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    Renee B

    You can do a pet profile and list your pet concerns and this site will tell you which food will benefit your pet the most. http://www.pawtree.com/arkansaspets
    Along with natural foods they have some supplements that will treat certain things. Better pet diets can decrease health problems.

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    Linda L

    Hi There, I mostly have questions and here is a little info. I have one dog bought from a puppy mill (didn’t realize it at the time) been a sickly dog most of life no major problems teeth, ear infections major allergies cateracts in one eye. arthritus both knees. Buddy Bichon Pappy. The other dog bichon shitz shu Bailey Has very few health problems gets ear infections from time to time and is developing arthritis stiff legs and he can nil afford anymore weight at 27 lbs The problem is I need a grain free Kibble with no chicken either for seniors or weight control. so far I haven’t found anything in canada. Both dogs are 10 years old weather permitting we walk every day Any info will be greatly appreciated. thanks Lue 48.
    Would be willing to try homemade dog food if anyone has a good recipe.

    #99034 Report Abuse

    Hi there,

    I am new to this forum and loved reading all your guys posts. My dog (who is my best friend) is probably getting a better diet than me at some times.. ha from my experience, i have always been around dogs. My parents had a lab, fed her Iams her whole life. But for my pup, ever since he was a pup i got him on Taste of the Wild food, they have 4 or 5 different flavors which i switch it up and he never seems to get tired of eating it. I swear by this stuff: his coat is great, white teeth, no health problems (knock on wood), he is a gorgeous dog and can say the food i believe is a big contributor.. check this stuff out, it isn’t too bad either price wise if it keeps our friends healthy, also all natural ingredients..

    #99043 Report Abuse

    Hi midwestdoglover, my 8yr old staffy also does REAL well on “Taste Of The Wild” Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb, after trying most of the vet diets for IBD & other brand kibbles TOTW was the only kibble that helped with his IBD & Skin Allergies, he’s nice a lean, beautiful shinny coat, no arthritis yet, nice firm poos, only 2 poos a day….

    With the TOTW Sierra Mountain, Roasted Lamb the Kcals are nice & low at 338kcals per cup, lower Kcals per cup under 360Kcals are needed to keep their weight off + the fiber is normal at 4%, a lot of the weight management kibbles are low in protein & higher in fiber to keep them feeling fuller longer, high fiber diets make bigger poos, you need higher protein, normal fiber & normal fat %, give the TOTW a go also …


    #101760 Report Abuse
    vincent j

    ever thought about raw dog food?

    #101789 Report Abuse
    Claudia D

    Get the Facts! Raw Pet Food Diets can be Dangerous to You and Your Pet

    In a two-year study spanning from October 2010 through July 2012, the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) screened over 1,000 samples of pet food for bacteria that can cause foodborne illnesses.1 (The illnesses are called “foodborne” because the bacteria are carried, or “borne,” in or on contaminated food.) The study showed that, compared to other types of pet food tested, raw pet food was more likely to be contaminated with disease-causing bacteria.
    The Pet Food Study

    Raw pet food was not included in the first year of the study. In the second year, CVM expanded the study to include 196 samples of commercially available raw dog and cat food. The center bought a variety of raw pet food online from different manufacturers and had the products shipped directly to six participating laboratories.2 The raw pet food products were usually frozen in tube-like packages and made from ground meat or sausage.
    The participating laboratories analyzed the raw pet food for harmful bacteria, including Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. In past projects, CVM had monitored dog and cat food for the presence of Salmonella. But before this study, the center “had not investigated the occurrence of Listeria in pet food,” said Renate Reimschuessel, a veterinarian at CVM’s Office of Research and one of the study’s principal investigators. Dr. Reimschuessel further noted that “quite a large percentage of the raw foods for pets we tested were positive for the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes.” (Pathogens are disease-causing germs, like some bacteria. Not all bacteria are harmful pathogens, though. Some bacteria are helpful to people and animals, such as those that live in the intestines and contribute to a healthy gut.)

    Of the 196 raw pet food samples analyzed, 15 were positive for Salmonella and 32 were positive for L. monocytogenes (see Table 1).

