. He gained his weight back and he has maintained his kidney function for the last 6 yrs. But I get what you are saying there are foods that I won't use or recommend either. I haven't heard anything negative about the PPP sensitive skin and stomach formula, other then some dogs do smell fishy when on it. I have only heard good things about it as far as coat goes, so thats why I was asking.
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I've got a 7 year old fawn male, Ch Foxfire's Gold Toed Monster BN CD RE AX OA CGC ROM--he was weaned on ProPlan Sensitive Skin and Stomach. He's done well on it and frankly ProPlan Chicken and Rice (not the shredded blend but the original which they are now making again) has been my fall back food for years.

I know a lot of people really believe that Hills, Purina, Iam/Eukanuba are poison for dogs but over the years I've tried a lot of the highly rated brands that are formulated by a computer and not tested with real dogs eating real food and although some of my dogs have liked some of the "five star" brands I have yet to offer anything that at least one of the dogs (usually I have three) didn't have problems with. Anything from not wanting to eat it (that was a very highly rated food and my Aussie claimed he was moving out if I didn't feed him food instead of whatever "THAT" was.) to soft stools and/or diarrhea, to coats dulling and excessive coat shed.

If I have a dog who needs a special diet I feed it--if I have a dog who does well on a food chances are it'll be ProPlan.

Good luck and don't expect the food to be the entire answer to dilutes and their coats--it won't be--CDA and coat loss in a dilute is primarily a genetic issue. At 7 my fawn has a better than average coat with some CDA type hair loss right behind his shoulders on his back and in all other respects he's done wonderfully well on the ProPlan. Lots of energy--his coat is glossy, stools are solid, breath is fresh, eyed are bright--he's a big, energetic dog and carries excellent weight and muscle on just under two cups per meal (2 meals a day).
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I helped dremel a blue boy's nails yesterday he's 4 months old. He is a precious little guy he has skin issues and my friend feeds him mixed with Innova and "Show Stopper" its a mixture of vitamins for the skin. She ordered it off the internet.
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I have a blue boy and I feed him ppp and he does great and looks great on it. I've tried blue, totw and now this and he loved it. He did great on blue with the exception of a little gas, totw was like feeding veggies to a kid and gassy with loose stools.
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