Dog Food for Specific Health Problems

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The following items represent some of The Dog Food Advisor’s most frequently asked questions about specific health problems.

My dog has been diagnosed with bladder or kidney stones. Is there a specific food that can help?

There are many different kinds of urinary tract crystals and stones. Whether or not a specific food can help all depends on the type of stones your dog has.

To prevent urinary stones, my vet recommends foods low in oxalate content. Where can I get this information?

Unfortunately, other than contacting each company, I know of no easy way to obtain information about the oxalate content of all the different dog foods on the market.

Can you suggest a good dog food with low oxalate content?

Look for a 3, 4 or 5-star dog food that containing no ingredients known to be high in oxalates.

Where can I find a list of ingredients high in oxalates?

You can find an excellent article written for humans afflicted with these same types of bladder and kidney stones. It’s published by a major medical center1 and entitled, “Low Oxalate Diet“.

Can you suggest a quality low fat dog food?

Dogs diagnosed with fat-sensitive health conditions like pancreatitis or obesity can frequently benefit from a low fat diet. For help, be sure to visit our article, “Suggested Low Fat Dog Foods“.

Can you suggest a dog food for pets with joint problems?

Once diagnosed by your vet with joint problems or hip dysplasia, your dog may benefit from a recipe containing omega-3 fatty acids as well as glucosamine and chondroitin.

What dog foods are most likely to be high in omega-3 fats?

Recipes with fish or fish oil as well as those containing flaxseed or canola oils are naturally high in essential omega-3 fats.

However, not all omega-3 oils are created equal. From a standpoint of biological availability, fish oil is far superior to plant-based sources of omega-3 fats.

How can I find a dog food that contains enough chondroitin and glucosamine to help my pet?

Unfortunately, manufacturers rarely publish the actual amount of these two nutritionals contained in their dog food recipes.

Just seeing the words chondroitin and glucosamine on a marketing piece or the ingredients list itself doesn’t guarantee there’s enough present to be clinically effective for your pet.

Is there any way to be sure my dog gets enough omega-3 and chondroitin or glucosamine in his diet?

You may wish to consider using a quality fish oil or chondroitin and glucosamine supplement. There are many on the market. But quality can vary based upon the purity of the brand.

In any case, check with your vet to determine an appropriate dose.

Footnotes

  1. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Susan

    My Bichon has just been diagnosed low thyroid. She is also about 5lbs. over weight. What food would you recommend ?Molly is on Instinct dry dog food now.

  • Tori

    Holistic Select Large and Giant Breed. There is also an amazing supplement called Prudence Hip and Joint

  • Robbin Andrews

    Could be food or environmental allergies. My MinPins have environmental and food allergies. Have them on grain free/gluten free food. My vet did allergy testing on them and found out that both are allergic to poultry and pork, corn,dairy and rice. Also have them on Apoquel for itching. Good luck.

  • Bobby dog

    Forgot about the reflux, poor guy. Did you ever try bee pollen?

  • sue66b

    Yes, I used to give honey & the vet said “no honey” cause of the high sugar so I stopped..plus Patch gets acid Reflux & sugar would make it worst…now winter is coming he’s better & we are getting a new dog Dermatoligist soon & she will do the skin testing (Interdermal) like human have to see what grasses & pollens make him itch..

  • Bobby dog

    Hi sue66b – I have read about your dog and his health issues since you began posting on DFA. Just wondering, have you ever tried giving him local bee pollen or honey for his seasonal allergies?

  • sue66b

    My boy gets this on the white fur side of his head above his eye..Skin allergies, His is from the environment, grasses pollens,seasonal allergies. I put a cortisone cream on it… also could be from fleas..you’d need to see it…try a low carb diet also no potato or sweet potatoes & see if it improves..also I use Malaseb medicated shampoo & leave on for 7-10mins then rinsed…

  • Allyson Brickman

    Y would my dog have little scabs on his head and they loses fur around them wht could cause that?

  • candace

    just found out the our pit has hip dyspalasia. Was told to put her on j/d but that is a science diet and I looked it up….. didn’t like what I saw. So she has been on Blue Buffalo Bision wilderness and just started on Dasuquin. Is there a better food out there for her condition? Or do we just add more supplements to her diet??

  • sharron

    thanks for your thoughts
    i just can’t seem to get her diet right – she seems better now – not retching anymore – been stuffing food into her – not overfeeding – i thought giving her 1/4 cup of the acana this morning would solve it but it didn’t – i don’t feed her that much at a meal – wondering if i should put her on a food for sensitive stomach – she seems to do better on a grain inclusive dry food than grain free

  • sue66

    Sounds like a Stomach problem, she may be vomiting up acid, The acid makes u feel hungry as its noaring at the stomach, she may need Zantac 1 hour before food every 12 hours or Pep I dont know what u call it, I call it Mylanta but in Amercia its called Peptic or something like that it relieves stomach acid, See a vet she may need the Enoscope down her throat to see whats happening poor thing have u thought to home cook chicken & rice that way u know what she can eat where in kibbles it could be 1 little thing aggravting her tummy..

  • sue66

    My boy gets the gurling stomach vet said its Colitis, He just had it last nite well early this morning 4am, all he wants when this happens is grass, but my vet said dont let him eat too much as this agravates it more, always when I feed him boiled chicken breast the nite before he gets the gurling stomach I use to think that it was the rice irritating the bowel but last nite all I gave him was boiled chicken with a little bit of sweet potatos, What I found that settles this is toast, I lightly spread either honey or anchovy paste on the toast this stops the gurling about 15mins after eating..There’s a site called http://www.GermanShepherd.com have you seen it, where other people wth problems write in that have a German Shepherds as well.. also have u looked into Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth {S.I.B.O} German Shepherds seem to suffer with this.. put him on a real good probiotic…

  • theBCnut

    It does not sound like a kidney or liver problem, but without blood work, they can not be completely ruled out. Kidney problems can cause nausea, but that usually results in loss of appetite. If she always vomits up bile and not a food slurry, it sounds like for some reason she cannot tolerate having an empty stomach. I don’t know why this would be.

  • sharron

    another concern – sorry – lexee has been on straight can for about a day and half – thought everything was going well until yesterday and found that she always hungry on it – this morning when we got up she started this retching and i thought it was from being hungry so i fed her 1/4 cup of acana, this was around 7 – 2 hours later she started the retching again – it’s like she wants to throw up but doesn’t – bile is involved too
    is there something wrong with her liver, kidney – anybody have any thoughts – thanks

  • harleygirl123

    I really need help-I have 2 GSD with issues. Female, yeast on belly, licks feet until raw (in the fall) and is vomiting. Male-has had intentional issues since I got him 6 yrs ago. Got it under control and slowly took him off meds obout 2 years ago. Now the gargling stomach has started. Of course I’m scared at one point thought I would lose him. He’s in great health but I really seem to think it has to be the type of food ( for both) I give them Greek yogurt, cooked chicken, green beans. I have tried a variety of dog food. Iams, taste of the wild, now on Zignature.
    I need help, was going to try Merrick or Evolve. I have considers Raw.
    Both have been to Reg vet and specialists and none if them have mentioned food. Help!
    I need to mention the female is overweight and a good eater. The male, if he has stomach gurgling. WILL NOT EAT. Hard to get him to eat anyway. But he will eat apples, berries, bananas.

  • theBCnut

    Rib bones are what I usually suggest, but the meat on ribs is usually very fatty so unless you wanted to spend time stripping meat off of ribs that might not be a good alternative for you.

  • sharron

    hi and thanks for your comments
    i am wondering since i am feeding lexee straight can food, which by the way is going much better, what is an appropriate bone to help with her teeth, which are still in good condition.
    she likes marrow bones but i think they are too fattening for her – thanks

  • sue66

    Sound like what my Patch is doing after eating his kibble, but he just licks & licks the air & swollows, Vet put him on Zantac for stomach Acid reflux, it has helped, ur lucky she can eat can food, I’d just stick with the can food, I saw another vet the other day & he’s said just feed my boy boil chicken breast & said that he has Pancreatitis, that whats causing his stomach acid since I give him the boiled chicken in the Morning his licking has stopped so it is his kibble, Ive stopped the morning Zantac I just give his Zantac at 9pm, Ive tried different brands of kibble & some made it worst so Ive gone back to his old kibble for his IBD,

  • sharron

    thanks for your help
    forgot to mention that the licking is more intense at night especially when it’s bedtime – try and stop her and she will go after my hand – hasn’t bitten me but you are definitely warned to back off

  • dchassett

    It doesn’t really matter whether the dry foods that you have fed are 4 or 5 star foods, it’s the ingredients. A quick look at Acana Regionals and Orijen shows me that they both contain sun cured alfalfa, another ingredient they both have is marigold. My allergy girl cannot eat foods that contain alfalfa in any form. She also cannot eat anything with marigolds, dandelions, too much pea fibre and any form of yeast including selenium yeast. She cannot have ANY type of poultry whatsoever. So it’s not necessarily the protein but a different ingredient that would be consistent with the dry foods you’ve been feeding. Also make sure that if you’re trying to avoid a particular protein that there is no hidden part of that protein lower on this list of ingredients.

  • sharron

    it started back in the summer and i thought that it was outdoor related but it continued on into the winter and when it first started i had her on a grain food (can’t remember the name, but it wasn’t a crappy food) so i thought it was because of the wheat, or chicken, switched her to acana regionals, not the ones with chicken, still licked and scratched, then i tried orijen, same thing. all of the dry foods she has been on have been either a 4 or 5 star.

  • theBCnut

    I’m just wondering if she could be that sensitive to the feeling of kibble swelling in her stomach. Some dogs are and their dry food has to be soaked for a while to soften it up for them to be able to tolerate it. If it is feasible for you to just feed her wet food, then that sounds like a very good solution.

  • dchassett

    It sounds like you’re dog is having an allergic reaction to some ingredient in the kibbles you’ve been feeding. Allergy doesn’t have to be to the protein. It could be to the binder, potato, tapioca, etc. Could be to anything really. Without knowing some of the kibbles you have tried already it will be hard to try to help but try to see what ingredients are consistently in the dry food you’ve tried.

  • sharron

    hi – i’ve been adding wet to the dry – she still does it – talked to the vet and she suggested just feeding her wet for a week and see if there is a difference – like i said in my original post – it doesn’t matter what dry it is or who makes it – when i fed her just dry i did have to add a bit water so she would eat – didn’t make any difference

  • theBCnut

    Licking like that can be a sign of stomach discomfort. When you feed her just dry, do you wet it first? Do you add ACV?

  • dchassett

    Does your dog get plenty of exercise, lots of toys to entertain him/her outside? Could also be boredom. My stepson’s one dog used to do that but they would let him out in the back with nothing to do, so eat dirt and chew rocks was his entertainment until I brought over a few outdoor activities for him and he stopped the other behavior. Just another suggestion.

  • sharron

    hi – i don’t know what topic to post this question – but i have noticed that when i feed lexee dry food she starts obessively licking her legs to the point of licking the hair off – it doesn’t matter what type of dry it is, whether it be grain free or not and also it doesn’t matter what meat protein it is. she doesn’t do it when fed straight can, she also does it when dry and can are mixed together. – any thoughts? – thanks

  • theBCnut

    Pica, eating things that are not food items, is a sign of deficiency, usually zinc. If you don’t rotate foods, this would be a good time to start.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Cindy –

    I wouldn’t recommend putting him on Science Diet but I also wouldn’t continue him on Fromm. Six years is a very long time to have been eating the same food. Diet rotation is very important. I’m not sure which ingredients he’s sensitive to but I’m certain you could find several other foods that would meet his needs. Ideally you want to switch to a new brand with a new protein source after each bag. Initially, you will need to gradually transition between foods but has his gut strengthens you should be able to switch from food to food with no transition period. Diet rotation will help to ensure a healthy and diverse population of gut flora.

    According to Dr. Jean Dodds:

    “Feeding our pets a restricted diet for months or years creates an environment inside their guts where any new food is considered a foreign invader, and the bacteria don’t know what to do with it. This often results in the gas, bloating and loose stools that perplex so many well-intentioned pet parents as they seek to ‘transition’ their four-legged companions from one food to another.”

