california natural anyone? - Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-19-2009, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
littlebuddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1,829
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 13 Times in 13 Posts
california natural anyone?

so, django refuses to eat his canned wellness food. i have been mixing it in ith his ground turkey and he won't touch it. i am thinking, after 6 different cans, maybe there's something in it he doesn't like. he only eats canned on a rare occassion. so, i bought california natural canned food. does anyone feed their dogs this canned food?
my thought was to get him on canned only and then start introducing kibble.
littlebuddy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-19-2009, 07:51 AM
Senior Member
 
Sam375's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: eastern PA
Posts: 417
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Nominations 1 Time in 1 Post
I believe the kibble is suspose to be a good quality product, so I would think the canned is too, but not sure, I only feed kibble and its Wellness core and natural balnce grain free.

Sam375 is offline  
post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-19-2009, 07:52 AM
Senior Member
 
Sam375's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: eastern PA
Posts: 417
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Nominations 1 Time in 1 Post
Sam375 is offline  
 
post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-19-2009, 08:19 AM
Sharlene
 
Evye's Mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 3,098
Submit Photo: 3
Photo Submissions 9 Times in 8 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by littlebuddy View Post
so, django refuses to eat his canned wellness food. i have been mixing it in ith his ground turkey and he won't touch it. i am thinking, after 6 different cans, maybe there's something in it he doesn't like. he only eats canned on a rare occassion. so, i bought california natural canned food. does anyone feed their dogs this canned food?
my thought was to get him on canned only and then start introducing kibble.
California Natural was recommended to me and I posted a question about it. All the responses were favorable. My only complaint is the size of the kibble. I no sooner bought it and he started losing his baby teeth and had a hard time chewing it. But if you are interested in wet only, obviously the kibble size isn't an issue. I think you can be assured that C/N is a good dog food.

Sharlene, Evye & Bentley's Mom (Taylor too)
Evye's Mom is offline  
post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-19-2009, 08:28 AM
and Murphy & Gracie too!
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Cumming, GA
Posts: 6,989
Submit Photo: 5
Photo Submissions 22 Times in 21 Posts
If the kibble is too big you could put it in a Ziploc bag and hit it with a meat mallet. I'd wrap the bag in a dish towel first though, just in case it explodes a bit. My kids love to help cook when we have that thing out!

Ann-Scooter, Murphy, & Gracie's Mom
Scooter's Family is offline  
post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-19-2009, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
littlebuddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1,829
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 13 Times in 13 Posts
thanks for the input. i am hesitant to switch but at this point i have got to do something because a dog cannot live on ground turkey alone! his BM's aren't regular yet and i know it's cuz there's nothing in his system pushing things about. let me ask, should i start with a table spoon each feeding and then gradually add more and omit turkey?
littlebuddy is offline  
post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-19-2009, 11:04 AM
Senior Member
 
Missy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 11,746
Submit Photo: 27
Photo Submissions 48 Times in 35 Posts
I would trust anything coming out of Nutura the maker of Cal Natural. What I always liked about Cal Nat was the simplicity of the ingredients...I am sure the canned is the same. Jasper who was finicky thrived on the lamb and rice kibble which is easier to chew than the chicken and rice kibble.

I know Django has the Addisons and some other things going on...so you should talk with your vet before you pursue this...but have you ever considered a commerical raw diet like Natures Variety for Django? Sometimes raw is not recommended for dogs with compromised immune systems. But, I have not seen Jasper refuse a meal since I have been feeding this. I came kicking and screaming to feeding the raw diet raw. I have fed the NV for a long time because Jasper was so finicky...but I was cooking it...LOL. But I have to say I have noticed such an improvement in his energy, his stool, and even his moods since he has been getting raw. Cash has done well on it too.

I also want to share this supplement that was shared with me for Jasper who's stool has always been iffy...it is called "Arabinogalactan Powder by Food Science of Vermont." It is made from Larch tree bark and is a fiber supplement but it is also an autoimmune support. I believe this has helped Jasper too. And with Cash's weight loss program he has had some strained movements so I have added this to his food too with great success.

I know you have been through a lot with Django and all the medicine has upset his eating. good luck. keep us posted.




Missy, Jasper & Cash
Missy is offline  
post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-19-2009, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
littlebuddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1,829
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 13 Times in 13 Posts
thank you soo much for the info. it's really strange but about a year a half ago i was on this healthier food kick, raw diet. etc. etc. i started feeding django ziwipeek per the recommendation of my breeder. he went CRAZy over it and about a week into it, he started getting sick and ended up in the ICU with his addisons diagnosis. the vet didn't say the food triggered it but he said sometimes a "raw" diet can trigger something in their system if it already has issues, the high protein, etc. don't quite understnd it but it made some sense and i am so gunshy now to even switch his food to the california natural.
littlebuddy is offline  
post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-19-2009, 11:32 AM
Senior Member
 
Missy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 11,746
Submit Photo: 27
Photo Submissions 48 Times in 35 Posts
The Ziwi Peak is different than a raw diet. And I have heard varying reports on it. It is dehydrated and therefore higher in protein and fat than the frozen raw diets that you store in the freezer. We tried the Ziwi peak too and giving the amount I was supposed too, both my boys were starving and then I read your posts and few others and got scared myself...also Cash developed a bacterial rash so I thought the Ziwi was causing it.

It wasn't until Cash began to have real weight problems that I tried the raw seriously. Kibble, any kibble, even those with high protein made Cash ravenous, and gain weight. I too was worried about auto-immune with raw as he has had some odd medical things for such a young dog... but 24 lbs on Hav wasn't healthy so the vet and a canine nutritionist convinced me to try the not cooking the NV medallions and that I could add 25% lean ground meat raw, turkey or beef (which I also freeze into portions) to save some money and also lower the calcium level in the NV. I have been truly amazed with the difference in my boys. they are acting like Havanese now.

But i wouldn't be worried about changing to California Naturals canned if Django will eat it. It is a very good food and NOT raw and it is balanced with good carbs.




Missy, Jasper & Cash

Last edited by Missy; 06-19-2009 at 11:34 AM.
Missy is offline  
post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-19-2009, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
littlebuddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1,829
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 13 Times in 13 Posts
yea, i hope it will work. he gets his afternoon feeding around 3:00. keep your fingers crossed!
littlebuddy is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome