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  1. TDG

    Why is it..........?

    [quote name='JackieMaya']Like DF said, there are far more important animal issues that need to be dealt with.[/quote] that's a statement i see coming up quite often in all kinds of discussions and i always wonder why people think that fighting for one cause would take resources away from other "more important" stuff. should we stop fighting for responsible breeding of animals and better animal welfare laws just because human children are suffering for one reason or another and they are more important? should we stop research on adverse reactions of drugs for dogs like for example rabies vaccination or heartworm preventives just because there are problems with drugs for humans as well and it's more critical to take care of that too? i don't think resources are so limited that one issue or cause has to take the backseat over another.
  2. i just updated my site with info on a problem with diamond pet food [url]http://www.mordanna.com/dogfood/[/url]
  3. [quote name='abker17']And honestly I don't believe ONE person not buying from a BYB makes much of a difference.[/quote] where do you draw the line tho? sure, one person isn't going to make a difference, but when even just 1,000 people go by that thought and believe they are the one person an exception is in order for, that's 1,000 puppies bought from BYBs. if you go by an average of 6 puppies per litter, that's almost 167 litters of puppies going to people who think they are the one person who doesn't make a difference. just as another example, in a country with a population of 285 million, if just one in 1,000 people thinks they are the one person to whom that exception applies, that's 285,000 people or 47,500 litters of puppies. just a hypothetical number, i know, but you get the idea. the only way BYBs are going to give up their business is if they can't get rid of their "products", no matter if it is by selling to ignorant people who don't know better, or those who do know better and buy anyways, to save a poor pup from an uncertain fate. however, this does not mean that i would go as far as saying that anyone who does end up with a puppy from a BYB is a horrible person, we are all only human. i just hope that each and every one of them wouldn't do it again next time they get a dog.
  4. TDG

    Flint River Ranch Food?

    there are better options out there than FRR. in my opinion it has too much grain and not enough meat, and it also contains generic "poultry fat".
  5. TDG

    Dog Food again...

    pyrless - thank you :) debbie - as one example of many, canidae is generally available for the same price (or only little more) as nutro natural choice, but it is more digestible and calorie dense, and contains less fillers, so you have to feed less of it and the same size bag will last longer. in addition to that, the meat content of canidae is about double that of most of the nutro natural choice varieties (e.g. lamb & rice or chicken, rice & oats). canidae also has better supplements and does not contain menadione. i resent the remark that i don't want to share the knowledge about better foods :D that is the entire resaon why i authored my website on the topic and [url=http://www.mordanna.com/dogfood/index.php?page=identify]this article[/url] specifically. if it were really so simple to publish a list and give fair consideration to each food, i'd probably type one up. that's not the big deal. but, in the last 4 years or so i have recorded and updated over 130 lines of dog food, encompassing over 800 different products and that's still not everything available on the US market right now. i know of at least 10 lines that i haven't included yet for various reasons (mostly lack of manufacturer details) and there are probably at least twice as many brands i simply haven't even heard of yet. what would be fair of me to do? post a list of all the products i consider better quality than nutro? post a list of what i consider "better quality" than mainstream foods like pro plan and science diet? or just the foods i would consider good quality period? the problem is if i single out let's say 50 different products, there s still a "pyramid" of quality, with the ok foods at the bottom and the selection narrowing down towards the top as we consider every single little detail that could make one food better than another. after all that we could end up for example with a food like evo, which you noticed didn't work out for your dog for one reason or another, and the whole thing would have been futile. one thing i [b]do[/b] for people who are consulting with me on what to feed is have them give me a list of foods that are easily available to them locally (e.g. the person being limited to large chain stores like petco or petsmart) and then determine what the best options would be. if that would help you, please do feel free to email me. mordanna at mordanna dot com. :)
  6. TDG

    Dog Food again...

