Wayyyy off topic, need help with dog food please? - page 2

I have a Beagle Baby, she is my joy! I love this dog! I do not think she is tolerating dog food but I can't figure out what I am missing. She had a sore on her paw, 2 months and it would not... Read More

  1. by   Spidey's mom
    We've all said "check with a vet" or a "vet nutritionist".

    And then we veered off topic a bit about rural vs. city living. And generalists vs. specialists.
  2. by   nursej22
    We feed our boston terriers Call of the Wild. We had to switch from FirstMate because my little guy is picky. These foods are pricy, but their coats are shiny, and we've never had skin issues. We also supplement with veggies and fruit.

    One great advantage of feeding with a more expensive food that doesn't have fillers, is their poo is firmer and easier to pick up.
  3. by   Spidey's mom
    I buy the cheapest "healthy" brand of dry dog food I can find at Costco or WalMart. About $20 - $25 for 50 pounds. Wet dog/cat food makes loose stools. For cats and dogs, in my own experience.

    Their skin is fine, their coats are healthy, their poo is firm and easy to pick up.

    They get beef bones and pig's ears and rawhide to chew on.
  4. by   Jules A
    Quote from Spidey's mom
    I buy the cheapest "healthy" brand of dry dog food I can find at Costco or WalMart. About $20 - $25 for 50 pounds. Wet dog/cat food makes loose stools. For cats and dogs, in my own experience.

    Their skin is fine, their coats are healthy, their poo is firm and easy to pick up.

    They get beef bones and pig's ears and rawhide to chew on.
    Warning, I'm a bit over the top with both my dogs and cats and while whatever they will eat and enjoy is definitely a consideration in general a decent quality canned food for cats is preferable in most cases. They are obligate carnivores and most dry food has a very high carbohydrate concentration with limited moisture which is unnecessary and unhealthy for them. Plus the dry is better for their teeth wives tale is unsupported. Ever notice when they barf? Is any of that actually chewed?

    Feeding Your Cat: Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition :: healthy cat diet, making cat food, litter box, cat food, cat nutrition, cat urinary tract health
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    We don't have a cat anymore. But we always fed dry.

    My son and his wife (her cat) feed a combo. There is a container of "at will" dry food and then canned in the morning and evening.
  6. by   Jules A
    Quote from Spidey's mom
    My son and his wife (her cat) feed a combo. There is a container of "at will" dry food and then canned in the morning and evening.
    Now thats the life I want!
  7. by   vintagemother
    It appears you've already received lots of good advice, Crunchberries. I'll chime in with the little I know about finding quality dog food, as I, recently had to research the best food for my german shepherd puppy.

    Costco food is supposed to be okay, it does not contain corn and it's inexpensive, which are 2 perks. But, I wanted a really high quality food and I wanted firmer feces, so I did a lot of online research at dogfoodadvisor.com and on breed specific forums and spoke with my friends IRL with dogs. (You'd be surprised about all of the suggestions you'll get from a simple FB shout out and tagging other dog people)

    I ended up thinking I would go with Canidae or Taste of the Wild. I went to a local family owned pet store that has been in my area for 20 years or so, (not a big chain). The owner offers a return policy if the food doesn't agree with your pet, she steered me toward Nutrisource brand, Apparently, it's made at a single plant and shipped fresh and frequently to only select retailers, which makes it less likely to be affected by a mass recall. And some of those pet food recalls in the past led to pets passing away. Also, it (obviously) has high protein and no fillers like corn.

    There is also a grain free version of Nutrisource and many other (high end) brands of food. Your fur-baby may benefit from it, since she has had skin issues.

    The other issue I wanted to touch on is the raw diet. From what I've researched, it's controversial but can definitely be done in a healthful manner. There are message boards dedicated to teaching it. I think a nurse would be the perfect person to attempt this because we can combine our knowledge with what we read to filter out the BS.

    Good luck and keep us posted! I could talk about and read about dogs all day!
  8. by   CrunchBerries
    First I want to apologize, it sure seemed rude to me that I asked a question and never came back to the thread. I had a heck of a time getting into this section of the forum but Sirl fixed it for me!

    Quote from Spidey's mom
    As soon as the sore came back, I'd have the dog back into the vet. Maybe there is a foxtail up in the paw somewhere and it starts to heals and something breaks it open and it festers again. Let the vet look at it.
    I did and she doesn't. As soon as I put her on any dog food the sore comes back. Atkins and it goes away. Oddest thing I have seen in her yet.

    Quote from Jules A
    Best of luck to you, Beagles are awesome!!
    Oh my gosh, she is my first Beagle, she was a gift when my Shih Tzu died of tongue cancer. I can't believe their little personalities, they are THE sweetest dogs ever! I have heard that time and time again, honestly I never bought into breed vs. personality traits but she proved me wrong. I love this girl!

    Quote from hherrn
    TOS prohibits medical advice, but seems like folks will give veterinary advice.
    Seriously? Dog food suggestions is vet advice? I was just wondering what worked for others, that's all.

    Get a good vet. If your dog is fat, that is a serious medical condition, usually caused by over-feeding.
    No, actually it is not caused by overfeeding. She's a Beagle, a small/med sized dog. She gets 1/2 cup of food 2x daily, that is just not overfeeding. The girl is hungry, she's begging all day long. When I put her on Atkins she does lose weight and I give her double the quantity. But I can't believe Atkins is good long term.

    Quote from Spidey's mom
    We've all said "check with a vet" or a "vet nutritionist".

    And then we veered off topic a bit about rural vs. city living. And generalists vs. specialists.
    Not an option. I am a US citizen living in Mexico. Medical care for humans (in the private sector) is fantastic, not so much for dogs. A vet took care of my cat and I am still *so* angry about it I could spit, still too angry to even write about it. But, there are no vet nutritionists here, at least not in my massively large city.

    Quote from nursej22
    We feed our boston terriers Call of the Wild. We had to switch from FirstMate because my little guy is picky. These foods are pricy, but their coats are shiny, and we've never had skin issues. We also supplement with veggies and fruit.

    One great advantage of feeding with a more expensive food that doesn't have fillers, is their poo is firmer and easier to pick up.
    I wonder if I could get something like that on line. I live in a border city and I do have a California PO box. Hmm....

    Many thanks to everyone!
    Last edit by CrunchBerries on Jul 29, '15 : Reason: My "s" key does not work well
  9. by   nursej22
    OMG, I can't believe I named the wrong dog food! Its Taste of the Wild, not Call of the Wild.

    So sorry. I've also heard good things about Blue Buffalo, but have never used it.

    I also noticed this web site, not an endorsement but maybe its something you could try?

    Taste of the Wild - Free Shipping at Chewy.com

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