(Closed) At my wits end with dog food – Vet just put my dog on crap food IMO – help!

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Try Wellness brand… I am switched my Diabetic cat over to wellness and she is doing fabulous, she went from a rough coated shedding mess to smooth shiny and barely shedding at all in like a week (Amazing stuff!). They offer a good line of dog foods as well as cat foods. THe vet brand food is garbage and expensive so yes you are right to consider trying something else. The wellness website is down right now because of the hurricane but you should have a look when its working again.

It can take several weeks for an animal to settle into a new diet, so make sure you switch slowly.

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

Eww, Science Diet.

 

First of all, I think you should join the Dogster forums and ask this there. Full of dog nerds.

 

Secondly, I think this will have to be a trial and error thing. Taste of the Wild is my preferred food.

 

I’ve heard the California Naturals Lamb formula is supposed to be good for dogs with allergies/sensitivities

 

It could be the protein source, but it could be another ingredient entirely.

 

 

You could also feed some rice with the food to make the stools firmer. Probiotics might help as well.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

The vet most likely has a better idea than random people on the internet about what will help you dog right now. And FWIW lots of dogs survive perfectly happy on “crap” dog food. I would suggest doing what the vet suggests you do for your dog. They have the best interest of your pet at heart. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@oracle:  We feed our puppy Fromm. It’s pricey but he has a sensitive stomach as well. I hope your baby feels better soon!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Chicken is the first thing you just eliminate ASAP.  Most dogs are allergic.  I guarantee your problem lays there.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

@chasesgirl:  They also have a deal with a specific food company that they are required to push sales on… There are many excellent types of dog food out there that are not only better then the vet food but cheaper.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

@chasesgirl:  Unfortunately vets usually don’t  get a whole lot on nutrition. Also, they have to cater to the lowest common denominator, so pointing and saying ‘feed this.’ is easier than explaining why an animal can’t have x,y,z ingredients.

 

Oh, and plenty of people survive perfectly happy on McD’s many times a week, it doesn’t mean that that’s an appropriate thing to eat.

 

 

ETA: After a little searching, OP, people say probiotics might help a lot. 

Post # 10
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Worker bee

I agree, listen to the vet- it’s only 2-4 weeks.  And if he was wrong at least you can feel better about not listening to him!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Baimee:  We use to feed our cat Taste of the Wild! She loved it. We ended up switching only becuase we couldn’t find it locally and a couple batches got recalled (none of the bags we had, but you know). 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I agree with Genuine513  Wellness is what we started to feed specifically my older cat (who was 12 at the time) when she was having skin and coat issues and licking herself raw… she’s now 16 and acts like a kitten.  We then transitioned our sensitive stomach dog to it also.  What we have found for OUR dog is the varieties with more veggies affect her stools more…  if we stick to a food that is more meat/rice then she’s A OK.  And yes, it took a few weeks for things to “stabalize”.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I have the same problems with my dog we use the pumpkin too and 1ml of immodium ad per vets recom. I have a TRUE hatered for Hills Science Diet the only reason vets recommend that food is because they get kick backs everytime someone buys a bag from them. Just because a vet recommends a food doesn’t mean you HAVE to buy it. I use Natural Balance Grain Free and add plain non fat yogart so she can get natural probiotics. If the food you were using still causes problems then try a different grain free. We tried Wellness, Blue, Taste of Wilderness, and even raw she had trouble on everything until Natural Balance we can even switch between the flavors and she has no trouble so you just have to find your dogs brand.

 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’d probably listen to the vet.  She may need the corn to firm up everything.  It’s for a short period of time.

I know our dog just does HORRIFIC on the grain free stuff.  It’s … well gross.  So we do half crap and half grain free food… and she does pretty well.  Our vet didn’t seem to care what we fed her as long as she stopped having … and I appoligize in advance for this image ….. pooo pour out of her. 

I thought peanut butter would be something that firmed things up?  

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@oracle:  Oh man, I’m sorry that you have such a mess on your hands here!  I rescued a retired racing greyhound and sensitive stomach does not even start to describe what that boy has got going on!  We took him in two weeks off the track where he was fed steamed spinach in beef gravy…yeah, so the dry kibble we had our other two dogs on was not even going to match up to that protein content…what started to happen was he was eating enormous amounts of the stuff to try and get the caloric content he needed, followed by loose stools, vomiting and horrendous gas,  we jumped around between a couple of different foods and what finally worked for us, remember that a greyhound’s metabolism is a very different thing from other breeds, was a duck, lamb and beef mix from, Iams.  He’s pretty high strung and will probably always have a bit of a dodgey stomach, so we free feed, keep just a tiny bit of pedialite in the water to keep him from drying out and keep an eye on what he does eat since he’a a grazer by nature, he will go two or three days without eating every couple of months and loves to eat grass but never throws up. 

My advice from this digestive adventure?  Tiny changes, lots of patience and observation are key items in dealing with canine eating habits and when you find something that works, stick with it!

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