Dog Food Advisor Forums Patricia A

Patricia A

Forum Replies Created

Viewing 50 posts - 1 through 50 (of 368 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • Patricia A
    Participant

    Jane my one Chihuahua does that also. However, she is a food hog and gets so excited whenI put her bowl down and then eats way to fast. She does the honking sound. After a few seconds she calms down and goes back to eating.

    in reply to: Anal gland problems #179498 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    LOl! I try hard to find humor myself at this point with taking care of mom AND sometimes her angry little dog. lol

    in reply to: Anal gland problems #179496 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    I looked at the Glandex reviews. I always start with the negative ones. So some dogs had adverse reactions to the supplement. But doesn’t hurt to try.
    I find there is sometimes no rhyme or reason to why some of my dogs over the years had the scooting and others never had to have the expression of the glands.
    Had a Doxie when kids were little and probably not on the best diet with all the table scraps and not knowing back then about kibble quality etc. But he never had soft stool, or anal problems. Lived a long life of over 17 for our Pookie. Had Chloe our first Chihuahua and even though stool was never loose, had the scooting and always needed expression.
    My mom came to live with us and hence we also have added to our already two Chihuahuas’. I know my mom was giving her table scraps and even found her dog bowl filled with Pepperidge Farm gold fish due to start of dementia.
    So now living with us, she has lost a few needed pounds and on and loose stool has totally stopped with diet I give our other two. So living with my mom she was getting too much fat in diet which also causes my two to have Diarrhea.
    I feed a combination of freeze dried in Primal and Stella Chewy’s. Their treat is one Bixbi Rawbble nugget. They get a little Stella Chewy’s Raw coated chicken kibble to stretch the freeze dried since now it’s getting expensive with having three.
    I always go by the DFA reviews and only get the 5* proteins because I believe less fat.
    Treats are high fiber raw baby carrots and string beans being canned low salt or raw.
    I went REALLY, REALLY, REALLY slow when introducing these different brands and proteins. This way I can tell which doesn’t agree and also it takes a few days for digestion to get used to. Maybe stick switch SLOWLY with a few Stella’s kibble. See how she does. Then if want and all good add a little freeze dried in one brand and protein. Stella’s also comes with the freeze dried in the kibble.
    Hope this helps her but sometimes it isn’t even the diet .

    in reply to: Anal gland problems #179488 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    I have Chihuahuas’ also. Maybe she is not getting enough fiber to bulk up stool. Notice how her stool is as opposed to your other Chi who does not have to have anal expressed. I feed Stella and Chewy’s . Now have my elderly mom’s Chihuahua also. She had loose stool when I would walk her . Since her diet change to what I have been feeding my two, her stools are normal. Hope this might help.

    in reply to: Best adult dog food to prevent bloat? #179436 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    This is some informative information regarding bloat. https://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-diet-nutrition/does-food-cause-bloat

    in reply to: Dog Food Recommendations (Topic 2) #177300 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    I feed Stellas with freeze dried Primal. Just switch VERY, VERY slowly. You can select protein grain vs grain free and also what protein you do not want. Just scroll down a little on site. Hope this helps.
    https://www.stellaandchewys.com/dog-food/

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by Patricia A.
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Uhhh So sorry to hear about all these digestive issues in your pup. No expert but maybe a few suggestions I have from experience . Find ONE quality food to feed. I go by this sites 5*. I believe the brands/proteins which are 5* has less fat to cause digestive issues. Then start feeding a FEW kibbles at a time at MANY times of day to keep stomach full and to get USED to kibble. SLOWLY increase. A LITTLE plain boiled WHITE MEAT only chicken breast with NO broth added. Maybe a string bean or two. Bile vomit is usually from empty stomach.

    The trick is MANY SMALL meals several times a day. But introduce the new kibble SLOWLY. New food will usually cause loose stools at first. But switching again will start the digestive problem over again. So give the new kibble a chance. Just go SLOWLY. If after a week or so he does well then divide feeding to three times a day. Stick to only the kibble.
    After several weeks you can add in other food as topper. Tiny pieces of lean steak, again boiled WHITE MEAT chicken breasts, canned no salt string bean or two. Keep the tummy full.
    Just stick to ONE kibble in the begin and give a chance to get used to. Hope I was of help a little .

    in reply to: Dog food low in protein and fat #176902 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Hi Alex,
    There is a post under this topic (Diet and Health) started by KC . Just scroll down until you find topicI under (IS there dog food low in protein AND low in fat 4 renal failure AND pancreatitis). Many posted on their experience with their much loved dogs also suffering from these health issues and diets which helped.
    Hope maybe suggestions in feeding work with your pup.

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 2 weeks ago by Patricia A.
    in reply to: Hypoallergenic dog food #176249 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Is it possible that the groomer is using a shampoo or conditioner which irritates her skin? Perfumes in these can be causing this. Also my groomer had put a powder perfumed scented after her cut. She scratched like crazy after that. I request NO powder now and I always shampoo her myself before grooming with a mild shampoo which contain NO perfumes.
    Don’t forget to investigate any cleaners/shampoos you use on floors and rugs. Flea bites my also be causing the chewing of her tail.
    Please let us know if you find any solutions.

    in reply to: Stumped about my dachshund?? #172609 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    James again my bad when just scanned your post . Trying to do my best in caring for my elderly mom with dementia. Just not doing a thorough job of reading between lines and replying in what I always hoped was some tidbit of helpful advice from my past experiences in having owned and cared for dogs since my kids were little.
    It’s obvious from your post that you are a VERY responsible dog owner . Should never judge since been there ourselves with spending $1000 and two weeks later another problem which we would resolve when we waited a few days. Can write a book on serious health issues which the vet actually caused. Autoimmune issues from a shot which dog needed bone marrow test to detererimen it was response from a lepto shot. Chloe in for x-rays at 13 because of labored breathing. Showed Pneumonia . Sent home with meds and told she’ll be fine. Middle of the night gasping for air. Passed in car. Healthy puppy given kennel cough immunization before being spayed and came down with a VERY BAD COLD from the intranasal . Then given to my immune compromised(the one with the lepto shot). UHHH VETS: Do no harm but not always the case.

    Never considered looking into supplements. So when have time will educate myself . Always prefer more holistic solutions then strong meds which cause more serious side effects then the problem itself.
    So having had a Doxie own us. lol my only advice s weight and back issues. I’m sure you’re aware of this though. The yelping when touched could be disc related that is so common in the long backed Doxies. No jumping off couch . Also the pain would cause the panting .
    Orthopedic bedding . Sometimes the bottom of the dog beds have no support and they lay on floor.
    Wishing Dalilah many more years of a happy healthy life.

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by Patricia A.
    in reply to: Stumped about my dachshund?? #172593 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    James I’m sorry you feel my answer was condescending. Given your list of symptoms your 14 year old dog was suffering it would have been misguided for anyone on this forum to give you advice on causation and cure.
    I’m with you on vets at times causing more problems with strong meds that at times are overkill and cause more harm then good. My dog has loose stool, I don’t run to vet for pills to cure. I look into their diet. I didn’t possibly phrase the question regarding supplements correctly. I was questioning actually the supplements and the reason for them. Just because they are “supplements” it does not mean they do not come without side effects which may effect each dog differently. So possibly I was thinking maybe a new supplement might be causing all those symptoms. https://www.parakeethome.com/dog-vitamins-side-effects/
    If you read someone else write all these worrying symptoms in an elderly dog I believe you would be alarmed that this dog can be on a downward spiral and also is suffering.
    You wrote: my 14 year old dachshund named Dalilah had puffy upper lip folds. They were both equally visibly puffy.
    That same night, she was frantically walking around whining and excessively licking the carpet.
    The face puffiness is gone and the carpet licking has stopped, however, for the past day or 2 since this happened, she has been lethargic, and also very nervous and scared. If I touch her with the slightest pressure, she yelps loudly and nips at me.
    She also has bouts of quick labored breathing and what appears to be disorientation.
    Sorry again for not reading about the cash part. Just stood out that symptoms seemed very serious and I felt for your dog especially since my Doxie Pookie who lived to 17 years still is a legend around our home for his antics.
    Very happy to hear your pup is herself again.

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 4 weeks ago by Patricia A.
    in reply to: Stumped about my dachshund?? #172476 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    “She also has bouts of quick labored breathing and what appears to be disorientation.”
    Sorry, but a responsible owner would take their very elderly dog to the vet with these symptoms. Please don’t let her suffer. This could be heart related.
    Face puffiness, yes could be an allergy or got stung. Acting scared could be in pain or the side effect of the sting ? But you wrote that has cleared up. Carpet licking could be dropped food? No cleaners on carpet that could have caused lip swelling?
    Hope you had time to bring your Doxie to the vet by now. Also why all of these supplements? Any one of these can cause side effects.

    in reply to: Ongoing diarrhea nightmare #172387 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Maybe stick to one food without the lamb or beef. Might be too high in fat. Stick with ONLY the food and no other supplements. Any change in food will give diarrhea for mine. So maybe just boiled white meat chicken with skin cut off before boiling and some white rice. Mix in a high quality kibble with only a few kibbles in bowl to get used to. Mine do well with Stella Chewy’s grain free chicken with no stomach problems. Or look here on DFA for 5* proteins/flavors/brands because I believe those are lower in fat. But I think key at least for mine is give new kibble a chance for her digestive system to get used to so you don’t start over and switch again thinking it’s the food each time . This way you can get up to a full bowl in maybe a week or so and if diarrhea again then start process over until find one that agrees with him.
    Hope this helps for your pup.

    in reply to: Need help with a picky eater. #172274 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    My elderly mom has recently moved into our home after my dad passed. I have two Chihuahuas’ and now three with her Chihuahua Sophie. We lived close by and I would be going over to walk her dog and with meals before moving in. Her dog came to use overweight, however refused to eat from bowl. She would stand at table and bark and scratch leg for our food. Then I would see my mom feeding her from her plate. Having the start of dementia she did not remember request to PLEASE do not feed from plate because she is not eating her dog food from bowl because so used to being fed all day .
    My two get a little hard boiled egg in morning. Dinner is various brands of freeze dried in different proteins/flavors they got introduced to SLOWLY. This being primal, Stella Chewy’s and Bixbi Rawbble and Open Farm for a snack of one or two little round nugget. Also just introduced Small Batch Beef which they love. Always moistened with a little warm water and a little Stella Chewy’s Grain free Chicken kibble on top. In between they get boiled chicken , string beans, carrots. Boiled salmon or if they are lucky some lean steak when we have.
    Well I made SURE to watch my mom carefully not to give dog her scrambled egg , toast, pizza etc. from her plate. If she didn’t want her very tasty and nutritional I give to my two then I would take away bowl. After doing this for a few days she now got out of the habit of thinking she rather eat my moms food and now eats her own and enjoys it. Her stools are better and she is losing weight from all constant feeding she was getting all day from her.
    So please NO in-between from your husband. Stick to what you were giving her if her stools are good and no stomach upset. She will start to enjoy her meals if knows holding out for bits of husbands dinner. As I wrote, same exact scenario with Sophie and problem solved if you stick to it. Introduce slowly if you give other flavors of freeze dried also. They all LOVE Primal Turkey/Sardine by the way .
    Hope this helps.