    Here’s the link where you can read the rest of the article:

    http://drjeandoddspethealthresource.tumblr.com/post/53858347318/pet-food-transitioning#.UywiQoWa-g4

    I’d also highly recommend placing him on a multi-strain probiotic. Keflex is an antibiotic which will be doing significant damage to his existing gut flora (antibiotics kill all bacteria – both good and bad). Additionally, a quality probiotic will help to repopulate the microorganism population in his gut which is likely impaired due to years of eating the same food.

    A healthy gut is also directly correlated with immunity and could make him more resistant to bacterial infections in the future.

    “The good bacteria tell your body how much nutrition they need and your body responds by supplying just that much and no more – so that any excess bad bacteria are starved out. The helpful bacteria also produce a substance that kills harmful microbes”.

    [http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/07/05/probiotics-found-to-help-your-gut-s-immune-system.aspx]

    Probiotics are also being found to play a role in allergies:

    “Infants with food allergies are found to exhibit an imbalance between ‘beneficial’ and potentially harmful bacteria, i.e., decreased Lactobacilli, Bifidobacteria and Enterococcus species and increased coliforms, Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium species, suggesting that microbial inhabitants of the human body, may play either a pathogenic or protective role in allergies.”

    [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24443062]

  • Cindy

    I have an 8 year old male Jack Russell that began eating Fromm Grain Free foods about 6 years ago to address some significant skin allergies. He’s done great, but recently has had problems with diarrhea and refusing food (this dog would normally kill for food). Vet says he has intestinal infection, put him on keflexin, and said I should change food to Science Diet regular wet food. I’m not convinced.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi. nope. I didn’t have any of the boxes or packaging. I think Costco just sends it back to the manufacturer? Not sure on that tho.

  • sue66

    My nannas dog would do this, we thought that he had stomach problems, he was a nervous dog, he lived to 18yrs old so the dirt did something good..

  • dchassett

    I’m very glad I read your post and was able to relay my experience with well water and crystals in the urine. Good Luck. If you have any more questions or I can help please ask. Buying bottles of water at the store got to be a pain since I knew it was going to be for the rest of his life, so I signed up with a service that delivered water and not only was it more convenient but it was less expensive.

  • Cindy

    thank you all for the advice. Sounds like we have a conscientious. Dump the I/D. Until now I have never fed Science diet. One reason is the kick back thing, They also use corn, don’t they?

    My normal food is Canadae. And we have well water, Guess I’ll be making a few changes. Again, I appreciate you help.I’ll let you know how we do in the coming weeks.

  • mike

    The Beef & Egg currently being sold by Brothers Complete is over 1 year old! It was manufactured on 2/19/2013.

    I emailed Brothers Complete to ask what the date of manufacture and the expiration date are for the Beef and Egg Formula. Pierre Earling the CEO of Brothers Complete wrote that the Beef and Egg formula they are currently selling has an expiration date of 8/19/2014. This batch was delivered to Brothers by the people who make it for them on February 26 2013! Making it over 1 year old. It might seem I am overreacting but one of Brothers Complete marketing angles is how FRESH their foods are!

    This is from the Brothers Complete FAQ’s page

    WHY IS BROTHERS CONSIDERED THE FRESHEST KIBBLE IN THE WORLD?

    1) “… Within 24 hours of being made, the small batches of Brothers are delivered to it’s warehouse where it is kept cool and fresh for the short period of time we have it before shipping it directly to our customers.”

    If you make a claim like this then how can you sell dog food that is over 1 year old?

    I went to their so called open chat room to ask them why they are selling OLD dog food and they deleted my questions. I also went to The Dog Food Advisor to let people know that Brothers is selling OLD Dog Food and they deleted my comment! Maybe they have an agreement because the Brothers Chat room and The Dog Food Advisor both delete bad reviews for Brothers Complete!

  • Andrea

    I have a 10 lb chihuahua that is going out in the backyard and eating dirt. Is this the sign of a mineral deficiency?

  • sue66

    When I rescued my boy 1 yr ago he was weeing blood, he has Ultra Sound & desexed & they found crystals when Ultra Sound scaned, He was put on Royal Canin (Urinary S/O) kibble & the S/O tin & wasnt allowed to eat anything else for 6 weeks + Antibiotics. 6 weeks later he was Ultra Scaned again & all the Crystals had dissoved, Try Royal Canin Urinary S/O instead of Science Diet, the they are only on the food for the 6 weeks to dissovled the crystals & see another Vet the I/d is for bowel problems & its crap..

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Labs-
    Did you have the original box and everything that came with it? That is what our location would ask for to make a return when I worked at a store. I am not good at keeping all that stuff when I buy things, even though I know better.

  • Pam c

    Wow that’s awesome. I’ve never been to Costco before because there wasn’t any even remotely close to where I live. I can’t even think of another store with a return policy that good–not even Wal-Mart would have taken back that Xbox.

  • dchassett

    Hi Cindy. I have to absolutely agree with theBCnut! Please do your dog a huge favor and seek out a different vet. He is giving you erroneous information on her diet and she is the one that will suffer in the end or sooner. Science Diet I/D is not for crystals it’s not even for dogs with urinary issues, it is a Intestinal Diet. There is a difference and the fact that your vet doesn’t seem to grasp that is all the more reason to seek out a different vet. There’s thousands of them out there. Also, the worst thing that you can do is keep your dog, or any dog, eating the same food day in day out, year after year the same exact food. That’s just asking for problems. Vets promote the food they sell in their offices not because they’re better for your dog or cat but because they make a percentage off what the sell. It’s a real money maker. It’s also a marketing gimmick. Yes, there are great diets on the market that can help with crystals. Continuing to give your dog antibiotics is not the answer, it’s only making matters worse for your dogs gut and internal systems. Antibiodics don’t only kill bad germs, it does not discriminate. Has the vet ever checked your dogs ph levels, are you on city water or well water? There are many reasons why your dog would be developing crystals and cannot rid itself of them. About thirty years ago I had a Bichon who would continue to get crystals and it wasn’t until I did a lot of research and realized that it was because we used well water. I switched him to bottled water and he never had crystals again. Oh, and he never needed antibiotics or a special diet. My vet back then didn’t believe in giving antibiotics discriminately, he also didn’t carry dog food in his office. Who knew he was so ahead of the times?????

