Post # 1
I know there are many dog lovers on the bee so I thought someone might have some insight.
Both of my dogs were weaned onto NutroMax and the food has been working great since so we never bothered to make a change. Well my youngest pup just turned a year old and we swicthed her from the puppy verison of Nutro Max to the adults. Since we did this she seems to be having some issues. She doesn’t seem to be able to pass the food the same and in doing the dog scoot (don’t know what else to call it) to itch her behind.
Does anyone have any natural comnmerical dog foods that we could try?
To be honest I don’t know if I can afford the expensive natural diets but was wondering if there was some brand of dog food sold in local pet stores that is concerned a good natural commerical brand. I have two dogs and while I do spend a good amount of time excercising them, and I don’t know with my schedule and our excersise schedule if I would be able to make homemade meals for them every night either.
Post # 3
It might not be the food that’s causing the scoot, might be worms.
What we do is make a huge tub of food for the dogs, throw in chicken and lots of veggies and potatoes and ground egg shells, cook it up and then divy it up into containers. One we usually keep in the fridge for the week and then the others we put in the freezer. Sometimes we mix the homemade food with dry store bought dog food so we don’t have to make it as often. Our older dog snubs his nose at dry only food now, he’ll eat it but then when he gets our homemade concoction he gets super excited.
Post # 4
Did you slowly change her onto the adult food? Whenever you switch foods, you should do it gradually over the process of 1 or 2 weeks.
I agree w troubled, it is most likely worms. I’d recommend taking her to a vet to get it checked out.
Post # 5
@canthugallcats: Agreed. It sounds as if the switch was to fast (I’d honestly suggest more than 2 weeks to switch) or worms.
We feed Blue Wilderness to our 55 lb Standard Poodle. It’s 100% grain free and the large $40 bag lasts almost 5 weeks.
Post # 6
Also here is a site that compares dog food. I highly recommend checking it out:
NutroMax isn’t that great of a food (2 out of 5 stars), plus its rather expensive for what you’re getting. It doesn’t really have anything healthy in it & has a lot of corn (dogs can’t digest corn well).
I’d go with Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul, Nutro Ultra, Canidae, those are all 4 stars & should be around the same price you’re already paying.
I feed my dog California Natural, but she has allergies to other foods. Its a very high quality food & its simple (good for dogs who have allergies/ digestive issues).
Post # 7
It isn’t worms. She was just recently tested. When we adopted her she had a lot of stomach issues so she was treated for worms back in the spring and as shown in her recent tests, she is clear.
Also we did switch gradually over the period of 2 weeks and it was the same brand so I thought that was okay.
@KLP2010- How do you like it? That was one of the brands that I was thinking about. It’s only about $15 a bag more in our area, so we could definetly handle an increase of only $15 each month. Do you need to mix this dry food with any other wet food or does your dog enjoy it as is?
Post # 8
@serabell- Thanks for the link I am checking it out now. I used NutroMax just because that is what both of my dogs had always been on since they left their mother and both dogs have always been very healthy and it even worked when we were helping Gracie who was a rescue that was abandoned and malnutrioned. But I guess now it’s time to look for a switch.
Post # 9
We have our dog on NutroMax as well.
I wonder if maybe she is backed up? My MIL said sometimes the fluids get back up in the anal SAC. The butt scoot is usually a sign of it.
Post # 10
I don’t know if they ship, but this company makes raw food for both dogs and cats. They also have a FAQ that can help you switch to a raw food diet, and how to do so, even if it isn’t with their brand of raw food. It’s worth checking out!
Post # 11
@Gerbera- Since it didn’t start happening until we switched her food, I was thinking that maybe she is retaining fluid in her anal sacs because of her diet.
Post # 12
@roxy821: Higher protein foods (like the wilderness wild) many times require LESS food in each serving. So you may be giving 3 cups a day of your bag and may only need 1.5 of a better quality food etc… So sometimes the “cost” actually evens out.
We love Wilderness. Kodi loves it too. We don’t have any coat issues or any skin/allergy issues. He is 3 yrs old and has severe hip dysplasia and does really well joint wise too.
The website is a good tool. Wilderness’ review actually says it’s the best food they’ve found thus far 🙂 It must be a little old though because a few months ago it went 100% grain free. ETA: The review on your current food is pretty spot on as far as interpreting the ingredients. Considering the cost it’s a pretty low quality food and I would def. change.
The PP is right, corn is BAD for dogs. Adult formula’s are quite different so it may be that there is so much more grain in the adult formula you pup isn’t handling it well.
Post # 13
Dogs can get food allergies too, so you might want to look at the difference in ingredients b/w the puppy version and adult version and try to avoid the different ingredients in the next brand you choose. She just might have a sensitive tummy.
But even if a dog was recently tested for worms, they only look for active passing of worms and eggs, which happens on a cyclical basis so there’s always a chance of missing it so you might still want to keep an eye on her poo for the next couple of days. Also the anal sacs can become infected causing them to itch their bum so if you see any creamy discharge it’s probably something bacterial.
Post # 14
Tests can do a false positive. I went thru that with my kittens. They de-wormed them, but they had different worms than the de-worming. I ordered a lab test & NOTHING showed in the tests, they came back clear… but I could see worms & the test didn’t show them.
It could be a problem with her glands:
Post # 15
@klp2010- Thanks for the input.
@troubled- I haven’t seen anything in her poop or any worms. Also, there is no discharge when she scoots do you think its a different problem.
Post # 16
Butt dragging is caused be 3 things:
1. dog simply has an itch
2. anal glands need emptied (your groomer or vet can do this for you)
Here’s what to look for choosing a commercial dog food:
- High meat content. Preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Don’t confuse “meal” with “byproducts”. Meal is simply the meat with the water weight removed. So for example, on the ingredient list, “chicken meal” is actually more quantity of chicken than “chicken”.
- Higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal. No wheat or corn.Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, or tapioca. Dogs have zero need for carbs/starches; the only reason it is included in dog food is to hold the kibble peices together. Anything beyond that is just filler.
- No byproducts.
- Minimal fillers (brewers rice, beet pulp, etc).
- No carcinogenic preservatives (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
- No artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
- No added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
- No mystery meats (meats identified only as “meat” or “poultry”.)
Good websites for information on kibble feeding:
I feed my dogs the ultimate natural diet: prey-model raw.
If you want to learn more about raw-feeding,