Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 13 to 24 of 24

Thread: Pure Vita dog food from Nutri-Source

  1. #13
    Bulldog Vet in Training anatess's Avatar
    Posts
    1,491
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Bullie & Angus
    Likes (Received)
    28

    Default Re: Pure Vita dog food from Nutri-Source

    Quote Originally Posted by Valentine215 View Post
    Actually my bully weighs 63 pounds. She was at 70. She is spayed. She has ALWAYS eaten a lot---she will just eat and eat and eat if I don't watch her. I would like to get her down to 55-58 pounds. I notice that she is always REALLy hungry now. Someone from the board suggested supplementing frozen green beans because it fills her up without adding calories. I don't know that she has specific food allergies but she has teary eyes, lots of yeast and is constantly shaking her head and licking her paws which are quite raw between the pads and smell awful. I have noticed since going grain-free that some of these symptoms have decreased but are not entirely gone. However, she now smells good and her coat and alopecia are improving.

    I notice that the Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural has Whitefish in it and I don't think she likes Whitefish but I am willing to try it.
    Whoa! Big momma! I have a 60-pounder too...

    Yes, yeast is fed by sugar (carbs break down to sugar). So the higher the carbs (grains, potatoes, etc.) the more the yeast thrives. Going grain-free definitely will help with the yeast. Lowering the carbs content would help even more. Going sugar-free would even be better (like going on a prey-model raw diet). But, of course, it all depends on how your dog reacts to certain things.

    If the whitefish is a problem, Earthborn Holistics has the Great Plains Feast formula with the main protein source being Bison. It has 34% protein and approximately 30% carbs. Still lower than Pure-Vita. And, of course, there are more choices with Fromm too.

    My dogs love ice-cubes for treats! Plain ice-cubes. They chew on it like it's bones...

    I got Bullied and loving it!
    Bella "Bullie" Rose, adopted on July 24, 2011

  2. #14
    Bulldog Vet in Training anatess's Avatar
    Posts
    1,491
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Bullie & Angus
    Likes (Received)
    28

    Default Re: Pure Vita dog food from Nutri-Source

    P.S. If you need something for his paws and ears, I found that witch hazel (from the nature store) works in disinfecting his ears - just put witch hazel in cotton balls (not Q-tips) and wipe his ears with it. Then for the paws, I would just dunk his paws on a solution of 1 gallon water to 1 cup hydrogen peroxide and 2 cups vinegar. I would just pour a bit of the solution in a plastic cup deep enough to submerge each paw and use a fresh solution for each paw.

    It's a stop-gap thing - just something to clean and disinfect it, not really cure it.

    I got Bullied and loving it!
    Bella "Bullie" Rose, adopted on July 24, 2011

  3. #15
    Bulldog Vet in Training Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    Valentine215's Avatar
    Real Name
    Alix
    Country
    U.S.A.
    Location
    Kyle, TX
    Posts
    1,069
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Not sure what I will name my new bullddog
    Likes (Received)
    32

    Default Re: Pure Vita dog food from Nutri-Source

    LOL! I have never seen her eat ice cubes but she will eat almost anything...and we have to watch her because she will eat table food too---which I never give her. She is so different from my first bully, Samson. He would not eat anything...once I got him to eat something, I had to keep him on that because he would not eat anything new. Not food, not treats, not even table food. LOL! Miss Petunia....well she is a happy, happy, happy girl and is happy with anything. I just adore her!

    So what about the Fromm's 4-star? What blend would be best in the grain-free?

    I will try the water/vinegar solution...do you heat it before? She does NOT like to have her paws handled. I have a hard time cleaning her tail too...it is inverted and it gets really nasty. She runs off when I try to clean it out though.

  4. #16
    Feed Store Operator
    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Posts
    739
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Duchess
    Likes (Received)
    2

    Default Re: Pure Vita dog food from Nutri-Source

    Quote Originally Posted by anatess View Post
    But "meal" is an excellent ingredient (of course, only if the "meal" is a named meat like Salmon Meal - not "mystery meat meal"). Meal is basically meat concentrates which would have 3 times the amount of protein per volume than plain meat. The Primitive Natural formula of Earthborn Holistics, for example, has 3 meat "meals" as its first ingredients and it costs over $10 less than Fromm.

    I so wanted to switch to raw, though. Prey model type. I'm just scared of the cost... I need to figure out some co-op or something that I can get cheaper meat than my regular grocery.



