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Best dog food for Doberman??

Discussion in 'Doberman Nutritional Care' started by Tobythedoby15, Jul 8, 2019.

  1. Tobythedoby15

    Tobythedoby15 New Member

    Hi new to Doberman chat, just wondering what everyone feeds their Dobies currently on ACANA Yorkshire Pork not too keen and having dry skin issues, previously was on Big Country Raw still had skins issues not sure if it’s allergies or not we give coconut oil in food and on skin, just wondering what everyone recommends thanks!

     
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  2. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Welcome from Minnesota! :welcome:

    Acana is a good food for sure but all dogs can react differently to different things. Have you tried other formulas? Sometimes there can be one ingredient that doesn't agree with them so it's best to narrow it down. It's time consuming for sure but usually worth it.
     
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  3. Viemarangelrock

    Viemarangelrock $ Premium Subscriber $ Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    :ntmy:Welcome to DCF from the United Kingdom!

    Bear in mind you can get lots of different opinions, some prefer Raw feeding, others a good quality grain kibble and some grain-free. The best thing to do is figure out what works for you and him. For kibble I would choose a good 4-5 star kibble that’s ‘All Life Stages.’


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    Check the ingredients carefully!
     
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  4. Doberman Gang

    Doberman Gang Hot Topics Subscriber

    Are you sure your dogs allergies are food related and not environmental. Our Red Doberman has allergies similar to a human depending on the time of the year and what is growing outside
     
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  5. GennyB

    GennyB Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber


    ^^^THIS! Problem is it can be frustrating and take a very long time. Often people a try a food and get impatient and move on before they know if it works or not. It can takes months for a dog to fully adjust before you know.
     
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  6. WiglWerm

    WiglWerm Hot Topics Subscriber

    I recommend RAW 100%.
     
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  7. Kaiser2016

    Kaiser2016 Active Member

    When it comes to skin I'd rather get to the bottom of the issue than assume it's food related. Scented products tend to be the main culprit for skin issues in dogs and humans. Whatever you do, don't let your vet talk you into one of their speciality diets.
     
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  8. Mystic

    Mystic Notable member

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  9. I saw this :( we feed arcana and I wanna change now. I have trouble where I’m living right now I’m Canada to find a good quality food that has grains every pet store I visit it’s always grain free this grain free that. His stool is always inconsistent as well so that’s another reason I wanna switch it up cause it may just not be doing well with him.

    Will be giving him a raw diet once he hits 1 years of age but till then the hunt continues
     
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  10. Kaiser2016

    Kaiser2016 Active Member

    Try Valens.
     
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  11. I’ll look into that one thanks!
     
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  12. LifeofRubie

    LifeofRubie Notable member

    I believe this chart can be misleading. We feed Fromm but it's not a grain-free formula and does not have any peas, potatoes, lentils, or legumes in it. Fromm has several grain-free options and other options that include peas, potatoes, lentils, and legumes that I suspect are what caused them to show up on this chart. Probably the same with Acana. Just my opinion without seeing the breakdown of the formulas associated with the information in this chart.
     
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  13. Mystic

    Mystic Notable member

    @LifeofRubie
    You are correct. I would have to locate the other chart that actually breaks down the name of food for each brand. As most were grain free. It doesn’t stop me from feeding NutriSource which is on the list but it was a different brand and grain free that was studied. I know the forumla I use now which isn’t grain free and my breeder has feed for yrs and her dogs are healthy and no dcm.
     
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  14. Tobythedoby15

    Tobythedoby15 New Member

    Yes I seen this and that’s also why we were thinking of switching our vet told us to find a kibble that doesn’t have peas legumes or lentils in the first 5 ingredients I also heard of the salt divider and anything after salt in the ingredients is very little less than 1%, we also tried shampoo and leave in conditioner the vet recommended I find it helps a little but not for long also I thought maybe it was just winter weather he gets dry but he’s been dry in the summer too, thanks for your help!
     
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  15. Mystic

    Mystic Notable member

    Sardines once a week too help.
     
  16. Tobythedoby15

    Tobythedoby15 New Member

    Yes he was on Acana Puppy Chicken from 5 months to a year and his poop would never be solid even tried pumpkin so once he hit a year we did Big Country Raw and he absolutely loved it but after a while that’s when the fur started falling out and he had bald patches and dandruff also poops were rock hard but we kept him on it for a whole year and they were just mixed kinds like beef, chicken, lamb, fish and pork then the vet gave us shampoo and leave in conditioner to try and it helped a little we also ended up getting a vizsla and he’s very picky so he was on the Acana Yorkshire pork and we decided to try our Toby on that it’s for sensitivities skin and allergies and they both were doing ok on it easier to have them both on kibble since the raw can get pricey and recently he wasn’t eating and ended up having surgery for gastrointestinal so our vet said if we wanted to switch the food we should do it now. Copper our vizsla slowly stopped eating it also he has a hard time as if he doesn’t eat his portion Toby would always be glad to take seconds. Anyways we decided to go with Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult it was between that and Nutro Ultra which we couldn’t find any stores near by our Vizsla is loving it so that’s a plus and we can’t ween our Doberman quite yet at he’s still on wet food from his surgery, thanks everyone for the feed backs!!
     
  17. Tobythedoby15

    Tobythedoby15 New Member

    Thanks I have tried lake smelts and he wouldn’t even try it I even tried cutting them up when we did feed him raw and he would eat all the raw and leave the little bits of smelt at the bottom haha but I will for sure give sardines a try!
     
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  18. Rocky6527

    Rocky6527 New Member

    Try feeding iams, i have tried quite a few brands including blue buffalo, ol Roy, purina ans many more but iams is the best in my opinion and the coat gets quite shiny too
     
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  19. Quality wise I heard Iams in on near the bottom of the list with a bunch of fillers and it so great ingredients. I could be wrong though
     
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  20. strykerdobe

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