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• What is the daily menu for your Doberman’s diet? (Kibble, wet food, raw, home cooking, etc) and what made you decide to feed this way? Have you fed any other foods prior to your current menu?

Right now I am going on the second week of feeding King Canidae. The Main reason that i chose this food is because i see that so many of you posted that you are using this food, and its one of the few i havent tried yet. I have literally had king on almost all "commercial" foods, and just recently started trying the natural type foods such as wolfking and timberwolf organics. GBoth of those left king with flakey skin, so i moved on.
The canidae is actually the best food i have ever put king on. Not only is his stomach gurgling gone, he is a lot less gassy, his coat is more shiny, and he seems to be full longer.

• How many times a day do you feed them and how much?

I feed King 1 cup, 3 times a day.

• Do you give treats? If so, what kind? How many/often do they get treats each day?

King gets all sorts of treats. Not just from me, from people who literally buy treats for him because they like him. There are so many different kinds that i give him, it would take forever to list them.

• Do you add any supplements to your Doberman’s diet? If so, which ones do you give? What made you decide to add supplements?

I dont add any suppliments at the moment. Once his health problems are dealth with, i will look into it.

• If you feed a super-premium dog food, what made you decide to switch to it? Where did you learn about the super-premium dog food? (word of mouth, internet, friends, vet, etc)

I heard about the food from here actually. The reason i switched was because there were wuite a few posts in this thread with people using canidae, and i hadnt tried it yet, so i thought i would give it a worl. My vet actually advised me not to...probably because he wants me to spend the $120 a bag at his store rather than less than half for a better food at the pet store.
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I feed a BARF diet and my dogs have never looked better. I did tons of reading and research before I started I wanted to make sure i was doing it right. I have now been feeding it for 4 years and they look and do awesome on it.

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I have a question about food. My puppy is on Purinia puppy chow. i think the bag says the first ingredient is ground yellow corn.. someone at petsmart told me to feed our dogs with dog food whose first ingredient is meat as in lamb.. we are feeding our older dogs i think its called Maximum. from walmart the first two ingredients is lamb and rice ( hubby threw the bag away so i dont know right off hand til we go get more ). Sooo.. what i was wondering what is better for dogs.. would it be the dog kibble that starts with ground corn.. or the lamb..? and is there a good puppy kibble that i can get that would have a meat product IF that is the best way to go.
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I have a question about food. My puppy is on Purinia puppy chow. i think the bag says the first ingredient is ground yellow corn.. someone at petsmart told me to feed our dogs with dog food whose first ingredient is meat as in lamb.. we are feeding our older dogs i think its called Maximum. from walmart the first two ingredients is lamb and rice ( hubby threw the bag away so i dont know right off hand til we go get more ). Sooo.. what i was wondering what is better for dogs.. would it be the dog kibble that starts with ground corn.. or the lamb..? and is there a good puppy kibble that i can get that would have a meat product IF that is the best way to go.
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Yeah you can do way better then Purina... Solid Gold is good and has a pup formula I know, as well as you can see if Canidae makes a pup formula. Another good one is Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul. Nutro is another decent food. Any of these are much better for your pup's digestion and well being and do not include fillers such as corn which contain NO nutritional value to your pup.

Check the ingredients, you won't find a "good" food at Walmart, I've looked at the Maximum for cats before just to check the label (yikes). You don't really want to see any corn and grains in the label. Along with labels that may say, meal or by-product. (as primary ingredients anyway.).

Try your local pet store, it may cost more, and it is a personal choice, but it really is worth the money and much better for the animal.

I feed my girl raw, but I feed my other two dogs Chicken soup usually, sometimes I go for the Canidae.

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Ok, great thatnks for that info. Now i know what to look for in ingredents. Hubbys been saying he wants to get our boys on some better stuff. so when he gets back from the feild we will go check out some other places.
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LOL, oh what luck... i just tryed searching stores around us that carry Canidae and there are NONE. wow.. guess ill have to check some other foods AT the stores now that i know what im looking for.

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Do you have a Pet Supplies Plus around you? Or a Pet Smart? We have the PS plus, and they have the Chicken Soup and others I mentioned, which are great foods too. You will notice a difference, especially in your older dog, with less shedding, smaller stools, and overall increase in activity. All signs that he is actually able to USE what he is putting in his stomach. Another great thing is although you pay a little more for better food, they need less of it. Where as with the cheaper food, they need to eat a truckload to get the value from it.

The chicken soup (I just bought a bag so it's fresh in my head!) I paid @ 18 bones for like a 17 or 20 pound bag. My 40 and 50 lb dogs eat about 3/4 of a coffee cup twice a day of it. So it lasts a while.

I have been on the search for Wellness for my cats, and I can't get that anywhere close to me either. Just my luck, I'd probably drive fifty miles to pay for it with my eye teeth, and they wouldn't eat it anyway! (little cat humor there!)
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Yeah, we have a petsmart by us but that about the only good pet feed store here. So when we start to get low on feed we gonna go over there to see the stuff they have.

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• What is the daily menu for your Doberman’s diet? (Kibble, wet food, raw, home cooking, etc) and what made you decide to feed this way? Have you fed any other foods prior to your current menu?

My dog is fed kibble. I feed this way because this is what my parents are willing to buy. He has been on Iams (ew) and Nutro before. I on occasion feed raw if I have it available.

• How many times a day do you feed them and how much?

