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I wanted some input from anyone who HAS fed or CURRENTLY feeds Orijen Adult Food. I went shopping today at the health food supermarket in my area. That's where I buy most of "my" food. I try to eat alot of organic foods. This store is huge, the size of a supermarket. I have been thinking about doing a food switch again. R & S have been of Eagle Pack Holisitc food for over 6 months. They love it, are scratching less but the issue is still there with the Lip Fold Pyoderma/yeast for Rusty. His mouth looks good but I have to Malesab it EVERYNIGHT! A major pain in the butt!

So I;ve been reading about grain free dog food. I bought a small bag of their Orijen Adult Food. Curious if anyone has any input on this?? My concern is the 42% protein. I've read conflicting reports regarding kidney damage from high protein. I've also read that a dog with healthy kidneys can handle that? I have a call into the Vet to get her opinion. If the yeast/pyoderma stays away, I'll be a happy Mommy! I know a dog can tend to gain weight on this food (I've heard) but my kids are pretty lean. Rusty (believe it or not) is only 49 pounds and Stickers is 47. So, I'm not to concerned about that plus we walk about 3 miles a day at a pretty good pace. I'd appreciate any input!!
 

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I wanted some input from anyone who HAS fed or CURRENTLY feeds Orijen Adult Food. I went shopping today at the health food supermarket in my area. That's where I buy most of "my" food. I try to eat alot of organic foods. This store is huge, the size of a supermarket. I have been thinking about doing a food switch again. R & S have been of Eagle Pack Holisitc food for over 6 months. They love it, are scratching less but the issue is still there with the Lip Fold Pyoderma/yeast for Rusty. His mouth looks good but I have to Malesab it EVERYNIGHT! A major pain in the butt!

So I;ve been reading about grain free dog food. I bought a small bag of their Orijen Adult Food. Curious if anyone has any input on this?? If the yeast/pyoderma stays away, I'll be a happy Mommy! I know a dog can tend to gain weight on this food (I've heard) but my kids are pretty lean. Rusty (believe it or not) is only 49 pounds and Stickers is 47. So, I'm not to concerned about that plus we walk about 3 miles a day at a pretty good pace. I'd appreciate any input!![/b]
 

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Okay, first time I've posted here. Hope I'm doing this right! We have a 9 month old Basset named Rufus and this is the 4th I've had. I just switched last week from Nutro puppy (with no corn) to Orijen adult. He LOVES it. I haven't seen much change in the things I was hoping to yet (eating his own poop and shedding horribly - puppy fur that has to come out anyway - I guess!) but my last Basset suffered from skin allergies and I'm hoping to avoid this. I don't know if it was my initial decision to keep him from corn or just luck but he doesn't have that houndy odor.

Something else that you might find helpful...he had an ear infection (big shock - haha) a few months ago but I found this recipe online for "blue powder" and he hasn't had one since. It's a combo of rubbing alcohol, venetian violet and boric acid. Works like a charm!!! Cheap, too!! Sorry I don't have a specific site to direct you to but it's easy enough to google.
 

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My concern is the 42% protein. I've read conflicting reports regarding kidney damage from high protein. I've also read that a dog with healthy kidneys can handle that?.[/b]
There are no conflicting reports the idea that hi-protein food could cause kidney damage was speculation based on the fact that dog in renal failure can be mad worse much worse on high protein diets. but all studies show that hi-protein diet does not adversely effect the kidney and has other benifits as well. Hi protein low carb diet are shown to increase weight loss in dog. vs low protein high carb diets of the same caloric content. The thing Is most hi-protein diets are also high in fat which is a good thing fro dogs because it is a better metabilzed energy source for dogs. BUt this makes the food much more calorie rich. You will general find the kcal ber cup at or above 400 while low protein foods run between 325- 370 generally so you will need to feed less to maintain weight.

IMHO organic, no grain etc are marketing gimick rather than real nutrition however. while i advocate a hi-protein high fat diet for dogs many no grain foods are neither, the simply substitute another high starch source (carb) for an another A potato or tapioca is not better for a dog than rice, corn or wheat, if fact the substitute carb sources are inferior when it come to nutrional content.
 
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