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Re: another recall-dog chews

Postby TamanduaGirl » Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:30 pm

Hyzzie broke off a tooth during tug with Quasi on two separate occasions. If the teeth are weak for some reason or they put a large amount of force on it then it could happen. I wouldn't bee too paranoid about it though. I think another thing is their generally being smart enough not to bite too hard but not always I guess. Hyzzie's never had problems with bones but when she used to tug with Quasi it was with all her might and the tug got down to held by just one tooth but she wouldn't give up. Was her third incisors on the top.
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Re: another recall-dog chews

Postby Juska » Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:18 pm

My boyfriend broke an upper molar, clean in half, on a flax seed in a vegetable juice drink. So the thing about bones possibly chipping a dog's teeth seems fairly plausible to me after seeing that happen.

I've always had a notion that a cow's knuckles and femurs were probably a little too strong to be giving to a dog very often, but after reading about it on other sites about raw feeding, it kinda confirmed my suspicion that it could in fact cause damage under the "right" circumstances.

Anyway, my dogs get Taste of the Wild, and of course my Emo (the Border/Golden mix) gets a mix of bones, meat and organs. The smaller dog Conte gets chicken gizzards and hearts, small pieces of liver and the dog food. Their main diet is the kibble, I only give the raw food as a small supplement to Emo's diet, when I can find it at our local store. Her favorite is pig's feet, which are usually cheap, meaty and have some easily digestible bone as well.

I've heard on here that TotW has had recalls in the past, but they haven't had any since I started feeding it to my dogs. That and Simply Nourish when I decide to buy it, which is PetSmart's proprietary brand for dogs and cats. Both are fairly affordable for people who care about their pet's welfare, versus "just tell me which one is the cheapest".

Taste of the Wild has a 4.5/5 rating on Dog Food Advisor, and Simply Nourish has a 4/5. I refer people to this website to check how their preferred food rates against another brand that I recommend. They're honest and not biased about their reviews, as it is all based on fact and product content.

It was my job as a pet care specialist to inform people about the different brands we carried, and to make recommendations based on our own experiences and knowledge (and we were not pressured to push the "expensive" stuff or made to hock a certain brand because the brand wants us to).

Just my two cents, those are two foods I prefer. But of course, that is just from my experience.
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Re: another recall-dog chews

Postby TamanduaGirl » Wed Jun 03, 2015 12:51 am

I've been giving mine vital pets logs and some grain free chunky bits.

I had stopped giving bones when she had high kiddnet values last year because of phosphorus. The vet said her teeth were dirty for the first time in 15 years this year so since her results are better got them some pork ribblets and hoping that helps.
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Re: another recall-dog chews

Postby pat » Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:41 am

juska,

there seems to be people that use the taste of the wild dog food. I might give that a try.
as I said, they don't get much of it, but, it is just to help stretch the homemade food.
how much is "taste of the wild" do they come in small kibbles. my little darlings like small kibbles :roll:

TG,
what is "vital pet logs"? never heard of it. I am willing to try it. apparently, it is safe.
also, what is pork ribblets?

once in awhile I gave my dogs pork hocks, I hope they are safe. they haven't had them for awhile.

whatever I did for them, brandy(the one that died of cancer) the vet said, her teeth were in excellent condition.
he was quite surprised how good they looked. she was 7 years old when the vet looked at her teeth.
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Re: another recall-dog chews

Postby TamanduaGirl » Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:38 pm

Ah I was a bit confused on the name it's FreshPet Vital formula http://freshpet.com/our-foods/our-brands/vital/

They like the beef log best but I have the bag of bits they show there too. The chunks smell really good.

The pork riblets are just strips of short bits of pork ribs the grocery store sells. I think it's like the tips cut off of the ribs. So the riblets are cheaper and easy for my small dogs to chew.
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Re: another recall-dog chews

Postby Juska » Wed Jun 03, 2015 3:53 pm

Taste of the Wild comes in 5lb to 40lb bags I think. It's about $11 for the smallest bag. I get the 15lb bag for $28, unless they're on sale then it's a little cheaper. A 15lb bag will last my two dogs eating mostly that food about two months before I have to buy another bag, versus my friend at work who has two dogs and she goes through a 40lb bag of Kibbles N Bits every month or less.

