Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Its In The Bag

Reagan has reminded me why I love feeding raw food...........the poop! 1 cup of kibble in and 2 cups out. The volume is unbelievable, but it is normal and firm. So much more foul also (Stephen and my sister, Denise, are probably tired of hearing about Reagan's poopies by now although good friend, Helen, is always nice to ask :-).

I switched Reagan's kibble to Acana Grasslands about a week ago. The Blue Buffalo Lamb and Rice seemed to cause problems as soon as I was trying to feed her more than 2 cups of food per day (which she needs). I searched the Internet for another option. I found this website very helpful in comparing different brands of food - Dog Food Analysis. Use the search button to see how your brand stacks up.

The problem I faced is that many foods sneak in chicken fat and we are trying to avoid anything "bird" at this time (except eggs). Chicken fat alone crossed many high quality brands off my list.
I also was trying to avoid foods that contain too many kinds of meat. For example, Evo Red Meat would be an excellent choice for Reagan, but it contains beef, lamb, venison, AND buffalo. Throwing all of my red meat options into one food did not sit well with me. If there are any protein allergy problems in the future, I would like to still have venison and buffalo as an option.

I was planning on buying something else, but found the Acana Grasslands while browsing the shelves of the boutique pet food store. It is lamb based, clearly states "no poultry", no by-products, and is grain-free (something else I was happy about).

Reagan is doing very well on the Acana Grasslands. I am able to feed her 3 - 4 cups with no problems. We are closing in one month and she has not had any major digestive blow outs (not even on the Blue Buffalo). Now that she is eating a suitable amount of food, I hope to see her gain a few pounds over the next couple of weeks. Her skin is no longer flaky. Reagan's coat seems brighter and softer. Time will tell if the thin areas are filling in, but I am believing that they are. This picture was taken last weekend.
I wish I had a picture of Reagan dated today. I think she has gained the weight I wanted in just the last few days and her color is so much brighter! I think we are on the right track.


alex said...

Glad to hear that Reagan is doing better!

BrittBeah said...

Fingers crossed for you two.d

Michelle said...

Oh my! That is a huge difference in the amount of poop. Thanks for sharing the website link and food info. =)

Anonymous said...

I'm so very happy for both you and Reagan!

Shannon Turner said...

I'm so proud of Reagan's poop! Good poop = happy mom. :)

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Thanks everyone. I have to say that Reagan looks awesome! She is bright and beautiful again!


ekd said...

Just found your blog! I'm having a terrible time with my pup. Same age, same story. Right now we're on an anti-allergy food with not much in the way of results. Losing weight, losing hair, the whole bit. I will try this food! It all makes perfect sense.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

ekd, if you can't find a kibble that your pup does well on, you might try raw food. A processed/cooked diet might not be what he or she needs. Your dog might the opposite of Reagan. I'll be curious to hear what your solution ends up being. Good luck!


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Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

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