    "meal" is good for manufacturer as it is cheaper to produce than actual meat. If I was still feeding kibble I would use a kibble that is 100% Meal free such as -spring naturals grain free. It's pricey but worth it in my opinion.
    Last edited by cowsmom; 01-23-2013 at 08:31 AM. Reason: link removed

  5. #17
    Bulldog Vet in Training anatess's Avatar
    Posts
    1,491
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Bullie & Angus
    Likes (Received)
    28

    Default Re: Pure Vita dog food from Nutri-Source

    Quote Originally Posted by Scueva View Post
    "meal" is good for manufacturer as it is cheaper to produce than actual meat. If I was still feeding kibble I would use a kibble that is 100% Meal free such as -spring naturals grain free. It's pricey but worth it in my opinion. Www.springnaturals.com
    Meal is "actual meat". And yes, Meal is NEVER better than it's whole meat counterpart. But, even then, cheaper does not always mean bad. And more expensive does not always mean it is better. A "meal free" dog food that is low in protein or derives most of its protein from plants is worse than a "meal full" dog food with its protein coming mostly from animal meal.

    A "meal free" dog food with the meat listed as the first ingredient means lots of moisture (usually 70% moisture and only 15% protein)... when that moisture is extruded to make the dry kibble, that protein becomes small in volume compared to the other ingredients. Now, meat in meal form contains about 65% protein and a lot less moisture (dried up meat). When that meal is processed to make dry kibble, that protein content remains at least 4 times higher than its whole meat counterpart. So, if you have an ingredient list like this: "Turkey, Peas" compared to "Turkey Meal, Peas", you can bet that the whole Turkey and Peas food has a much lower animal protein content (either a low protein food overall, or a high protein food with a lot of its protein derived from the peas), whereas the "Turkey Meal, Peas" have a much better chance of actually having the protein come from Turkey more than the Peas.

    Now, of course, not all meals are created equal... Turkey Meal is quality meat, Animal Meal probably comes from roadkill. Anything that says by-products is bad - like Turkey By-Products Meal more than likely comes from slaughterhouse waste. So, things to avoid: Generic Meats and anything that says By-Products on it - example, Poultry Meal (may come from roadkill birds), Chicken Glandular Meal (may come from nothing but gizzards or stomachs and such), Animal Meal, Meat and Bone Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal... anything that doesn't specify a quality meat (like Chicken, Turkey, Duck, Beef, Lamb, Bison, etc.) and anything that says by-products or glandulars or blood.

    I really hate putting down somebody else's dog food choices especially since each dog reacts differently to dog food. But I looked up Spring Naturals... generally, not very good food. Pure-vita is better. Spring Naturals has low protein, high carbs... higher carbs than Pure-vita.
    Last edited by anatess; 01-22-2013 at 10:27 PM.

    I got Bullied and loving it!
    Bella "Bullie" Rose, adopted on July 24, 2011

  6. #18
    ..........
    Real Name
    Sandra
    Country
    usa
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    7,010
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Sarah aka cow
    Likes (Received)
    3

    Default Re: Pure Vita dog food from Nutri-Source

    ok im gonna weigh in here as ive actually fed pure vita and i found it to be a pretty good dog food. i like it because it is truly an limited ingredient food such as if it says salmon then it all salmon. if it says turkey its all turkey so if your dog has allergies this maybe a good choice. as for meals there are much debate about whether they are good or not id say it depends on where they come from and if the company is reputable or not in where they get them from. i agree though that a food that has real chicken with a chicken meal is probably better. im not going to get into all water weight stuff with meals and such. if your dog is pooping alot more on this food then they may not be digesting it all. sarah has nice dark firm poop and not to much of it and she goes maybe 2 or 3 times a day. the only thing about pure vita is i wish it had more protein in it as i think 24 maybe a bit to low for a bully but you can add stuff and make it more protein. all in all i like the food pretty well. is it fromm well no but its not bad food either. oh and pure vita is listed in the dog food ratings under nutri source and its rated a 4 star @Valentine215
    Last edited by cowsmom; 01-23-2013 at 08:41 AM.

  7. #19
    ..........
    Real Name
    Karen
    Country
    England
    Location
    Grafton, OHIO
    Posts
    8,746
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Maggie (My Angel Baby 5/31/2012). Daddy (2 years). Linus (1year). Bella (4 years)
    Likes (Received)
    4

    Default Re: Pure Vita dog food from Nutri-Source

    I've never seen this food so can't comment, so I was going to tag our resident food guru @cowsmom for her opinion ... but I see she's already been here!