He gets Chicken Soup brand adult formula, though I would like to switch to Canidae. He gets two meals, one in the evening and on in the morning.. one and a half cups each.

• Do you give treats? If so, what kind? How many/often do they get treats each day?

Yes. He gets treats whenever I train or whenever I feel like it... or in Kongs. I try to buy the best biscuits I can. I also use chopped up chicken breast, peanut butter, canned food, and chopped up and frozen dog food "tubes"... Those Natural Balance things or whatever. I guess raw would be considered a treat because it's only given sparingly and when I have it available. Usually I give beef because we have an abundance of that. Though I have given whole game hens and chicken parts before.

• Do you add any supplements to your Doberman’s diet? If so, which ones do you give? What made you decide to add supplements?

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• If you feed a super-premium dog food, what made you decide to switch to it? Where did you learn about the super-premium dog food? (word of mouth, internet, friends, vet, etc)

Is Chicken Soup considered super-premium?
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Hey i just checked out those links.. Great! now i know what im looking for next time we go buy more doggie food!. awsome. i found some on the lists that they carry down here.

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I just started my two on the Solid Gold. I called the company and talked to them about it, they were very helpful. I feed them Hundchen-flocken with Seameal, Yucca, Flaxseed Oil, and Bone Meal. Anyone else fed Solid Gold??? Comments/Complaints?? I have only heard good things about it. I will be sure to report how they do on it.

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I just started my two on the Solid Gold. I called the company and talked to them about it, they were very helpful. I feed them Hundchen-flocken with Seameal, Yucca, Flaxseed Oil, and Bone Meal. Anyone else fed Solid Gold??? Comments/Complaints?? I have only heard good things about it. I will be sure to report how they do on it.

I've heard great things about Solid Gold as well, and to plan to add it into my food change routine as well. Keep us updated
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where can u find those fish oil capsules? ive never ben able to find them
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My Dobie and my Boxer have been on Solid Gold since Valentine's Day, They LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. (My Boxer is a VERY picky eater, and she also has some skin issues with certian food) When you open the bag, the food actually smells good! It doesn't smell like dog food yuck. I will for sure be ordering more of their food, and switching to their treats as well. I am really happy with the food so far, and their coats are looking prettier every day.
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Tracy I would check GNC, we have gotten them there before.
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• What is the daily menu for your Doberman’s diet? (Kibble, wet food, raw, home cooking, etc) and what made you decide to feed this way? Have you fed any other foods prior to your current menu?
• How many times a day do you feed them and how much?
• Do you give treats? If so, what kind? How many/often do they get treats each day?
• Do you add any supplements to your Doberman’s diet? If so, which ones do you give? What made you decide to add supplements?
• If you feed a super-premium dog food, what made you decide to switch to it? Where did you learn about the super-premium dog food? (word of mouth, internet, friends, vet, etc)
We started Denali on C.S.F.T.D.L.S she didnt really like it then we switched to Canidae she didnt really like it When we got Sawyer we made the jump to raw and they both LOVE it..we give Sawyer fishoil and zinc because he is a blue and he has skin problems he HAD terrible dry skin when we got him its geting better though...I did tons of reading about dog food because our elkhound had so many allergies,skin problems,ear infections etc..I wanted to avoid all that with Denali..for treats they get nitrate and hormone free beef hotdog pieces
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I'm getting my Luke back on raw because he's a much happier dog on raw his coat has improved by leaps and bounds, I'm also going raw as I'm much happier and my skin is so much better too.

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Feed twice per day and treats throughout the day.

Main food is Eagle Pack Holistic duck and oatmeal kibble supplemented with full fat natural yogurt, canned version of kibble, meats, veggies, cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, digestive enzymes, peanut butter, and other whole foods.

For treats Wellness apple and yogurt, Charlee Bear cheese and egg, as well as string cheese pieces and baked homemade treats.

I have also fed Canidae and Solid Gold. I have used Missing Link (found at Petsmart) with good results.

No rawhides, no cow hooves, just natural real Merrick chew bones.

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Harvey gets 2 sachets of hi-life in the morning as for some reason he will not eat his biscuit for breafast. He then gets 2 scoops of autarky dry biscuit in the evening after a walk.

For treats he gets fish and a small amount of cheese.

Supplement wise he has olive oil added to his food which makes his coat shine
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I need help with food choice

I get my puppy Harley May 12 2006 and I only want the best for him and I cant make up my minde witch food to get Canidae or Royal Canin or Wellness these are all top of the line foods help me out please.and when I get him I will have some pictures for you all to see.Thank you
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I really like Wellness of those three choices, I can't get it anywhere near me (I've searched high and low) or I would be feeding it.
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Thanks Wellness was my first choice but then someone told me about Canidae and I looked in to it and it's realy good food to so I was haveing a hard time chooseing between the two.
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yeah.. i wish i could get those near me also.. but the only really good food here is chicken soup for dogs.. and thats a $1 a lb here..

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Max eats mostly kibble. He was on Solid Gold's Wolf King, but he is getting over weight so we just switched to Solid Gold's Barking At The Moon which is the lose weight food.

Once in a while we give him AFS Freeze Dried Meat Patties http://www.animalfood.com/d0005/index.htm
but they are kind of pricey.

He also gets glucosimine due to his leg we got surgery on.

The food we just put out in the morning, 2 & 1/2 cups & let him eat it when he wants. Sometimes he eats it all at once, but most of the time, he eats a few mouthfuls & then leaves it to eat more later.
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