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    Hey,
    Dumped 'Hills' and both girls are on 'eagle-pack' + raw + veg

    I never used to buy 'dog food' for any of my previous dogs...cooked meals and raw only so it's quite confusing with all the diff. brands out there, but also more convinient as life is more hectic these days.

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    I'm no expert, but I think it depends on your dog and what you feel comfortable. All of the Natura brands are expensive in Australia - but I only feed my dog California Natural (it's made by Natura who makes Innova, Evo, Healthwise and some others) only because my dog has terrible allergies and I tried many sensitive skin diets which did NOT go well, culminating in what can only be described as a disaster when I fed him the Hills Science Diets 'sensitive formula' or whatever it's called - a few days into it his skin turned bright red and when I arrived home from work he had chewed holes in his paws and worn the skin around his mouth back until it bled by rubbing his mouth on the carpet and was bleeding all over himself and the carpet, he was in so much distress he could barely walk. It was very expensive to have the steroid injections and have him hospitilised, although my vet subsidised everything heavily as it was her that recommeneded the Science Diet in the first place, in fact, she sold it to me.
    Subsequent research has led her to discontunie selling or recommending any Hills prodicts, she now sells Advanvce and Royal Canin.
    We did research and discovered that corn was a major allergen in dogs and she wrote to the company asking why it ther first ingredient in a sensitive formula - they responded saying it was not really high-risk allegen ingredient, responsible for only (I think it was around about) 12% of dog allergies, but uh... twelve percent is a large number to me if you are manufacturing a aimed at dogs with allergies.
    My friend works at Pet's Paradise (evil animal selling pet store... but I forgive her) and she recommended Cal Nat, she even wrote me off a bag to try.
    The results have been astounding, in over two years he has been in for allergy related problems only twice, once after he stayed in a boarding kennel (very sus, I think they fed him something else) and one other time, we think he might have found something nasty in some possum poo or similar he ingested, in both cases the reaction was relatively mild and required an injection and soem tablets (no more long stays in hospital).
    So... as much as they are expensive, and only sold at Pet's Paradise, I can highly recommened Natura foods abd attest to their remarkable success.
    I'm also very opposed to all Science Diet food, so don't pay too much attention when I say I would feed my animals Hills over my dead body. It's just... if they make such a screw up in one formula who's to say it's not in ALL their formulas. Sorry :P

    I believe feeding raw is also a great option but... it's a bit of a time constraint, I have so many animals I prefer to spend my time with them and grooming/higging/petting them then preparing their food.

    Just my two bobs worth, I am new here so it mightn't hold much weight, this is my first post after all.

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    our dogs eat a canned food called natures gift. they seam to really enjoy and it looks and smells really good. it looks alot healthier and natural than some of the other canned foods. we usually mix it with the kind of dog biscuits that when you pour warm water over, it makes a sort of gravy.,
    thats my 2 cents worth

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    I've been feeding mostly raw including plenty of brisket bones, chicken necks, wings etc for 30 years and my dogs are usually healthy, long lived and have beautiful coats.

    Problems only arise when I am forced to change diets. I have had two Deerhounds who bloated. With both dogs it happened after feeding dry food. I gave the first hound 4x2 dog biscuits one evening as I had run out of bones and he bloated the next morning. The other hound was fed dry food when he was under stress and he too bloated.

    I read an interesting article once on feeding a diet similar to the type of food different breeds ancestors would have eaten. For example Labs and Newfies would probably have been fed fish during the years they were being developed while Collies probably lived mostly off the rabbits they caught supplemented with grains (porridge) supplied by the hill farmers. Don't ask me what you would feed a Lab/Collie mix. LOL. Any way I found the article interesting.

    Billy I'm with you on the Ecopet. It's a great product and most dogs love it. I often used it when I lived in Victoria but you can't get it here in Cairns.

    As we always keep a stock of non perishable foods here in case of cyclones and/or floods I do stock some commercial foods. Tins of Natures Gift, a bag of Natures Gift dry food and lots of tins of sardines. My dogs always have fish at least once a week.

    I guess it all boils down to feeding what best suits you and your dog.

    Feeding a natural diet is not difficult and is certainly not time consuming. The few extra minutes you spend is like the difference between feeding your human family a decent home cooked meal or stuffing them full of Maccas and Pizza. Even when I was feeding 2 Deerhounds, four Pugs, 8 cats and however many rescues it seldom took me longer than 15 minutes to prepare and feed.

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    We give our dogs Purina and Beneful dry food. They love the stuff! The vet told us to stop feeding them wet canned food because it's like giving them McDonalds every day, really fattening and not good for them in the long run.
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    Well, I have had both dogs and cats on the eagle pack holistic for over a month now and they are enjoying it..it all gets eaten, there stools are goodo (lol), and I am happy (because my petstock still has 50% off this product..wahooooo...lol).

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    Hmm, new to these forums, also (relatively) new to owning a dog (if you can ever own one?). Have a 8 Mo yellow lab (from 9 weeks) and tried a lot of stuff before ending up with what I now feed. Tried supercoat (what the breeded used), tried Iams, Advance, some other stuff I can't even remember. Fergus didn't seem to do badly on the others, but was a poo machine (more out than in sometimes)

    I started reading a bit more about foods diet and ended up with a 50:50 mix of Ziwipeak and Artemis. (I would feed raw, but not really got the time and I see Ziwi as a sort of raw for lazy people). I would also feed ziwi 100% but just too expensive. Add in meaty bones every other day and we have a happy dog.

    Works great for us too - less poo, more energy!

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    We have Ziggy on Advance Puppy Plus for large breeds. But no one else seems to give their dog Advance... Is there something I don't know about it?

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    It's ok I guess - it is just that it is another processed chemically food that vets try to force down your throat. If it works for you guys - ace!

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    I feed my pack a mixture of raw and dry and once a week they have canned Natures Gift. Once a week with the dry they have either yoghurt, cheese, raw egg and sardines. The dry I give them is either Supercoat, Coprice....their fave....or Bonnie. My diabetic boy has either Royal Canin or pro Plan. This diet suits them as there is very little poop to pick up and this sure makes a difference when there are 9 of them.
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