My pooch (11 year old dalmation/pit mix) started throwing up very ofter about 2 months ago. I did the bland diet for 3 days- boiled chicken and rice, then weened back to food. He was on science diet... Then it would happen again and I repeated the cycle. Finally i did just the chicken and rice till 2 weeks ago when I tried Dick van Patten's nature's balance. But I ran out and went to the pet store and they only carried Blue Buffalo. I tried the wilderness lamb mix. HE LOVES IT. I still mix in rice and chicken here and there to keep it sort of bland.... but it's finally keeping food down and the consistancy of the "#2's" have gotten better. So Kasper is fully grain free (with the exception of rice here and there). Treats too are limited too BB lamb treats, carrots and other veggies.
Anyone else have issues like this and is this a sudden grain allergy or digestive tract issue because he is a old dog?
We feed our dog The Honest Kitchen food, which is also a dehydrated raw food. I've tried a BARF diet, but the details were a little bit difficult. Namely, if we just put it in her bowl, she'd pick up the whole chicken neck ad try to crunch into pieces, while dragging it across the kitchen floor. My husband was so grossed out by this, he wouldn't eat in the kitchen for the next 3 days. I don't believe in giving her kibble because it is so highly processed. So we avoid it for the same reasons we avoid processed food. The Honest Kitchen is the best compromise I've found...
Dogs are experiencing the same issues as we are, but at a more dramatic rate as their food sources are MUCH worse than ours. The Dog Food Industry is a dumping grounds for meat and byproducts deemed unsuitable for human consumption.
There are many of us on PaleoHacks who feed our dogs either a BARF or Prey Model Raw diet. I'd recommend Googling both and reading as much as you can. Even though people say it is expensive to feed raw, it can be done for less than kibble. (My costs average $.79/lb for 80% free range/grass fed/frozen sardines + Salmon Oil+ Green Tripe, plus he never needs his teeth cleaned and looks 6ish although he is 12. Please excuse the lack of muscle, he is not built for exercise :( damn, BYBs.)
Paleo isn't just for people and seeing the GREAT results Prey Model Raw has produced for my dog, our Raw feeder community, and the myriad of fosters passing through the door, completely convinced me that MY health needed a second look, hence I found Paleo.
Check out Dogtor J's site for lot's of info and theory. He can be a bit wordy, but the words are worth it.
I have a BTF (Boston Terrier Forever). They're a small breed. Melky my BTF weighs only about 25 lbs. I feed him one can of sardines per day and one hard-boiled egg from pasteurized chickens. I don't feed him anything raw yet but my eyes are open for raw sardines. The price of the sardines for the week equates to one pound of grass-fed ground beef. I can substitute the raw beef for the fish but the rations would be small. I get 24 grass fed eggs for $6/month, also the equivalent of one lb of grass fed beef. Although I'd like to feed him raw-Paleo, I'm not sure I can afford it. He seems to be thriving on the sardines and eggs so far. His coat is beautiful. His temperament has never been better. His energy is sky-high. He bounces all over the place yet can shift to a calmer gear on cue. He howls with joy the instant I open a can of sardines.
It's vital for dogs to get omega-3 fats, vitamin-D, calcium and B-vitamins. Sardines provide complete nutrition. He's 100% carnivore right now - no veggies. No potatoes. No fillers.
We have an almost year old Australian Shepherd and have fed her Pro Plan since we got her about 7 months ago. She has had eating issues from the get go and just was not interested in eating and has thrown up occasionally. She's hungry, and gets all excited around meal times but then we give her the food and she walks away from it. It was really pissing me off, we've never had anything but Labs previously and they will eat anything so I didn't understand what her problem was. So I bought a small bag of the grain free Blue Buffalo Duck this weekend to see if it's the food that turns her off or she's just neurotic. We've never seen her eat so fast in her life. She loves that food and the worst part is that the ProPlan is not much cheaper than the Blue Buffalo, we thought it was a decent food.
Dogs are truly carnivores and grains should not be part of their diet. I feed my dog EVO grain free, low carb kibble for breakfast and for dinner he gets a slice of cow leg bone, marrow, and steak. The cut with the bone, marrow, and meat generally costs $1-$2 and he gets the EVO in the morning due to convenience for me. If I could afford to feed him organs, bones, and meat day and night I would. If I had time to research the exact nutrient needs for dogs, I'd definitely think about fully raw carnivore diet for him. I'm fortunate that my vet shares my thoughts on carnivorous feeding for dogs. My dog's weight stays constant and his teeth stay pretty clean. No bad breath and his poo doesn't smell as bad as others. Whatever you do, don't feed yourself or your dog grains - that includes rice!!
BTW, I did notice that when I switched him to grain free, he was more calm. He used to throw up occasionally and would have bouts of diarrhea. No more.
There is lots of info online about BARF (raw) feeding. I use about 3/4 cup grain free kibble (http://www.naturesvariety.com/Instinct/dog/all) with 1/2lb raw organic calf liver ($0.75) or other offal meats (heart, lung, kidney), with or without a raw egg and the shell. The way my butcher cuts and bags means there is generally 1/2cup of blood in the liver bags and I make sure to include this in the bowl. The calf liver can be sometimes substituted with organic chicken parts, like necks and feet, and as long as they are raw the bones are perfectly edible, and very healthy for the dog. Every third day she gets a 3-4 inch organic beef bone which costs about $0.75, again raw, a lot of times she gets it straight out of the freezer.
I also feed raw fish when possible.
The only reason I keep kibble in her diet is I travel frequently and find it easier to travel with kibble only and grab a half dozen organic eggs for her meals when i get to to wherever i am going. I figure it costs me around $3-4/day to feed her, she also only gets r/o filtered water, or bottled water while on the road.
I rescued her at 1.5 years old and have had her for 7 months. There have been a few times where I have had to feed her other peoples dog food while traveling and it generally makes her sick if it is not grain free. Her stools are awesome, easy to pick up, and she is an extremely healthy young german shepherd, with amazing teeth, and a great coat.
I have a Cairn terrier. We noticed her slowing down that we attributed to age. She was choking on water and food. She was also urinating in her sleep and the vet told us that was "normal" for an 11 year old spayed dog. By age 12 she could barely walk because of neuromuscular difficulties. Many of her symptoms were similar to my symptoms before I went on a gluten free diet. I put her on a lamb and rice kibble and within 3 days she started improving. All went well for a while and then she started to decline again. Changed her diet to Taste of the Wild that is totally grain free. Again she improved and then declined. I called Taste of the Wild. The formula had not changed but the supplier of raw ingredients had changed. More changes and after about a year she is on a meat diet with hamburger, liver, egg, fish and veggies. I don't know if it is balanced but she seems to be doing well. She does not do well with raw meat for some reason.
When I was a child my mother got rid of my Irish Setter because he had constant diarrhea. If you search PubMed you will find that there are papers about the Irish Setter and gluten. Nearly killed off the breed.
We have a GSD bitch who unbeknownst to us was allergic to all fish products. From the day we picked her up at 3mos, she was an itchy puppy. We thought it might be the cheap food that our lab mutt was eating, so we changed to a grain-free brand. Still itchy. Tried Natural Balance's Venison and Sweet Potato, and she stopped. Yay! I gave her the duck and potato flavor, and the itchies came back but not as pronounced.
Then I gave her the fish and sweet potato variety. Her hair started to fall out, the skin on her belly & armpits (any place she could scratch) was red and raw, even oozing with hot spots. She itched 24/7 and we honestly couldn't figure out why. So I looked up all the ingredients of all the foods we'd given her until that point, and the one commonality they all had was grain-free and fish meal and/or fish oils. We got her back onto the venison & sweet potato and within the day her itchies started to fade & her skin irritation receded.
At one point I decided to go raw with her cold turkey, and I cannot say enough good things about the BARF diet. Giant turkey necks, chicken liver, beef heart, kidneys, etc, with a blob of unsweetened yogurt and a bit of cooked greens to mimic partially digested stomach contents of a small animal. I just couldn't keep up with it for more than 6 months, and we were able to find a couple of other brands that didn't add fish products to their food: Nutro High Energy (yellow bag) and another one that comes in a black bag (starts with an "A" I think) that she does well on.
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