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    I took Herschel to the vet today for his yearly and a skin booger. I mentioned that even after backing Herschel down to 3/4 cup of food that he has gained weight (He's 82 pounds at 6 years). She asked what, when and how much food. We feed him Fromm 1 time a day. He gets Turkey for the usual good boy stuff. She says to feed him more often to speed up his metabolism and then drops the bomb that we may want to do some research on grain free diets and heart disease. She offers a quick explanation, which made sense, doesn't try to sell me anything, which makes me think she wasn't blowing smoke. I've read on it some since this morning but it's in the very early stages of studies. Anybody have an opinion on this?

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    Yep...she's the one that needs to do research instead of following the lead of the Food manufacturers that she probably sells right there in her office. IMO, Big Pet Food is lying to Vets and Vet schools and the general public in an effort to turn pet owners away from quality foods. The studies are way too young to draw ANY meaningful conclusions. What's behind this behavior? MONEY, and lots of it. What they are doing is criminal!

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    @Coach, I agree with Chip. Just I believe it’s more that Vets already know and in on it with all the big pet food companies like Purina, Science Hills or Royal Canin...... They’re all holding hands. Put it this way, the more you feed them brands to your dog, the MORE visits you’ll be doing to the Vets. All about MONEY! Here’s a great link for you to read.

    https://www.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/...in_in_the_diet

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    Beet pulp seems to be a bad culprit in causing taurine deficiency and it's better if your dog food doesn't have it.If you're worried, throw a can of sardines or some herring weekly to your dog and/or look for a dog food with added taurine.

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    I feed all my dogs grain free. I also buy sardines and give them some once or twice a week. To them it is a treat, and they love them! That will solve the problem, if you are worried @Coach
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manydogs View Post
    I feed all my dogs grain free. I also buy sardines and give them some once or twice a week. To them it is a treat, and they love them! That will solve the problem, if you are worried @Coach
    Mine eat raw n I still give them sardines. I also add a teaspoon of hemp oil

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    Quote Originally Posted by helsonwheels View Post
    Mine eat raw n I still give them sardines. I also add a teaspoon of hemp oil
    Good article here on hemp seed oil https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.co...ld-you-use-it/

    It mentions not feeding hemp seed oil if your dog is on chicken and turkey but I'm not sure since factory farm poultry nowadays are much different in their omega 3 and omega 6 profile compared to free range poultry in the past. To be safe I feed flax seed oil if I'm giving turkey, and hemp seed oil if I'm feeding anything else ( if I give any oil at all ) .

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    Agreed!! There is an article from Dr. Becker .. Iíll find and post hereó- but as others have posted, if you feed a high quality kibble the taurine is already added in and as others have posted, a can of sardines a week covers it!


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    Thanks everyone! Herschel won't eat fish but we'll figure something out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach View Post
    Thanks everyone! Herschel won't eat fish but we'll figure something out.
    Dark turkey meat is very good source of taurine, even more than sardines. Some sources recommend even adding Taurine nutritional supplements for dogs - 1 gram per day per every 40 pounds of dogs weight. They say it is very safe supplement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lalaloopsie View Post
    Dark turkey meat is very good source of taurine, even more than sardines. Some sources recommend even adding Taurine nutritional supplements for dogs - 1 gram per day per every 40 pounds of dogs weight. They say it is very safe supplement.
    Awesome on the dark turkey... now I have two options to give people being scared by this nonsense


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lalaloopsie View Post
    Dark turkey meat is very good source of taurine, even more than sardines. Some sources recommend even adding Taurine nutritional supplements for dogs - 1 gram per day per every 40 pounds of dogs weight. They say it is very safe supplement.
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