    Patricia A
    Participant

    Get her off the flea/tick . Make sure there is no cleaners on floors or carpets that could cause reaction. Go natural. Wash body/paws if you do pesticides on your lawn after applying. Next SLOWLY, SLOWLY change her food. A little boiled chicken and string beans maybe mixed in with VERY LITTLE of a new kibble until she gets used to.
    Give oatmeal/aloe shampoo baths with no PERFUMES/scents added to soothe skin.
    Hope she feels better.

    in reply to: Suggested Raw Dog Food Menus? #172067 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    With some dogs prone to pancreatitis it’s necessary to watch the amount of fat in hamburger meat. Better to go with lean.

    in reply to: Masticatory Muscle Myositis #172040 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Liz I’m so sorry if she has this disease because from what I read it will be very painful. This usually presents itself at a young age. (The condition occurs in males and females, with an average age of onset of 3 years, though puppies as young as 4 months have been affected. Fortunately, if MMM is diagnosed early, dogs can be treated to increase the likelihood of a full recovery. Research of this disease at the University of California-San Diego led to the development of a blood test in 2004 that detects the presence of 2M antibodies and accurately identifies affected dogs.)
    Does she fall into this age group? Also mostly effects jaw but you said jaw is not as bad. It causes extreme pain when trying to eat?
    Was allergies and dental issues ruled out? I know scented candles or even bedding or carpet cleaners can be extremely toxic to dogs and exhibit severe allergic reactions.
    Keep updating and hope she ends up not being diagnosed with this.

    in reply to: Wet food recommendations for a fussy eater? #171832 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Just be careful of feeding nuts to a dog prone to pancreatitis. A lot of fat in most nuts.
    Nuts Have High Fat Content That Can Cause Pancreatitis
    Symptoms can include decreased or no appetite, vomiting, lethargy, and sometimes diarrhea. Some breeds, like Schnauzers, are prone to this condition, and a high-fat diet in sensitive dogs can sometimes trigger the irritation.
    Could try to add in diet VERY SLOWLY freeze dried food. I prefer Primal. Turkey/Sardine being their favorite. Just add some warm water to rehydrate and it becomes a nutritional meal that most dogs love.

    Patricia A
    Participant

    Elihu L so happy for you and especially your pup that you found relief for him. Would always like to look hard into alternative solutions before meds. Especially the antacid route. I don’t know if it works the same for dogs but I had gastritis and was given antacids. The more I took the worse I felt. Finally stopped taking and watched my diet and stress. Mentioned to my primary doctor and he said got to be very careful with antacids since there is a rebound effect. https://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/news/20090702/stopping-ppis-causes-acid-reflux-symptoms
    Like any medication, whether it be for us humans or our pets, there are side effects. Again, hope your pups disgestion discomfort is over for good.

    Patricia A
    Participant

    Ryan glad to hear you found causation of those gulping attacks. Also good article on reflux. Raising dogs food bowls. Also maybe less big meals and more smaller ones a fewer times a day. https://familypet.com/how-can-i-prevent-my-dog-from-getting-acid-reflux/

    Patricia A
    Participant

    I agree with cG. I use non scent, perfume free detergent. Even cleansers on flooring or rug can cause reaction. Those scented plug in are horrible to be breathing in all day.

    in reply to: Does anyone have a dog with Pancreatitis.. #168296 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Make sure you give small meals a few times a day as not to have an empty stomach. Also it’s very hard on a dogs stomach to keep switching foods. I believe there has been several studies which state allergy testing for digestive disturbances are a waste of time. https://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/adverse-food-reactions-february-2019/ Just like people you will know if when you feed your dog a certain food and he vomits or has diarrhea. You just have to isolate what food you gave is the culprit. For instance I can give my dog a raw carrot for first time and also the next day maybe a piece of boiled plane salmon from my meal. Then my dog throws up or has diarrhea several hours later or next day. So which is the culprit ? Try again with just the raw carrot and if same thing happens you know dog has digestive disturbance from carrot and I will not feed again. So make sure you start any new food VERY, VERY, VERY slowly and not feed anything else. If after a few days she has upset then the food is not for her. Don’t want to be an endorsement for any particular brand but when I do feed kibble I give Stella chewys raw coated chicken grain free. Reason for this is because there were so many on their f/b forum that had dogs with sensitive stomachs and their dogs do very well on this kibble. AGAin VERY slow change over. Even three kibbles at a time a day and see how she does when introducing a new food.

    in reply to: Dogs won’t eat. Pls help #167931 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Jude you’re welcome. Been through everything you’re going through. Yes..it was EXHAUSTING. But you’re doing the best you can for your dog you love and needs you now. So did I so I can sleep knowing that we were trying our hardest to make her comfortable and keep her going as long as she can without any suffering.
    I laughed when you wrote “Have to keep some on my nightstand for her. Isn’t that crazy?” Yes and so is my husband and I making believe we’re eating her food and going om om om om mmmm so she would then eat. lol “This is getting ridiculous” lol our exact words then too.
    Try a little scrambled egg Jude. Hannah seemed to eat that for a longer stretch. Thoughts with you and glad I helped by at least relating.

    in reply to: Need wet dog food without chicken, but WITH grain #166887 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Clair have you looked into Freeze dried food. Many brands with single proteins. Also no need to look for grain in food if enough meat protein and nutritional ingredients are in the food naturally. Freeze dried is rehydrated to a soft consistently with warm water. Just look on top of DFA “BEST DOG FOOD” and select raw. I always stick to 5* reviews. Primal, Stella Chewy, Small batch, Bixbi Rawbbles, Open Farm are to name a few. Just go SLOWLY when transitioning. VERY Slowly. Good luck hope this helps. Also forgot to say most use HPP process as a kill process to kill bacteria in food. Still keeps the nutrients in food unlike kibble or canned..

    • This reply was modified 10 months, 3 weeks ago by Patricia A.
    in reply to: Dogs won’t eat. Pls help #165983 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Jude with the 19 year old I could relate not eating. My 17 year old Chihuahua who was put to rest had Mitral Valve disease . Was active and fine the year before and enjoyed her food. This being only Uhh Fromm kibble. My journey of her not eating that anymore led me to several different canned food. No luck with that either for her. I started to cook everything for her. One day she would eat boiled chicken and the next not. Shredded steak then would walk away. I was virtually at her all day just getting some nutrition in her. Oatmeal, eggs, salmon etc. Also would have to hide her heart pill in food. She would taste pill and spit out. Got to the point I thought I found the trick with a ltttle ice cream with pill smashed up in it. That didn’t last either. So many reasons I’m sure your 19 year old is not eating as she did.
    My journey with Hannah opened my mind to nutrition for my other two dogs. That led me to freeze dried. Wasn’t ready to give up kibble so switched to Stella chewy’s which I trust to be very good for a kibble. But researched the best freeze dried along with a small portion of kibble and also home cooked.
    With your 3 year old what was she eating before you fed fresh frozen? Maybe just not appealing to her. Does she even try to taste it and then turn away. If she doesn’t even do that then leave out a bit and refrigerate and try again later. If healthy she’ll eat eventually.
    I feed my 11 year old Chihuahua ( she lover all food) and my 5 year old freeze dried. Doesn’t break the bank since they are small. Also home cooked that we eat when appropriate. They always get pieces of boiled egg in morning for breakfast. I also stretch the freeze dried with Stella chewys raw coated chicken kibble grain free. Most picky dogs LOVE their food. So I rated with Primal freeze dried. Only 5* ratings for the lower fat. Also Stella chewys freeze dried patties 5* proteins/flavor also. They also love Bixbi Rawwble and Open farm freeze dried. I give this as treats.
    So all of these were introduced VERY, VERY, VERY slowly. They both gobble up their freeze dried soaked in a little warm water to hydrate and a little Stella’s kibble.
    My trick with my pickle 5 year old was to put down and take away. She knew I meant business and ate her much better quality food then just kibble. Now she drools before I put bowl down.As I said kibble is a VERY small portion of their diet but they just love the Stella’s so I still give a little mixed in. I like variety. All healthy blood work also. Hope this helps.

    • This reply was modified 11 months, 1 week ago by Patricia A.
    in reply to: Do small dogs need 3 meals a day #165493 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Stephanie no expert but I believe the avoidance of copper is only for dogs with liver shunts. More common in Yorkies. This is some of the symptoms you can be on the look out for and let your vet know of your concerns. This way he/she can alleviate your fears. So sorry to hear of your Shepherd’s passing. You’re being proactive in your Yorkies health. So just relax and enjoy your new puppy. . http://www.yorkiesunited.com/liver-shunts-portosystemic.html

    • This reply was modified 11 months, 1 week ago by Patricia A.
    in reply to: Do small dogs need 3 meals a day #165302 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Stephanie Yorkie puppies are very prone to hypoglycemia episodes. Please feed small meals several times a day. https://www.yorkiepassion.com/what-is-yorkie-hypoglycemia/

    Patricia A
    Participant

    BellaBea if you require a food that is limited ingredients and grain free dry there are many. One example is Open Farm. Here is a link which lets you look at chart to pick one for your dogs needs. I believe their Salmon is grain free/chicken free. https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0016/2509/6305/files/highlights-premium-nutrition-dietary-sensitivities-chart.pdf?152945
    I also suggest Stella Chewy’s grain free limited ingredients or Natures Logic. You also can’t go wrong with store brought raw or freeze dried for convenience. You pick the protein and contains no peas or extra fillers or grains. To name a few there’s Primal, Open Farm, Vital Essentials, Small Batch, Bixbi Rawwbles. All 5* reviews. Just make sure ANY new food is introduced VERY, VERY, VERY slowly.

    in reply to: Vomiting #164913 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Mary when i read your post this part really stuck out for me. .(. Well now, 2 1/2 years later, we had episodes of vomiting. ( this giy eats so much junk in our yard..rabbit poo for on..as Im right there with him..he finds it..hes tiny and low to the ground and finds whatever..before I can grab him).
    It sounds too easy, but is it possible that his foraging habits are at least contributing to his gastro distress ? My one will eat anything off the ground in the backyard. Whether from birds dropping food, found her scraping up kibble that I imagine a squirrel got and buried from strays being fed outside etc. Got her out of the habit of eating her own pooh. These habits would always cause vomiting and diarrhea. I keep a close eye on her in our backyard now.
    Maybe a walk instead of letting giving her even a chance to eat from the ground. See if that makes any difference in her gastro distress.

    • This reply was modified 1 year ago by Patricia A.
    in reply to: High Alt levels #164889 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Hi..Diane has your vet ruled out what possibly is causing these high ALT”s from puppyhood? Glad to hear ultrasound is normal . Below are some common causes of the high ALT levels. ALT is an enzyme that may be released with any source of damage to the liver. Blunt trauma, anaphylactic reaction, systemic illness such as thyroid disorders, and other problems that have nothing to do with the liver can cause an elevation of ALT in the blood. Just because ALT is elevated doesn’t mean the liver is failing, however. This result is interpreted in conjunction with clinical signs and other bloodwork and imaging changes.
    Increased ALT

    Common Causes
    • Inflammatory
    o Infectious causes
     Bacterial cholangiohepatitis
     Leptospirosis
     Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP)  Histoplasmosis
     Infectious canine hepatitis
    o Noninfectious causes

     Chronic hepatitis
     Cirrhosis
     Pancreatitis
    • Toxic
    o NSAIDS
    o Phenobarbital
    o Corticosteroids
    o Methimazole/carbimazole
    • Liver hypoxia or hypoperfusion o Anemia
    o Congestive heart failure
    o Shock
    • Metabolic disorders
    o Hyperthyroidism (cats)
    o Hepatic lipidosis (cats)
    o Cushing’s disease
    o Diabetes mellitus/diabetic ketoacidosis
    • Neoplasia
    • Trauma
    Generated by VetConnect® PLUS: Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) Page 1 of 3