  • LabsRawesome

    Hey Pam, yes Costco took back a broken 3 year old xbox. Their return policy is, they take back everything. The only exception is computers & TV’s are only returnable for 90 days. I love Costco. :)

  • Crazy4dogs

    Cindy, theBCnut is absolutely right! I/D is not the correct vet diet. Here’s the Hill’s link. You just put in the medical issue & they tell you what food. I/D is not listed for anything involving the urinary tract!

    http://www.hillspet.com/products/product-search-results.html?species=dog&brand=Prescription+Diet&condition=&form=dry&condition=Urolithiasis&x=15&y=9

    Probably the best thing you could do for a dog that has bladder issues is switching her to a wet diet. Some dogs are prone to these issues, but a kibble diet almost ensures they will be slightly dehydrated and can cause crystals due to a lack of water to flush them out.

  • theBCnut

    I would try switching vets. Crystals can form because of infection. I/D is neither a diet for crystals or infections, it’s for intestinal upset. Your vet never, ever, ever, ever wants to see your dog off of I/D because it brings more money to his business, not because it is what your dog needs.

  • Cindy

    I have a 5 yr old spayed pug bitch. She has blood in her urine. Vet put her on antibiotics and Science Diet I/D. She seemed to improve. Brought in a sample to retest. The sample was less than 1.5 hours old. She still had crystals in the urine. Another course of antibiotics. I asked if I still needed to feed the I/D. The vet said “I never ever ever ever ever want you to take her off it” What does the I/D have or not have in it that’s so great? Does anyone else make a similar food? I can get my dog food wholesale, and I’d like to compare ingredients (and cost). Can anyone suggest a food that I can try?

  • Cyndi

    Gideon sounds just like Bailey. Thats adorable!

  • Cyndi

    Thank you, she really is a cutie, I tell her that all the time, lol! She is a Pit/Border Collie mix. At least thats what they told me when I adopted her. I think thats what she is because I always see traits of both breeds in her & the things she does.

  • Pam c

    They let you return it after three years? What is their return policy?

  • Crazy4cats

    Very cute, I hope the adopter works out. Thank you for saving her!

  • Betsy Greer

    Aww, he’s adorable! She’s been gone for 11 years, but I still miss my lab.

    I once saw an adoptable dog that was days from euthanasia and I was seriously considering driving states away to get her, but it just wasn’t realistic. She was so sweet, a Blenheim Cavalier. I kept watching her on Petfinder, and one day, she was gone. Two days later she popped back up on Petfinder, on a rescue website. I literally cried years of joy!

    Thank you for fostering.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Thanks Betsy! This is Arlie, another boy 1 day from Euth@ my house. I fostered & he lives the good life with my brother! :-) His death row photo was terrible, but he looked so desperate in it, I just had to take him!

  • Betsy Greer

    Bella would shyly approach them, wiggling her tail and half sitting, but stretching her nose out to them.

    Sam would run over to them, jump up on them and knock the poor things flat on their backs. He has terrible manners, but I’m working on it. I’ve taught him some visual hand cues that he’s really responded to, so he is making some progress.

  • Betsy Greer

    She looks sweet. : ) What a difference a day can make…

  • Crazy4dogs

    Thanks! I don’t know how I ended up as a guest???

  • LabsRawesome

    AWESOME!!!! She’s so cute.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Awe….SO CUTE! Gotta love labs! Although I’ve owned some great shepherds, shepherd/husky, shepherd terrier mixes too. :-)

  • Crazy4dogs

    This is my current foster Jenny. She was 1 day away from euth. Sweet dog, but no one wanted her. I have a potential adopter. YAY!!

  • theBCnut

    Gideon met a 3 year old and a 4 year old today. When he was still about 20 feet away, he laid down and rapidly crawled over to them, then he wiggled, squiggled, and squirmed so much that they couldn’t hardly even touch him. That’s what he does with kids. Sometimes he squirms so much that he is in danger of knocking the kid over. Micah walks over and sits on their feet, then leans his whole body against them and ends up kind of on top of a slightly squished giggling kid.

  • Guest

    This is my current foster Jenny. She was 1 day away from euth. Sweet dog, but no one wanted her. I have a potential adopter. YAY!!

  • LabsRawesome

    Aw, their beautiful. I’m a sucker for those eyes! :)

  • LabsRawesome

    That is really great. Thank you for helping dogs. So sad, some of the best dogs end up on death row.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Maggie 9, Chocolate Lab IL kill shelter 11/2005. Darth, 5? foster fail, KY kill shelter save 8/12 we found him on petfinder needing a foster 10/2012

  • LabsRawesome

    Is Bailey a Pit? She sure is a cutie. My cousin has a Pit named Bailey, She’s a really nice dog. :)

  • Crazy4dogs

    These are my 2 kill shelter labs. I am a sucker for the euth dogs. I always foster the adults & euth list dogs & somehow find them homes. :-)

  • Cyndi

    Thats how Bailey is. She’ll sit in the yard for hours watching the kids play next door, but when they come to say Hi to her, she gets so excited she can’t sit still long enough for them to pet her.

  • LabsRawesome

    I grew up with Collies. They were great dogs as well. :) Trinity is my 1st Lab. I’m sure I will always have at least one Lab in my life. :)

  • theBCnut

    My GSDs were like this with my kids. My BCs adore kids, but they can’t decide to be calm for them.

  • Cyndi

    That doesn’t sound weird at all Labs. I totally know what you mean. I love my dog Bailey, don’t get me wrong, but when I had my doberman, he was everything to me. I used to call him my doggie soulmate. I miss him more than anything, but my Bailey has certainly helped ease the pain. Not a day goes by that she doesn’t have me laughing out loud at her antics.
    Love the pics! So adorable!

  • LabsRawesome

    This might sound weird, but I am totally in love with my Lab, I even had to move once to keep her. But no big deal, I would do anything for her. She is the smartest most gentle dog. Here’s some pics of her with my 8 yr old, when he was a baby.

  • LabsRawesome

    Costco has so many great deals!! It’s my favorite store. We bought our 8 year old son a xbox360 @ Costco for his 5th B-day. It lasted 3 years and got fried last August. Costco took it back and refunded our original purchase price, we bought a new one online @ Costco.com. We even had money left over! If we had bought the xbox at any other store , we would have been SOL. And would have had to shell out the money to replace it. Costco has a great return policy!!

  • rainbowgirl

    That’s a great deal..I’ve thought of joining Costco but wondered if being single I’d find useful items..Can’t really buy in bulk….but would like a case of dog food as we go thru over a can a day..My daughter
    got a great deal on my TV from them! Daughter was a member but let it lapse. TY..

  • Crazy4dogs

    I was going to suggest Costco’s too. It’s a great deal for cheap! BTW LabsRawesome I love your name & yes they are!!! I have a chocolate & a black. My husband wants to go for the trifecta, but we have a Min Pin & hound for fosters right now & our city only allows 2 dogs & fosters.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I use Grandma Lucy’s premix & add fresh ground beef/turkey, cooked chicken, etc. to it. It is very easy to rehydrate and smell and looks like food you would eat @ a very nice price point. The 3 lb. bag is around $18/$20 online but it makes 15 lbs. once its rehydrated. I buy human meat on sale so this is a pretty thrifty way to go for fresh food (no chewing). I make it up right before dinner time. Might work as another route.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Lisa silva, I have a 9 yo chocolate lab that has a rehabbed knee & my lab ridgeback mix that we lost 1.5 years ago at 14.25 yo had really bad knees, both acls were torn & repaired. While this isn’t a hip issue, the joint issues are kind of the same.
    I have her on GF mostly potato free as that can exacerbate any arthritis issues. Keeping weight down is another important issue as extra pounds add extra stress on joints! I use human grade fish oil pills daily as the current thought is this helps with arthritis. Also, there is NO DOG FOOD that has a therapeutic dose of Glucosamine/Chondroitin. You have to give them a supplement for that. You will notice a difference. I used to use cosequin, but with 2 large dogs on it, it became cost prohibitive. I use human joint supplements. My vet said it would be fine as long as you check the ingredients & use a tablet that the dogs system can digest. It’s been working for me for several years now. She does have arthritis, but she is still very active. My vets’ other advice is walk them as often and as long as it is comfortable for them. By keeping the joints moving kept my dogs going. But check with your vet as he/she can tell you how bad the problem is and may have some options for you.

  • LabsRawesome

    You’re welcome. Yeah, it definitely is way more expensive online. Did you try the store finder on Victors site? It’s a great deal if you can get it locally. Oh and Costco’s Kirkland cuts in gravy is $18.99 for a case of 24 cans, it’s rated 5 stars.

  • rainbowgirl

    HMMM.. Checked online prices and it is 60 for 30 lbs..Amazon Prime. Could not find store in Santa Barbara..but will call around.
    Thanks to you both so much.

  • rainbowgirl

    Thank you. I will have to check rating of the canned we use.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi rainbowgirl! By ground dog food do you mean canned dog food? If it’s rated well, that’s actually a better choice than dry dog food. If cost is a factor, you can mix dry dog food with canned & add warm (heated not hot tap) water til it softens. It actually is better for the dogs as they are getting more moisture in their system. Less taxing on the kidneys! Just remember that it can’t be left out all day as bacteria will build up on wet kibble as fast as it will on canned dog food.
    I give my dogs a variety of raw, dehydrated premix with fresh meat & a canned/kibble mix that I add water to.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi rainbowgirl, are you looking for a kibble that’s tiny? If so I know of a couple. The cheapest one that still has high quality ingredients is Victor. I get mine locally, and I only pay $38.99 for 30lbs of Grain Free Ultra Professional It gets 5 stars on DFA.. Here’s their site. victordogfood.com And you can get free samples here to see if your dogs like it before you buy any. https://www.facebook.com/sportdogfood

  • rainbowgirl

    I have two dogs..One 13 year old with very few teeth and a young dog with a jaw that has a disfigurement that hurts him. I feed them both ground dog food but am wondering if there is enough nutrition in it? I use Trader Joe’s Chicken Dog Food. Thanks for asking. I have searched for a meal dry food to mix with the wet. But no go yet.

  • Betsy Greer

    If she’s ended up with an ear infection while eating each of those different foods, I’d probably feed her something that she’s never eaten and keep the diet simple. Possibly a limited ingredient food with a single protein and a single starch. One that comes to mind is Nature’s Variety Instinct Limited Ingredient Diets.

    I’ll tell you though, the thing that helped me figure out my dog’s intolerance was keeping detailed notes of each and every food he ate.

    Keep the ingredient panel from the bag (because the ingredients you find online today, might be different than what the ingredients were six months earlier when you used the product) and make notes; ie: when you start the food; your observations like ear flapping, smelly anal glads (fish butt) dirty ears, etc. Don’t rely on your memory.

    After I started doing this and had tried about 4 or 5 more foods, I was able to sit down with my notes and the ingredients and the common problem ingredients popped right up. The problem might not be so easily identified. For example, my dog also has a problem with fish oils and my friend’s dog has a problem with tomato. It’s not always the main source of protein in the food that’s the problem.

  • Jill

    Ok, I’ll wait a little. The only thing she gets is treats, because I’m still training her, but I made sure it was the refrigerated sugar free. thanks so much!

  • Crazy4dogs

    My chocolate lab who’s been grain free for years with no more ear issues developed a yeast infection this past winter. I was feeding lamb in her rotation at the time. The interesting this is she had a slight skin infection (no yeast verified by a skin scraping) the previous fall. My vet thought is was an environmentally allergy since it was such a weird weather year. I had been feeding her lamb at the time. After some experimentation I found she does have a lamb allergy. Her ears turned red and got warm after eating a lamb ear. By using individual proteins and rotating I was able to find the cause. and cut any lamb product out of my rotations.She might be allergic to a protein. Also, if they have yeast, the sweet potatoes are something you should stay away from. Have you tried adding a probiotic to her diet? I use coconut oil and a tablespoon of plain kefir daily in their meals. This has worked for me.

  • Pam c

    I think you need to wait longer to see results. I would try to stick with Evolve for at least six weeks(food trial) to see if the yeast infection clears up.

    If you use topper you should probably stick with the same protein. That way you can *try* to narrow down the problem ingredients.

    Are you feeding treats, bones, rawhides, etc? These could potentially cause problems.

    Edit: Maybe you should get a salmon food if your dog likes it.

  • Crazy4dogs

    rainbowgirl what kind of teeth issues are you talking about? If you mean cleaning teeth, then no.

