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  • pkadare
    Club Member
    • Jun 2019
    • 860
    • Bobcaygeon, Ontario
    • My gear:
      22 Weber Kettle
      Napoleon PRO Charcoal Kettle Grill
      Broil King Keg
      Traeger Pro 34
      Napoleon Prestige Pro 500
      Pit Barrel Cooker
      Blackstone Range Combo Griddle

    PSA For Dog Owners

    Check what you're feeding your fur babies!
  • ComfortablyNumb
    Club Member
    • May 2017
    • 3128
    • Northeast Washington
    • KBQ C-60
      Thermoworks Smoke
      Thermoworks Thermopop
      Thermoworks Dot

    Mine are safe, I feed them grilled and charred meat two or three times a day. ;-)


    • pkadare
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      As one should!
  • Willy
    Charter Member
    • Apr 2015
    • 1792
    • High Desert of the Great Southwest

    I'm glad to see that most "culprits" are those that lay claim to the "natural" label. My sister is a vet and she notes that the big name "mainstream" dog food brands (Iams, Science Diet, even those less expensive brands like Purina) all have extensive lab facilities and do serious testing of their products. She says this is not true of the brands that heavily advertise the "natural" aspect of their dog food. I take her at her word.

    Dogs (coyotes, wolves) in the wild are omnivores. We currently have a coyote eating apricots and peaches from our fruit trees.


    • HawkerXP
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      He is just waiting for you to let your cat out.

    • texastweeter
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      gonna be shaking like all get out when that yote goes #2...lol peach pits...
  • IowaGirl
    Club Member
    • Dec 2018
    • 582
    • Northeast Iowa, USA

    Huh. Thanks for the heads up -- good to know. I did a little more digging because we feed the lamb (sometimes chicken) and rice kibble by 4Health to our 4 dogs. The 4Health brand was on the FDA's list.

    Ocho, my pibble (pit bull), had a skin condition that our vet suspected was from a food allergy. We changed to a lamb and rice kibble per the vet's recommendation, and Ocho's skin problem cleared up. (that's him in the pic)

    The FDA reports make it clear the troublesome products are grain-free versions however, so I'm a bit less concerned about the product I'm using.

    It looks like researchers don't really know at this point why the grain-free products are causing problems and the grain-based ones are not. More detail: https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinar...cardiomyopathy

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    • Bkhuna
      Club Member
      • Apr 2019
      • 437
      • Merritt Island Florida

      Just wait a few months and another, different group of scientists and not-scientists will issue contradictory claims.


      • FireMan
        Charter Member
        • Jul 2015
        • 7480
        • Bottom of Winnebago

        . I’m so tired of “science” & ensuing comments & ideas of such, plus I don’t have the energy & time. No further comment.


        • OKHNYC
          Former Member
          • May 2019
          • 4
          • Staten Island

          My girl is allergic to protein. Yup, you read that right - my apex predator Springer Spaniel is allergic to the very thing she is genetically programmed to catch and eat. Her food costs about a 100 bucks a month, is only available in one place and for reasons that no one is able to tell, needs a prescription for.

          Not that it has much to do with the conversation but I feel the need to pitch a fit over it every time the subject comes up


          • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
            Club Member
            • Jun 2018
            • 512
            • Eastern NC
            • 2018 MAK 2 Star
              Charbroil Big Easy SRG

            Just make sure you research it a bit more, the sample size is super small considering the top 10 brands mentioned are used by thousands of pet owners and a large number of cases is tied to breeds that already have a history of health problems due to poor breeding (retrievers). While it's obviously something to consider, at this time there isn't enough information to justify a switch in brands, for me anyway. I use dogfoodadvisor and research anything my pets get, and they get the best food I can get at a reasonable price.

            We have a few people much smarter than me on the genetics and science stuff in my breeds community that are doing their own research but so far have not found link between the foods listed and this particular health issue.

            Last edited by ItsAllGoneToTheDogs; July 5th, 2019, 08:54 AM.


            • Donw
              Club Member
              • Jul 2017
              • 2814

              I never know from most media published reports of findings is if the study determined correlation or causation. Finding a correlation is a far cry from causation as demonstrated by the following chart:
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              • HawkerXP
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                That's why I never eat cheese in bed!

              • HawkerXP
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                That's why I never eat cheese in bed!

