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  1. Senior dogs are the sweetest! Our senior greyhound Misty is 14 years old now. She has been through discospondylitis, kidney and urinary tract infections, anaplasmosis, and now arthritis. We have been very lucky with her health after adopting her as a two year old, but after a while, old age catches up. Right now she is experiencing another health crisis and we're not sure she will pull through considering her age. I want to share some things that we believe have helped give her a long, happy life and things we are doing now to keep her comfortable. Good quality food is a must. I've always fed Misty good quality kibble, going through a lot of different brands over the years including Wysong, Natural Balance, California Naturals, Earthborn, EVO, and most recently, Blue Buffalo chicken and rice. She loses interest after a while and she relishes a change every so often. I supplement this with homemade food, carefully following the instructions in Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. At times I fed her only homemade food, but I found she liked the kibble and ate better with the mix. I also use good quality canned food. We have a very good vet who works with me to minimize invasive procedures while still keeping up with Misty's health. One thing that I believe helps is to do only one immunization at a time, not several at a time, despite the need for more vet visits. I believe this is easier on her system. I also ask my vet do titration tests to see if vaccines were necessary. I think the less you do the better, as long as you are keeping up with the necessary vaccines to protect them. Now that our sweet girl is in her golden years, it's hard to get her to eat. I've managed to tempt her with baby food (Beechnut stage 1 chicken and chicken broth is a favorite), Castor and Pollux canned food, and homemade chicken or beef stews. She will also usually eat ham or pork chopped up and mixed in her food or in the recipes from the Pitcairn book for a better nutritional balance. Hamburger and rice works great for diarrhea. She likes Stonyfield Farm yogurt, often right from the spoon. When she has been really sick and dehydrated I have fed her by smearing baby food into the side of her mouth, carefully dripping pedialyte or Gatorade (not artificially sweetened) into her mouth with a big syringe, and spoon feeding yogurt. We recently bought a Ruffwear harness, which I wish I had bought before. It's a little bit of a pain to put on but it can be done by holding the leg strap at floor level and lifting the foot just a little, then sliding the rest over her head. A soft coat fits over it, modified with a hole cut for the handle. The handle on the back is perfect for helping her outside and boosting her up from lying down. My husband built a ramp so she can get in and out of the house--heavy planks with wooden strapping for traction. Her Christmas presents included a supersoft blanket and a Crazy Warm pet from the Green Pet Shop. I don't understand how it works, but it contains tourmaline which reflects the dog's body heat back and keeps them warmer. She loves it and sleeps on it for hours. Her beds have grown in size as it seems more comfortable for her to stretch out now. Her bed in the living room is a combination of a bolster bed plus an orthopedic bed so the whole thing is the size of a child's mattress. Despite her current condition, she sleeps on it very comfortably. She loves to be covered by a soft blanket or pashmina shawl (yes, she has her own collection of pashmina shawls). Due to her current condition, she is now on gabapentin, mirtazipine to stimulate her appetite, and prednisone to help with inflammation in her spine and legs due to arthritis. X-rays show something going on with her left lung, possibly a tumor. At this point we are not going to put her through further testing or extreme treaments. We are trying to find the balance of comfort care, possible improvements, and non-stressful treatments. I'd love to hear how long other's greys have lasted and any other tips to help keep our Misty comfortable.
