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  1. TOTW is low in cost, but my dogs did horribly on it. I think they don't do well on high protein. I now feed them Diamond Naturals. I pay $25 for 40 pounds.
  2. What kind of heartworm preventative do you use? I know that Interceptor takes care of all worms except tapeworm. When I found the worms in the stool I just called the vet and they gave me some wormer. They figured it had to be tapes because they are on Interceptor.
  3. Terro ant baits are great! They are actually liquid borax. They are the only bait that worked on my ant problem.
  4. Brew's favorite is also the hollee roller. He mopes around if he can't find it.
  5. Blue Buffalo is definitely more than TOTW and it is hard to find around here. I pay $39.95 for 30 lbs of TOTW. Thanks for looking it up for mw, though. I live in a rural area and most of the stores that carry higher end foods are far away. They carry Wellness at my local store also, but it is pretty pricey.
  6. The first two foods are a brand that my local store was showing me it is called VF. The third is Diamond Extreme Athlete. I just don't know what to do. I am currently feeding Taste of the Wild. I really don't want to have to travel too far to get food and I also can't pay any more than I am for the Taste of the Wild, since my husband is laid off right now. Everything else seems to cost a lot more. I might have to try the no salt though. He would even get this way when I was raw feeding. He has been checked out by the vet. I am going to pick up some wormer this week and see if it helps.
  7. How about this one? Is it better? INGREDIENTS Chicken meal, chicken, brewers rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), egg product, cracked pearled barley, powdered cellulose, beet pulp, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, fish meal, potassium chloride, choline chloride, glucosamine hydrochloride, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, chondroitin sulfate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D supplement, folic acid. GUARANTEED ANALYSIS Crude Protein 32.0% Minimum Crude Fat 25.0% Minimum Crude Fiber 4.0% Maximum Moisture 10.0% Maximum Sodium 0.3% Maximum Zinc 150 mg/kg Minimum Selenium 0.4 mg/kg Minimum Vitamin E 150 IU/kg Minimum Omega-6 Fatty Acids * 3.5% Minimum Omega-3 Fatty Acids * 0.5% Minimum Glucosamine Hydrochloride * 300 mg/kg Minimum Chondroitin Sulfate * 100 mg/kg Minimum * Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile. Calorie Content: 4,710 kcal/kg (470 kcal/cup) Calculated Metabolizable Energy.
  8. He gets fish oil every day and for a while I even tried giving him olive oil also. He doesn't have runny stools. His stools are fine. He is just really thin and looks unhealthy to me. He looked the same way this time last year and he had tapeworm, but I don't see any evidence of that now.
  9. Thanks for responding Sue. Don you think they sound like decent foods though? I have tried a lot of what is considered high quality foods with no success. Somehow I feel like I am taking a step down.
  10. I am having a really hard time finding a food that Brew does well on. I can't keep weight on him and his hair is dull and brittle. I would like opinions on the following ingredient lists. Ingredients: Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Rice Flour, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a source of Linoleic Acid), Beet Pulp, Rice Bran, Sunflower Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a source of Linoleic Acid), Natural Chicken Flavor, Flax Seed, Dried Egg Product, Brewers Yeast, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Fish Oil, Lecithin, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Garlic, Dried Cheese, Chondroitin Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Niacin, Biotin, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate, Folic Acid Guaranteed Analysis Crude Protein M I N I M U M 26.0% Crude Fat M I N I M U M 15.0% Crude Fiber M A X I M U M 3.50% Moisture M A X I M U M 10.0% Omega-3 Fatty M I N I M U M .70% Omega-6 Fatty M I N I M U M 3.50% Chondroitin Sulfate M I N I M U M 70 mg/kg Glucosamine M I N I M U M 450 mg/kg Ingredients: Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Rice Flour, Beet Pulp, Rice Bran, Sunflower Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a source of Linoleic Acid), Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed ocopherols, a source of Linoleic Acid), Natural Chicken Flavor, Flax Seed, Dried Vegetables (Carrot, Celery, Beet, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress and Spinach), Dried Egg Product, Brewers Yeast, Dried Cranberries, Fish Oil, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Lecithin, DL-Methionine, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Garlic, Dried Cheese, Garlic, Chondroitin Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Niacin, Biotin, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate, Folic Acid Guaranteed Analysis Crude Protein M I N I M U M 26.0% Crude Fat M I N I M U M 12.0% Crude Fiber M A X I M U M 3.50% Moisture M A X I M U M 10.0% Omega-3 Fatty M I N I M U M .70% Omega-6 Fatty M I N I M U M 3.50% Chondroitin Sulfate M I N I M U M 70 mg/kg Glucosamine M I N I M U M 450 mg/kg
  11. I would also recommend a bark collar. I tried every single method to train Taz to not bark incessantly when the neighbors brought their dogs for the weekend and nothing worked. She now has a bark collar and there has been no psychological damage to her due to wearing it. She is still a happy, loving and very stable dog. She just doesn't bark constantly.
