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HotMom21ERF Due December 17 (twins); 1 child; Kentucky 20983 posts
Apr 20th '12
Quoting Frankie-marie:" Oh I get it now! What dog food do you feel is the best? We've been giving him purina "

we've been using Science Diet since day 1

Frankie-marie 18 kids; Texas 887 posts
Apr 20th '12
Quoting Teagans_Mom:" Ear cropping also requires a lot of time and effort. You have to wrap them so they'll stand. It is not ... [snip!] ... I really wish I had done his ears. He was cute as heck natural, it isn't about looks, it's about all the discomfort he was in."


Awe, poor baby!
Do you know if boxers ears will bleed from them being natural?

HotMom21ERF Due December 17 (twins); 1 child; Kentucky 20983 posts
Apr 20th '12
Quoting Frankie-marie:" Awe, poor baby! Do you know if boxers ears will bleed from them being natural? "

my boxers' ears dont bleed

Squid Kid Unavailable, NA, United States 32450 posts
Apr 20th '12
Quoting Frankie-marie:" Oh I get it now! What dog food do you feel is the best? We've been giving him purina "


Purina, Science diet, Eukanuba and Iams are all TERRIBLE foods. They contain corn as their first or top 3 ingredients and dogs can't digest corn. But, whatever is in your budget.



Use http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/



Personally, I used Earthborn Primitive Natural, because it's 700cal per cup I only have to feed him 2 cups and it's grain free (He's sensitive to grains)



A cheaper, good alternative is Taste of the Wild. Less calories per cup, but good quality ingredients.

Frankie-marie 18 kids; Texas 887 posts
Apr 20th '12
Quoting HotMom21ERF:" my boxers' ears dont bleed"


Oh okay, thats good! Thank you!
And when you do science diet do you just get the hard dog food or the soft one too?

_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
Apr 20th '12
Quoting Frankie-marie:" Awe, poor baby! Do you know if boxers ears will bleed from them being natural? "


Generally no. Honestly, most dobermans probably wouldn't have as many problems as he did. That's why I wouldn't want another. I feel horrible thinking about doing it, but at the same time, my guy had so many problems that I wouldn't know what to do.

HotMom21ERF Due December 17 (twins); 1 child; Kentucky 20983 posts
Apr 20th '12
Quoting Frankie-marie:" Oh okay, thats good! Thank you! And when you do science diet do you just get the hard dog food or the soft one too?"


we just did hard, but you can do wet too

Frankie-marie 18 kids; Texas 887 posts
Apr 20th '12
Quoting Squid Kid:" Purina, Science diet, Eukanuba and Iams are all TERRIBLE foods. They contain corn as their first or ... [snip!] ... sensitive to grains) A cheaper, good alternative is Taste of the Wild. Less calories per cup, but good quality ingredients. "


Oh okay thank you, and thank you for the information. I didn't really think about the calories and such that he should be having, def will be looking at it now!

Squid Kid Unavailable, NA, United States 32450 posts
Apr 20th '12
Quoting Frankie-marie:" Oh okay thank you, and thank you for the information. I didn't really think about the calories and such that he should be having, def will be looking at it now!"


Not many people think about it- I didn't until I found out Loki had allergies, then I started really studying up on dog foods! Check his package of food on the back and the calorie content on it. Like I said he'll probably need about 2.2k calories at his size.



Also check the first three ingredients. If any of the first three are non-meats or corn, try switching to one with a higher meat content for him to gain weight. If that doesn't work, on my article there is a recipe for "satin balls" which is a huge thing breeders and such use to put weight on their dogs.