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Old 06-03-2008, 01:55 PM
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We know what the quality foods are, that's not the issue at all. The issue is that no food is putting weight on her, and she simply does not eat enough of it.

She has NOT eaten any Pedigree, Iams, or grocery-store found foods since I've had her. She's eaten Blue Buffalo, Canidae, Evo, and who knows what else...

As far as the Science Diet goes, we're not aiming for a low-phosphorus food. The vet thinks that the Homemade foods have too much workload on the kidneys, or perhaps too much phosphorus. She won't eat the Science diet, anyway.
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:01 PM
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TOTW made the list as well, which is nice since that's the brand I know best.
Just wanted to add that both Sizzle and I are having trouble keeping weight on dogs with TOTW. In case you were thinking of trying that.
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:09 PM
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Just wanted to add that both Sizzle and I are having trouble keeping weight on dogs with TOTW. In case you were thinking of trying that.
Teehee, maybe I should switch Archie to TOTW next, then
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PWC is right - Ilsa is too skinny right now, and she's been eating TOTW exclusively for the past few months. After this bag is done, we're switching.
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:37 PM
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I have a hard time defining "too skinny" for sport dogs. For dogs who are just pets, it doesn't really harm them to have that extra rib covering.

So, I have different standards for "too skinny" and "fat" depending on what the dog does.

That was really random... hah, hit enter before I was done... whoops.

Meant to say that... I haven't had a weight problem with TOTW, but that's probably because I needed to take weight off my dogs. They've been doing what I want them to do... so we'll see what happens when I try to get them to maintain a weight.
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:13 PM
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Its hard to tell from the second pic, but she doesn't look emaciated in those pics, thin yes, but not emaciated -although, it would be hard to tell with her fur.
Do you have an idea of how much weight you'd like to put on her?

She doesn't look very tall, and according to the ACK website (http://www.akc.org/breeds/siberian_husky/) she isn't too far under the weight for females.

Can you feel all her ribs when you run your hands down her sides, or just the last one or two? I'm not advertising Purina, but they have this: http://www.purina.com/dogs/health/bodycondition.aspx on their website that shows different body conditions of dogs. (I'm sure there are other sites, this is the one that came up first on my search)
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:18 PM
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Sizzle, I think I'm going to end up having to put Frodo on a different food as well, unfortunately.

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That was really random... hah, hit enter before I was done... whoops.
I'll admit, when I read your post I was a little confused as to who you were talking to, LOL.

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Meant to say that... I haven't had a weight problem with TOTW, but that's probably because I needed to take weight off my dogs. They've been doing what I want them to do... so we'll see what happens when I try to get them to maintain a weight.
I'm sort of in the same boat with Izzy. She is losing on TOTW, which is what I want. But if she is like Frodo, once she hits the right weight even upping the amount doesn't really slow down the weight loss much, just more poop.
I really, really hope this isn't the case though, Izzy has a very sensative stomach and this is the only food, other then Canidae, that she seems to do well on. We'll see what happens when I try and get her to maintain weight.
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But if she is like Frodo, once she hits the right weight even upping the amount doesn't really slow down the weight loss much, just more poop.
YEP - that's *exactly* what happened to Ilsa. I like keeping my dogs trim and fit, but I'm beginning to be able to feel her pelvic bones, and some of her vertebrae. She's 75lbs right now, and she should be 80lbs. When you've got no hiar to hide it, 5lbs of lost weight SHOWS!
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Not to mention that with my guys, 5 pounds is roughly 1/4 their body weight!
Since I just bought a 30 pound bag of TOTW the other day (they were sold out of 15 pound bags), I think I'm going to try mixing it with another food. They were on a mix of TOTW and Canidae before and maintained weight.

All I know for sure is that they really need to make a TOTW for humans. Eat all you want and lose weight, sounds good to me.
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I agree... I want a TOTW for humans!

If it does become a problem, I do have another safe food... it's just a little more expensive, and not grain free. The only two foods Buzz has done *well* on is Fromm Salmon and TOTW pacific stream (no chicken in either, no corn, no other garbage...).
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