    Uncommon Causes
    • Portosystemic shunts (usually mild elevations if any)
    • Toxic
    o Mushroom
    o Sago palm
    o Aflatoxin
    o Ragwort (horses) o Xylitol
    o Tetracycyline
    o Idiosyncratic drug reactions
    • Inherited
    o Copper storage disease (certain dog breeds, but particularly severe in Bedlington Terriers)
    o Lysosomal storage disorders
    • Severe skeletal myopathy, usually mild to moderate increases
    • Nutritional hepatopathies
    • Gastroenteritis
    Related Findings
    • Inflammatory
    o Increased AST, ALP, GGT, total bilirubin
    o Decreased albumin, cholesterol, glucose, BUN in severe cases
    o Increased bile acids and ammonia
    o Positive titers or PCR for leptospirosis, feline coronavirus (FIP), histoplasmosis o Positive bacterial or fungal culture of liver/bile
    o Histopathology/cytology findings consistent with inflammatory hepatic diseases o Increased Spec cPL® or Spec fPL® with pancreatitis
    • Metabolic
    o Hyperthyroidism
     Increased T4, free T4, free T4 by equilibrium dialysis
    o Hepatic Lipidosis
     Increased ALP
     GGT usually normal unless concurrent inflammatory disease is present  Enlarged liver on radiographs, hyperechoic liver on ultrasound
     Cytology/histopathology consistent with hepatic lipidosis
    o Cushing’s Disease
     Increased ALP
     Decreased urine specific gravity
     Stress leukogram: increased neutrophils and monocytes, decreased lymphocytes and/or eosinophils  Adrenal function tests consistent with Cushing’s disease
    o Diabetes Mellitus
     Increased serum glucose and glucosuria  Increased fructosamine
     Ketonuria (in severe cases)
    • Neoplasia
    o Enlarged/irregular liver on radiographs and/or ultrasound o Cytology/histopathology findings consistent with neoplasia

    • This reply was modified 1 year ago by Patricia A.
    • This reply was modified 1 year ago by Patricia A.
    in reply to: Dog Continuous Diarrhea #164798 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Sound like a good starter plan Subby. With any luck it was only the treats that were disagreeing with her. So stools firm up and none of those treats. Then slowly introducing the kibble back maybe even starting with just two on top of her chicken/rice. Then four etc. No reason even to stop the chicken at times even if the kibble is agreeing with her. I often feed pieces of hard boiled egg to mine also. Don’t think that would disagree with most dogs and the white of the egg is another source of good protein. Just first make sure introducing the egg when no diarrhea for awhile so it’s easy to tell the foods that doesn’t work with her.
    Maybe, with time you can introduce another treat. I use freeze dried in open Farm or Bixbi. Their just little nuggets in different protein. Also had luck with feeding these even to my one that tends toward sensitive stomach. Just one though to see how she does. Even a string bean could be a nutritious treat as an answer to a question below. .
    (Yes, your dog can eat green beans. Plain, unseasoned green beans can be a healthy addition to supplement your dog’s diet. Just remember: all dogs react differently to each and every food. Moderation is key here to avoid gas or diarrhea.) I myself give canned. My one doesn’t digest the raw . The other like raw carrots though.
    UHHH I!! know how she feels. Just figured out that I can continue eating Japanese food. It wasn’t the rolls but the the salad dressing they used that was doing me in. lol Keep me updated and fingers crossed no more tummy trouble.

    • This reply was modified 1 year ago by Patricia A.
    in reply to: Dog Continuous Diarrhea #164794 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Subby so sorry your going through this with your pup. First off from experience I know my two will get diarrhea with any food too high in fat. This would include DARK meat chicken. Only boiled white meat breasts is what I can feed. Also , I had a pooh eater. Never failed to give her diarrhea. After weeks of making sure I was right there to pooper scoop hers or my other ones pooh to the pail and a stern yell of her name she no longer has that habit thus stopping the diarrhea. So make sure she is not eating her own pooh.
    Now don’t believe a diet strictly of chicken/rice is given her proper nutrition in the long run. As long as your vet says there is no problem such as IBD then it’s going to be a painstaking task of finding a food that agrees with her.
    I believe the trouble begins when any food introduced is not VERY SLOWLY introduced. Then the diarrhea and thinking it’s not agreeing your switching AGAIN and it’s a vicious cycle then.
    Don’t know if possibly the kibble you gave wasn’t agreeing with her? So as long as you have stopped kibble you can SLOWLY,, being a two kibble at a time each day introduce a new brand? Kibble is only a VERY small portion of my dogs’ diet. I feed freeze dried and home cooked . However, again those low in fat. My dogs’ do very well with Stella Chewy’s kibble in chicken grain free. Freeze dried is what DFA rates as 5* because lower in fat. This works for my two. But again..introduced VERY, VERY, VERY slowly. Mine two did have loose stool for the first few days but gave it a chance and now doing great with their diet. Hope this helps a little.

    • This reply was modified 1 year ago by Patricia A.
    in reply to: Dog Food for Cane Corso #164668 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Steve I know that in some dogs too much fat in a diet can cause pancreatitis. When given a little chop meat that was not lean or even dark meat chicken my two would get IBS symptoms of diarrhea . I don’t know if your vet said that the bloat could be caused by fat in diet. However, these are some of the possible causes of bloat.
    Causes
    Vets aren’t sure what causes bloat, but there are some things that raise a dog’s risk for it, including

    Having one large meal a day
    Eating quickly
    A lot of running or playing after they eat
    Other dogs they are related to have had bloat
    Eating or drinking too much
    Stress
    To avoid bloat, be mindful of your dog’s eating habits. Dogs that gulp their food should not receive large meals or large quantities of water all at once. Instead, let them have smaller meals more frequently and small drinks of water more frequently. Large dogs will benefit from eating their food from a raised bowl because they will ingest less air when eating. Make sure your dog is kept quiet after they eat so have time to digest before running and playing. Below is a good article on burping dogs also. Hope this helps a little.
    https://www.petful.com/pet-health/why-does-my-dog-burp-so-much/

