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March 23, 2015 at 7:20 pm in reply to: Puppy on Acana with hard stools and bottom sliding #69350 Report Abuse
Acana foods are dense and they recommend to give your dog plenty of fresh water with meals. Just a thought.
My dog is on Acana Regionals and has not had problems with hard stools.
I just discovered a new brand called “Small Batch.” They are a small company based in the Bay area of California. I’m not sure if the food is sold outside the west coast, but they certainly use high-quality ingredients. They make raw patties, and dehydrated meat treats (jerky). My dog loved the turkey jerky (notoriously picky girl). Would love to at least see a review of this food on the website.
You need a lowfat food. Probably 10% or less. What does your vet recommend?
Here, Mike posted a nice summary of some lowfat foods for dogs with these issues. I’d suggest Acana Light and Fit. But if you need wet…there’s a suggestion for that too.
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She won’t eat Ziwi peak either. She’s a very picky little dog. 😉 I will check out the Sojo treats though.
- This reply was modified 7 years ago by Mary M.
I have lately been using the “Real Meat” jerky treats for my dog. She loves them. They source their meat from the US, New Zealand, or Australia. She is extremely picky so any suggestions you all have I look forward to. She used to like the Zuke’s mini treats but not so much anymore. She rarely likes anything peanut butter, sweet potato, or any fruit/veggie treats. She also doesn’t care for dry dog biscuits of any type. She used to really like the Natural Balance sausages which I used for a “high-value” treat for her reactivity, but they changed their formulation (apparently now healthier) and she won’t touch it. So I need MEAT options. 😉 Oh and she’ll take the Stella and Chewy’s carnivore crunch, but not the carnivore kisses. Go figure.
I found a link to the study: http://juliet84.free.fr/Articles/bibliographie/SDTE/javma.2000.217.pdf
This is an old study, 2000. 14 years old. That’s the first problem.
The second problem with this study is that it enrolled 1,637 dogs, (all large or giant breed) and only 98 of them developed gastric-dilatation volvulus (GDV) or bloat…and out of those, only 29 died. That’s a very small percentage number from which to make ANY major conclusions.
As related to “moistening dog food” the authors even state in their discussion about it and some other factors they mention: “most likely, however, many of these factors were sig-
nificant only because of confounding.”
If you want the definition of confounding in statistics read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confounding
It’s really important when discussing research to not just throw quotes or information around, but to look at the article critically, and evaluate it on the merits of the study. The researchers did not “control” for any of these factors, they simply sent out questionnaires to owners and then “associated” certain factors with the dogs who developed bloat.
The authors have a “discussion” section, but not a “conclusions” section, meaning they really couldn’t come up with any hard conclusions. It’s an interesting study, but it’s not very well designed.
I moisten my dog’s kibble with a tablespoon of warm water (filtered water, warmed in the microwave), and she does just fine. 😉
Look at Acana.
Are you afraid of them retaliating against you in some way? Glad you spoke to them, at the very least they should know a constantly barking dog is a nuisance (not to mention what it’s doing to the poor dog).
I used BB, the Freedom grain-free for small dogs for several months, and my dog seemed to do fine on it, although she never seemed to love to eat it. She did start to have some vomiting, however, and I decided to switch foods. I thought it was a chicken allergy…she had eaten a chicken-based kibble since I got her, and when I fed her real chicken…(which she had eaten before without problems) she also vomited. So no more chicken for her. She’s now on Acana Regionals, and I rotate the proteins. She seems to like it much better. So I don’t know if she had a true chicken allergy…or if it was the BB. But I wanted to get her off of it.
I think Purina is completely deceitful to the public with their advertising and presentation of their products. And they will say that “corn” is a healthy grain to feed your dog (saw that on the Beneful FB page). Why would they go after BB when their food is so much worse? It all seems very contrived and cutthroat.
Yes, please call animal control or the SPCA!! The dog is being abused! Let us know what happens.
I am very happy to see this section finally published…thank you for all the hard work. I was happy to see my choice of dog food (Acana!) on the list, and appreciate the extra information about the company in this section. I was confused about the lengthy video that plays before you’re allowed to register for this. I’m afraid it might deter people who are new to the site…I know I got impatient waiting for it to complete. Any reason for this long intro and the inability to register until a portion has played?