Dog…Strange behavior lately

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 18
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@winstonchurchill:  lol well you lost me! I always was under the impression that you look for your main protein to be the number one item on the ingredients list, and not a by product of it. Is that not correct based on what you’re saying?

aside from that yes avoid grains in the food. Dogs don’t need grains they are just fillers companies used to keep good cheap. It’s interesting he’s waking you up and goes back to sleep after eating. Some of those filler foods wont keep a dog full long, it’s like us filling up on junk food then crashing and being starving. 

Post # 19
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Busy bee

@MsJ2theZ:  Meal does NOT equal byproducts. Meal means it’s been dried to store better, which also means that its weight doesn’t drop when cooked. Therefore you can trust its position on the ingredients list better than just ‘chicken’ or ‘beef’. I hope I made it clear in my post to avoid byproducts if possible! Especially when they just say ‘meat byproducts’ or ‘poultry byproducts’.

Post # 20
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’m pretty sure the Royal Canin Puppy he did well on is chicken based. Plus, you say he’s been eating chicken since he was tiny, so hopefully not! I’m curious what the protein is in the new food. 

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Renlikescats:  Yeast infection is exactly what I was thinking as I read the OP. 

My parents dog was going crazy on her tail once and had awful breath. Just the way it smelled I immediately thought oooo, yeast. We got yeast infection cream and put it on regularly and had to put a cone on her to keep her from getting at it, sort of anyway. Not the itch relief cream, but the treatment cream – the kind you insert with a syringe type applicator. Worked a charm. 

Otherwise, I’m a really big fan of Natural Balance food. My dog’s mucousy stools finally went away after years of trying everything else under the sun. 

Post # 22
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Bee Keeper

@1inthechamber:  $1000? No, they are totally trying to fleece you. Look for another vet. I have a cat that has a disorder that required I have all his teeth pulled, save the incisors. The vet I originally went to referred me to some cat dentist that wanted $1200(probably her buddy…believe me, people doctors will do this same crap too). I shopped around and found a vet that pulled all his teeth for $120. This same vet charges me a song for the maintenace medicine he needs. Definitely shop around. There are vets out there who try to make things affordable because they really want animals to be able to get the care they need.

Post # 23
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@winstonchurchill ok got it! No you didn’t give the impression that by products are ok, but I have always looked for “whole protein x” instead of “protein x meal” thinking that meal was bad so now I learned something new!

 

random story: i remember cat sitting for a friend a few years back who fed her cat science diet and the can I grabbed was “mixed fish” and the first ingredient on the can was pork by product. I was so disgusted!

 

Post # 24
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@winstonchurchill:  oops didn’t reply to you correctly. See above 🙂

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My pup gets some vicious allergies (we’re not too sure from what, we THINK grass and we keep her on corn/soy/grain free food). Anyway she has to go on prednisone a couple of times a year, but when it’s really bad we’ll take her in for an allergy shot, vetalog (I actually take the human form ketalog once a year too). That stuff really seems to help, and we’ll often follow it up with a few days of prednisone.

If her allergies aren’t too terrible we can get by with a few benadryl a day.

Post # 28
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

If it doesn’t go away, take him off chicken. After we had some skin issues with our pup we put him on a fish diet, it did WONDERS for his fur and skin. And no more allergies!!!!

He is on Blue Buffalo, White Fish and Brown Rice.

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@1inthechamber:  Here’s a great website that explains ingredients pretty well.

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/royal-canin-breed-specific-adult/

FYI, my dog is on Merrick duck/sweet potato and he loves it.  If his ears are bothering him, you might try cleaning them very gently with a Q-tip and OTC ear drops.  You don’t go down into the ear canal, just gently swab the portions you can see and reach easily.  Sometimes they roll around and get dirt, etc. in there.

Post # 30
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Busy bee

I think that some dogs are developing chicken allergies now due to having so much in their diet — but it also sounds like 2 is old enough to start tooth brushing

Post # 31
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Wannabee

Good morning!

How are you?  If your pet is experiencing symptoms of food allergies, we recommend speaking to your vet about doing a food elimination trial.  This is done by feeding your pet a hypoallergenic formula (such as Anallergenic) for 12 weeks, then challenging their diet with suspected allergens to see if there is a reaction.  This is the best way to determine what could be causing the itchiness and determine if it is a true food allergy. 

We have veterinary technicians available M-F for consult if you would like to discuss your pet’s symptoms in more detail.  We can be reached at 800-592-6687.

 

Have a wonderful day!

Warm regards,

Nicole

Royal Canin USA

http://www.royalcanin.us 

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