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Tue May 8, 2012, 04:15 PM

Ol' Roy Lamb and Rice Dry Dog Food

Does anyone know where I can still get Ol' Roy Lamb and Rice Dry Dog Food? Our Cairn Terrier has digestive problems, and this brand (formerly carried by Walmart) is the only kind of this type of food that we can afford. The wally world website indicates that it no longer sells it.

Thank you.

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Response to JoDog (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 04:46 PM

1. Ol' Roy is a WalMart "house" brand. If they've dropped it, it's gone.


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Response to JoDog (Original post)

Fri Jun 8, 2012, 11:45 PM

2. I guess you've tried other lamb products, huh?

I'm sure you have, but I see no reason that one particular brand of lamb dog food would be required not to get your dog sick. Lamb is known to be easier to tolerate for dogs who have digestive problems or sensitive stomaches. There are many lamb dog foods, incl. other low cost brands.

A check on walmart's website shows Ol' Roy 17 pounds dry dog food is about $13. (no lamb & rice)

Purina lamb meal & rice dry dog food, 35 lbs is about $20 (CHEAPER THAN OL' ROY).

Purina One lamb & barley dry, 15 lbs, is about $23.

Purina One Total Nutrition, lamb & rice dry, 34 lbs, is about $30. (ONLY $4 MORE THAN OL ROY)
Purina One Total Nutrition lamb & rice dry, 18 lbs, $20.

Purina One lamb & rice dry, 8 lbs, $11.30.

Iams Proactive lamb & rice, 15.5 lbs, $18.

Pedigree lamb & rice, price unknown.

Then there are times you can get coupons. Purina seems like a possibility.

Also, you can read on internet natural foods that are good for dogs with sensitive tummies. I think oatmeal and rice and two things they tolerate well. You'd have to provide some protein with that. Oatmeal and rice (not mixed together, I think) are VERY inexpensive. No seasonings on that. Be careful of what website you consult, of course. I've given my dogs oatmeal and rice on occasion....they love the stuff. But I doubt you want to give a dog a LOT of oatmeal, or he'd get the runs. I'd give my dogs just a bit mixed in with their kibble, or just a couple of tablespoons alone as a special morning treat on a cold morning. Oatmeal cooked with water, or mixture of skim milk & water - not full strength milk.

Good luck!

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Response to JoDog (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 02:02 PM

3. I suspect your dog is allergic to corn

I suspect your dog is allergic to corn which is present in 98% of dog food. Have you tried any other corn-free brands?

As a last resort, you could cook brown rice and lamb for your dog, throwing in a little chopped carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, a little chopped garlic. It might take you an hour tops and you can either cook enough for the week and leave it in the fridge or freeze for longer. I use oatmeal sometimes too because it's gentle on their stomach and my dogs love it. Just don't scrimp on the meat and either cook without the bones or cook the bones in water first and strip the meat off before adding to the rice.

I know you said mentioned money concerns but try not to be put off by the price because your dog will eat less of the higher brand food that has meat as the #1 ingredient. Avoid anything that has corn, corn gluten, corn meal and corn syrup. I'd personally avoid anything that has *meal* instead of meat.

Here's a list of corn-free dog foods if you're inclined to buy a small bag to test it. You can also ask for free samples depending on the store or write to the manufacturers directly asking for them. http://www.4pawsu.com/dogfood.htm

Here's a whole list of other brands that do lamb and rice http://www.nextag.com/lamb-and-rice-dog-food/products-html but check for the corn.

Ol' Roy had a lot of fillers in it which your dog doesn't need. That's why it seemed so affordable but in the long run it's really not and you make up for it in vet visits down the road. There wasn't a shred meat in it.

lamb meal, brewer's rice, soybean meal, ground yellow corn, ground wheat, wheat middlings, beef tallow, wheat flour, corn gluten meal, animal digest, salt, L-lysine mono-hydrochloride, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, copper Sulfate, Choline Chloride,zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin D and E Supplement, Niacin, Manganous sulfate, folic Acid, D calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, Calcium Iodate, riboflavin Supplement, garlic oil, pyridoxine Hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic Acid, menadione sodium bisolfite complex (source of Vitamin K), calcium iodate, sodium selenite

Best of luck to you and your Terrier. If you decide to try cooking for it, let me know if you have any questions. I guarantee you it's cheaper and healthier than the store bought stuff. If you're worried about additional vitamins, there are sites to help with that or you can buy supplements in the pet stores.

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Response to Catherina (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 04:16 PM

4. My dogs have been on Merrik and Wellness for 11years now...

My "big" guy is a Cairn who had all kinds of food issues and the Lamb and Rice Wellness works for him. I mix it with a teaspoon of Merrick "New Zealand Picnic" for fun but it isn't necessary.

If I had German Shepherds or Labs it would be expensive to feed 3 dogs top quality food but my little guys hardly add up to the eating power of a big Beagle.

It's important to mention that you should not buy any of these natural brands in large quantities. Don't store more than your dog can eat in a months time and keep the food in a cool place.

I agree that cooking fresh is the best. I did it for years but after the 3rd dog I just couldn't always keep up. My holistic Vet recommends a diet of 60% meat, 30% rice (or pasta or grain) and 10% veggies with a good supplement.

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Response to Walk away (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 05:20 PM

5. Wellness was one of my favorite brands

Thanks for the tip on not buying the natural brands in large quantities but why is that? Does it rot?

I'm going back to cooking. My dogs were on a raw food diet for a year and did extremely well on it but between the four of them, it was costing me a fortune. I'm trying to do 1/3 raw and 1/3 homemade and 1/3 kibble+raw egg for them now.

My easiest recipe is cooking the veggies with a little garlic, pouring oatmeal into the veggies and water, and then stirring in the oatmeal.
They love that.

What's Merricks "New Zealand Picnic?

Please, nobody chew me out about the raw egg, they're from our own chickens.

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Response to Catherina (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 07:07 PM

6. Merrick's has all sorts of yummy flavors but the New Zealand Picnic is lamb and...

seems to go down easy on the tummy. I just use a bit as a treat because it is very expensive. When the Merrick sales people go out on sales calls to pet shops they actually eat some. It is human quality food.

As for the kibble from Merrick, Wellness, Evo et al, they are loaded with meat protein and not loaded with preservatives. You should treat them like your own food as mold can easily grow especially in the summer months. Supermarket brands are more likely to have plenty of preservatives so people tend to stock up and save money safely.

If I lived at your house the dogs would have to get up early to beat me to the fresh eggs! I admire you for feeding fresh as it's really the best. I also did the fresh, raw lamb medallions but it wasn't easy to keep the freezer stocked all of the time and it cost a fortune!

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Response to Walk away (Reply #6)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:09 PM

7. You're funny

If you lived at my house you'd be clutching your head in pain howling "that's for the dogs?"

I once had a guest wolf down their food because he thought it was lunch!

I liked Evo a lot. My favorite was Solid Gold but that was only affordable when I had 1 dog and I hear you about the raw lamb medallions.

Will your dogs eat beef? We used to buy half a cow directly from the breeder so we'd get all the cuts, and bones. He'd cut it however we wanted and vacuum seal it. It came to something like $1.40 a pound but then you have to have a large enough freezer and remember to thaw it. I'm glad we had this conversation because I'm going to see if I can't find someone near here. I'm paying retail and it's killing my pocketbook.

Thanks for telling me that about Merricks, it's good to know.

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Response to Catherina (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:54 PM

8. I stick to "everything lamb" for Henry. He does so well on it I'm affraid to switch.

I have an old friend who has an organic farm about an hour west of me. He and his wife make amazing cheeses and raise the best tasting beef and lamb but that is super pricy! I sometimes order from them as a treat and I always share with "The Boyz" but not as a regular thing. Maybe I can figure something out with him.
Robbie and Tiny Toby are my little garbage cans. They have been gorging themselves on my mulberries for the past two weeks and they are perfectly fine. They were both living out of garbage cans before they were rescued so they seem to be able to process anything!

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