  8. #20
    Bulldog Vet in Training Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    Valentine215's Avatar
    Real Name
    Alix
    Country
    U.S.A.
    Location
    Kyle, TX
    Posts
    1,069
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Not sure what I will name my new bullddog
    Likes (Received)
    32

    Default Re: Pure Vita dog food from Nutri-Source

    Quote Originally Posted by cowsmom View Post
    ok im gonna weigh in here as ive actually fed pure vita and i found it to be a pretty good dog food. i like it because it is truly an limited ingredient food such as if it says salmon then it all salmon. if it says turkey its all turkey so if your dog has allergies this maybe a good choice. as for meals there are much debate about whether they are good or not id say it depends on where they come from and if the company is reputable or not in where they get them from. i agree though that a food that has real chicken with a chicken meal is probably better. im not going to get into all water weight stuff with meals and such. if your dog is pooping alot more on this food then they may not be digesting it all. sarah has nice dark firm poop and not to much of it and she goes maybe 2 or 3 times a day. the only thing about pure vita is i wish it had more protein in it as i think 24 maybe a bit to low for a bully but you can add stuff and make it more protein. all in all i like the food pretty well. is it fromm well no but its not bad food either. oh and pure vita is listed in the dog food ratings under nutri source and its rated a 4 star @Valentine215
    Thank you so much All! So I went to my local petfood store, Healthy Pet, and, as the name implies, they only sell healthy food for pets. The store owner has a Frenchie named Biggie Smalls who roams around the store...he is an adorable dog. ANyhow, the owner said he fed Biggie Pure Vita in the grain free Bison formula. I decided to go with the Earthborn Holistics Meadowfeast and bought some Merrick's canned dog food Grain-free in Bison and Beef. Oh my, did she love that food! I did mix the kibble with the existing one (Pure Vita Salmon and Sweet Potato Grain free). I could tell she liked it right off. I will add frozen green beans and then I would really like to get her off canned altogether...but I really want to transition it pretty slowly so we don't have any gastric distress.

    I'll come back to update you all regarding how her coat, smell, weight, etc...are going.

    Y'all's input is much appreciated!

  9. #21
    ..........
    Real Name
    Sandra
    Country
    usa
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    7,010
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Sarah aka cow
    Likes (Received)
    3

    Default Re: Pure Vita dog food from Nutri-Source

    ok just something to add here if your going with a new food then i would maybe hold off on a new canned food and maybe the green beans as if your pup has a reaction to something you wont know if its the new dry food or the canned food or what. maybe transition the food then add the new canned food. just my 2 cents.

  10. #22
    Bulldog Vet in Training Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    Valentine215's Avatar
    Real Name
    Alix
    Country
    U.S.A.
    Location
    Kyle, TX
    Posts
    1,069
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Not sure what I will name my new bullddog
    Likes (Received)
    32

    Default Re: Pure Vita dog food from Nutri-Source

    Quote Originally Posted by cowsmom View Post
    ok just something to add here if your going with a new food then i would maybe hold off on a new canned food and maybe the green beans as if your pup has a reaction to something you wont know if its the new dry food or the canned food or what. maybe transition the food then add the new canned food. just my 2 cents.
    Hmmmm....well, she hated the other canned food and wouldn't eat her food. I definitely won't start adding green beans until she is fully transitioned for a while. So, in this case, what would I do? Change the canned...wait to see if there is a reaction and then change over the kibble slowly?

  11. #23
    Bulldog Vet in Training anatess's Avatar
    Posts
    1,491
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Bullie & Angus
    Likes (Received)
    28

    Default Re: Pure Vita dog food from Nutri-Source

    Quote Originally Posted by Valentine215 View Post
    Hmmmm....well, she hated the other canned food and wouldn't eat her food. I definitely won't start adding green beans until she is fully transitioned for a while. So, in this case, what would I do? Change the canned...wait to see if there is a reaction and then change over the kibble slowly?
    Were you giving her the can before? If so, then just continue with that if she's eating it. Otherwise, don't worry about topping with canned food unless she won't eat just plain kibble. After the transition, you can add the can.

    I have 3 dogs and I top their food with one can (9 oz, I believe) shared between all 3 of them. They only eat once a day.

    I got Bullied and loving it!
    Bella "Bullie" Rose, adopted on July 24, 2011

  12. #24
    ..........
    Real Name
    Sandra
    Country
    usa
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    7,010
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Sarah aka cow
    Likes (Received)
    3

    Default Re: Pure Vita dog food from Nutri-Source

    Quote Originally Posted by Valentine215 View Post
    Hmmmm....well, she hated the other canned food and wouldn't eat her food. I definitely won't start adding green beans until she is fully transitioned for a while. So, in this case, what would I do? Change the canned...wait to see if there is a reaction and then change over the kibble slowly?
    well however you do it when you add several new things to a bullies diet I always do one at a time to know what is causing the reaction if there is one. if the kibble n canned are new then add one or the other first before feeding both whichever is easier. I use canned food myself ad a topper

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Remove Ads

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •