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Got questions about feeding your dog? Ever wished you could start your own discussion about a food-related topic not already covered by our blog?

Good news! Help is finally on the way.

The Dog Food Advisor is pleased to announce the roll-out of its brand new forums area.

Thanks to the introduction of this new community feature, you’ll no longer be limited to discussions about specific dog food brands. Now, you’ll be able to:

  • Discuss raw and homemade diets
  • Ask questions and get answers
  • Solve food-related health problems
  • Start your own discussions
  • Learn about supplements
  • Create new topics
  • And much more

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You can visit the Forums area anytime. Simply click on the Forums link located in the red navigation bar at the top of every page on The Dog Food Advisor website.

But first, you’ll need to register. Your membership in the Dog Food Advisor Forums is independent of our Disqus commenting system.

Your registration helps eliminate spammers and provides a safer environment for anyone who wants to participate.

Final Word

If you’re one of the first to visit the new area, the Forums may look a little empty.

Yet don’t despair. The community will build quickly.

So, please feel free to ask your most pressing questions or create your own topics. We’re all looking forward to welcoming you to our new and growing family.

  • theBCnut

    I’m sorry to hear this. The treatments for poisoning vary according to the type of poison, so unfortunately no one here can help you and likely the damage is already done. You can do as the vet suggests, but I totally understand the reluctance. Something you can try to see if he will get better over time is to feed a homemade all natural diet so you don’t add anything else toxic to his body.

  • Rabia khan

    i have a german shepherd pup 3 months old. Recently ho got poisoned and we didnt got to know this. Every kind of treatment has been provided but he is stiffed at his place not able to move. The vet has recommended to give him lethal injection so that he dies without any pain. I dont want to lose him. Please help as fast as possible.

  • Ysabella

    Thank you Hound Dog Mom!!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi ysabella –

    If you head over to the forum area, there are some recipes posted (I actually have several of my dogs’ homemade raw menus posted): http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/menus/

    I’ve tested some of my recipes for nutritional adequacy (they exceed the AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages) – but I basically did that for kicks (people many say homemade diets can’t be balanced). Really, as long as you feed a wide variety of species-appropriate nutient-dense foods your dog should get all the nutrients it needs. However, I would still strongly recommend checking out some “balanced” recipes to start just so you get the hang of it and get a feel for what a meal should include. Once you get used to making your own food you can tweak things and make up your own meal plans.

    Steve Brown has written a wonderful book called “Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet” that is a great resource for those new to homemade raw diets. Dogaware.com is another great resource.

    Feeding raw when traveling is difficult. If I know I’m going to have access to a fridge, I bring a pre-mix and stop at grocery stores to pick up fresh raw meat and raw meaty bones. If I’m not going to have access to a fridge I usually pack a dehydrated food (such as THK).

  • Ysabella

    One more thing. How do you do raw & cooked diets when you travel with your pet? We are planning on going on vacation at the end of the month and we are bringing our baby with us. We will be staying in hotels and camping for 5 days.

  • Ysabella

    Might I also add she currently gets raw beef marrow bones daily. And if somebody could give me a good quantity for a recipe that would be great as well!

  • Ysabella

    Does anyone have a homemade diet recipe for dogs? I am currently feeding my 2 year old 64 pound Golden Retriever a mixture of Natures Variety Instinct chicken flavored kibble, Orijen’s grain free adult chicken/turkey flavored kibble, with a variety of canned foods as well (Including grain free Merrick all flavors, dogswell happy hips duck and sweet potato, dogswell vitality chicken and sweet potato, kirkland cuts in gravy grain free chicken & beef flavors, and by nature duck & chicken entrees). I add half a patty of Stella & Chewy’s freeze dried twice a day along with boiled organic chicken. She is doing VERY well on her current diet but I have always been interested in homemade and with changes in my schedule I now have the time to make her food. I have heard such great feedback from homemade and only want what is best for my four legged child. I have to say, I get comments daily about how soft and pretty her fur is and everybody asks me what I do to groom her. My answer is that I have never once got her groomed, I bathe her once a month, and brush her once a week. Everyone is always so surprised when I tell them this and I always say, “It’s what we feed her”.

    So now here I am, trying to find even better foods to feed her, even though she is doing very well on her current diet. I am planning on going back to college in the next year so a cheaper & better diet for her would be ideal. I think one thing that always scares me about making a homemade diet is I am afraid I won’t make her a completely balanced diet and end up malnourishing her instead of giving her the proper nutrition.. How do you know you are feeding your dog a well balanced diet with a homemade meal? If anyone could answer these questions for me along with recipes you currently use, and how your dog is doing on it I would be greatly appreciative! I am interested in a cooked or raw diet. I would love to offer her a variety of meats, but am definitely interested in feeding her chicken (she LOVES chicken). :) Thanks in advance!

  • jazzyems

    Thanks for the info Pattyvaughn I will definitely look into the probiotics and the buy the pumpkin.

  • Pattyvaughn

    California Naturals was just involved in a salmonella recall. For a decent food that is usually easy for a dog to transition to, I would recommend NutriSource. They have chicken and rice and they also have grain free if you decide you need to go that route. I would also get probiotics from the health food store and keep her on them until everything is back to normal, then I give them every few days. The other thing is to give her a spoonful of canned pure pumpkin with every meal for a while.

  • jazzyems

    I recently adopted a Boxer/American Bulldog mix. She was being fed a Chicken & Rice with green beans/peas & a Chicken/Rice Costco brand dog food a 50/50 mix to put some weight on her as she was a stray and emaciated. I was given some of the dry dog food to bring home. I was told to get something that was chicken and rice so I purchased at Pet World the California Natural dog food because I was told it was a simple formula and less chance of sour tummy. I mixed in what I was given by the shelter but it wasn’t much. I noticed she was having soft stool or partial runny so I called the vet where I had taken her and was told to bring in a stool sample she tested positive for Giardia. I gave her the powder mixed with her food and it seemed to help. After a while the soft stool turned into poop soup. I called the vet and took another sample it came back negative. A couple weeks go by not much improvement so I call the vet at which time she prescribes the antibiotic Metronidazole. The vet said I could bring her in for blood work to check if I recall correctly her for enzyme issues or start the Hills Prescription Diet ID dog food So on April 9th after some research I decided to start feeding her the bland diet of rice and boiled chicken, which has helped a bit it’s no longer poop soup but still soft, I called the Vet she informed me we could do two things, take a blood test to check for I believe enzyme or absorption issues or start the Hills Prescription diet ID dog food. I never expected $88.00 for a 30lb. bag WOW! I did a bit of research online and I’ve seen the not so great reviews and all the talk about them now adding Corn. What is the difference between the prescription ID and the Hills Sensitive dog food? Talk about info over load! I was talking to a friend of mine and she suggested a Natural Pet food store in the area. What do I ask for? No grain food? PLEASE HELP!

  • InkedMarie

    replied elsewhere here but ignore the vet and go with the Brothers. You won’t be sorry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    Hi Lpless51,

    I second everything Patty said in her reply to you.

    I use all “flavors” of Brothers proteins and my dogs love them all. I have a 7.5 month old Golden pup who at an even younger age started having lots of digestive problems and I also later surmised that some of his yeast issues, etc., were the result of vaccinosis. He tolerated Brothers extremely well from the very first bowl and his stool quality immediately improved. Both of mine also really love Brothers biscuits and treats! ; )

    Also, I was very interested in adding Canidae Pure Elements to my dogs rotation and was of the impression that Canidae had moved manufacturing of all of their kibbled foods to their own manufacturing plant, Ethos. However, I’ve since learned that I was mistaken and that some Canidae products are still being manufactured by Diamond; so, I can’t be certain if the bag I purchase is manufactured by Diamond or Ethos. If that’s something you’re OK with, that’s your choice, but it was just something that I was not. It’s just something I wish I had realized before I bought my first, and last, bag of Canidae.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Those of us who have tried Brothers have had great results with Brothers.  It straightened out my pup pretty quickly and I believe Brothers is a truly unique food, simply the best.  One of the best things about Brothers is that being a small family owned business, when you need help, you talk to one of the owners, you get help.

  • Lpless51

    Hello and Happy New Year to Everyone!  I’m new here, and need some help about feeding one of my rescued dogs.  She is 8 yrs. old and is highly allergic to all grains and milk products.  I’ve been reading about Brothers H/A foods as well as the Canide Grain Free Pure dry dog food. 
    Can anyone of you suggest which one I need to try with her, because she has scratched herself RAW.  Had to bring her to our Vet, but, the Vet kept trying to sell me the Purina Vet H/A dry dog food, which, is VERY EXPENSIVE!!! 
    Yes, I rescue animals.  Have been doing this since the 1980’s.  I have 5 dogs and 6 cats now that I saved from death.  So, please, I need your help!  Thanks so much!

  • Toxed2loss

    You’re welcome! Happy New Year to you, too! ;-)

  • Pattyvaughn

    Thanks Toxed, Happy New Year!!

  • Toxed2loss

    Thanks Patty, I’ll pass that along. :-)

  • Pattyvaughn

    I think these are the jerky treats that are not recalled because the FDA can’t figure out what is wrong with them, but pets are getting Franconi syndrome or dying.

  • Toxed2loss

    Done. ;-)

  • Johnandchristo

    Hi Robb,
    First off, what a beautiful dog! I may be a little bias though, as I have one just like him. Hunter is a great name. If you don’t mind a suggestion from me, I would highly recommend Brothers Complete, I feed it to my dog and he loves it, is doing great and the customer service is the best.The company is family owned and run and the kibble is the freshest on the market. The picture you posted is a especially good shot, he looks a lot like my dog Christo.

  • Pattyvaughn

    OK, I need help now.  There is a poster on the forum in Dog Treats named Docsteve82.  He is feeding his cat the Chinese chicken jerky treats.  He doesn’t know about them and the cat is sick.  My posts are still disappearing so somebody needs to tell him quick!!!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Dr. Mike emailed me.  They found the problem.  It was the spam filters again.  And when Dr. Mike had much more important things to do, he took the time to learn how to deal with the spam filter.  I thought that went above and beyond the call of duty.  Thanks, Dr. Mike.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Patty-
    Your post did show up!

  • Melissaandcrew

    I agree. I gave my dogs Praziquental three months ago, when I discovered a new foster had tapes-so I did everyone to be safe. That was the first time in about 20 yrs that I felt the need to do it.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I tried posting to you on the forum:-(  As I understand it, there is no down side to feeding a small dog a large dog formula.  Controlled calcium is not bad and slow steady growth is good for all puppies.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I wish they would quit trying to fix what isn’t broke.  I haven’t needed to give my dogs praziquental more than twice in over 10 years, probably closer to 15 or 20 years, and that’s a lot of different dogs.  Why would I want to start giving it every month?

  • Pattyvaughn

    I’m not a big fan either, but living in FL, so far I’ve always needed flea stuff too, except for about 2 months out of the year.  I guess I’ll find out soon if what people are saying is true, since I’ve been raw feeding for 3 months now, I can hope fleas won’t be such a problem come Spring.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Hi Patty-

    Looks like Interceptor and Sentinel may not be available in the future as we know them. It appears the FDA has just approved a new version of both-to be called Interceptor Spectrum and Sentinel Spectrum. These varieties have been available in other countries for a while-same drug as before, with praziquental added to the formula.

  • Pattyvaughn

    All my dogs are due in late winter, early spring so I have no idea what my vet has moved to.  Or if they really even have any options.

  • Melissaandcrew

     Oops-replied to myself. see below, lol!

