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I agree with getting the full thyroid panel done. and low normal in a golden is LOW.

I feed my dogs Nature's Variety Salmon and their coats are now gorgeous, thick and silky.

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Purina Pro Plan isn't as expensive as some, but Ben does well on it. Last spring he had an issue with losing huge amounts of fur and his fur became dull and brittle. The vet said his thryoid was okay so it was probably allergies. We switched from the food he was on (Blue Buffalo) to Purina and he did much better. It could have been a spring allergy causing the problem or an allergy to something in the BB. Don't know. If it happens again next spring, I'll assume seasonal. Until then, he's thriving on the Pro Plan so we'll continue with it. We also give him salmon oil, which helps too.
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Originally Posted by fostermom View Post
First of all, we weren't talking only about the ground corn, the first 4 ingredients are low quality nutrient sources, plain and simple. You can continue to argue for ground corn all you wish. I won't be feeding it to my dogs because I think it's a low quality filler. Just like you think it's a fine and dandy ingredient.
I think if you're going to use a pejorative term like "filler" and apply it to ingredients other people give their dogs, you should define it and explain what makes it "filler" as opposed to an ordinary ingredient. "Filler" seems to imply that the ingredient takes up space without providing nutrition, and that's not accurate. If you're using it in a different way, please explain what you mean.

I've said it before, and I will say it many more times. "Chicken byproduct meal" differs from "chicken meal" only in that "byproduct meal" allows for skin, bone, and organ meat to be ground in. There's nothing nutritionally inferior about skin, bone, and organ meat as compared to muscle meat. It's simply a different ingredient. It may not appeal to people because it's "gross," but that doesn't make it bad ingredient. I don't think it's accurate to refer to it as a "low quality nutrient source."

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