    Here’s the dogfoodadvisor link:

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/dry-dog-food-cleaner-teeth/

  • Dominique Hock

    She will be two April 28th.
    I will defintly look into that food! Thanks for the advice!

  • Jill

    I’ve fed her chicken, beef, salmon (she loves the salmon)

  • Betsy Greer

    What meat proteins have you been feeding and what meat protein is the Evolve?

    I really think that sometimes dogs know when there’s something they shouldn’t eat. I have a dog whose intolerance I was having trouble nailing down and he was refusing the sardines I was offering. Turns out, he’s intolerant of fish.

  • Jill

    i’m jumping from food to food because she doesn’t like it. i’m feeding her EVOLVE as of yesterday. I’ve checked the website and it says no potatoes, no corn, no wheat and no rice. sugar free foods, get low-glycemic veggies. i’m at a lost because I’ve never had this problem with a german shepherd.

  • Betsy Greer

    What are you feeding her now and how long has she been eating it, Jill? What did you last feed her and are there other foods you’ve fed that she reacted to while eating?

  • Jill

    I have a 3 year old full blooded german shepherd who gets yeast infections. i’m trying to find the right food to feed her. she eats dry food but I put a little moist to mix.

  • Betsy Greer

    LOL!! Vegeterian, anorexic wolf dog! : )

    In the event you already said something and I missed it, sorry, but how old is your pup? Age could be a factor in foods he should or shouldn’t be eating, unless he’s reached at least 80% of his adult size. Otherwise, it sounds like he’s in good health, just very lean. Maybe it’s just in his genes to be skinny.

    A few things come to mind…

    Are you familiar with satin balls? You can find recipes online and use them occasionally. Also, there is a food called Abady granular. It’s very nutrient dense, around 800 locals per cup. It’s not reviewed on DFA, but I know of several here who have used it with great success. Maybe also try offering him some raw, such as a whole chicken quarter. That would give him nourishment and the chewing may stimulate his appetite.

    Hopefully, he’s just going through a phase and like sue66 said, maybe he thinks he’s a horse.

  • Dominique Hock

    She’s been to the Vet a few times and her weight hasn’t really changed but she’s so active and large she should be eating much more… I know shepherds don’t typically fill out until they are 2+ and wolves tend to be lanky but the fact that these past few months she has been so active and never hungry bothers me. I have a vegetarian anorexic wolf dog…. :(

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Dominique Hock,

    Has your pup lost weight since her eating habits have recently changed? I might consider taking her in to get checked out if she has.

  • Dominique Hock

    I have tried mixing in some of my horses feed with her food as well as human food and sometimes it helps but not always. I just don’t want her to depend on that every time for food… She should be 90 lbs and she’s 69.. That was when she ate better and wasnt as active though. She did spend the day with my Horse (including my horses breakfast) for a year while I worked as a Mobile groomer, but she was fed her breakfast before I put her out with my Horse. She just started this picky eating in November unfortunately :(

  • sue66

    Have you tried raw mince meat & mix in a bit of the hay or put the hay down the bottom of the bowl & the fresh meat on the top, I’d use human mince meat that you eat, so she gets some protein in her diet, she must think she’s a horse, was she brought up with the horse as a pup..

  • Dominique Hock

    My wolf dog loves eating my horses hay (alfalfa/Bermuda) and the rabbit pellets, and my horses grain. She hardly touches her dog food though and is extremely active going on trail rides (I’m a horseback riding guide, twenty miles a day+) she’s skinny and will be two in May. She’s never hungry. :( I feed he diamonds extreme athlete, have tried wet food, different brands, etc. I used to feed totw. I’m considering trying earthborn. Frustrating!
    But wolves and dogs do “graze” to throw up.

  • rainbowgirl

    Are there good dry foods in meal form for teeth issues?

  • Mary Nolan

    Thank you very much. I’m concerned about the rice and that current diet is inadequate for a puppy!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Homemade is the best diet for a dog with these issues, however homemade needs to be balanced, or it is the worst diet out there. Look up homemade recipes on dogaware dot com and give a few to your friend or tell her that Dr Karen Becker has a great book on making homemade dog food called ” Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats.” You can find it on the Mercola site.

  • Mary Nolan

    5month old puppy with serious seizures. Started after vaccinations. Breeder used Raid near puppies and this one only survived. Dog fed cooked chicken and rice. Concerned with this diet. Recommend ations on puppy food?

  • Joyce Eckert

    Is there a food that can help with Tear Staining? I like what I’ve been reading about Raw and Grain free but will it help prevent tear staining. And please don’t recommend Angel Eyes because it doesn’t work. There are also herbal remedies like Tumeric but I wouldn’t know how to use. Hoping it can be more simple such as a good diet. Help!

  • michele

    absolutely. just like humans, dogs produce gas when too much sugar is sitting in their digestive tracts. try a grain free diet — dogs do not naturally eat wheat (ever seen a wolf graze?!). my 7 year old pom has never been gassy or had bad breath (but be sure to brush your dog’s teeth daily!) — pet owners who complain about stinky dog emissions have no one to blame but themselves…

  • Ca

    Hey Patty it is me again. Time to bully me and down vote flag

  • sharon

    I’ve had that same problem before. I’ve tried a product called de-ter for stool eating . It really worked great!!! You can order it on line from a pet cataloge at:::drsfostersmith.com or call 1-800-826-7206 and order a catelog.

  • charisse

    my dog passes gas after eating could it be that the dry dog food is not good for her digestive system?

  • Ross C.

    Millet is a grass seed and therefore it is classified as a ‘cereal grain”. More specifically it is a C4 grain like corn and sorghum.

  • InkedMarie

    Yes, pick it up as soon as she goes & don’t let her near other animals poop.

  • Pattyvaughn

    High protein food and digestive enzymes worked for my dog, but many people find that it is such an ingrained habit that nothing they do stops it except scooping immediately.

  • joan

    my pit mix puppy (9 mo) eats poop. Hers and others. I’ve tried all the supplements. Ive read that trying higher quality/better digested food may help. any suggestions?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Look for lower fat and lower carb. There is a low fat thread on here. Go up to the top of the page and click on library. Getting any excess weight off will help with the joints, but you may want to add a joint supplement anyways. I would try grain free because grains can be inflammatory, so it may help, but it may not.

