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There is a place near me called Canine Cookies and Cream that sells homemade dog treats and yogurt based frozen desserts along with other supplies.

When I was in there picking up more shampoo this weekend the distributor was there putting out this food. She gave me a sample to try and I wondered if anyone had tried it and if it sounds like a good food?

VF Complete Turkey & Rice Formula
For dogs sensitive to other types of regular food. This is sometimes caused by different sources of protein resulting in coat problems, itching or digestive disorders. This complete and balanced diet is an excellent alternative.

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Turkey Meal, Rice Flour, Brewers Rice, Rice Bran, Poultry Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a source of Natural Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Fish Meal, Dried Whole Eggs, Brewers Dried Yeast, Flax, Natural Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Garlic, Lecithin, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Copper Sulfate, Glucosamine HydrochlorideExtract of Rosemary, Manganese Sulfate, Chondroitin Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Biotin, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (a source of Vitamin K), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite
 

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I feed Lexi Innova. I've never heard of this brand of food.

To me it looks like there are too many grains (which can cause allergies) in the food. You can do a lot better, I think.
 

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I, also, think you can do better. It doesn't have any real meat it in... just "meal". And the 3rd ingredient is Brewer's Rice, a cheap filler. There is nothing horrible in it... I just agree with Lexi's Mom that you can do better with Innova, Newman's Own, Artemis, Flint River, Chicken Soup for Pet Lover's Soul, etc.
 

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Well, I'm glad I asked before I bought a big bag of this. I'll keep looking.

I've tried Chicken Soup and she wouldn't eat it, when I tried to introduce it with her other food (what they sent home when I adopted her) she picked the pieces out and dropped them on the floor. And the Newmans is just so-so but at least she's eating between 1/8th and 1/4th cup a day of that. I suppose that's enough since she's not losing weight, but I just want to find her something that she loves! Also, now that the weather is getting nicer I know we'll be walking more and with more exercise, her appetite improves. I do have samples of California Naturals and Innova at home, guess I'll try those.
 

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Originally posted by MollyinMO@Mar 28 2005, 03:24 PM
Well, I'm glad I asked before I bought a big bag of this.  I'll keep looking.

I've tried Chicken Soup and she wouldn't eat it, when I tried to introduce it with her other food (what they sent home when I adopted her) she picked the pieces out and dropped them on the floor.  And the Newmans is just so-so but at least she's eating between 1/8th and 1/4th cup a day of that.  I suppose that's enough since she's not losing weight, but I just want to find her something that she loves!  Also, now that the weather is getting nicer I know we'll be walking more and with more exercise, her appetite improves.  I do have samples of California Naturals and Innova at home, guess I'll try those.
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I know what you mean.... I hated it when Kallie would sort of pick at her food and not seem to enjoy it. I give both Newman's Own now and they gobble it up. When she wasn't eating too good, it was suggested that I sprinkle some of the freeze-dried fish or chicken to her food. Both K & C go nuts for the freeze-dried fish. I use it for treats and oh my gosh.... total histeria when I open the fridge and mention the word "treat".
 

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Chicken, turkey, or lamb meal is actually better than just chicken, turkey, or lamb as the first ingredient. The meal is the meat minus the water weight. The regular chicken/turkey includes the water weight when measuring in as the first ingredient. What you don't want is "meat meal."

The ingredients are listed by weight. 3/4 of the first on there are grain, so that is a lot more grain than meat in the food. Often you will see Lamb meal, lamb, rice or something like that. That food has more meat in it.
 

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Originally posted by JMM@Mar 28 2005, 09:48 PM
Chicken, turkey, or lamb meal is actually better than just chicken, turkey, or lamb as the first ingredient. The meal is the meat minus the water weight. The regular chicken/turkey includes the water weight when measuring in as the first ingredient. What you don't want is "meat meal."

The ingredients are listed by weight. 3/4 of the first on there are grain, so that is a lot more grain than meat in the food. Often you will see Lamb meal, lamb, rice or something like that. That food has more meat in it.
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Yes, one of the things that I felt could be better is to see at least some ingredient like chicken, lamb, etc.
 

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Both K & C go nuts for the freeze-dried fish. I use it for treats and oh my gosh.... total histeria when I open the fridge and mention the word "treat".[/B]
Where do you purchase freeze-dried fish?
Last night I added cooked carrots to Molly's Newmans and she ate it all. This was also after we took her for a long walk. I think the exercise helped stimulate her appetite.
 
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