  12. I just want to say that when I posted about this girl in the very beginning of all of this, I was made out to be a bully and told that she was just a child with a fantasy and I should leave her alone. I knew that it would eventually come to this. She has been accumulating these dogs for exactly the purpose of breeding. I am saddened that I turned out to be right.
  13. Since your other border collie is a mix, I am sure you will see big differences between the two. I have one that I think is a mix and I had her first. I then got a pure-bred border collie and I found out what the breed is really all about. There is definitely a huge difference between the two.
  14. If they were toxic, my dogs would both be dead by now. They both spend their days grazing under the bird feeders.
  15. We have one of those too. She claims she actually owns the road and we aren't allowed to walk there. We also carry poop bags and always clean up after the dogs. She insists that we let our dogs poop in her yard because she finds poop and we are the only ones she sees with dogs. She went so far one time as to come running out and get right in my face sticking her finger in my face and screaming at me. My son who is three, turned right around and said to her, "You stop being mean". This was happening every single time we walked the dogs, so we finally called the cops and they went and talked to her. We haven't heard or seen anything from her since.
  16. Wolf King is not grain-free. Barking at the Moon is Solid Gold's grain-free food. I used it for quite a while, but my dogs do just as well on the Taste of the Wild, but it is much cheaper. I liked the Barking at the Moon, though. It is a good food. I just decided that if my dogs did just as well on something that cost less and was easier for me to get that it made more sense to feed that.
  17. I haven't had that problem with Taste of the Wild. And I can feed much less than the Canidae I was feeding before. If you are feeding the same amount, be sure to keep your eye on the weight. I don't feed the fish formula very often because it has less protein than the other two, but I do buy it occasionally.
  18. I feed Taste of the Wild. I have found that my dogs do best with a grain-free food. I fed Canidae for a while, but their coats were dull and brittle. I then switched to Barking at the Moon which is grain-free and they looked so much better and seemed healthier overall. I had to drive a ways to get it and it was expensive, so I decided to try Taste of the Wild because it is sold at the local feed mill and it was cheaper. They have been on that for more than a year and are doing very well on it. Edited to add: They also needed to eat a lot more of the Canidae then the grain-free foods and one of them was still too thin. They eat much less of the Taste of the Wild.
  19. Brew has hip dysplasia and he leads as active a life as he wants. I give him glucosamine chondrotin and ester-c every day. I keep him fit and trim. He plays fetch and pretty much does whatever he wants. He does swim a lot in the summer. If he wants a rest, he gets one. If he starts to limp, I give him aspirin. I was really upset when I found out he had it, but it really hasn't changed his life at all. I would never have him do agility or flyball, but otherwise he is just a normal border collie.
  20. Taz's nose looks a lot like that and she does get sunburned if I don't put anything on it. I use pure shea butter, but the vet said that baby sunscreen would be fine.
  21. desertranger - That is easy to do when you start with a puppy, but I am assuming you have never rescued an older dog. Taz was determined to run off from the time we brought her home. I did finally install an invisible fence, since she would literally run someone over as soon as the door was opened and off she would go. The way I taught her a solid recall was with chicken. I would call her to me and give her chicken, over and over and over again. Eventually, she came to me every time. It did take time, though. She had to learn to trust us and that this was her home. She was never without a line unless in the yard.
  22. I just have to comment on this. My dogs are fed and they still kill everything they can in the yard. Squirrels, muskrats, birds, opossums, raccoons, mice, rabbits and I am sure if they had a chance they would kill a stray cat. It has nothing to do with them being hungry. They don't even eat what they kill. It is prey drive, plain and simple.
  23. I read it and didn't like her ideas, myself. I actually sold the book before finishing it.
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