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Fran,

    I have a pup who’s the same. In addition to switching proteins like Patty suggested, I rotate binders (peas, tapioca) and also and have great success with the pseudo grains, like millet, as a binder.

    That said, mine does great on Horizon Legacy, Nature’s Logic, Canine Caviar and Mulligan Stew.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Ear yeast infections are often associated with adverse reactions to ingredients in the food, so go with a different protein too.

  • Fran

    My dog is having a problem with yeast infections in one ear..what dry grain & potato free food is a good choice?

  • lisa silva

    I have a lab mix that is having hip problems. How do I determine which dog food would help with weight and joints?

  • InkedMarie

    yes

  • Donna

    chewy.com is this the website for the food?

  • Arlette Vanarthos

    Did you get my reply. I did not see it post here and was wondering. Thanks

    I will send it again. You can get the food from Chewy.com

    http://www.chewy.com/s?dept=all&query=Dr.Tims+for+dogs&nav-submit-button.x=11&nav-submit-button.y=20

    The websites I sent you really did the trick for the seizures. All natural rather then giving the dog that poison

    Phenobarbital

    Let me know how they work They are a bit of money at first but it last a very long time. Please give a little more then what they say to according to the dogs weight.

    God bless

  • Donna

    Thank you soo mu
    ch

  • Donna

    Arlette, thank you very much… Where can I find Dr. Tims food…. I will review both web sites.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I think 50# bags went the way of the dinosaur. I suppose companies were afraid of getting sued if someone got hurt lifting one. If you just want food recommendations, Nature’s Variety Instinct has a few different LID foods, but they’re expensive. Natural Balance has a few LID foods and their price is ok, but they are pretty low protein. Canidae Pure has 3 chicken and grain free LID foods, middle price and middle protein, might be made by Diamond depending on where you live. Earthborn Holistic grain free has 3, ok price.

  • Arlette Vanarthos

    Donna, my dog has had seizures for 3 years. Someone on here gave me a website to go to for flee stuff. As I was glancing at this website I saw they sold a product called Calmplex. I have been giving my chihuahua these pills for 4 months now and has not had one seizure. I praise the Lord for this. I also give enzymes and changed her food to Dr.Tims food. The last seizure she had was the end of August which were multiple ones and last 30 minutes. I brought her to the Vet because I was contemplating putting her on meds but ruled against it. Here is the site if you are interested in the Calmplex.

    http://www.springtimeinc.com/category/s?keyword=calmplex

    I give her 2 pills a day. At first I had to put them in the back of her throat because she did not like them but now when I break them up she eats them. Before giving your dog any, break them up in 1/4 and place them in the back of her throat. I try and do this over a 2 hour period each pill I give her. Hopefully she will like them and just eat them as treats. Like I said I would give her one pill in the morning over a 2 hours period and then give her another one later on at night over a 2 hour period. See how much she weighs and I will double that doze.
    Beba weighs 10 lbs and it says to give her to give one per day but I giver her two. I was giving her 3 a day but it made her tired. Thank God she is doing very well. I get the enzymes from here.

    http://www.nzymes.com/store/pc/Sprouted-Granules-for-Pets-Horses-2-lbs-7p3.htm

    I may cost you at first but the thought of her not having any seizures so far is much more greater and peaceful then the money.

    I wish you lots of success.
    Arlette

  • murph2029

    I have a boxer pit mix and a new blue nosed pit bull with allergies to chicken and grains and most likely other things. Does anybody have a suggestion for a limited ingredient dog food that is inexpensive and can be bought in a 50 pound bag?

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Here is a website that might help with information on feeding a dog with seizures. http://www.dogtorj.com

  • Pattyvaughn

    Nature’s Logic might be a good one for you. It does have millet, a pseudograin, which is not associated with the problems that are seen with grains. If you read the ingredient label, you’ll see that it is made up of real food ingredients, instead of a bunch of things they needed scientist to figure out how to safely put into “food.”
    Also look at removing as many chemicals from your dogs life as possible, cleaning agents, air fresheners, scented candles, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, you name it.

  • Donna

    I have a six year maltese that is having seizures as well.. every few months. last time was nov but she had multiple I don’t want to put her on medication if I don’t have to. Any suggestions on food, I’m hearing grain free gluton free? anyone knows if this would help and what brand to buy…. Appreciate any and all help…. Donna

  • Pattyvaughn

    I suggest taking the ingredient list with you when shopping for food and finding something that has none of the same protein and starch ingredients.

  • jake

    have a 5 year old golden that has been on Royal canin for goldens and suddenly has become itchy. I’m assuming a food change would help. Suggestions please.

  • InkedMarie

    Hi Sharon, as a fellow brittany owner and adopter of senior dogs, thank you for adopting this brittany! I can’t help with the food choice but just want to say that good luck finding a food for both. You may need to do two different foods.

  • Pattyvaughn

    First let me say Thanks for giving the Brittany a chance. Second, it’s hard to get sodium info because it isn’t require on the label. To get it you have to call each manufacturer and ask. I believe over on the forum someone posted a short list of low sodium foods though. Good luck!

  • Sharon Pick

    We are adopting a 9 yr. old Brittany on meds for heart failure. He needs low sodium food. We have an 8 yr. old Sheba Enu with allergies that is on sensitive stomach food. Is there one out there that will fit both dogs? Low sodium and sensitive stomach. Sharon

  • Pattyvaughn

    The one I usually recommend is 4 star. It’s NutriSource. Dogs usually transition to it pretty easily.

  • Paula

    Is there a specific dry food for sensitive stomach for dogs that are five stars?

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Low carb raw food would be my first choice, then low carb canned food, then Nutrisca, LiveFree, Orijen.

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Jacqueline,

    In addition to what butchroy already said, I found that you can search low glycemic index foods on chewy.com; here’s a link: http://www.chewy.com/s/dog?query=low+glycemic&dept=all

  • butchroy

    type into the little “search this site” box, up at the top of this page,
    “Diabetic dog foods” and it takes you to a site that explains what diabetic dogs need and down the article it will have a heading you can click on to tell which dog foods have a low glycemic index. Hope I have explained correctly, there is also a forum option on the header of Dog Food Advisor web site that give so much info.

  • Jacqueline White

    Is there a dry dog food for diabetic dogs besides Science Diet, with no corn or wheat?