    Table 1: Number and type of pet food samples that tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes (Years 1 & 2)
    Type of Pet Food Sample No. samples tested No. positive for Salmonella No. positive for L. monocytogenes
    Raw pet food 196 15 32
    Dry exotic pet food* 190 0 0
    Jerky-type treats† 190 0 0
    Semi-moist dog food‡ 120 0 0
    Semi-moist cat food‡ 120 0 0
    Dry dog food§ 120 0 0
    Dry cat food§ 120 1 0
    * Non-cat and non-dog food, such as dry pellets for hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, amphibians, and birds.
    † Included chicken jerky product, pig ears, and bully stick-type products.
    ‡ Typically packaged in pouches for retail sale, such as (1) pouched dog and cat food; and
    (2) food treats shaped like bacon, fish, pork chops, and burgers.
    § Included pellet- or kibble-type food typically packaged in bags for retail sale.
    Note: CVM did not collect or test canned and wet pet food samples in this study.

    Based on the study’s results, CVM is concerned about the public health risk of raw pet food diets. As Dr. Reimschuessel explained, the study “identified a potential health risk for the pets eating the raw food, and for the owners handling the product.” Owners who feed their pet a raw diet may have a higher risk of getting infected with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.
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    Because raw pet food is more likely than other types of pet food to contain Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, the single best thing you can do to prevent infection is to not feed your pet a raw diet

    Pet Food Recalls

    Both cooked and raw pet food products are recalled for various reasons, including the presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. For a list of recalled pet food and the reason for the recall, please see CVM’s Recalls & Withdrawals Web page.
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    Resources for You

    Get the Facts about Salmonella!
    Get the Facts about Listeria!
    Avoid the Dangers of Raw Pet Food
    Pet Food
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    1 Nemser S, Reimschuessel, R. Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) disclaimer icon Microbiology Cooperative Agreement Program (MCAP), FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Special Project: Pet food testing for selected microbial organisms. Final Report 2010-2012. The study was conducted by FDA CVM’s Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN), in collaboration with FERN MCAP laboratories. The journal citation is Nemser S, Doran T, et al. Investigation of Listeria, Salmonella, and Toxigenic Escherichia coli in Various Pet Foods. Foodborne Pathog Dis 2014;11:706-709.
    2 Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; Michigan Department of Agriculture; Minnesota Department of Agriculture; North Carolina Department of Agriculture; Ohio Department of Agriculture; and Washington Department of Agriculture.

    #103293 Report Abuse
    kate r

    Raw diet is the way to go. watch pet fooled on netflix

    #105725 Report Abuse
    Jeffery L

    I will suggest that a dog keeper should keep a stock of dry foods for your dog. as it stays best for 14 days without any hesitation. Dry foods dogs love the most if given in wet season like Snow winter or either in Monsoon Rainy season.

    #105804 Report Abuse

    For those interested in a dialog based (solely) on verifiable nutrition science behind canine raw feeding, with zero anecdotal influence, please view the related posts I have made in several of the areas related to questions being posted about “home-made”, “raw”, “menus”, “grinders”, etc etc etc.

    We just completed our second annual physical for our two dogs along with a lengthy discussion about the Vet’s prior diagnosis over a year ago, updating that diagnosis, and the entire documented changes in our two dogs’ health that is backed up with detailed data of diet, canine nutrition, and facts. Our Vet is closely aligned with other Vets who have specializations with canine nutrition HQ-based in Los Angeles, and the bottom-line is our Vet has asked me to engage with those Veterinarian nutrition specialists, (solely) due to the nutrition model’s database, algorithms, real application by dog owners, AND the documented real outcomes in canine health experienced in the first year of an on-going practical application of moving from commercial dog food to (personally-researched, designed, prepared, fed) diet. I was also asked if I could make the model available (and that answer is of course no), but will be sharing with her (our primary Vet), the basis of database, calculations, metrics, and peripheral outputs such as charts, trends, and nutrition factors that get applied.

    No gimmicks, no opinions, no conjectures, no debating, just application of nutrition science, nutrition data, and a 100% commitment to facts, results, and demystification of conflicting data and information.

    #109783 Report Abuse
    Kimberly S

    I have a German Shepherd that I been struggling to get her weight down. She desperately needs to loose 10 pounds. I need a grain-free non chicken food. My Angel has an allergy to chicken and something else I am not sure since she was a pup. She has a very sensitive stomach so I need a grain free food. As you know keeping her slim is very important due to her hips. So, any advice on a great diet food that’s grain free that does NOT have chicken in it and is dry would be great.
    Thank you

    #109796 Report Abuse

    I’ve known many people who have used Under the Sun Whitefish as a weight management food. There’s a dachshund rescue that often sees seniors come in severely overweight and that is the food they use for their chunky guys. It seems to work well for them.

