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Charles Shaheen
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PostSubject: grain free puppy food    Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:17 am

hello I have a 7 month old husky named zeus I love him to death he has issues with his stomach where he can only eat grain free food I was giving him the brand authority it was ok so I switched him to blue I think he didn't eat that so now I have him on a brand called 4health he doesn't like that either I mix the 4health puppy food with some 4health grain free can soft food and he devours it mostly the soft food he kinda picks through it but any way now for my question.

is there anything else that I can try to feed him like maybe something with some flavors or something hes loosing some weight because he's just tired of the food he's been eating and I don't want to always feed him the canned soft food.

also I have other dogs in my house and they eat regular food and even after I feed him the canned/hard food its like he's always hungry so I don't know if he's not getting the right vitamins or what but please any help would be great thanx
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PostSubject: Re: grain free puppy food    Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:01 pm

Grain free is the way to go for dogs anyways. Grains don't provide very good nutrition for dogs and make up a large portion of most cheap foods.
Taste of the Wild is a popular brand with a lot of users here. They have a couple different flavors, but I think just 2 in the puppy version.
You can check out this site for reviews and in depth info on various brands.
http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/brand/
There is a lot of helpful info there.

A couple questions we'd probably need answered before we can offer too much advice would be:
How much does he weigh?
How often do you feed him?
How much do you feed him?
How much does he eat?
Does he have other medical issues?
How much activity is he getting?
Is his poop normal?
Does he have problems pooping?
What does the vet have to say on the subject?

The range of possibilities is pretty great with the info we have right now. He could be getting overfed, he could actually be a little heavy and dropping weight to a normal range. He might not be getting enough activity, and therefor not be very hungry. He could have another medical issue that is causing problems.
Some huskies self regulate their intake very well, some will eat themselves to death (like mine).
Maybe he has a dietary issue that hasn't cleared up yet. Giving him some raw pumpkin may help clear things up. Some dogs are just very particular, or need a specialized diet. Some people have just said 'you eat what I give you' and it's worked, but at the same time you don't want a dog wasting to death...so there is a fine line.
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PostSubject: Re: grain free puppy food    Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:26 pm

ok thanx
he weights about 60lbs
I feed him once a day because he doesn't eat his food
I give him about 1 1/2 cups
no other known medical issues
his poop is normal as long as he gets grain free food
he gets some activity he always has toys that he plays with and he's always wrestling with my other dogs
and the vet has said nothing about his stomach issue they don't know why he's like that I have taken him to 3 different vets and all 3 say the same thing
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PostSubject: Re: grain free puppy food    Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:37 pm

Hey Charles, sorry to hear your pup is still having issues. As Dave said some more info would be helpful. I will point out that at 7 months your pup can go over to an all life stage kibble vs puppy, so that opens up more options for you. The 4 health is a good food, so if he likes the grain free I would just try that. If not it is similar to Diamond and Taste of the Wild, my girls have done great on TOTW, and many others feed it as well. They do carry several all life stages, look on the bag if a bag of kibble lists feeding of puppies along with a feeding chart for adults then it is an all life stage food. One thing that can work for people who have picky pups, and they like can, you can soak the kibble in warm water for a few minutes and then feed your pup/dog and it is perfectly fine, some animals do prefer a less crunchy food. I also know with my husky girl she does not like large size kibble, she wouldn't eat the lamb and rice 4 health because the kibble was large, but eats TOTW happily, the kibble is smaller and grain free.

Just read your new post....huskies are self regulators, the 1.5 cups is pretty much ok, he probably could eat more, but 1.5 wont starve him. he appears to be close to adult weight so he may be slowing down on the amount. the tummy issue, could be an allergy, could be because huskies are prone to tummy issues, especially puppies, and most do not do well on grain inclusive foods, which I know you haven't really fed. Do you walk your pup at all? playing with the other dogs is great, but huskies in general need more exercise than most other breeds, so he may be adjusting the amount of food to his exercise level.
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PostSubject: Re: grain free puppy food    Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:45 pm

At 60 pounds and relatively little exercise, I kinda believe he's getting plenty of food. I might, in your situation, go the hard guy route, put down the food he is to eat, leave it for 20 minutes, take it away and that is that. No trying to figure out what he will or will not eat, just " this is your dinner, take it or leave it." If he's healthy, he's not going to starve himself. Just don't let him eat the others food.

My boy could not eat food with ground corn in it - pudding poop and frequent morning stomach gurgles, retching, grass eating, small amounts of clear, foamy vomit. Switched to Taste of the Wild, High Prairie and that all went away. He used to sometimes gets 4Health, too before I went to subscription ordering - we live out in the boonies and is so much easier to have the kibble show up, like magic, on the porch. Used to be cheaper but Chewy.com raised the price. Not happy about that.
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PostSubject: Re: grain free puppy food    Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:23 pm

The food I fed my two as puppies was the FREEDOM line from Blue. I know you said you tried Blue already, but he may like this one. My two LOVED it, it also eliminated softish stool they were having. Anyways, it's grain free and all that good stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: grain free puppy food    Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:16 am

Hi Charles! Grain free food seems to be a lot easier to find these days! There are some really great foods that you can find in a variety of grain free flavors. On the more expensive side, I would recommend the brand Acana. This brand is really great. The sister brand is called Orijen. Also a good brand, just not as many flavor varieties. This is good food for a rotational diet because of all the flavors. If your pup is getting bored with his food, you can try something different, and they have sample bags available to buy in case you want to try a flavor just in case. This is a very high protein brand...great for the working dogs like our huskies! When doing a rotational diet, you don't have to transition as intense as you would when switching brand to brand. I would just do a few days of transition.

As mentioned earlier, Taste of the Wild is another good grain free diet. Also rotational!

Fromm is another awesome brand I would recommend. Another rotational diet, grain free, lots of flavors.

If you are looking for a food that is a little more limited ingredient, I would look at Natural Balance (again lots of flavors) and also First Mate or Kasiks. First Mate and Kasiks are sister brands as well, the only difference being that First Mate uses potato as a carb and Kasiks uses lentils and legumes. First Mate and Kasiks are both sourced out of Canada, which I love because the meat regulations there are very strict. The First Mate/Kasiks formulas are very simple and are great for sensitive tummies.

I hope this helps! I know this is a little late of an answer to your post, but I thought I would post anyways just in case you hadn't found something you like!

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