  • Melissaandcrew

    Hi Patty-

    Yes, I have used Revolution in the past. I am not a huge fan of the combo drugs-heartworm preventative and flea control combos,but have used it w/out issue. I will probably switch the overly sensitive ones to it as Maya gets the squirts like clockwork now from the Heartgard.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Have you tried Revolution? I’ve used it on my cats, but not on my dogs.  Heartguard supposedly isn’t a problem everywhere, but down here where the mosquitos never really die off, they just slow down, it’s not been recommended for quite some time, close to 10 years.

  • Melissaandcrew

     Nope.. Their entire plant was shut down that produced Sentinel, Interceptor, Excederin and several other human drugs. It apparently(last time I looked into it) was starting back up a few months ago-but if I recall, staring with human medications. No one seems to be able to get an answer as to when Sentinel or Interceptor will be produced and available again.  I ran out about 4 mths ago, and went to Heartgard-and it does NOT agree with my dogs.

  • Pattyvaughn

    What a bummer.  Suspicious as I am of big business, I would say they are trying to make sure that vets are prescribing the way more exspensive Trifexis.  I’m glad I’ve got enough to last me a few more months, then I guess I’ve got to decide what I’m going to do, too.  Of course it’s flea season here at least 9, usually 10 months out of the year.

    I hope Sentinel is still an option.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Interceptor is not currently being made, and has not for almost 1 yr. No return to production date planned that I am aware of.

  • Pattyvaughn

    At the very least see about going to just Interceptor when you’re not having flea issues.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I tried to post about coconut water on two different days and a number of other things, but nope, it won’t work.  Dr Mike is trying to get it worked out:-(  I was going to tell you about how my husband, who doesn’t like new foods, bought coconut water to try if it was needed.  The kids came down with the flu and no one would even try it, so it will probably sit here until doomsday, oh wait a minute, that was last week and the coconut water is still here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    I read some of those comments about heart worm prevention and am seriously rethinking what I’m doing. Sam has been getting Trifexis and Bella Heartgard and Frontline.

    Anyway, I don’t want to start that conversation here, but I appreciate that topic being added to the forum and believe it’ll definitely help me rethink what I’m doing right now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    Done. ; )

  • Pattyvaughn

    Interceptor, Sentinel, so far everything except Ivermectin.  My vet quit prescribing it years ago.  It used to be the go to wormer for horses too, but now it’s only good against one or two worms.  It still works great for a few things you would never think to use it for, just not the things you really need it for.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Thanks!!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I’ll post it Patty.

    btw, I’ve heart ivermectin is losing effectiveness in certain areas. What do you use in florida?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    Patty, I copied your post and will pass it along.

  • Pattyvaughn

    My posts are disappearing on the forum right now and there is a poster there that lives in Florida that is asking questions involving heartworm prevention and flea prevention that I would love if someone would relay info to.  She is planning on going with Heartguard and there are a few dogs every year that turn up heartworm positive at the proper dose in Florida.  Heartguard is losing its effectiveness, so she should discuss that with her vet too.

  • Charlotte Peterson

    Thank you Sandy. We found a canned food she would eat, now we need to work on getting her to gain some weight.

  • robb

    Hello Mike, Great site thanks!!  Hunter is three today.  Barking At The Moon, TOTW and EVO his foods.

    Seeking a 5 Star food, made in a smaller plant. EVO now P&G and who knows what Solid Gold will do next following their love relationship with Diamond. 

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. robb and hunter

  • Toxed2loss

    Thanks Marie!

  • InkedMarie

    Great pics, Toxed!

  • Toxed2loss

    LOL! That very considerate! That could be a lot of water slinging! I started Rosie doing it in the shower. After her bath I’d close the shower door and give the command when she did it. It took a while, like a Year, but she finally got it. It took me along time to teach her to potty, too. She didn’t want to do that in my presence either. :-}

  • Pattyvaughn

    Sounds like a wonderful day!!  My GSD were always taught to shake off on command, but I can’t teach my Border Collies to do it because they won’t shake off in my presence.

  • Toxed2loss

    Thanks! None. Her dense, fine coat kept it away from her skin, so it didn’t melt & cling. Before she got back in the car I had her shake, & most of it flew off. I brushed off the rest, mostly on her legs. :-) They got wet when we fell through the ice on a large puddle. Heh, heh. There was only about 6 inches of water under there.

  • Pattyvaughn

    How much of that snow did she bring back into the house?  Those pictures were great!!

  • Toxed2loss

    Since iPad users can’t upload pics in the forum yet, I thought I’d upload these Christmas tree/Rosie photos here. :-)

  • InkedMarie

    Isn’t that crazy? I just shared that on my fb

  • Dave’s Hounds

    primate hand and foot discovered at rendering plant…..

    http://truthaboutpetfood2.com/primate-hand-and-foot-discovered-at-a-rendering-facility

  • Tammy Osborne

    MY 4 month old puppy has same symptoms Fanconi Syndrome. Without my knowledge of Made In China Chicken Jerky, I gave him treats from Pett Shoppe bought at Walgreens and all symptoms go hand in hand as Wagon Train Treats, Made in China. Heres the eye opener:  Both products are on the same shelf at Walgreens. Are all Chicken Jerky Treats Made in China making our dogs sick here in America…Anyone else living this nightmare?

  • losul

    Aw, he’s a really cute one Shawna. I think I see alot more Boston look in him than Turbo. But then I don’t know what Turbo looked like at that age.

    And bless you for giving yourself to fostering!

  • losul

    thnx Patty!

  • Shawna

    Wow!!  You and your wife are AWESOME!!!  In the wrong hands can you imagine how wrong things could have gone for Turbo.. 

    Our local Humane Society is EXTREMELY positive about all the bully breeds.  They actually went to battle for them when the city tried to ban the bullys.. 

    Our Staffie was such a wonderful dog but he too needed a strong leader..  We lived on a farm and he would have killed all the livestock if my dad hadn’t put an end to that in a real quick way..  Morton used to jump up and grab lower tree limbs and bounce himself til the limb broke and both fell to the ground.  He was actually a pretty decent cattle dog too..

    Below is a picture of a little Boston mix I fostered (with him mommy) from 4 days old.  His adopter did DNA testing and was determined to be Boston, Bull Terrier and Dalmation.  However the Humane Society told me that at that time Bull Terriers were the only bully breeds with adequate representation and so all bully’s would come back as Bull Terrier (not sure of the truth in that?)..  Everyone thought he was a pitbull though — including the vet who cared for all our rescue’s dogs.

    Bless you for adopting and for adopting a furkid that might not have had many other chances!!!!!!!!!!!

  • losul

    He’s certainly a beautiful dog Shawna. I said Staffordshire, but really it could be pit bull in the mix, or some other kind of bull terrier. i just generally hint/tell people “bull terrier” or “staffordshire”, when they ask if he is part pit bull, you know the stigma thing, even though the staffie is prob very closely related to a pit bull anyway. He’s got the colors/markings black/white of the Boston, but a longer snout and much wider jowls, not buggy eyes, but much more like the bull terriers eyes. 

    Never thought I would ever have or want a bull terrier. A Boston Terrier was was the breed i was searching for on petfinders, as bostons have all the atributes and advantages i wanted for a house dog, short coat, nut much shedding, very little barking, very playful and energetic, but only when when appropriate, etc. So anyway Turbo (his name now) was one of the first that came up in a search of my area. They had him listed as “Wiggles” (they probably named him that to quell people’s fears) a boston terrier mix, but the pic, he OBVIOUSLY had the face of a bull terrier. So I wasn’t too interested at first, but that face just kept drawing me back. It  looked like he had a huge wide smile, kinda like the dogs with human teeth in the commercials, ha,ha.

    So after a few days of thinking about it, off to the shelter I went. When I first saw him I think what an absolutely magnificent dog, but he would never stop barking in the kennel, right up at the front, acting totally hostile, even though I calmly sat sidewise for a good while in front of his kennel and just softly talked to him without looking at him directly. It was a huge disappointment to me. I didn’t even ask the staff to get him out, but learned he had been in this shelter twice and once also in a neighboring County’s shelter. He was in there at least a total of 6 month’s of his first 14 months of life. His current stay had been 3 months. 

    The staff also told me they were going to have another Boston Terrier available the next day. So next day, I take my wife with me to see the other Boston Terrier, with no more thoughts about taking home the first. So fine, we have the second BT in the playroom, not much for eye candy, and snorting alot, but playful, enthusiastic, and friendly. I was  ready to take this one, but the wife was very hesitant, she had by now seen  “wiggles” and was just as enthralled with him as i first was. So we asked the staff to bring in Wiggles, just to be sure there wasn’t something we missed. Wiggles didn’t bark or act aggressive to us, but just mostly ignored us, instead his attention was almost totally fixated on the other BT. He completely and unrelentlessly pestered and tried to assert himself on the other BT. While the real BT was panting, getting hot, snorting, and repeatedly going to the water bowl, even getting frustrated, “wiggles” wasn’t even panting. Still the wife was very interested in wiggles, and actually i was still also.

     Because we have parrots and the manager also had an african grey in her office, she brought wiggles in to see how he would react. She let wiggles get right up close (and I’m like oh no be very careful. The brave bird even came right down from his stand and gave his nose a coupla beaks. No overeaction from wiggles, in fact nothing at all really.

    So we left with nothing decided. Went out to eat, and then to do our grocery shopping. After much discussion and apprehension, we decided to take the challenge with wiggles, call the shelter ask to hold, and what kind of food he was used to (they said whatever donations that have on hand.) So we completed our shopping with new dog beds, food, toys etc. It’s been at least 6 years since our last dog, a  rott/eng masiff mix passed.

    Getting wiggles into the car was the first challenge. Seems he thought he wanted to stay at the pound forever. Eventually I tried to help him into the car and got bit twice, I think they were mostly fear bites though as apparently he also emptied his anal glands on my arms and legs. I guess thats what it was, like a thick yellow brown, smelly liquid? Anyway I was already a bloody, smelly mess.

    The new “Turbo” seemed fairly at ease in his new home, but then Absolutely way too proud and defiant. I don’t think I’ve ever really been afraid of any dog before ex a crazy one,, but for the first few days, I was really on edge with him, did my best not to show it, but really didn’t know what to think. I’ve NEVER had a dog stare intently and directly in my eyes for such long periods especially while defying commands, and even while he tried to hump my leg, or otherwise. Some snaps too where you could hear the teeth. Trips to the dog park, and he would try to assert himself, usually only on  the very biggest dogs mastiffs, danes etc.  The 2nd time I was there, there was one great dane he absolutely wouldn’t let come under or near the large pavilion at the dog park,and he obviously meant business. Everyone there thought it was very amusing, including the Danes’s owner. I didn’t find it at all amusing. It quickly became more apparent that what we suspected was correct, he HAD to have strong leadership, rules, boundaries and guidance. 

    Anyway to make a way too long story somewaht shorter ( sorry I didn’t start this with the intent to write a book), fast forward 10 weeks, Turbo is a real pleasure, is everything i desired and what I wanted in a BT, is mostly very well behaved, but still stubborn at times, likes attention, is very well adjusted and comfortable with people and after probably 30 trips to the dog park,  he gets along very well with almost all dogs, although there are a few he still tends to fixate on and pester a little. He’s  learned to completely ignore our parrots even if they fly in front of him. He seems almost a  perfect gentleman now, although he still regularly has that eery staring thing, except now it’s with ears laid back and a “I want something” look or like he’s intently trying to figure us out, or communicate somrthing. We no longer think it’s really rude and defiant, but still REALLY weird and strange sometimes. Sometimes he even somehow tends to make us feel insufficient. I guess with him still being an alpha dog, thats something we’ll have to get over.

     Again, sorry so long. i guess I’m just a proud fur parent.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Glad he’s OK!!

  • Shawna

    That’s awesome losul!

    Staffies are my all time favorite breed and I foster Boston Terriers.. I bet he is adorable!

  • losul

    Thanks for the help everyone. Just got back from the animal hospital. had to go there as could not get regular vet to see him tonight. So expensive lesson for me. Not complaining though, it could have been much worse and I was the one to blame. He’s never gotten into the trash can inside the house, but now I will make sure that doesn’t happen either.

    After I wrote, I took him outside and he pooped normally, and then wanted to romp and play. Even so, I was still very concerned. He’s not a large dog,  he’s a 32 lb boston/staffordshire terrier mix, so something as large as corn cobs probably cannot be passed through. 

    Anyway it appears he was able to purge everything and the vet wasn’t too concerned about rancidity or toxicity.

    Thnx again all.

  • LabsRawesome

     Hey Dr. Mike, Thank You for checking into it for me. And letting me know what they said.  TY.   :)

  • Shawna

    That’s horrible losul!!

    I too would take him to the vet..  Everything may be fine but with something like this I think I’d take the safe road..  He may have gotten into some rancid fats and his pancreas may be affected?  Lethargy and vomiting are symptoms of that as well..  Obviously the corn cobs needed to come up but again I think I’d play it safe..  :(  Sorry for you both!!!!!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Labs,

    I wrote to Disqus Support asking them to explain why so many comments are filtered and withheld as spam.

    They replied that when your comment disappears, don’t re-post it immediately again.

    The Disqus software has been programmed to be tag users who repeatedly re-post the exact same comment as spam.

    They claim that each time a comment is approved and released from the filter that the software “learns” you’re not a spammer.

    Not sure I agree with this strategy. For like you, I find the aggressive nature of the Disqus filter very frustrating.

    However, I feel compelled to relay their explanation to you in hopes of minimizing this problem in the future.

  • Pattyvaughn

    If he is impacted then hours can make the difference.  If it were my dog I wouldn’t wait, I’d take him to the vet.  Don’t feed him tonight.

  • LabsRawesome

     losul, yes, I would definitely get him to the Vet. Not knowing exactly everything he ate, he could have a blockage. I have a neighbor, her Beagle died after getting into corn cobs.

  • losul

    Today was the first time I have ever known my dog to puke. I noticed he’s been somewhat lethargic and depressed lately, not his usual self, although his appetite has been fine. 2 or 3 days ago, he got into a trash bag we had inadvertently left sitting out on the back porch. When i checked on him, he was gnawing on a T-bone, which was the remnants of the cooked steaks we humans had eaten 2 or 3 days prior. The bone was almost fully intact, I didn’t see any other garbage scattered, so i didn’t think too much of it, although i didn’t check to see if the other bone was still in the trash bag.

    Fast forward to today. I was really beginning to realize something really was wrong with him, and could not get him interested in playing. He then started heaving and puked up a couple of times. I poked through the puke and found a couple of about 2 inch pieces of corncobs. So then i checked the rest of the house and he had large piles of puke on 2 different beds, along with his puked morning meal, i found another piece of corn cob, and a piece of saran wrap in these.

    He seemed to be acting just a  bit better, followed me into the basement a couple times while washing his bedding, but now still laying around.

    Do you guys think i should try to get him into the vet immediately? If not, are there any other suggestions? Should I not feed him again tonight?

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    If you look through the 5 star lists (raw, wet, dry) they will mostly have low carbs.  Wysong Epigen is very low carb for a kibble but raw and canned foods would be more ideal.

  • Charlotte Peterson

    I have a dog that is diabetic and she will not eat the vet recommended foods. She has never been overweight and is losing more weight.  Is there a High protien low carb commercially prepared diet I could try?

  • Lexy

    Thanks for the recommendations James and Patty…my cocker did have all kinds of parasites when I first fostered her 3 1/2 months ago, but after many, many treatments, she was finally rid of those “things.”  I think we’re dealing with a dog who was never treated very nicely or had clean water, etc.  I believe she was used for breeding purposes only.  Maybe your suggestions and good food will solve the problems with her digestive system.  She does have a beautiful, shiny coat now.  She looked like she was 103 years old when we first got her.  So we’re making progress.

  • LabsRawesome

     Thanks sandy. I contacted him via Facebook, and he fixed the problem. Then all my posts showed up. TY.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    You can send Dr Mike an email by clicking “contact us” at the very bottom!

  • James Bailey

    Hi Lexy

    First of all I would try to determine exactly what is causing your cocker’s loose stools.  The first thing I would do is take a stool sample to my vet and have it tested for worms, giardia etc.

    Flax meal and Chia seeds have much more fiber than pumpkin.  Psyllium seed husks have the most fiber but you have to be careful you don’t overdo it and clog up your dog’s digestive system.  

    Always start any new supplement or treatment very small and conservative until you know how it affects your dog.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I would try pre/probiotics and digestive enzymes with each meal.  Mercola has a really good probiotic for pets, it has the highest number of different strains that I have seen anywhere.

  • Lexy

    I adopted a cocker spaniel 3 months ago.  She has never had a normal stool.  It’s alway loose, and sorry if this grosses you out.   I have tried pumpkin powder, canned pumpkin, Science Diet ID…She eats Nature’s Logic dry kibble only, mixed with one of those things.  I love that food and prefer it to anything else.  I don’t blame the kibble. Nothing is working.  I believe she has a digestive problem.  Vets put her on Science Diet ID.  I don’t want to have her on that prescription food forever.  Any suggestions out there to help this 4-year-old sweet girl?  Thanks.

  • billhill

    I think I just learned that the positive press about safety testing at the new “Ethos” Canidae plant in Texas might not apply to other, contract plants such as Diamond in NC. Does anyone have specific information about that, given the recent scare about salmonella? 

    Bill 

  • Helpinghandsforlittlepaws

    I soak the dry kibble in warm water. It increases the dogs water intake and makes the food smell even more enticing.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Feed raw, home cooked, canned or dehydrated food. This way your dog can get most of his moisture through his diet. My dogs eat raw and they hardly drink – they drank a lot when they ate kibble. Most raw, canned and dehydrated (after rehydration) foods are 75-85% water while kibble is only about 10% water. Or you can soak his kibble in water before feeding, add as much water as the kibble will absorb.

  • daddysjolly2

    What can you give your dog if he doesn’t drink enough water?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Any treat or food made in China is a risk. Canyon Creek Ranch is on the FDA’s list of the top three most dangerous treats: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/chicken-jerky-treats-suspects/

  • topstar

    Are Canyon Creek Ranch Duck Tender treats safe? They are made in China.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    lol you’re right patty. Even two posts and I couldn’t get it right.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Course mine hasn’t shown up yet so I wonder what I really signed up for, 8 weeks worth of Fruitcake-A-Day.

    Whoops!! Spoke to soon, it just showed up.

  • Pattyvaughn

    It’s en.gravatar.com In this case spelling matters.

  • Mike P

     went to the link and no where is there a place to sign in.I will be faceless forever….

  • Hound Dog Mom

     *correction en.gravitar.com

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I had trouble too. Go to gravitar.com and set up an account using the same email you use for DFA. Upload the avatar you want and that will be the avatar associated with that email. It takes a few minutes to show up.

  • Mike P

    dummy me can not figure out how to set mt avitar…tried 5 times

  • Hound Dog Mom

    It’s so great. Now DFA is probably going to be sucking up even more of my time lol!

  • Pattyvaughn

    This is great news!!! And it’s already got a few threads started!!!  WooHoo!!

  • Storm’s Mom

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5IKAOTO2P422MB26YVKLMYDVCU Bonnie Price

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