    • This reply was modified 1 year ago by Patricia A.
    • This reply was modified 1 year ago by Patricia A.
    in reply to: Alternate commercial raw and freeze-dried? #164469 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    . I feed Primal Freeze dried. Believe more expensive then the raw however I have Chihuahuas’ so doesn’t break the bank. I also add at times some kibble. That being Stella Chewy’s with freeze dried pieces. The kibble is a VERY small part of their diet. My two are also fed boiled chicken, salmon, lean steak, watermelon, string beans, carrots, pieces of apple, plain yogur etc. and 1/4 of a hard boiled egg for breakfast.
    You can try the Primal freeze dried in the different flavors/proteins. Mine does well with the duck, chicken, rabbit, and they LOVE the turkey/Sardine. The DFA rates all these proteins 5*. I use Stella chewys also in freeze dried being chicken, venison blend. Just needs to be hydrated with some warm water .
    So sounds like you have a good plan to me Maria. Just go slow with introduction so he’s used to it by the time it’s necessary to feed.

    in reply to: Is this good food? Nature’s Protection brand. #164402 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    I’m always looking out for a quality food to add in rotation with my dogs’. Although kibble is only a VERY small part of their diet it does stretch the freeze dried they eat as their main meal. All kibble is so processed that feel your starting out with a negative with the best of them. This is all I found on DFA regarding this kibble. https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/natures-protection-superior-care-whitedog/

    in reply to: Is this site still relevant? #164322 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Ken I still trust the DFA as a trustworthy and informative site that helps me tremendously in choosing nutrition for my dogs’. I note the ingredients that are highlighted in red in the ingredient list. This indicates that they are possibly not the most desirable to be included in a dog’s diet . At times I did research further and consensus was right on with what the DFA had noted as potential problematic ingredients when trying to feed the healthiest diet possible.

    Even us humans have been told what was good for us one year was now considered not so good and visa versa. . Was told for so long that egg yolks were full of cholesterol and not heart healthy at all. New Harvard research shows that Since then, however, research has shown that “most of the cholesterol in our body is made by our liver-it doesn’t come from cholesterol we eat. The liver is stimulated to make cholesterol primarily by saturated fat and trans fat in our diet, not dietary cholesterol. But a large egg contains little saturated fat-about 1.5 grams (g). And research has confirmed that eggs also contain many healthy nutrients: lutein and zeaxanthin, which are good for the eyes; choline, which is good for the brain and nerves; and various vitamins (A, B, and D). In fact, just one large egg contains 270 international units (IU) of vitamin A and 41 IU of vitamin D. One large egg also contains about 6 g of protein and 72 calories.”. Sorry for that dry tidbit about an egg. But confident in the DFA analysis because he also is keeping up with the constant changing nutritional research for our pets as he posted with the change of the corn gluten as a past negative ingredient.

    Also appreciate keeping me informed and up-to-date with all the dog food recalls. Gives me a chance to keep a track record of the company . Can’t beat all I’ve learned from the DFA facebook page also. Everything to dangerous/poisonous foods to not give your pet, deceptive ingredient splitting, what chelated ingredients in food means, why feeding low fat dog food might be a bad idea for weight loss etc. Before finding DFA I never knew there was so much to learn regarding dog food because I never even knew the questions to ask. So this has been a very educational site for me.

    I also enjoy reading posts from others and truly appreciate their suggestions to my pet questions. Hopefully I have also been a help to someone on this board from my experiences in suggesting a food that their dog ended up doing well on.
    So with that being said I for one am grateful for this site.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 1 month ago by Patricia A.
    • This reply was modified 1 year, 1 month ago by Patricia A.
    Patricia A
    Participant

    I believe your thinking of Susan Thixton (Truth behind Pet Food). She writes up a list of her top picks and reviews of dog food that she would feed her own dog. List mostly consists of organic, raw and freeze dried dog and cat foods. Believe she visits facilities also. There is a small fee for list for the year.

    in reply to: Where do we stand on peas now? #162817 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    I agree with pugmomsan. I switch between brands, flavors, proteins. This should be done VERY SLOWLY . If using kibble just start with the new brand being added to old brand with a few mixed in for several weeks. I NEVER only give kibble. Not the best diet for life for a dog. You can add a little prepared freeze dried or raw again with rotating brands and proteins SLOWLY introducing. Also REAL cooked food when appropriate. I sound like a broken record but I think most people now know that lean beef, lean steak, salmon, string beans, watermelon, plain yogurt, boiled plain chicken etc. added to kibble at times is the best diet at least for my two.

    in reply to: Meat Meal #162466 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    John I have Chihuahuas. Freeze Dried is kind of expensive to feed even with them being small. So I supplement with the kibble and give less of the freeze dried to make up their calorie/nutritional needs. Also as I posted they get home cooked as a topper to a little kibble. This being boiled white meat chicken, boiled salmon, string beans(low salt), carrots, watermelon, sweet potatoes, lean steak, boiled 1/8 of hard boiled egg in morning. This is easily done since it’s just what we’re having for dinner that day.
    So there are many freeze dried brands. I stick to Primal and Stella Chewy’s. Bixbi Rawbbles freeze dried are given for treats and Open Farm freeze dried. I hear Dogs for the Earth is a very good brand also and Vital Essentials(believe this one follows a prey model with no added vitamins. Just what’s in the food for nutrition. )
    I got them VERY, VERY, VERY slowly used to Primal in different proteins/flavors. I use the lower fat ones which I believe is the ones DFA rated as 5*’s. So Rabbit, Turkey/Salmon, Duck.
    Stella Chewy’s I feed their Venison Blend,.
    I just mix it up everyday. Never had a problem with their digestion and all blood work great. They LOVE the food.
    I use Open Farm grain free and switch between with Stella Chewy’s raw coated chicken kibble. Just a little again to stretch the freeze dried .
    If you have a larger breed dog it would be more cost saving to get the same in the raw. Most go through HPP process to get rid of salmonella/bacteria. True raw advocates don’t like this step but it’s fine with me. https://primalpetfoods.com/pages/canine-balanced-bases https://www.stellaandchewys.com/dog-food/

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by Patricia A.
    in reply to: Consistent Soft Stool & Ear/yeast infection #162396 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Isabella which protein/flavor Primal Nuggets do you feed. Some are higher in fat which might cause the looser stool. Try the rabbit or Turkey/Salmon which are I believe lower in fat. Also You may need to have a veterinarian shave or clip your dog if her hot spot is especially painful.) Clean the affected area with warm water, and gently pat dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Apply a small amount of an over-the-counter hydrocortisone ointment to stop itching and aid healing.
    Try to keep her from scratching and which causes the viscous cycle of hot spots. Maybe a bully stick to chew.
    Hope this might help .

    in reply to: Meat Meal #162395 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    My thoughts are that your dog is getting very poor nutrition with “meal” listed as the ingredient on kibble. Kibble is already not the best diet for a dog. I supplement with a high quality kibble in VERY small portions but always with REAL food and freeze dried. Kibble was made for the convenience of feeding NOT for the best diet for an animal.
    Article from DFA on meat meal.
    https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/dog-food-meat-content/

    in reply to: Information Please #162222 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    leamlass I’m not sure how big a dog you have since freezer dried is somewhat expensive. I have Chihuahuas’ so it doesn’t break the bank. However, I stretch the freeze dried by giving small amounts of kibble to make up for the caloric requirements. Other times I will give small amount of kibble with home cooked. That being boiled white meat chicken, boiled egg in morning some lean steak, lean very low chop meat (90% fat free), boiled salmon, string beans, carrots, watermelon etc. These all agree with my dogs in small quantities and really are real food that they should be eating.
    So I got my two SLOWLY used to different brands and different proteins. Again VERY SLOWLY one at a time for a few weeks . They lick their bowls.
    These are the brands that they do well with and are in supply at my local Pet Supply store. I stick with the ones the DFA advisor gives the 5* . They are a little lower in fat. They are all freeze dried. However the frozen would be more cost saving..
    PRIMAL Turkey/Sardine, Rabbit, Duck
    Stella Chewy’s Chicken(I give home cooked so don’t use too much), Rabbit, Venison Blend
    I also give freeze dried treats in Bixbi and Open Farm treats freeze dried.
    I alternate with Stella Chewy’s raw coated kibble and Open Farm grain free kibble.
    Always looking for freeze dried to add to my rotation but mine do very well with good checkups and no tummy upset with these brands. Hope this helps.

    in reply to: Senior Chihuahua with bloody, green, thick mucus #162077 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Taylor I am SO VERY sorry for your loss . My heart goes out to you. There was NOTHING that you could have done differently.I lost my dog to a vets misdiagnosis and know the pain and frustration.
    You did the right thing to not prolong her suffering. Nothing can stop the tears but just remember how much love you gave her and that she had the perfect person to have as her owner. Nothing stops the tears.
    Again I am SO sorry to hear this. Prayers for you and your much loved pup.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by Patricia A.
    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by Patricia A.
    in reply to: Food for white dogs #162076 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Hi ipek.Don’t know if a switch in food would at all be helpful unless your shih tzu has other issues with the food you are currently feeding other then the stains. However, I did this on DFA site with posters opinions on this kibble for what it’s worth. https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/natures-protection-superior-care-whitedog/
    https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/natures-protection-superior-care-whitedog/
    As long as a vet has given a clean bill of health with especially tooth decay, then hope this article can be of help to you and your fur baby.
    Tear stains are usually caused by dye molecules called porphyrins. Porphyrins are iron-containing molecules, produced when the body breaks down red blood cells. Porphyrins are excreted primarily through bile and the intestinal tract, but in dogs a significant amount of porphyrin is excreted through tears, saliva and also urine.

    When porphyrin containing tears or saliva sits on white fur for any length of time, stains result. These iron-related stains intensify/darken in the presence of sunlight.

    All dogs produce porphyrin, but of course porphyrin staining is most noticeable on light colored dogs. If you have ever noticed a white dog who has been licking or chewing on his leg, the hair in that area will turn iron-brown in color as well.

    Primarily, then, most tear stains in most dogs can be simply prevented by keeping the face meticulously free of porphyrin-containing tears. That means keeping the face hair trimmed, and wiping the face at least twice daily with a slightly damp wash cloth, to dilute out and wash away the tears.

    Or, if you want to get really fancy, cleaning under the eyes with ordinary contact lens cleaning solution (containing dilute boric acid, that oxidizes the iron in the porphyrins and lightens the color) will help keep things neat and tidy.

    in reply to: Senior Chihuahua with bloody, green, thick mucus #161293 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Taylor your dog is blessed to have you as her owner. You’re doing everything you can.

    You mentioned dental work for tooth decay. Can you please mention this to your vet and see if this fits her symptoms. I came across tons of posts with the unilateral discharge with tooth decay and treatment. ORAL FISTULA and it does fit her symptoms.
    https://www.veterinarydentalcenter.com/oral-conditions/infection-inflammation/oronasal-fistula/

    An oronasal fistula is an opening or communication between the oral and nasal cavity. This occurs secondary to periodontal disease or loss of any maxillary (upper) teeth, most commonly the canine tooth. Signs of this condition include sneezing, nasal discharge, and bad breath odor.