The kibbles are about normal size, but Conte likes them so they're small enough for a miniature poodle/schnauzer mix to easily eat. He's weird about texture and sizes of food sometimes. Too hard and he won't eat it.

They also make a puppy formula, that might have a smaller size kibble. That's the only "special" formula they offer besides the flavor varieties (salmon, lamb, bison, boar, etc), which is good because brands that make tons of "special formulas" are almost exactly the same in nutritional content than their normal food. They'll put a little more protein in the "active" kind, less protein in the "senior" kind and so on. So I like that they don't do that, they're more focused on what the food is actually made from and not gimmicky sales tactics.
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Re: another recall-dog chews

Postby pat » Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:06 pm

TG,

I think I did see that in the fridge at stores. I don't want the raw.
I know there were a couple recalls on the raw, but, honestly, can't remember what brand.

I will give it a try and see if they like it. thank you for info.
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Re: another recall-dog chews

Postby pat » Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:13 pm

juska,

the price is not bad, especially compared to blue buffalo. I think it is close to 4-health price.
but, my brats are pretty spoiled. the only way they will eat it if I mix a little in their homemade food :roll:

I bought a small bag of merrick. they seemed to like that. but, WOW, pretty expensive.
I just bought a small bag of it, was almost 20.00. for the bigger bag it was over 60.00.
for 60.00, I can buy two 30lb+ boxes of chicken thighs. it goes a long way. my dogs, foxes and coons get that.

do you know where taste of the wild is made at? also, does TSC have it? I thought I seen it there.
when I go to the store, I try to go in, get what I need and get the hell out of there. I hate shopping.

I also buy 4-health can dog food. I use it when I am low on their home cooked food. actually, my older dog
loves it. geez, I slave over a hot stove for them, and they like the can stuff :roll:
I just don't trust giving it to them on a daily basis.

thank you for info.
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Re: another recall-dog chews

Postby TamanduaGirl » Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:06 pm

I just buy the grain free or balanced nutrition ones. I've actually never seen the raw kind in stores. I figured the price per pound is pretty similar to actually buying meat at least at prices around here.

I actually tried Taste of the wild before and they didn't really like it. They love the kibble I have now but it's not made any more.
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Re: another recall-dog chews

Postby pat » Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:20 pm

TG,,

thank you for info. next time I go to the store, I will see if I can find what you mentioned.

I will try the taste of wild, but, will only get a small bag to try first.
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Re: another recall-dog chews

Postby Juska » Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:00 pm

Yes, they have it at Tractor Supply, that's where I buy mine.
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Re: another recall-dog chews

Postby pat » Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:03 am

I was at tsc the other day. found the taste of the wild. bought two small bags.
one with fish, the other with beef.

I gave a little of the beef one, (nothing else) I was surprised to see they ate it.
the food is in very small kibbles. so that worked out. they do go thru spells.
they seem to like something different at times.

I usually feed them a little food in the morning, then a little at night.

was at GE and seen the dog food TG mentioned, but, couldn't remember which one she said.
next time, I will write it down.
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Re: another recall-dog chews

Postby Violet » Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:37 am

I avoid fresh pet, like the plague. It gave my poor dog explosive diarrhea. It was so bad. He's normally a gassy dog, but good lord. I felt so bad for him. I contacted Fresh Pet about it, and they gave me some speil that he had a medical condition. He most certainly does not and did not. The vet confirmed it. Something in the Fresh Pet triggered it. Now I'm solidly with Taste of the Wild for all my critters. I can't recommend it enough!
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Re: another recall-dog chews

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sat Jun 06, 2015 12:43 pm

Probably just some ingredient he had a reaction too. Hyzzie has had colitis and pancreatitis her whole life and and this is the first food she has nice poops on. But an intolerance can happen to anything, even a specific type of meat just like an allergy. But I'd avid it too if there were any reactions like that.

Or could be the store had it in the fridge too long. Did you check the date on it?
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Re: another recall-dog chews

Postby Violet » Sat Jun 06, 2015 2:30 pm

It was still good, had quite a long ways to go, before it expired. My cat had a similar reaction, but instead of having a serious digestive meltdown, she just barfed it all up. Both were bought at the same store, so perhaps it had not been kept at the correct temperature. I don't want to risk any other reactions, so Fresh Pet is banned from my critter's meals. I'm positive other pets get a great deal of benefits from it, without any of those reactions! Sucks that my furbabies don't get to enjoy it.

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