Thursday, December 3, 2009

Feeding Fido

Having problems with dog allergies? Noticed your pet scratches all the time but there are no fleas? Do your dog's eyes constantly drain? Check the dog food. When I got Louis XIV, he had a huge problem with dry skin and eye drainage. His muzzle was red from his eyes draining so much and his previous owner fed him Pedigree. The vet at Briarwood had me put him on Natural Balance's Sweet Potato and Fish formula. Eyes quit draining and he quit scratching. I recently went through this with another Cavalier I took care of for a few weeks. Within a few days of switching her dog food (Purina-1) to this formula, her problems went away. Since then I've recommended these formulas to a dozen friends whose dogs had the same problems and they went away after switching foods (Including the so-called Science diet, which is overrated in my ignorant opinion.) Wellness, Natural Balance

You can buy Natural Balance at Briarwood Pet Store. Its around $35 for a 15 lb bag depending on the formula (After ten bags, you get the next one free.). They sell it in treats and canned food as well and other good formulas like Duck/ Sweet Potato or Venison /Rice. Wellness makes the same formulas and is available at the Snooty Pooch in Madison for $30 per 15lb bag. Rainbow in Fondren sells only the 5lb bag for $15. Seems like a lot of money BUT when the dog gets full, he stays full as it doesn't have all that filler crap in it. I was buying a new bag of the regular food for my dog every three weeks. After I switched, three months would pass by before I had to buy another bag so it evens out over time. If your dog is scratching or his eye is draining, change his food and you might like the results.


Unknown said...

There are cat formulas as well.

Kingfish said...

I know but I have a dog, not a cat. ;-)

Stephen said...

I buy wellness for my German Shepherd. She is a picky eater but likes it!

Anonymous said...

1 thing I luve about u, Kingfish, is you are so good to animals. I think that says a lot about a person. Pretty handsome, too (Northside Sun) - you should post your pic on this website, just so we could enjoy looking at it.

Anonymous said...

Cannot say enough good things about Natures Balance. If your animal has allergies, it's worth the money to have blood work done, prior to changing any food. Knowing what they are sensitive to helps in solving the problem. My dog was allergic to the top three ingredients in the Hill's Science Diet "Sensitive Skin" forumula. The venison/sweet potato is part of Natures Balance "limited ingregient" diet formulation. It's a good product and good company store. Kudos to Dick Van Patten.

Anonymous said...

it contains a natural poop blocking agent. the fullness is very real

Kingfish said...

Uh-huh. My dog has not had any problems in that respect since I started using this food.

i've bought 5 bags since July of last year.

KaptKangaroo said...

I eat this food. It provides enough fiber and no fillers for a fine roo poo.

ROO POO Seal of Appproval!

Anonymous said...

Roo, if your system should develop a tolerance to Nature's Balance, there is an excellent formula for horses called Trotter's, essentially made from mashed beet pulp and ground corn cobs, amongst other high quality ingredients. This stuff is unreal for arthritis too. Use in place of your regular food, you won't believe the results. I haven't tried it on dogs yet but plan too. Nature's Balance helped a friend's dog with skin allergy, and calmed her digestive system (she upchucked alot before NB).

Anonymous said...

I surely hope this works. We just put our 3 year old German Shepherd on this. She has violently scratched for a year; after changing her food MANY times, we have now gone to Nature's Balance. We are keeping our fingers crossed! My husband will be delighted when I show him this tomorrow!

Kingfish said...

It can take a while, like a few weeks, for it to take effect. At Briarwood Animal Hospital, they also sell Fish Oil pills, $15 for two months supply. Let me know how it works on here.

Anonymous said...

Gee, you mean I can't believe that new Purina-1 commercial with the crazy lady and her "handsomest cat in the world" (thanks to Purina-1, of course) ;-)

Anonymous said...

I have used this for some time and it is GREAT. I have one that has skin allery so bad he had to go get a shot twice a year. They now eat venison and sweet pot and this week we had duck and pot. Their coat has a nice shine and very soft. I had tried all brands on the market and this is the one we will stay with.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:14; crazy cat ladies always think their kitty is the handsomest!

Purina didn't think that commerical through very well.

Anonymous said...

We will have to start over with the afore mentioned German shepherd. Today, she somehow got into the refrigerator and hauled out the honey-baked ham from Sunday. By the time the hubby got to her, at least 1/2 pound was gone and she was gnawing on the bone (there goes the pea soup). Is anyone looking for a 3 year old shepherd?????

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