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Old 01-19-2012, 06:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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well after trying to get Bella to eat the diamond food, which Crash loved and was the only thing she could eat. I decide to try Iams. brought the bag in and put it down, well you would think it was Christmas. opened it and gave her a bowl and it was gone in minutes... maybe this one will work.. and she tolerates it well. it is for large breed puppies........ any one else feed their boxers this brand?
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not sure about feeding your Dog IAM's the ingredients have corn and by products not a recommendation... Plus Boxers arent Large Breed there a Medium Breed I was told not to feed Large Breed Puppy when my Boxer was a pup.... ANY Other Suggestions?

I feed my guy ACANA - Lamb & Apple
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When feeding kibble I ALWAYS fed large breed puppy, it helps slow down their growth. I agree that Iams isnt ideal, but different foods work for different dogs. Boxers are known for grain sensitivities, thats why you will see alot of members suggesting Grain Free foods such as TOTW, Orijen, Canidae, Now etc. But this doesnt apply to all dogs. Some dogs can't handle the grain free foods and do better on a chicken and rice formula such as Blue Buffalo. Other dogs can't handle the higher protiens and need what I call a mid level food such as Pro Plan.

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lol. she is such a finicky eater, I am ready to try anything and was sort of excited.....
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Whatever works for your dog!

I myself went from all of those "higher" brands to ProPlan and I won't ever go back to anything else!
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I agree with Kari (2manydogs) that different dogs do better on different foods.
I have fed quite a few different foods, but have always avoided certain ingredients. They are:

Corn - has no nutritional value (goes in & gets pooped out) a cheap filler

Wheat - is a common allergen

By-Products- the parts of an animal that aren't fit for human consumption

Animal Fat - too non-specific (doesn't say from what animal)

Meat and Meal Bone - attached definition from wikipedia-
Meat and bone meal (MBM) is a product of the rendering industry. It is typically about 48 - 52% protein, 33-35% ash, 8-12% fat, and 4-7% moisture. It is primarily used in the formulation of animal feed to improve the amino acid profile of the feed. Feeding of MBM to cattle is thought to have been responsible for the spread of BSE (mad cow disease). In most parts of the world, MBM is no longer allowed in feed for ruminant animals. However, in some areas, including the US, MBM is still used to feed monogastric animals. It is widely used in the United States as a low-cost meat in dog food and cat food. [1]

Animal digest - This one is my all time fave - attached definition from wikipedia
Animal Digest is a common ingredient used in pet foods. As defined by the AAFCO, it is material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed animal tissue. The animal tissues used shall be exclusive of hair, horns, teeth, hooves and feathers, except in such trace amounts as might occur unavoidably in good factory practice and shall be suitable for animal feed.
A cooked-down broth made from specified or unspecified parts of animals (depending on the type of digest used). If the source is unspecified (e.g. "Animal" or "Poultry", the animals used can be obtained from any source, so there is no control over quality or contamination. Any kind of animal can be included: "4-D animals" (dead, diseased, disabled, or dying prior to slaughter), goats, pigs, horses, rats, miscellaneous roadkill, animals euthanized at shelters, restaurant and supermarket refuse and so on

Not saying all of these are in Iams, just saying what I personally avoid.
With that said, Iams is not the worst food, but leaves a little something to be desired.

Here is a very interesting site on what's in pet food: just scroll down a little.

truth about pet food, pet food ingredients, toxic grains, by products in pet food, human grade pet food

Of course our pets may like the taste of poor quality foods, but that doesn't mean they are healthy. (I like the taste of chocolate chip cookies and potato chips, but this wouldn't exactly be a good dinner choice )
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I looked at canned food today and never bought one because it had meat by product and corn. i know they shouldn't have that. the diamond brand for large breed puppies does not have any of those fillers. but she won't eat it unless i put in yogurt or milk r, anything else for that matter. home cooked she loves... i thought large breed was over fifty pounds. and crash was seventy five pounds. so i figured a boxer was large breed dog. am i wrong
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I think you have to go by what suits your dog, if it's healthy, full of life it got to be working. We all want the best, but even the food we consume, or give our kids, are we looking to see how good it is for our growth and development?

My boy has a very cheap kibble( tho vet recommend), after months of IBS/colitis it is the only thing that keeps him consistent. But because I know it isn't great I also add 2-3tins of sardines in sunflower/olive oil or tomato sauce, half pound of chicken and a good dollop of live yogurt a day.

He is bright and his coat is always commented on and has all the enegy he needs to keep up with his play mates.

On the odd occasion I have had some spare ie, table spoonful boiled rice or potato I have added it to his food, even these in upset his tum. I so don't
deviate. Even his training treats are the dried chicken breast, just to be safe.

We try to think for them, WE get bored of eating the same stuff, they don't!
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Just go with what she will eat. It's exactly like what Kari said, some dosg do better on some foods and others not.
If you are feeding puppy, same as Kari said, I would feed the large breed as it does slow down their growth; would reduce the possible joint problems in the future.

I currently feed Orijen because Bos has an intolerance to grain however he is very picky (which is totally my fault) . I always have to add something to it for him to eat it. He'll eat just plain kibble when he's hungry but that's about it; and he's got to be like semi-starving... my little drama man.
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Have you tried the Blue Buffalo products? Angel is allergic to Corn and Soy so it works for us.......each dog is different.....
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