    Oronasal fistula needs to be evaluated with dental x-rays for impacted tooth/root structures. Surgical repair is accomplished with a gingival flap, debridement of the site, preservation of blood supply to the flap and tension-free closure of the site for good healing.
    written on one of many forums Typically oronasal fistulas are repaired once the local infection has cleared, some of the tissue has healed, and some granulation (scar) tissue has had time to fill in. Some (smaller) ones will self-correct (fill in with granulation tissue on their own). Typically except with HUGE ones, you can’t see up into the nasal cavity, rather they are detected by chronic nasal discharge, small amounts of food or debris reaching the nostrils, etc. Because they are located above (ahead of) the pharynx, having an oronasal fistula is not typically much of a risk for creating aspiration. So, talk to your vet, have it evaluated, and have it repaired at the appropriate time. Like so many things, this is one procedure where you would want to ask your vet very directly what their success rate is in fixing them, and possibly ask for a referral. Performing the surgical flaps that allow these to close correctly is not difficult, but it is often outside the range of training of the average vet. The rate of surgical failure if very high if you don’t know exactly what you are doing. Good luck.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by Patricia A.
    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by Patricia A.
    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by Patricia A.
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Taylor I’m so sorry that after all treatments and test she still has these health issues. You wrote that her discharge is unilateral. I would think this is very telling to the vet. All those antibiotics and still no relief. Don’t know why when the vet couldn’t do the rhinoscopy he prescribed even MORE instead of going right to CT scan which hopefully give the true cause of her suffering and finally correct treatment.
    This is a long shot but has anything changed in the way of detergents , air fresheners or scented candles in the home. I know many dogs have severe symptoms from the plug in diffuses. When did her symptoms start. Could it be an allergic reaction to one of the common allergies outside at this time of year? But again, I’m thinking you said discharge is only one side of nose and I would think that if it were an allergy or infection it would be bilateral.
    Please post when you get results of CT scan.I hope a reason and hence treatment.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by Patricia A.
    in reply to: Small breed or Senior #160786 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    Melissa I don’t believe there is a difference in ingredients if a brand says small breed. It is probably just the size of the kibble and nothing should be different in the same flavor/protein of the same brand which doesn’t have small breed on the label. Large breed puppy food I believe would be an exception since large breed puppies have very different nutritional needs then non large breed puppies.
    When it comes to senior foods I don’t believe it’s necessary to switch foods. It depends on you dog as stated in this article. If you have a vet check with blood work and your dogs are in good health then no reason to switch their food. Also there is nothing wrong with giving your senior dogs some REAL food at times. That being boiled white meat chicken, string beans, lean steak , watermelon . I’m sure they will enjoy this at their age. Hopes this helps.
    Manufacturers “might be increasing protein, decreasing protein or keeping it the same,” Freeman said. “That emphasizes to us to look at the individual animal, and not all aging animals need a different diet. It’s much, much more important to look at individual dogs.”
    Respondents tended to assume that senior dog foods were lower in calories, yet this actually varied from 246 to 408 calories a cup. Not all dogs gain weight as they age, some gain weight and some stay the same, Freeman said. Survey respondents also tended to assume that senior diets had less fat, protein and sodium. But, this was also not necessarily the case, with much variation among individual petfood brands, Freeman found.

    “The study highlights the diversity among dogs and, consequently, dog food products. Each dog is unique and has distinct needs,” said Kurt Gallagher, a spokesman for the Pet Food Institute.”Attaining senior status depends on several factors, including the breed and weight of the dog. The differing nutritional needs of dogs are exemplified by the variance in the amount of protein senior dogs should consume.”

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by Patricia A.
    in reply to: Switching to Raw — need advice:) #160659 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    I would prefer to have protein twice as much as the fat also Aimee.I am doing just what you suggested regarding the kcal/kg. I actually wrote all the flavors down on paper of the three different brands I rotate with .I put the Kcal in order of lowest to highest. I always have a few different protein/flavors and brands to rotate with. For their snack they get one freeze dried piece of either Open Farm or Bixbi So when my two are more active being I take them for a longer walk, I don’t mind giving the the one higher in the calories because they love those flavors. I notice a BIG difference between Stella and Chewy’s Kcal vs Primal in the same protein also. My one that tends to get chubby is given more of the Primal in the lower kcals. But really their diet is varied with home cooked when appropriate also. Had their checkup recently and they got a clean bill of health with the blood work. So, so far so good.
    Thank you so much Aimee for posting. You give me a much better understanding of how to look between the lines when reading labels. I’m going to use the dot.com site . Thank you again Aimee.

    in reply to: Switching to Raw — need advice:) #160557 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    You’re welcome Madison.
    Aimee you’re so knowledgable with understanding the ratio breakdowns. I wish companies would make it easier and give real amount and not min/max. I get a little ptsd with even looking at a label. I went to Catholic school in the 60’s and if you didn’t get your math right you’d get the dreaded “paddle”. lol
    Is my understanding of the star ratings correct. Being that if I pick the Primal Freeze dried in a protein/flavor rated 5* it would be higher in protein then fat? When I fed the lower stars (2.5) they always got lose stool. So it made sense to me. The DFA also clarifies at the bottom of his breakdown/reviews for the brand as a whole.
    So, yes I see that some of the freeze dried in Primal are lower star ratings. Hence the review of above fats . However, the ones with the 5* are lower? Uhhh..hope I’m making sense with this probably senseless question. They are doing well on the food but I like to rotate brands somewhat and want to know if I come across in the future I will know if I’m picking one with more meat then fat.
    Below is the overall review for Primal Freeze Dried. Thank’s Aimee for helping me.

    Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to other raw dog foods.

    Even when you consider the mild protein-boosting effect of the alfalfa, this looks like the profile of a raw dog food containing an abundance of meat.

    However, with 64% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 33% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
    Bottom line?
    Primal Freeze-Dried Formula is a grain-free raw dog food using an generous of named meats and organs as its main source of animal protein, thus receiving 5 stars.
    Enthusiastically recommended.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 5 months ago by Patricia A.
    • This reply was modified 1 year, 5 months ago by Patricia A.
    in reply to: Switching to Raw — need advice:) #160422 Report Abuse
    Patricia A
    Participant

    ooops..I just saw the reviews for Vital Essentials. The freeze dried is low in fat. The frozen is above average fat. I understand when the reviews are based on “as a whole” above average in fat since not all their proteins/flavors rate the 5* . However, only one protein/flavor in the Vital Essentials rate as lower then the 5*. So don’t know why “as a whole” the raw would be higher in fat or even know why the freeze dried would be rated differently then their raw in the same protein/flavors. Maybe someone can clear this up for me also.

Viewing 50 posts - 1 through 50 (of 368 total)