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Originally posted by steve 101 steve 101 wrote:

have you considered getting in rice and pasta for the dogs. Its bulky so fills them up and provides calories. It is the protein bit that may be a problem  Anyone any ideas please for the protein.  And if you could freeze some beef fat straight off the cow that also provides energy

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I [posted a reply about a great dog food that is loaded with meats and vegetables and has hardly any grains in it. The only problem with feeding them rice and pasta is that yes it fills them up but they get so little nutrients from it. They are not like us with regards to metabolizing caloric intake from cabohydrates. Too many carbs in pets can cause all kinds of maladies (heart problems, kidney damage, obesity, etc., etc.,). Cats and dogs (cats more so) are primarily carnivores and sustain their diet primarily with meats and sometimes a fruit or veggie. This is why most of the pet foods on te market today is considered crap. Because they use so many by-products and fillers from grains and stuff, our pets get so little of what they really need to have a healthy diet. If you cannot feed your animals a completely raw diet (which they would eat in the wild) then resort to feeding them the best food you can get with the highest meat protein and the least amount of fillers, grain or by-products. A good rule of thumb when buying food for your pets is to look at the first 10-15 ingredients. If any of those first ingredients are any type of grain (corn is especially bad because it is hard on their digestive system) then i would suggest checking outother foods. On recommendation from my pet store, the top five pet foods are (In order of quality)
1.) Timberwolf Organics or Innova (tied)
2.) Raw Instinct
3.) Wellness or Old Mother Hubbard (tied)
4.) Royal Canin
5.) Nutro ( I found bugs in the last bag I bought ...Never Again)
 
Well, I hope this has been a little insightful for all of you who have had questions about pet food. I swear by TimberWolf but I have heard alot of great things about Innova and Raw Instinct. The only reason I am hooked on Timberwolf for my pets is because I have found it to have the best results, but I haven't tried Raw Instinct yet. I do give my dog Innova treats thought and she loves them. Good luck to all of you and Happy Tails!
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Originally posted by jackson jackson wrote:

One of my old neighors used to have little dog slippers to put on her dog's feet.  I don't knwo where she got them from but maybe you could look into something like that. They might be easier to clean or to just throw away if you needed to.   Then you wouldn't have to worry about your dog tracking germs and stuff throughout your house.
 
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I posted this in another thread but I thought I would share it with you. I made dog boots out of baggies (cut off the ziploc) and then secured them on her feet with baby or toddler socks. You can buy toddler socks/booties that have non skid on the bottom. Also, when it is time to bring your dog in, just remove the baby booties and drop them in some bleach water to be reused again and throw the baggies (lining) away. Next time it is time for your dog to go out just put a new pair of baggies over his/her paws and secure them with clean baby booties. I plan on doing this every time my dog goes out when TSHTF. It is better to do too much than not enough when keeping those you love (even pets) safe from harm.
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Originally posted by Femvet Femvet wrote:

Rivendellpets, welcome aboard. Your knowledge will be very much appreciated.

I have a question for you: i used to be involved with a Feline Rescue Group and as a result, now have 13 cats, all inside in their own two rooms. Somebody suggested galrlic/brewers yeast as a flea treatment, but I don't know the proper dosage or what kind of garlic. Are we talking regular garlic powder? Any information?? TIA

 
 
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I am not familiar with using Brewer's Yeast although I know it can be good for flea treatment, yet I am familiar with Garlic and it DOES work. My vet told me to give them small amounts of a minced clove of garlic as the quickest method. Although, getting my cats to swallow it at first was a hassle, now I wrap a little piece of pure garlic inside a small piece of a Kraft single. They gobble it up and we have been able to ward off any flea infestations. Last summer it was very hot and we managed to make it through with two flea treatmens (Frontline) and the rest of the time we kept it at bay by using garlic. Just be sure that if you do give them garlic, not to give them too much (they suffer from gastro upsets and heartburn from too much just like we do.) I usually give my cats a small piece of minced garlic or two and I give my dog (75lbs) a half of a clove. Goodluck.
Please let me know if you have any suggestions for me as well. I think sometimes I worry more about my pets if TSHTF than I do about my hubby and myself!! LOL!
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Originally posted by GrizzlyGirl GrizzlyGirl wrote:

 Jackson,
I posted this in another thread but I thought I would share it with you. I made dog boots out of baggies (cut off the ziploc) and then secured them on her feet with baby or toddler socks. You can buy toddler socks/booties that have non skid on the bottom. Also, when it is time to bring your dog in, just remove the baby booties and drop them in some bleach water to be reused again and throw the baggies (lining) away. Next time it is time for your dog to go out just put a new pair of baggies over his/her paws and secure them with clean baby booties. I plan on doing this every time my dog goes out when TSHTF. It is better to do too much than not enough when keeping those you love (even pets) safe from harm.



Thank you! It sounds like a really good idea. I've been stocking up on dog food and other supplies over the past few months. Also, my neighbors have a dog and they don't believe there will be a pandemic. (I've discussed it with them on numerous occassions, and they believe that they will be able to run out to Walmart and get all the food and water they need as soon as there is a case of bird flu in the United States. Nothing I say can change their mind).  Their dog is so sweet and she comes over to my house a lot, so I have been stocking  up on pet food for my pets and for their dog as well.

I'm going to try the pet food you recommended.  Can you tell me which stores sell it?


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