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Old 10-22-2007, 08:26 PM
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I am interested to know what you mean by "good local sources" for your RMB. Can't you just buy where you buy your own meat? At the grocery store or butcher?
I think it would cost me as much, if not more, to get RMB from the grocery store as it costs to get the frozen raw. I'm also much more comfortable buying meat produced locally for the dog (I don't care nearly as much for me!). I know there are a couple of local turkey farms that will be selling necks and tails cheap come Thanksgiving time, and I'm hoping to stock up a bit then. I also have a friend with an organic sheep farm that said she may be able to get me some things. Until recently, I didn't have enough freezer space to even consider doing homemade. Now that I've got the chest freezer, I plan to look into it more.
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Old 10-23-2007, 06:45 AM
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Yes, I did try canned - Merrick - because that's the kibble I am currently using. His stomach was upset. It made a lot of gurgling noises and he had very bad gas (stinky!!). I think canned is too rich for him. I have aslo heard that long term it can be bad for his teeth. Mixing it in with the kibble really didn't improve his intake. I do mix eggs in from time to time - he loves eggs!!

I think Colt loooks great too!! He has a beautiful coat and he is still young - only 16 months. I think he will fill out as he gets older. I can feels his bones but he does eat. I personally think my vet is making too much out of this. I have had testing done and nothing was found. I just think it is the way he is.

I go back and forth about changing his food. He is tolerating the Merrick Puppy Plate well and seems to like it as far as kibble goes.
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Old 10-23-2007, 01:29 PM
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I go back and forth about changing his food. He is tolerating the Merrick Puppy Plate well and seems to like it as far as kibble goes.
If he is doing well on it, then don't change. My only concern would be Merrick's quality control issues.
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Old 10-23-2007, 02:31 PM
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I'm not sure what you mean about Merrick - please elaborate.

I decided to go ahead and try the Evo Red Meat today though. He did take some from my hand so I added a little to his bowl. I'll keep you posted.
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Old 10-23-2007, 02:34 PM
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How long has he been on the Merrick? He really needs to gain some weight, imo. Maybe you could supplement his diet with some extras? Eggs, meat, RMBs, etc. Something to stimulate his appetite.

Edit: I just saw your post. I hope he likes the Evo!
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Old 10-23-2007, 02:57 PM
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I forgot to add that your dog is VERY fine boned which is going to make him appear thinner than he actually is. I think that can be misleading to people. They mistake fine boned for too thin when in fact the dog is just fine. It's actually been proven (I am sorry, I can't find the source) that dogs that are slightly underweight actually live longer, healthier lives than dogs that are ideal or slightly overweight.
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Old 10-23-2007, 03:53 PM
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Thanks Herschel. That information makes it easier to make the switch!!

I think Colt is very petite too. I still think he could stand to add at least 5 lbs. though.

I have been supplementing with cooked eggs occasionally. Colt loves them and eats his entire bowl of food when they are added. That's why I believe this is not an appetite issue that may signify a health problem. I just need to find the right diet.

Now that tests have been done and no health issue exists, I'm going to give the EVO a shot. If that fails (and I think a month is long enough to see) I will try raw.

Thanks for your input everyone - it makes me much more confident in my decision......
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Old 10-23-2007, 06:17 PM
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i was going to suggest raw. Even if you don't totally switch, some raw might put weight on him.
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Old 10-24-2007, 12:02 AM
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I feed a combo of EVO and Wellness with great success. How old is your dog? (hope I didn't miss it in the thread).
I get pups off puppy food asap and put them on a high quality adult food with no ill effects.........most of the breeders that I know also don't feed puppy food.

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