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Need some food recs

Discuss ways to improve the quality of your dog's life and longevity through proper nutrition; a place for all of your questions and answers about feeding your pooch!

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Akasha

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Barked: Mon Sep 16, '13 2:31pm PST 
I currently have a family members dog due to a family issue. It is not long( prob another week or two) but wanted some food ideas. I do some rescue work and I have pretty much been on the grain free bandwagon for years. I have not fostered a dog that did not do well on it. But their dog does throw me for a loop a bit. I won't change her food without their consent but would like to have some other brands to show them when they get back to town.

Right now they feed her Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Canine Gastro Intestinal Fiber Response Dry Dog Food. She is an extremely high energy dog. She also needs to be feed a little bit every couple of hours otherwise she will vomit bile. To say this dog is lean is an understatement. She is a golden ret/poodle mix. So lucky she has some hair to be "fuller" but when you touch her, she is truly skin and bones. I have even looked into megaesophagus as she is just too thin, but it just doesn't fit. She will chew on her paws, but they have been told by their vet she is allergic to grass. She also appears to have some stomach issues. Their other dog, a 13 yr old golden had a stroke a few weeks ago(she is still with us and doing well now) but when it happened, the dog with stomach issues, had major diarrhea and couldn't keep food down. Their vet prescribed a med and she is doing much better. She does also take pepcid(cvs brand) twice daily.

Personally, I would like them to go to another vet. I think a second opinion at least would be good. But at this point I would like to try and convince them to try a food switch(since I know another vet is not an option).

This is not a new issue. The dog is 4 years old and they have been dealing with it since she was a puppy. The food they have now is based on everything their vet has told them and what she has been able to tolerate over the years. With that said, they have only ever fed food from their vet(Science diet etc). Not a food I would recommend or consider high quality.
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Jellybean

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Barked: Mon Sep 16, '13 9:53pm PST 
I would maybe recommend Acana Grasslands. It is grain free, high protein which will help the pup gain weight back, and it is a lamb and duck base, so it is easier to digest. If they don't feel comfortable with that than maybe Natural Balance Alpha Lamb, Chicken, and Rabbit formula. I have recommended a lot of people to those foods when they have dogs with sensitive tummies and they have done well with either one or the other smile
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Maxwell

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Barked: Tue Sep 17, '13 3:20pm PST 
I wouldn't change the diet of a dog for a week. Leave it alone. The dogs will likely be upset enough at the change in routine.
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Akasha

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Barked: Tue Sep 17, '13 4:08pm PST 
Sorry maybe I was not clear, I have no intention on changing her food. Specially without their consent. They are aware that something has to change and I just want to be able to have some ideas on different food for them.
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Akasha

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Barked: Tue Sep 17, '13 4:11pm PST 
Jellybeann, I was thinking Acana may be a good option too. I feed Orijen to mine so I def like the company. I think I do tend to get hung up on telling them to go grain free. They have been so set on feeding the dog a high carb food, going grain free just seems so drastic.
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Flicka ~ CGC

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Barked: Wed Sep 18, '13 9:03pm PST 
Bumping to kill spambots...again
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