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  • in reply to: Multi-Vitamin to add to Home Made Dog Food #112570 Report Abuse
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    Is your little dog getting an entire bouillon cube a day? If so that’s seems like a lot of salt for a 13 lb dog. Maybe I am misunderstanding, and you are actually making a pot of rice with 1 cube in it that is divided amongst a bunch of servings of rice.
    I think I read that a 30lb dog should have 100 mg of sodium a day. Bouillon cubes can have 10 times that much. Maybe you have a low salt version.
    Just checking 🙂

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    in reply to: Food recommendations for malnourished pit bull #110758 Report Abuse
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    Well she looks like a brand new dog! After just a week and half! Her Gums are very pink now, very nicely formed poops, coat getting sheen back and she’s acting like a normal and well-adjusted dog. 🙂
    I haven’t had a chance to weigh her again yet but she’s definitely gained at least 5 lbs. I think another 5 or so lbs and she will be just about right.
    I’m so happy for her !! 🙂

    in reply to: Food recommendations for malnourished pit bull #110616 Report Abuse
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    Hi Jordan
    Simply nourish certainly seems to be a quality food and I have absolutely no problem feeding it to my dogs. At same time I’m reluctant to say any one food is the “best,” as there are many good foods out there and what works for one dog might not work for another. If this is the one you choose for your dogs I hope they do well on it!
    If not, there are always other quality foods to choose from. Victor, Holistic Blend, Go! , and Freshpet rolls are some that I feed regularly that my dogs do well on.

    in reply to: Food recommendations for malnourished pit bull #110615 Report Abuse
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    Thanks pitlove for the reminder that I need to keep to the recovery diet and not get overzealous with giving too much too soon! I will admit I Couldn’t help myself, I gave her a small tin of sardines today 🙂 but I did pick up a doggy multivitamin and will stick to that and the puppy food for now.

    She’s improving rapidly, haven’t had a chance to reweigh her yet but she’s definitely gaining and filling out and her coat looks a lot healthier. She looks like a slim dog now, not a starving street dog anymore.

    Her gums and roof of mouth are quite pink now so hopefully that’s a good sign that the anemia is resolving? And she’s acting less and less like a “rescue.” Less timid. More independent. Interacting and seeking affection from me and and my other dogs. Head up and interested in what’s going on around, rather than sitting with head hanging and staring at floor.

    So overall she’s making great progress and it’s just been one week 🙂 fingers crossed that she’ll get the vets ok to be spayed next month.

    in reply to: Food recommendations for malnourished pit bull #110431 Report Abuse
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    Hi CM
    That’s really interesting! I’ve known this dog for a few years but don’t know too many details about her history as I didn’t have a lot of contact with the owner. I do know that conditions at this previous home declined over the years along with the condition of the many dogs, and we were able to convince the owner to let us have this one (although there are all the other dogs there that need help too…we’re working on that but it’s kinda a delicate situation so we’re taking it one step(one dog) at a time).
    Ideally we will be able to help the owner Spay, neuter, deworm, etc. and most importantly DOWNSIZE the pack with the help of the local shelters and some Good Samaritans. We’ve just started the process of info gathering and of course we were able to get this one dog and that is a huge big first step.
    We’ll see where it goes from here
    That’s all I’m going to say for now because it’s an overwhelming and emotionally charged situation, as I’m sure anyone who’s dealt with something like this knows!

    in reply to: Food recommendations for malnourished pit bull #110417 Report Abuse
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    Hi pitlove, thanks for checking in!

    She’s on petsmart’s simply nourish puppy chicken and rice for now, 4 meals a day. It’s 389 cal/cup, so not too rich. She’s eating and tolerating it well so next week I’m going to start supplementing with small amounts here and there of: canned sardines, chicken gizzards, scrambled egg, chicken liver, and puréed greens. The vet suggested giving her a multivitamin…what do you think? Personally I’d rather supplement with real foods. But I’ll do whatever is best.

    The vet mentioned the risk of pyometra several times. Ugh I sure hope not. I had never heard of it before! I guess because I’ve always had my dogs fixed early on.

    in reply to: Food recommendations for malnourished pit bull #110410 Report Abuse
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    Thanks cockaliermom I will read up on that!
    I did some reading on mastitis (inflammed mammary glands ) but everything I read and the pictures of dogs suffering from mastitis look much worse than what this dog has. Her nipples are just gray, plump, and kinda stiff, kinda similar to a dog that has previously had puppies (but not saggy). Not painful to touch nor red and pussy like the pictures of mastitis show. To my knowledge she has never had pups.

    in reply to: Food recommendations for malnourished pit bull #110384 Report Abuse
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    I spoke to the vet again today and she said there is about 25% chance for a false negative for parasites on the fecal test, so even tho the sample was negative she still suspects hookworms may be the cause of the anemia. Given the poor and cramped conditions the dog was living in for so long along with 10 other dogs, it’s unlikely these dogs are free of worms.

    I’ll retreat with another course of panacur (dewormer) in couple weeks. And put her on Heartguard Plus soon, apparently that may help prevent the internal parasites, too. (Warm climate here, we have to give heartworm prevention year round).

    Ive been taking her for 4-6 ten min walks every day and she poops a good bit almost every time. It’s pale in color and still soft serve but has shape. Didn’t seem to be quite as stinky today.

    Another concern the vet has is that she is unspayed, about 5 yrs old, and her last heat was supposedly ~2 months ago, and her nipples are still very swollen. False pregnancy maybe? I don’t have any experience with this as my pets are always already fixed when I adopt them or not long after. The plan is to get her spayed in mid March if the anemia is resolved and enough weight gain by then.

    PS- I changed my screen name to AmCa to avoid confusion!

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    in reply to: Food recommendations for malnourished pit bull #110381 Report Abuse
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    Yes thank you I am aware of the buyout and shop at both regularly..petsmart for treats and chewy for the larger selection of foods.
    Not sure what this has to do with the topic of my post…

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    in reply to: Food recommendations for malnourished pit bull #110299 Report Abuse
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    Thanks for checking in on on her inkedmarie 🙂 she is doing better than I expected or what the vet predicted. She’s still very tired and sits staring into space a lot but seems like she is much less stressed and Her depression is lifting. She gets playful sometimes when we walk and likes to talk 🙂 she’s actually really good on leash.
    She is eating and tolerating the food well. I am feeding her 4 small meals a day, soaking her food. So far so good and no diarrhea. Her poops are still very stinky and soft but formed now.
    very surprisingly the results from the fecal sample sent to lab were negative for internal parasites. but at same time it’s so disturbing because that means that she was not being fed properly. That’s why she’s so skinny. Ugh. My heart can’t handle it.

    I’ve had pit bulls before and they are my soft spot for sure.

    in reply to: Food recommendations for malnourished pit bull #110230 Report Abuse
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    Thank you both for the feedback! Much appreciated!
    Bloodwork at my vet today showed she is anemic and her temperature is a little low. 🙁
    The vet put her on a 3 day wide spectrum dewormer and sent fecal sample to lab. She recommended puppy food so I got simply nourish puppy, but I will slowly introduce it mixed with the food I am feeding my other dogs because she seems to b be tolerating that one well enough and her stool is a little firmer today. My petsmart is kinda small so not a lot of choices for puppy food and I was rushed for time having to get myself to a dr appt so I didn’t have a chance to browse brands and nutrients too closely. Hopefully she’ll do ok on the one I got.
    Completely exhausted from it all and worried. I sure hope she can recover. So sad. The good news is she is heartworm negative!

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