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Old 09-20-2008, 03:45 AM
 
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I think if I were switching a 12 year old dog over to grain free, I would do a kidney function test first. I know they say the higher protein is not a problem but I also know blood protein is typically elevated in raw fed dogs. May, may not be a problem. There are two schools of thought on increasing protein in the senior dog.

My dogs are in the 5-6 year range when we made the switch. Very pleased.
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Old 09-20-2008, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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I think if I were switching a 12 year old dog over to grain free, I would do a kidney function test first. I know they say the higher protein is not a problem but I also know blood protein is typically elevated in raw fed dogs. May, may not be a problem. There are two schools of thought on increasing protein in the senior dog.

My dogs are in the 5-6 year range when we made the switch. Very pleased.
That's the reason for my hesitation. Through the years her creatinine readings are above average, bordering high on the curve. So we tested her every six months to keep an eye and it turns her average is higher than the normal, no alarming changes. Still enough to make me wary.
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Old 09-26-2008, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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When it comes to the grain free topic, it sounds like people have a wide variety of opinions on what is best. Have any of you tested the Canidae grain free foods? From looking at the ingredients, their blend is a higher quality and I like the price.
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Old 09-26-2008, 01:46 PM
 
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we have a boxer and have started him on wilderness by blue buffalo. it is a high protien, low carb blend. he is putting on weight and not eating all the time. i love it!
eta: it is considered a premium food according to dogfoodanalysis.com but you can buy it at petsmart.

Last edited by tamrabee; 09-26-2008 at 01:48 PM.. Reason: addition of info
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Old 09-26-2008, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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When it comes to the grain free topic, it sounds like people have a wide variety of opinions on what is best. Have any of you tested the Canidae grain free foods? From looking at the ingredients, their blend is a higher quality and I like the price.
I haven't even been able to get an idea on pricing as of yet I might call our area rep and see if he'll send me some samples
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Old 09-27-2008, 10:25 AM
 
Location: "The Sunshine State"
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I think if I were switching a 12 year old dog over to grain free, I would do a kidney function test first. I know they say the higher protein is not a problem but I also know blood protein is typically elevated in raw fed dogs. May, may not be a problem. There are two schools of thought on increasing protein in the senior dog.

My dogs are in the 5-6 year range when we made the switch. Very pleased.
Funny you should mention this. My newly adopted stray went thru the heartworm treatments recently. She tested a very strong positive for it. She has to be retested next month. Anyway the vet put her on a kidney function diet made by Purina (NF). They told me she has to stay on this diet due to its no salt added. I read the ingredients and there is salt in it. I am wondering now why she is on a kidney function diet. I would think the salt thing has to do with her heart. I wanted to switch her to my other dogs food and I noticed there is no salt added to that. It is Nutro for sensative stomachs. Any advise? This whole dog food thing is scary. I hate to switch to anything with the name Diamond attached to it.
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Old 09-27-2008, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Rudy likes Merrick wet food (Smothered comfort & Wingaling), but is less interested in it since we started on Evanger's... not on the rating list, so I'll have to rate it myself when I'm home. His favorites are the whole chicken thighs & whole chicken wings, which are basically just meat and broth. It smells absolutely awful when you dump it out, but seems to agree with his stomach - and taste buds! My cat also LOVES it, and now I give her a little on a plate or she'll steal it from Rudy.
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Old 09-27-2008, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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Funny you should mention this. My newly adopted stray went thru the heartworm treatments recently. She tested a very strong positive for it. She has to be retested next month. Anyway the vet put her on a kidney function diet made by Purina (NF). They told me she has to stay on this diet due to its no salt added. I read the ingredients and there is salt in it. I am wondering now why she is on a kidney function diet. I would think the salt thing has to do with her heart. I wanted to switch her to my other dogs food and I noticed there is no salt added to that. It is Nutro for sensative stomachs. Any advise? This whole dog food thing is scary. I hate to switch to anything with the name Diamond attached to it.
Before you make any dietary changes, I'd suggest that you call the vet to find out why s/he prescribed the Purina NF food, and ask the vet why the dog needs a salt restricted diet. Your questions are good ones, but the best person to direct them to IMO is the vet who prescribed the food. There may be a very good reason for mandating the diet and you just don't know what it is.

Let us know what you find out!
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Old 09-27-2008, 10:36 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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oh wow...

Ive been feeding my Jasper bad food all of his life....
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Old 09-28-2008, 01:42 PM
 
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Has anyone here ever tried Black Gold? (Black Gold Ultimate Adult Corn Free Chicken)
(Not to be confused with Solid Gold)

I haven't done the calculations yet specified in the OP, but it caught my eye because it was recommended by a breeder (not my breeder).
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