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  1. Went to the vets today and they do think its just a fatty lump, but they did put a needle in it and are sending to the lab to just make sure that's all it is, and should know more in 3- 5 days. Nikko was a real trooper and did very well!
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  2. There are a lot of questions that come up regarding what to feed, how much to feed, when to feed, leave it out for them, pick it up after so many minutes; and the list goes on. So here's my take on dog food and feeding my dogs. People have a tendency to get hung up on buzz words. "Holistic", "organic", "natural" are three that come to mind. Then there are those same buzz words with "ultra" placed in front of them. "Grain-free" has also become somewhat of a buzz word, only because it is used so frequently. The more a word is used within a language, it often times begins to loose its distinctiveness. But I digress. I have fed my dogs Nutro Ultra Puppy, Diamond Naturals (buzz word), Diamond Lite (buzz word), and TOTW. Of all of those brands, in my opinion, TOTW is by far the best quality and most nutritious food, and it's grain-free. I don't need to feed as much when mine are on TOTW. Second on my list is Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice. While not grain-free, it does not contain any corn, maize, soy, or wheat. Remember those four words, corn, maize, soy, and wheat. Good to avoid those in anything you feed your dog. The mainstay food for my dogs is TOTW. If they get a bit too padded on the sides, I switch them over to Diamond Naturals for a month or two, to get them back down. This usually happens in late winter. Here's the bottom line. Read the label! Don't buy a food for your dog, just because I or someone else touts about how great it is. I think TOTW is a great food (there I go touting again). But it's not great for every dog. There are some dogs who have problems when eating TOTW, just as there are dogs who have problems eating one of a thousand other brands. So we are back to reading the label. Understanding what the label is telling you. Dog food labeling in the US, may differ from other countries, so take this with some reservation and need for qualification. First on the list indicates the highest content. True or False? True - sometimes. If the first item on the list is a meat, not a meat meal, chances are, it's not the highest content item in product. Why? Water content of meat will dwindle its weight dramtically, so that items farther down the list that are in dry form, will actually have a higher content within the product. By-products are fine. True or False? Maybe. I avoid any food that has any by-products listed in the ingredients. Simply because I have no clue what is in the food, because they don't really tell you. Don't understand the words, but it must be OK. True or False? Google is your friend in this case. Some companies use chemicals for preservation of the food. Some use natural items like citric acid. Do some research, read about the ingredients. Educate yourself. How much to feed is another question that really, the only answer to expect is a guesstimate from anyone. It takes a bit of trial and error sometimes to come to the correct amount to feed. Too much food = runny poos, that's my motto. Too little food = a scavenger. We feed our two , one cup of TOTW in the morning and one cup of TOTW in the evening. When Zoya was a pup, she actually ate more than she does now. We also mix a bit of tuna in with Eisa's food, since she is such a fussy eater. Somedays, she simply will not eat. At any rate, don't pay too much attention to the amounts listed on the bag. For a Husky, we'd be feeding ours almost double the amount per day they receive now. Leave it out for them, or limit the time the food is out? Discipline is what it's all about with a Husky. Let up in one area of the disipline routine, and they assume it's a wide open range for them. We feed on a schedule, and if they don't eat within ten minutes, the food comes up until next time. It's not been a problem, and they know the routine. Works for us. So that's it. Not an expert, not an authority. Just have my own opinion, and I know what works for me and our two. What works for you and yours, may be at the other end of the spectrum, and that's fine. At the end of the day, it's the welfare of the Huskies that really matters.
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