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Kibble even good kibble is limited as to quality because it is processed.. I swear by Answers Pet food. it is amazing and developed by a biochemist who understands about guts. If you look it up you will see NO red words ( meaning no ingredients that are controversial) When you change foods you are changing the bacteria in the gut and you may have diarrhea. But in processed foods the “natural” working of the gut can only work so well. About eatting too fast, it really isn’t good if they eat WAY too fast. I have used a BIG granite rock that I cleaned. ( something like granite doesn’t peel) and he will push it around and this will slow him down enough.
zcRiley is on the right track!!! However if the itchyness continues switch to a raw food because even great kibble is going to be so good.. because they are all processed and lack live bacteria that is needed for a healthy body. I use ANSWERS DOG FOOD it is raw and it is wonderful. I have seen many dogs transformed by this kind of food, including my own two pits. SCIENCE DIET is a very poor dog food.
Barb thanks for writing in for this poor dog…. If you go to dogfoodadvisor.com you will see that what she is feeding is very poor quality and her little dog will pay for it in the long run… It SUCKS that is why the dog doesn’t want to eat it! Go to the 5 star dog foods and find something that is mainly MEAT based protein and low in carb… the fat should be average or above.. OR go to the raw sections and check out ANSWERS Dog Food and feed real food… My dogs ADORE it!!
Yes I think you missed one!! I am using ANSWERS Dog Food. It is raw. It is unbelievable. It has changed my dogs health! I am now a raw fan and think that it is the only way go go for dogs and should be talked about much more!! Kibble , even good kibble can only be so good because it is so processed. I hope more people will check it out and do your pets a great big favor!
Lori, I would be very careful about imparting strange remedies to a dog. A dog has certainly protein requirements.. If ANSWERS Dog Food has Turkey or duck .. I would go with them. you can look it up in the raw section.. There are NO red ingredients listed and many dogs who are even ill get better on it. you can email the web site with a uestion if you like.
Jenn it is not.. Mary Straus will havea site where you can find a post about the 5 things you should include if you feed kibble…. like a probiotic yougurt, eggs etc. Remember that kibble doesn’t have anything like enzymes which are very important… raw goats milk is great too.
As a trainer, I certainly do…. Make yourself the treat… and if that doesn’t make sense…. don’t use anything with sugar or wheat or grains or colors of preservatives… Good luck!! Training calmly and in a quietly assertive way will get you a dog you will love to be around!
I agree that her tummy needs a rest this is recommended and helps… like miss a meal or two (!) and them start her back on just chicken.. not rice… I agree with Jenn but not about the meds for her head… no med the less the better in my experience. It is a good idea to liberally wet kibble ( I used to add hot water so it would be absorbed) kibble is too dry say the experts and you can add things to it to make it better for your dog… but NOT proplan!!
Go to Dr Mary Straus and see what she says to add to kibble to make it better for you pet.
Good luck! We all want the best for our dogs.. and sometimes throwing more money at the situation is not better…. You can also go to Dr Karen Becker and see what she writes about good nutritrion.. She iand Straus are national known
dry dog food in general is not the best, if that is what you are looking for. WHY? because it is so cooked that there are no enzymes or other beneficial things that actually help a dog. Have you ever asked yourself, if we are told not to eat processed foods because they are not good for us, WHY would you start a puppy on processed foods and give it to them their whole life?? dry dog food is convenient for YOU that is all.
Hi Brian, I wrote this without seeing that you had replied.. and I said some of the same things.. Will a dog die on pro plan probably not… but for me I want to do better by my dogs. It is like us eating the way we do.. will we die… no.. But we will live more flexible, more lean and healthier on better food. I just don’t believe that any processed food is good because so much is lost in the high heat cooking. the bags have already sat somewhere for months before you even buy it. I make organic treats that go to stores and a distributor wanted to represent me.. and my treats had to last 12 – 18 month!!!! I don’t want my treats to last that long. It is the same with dog food. In my humble opinion
yes, they do studies but they don’t use them. If you would read a book like Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet and there are others.. this book written by a pro who formulated kibble for big companies. You would never feed that stuff. Dog’s lives are so short really.. if you would read it and see how this kibble could not be really good, that your dog could not really do really well.. The problem is that the AAFCO are not that great in terms of meaning the full, thriving kind of needs. They are a base line.. with too much carbs or not enough of the right fats, that the fats in there when cooked lose their potency etc. and are not high enough in protein that is actually good… No I don’t really trust purina.. Many people do studies, it doesn’t mean they make better dog food. Lots of studies have been done on people too to see what they can tolerate.. no. Don’t trust them.
as a trainer I have clients that tell me that Purina is what they feed because the vet recommended it ( or someother garbage food) and that it is good. DON’T believe it.. Vets get a talk from a big dog food company, many times Purina and they give free food away and the vets in general don’t get any education on the differences in food. The better the food is the better the health of your dog do will be. It isn’t rocket science. It is the same for people. Find a food that is human grade and listen to what the cutting edge information about food is. Purina is NOT good food. The fact that the regulations for dog food are so lax helps these companies get by with this trash.