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Old 02-26-2013, 10:24 AM   #11
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California Naturals is not a bad brand. Not as good as home made. But I wouldn't go it alone... Are the sisters allergic? Cause cal natural is a hyper allergenic blend?
I had been feeding wellness and my holistic pet stores have stopped caring it because of all the recalls. I then switched to Earthborn a lamb based. The owner said its the same as wellness.Their poo got small and not one piece. So I bought a bag of wellness and mixed it and they did good.Then after I used that up I tried earth born chicken still bad small hard poos. I went to a third store to get wellness and they stopped carrying it. I told her that Zoey doesn't do well on Acanna ( I tried that for over 6 mo) And their poos were bad on Earthborn and she recommended the California natural . She said all that other stuff is just for the human and dogs don't need it.I left really not trusting what she was saying. They adjusted to the food very fast their poos are good but I'm I'm leery of the simple ingredients.
I got some good advice and that is to just cut back some on the dry and add goodies. My goal is both to give them a better diet and to have them gobble up their breakfast before I leave for work. They only eat when I'm home and they have been eating in the middle of the night. I added a soft boiled egg yesterday and today and they ate it really fast. They have been used to just free eating. My friend came over and fed them at 5 but the food was still their at 9 when I got home. They did eat before bed and we didn't have middle of the night poos! I didn't add anything to the second meal.
Do any of you guys feed just once a day?
Kara eventually I want to feed like you do my simple diet idea probably isn't a good idea. I don't want to load them up with too much protein but they sure love their half egg so far!
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With a little help from a friend I have decided to just add different things to the sisters dry food. So far it has worked fro the morning meal to just add half soft boiled egg each. They eat their whole breakfast in 5 min! I had been just keeping their food bowl out all day and let them eat when ever they wanted. The problem was that they don't eat if I'm not around and they were eating dinner in the middle of the night. Now they are eating twice a day and not pooping in the middle of the night. I was told to just take some of the dry away and add other stuff. That way I don't have to be worried about buying all the supplements. I found this information on the internet and it basically the same as what Missy told me.
Whole Dog Journal readers have learned how to identify the best commercial foods when they shop for their dogs. But whether you feed dry kibble or canned food, even the best commercial diets can be improved with the addition of appropriate fresh foods.


Keep the following things in mind when adding fresh foods to your dogís diet. Decrease the amount of commercial food your dog gets, so that you donít increase the total number of calories you feed your dog, which can lead to unhealthy weight gain. Limit the amount of fresh food you add to about 25 percent of total calories consumed; if you want to feed more than that, you need to be careful to feed an appropriate variety of foods in order to keep the diet complete and balanced.

Here are some of the best foods you can add to your dogís diet:

1. Eggs: Few foods can beat the nutritional impact of eggs, with their combination of high-quality protein and fat along with a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. Eggs are inexpensive and easy to feed, too. Egg whites are more easily digested when cooked, while yolks retain more of their nutritional value if fed raw. Most dogs have no trouble with bacteria in raw eggs, but itís fine to feed soft-cooked, hard-cooked, or scrambled eggs.

A large egg provides about 70 calories; this amount is fine for medium-sized and larger dogs, but smaller dogs would do better with half an egg daily, or one egg every other day, with meals reduced proportionately.

Do not include the shell when you feed eggs, as the shells contain far more calcium than your dog needs. Too much calcium can be harmful to large-breed puppies, and also binds other minerals, making them less available to your dog.

2. Yogurt: A natural source of probiotics, yogurt is another food that is inexpensive and easy to feed. Stick to low-fat or nonfat plain yogurt, as your dog doesnít need the sugar provided in the flavored varieties.

The probiotics (beneficial bacteria) in yogurt provide benefits for all dogs, but are especially good for dogs with digestive problems. Use yogurt with live and active cultures. Varieties that contain more than just Lactobacillus acidophilus may provide additional benefits to the digestive tract.
Low-fat yogurt has less than 20 calories per ounce, so even small dogs can enjoy a spoonful without concern about reducing food portions.

3. Sardines: Fish supply omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA that are good for the skin and coat. In addition, they help regulate the immune system and reduce inflammation, and so can be helpful for dogs with allergies, arthritis, and autoimmune disease. DHA is also good for brain health, which can benefit both puppies and senior dogs.

One small canned sardine provides about 25 calories and 175 mg omega-3 fatty acids, a good amount for a small dog (20 pounds or less). Give larger dogs proportionately more. Use sardines packed in water (not oil). Feed soon after opening so the fatty acids are still fresh.

Other canned fish options, especially for larger dogs, include jack mackerel and pink salmon.

4. Vegetables and fruits: Berries, especially blueberries, are packed with antioxidants. Other good fruits to feed include bananas, apples, and melon; some dogs even like citrus. Donít feed the pits, and avoid grapes and raisins, which can cause kidney failure when eaten in large quantities.

Leafy green veggies are a much better choice than starchy foods such as grains and potatoes. Vegetables are more nutritious when fed cooked, but raw veggies, such as carrots, zucchini slices, and even frozen peas, make great low-calorie snacks. Non-starchy vegetables can also be included in your dogís meals to increase the quantity you feed without adding significant calories. Cruciferous veggies, such as broccoli, are especially nutritious, but watch out: too much can cause gas.

5. Healthy leftovers: I know that pet food companies and often veterinarians discourage giving leftovers to dogs, but as long as you stick to healthy foods and limit portions, there is no harm in sharing your meals with your dogs. Feed the same foods you eat yourself, such as meat and vegetables, not fatty scraps that lead to weight gain and have little nutritional value. Keep amounts small, or reduce meal size to accommodate the extra calories.

Itís easy to overdo leftovers, particularly with small dogs; I learned this the hard way when my 11-pound Norwich Terrier, Ella, began gaining weight. Extra calories add up fast with our little guys, so keep portions small!
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Sounds like you are on the right track!

Look into chia seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds..all healthy antioxidant benefits, I put them in my smoothies, but for dogs you need very VERY little like a mini pinch or else it may give them the gassy belly, high in fiber..

http://www.gooddogfoodcompany.com/ar...-of-chia-seeds

they are also good for their coats, I have noticed a nicer coat and less matting, silkier..

http://www.purehealingfoods.com/chiaFAQ.php

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With a little help from a friend I have decided to just add different things to the sisters dry food. So far it has worked fro the morning meal to just add half soft boiled egg each. They eat their whole breakfast in 5 min! I had been just keeping their food bowl out all day and let them eat when ever they wanted. The problem was that they don't eat if I'm not around and they were eating dinner in the middle of the night. Now they are eating twice a day and not pooping in the middle of the night. I was told to just take some of the dry away and add other stuff. That way I don't have to be worried about buying all the supplements. I found this information on the internet and it basically the same as what Missy told me.
This is pretty much what I do with Kodi too. His regular "dog food" is Natural Balance Organic, but he gets lots of training treats that are good, healthy, fresh cooked lean meat, a portion of whatever veggies or fruit we happen to be eating, and he shares scrambled eggs with us several times per week. (I don't think he gets even a half an egg at a time)

I'd be careful of too much fish other than white fish... especially canned tuna, salmon, etc. We already know there is too much mercury in it for humans to eat with any regularity. I'm sure a bit here and there wouldn't hurt, but I wouldn't make canned fish part of their regular diet.

Kodi loves blueberries so much that when we did the foundation plantings around our addition, we planted three blueberry bushes just for him!
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