Sunday, December 13, 2009

You are what you eat: Canine version.










Don't think the brand of dog food your pet eats makes a difference? I got this Cavalier two months ago. The picture on the left was taken the day she came home with me. Her previous owner fed her Purina-1. Dog had allergies from hell. Muzzle was heavily streaked from the drainage around her eyes. Underbite was red and brown as were the front paws. Skin and fur looked bad because dry skin caused her to scratch. Vet said the next day they were from allergies. Coat looked horrible. (The picture was taken a few hours after she was bathed so she was clean.)

So....that day I put her on a sweet potato and fish formula which is allergy free (Snooty Pooch sells a Wellness version). The drainage stopped in a few days and slowly her coat improved in color and quality. Her new owner feeds her a lamb/rice allergy free formula made by Natural Balance. The picture on the right was taken two months later, showing even pets are what they eat. ;-)

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

What is it about those "Sweet potatos"?

cum hoc ergo propter hoc?

Cute dog though. My 6 month cavalier has survived on a diet of Christmas tree ornaments today. More of a devotee of Nietzsche (what dosen't kill me and all that).

JB

Anonymous said...

Huge difference. She would have to feel better too.

Chris Merck said...

where did you get the Cavalier? my mom has been wanting to get one

Anonymous said...

You must not have kids.

Kingfish said...

Shoot me an email and I'll see what I can do.

Unknown said...

I have a two year old cat who has had respiratory problems all that time. Constant rounds of antibiotics. After reading your first article about diet, I got Nature' Balance cat food. The symptoms were gone in three days!

Anonymous said...

Get your cat tested for allergies. Like most humans I bet it will test allergic to pollen, dust, grass and CATS.

Anonymous said...

German shepherd from earlier post still scratching after at least two weeks on the sweet potato forumula. :(

Anonymous said...

I believe you KF but my Yorkies won't eat the Sweet Potato and Fish. So I tried Duck and Sweet Potato ( I don't like fish either) and then the Chicken and Lamb. They made it clear they'd rather starve.:-(

Kingfish said...

It can take a few weeks even if it works. Earlier this year I got mine a bag of allergy free venison and sweet potato by NB. After a week or two on it, here came the eyes draining and the constant itching. Put him back on his regular food and it took 2-3 weeks to take effect. When I first put him on it it took a couple of months to really take effect. Sometimes it can take a while to figure out your dog's biochem. I've just seen this allergy free food I've recommended work more often than not. It can take awhile even if it does work.

Anonymous said...

Years ago I was shopping at a Walmart and I noticed a lil old lady looking at the dog food."Sam's" brand I beleive had just been introduced and I was looking at the protein content. She stated, "My little dog won't eat it." I looked at her and stated, "yes he will...and he'll like it too." She stated, "I already tried it and he wouldn't eat it." I then told her the secret. "Don't feed him for three days. Nothing but water. And then put a big bowl down there and I'll promise he'll eat it and want some more." LOL. You'd have thought I suggested rat poison as she left in a huff. Sorry, it was funny to me then. And just as funny to me now.

P.S. This is not an endorsment for Sam's brand. I didn't feed it then and don't feed it now. Nature's Balance is the way to go.

Anonymous said...

Well...the advice I got from a long deceased vet who also raised AKC champions is that if a dog refuses food for three days, suspect something else...either tooth problems, that the nuitritional content doesn't meet needs of THAT dog at THAT time or it's a bad batch of food. Innate senses will" trump personalities" ...especially since us humans ascribe personalities rather more often than the dogs have anything other than characteristics of a breed.

ALL my dogs have exceeded their average life span by 4 or more years following his advice. One just missed setting a breed record.

By the way, he said the biggest mistake dog owners make is to overfeed their dogs. Dogs " live to eat", he said, " that's their raison d'etre. Take away that and you take away one of their reasons to live".

I have the Yorkies mentioned above.

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