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Old 12-18-2012, 12:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have 2 boxers. One is a year old, the other is 9 months. Both of them are eating TOTW. They both eat it, but Drako the youngest has gas that can clear a room! Also their poops r not solid. Drako also has been licking his feet alot! and scratches like crazy. the vet wants to put him on food from the vet office. i dissagree with them because they push science diet on us like it is a good food and it is NOT. I stared mixing in ground turkey and vegies for them. Now the oldest is spoiled and if u give her plain dog food she will flip her bowl over. I have been thinking about going to birkdale pet mix. U just add your own meat. Wondering if anyone had any thoughts on this. I have gone online for hours looking at different food. It is such a hard thing to do. I have also thought about acana kangaroo formula. But now I just read about their formula changing? HELP! Lol
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Never heard of Birkdale pet mix. I hope someone else can help you out.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi there - Check out this link. If you are looking for a complete mix to add meat and veggies to I believe you can do better.
DogAware.com: Dog Food Mixes

Let us know how it goes!
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I was looking at the ingredients:

Ingredients: Chicken, Human Quality Vegetable Mix (Broccoli Crowns, Carrots, Parsley Leaf), Apple, Vegetable Pomace, Flax Meal, Blueberries, Kelp, Ginger Root, Garlic, Calcium Citrate

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein: not less than 20.1%
Crude Fat: not less than 6.5%
Crude Fiber: not less than 15.4%
Moisture: not more than 7%

SMALL BATCH INSTRUCTIONS

2 cups BirkDale PetMix
1 lb. ground meat
3 1/4 cups water
Follow preparation steps


I assume by adding the ground beef the protein % would increase. Otherwise it seems low on protein. I would take that into consideration unless for some reason you want low protein.


I considered a mix as well with my Gouda when I was home cooking for her during her cancer. I was looking at Dr Harveys though:


Grain?Free Natural Dog Food - Veg-To-Bowl - Dr. Harvey's


I never did try it but I was seriously considering it.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Okay so I looked at the link. I am now leaning toward the honest kitchen pet mixes. They have two different ones we could use. One has no meat, you add your own. The other has beef already in it. Maybe I should get them both and see what one or if they even like it. Thanks everyone for your help!


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Old 12-18-2012, 02:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I was looking at Honest Kitchen also while searching for dehydrated foods. I personally found it too high in carbs for the price. Grandma Lucy's is a dehydrated that is similar to HK, but less carbs. NRG is good also.


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Which TOTW were you feeding? The dog may be allergic to the protein in the one you were feeding. I know that Dempsey can only eat the Pacific Stream one.

Another thought: some dogs are very sensitive to potatoes. My westie mix is. Have you tried a kibble with no potatoes in it?
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I have not tried a food with no potato. Also out oldest is allergic to eggs. Seems like both boxers have different food issues. That makes it harder. So I am making hamburger meat and sweet potato. Next question is do I drain the fat off the meat?


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Personally, I've always boiled the meat when I've given it to my animals.
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So I guess u would drain the water with the fat off. I just don't want her to get the runs.


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