  • Stephanie

    10 month old 4lb Miniature Pinscher broke her elbow. What is the best dog food for her joint health.

    All I ever see is large breed senior for joints.

  • Pattyvaughn

    We have a Petco about 30-35 minutes away and a Petsmart over an hour away. There are easily 15 different places closer than the Petco where I can get dog food and at least 7 of them carry foods that are better than Petco’s foods. The only one on your list that I would even consider feeding is Merrick, but if the criteria for recommending food is where you can find it then we would all only be recommending the brands commonly found in grocery stores. Besides, we are all on computers here so just about any food is only a click away.

  • InkedMarie

    Wow, I really think you need to think before you post. “Petcos and PetSmarts are more widely known and accessible, so it makes more sense to recommend something that is easy to find. ”

    I have to drive 35 min to get to a Pet Co or Pet Smart and I don’t live in the country.

    You listed a bunch of foods, said they had no recalls and they have. You stated they were the best grain free foods. You didn’t say in your opinion, you stated fact. I also disagree about Stella & Chewys. It’s said on various online sites that the fat should be approximately half of the protein but in most S&C’s, they are almost equal.

  • mila

    Any educated person would know this is opinion. That’s a second grade skill. And of course there are great foods in specialty shops, but those are not available everywhere. Petcos and PetSmarts are more widely known and accessible, so it makes more sense to recommend something that is easy to find. Orijen, Acana, Earthborn, and Nature’s Logic all compare with the ones I’ve listed, but are still lower quality than raw foods. Stella and Chewy’s would be the best commercially prepared dog food, IN MY OPINION. But not everyone can afford that.

  • InkedMarie

    Álso, you should say IMO. A lot of us would disagree that those are the best foods. IMO, shopping at Pet Co or Pet Smart doesn’t give a whole lot of what a lot of consider really good foods.

  • InkedMarie

    All of those foods you mentioned have had recalls:

    Natural Balance: June 2010 & May 2012

    Merrick: treat recall July 2010

    Blue Buffalo: Oct 2010 & a lot of
    People have had sick dogs on it

    Solid Gold: May 2012

    TOTW: May 2012

  • Shawna

    There are many many quality foods that aren’t sold at Petco and PetSmart. We have six specialty boutiques here in my area that carry foods like Orijen, Acana, Earthborn Primitive Naturals, Nature’s Logic and others. I never have to step foot in a PetCo/PetSmart (and rarely do).

  • mila

    Well, of course! Anyone can state their opinion. Someone could say they
    think Science Diet is the best, but that doesn’t mean it’s made with
    good ingredients. Those are the ones I’ve seen the most success with in
    the 2.5 years I spent working at Petco and PetSmart. They are also the
    ones without recalls. Dr. Tim’s is also fantastic.

  • InkedMarie

    Which dr Tim’s did you go with? IMO, it’s a great company

  • InkedMarie

    In your opinion, correct?

  • Arlette

    Thank you mila. I got Dr Tims food which seems to be working good. :)

  • mila

    Try a dehydrated raw food. It worked wonders for my boy, and you’re lucky your pup is small! I’d recommend Stella and Chewy’s, The Honest Kitchen, or Sojos. They are all high quality dehydrated raw foods that you mix with water and let rehydrate in the fridge overnight. (THK can rehydrate in 5 minutes, but the longer you let it rehydrate, the more digestible it is!)

  • mila

    The best grain-free foods are Blue Buffalo Wilderness, Natural Balance LID, Merrick Grain-free, Taste of the Wild, and Solid Gold.

  • mila

    Anything grain-free helps a bit, but no foods completely get rid of dust/pollen allergies.

  • mila

    Blue Buffalo Basics does not contain any eggs. It also has no corn, wheat, soy, dairy, or chicken. It is turkey or salmon based. :)

  • Victor Stevens

    what is the best dog food for allergies (dust and pollen)

  • Pam

    I’m searching for a dry & wet food that does not contain egg or egg products. Any suggestions?

  • Arlette Vanarthos

    Thank you Barbara. I have changed her food to Dr. Tims, give her calmpress from Stringtime.com and also are giving her enzymes. It has been 5 weeks since she has had one. I am praying this will reduce them and even heal her from them ever returning. I hope your dog is doing better. God bless, Arlette

  • Barbara

    On YouTube many swear by Aloe – fresh – saying it cured their dogs. No effect on mine, probably because she wouldn’t eat enough.

  • Barbara

    Hello Arlette, My pooch (Eskie) had more and more seizures, with increased body parts being affected. Reason: The American Eskimo breed is a “Snow Dog”. Mine has NO tolerance to heat so summertime means 24/7 air conditioning; NY winter means open windows when the heat is high in our apartment.
    Also, she has a bowel issue and cannot pass stools, they get stuck/choke up and it is very painful and mimics seizures. The vet said stay on Moist & Meaty (looking for alternatives is a MAJOR priority). She only had 1 seizure since, due to a very humid day.

  • Nina

    I have a 8 year old male yorkie that had 2 oxalate stones removed last year. My vet told me he now has to be on this medicated royal canine S/O food and nothing else no treats no bones and no table food. I know that here has to be a more natural way of dealing with this problem. Perhaps making the food but because of his condition im a little worried that the stones will return if hes not on the medicated food. Please help!!

  • Arlette Vanarthos

    I have bought from them before and they are very good in standing behind 100% guarantee. Thanks so much.

  • InkedMarie

    Natures Logic is the name of the food and Chewy is a great place to buy dog food.

  • InkedMarie

    All of them

  • Arlette Vanarthos

    Thank you so much. I am going to try either one. :)

  • Arlette Vanarthos

    Thank you so much. I am going to try this. :)

  • Storm’s Mom

    Nature’s Logic is a GREAT food. You can’t really go wrong with it. Pseudo grains do not have the same issues as “regular” grains. I feed my dog a grain-free rotation EXCEPT for Nature’s Logic. I’ve made an exception because it’s a really great food that he does really well on and loves, and I feel good about feeding it because the company is fantastic.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Both. Feed one for one bag and then feed one for another bag.

  • Arlette Vanarthos

    Which is the best. Chicken lamb or beef. Sorry for all the questions.

  • Arlette Vanarthos

    Would that be okay to give my dog. I was told to get my dog a food that is grain free. I am confused.