Wayyyy off topic, need help with dog food please?

  1. 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 heal. I put her on an Atkins diet, chicken breast and steamed veggies. The sore healed in three days.

    Diabetes? So I took her to the vet and her labs were primo, perfect, not a single lab abnormal. BS was fine.

    I put her on Pro Plan, the sore on her paw came back. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr...

    I need a dog food with no fillers, no grains, no.... heck, I do not know! I am most happy to cook for her, but I know I will be missing vital nutrition if I do that long term.

    What is my dog food I need to buy? Or, how do I cook for her that will contain everything she needs? She's FAT! But I can't cut her food down anymore. The girl is hungry, on Atkins she is happy and satisfied, no begging.

    I am at a loss.

    Any dog lovers that have same/similar issues with answers?
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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   heatherisbetter
    you can use facebook to find raw dog food groups which will answer any questions you have, if you want a commercially prepared food go to a big box petstore (petco, Petsmart, IFA, Tractor Supply) the employees are trained on the foods they carry including ingredients. If you get a newbie, ask for a manager.
  4. by   Silverdragon102
    Moved to the Pets/Animal forum
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    I heard a show recently from a veterinarian and an animal nutritionist's perspective that stated the raw food diet was not safe for animals. They kind of poo-poo'd the idea that dogs used to eat raw food way back in the day. They said we've domesticated dogs and they are so far from their "wild" ancestors that we should not be using that so-called logic to base what we do with dogs today.

    I'd ask the vet. Not someone at a pet store.

    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.
  6. by   Jules A
    I have a wonderful vet who recommends raw and a specialist who said no way so I'm not sure. Since mine doesn't have any problems for convenience I presently feed Ultramix as the bulk and add some of whatever we have for dinner but mostly lean meats and veggies, no junk of course. Years ago I had a pooch on steroids long term who was ravenous and I'd give him low salt canned green beans to bulk up his meals without adding too many calories. Although in hindsight it probably would have been better if I had cooked fresh for him.

    There are so many food options out there that you should be able to find something to help your girl if in fact it is a food sensitivity but I agree to consult your vet first. Remember just like physicians and NPs there are great vets and lousy ones so if you aren't comfortable yours is a rock star it would be worth it, imo, to find another one.

    Best of luck to you, Beagles are awesome!!
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    That's very true - there are some good vets and not-so-good vets. I think the majority are probably good though.

    There are professional veterinary nutritional support services that provide both diet recipes and computer-based diet analyses. Ask your veterinarian for a referral and only utilize those that are supervised by board-certified veterinary nutritionists.

    I've been trying to find the original vet and animal nutritionist I heard but so far no luck but did find this:


    Is Raw Food Safe For Dogs?
    Last edit by Spidey's mom on Jul 20, '15
  8. by   Jules A
    Quote from Spidey's mom
    That's very true - there are some good vets and not-so-good vets. I think the majority are probably good though.
    While I think most absolutely are well meaning, kind humans I personally think 80% probably suck, for anything more complicated than basic care, especially those who don't specialize. Which is about the same figure I would give for NPs and physicians. However after being in the medical field for a while the disparities in knowledge scares the pants off me so I might be a bit cynical.

    For my cats I see only a feline vet because they are so different compared to dogs and there are many vets who aren't comfortable or very well versed with the intricacies of their care.
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    I live in a rural area so our vet sees everything from hamsters to horses.

    Our docs are all Board Certified Family Practitioners. So, they see everyone from pregnant women to men with prostate problems to children. We have the same kind of NP's and PA's too.

    I kind of like it that way. I'm a rural nurse - when I worked the floor I worked ER, L&D, postpartum, acute, pre-op, post-op, and was the nurse who got handed the baby after a cesarean.

    I'm not a huge fan of specialization . . . . and that's a big deal now unfortunately. But that's another thread.
  10. by   WellThatsOod
    Quote from Spidey's mom
    Our docs are all Board Certified Family Practitioners. So, they see everyone from pregnant women to men with prostate problems to children. We have the same kind of NP's and PA's too.
    And that is what I want with my life. Small rural town with my own FNP practice and a small farm.
  11. by   Jules A
    Quote from WellThatsOod
    And that is what I want with my life. Small rural town with my own FNP practice and a small farm.
    I love how different views can vary. The quote you highlighted squirrels me out, lol. I want to be close enough to a metro area where my medical care and my animals are seen to by hotshot specialists with a wanker as big as their ego. And I'm willing to pay for it.
  12. by   WellThatsOod
    Oh I like hotshot specialists for things that hotshot specialists are needed for. As for general health, I'm more than happy with our NP's. I don't want to be in the middle of nowhere. An hour drive to a metro area is good with me. I drive 1 1/2 hours to get to school.
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    I agree - a hotshot specialist for something that needs a hotshot specialist. Regular medical care doesn't.

    I live about 1 hour and 15 minutes from the "big city". We do our big grocery shopping there, I get my hair done there, I see a gynecologist there but only because I work with these providers up here and I don't want anyone I work with looking someplace they shouldn't be looking.
  14. by   hherrn
    TOS prohibits medical advice, but seems like folks will give veterinary advice.

    Get a good vet. If your dog is fat, that is a serious medical condition, usually caused by over-feeding.

    My dog had skin problems that went away when we switched to Candidae. But, your dog should have a doctor, and that doctor will know the best approach. Just like a doc for you, if you don't trust the guidance, get a new doc.

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