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1/27/14 5:53 P

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I hadn't heard about feeding him puppy food before. Interesting idea.




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1/9/14 12:55 P

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A lot of greyhounds thrive on puppy food because of its higher fat and protein content. For some reason, greyhounds seem to need more fat and protein than many other breeds. My two thrive on Costco grainfree for breakfast, and raw chicken (with its fatty skin) for dinner.

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1/9/14 12:45 A

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My mom feeds her greyhound Costco's grain-free as well! I don't have a membership and my family is too small for the membership to pay for itself. Switched my girl over to Blue Grain Free. She loves it and all of her BM's are normal again. Phew! Thank you all for the grain-free suggestion!

On a side note, she has a ridiculously high metabolism (is that part of thyroid, bc she takes meds for her thyroid) and gets 4 cups of puppy food a day. She finally got to a good weight and I tried switching her over to adult food (bc she's an adult) and she lost weight again! My sweet Sadie will just need to be on puppy food, I suppose. lol Anybody else experience this?

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1/8/14 6:00 P

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I've been thinking of joining Costco for a while. Maybe this is a good reason.




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1/8/14 4:36 P

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1/8/14 11:47 A

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We adopted a 2nd greyhound in November so for 2 large dogs to get the Natural Balance or Wellness was too expensive. We have transitioned to the Costco grain free also and they like it so far. :)


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1/2/14 2:36 P

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We do the Kirkland (Costco) Grain Free as well. Our 4yr old male has MAJOR stomach issues on anything non-grain free. We also have seen it very highly rated compared to some other "name brand" foods and it's extremely inexpensive for what you get. We have also had luck on Candidae grain free (and regular for our other female). I've heard good things about Blue Buffalo, so we get some wet food from them from time to time, as well as from Weruva -- that in particular looks like it could be easily consumed by humans. chunks of chicken and vegetables, etc. Almost looks like pot pie in a can!

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11/28/13 6:16 P

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Great stuff!




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11/26/13 6:27 P

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What a great suggestion! I just checked her food and it uses Brown rice and oatmeal, no wheat, soy, or corn. I just Fiat bought this stuff called missing link that my sister has had great results with. It's supposed to help with hips, joints and coat and is also a good source of fiber. I'll see how this goes this week as her food runs out and I'll pick up some grain free next week. You ladies are so helpful!

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11/26/13 6:15 P

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Changing food seems to be the most common cause of loose poop. Grain free has been the magic that gives my dogs great poop, but my 10 year old is really active, and doesn't stuff himself. I need to hand him snacks when the other dogs aren't looking to keep some weight on him

The thing I'd noticed about switching foods with no-grain products is that things were really smooth if I selected one that was similar, specifically that the protein sources were mostly the same, and that the percentage of protein was not too far off.

I've also used probiotics with good luck. Yogurt with active cultures (look for Mountain High plain), or brew rejuvelac, or buy probiotic capsules. I just went with the capsules (30 billion bacteria per) because I've got two dogs on antibiotics, trying to help them feel better.

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11/23/13 8:30 P

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I hadn't thought of feed/supply stores! I'm not sure where the closest one is but I'm in East county (more rural) so I'm surei can find one close.

My girl Sadie has been on Blue for a couple months now and her stools are a little runny. Anybody know what might be causing that so I can find a food that might work better?

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11/23/13 3:04 P

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So late to this party, but here goes. Here in Southern California, feed & supply stores have become the go-to for big selections of high-quality dog foods. A few of them have retail hours close to those of the big retailers, but it can be dicey for us "last minute" folks.

I have three greyhounds of my own and one foster, so we go through about one large bag of kibble a week. When I find it on sale, I stock up. I read a rule of thumb years ago that you shouldn't buy more at once than your pet weighs (for freshness). Four greyhounds is about 280 lbs, which means 10 bags isn't out of the question.

I have several Petco and Petsmarts to choose from. I've become more fond of Petco because they carry more grain-free kibbles. If I run out of my usual, they at least have something I can buy a small bag of that is pretty close to what I feed my dogs.

I've fed my dogs different grain free kibble for a few year and done quite well. EVO was great, but their ever-expanding recall was troubling, so I switched to Natural Instinct. Their fur became less fabulous, so I've been adding fish oil or olive oil. I've got two "iffy" eaters, so I add frozen raw yummies, and I use moistened Stella & Chewy's dehydrated raw as treats and for pill-delivery. The dogs also get fruit and veggie trimmings (two will even jump and catch thrown bits!), as well as an ever-changing selection of fruits from our back yard.

I know of a household that typically has 24 greyhounds to feed (theirs and their fosters) and became a Canidae dealer because they were able to eat the minimum order quantity and take delivery of it by the pallet. Just in case anyone wondered how they could manage to have a few more dogs!

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9/10/13 1:41 P

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We use Natural Balance Limited ingredient formula and then supplement with fresh fruit, veggies and homemade dog treats. I am also going to try the raw bone this week.
When we first adopted, we tried the Blue buffalo, but my grey gained a lot of weight very quickly and just looked squishy/bloated all the time on it and so we took her off of it. My mother in law reported a similar experience with her poodle on Blue Buffalo. I do use their treats, though when I do not have a chance to make my own. The banana and yogurt ones are her favorite. :-)

SDLOV3R, It's just a personal preference to not buy food online. With all the recalls and such that go on these days I just don't want to mess with shipping or hassled returns if something should come up. :-)

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8/30/13 4:00 P

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Thank you for the feedback, Julia! I'll definitely do more research this upcoming week to figure out what we want to try.

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Honestly, I don't like either Iams or Eukanuba. I think you're paying a lot for some rather poor ingredients. If you want a quality, premium dog kibble, Blue Buffalo has much higher quality ingredients (no corn).

My girl Jade is allergic to grains so I purchase the Kirkland (Costco) grain free, which seems to suit both girls quite well. I previously purchase the Blue Buffalo grain-free, but it costs about twice as much. My vet says Costco's grain free is very highly rated, with simple, quality ingredients.

That said, I'm also a fan of raw feeding and give my grey's a fair amount of raw meat with bones. With the typical bad greyhound teeth, my vet loves this feeding methodology as it really helps keep their teeth clean!

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8/15/13 7:36 P

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We've always been told to stick with iams or eukanuba, which we normally would buy at petco growing up. Now that you mention online, though, I wonder if it's cheaper. Val, why do you prefer purchasing in a store over online? Perhaps you guys can help me make a decision for my first grey.

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I have heard good things about sites that you can order online for auto-replenish (I think dog.com offers it). I have never used them, though. I won't order my own food online though, so I am hesitant to order my pup's that way.

We usually just pick ours up at Petco-Petsmart doesn't carry it.




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6/11/13 11:39 A

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Where Do You get Dog Food?
At a store like PetSmart? Between the dobe and the greyhound, we go through alot of dog food each month. So we are thinking of ordering pet food (dogs, cat, Guinea pigs) online. Anyone doing that?




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