    [quote name='Debbie']Give a list. I tried Innova EVO with my Jack and she didn't do well on it. Loose stools. :wink:[/quote] sorry, i don't do "lists" - for the precise reasons that i'm not a psychic and can't know what any particular dog will do well on, unless i can see him or her myself on a regular basis. it's silly that people pick one brand or another just because "so-and-so" says it's one of the "top 10 dog foods" or any similarly ill conceived "in-thing" du jour to be passed around on forums and email lists. i don't know of any instance where this does people a favor, a prime example is the [url=http://www.mordanna.com/boards/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=725]list of yearly selections[/url] from the whole dog journal. feel free to poke around my website tho, the link is in my signature below. it contains all the tools you need to determine the differences in quality. :)
  7. TDG

    Books on making food

    pitcairn and segal are two great books to start with if you want to start out with cooking the food. you'll get the most out of them for your money. in regards to the grinder: i just ordered mine yesterday since i am finally also going to put my 5 cats on raw - and northern tools just has a highly recommended one on sale. :) [url=http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=6970&productId=36989&R=36989]$80 plus shipping instead of $120[/url] :)
  8. TDG

    PAWS 2005

    to be honest, i don't see how nonprofit organizations could be affected by legislation that regulates commercial operations. i could be wrong, but it doesn't make sense.
  9. TDG

    Probiotics

    human products are fine. :) personally i use NOW brand's acidophilus powder. dogs have a higher metabolism and a shorter digestive tract, so giving a full human dose 3-4 times a week works well. i'd stay away from most products especially made for pets, since they generally contain ridiculously low amounts of CFU. if it isn't at least a billion per serving, it's not worth buying.
  10. TDG

    Vegetables

    grapes/raisins and onions are the only things you really want to stay away from. there are veggies you don't want to overfeed (e.g. uncooked spinach and other "dark leafy greens" contain high amounts of oxalates) but fed in moderation they are not a problem as long as the dog doesn't have specific existing health problems. don't try too many at a time, so you can keep track of whatever doesn't work for your particular dog, e.g. many get bad gas from raw cabbage-type veggies, so it's better to cook/steam them instead.
  11. TDG

    vaccinations

    kat, [url]www.newvaccineprotocols.com[/url] the vet who is maintaining that site is dr. bob rogers, [url]www.critterfixer.com[/url] i strongly urge you to read up on the topic in order to avoid giving unnecessary vaccines. you also do not "need" and annual booster.
  12. TDG

    Homemade food q's

    awww i'm sorry to hear you are having such troubles. fasting for a while is a good idea tho, to letthe stomach settle down. there is no harm in feeding canned pumpkin like any other veggie, so you can definitely include it in any reasonable amount. dog paddle - yes, if you don't see any undigested pieces of shell, you are fine. :)
  13. TDG

    Heartworm

    kat - just so you know, there is a test available now to find out which dogs carry the gene for the sensitivity. all that aside, personally i also believe interceptor is the better product. and here's some additional information you might be interested in: you can give interceptor every 45 days instead of every 30, just make [b]sure[/b] to mark your calendar properly. you also do not need to give the full dose unless you need to the deworming effect for whipworms and hookworms every single month (imo, overkill). if you give it as HW preventive alone, for a dog under 50 lbs the interceptor doses packaged for dogs weighing up to 10 pounds is sufficient, if over 50 lbs, the dosses packaged for dogs weighing 11-25 pounds is enough. this is commonly referred to as the "safeheart dose", after a european product that uses exactly the same ingredient as interceptor (milbemycin oxime), but in much lower doses. this is not something unproven and just passed on by word of mouth, it's actually FDA approved. more info here: [url]http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/98fr/080398c.pdf[/url]
  14. TDG

    TDG: question about food

    congrats on the new pup kat, i found the thread. what an adorable girl. you are moving to the US? wow, that is exciting. i hope you will have less trouble with all the immigration stuff than i had. even tho i married a US citizen, it still took them 4 years to sort it all out. :x good luck! :)
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    TDG: question about food

    pumpkin, i freely admit i don't know by far as much about feeding the true athletes of the dog world, as opposed to less hard working canines. but i do know that fat is the primary source of energy for dogs, and combined with good quality carbs it provides the high levels of energy required for these animals. with the carbs i would experiment with sources that are low on the glycemic index, meaning they don't cause rapid spikes of blood sugar, but instead provide a slow and steady output of energy. so you could try replacing some of the grain content (rice, corn, etc.) in the diet with barley, slow cooked whole oats (not instant oatmeal), peanuts and sweet potatoes for example.
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