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    Selecting a dog food for our Mini Schnauzer

    Emma is a 4-yr old Mini Schnauzer we rescued on Jan 2nd this year. Her coat was a little ratty, so we started her on Purina Beneful Radiance (for good coat maintenance). She liked it, and it seemed to work well for her. I also began taking her for regular walks (1-3 miles). She was a little chubby when she first came to us, and with the combination of the Beneful and the walks, she lost weight and quickly got into excellent shape, with a nice soft coat. When the first 8 lb bag of Beneful ran out, we tried Purina One with salmon (for good coat maintenance), which is supposed to be more nutritious. She did not like it as much, and her coat got worse. Half way through that bag, we switched to Blue Buffalo, which is supposed to be the very best. She seems to like it okay, but is extremely expensive, and she does not seem to be doing any better than she was with the Beneful Radiance. I plan to mix the Purina One with the Blue Buffalo and see how that works, but when those run out, I think we will return to Purina Beneful Radiance. Emma liked it, and she seems to do very well with it. I would welcome any comments on our situation.






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    Good high quality food does make a difference, Blue Bufflalo is a good one, wellness core, and Halo are all mid priced ones that are very good. Remember that when you buy the higher end dog food there are less fillers and so you feed less. There is also less waste to pick up. If you wanted to go for a very highend there is Orijien, solid gold, Evo to name a few. I feed Orijien because one of my dogs has bad food allergies and he does well on that. There are some good web sites that compare dog foods and rate them that may be helpful to you. You want to avoid dog foods with too many fillers such as corn or soy, and look for real named meats not meat meals. they could be anything.





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    I agree with Gingerbred. Get a premium health food for your dog that is made with natural ingredients, contains No chemicals, No fillers such as corn and artificial flavors. Foods like Beneful are loaded with these ingredients. I suggest Life's Abundance. There is a food comparison chart on the website at Lifes abundance, natural dog food, dog food, holistic dog food, natural pet care, cat food. Be sure to watch to short video on "The Truth about Pet Food"

    Susan Potts, CPG




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    I have to also agree with Gingerbred and Susan. I have 2 mini's and one of them has colitis and very sensitive stomach. She can not eat corn products. I tried many dog foods when I came across Blue. Not only does she love it but it seems to agree with her. It is expensive but not as expensive as the vet bills when her allergies, colitis and breathing problems act up. We have had no problems at all since she has been on BLUE. It also has antioxidents in it which is very healthy for them. Good luck!





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    Best Dog Food in Australia

    I really could do with some help please. I live in Australia and want to know the best dog food to buy for my one year old Americal Cocker Spaniel. I have done so much research, but most of the premium dog food brands that I read about you cannot buy here.
    My concern is that over the last few months, Cooper has developed minor skin allergies. The vet suggested that it may be the the dog food that we are feeding him??
    We initially started him on Evo when he was a puppy, but everyone got me worried as it was a brand that nobody here had heard of. We then changed to Hills Science Diet after being told how good that was at the pet shop. Long story short, I soon realised how BAD Hill's was, so again started reserching the different dog food brands and gradually changed him back to Evo. From what I have read, Evo seems to be highly regarded.
    I am just at a loss. I really don't mind what I spend, I just want a premium dog food that I can get here in Australia. Is anyone in the same situation or can help/advise me??





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    Evo is a wonderful food you should definately stay with that one.





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    I believe Innova is the best processed food for the mini schnauzer. We fed our first mini Innova and now have a new pup on it. You'll find her stool is smaller because there isn't as much filler. Be sure to switch her over slowly by gradually mixing the food so it won't upset her digestive system.




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    Some great suggestions everyone!

    I have a free dog food report ebook I put together a while back that will also offer some tips.





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