    #109798 Report Abuse

    Petco’s store brand whole hearted has a lamb and pea weight formula. It’s grain free and lamb is easier to digest then most proteins.

    • This reply was modified 6 years, 3 months ago by haleycookie.
    #112269 Report Abuse
    Matt H

    Does human weight loss supplements helps dog to lose weight? I am bit confused about this.

    #112278 Report Abuse

    No. Doing so would most likely cause harm to the pet.

    #1. Most supplements are scams. And, not all supplements are benign. They are not regulated by the FDA there is no way of knowing if the dosages are correct or that the ingredients are what appears on the label

    #2 You should never give your pet any supplement, over the counter medication or apply ointments that are not approved for veterinary use, unless advised to do so by a veterinarian that has examined the pet, not someone on the internet.
    A lot of ingredients that are used in human products can be toxic to animals.

    Has the dog had a recent checkup? Annual exam with labs?
    First step is to rule out medical causes for unexplained weight gain and see what your vet suggests.

    Once medically cleared, feed measured amounts for meals with water added twice a day.
    Take out for more walks, exercise, even if only for short walks around the block a few times a day. Assuming your vet agrees.

    Just like with people, the best way to lose weight is to eat less, make more thoughtful dietary choices.
    And, move more!

    #112279 Report Abuse

    I wouldn’t give a dog any human weight loss supplements. They hardly ever work for humans. Probably wouldn’t work for dogs either. Nothing beats eating healthier (and less) and exercise. That’s the answer.

    #112281 Report Abuse

    http://skeptvet.com Go to the site’s search engine and look up “herbs and supplements”

    #114132 Report Abuse

    I will recommend you to buy Arden Grange Prestige Food. It’s the high-quality food. Your dog will enjoy the food as well as he becomes healthy and will lose his weight.

    #114333 Report Abuse
    Deanna B

    Wellness Weight Management, smaller stools. Your dogs large stools are related to “grain”inclusion food, lower the grain, smaller stools.

    #114376 Report Abuse
    Kimberly S

    I am sorry but I disagree with Deanna B’s post. My dog is on a grain-free diet and her poops are large. So that has nothing to do with the size of your dogs poops!!

    #114377 Report Abuse

    It’s fiber and plant matter that causes large poops. The more fiberous ingredients the more your dogs going to poop and the larger the poops are going to be.

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 11 months ago by haleycookie.
    • This reply was modified 5 years, 11 months ago by haleycookie.
    #119446 Report Abuse
    john s

    Adding supplements to your pup’s diet can help improve digestion and reduce waste. Try giving your dog a good quality probiotic every day. Probiotics help balance the good bacteria in his digestive tract, which means he’ll get more nutrition from his food.

    #128633 Report Abuse

    thank you..

    all information is worth reading

    #130573 Report Abuse
    margie r

    I used CBD Oil for my dogs when we go to our Vet. They are so excited when we go outside.
    I gave them CBD Oil 15 to 30 minutes prior. CBD oil for our pets can treat health issues such as digestive or upset tummy, inflammation, joint pain or even allergies.
    I tried this in my dog, I gave it when I know he faced a stressful situation.
    And as I done researching, I came across to this article about Cannabis and Mj

    #131501 Report Abuse
    Walt W

    Obesity is indeed a bad problem, and my dog and cat have faced this bad situation. Fortunately, their weight has decreased. By the way, diet and exercise are very important.

    #140949 Report Abuse
    Owen J

    An adult dog must be fed 2 times a day. Do not be willing to feed the pet more and more. If you do not follow this rule, the result is obesity and other metabolic disorders, which, unfortunately, are not so rare.


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    joanne l

    First off weight management foods for dogs have high fiber, which may make them poop too much. So I would fine a dry food that has low fat and low calories. Calories about 350 to 380 per cup and fat no more than 12%. Anytime you see high fiber in dog food you may also see more stools. Also look for about 4% fiber. When fiber goes pass 5 or 6% it is too much. That is my opinion.

    #147651 Report Abuse

    I feed my dog a raw frozen diet such as Stella and Chewys or Instinct. Raw diets can help dogs lose weight because they are lower in carbs. There is a lot less poop to pickup too!

    #150330 Report Abuse
    Kathleen E


    Personally I would look into Canidae Grain free pure ancestral freeze-dried raw coated fish formula. It is almost all fish.

    Alot of the other foods are full of fillers but not the nutrition.

    Good Luck!!

    #165315 Report Abuse

    Top best wet dog food for senior dogs on reviewistic.com.

    #165613 Report Abuse

    A common problem that arises in senior dogs from food component mismanagement is digestive problems that said, finding the best senior dog food for a sensitive stomach has just one major problem. The top food for dogs sensitive stomach. https://reviewistic.com/the-best-senior-dog-food-for-sensitive-stomach-reviewed/

    #180424 Report Abuse
    Dave L

    I would recommend on feeding you dog plant based milks.. for more, visit https://quenchlist.com/wellness/best-plant-based-milk-varieties/

    #180425 Report Abuse
    Dave L

    Well i’ve been ordering some plants to make some homemade food for the dogs. i’ve ordered plants from https://officeworthylist.com/plants-for-office-with-no-windows .. is it good to feed these plants as a food to dogs with meat or should i find something else

    #182330 Report Abuse

    I have found that raw frozen and raw freeze-dried brands can keep my dog’s weight down. I also add a lot of vegetables like squash, broccoli, green beans to help him feel full.

    #182687 Report Abuse
    Dudley S

    Weight Management, high fiber, chicken excluded, except in one (chicken fat OK – no proteins),

    multiple peas means the pea total could move it way up on ingrediants list, as #1 DCM concern, as of 2/2022

    Blue Buffalo Blue Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Healthy Weight Adult Red Meat Dog Food Grain Free
    355 calories Protein Min 30.0 %, Fat Min 10.0 %, Fiber Max 10.0 %, chelate. taurine
    DCM – peas 3 in top 6 ingredients, grain free but taurine inclusive

    Avodarm ADVANCED HEALTHY WEIGHT, GRAIN FREE TURKEY MEAL FORMULA 380 calories, 10% fat, 10% max fiber, 28% protein, cheleate, taurin
    DCM – peas 2 of top 4, Grain free but taurine inclusive

    Blue Basic Healthy Weight Turkey & Potato Recipe , 329 calories, 9% min fat, 10% max fiber, 20% pro, taurine chelate
    DCM warning – peas 3 of first 8 but Grain and taurine inclusive

    Solid Gold Fit & Fabulous Low Fat/Low Calorie with Fresh Caught Alaskan Pollock Adult Dry Dog Food
    330, 10% max fiber, 8% fat, 25% pro taurine
    DCM – 2 peas in top 6, but grain and taurine inclusive

    240 calories 8.5% fat 11% fiber max, 24% pro,
    DCM – peas not in top 6. grain and taurine inclusive

    Diamond CARE Weight Management Formula Adult Dry Dog Food lamb, 7% fat, 304 cal, 10% max fiber, 22% min pro taurine
    DCM , peas and lentils both in top 4, but grain and taurine

    #183139 Report Abuse
    webiators T

    I’ve compiled a collection of regular recipes, not “diet” meals. My very fat foster child just shed 10 pounds on a grain-free canned food/raw food combo diet that was very low in carbs. My group only goes to the bathroom twice a day.

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    #184443 Report Abuse

    I have a rescue dog that was overweight when we got him and pooped a lot too. We switched him to Small Batch Raw and also give him Vital Essentials treats. The problem is he is always hungry so to help him lose weight we add in lots of vegetables and divide the food into 3 meals a day. We buy frozen vegetables and cook them. The vegetables give him lots to eat, fill him up and are well digested. The raw food by itself, especially the raw freeze dried as treats is constipating and really firms up stool. His poops are normal and formed and 2x a day. We have to always watch his weight but he is a senior now and has down great on this diet.

    #185717 Report Abuse
    Ana W

    I recommend NOMADE, is very good

    #186085 Report Abuse
    Amelia A

    It’s not uncommon for dogs on high-quality, nutrient-dense diets to experience more frequent and smaller stools. This is because their digestive systems are able to extract more nutrients from the food and there’s less waste to excrete. The probiotics and flaxseed in your dog’s food may also contribute to the increase in bowel movements.

    When switching to a lower calorie diet, it’s important to make the transition gradually to avoid digestive upset. I would recommend talking to your veterinarian to determine the best diet and feeding plan for your dog based on her unique needs and health status. They may also be able to recommend a lower calorie, high-quality food that is available at PetCo or PetSmart. Some brands to consider include Royal Canin, Hill’s Science Diet, and Merrick.

    It’s also important to keep in mind that weight loss should be slow and steady, at a rate of about 1-2% of your dog’s body weight per week. This allows your dog’s body to adjust and helps to prevent any health complications that can arise from rapid weight loss.

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