Finding the right food for 5 month old Bernese Mountain Dog

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  Finding the right food for 5 month old Bernese Mountain Dog
« on: July 28, 2008, 02:07:42 PM »

Berner_Mom
Rank: Veteran Dog Chomper
Posts: 110


Hello!
I am brand new to this board, and am in awe of the amount of info already.

I am the proud 1st time parent of a 5 month old Bernese Mountain Dog, Tucker.  I have always dreamed of having a Berner, and am so happy Tucker is now in my life.

My question to you guys:
Tucker seems to have food allergies.  He was on Orjins (sp?) when we got him, but it is really hard to find in our area, so we switched him to Natural Choice large breed puppy....which, lets just say did NOT agree with his poor tummy.  He gets diarrhea easily with certain brands of food, and has a few "hot spots" and sparse fur patches which our vet is attributing to food allergies.  We need to find the right one!

What do you guys feed your Berners and/or other large breed dogs?  I see a lot of info posted for adult dogs, but what about when they are puppies?

Right now we are trying to make the switch from Gastro-something (?) a prescription Vet food, to Eagle Pack holistic large breed puppy....we are just wondering if its the best food out there.

Thanks for any info!
Sarah

Sarah
Mom to daughter, McKenna,
With us for 40 weeks, 1 day
Silently Born Into Eternity
on May 27, 2007

Mom to fur-kids:
Tucker, 16 months, BMD
Echo, 6 years, Siamese
Simba, 2 years, Orange Tabby
Mom to one reptile-teenager,
Trevor, 16 years, red-eared slider turtle


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  Re: Finding the right food for 5 month old Bernese Mountain Dog
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2008, 03:04:54 PM »

queenbeen
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Posts: 9

Hi, I'm new to the board myself so I'm no expert. But I've done a ton of research in preparation for our Berner puppy who will be home this weekend, and we've decided to feed a raw, natural diet. It seems to alleviate all of the symptoms you mentioned and I'm hoping it will work out well for our Sasha. We've also gotten some sample packs of Flint River Ranch food. They have a couple varieties for allergies so you may want to check them out. Good luck!

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  Re: Finding the right food for 5 month old Bernese Mountain Dog
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2008, 04:49:45 PM »

KiraNGunnersmom
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I have an Akita that has allergies and any time I feed her ANYTHING with corn in it,  within days she is chewing and has hotspots.
I have been feeding her Wellness and Blue Buffalo and havent had any skin issues since. 
I was feeding my mastiff Eagle pack holistic LB/Giant and he loved it,  it just isnt avaiable to me unless I order it online so we will be switching him to wellness/BB here soon as well.
Best of luck to you and your pup.

Kira- Akita
Gunner-Mastiff
cockateils-Peanut Butter & Jelly
Beta fish-Mak


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  Re: Finding the right food for 5 month old Bernese Mountain Dog
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2008, 06:37:13 PM »

Berner_Mom
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Posts: 110


Thanks for info, I think we are going to give the Eagle Pack holistic a try.  If you are reading these posts and have other recomendations on brands that have worked for you, please post a reply as well!
  My husband is not a big believer in the whole "raw diet" thing, he thinks its a trend.  I have not researched it enough to form an opinion yet Grin so for now we are interested in sticking to dry kibble.

This is a great website!  I am glad I found it.

Sarah
Mom to daughter, McKenna,
With us for 40 weeks, 1 day
Silently Born Into Eternity
on May 27, 2007

Mom to fur-kids:
Tucker, 16 months, BMD
Echo, 6 years, Siamese
Simba, 2 years, Orange Tabby
Mom to one reptile-teenager,
Trevor, 16 years, red-eared slider turtle


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  Re: Finding the right food for 5 month old Bernese Mountain Dog
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2008, 01:35:57 AM »

sc.trojans
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I have always fed all of my Berners a raw diet.  My rescues that I foster are usually put on raw as well unless I know they are going to a kibble home - then they are fed and mandated in our contract to feed Orijen, Nature's Variety Instinct, or EVO.  I would definitely get Tucker back on Orijen puppy if he was weaned onto to that and doing well.  It is far superior to what you have been feeding and even Eagle Pack.




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  Re: Finding the right food for 5 month old Bernese Mountain Dog
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2008, 04:06:58 AM »

VdogLover
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Posts: 584


There is no one "Best" dog food for any breed. I have one dog who can not be on anything Chicken and have had dogs in the past who just couldn't eat any premium brands.

If your dog has a food sensitive it will not matter what brand you use if they all have the same protein and or carb source (which ever one the problem is with). What I suggest is to see what the main protein was in the food that made Tucker have issues and try a food that does not contain that/those protein source(s). 

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  Re: Finding the right food for 5 month old Bernese Mountain Dog
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2008, 01:25:58 PM »

Berner_Mom
Rank: Veteran Dog Chomper
Posts: 110


We can not find Orijen in our area.  Many of the pet supply/food stores don't carry it, the few that do don't carry the puppy formula- and even the adult formulas they carry are in the smaller size bag....which would cost a fortune feeding a BMD, if I can't buy in 40+ lb quantities.  We have looked into getting it special ordered in at the supply stores, but have yet to have any luck. They can't just order 1 or 2 bags, would have to order half a pallet at one store, and manager refuses to do so, claiming he can't sell it.  We can not buy 20-30 bags at one time.

We are going to keep trying to find it though, as Tucker did do well on it.  We finished off that one bag they sent us home with....and have been hooped ever since.  I guess the alternative is to examine the ingredients/nutrients lists of Orijen and find the brand that comes closest to matching, though it won't be exact.

Sarah
Mom to daughter, McKenna,
With us for 40 weeks, 1 day
Silently Born Into Eternity
on May 27, 2007

Mom to fur-kids:
Tucker, 16 months, BMD
Echo, 6 years, Siamese
Simba, 2 years, Orange Tabby
Mom to one reptile-teenager,
Trevor, 16 years, red-eared slider turtle


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