              • texastweeter
                texastweeter commented
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                ^ SPAM ALLERT! HawkerXP
                Husky GET EM'! lol
            • CaptainMike
              Club Member
              • Nov 2015
              • 2367
              • The Great State of Jefferson
              • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill w/SnS and DnG (Spartacus)
                Old school big'ol Traeger w/Pro controller (Big Tex)
                2 W22's w/SnS, DnG (1 black, 1 copper) (Minions 1 and 2)
                20+ y/o many times rebuilt Weber Genesis w/GrillGrates (Gas Passer)
                20 x 30 Santa Maria grill (Maria, duh)
                Bradley cabinet smoker (Pepper Gomez)
                36" Blackstone griddle (The Black Beauty)
                Thermoworks Smoke and Thermapen.

              Under his breath our Vet said he feeds his dogs and cats regular old Purina chows. We're switching over too.


              • Steve B
                Steve B commented
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                Waiting to hear back from my Vet. to see what he says, thinks.

              • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
                ItsAllGoneToTheDogs commented
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                Hills and Purina (and one of the heartworm manufacturers that I don't recall) fund the majority of Vet textbooks/schools... not thinking all tinfoil like, but it feels really odd that every vet in every state tries to push the same products according to various forums and facebook things I've been on through the years. Those brands all make decent products but there are alternatives
            • Steve B
              Club Member
              • Jun 2016
              • 2898
              • Rockland county New York
              • Lonestar Grillz 24x36 offset smoker, grill, w/ main chamber charcoal grate and 3 tel-tru thermometers - left, right and center
                Yoke Up custom charcoal basket and a Grill Wraps cover.

                22.5 copper kettle w/ SnS, DnG, BBQ vortex, gasket and stainless steel hinge kit.

                Napoleon gas grill (soon to go bye bye) rotting out.

                1 maverick et-733 digital thermometer - black
                1 maverick et-733 - gray
                1 new standard grilling remote digital thermometer
                1 thermoworks thermopen mk4 - red
                1 thermoworks thermopop - red

                Pre Miala flavor injector
                taylor digital scale
                TSM meat grinder
                chefs choice food slicer
                cuisinhart food processor
                food saver vacuum sealer
                TSM harvest food dehydrator

              Well my Vet suggested I ween my dogs off of the Natural Balance Original Ultra “grain free” food and onto one that contains grains.
              So I am currently switching them to Purina Pro Plan adult savor. It only has one ingredient, soybean meal, in the top ten ingredients that is allegedly bad. And a bonus. My older one, who is picky, loves it.


              • texastweeter
                Club Member
                • Jul 2017
                • 2876
                • Republic of Texas

                diamond naturals here. Get it at TSC Also anytime the dogs are sick or have stomach issues of any kind they get beef liver, raw egg, and pumpkin pure until it clears up and then about 3 days after. Works wonders.
                Last edited by texastweeter; July 9th, 2019, 12:47 PM.


                • pjlstrat
                  Club Member
                  • May 2019
                  • 352
                  • Massachusetts
                  • Grills
                    Primo XL
                    Weber Genesis w/ rotisserie

                    ThermaQ 2 Channel
                    Party Q

                  Thank you for this.....We will check with our vet.


                  • Old Glory
                    Club Member
                    • Feb 2018
                    • 784
                    • Northshore MA
                    • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill
                      XL BGE
                      DCS Gasser
                      Humphrey's Cabinet Smoker
                      Weber Performer

                      Slow & Sear
                      Ceramic Grill Store Reducer Ring
                      Woo Rig;
                      Adjustable Rig
                      BGE Pizza Stone
                      Pit Bull Fan
                      Griddle Store Griddle

                    I feed Wellness Core. Grain free but has Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, apples, and Blueberries. We switched from Blue Buffalo because it was causing stomach issues


                    • smokin fool
                      Club Member
                      • Apr 2019
                      • 1522
                      • Mississauga, Ont

                      Our Vet said Husky’s do better on a fish diet so Rey is on the food that Dick Patton shills for. I suspect it’s no better or worse than meat foods
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                      • Steve B
                        Steve B commented
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                        Beautiful pup. And pictured where he should be. In the snow. Very nice.

                      • smokin fool
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                        Yeah, and she knows she is....
                        If there's snow on the ground she won't come in the house, just races around the yard for hours.
                        Does the worm and digs like a badger.



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