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13 May 2014
So, since I got Domino, he's been very prone to being overweight. So after having him for about 2-3 months I switched him to a weight management diet and he's been on one ever since. My big guy Finn is the opposite, he's always self regulated and stayed very slim. At Finn's most recent trip to the vet she recommended that I switch him to a senior food (yikes he's 7!). My trouble is, the senior version of the food he's on goes up about $10 a bag, which I know, doesn't sound like much, but I'm incredibly tight for money right now and he goes through a bag about every 4 weeks or so. Both dogs are currently eating Purina Pro Plan, Domino on weight management and Finn on Large Breed Adult. I'm considering switching both dogs to Fromm's Family Classics Mature Adult food. Does anyone have experience with it? Do you and your dogs like it? The place I currently work at sells Fromm, but other than that my experience with it is very limited. By switching to it, I would actually save $10 a bag, and for the first time ever my boys would be eating the same food lol. My concern with Domino is I always try to keep him on a food that is lower than about 320kcal/cup, and this new food is about 360kcal/cup. It's marketed as a Mature Adult food, but says it can also be used for weight management. I'm just a nervous nelly when it comes to switching food, since both boys have a touchy stomach. I want to make sure they're getting the best that I can afford. Finn I'm not as concerned with the calories because it will be an increase in calories per cup (the vet's concern with switching to senior was a decrease in calories since he stays so thin). Any opinions are welcome! I'm even open to other food idea's, I don't mind ordering online if I have to, I found the Fromm's on Chewy.com. I just really have to be careful with cost. If it was up to me they'd be eating the best food on the market no questions asked lol.
Another random question, does anyone have any recommendations of a joint supplement for large breed dogs that are super picky?! The vet also recommended Finn get started on one, but hates the beefy chewable ones :/
Thanks in advance for advice!
Cassie, Domino, and Finn
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
Domino had his left front leg amputate on May 13th 2014 after being hit by a car. He's now living a happy healthy life on three legs :)
13 June 2013
Jasper eats Fromms ... she is MUCH smaller than your kids so we go through one bag every couple of months. She likes (or rather is served) the lamb and lentil. I worry that chicken makes her itch but I have no real evidence but I changed her off chicken when she was getting the itchies a lot when I first got her and that kind of cleared up. But could have been other things ... but I notice less licking of the paws.
Anyways .. we like it. Jasper is also prone to putting on the pounds and our vet told us to serve her less than a cup (the serving size is one cup). I remember your telling me to shave an 1/8 of so off the top so I would think by now, Jasper gets slightly less than one cup per day (1/2 at breakfast and 1/2 at dinner). She gets baby carrots and cucumbers with breakfast and green beans and pumpkin w/dinner.
Since it is summer, we can increase her cardio (and for those reading who don't know - Jasper is a quadpawd) and I think she is trimming down but she seems to want to maintain at 20 pounds. I would love to get her back to the 18- 19 pounds but like her mama, I don't think those extra pounds are coming off!
But long story short .. we like Fromms and find that it fits in our budget AND we can find it anywhere.
Alison with Spirit Shelby in her heart (and little Jasper too)
Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.
October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014
Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife
25 April 2007
You'll find LOTS of helpful recommendations for diet and supplements in the Tripawds Nutrition blog !
Here are just a few...or search all blogs here .
22 August 2008
22 February 2013
Hey Cassie! I've fed the Fromm's Grain Free on ocassion and my dogs really like it! Hugs to Finn and Domino...and give 'em each a low cal treat for me!
Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!