Costco dog food

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Hh2019
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Costco dog food

Post by Hh2019 » 04 May 2020, 08:22

Hello! If you’re a Costco member and haven’t tried their food for your EPI dog, this is for you! Everything I’ve read says the crude fiber content is most important for maintaining a healthy diet for your dog. We switched to the Kirkland Signature mature dog- chicken, rice and egg formula- after finding out grain-free food is potentially linked to heart disease in dogs. It has a crude fiber content of 3% (less than the 4% max). Some of the recommended dog food for EPI dogs is insanely expensive so finding this Costco food was amazing! Our dogs, one with EPI and one without, both love the food! Just wanted to share for those on the hunt for new food.

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Post by Kohlesmomma » 04 May 2020, 08:51

Hey That is great if that food works for your dog. I fed that food before , and it worked well for both of my Germans until.....Kohle was diagnosed, and I went thru a battle trying to find a food that he could have, unfortunately for us that food doesn't work since his diagnosis, and he has to have grain free, white potato and legume free in order to do well...so , he is on the Sport Dog Elite Whitefish- pricey, yes but worth it, and the food is pretty "heavy" so you are not feeding as much per meal. Hopefully you will continue to get good results with that food.
Have a good day!
Kellie, and :D Kohle

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Post by jilbert57 » 04 May 2020, 09:27

Welcome Hh2019 and your pup. Glad to hear the Kirkland food is working for your dog. As far as the grain free and DCM connection here is some good information:

https://epi4dogs.com/taurine-grainfree-diets/

A lot of manufacturers are replacing meat proteins with Peas and legumes.

Jill
My name is Jill and I live on the Hood Canal in Washington State. I have two dogs: Kiya is an aussie/blue heeler and is 13, TJ is a 4 year old Jack Russell. They keep me on my toes.
Mickey and his pancreatitis brought me to Epi4dogs.com site in 2012 to help manage it.

Mickey, Jack Russell. Chronic Pancreatitis. Dianes enzymes, 1/8t 3x/day with meals.
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Post by Olesia711 » 04 May 2020, 09:43

Thanks for sharing..... and yes, some of our EPI dogs can and do eat dog food with rice in it.... but on the flip side, many of our EPI dogs cannot tolerate dog food with rice in it. This is why we first suggest trying a food with NO grain in it and then once the dog is stable, if the pet owner wants to "try" a food with some grain in it, and if it seems tolerable, rice is usually the most likely tolerable grain.... then go for it. Trying to find the right diet for an EPI dog can be the trickiest part of trying to manage EPI.

Just because a food is grain free does not mean the dog could or will get DCM.... they are now discovering that there are a lot more factors involved. Things like poor quality protein, greatly reduced meat protein that plays a bigger factor. Etc,. Best thing we can do is use EPI protocol initially as a guidelines and then just try things one at a time.

But even with all that being said... thank you for letting us know that the Costco brand of food worked for your dog. That helps us know what products have worked with some EPI dogs that can tolerate rice. :)
Olesia, was owned by Izzy, a 35lb Spanish Water Dog (SWD), Diagnosed at 1.5 years old - TLI results 1.. Izzy passed away on February 13, 2020 at 15 years old. She lived with EPI for 13+1/2 years. It was because of Izzy that Epi4Dogs was started... she was the inspiration. May her legacy of helping others with EPI continue for as long as needed.........

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Post by Jean » 05 May 2020, 13:56

During the 9 years I had an EPI dog, we learned rice was a no, no, as was chicken, and, white fish, chicken seems to be the most intollerated food by a fair amount of dogs

This is an interesting article

https://aussiepooch.com.au/blogs/news/w ... a-sick-dog

by no means an EPI4DOGS interpretation, however.......my vet said the same

the way I look at EPI is EVERY animal is different

if it fits, wear it......................... i.e. we are all different

Costco is a brilliant store, I love it for fresh meat

let us know

jxe
My name is Jean we live in Liverpool in Uk

My Kara born 21 July 2009 diagnosed with EPI by cTLI test August 2010 TLI = <1...folate 14 Cobalamin 408, shot down to 94, b12 injections every other day

Lowest weight 39 pounds

We used Panzym enzymes, Tylan and Chemeyes b12 capsules

Sadly, on 10th May 2019, we lost her to DM


Jeanx

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Post by Olesia711 » 05 May 2020, 20:10

thanks Jean for posting that article..... makes a LOT of sense :)
Olesia, was owned by Izzy, a 35lb Spanish Water Dog (SWD), Diagnosed at 1.5 years old - TLI results 1.. Izzy passed away on February 13, 2020 at 15 years old. She lived with EPI for 13+1/2 years. It was because of Izzy that Epi4Dogs was started... she was the inspiration. May her legacy of helping others with EPI continue for as long as needed.........

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Post by Madelon » 05 May 2020, 20:27

Thank you Jean for posting that article - I read a similar one but couldn't find it. I tried Doc on a food with rice (Royal Canin Gastrointestinal) but he cannot tolerate rice AT ALL.

We do recommend grain free when diagnosed, however, some EPI dogs are able to tolerate some grains so if it works for you keep on keeping on.

As for EPI being expensive, there are other ways to save money like getting your enzymes from EnzymeDiane and B12 pills from WonderLabs (Pet Factor B12 pills).
MADELON and Doc. DX EPI and SIBO: 5/22/2015
Test Results: (1st) 7/2014 = TLI 16.5, B12 894, Folate > 24; (2nd) 5/2015 = TLI < .4, B12 406; Folate >24; (3rd) 10/2015 TLI < .4; B12 >1000; Folate 14.4. Prior to DX: May 2014 (2mos) - DX coccidia/bladder infection; July 2014 (3mos) 1st EPI test = TLI 16.5, B12 894, Folate >24 - Dx SIBO not EPI; Feb 2015 thru May 2015 - weight loss only; May 2015 vomitted several times, diarrhea and eating poop. Regimen: 4 cups Sport Dog Food Elite Herding - Diane 6x 1tsp per cup; 1 WonderLab PetFactor B12 2x day; 1/2tsp Slippery Elm 2xday; Multivitamin; 1 Zyrtec 10mg 2x day; Salmon Oil

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