  2. Quick Context: Sammy is a (nearly) 11-year-old tripod who adopted us about 2 months ago. He has adjusted wonderfully to our household and has had zero issues EXCEPT FOR his problems with food. He is an old man whose mobility is fairly limited at this point and who no longer goes on walks. His "big excursions" are exploring our property during potty time. He is always supervised during this time because of his mobility issues- thus he doesn't eat mysterious/unknown things. Past Food History: 1) Sammy raced until he was five and then was adopted by an elderly couple who pretty much fed him whatever he wanted. Pretty much nothing was off limits so we have no clue how he ate during this time. 2) Sammy was with his foster family for 6 months and during that time, he was a very very picky eater. (Probably because they were actually trying to get him to eat kibble...) He went on 4-day hunger strikes fairly regularly. Vet visits yielded nothing wrong with him. The fosters started giving him a bunch of melted butter aaaaall over his breakfast and tons of wet food mixed in with his dinner. When he didn't feel like eating that, they would add pasta sauce to his food. (YIKES.) He was eating Taste of the Wild kibble and Taste of the Wild wet food (random flavors each time). After hunger striking on that, they switched him to whatever food he felt like eating. This ended up being Purina Pro Plan's Lamb Formula. (Still TOTW wet food.) When We Got Him: -We pretty much quit giving him aaaaall human junk food (no more melted butter, no more pasta sauce, etc. etc). He tried to hunger strike for awhile but we were patient and fiiiinally we had him eating the Purina kibble and TOTW wet food ONLY. -And then he started hunger striking again. -And then he started having diarrhea. (No blood, no mucus. However, we're talking straight up PASTE diarrhea.) -And then he wanted to eat grass and vomit. -And then he started to have gas the likes of which we have never seen (smelled?) before. Enough to make everybody gag and run out of the room...ALL THE TIME. -And then we started to HEAR his stomach making all kinds of interesting noises. Vet Visit: -Vet suspects food intolerance issues and NOT food allergies since he has zero problems of any other sort. He suggests only one source of protein for him because a mix of things does not seem to be working with him. We will have to do some detective work and figure out what exactly bugs his stomach. -Vet states intestinal cramping galore has been going on. -Loperamide + Metronidazole given. -Diet changes: Forced fasting on our part ---> bland diet (rice + ground turkey) that he absolutely devoured ---> Canidae Limited Ingredient Chicken Formula + Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diet Chicken & Sweet Potato wet food. -Turkey was bad news. He loved it. It did not love him. The gas was unbelievable. O______O -Meds made him feel great! -Ate the most recent diet with no issues! -Stool no longer diarrhea paste but very very soft. Current Issues: -Hunger striking happened again. -Stomach noises back. -Did a forced fasting. -Back on bland diet. This time rice and ground chicken. -He loves it. -It appears to love him? Zero gas problems. -Stool still extremely soft. (We have almost never seen normal stool the entire 2 months we have had him pretty much.) Questions: Chicken probably isn't helping. Go with salmon? Try lamb? Do a different brand entirely? Maybe quit the whole thing? I am seriously starting to think that homemade is the way to go with this guy. Unless there is a secret food that we do not know about? Does anyone have any suggestions for what we should do after the bland diet is over with? What should we transition to that MIGHT be successful? Our concern is honestly not nutrition/best food ever because honestly, he has eaten absolutely terribly for 11 years and unfortunately, we are not going to magically undo the effects of that with the time that we have with him. But we ARE concerned with food that gives him cramping pain and makes him not want to eat over and over again. Tips, suggestions, recipes, are ALL appreciated!
  3. What do you add to your grey's food to make it more yummy? I put a whole chicken in a slow cooker with nothing else and cook it until it's falling off the bones. The best bits of meat I eat, the rest gets frozen and added to Grace's kibble in small amounts. The juices from the cooked chicken I let cool, skim off the fat and freeze the rest in ice cube trays. I can then melt one and add add it to her food. This makes Grace's food however bland into a delicacy which she really enjoys to the extent that she tries to lick the pattern off her stainless steal bowl.
  4. Looking for opinions from this greyt group! I've been lurking for a while but could now use some insight, or to be told that I'm overthinking it! We've had our new grey (Bismarck) for about a month now and have been debating changing his food, for a couple of reasons: 1) He is on Purina One SmartBlend Chicken & Rice - I know, I know, full of all the "crap" they say not to feed your dog (corn/soy/wheat). But it's what he was on at the kennel and when he came home he refused to eat anything else. We try not to give in completely to the hype about the need for super fancy dog food, but we're thinking he should be on something better. Especially judging by the volume of poop, it seems like there is plenty that is not being absorbed. 2) We're hoping to find something that makes him feel more full, especially overnight. (All those fillers certainly don't seem to be doing it). We currently feed a morning meal, an after work meal, and a right before bed meal which also includes some Olewo carrots, but he still wakes up acting like he's not been fed for days and days (potty-schmotty, I must eat now!!!). On the other hand, we've been hesitant to switch food because by all measurable accounts it agrees with him very well. He is not gassy/gurgly, he's not overly itchy/yeasty, his coat/skin are in great shape, we're monitoring his weight but it is in a good place, and his poops aren't perfect but they are 'fine' - much better than we expected during a hookworm infection. (We're one month into the Prison Protocol treatment) And I wonder if it's even possible for a dog to feel full when they have hookworms? It seems like I've read here that a lot of people see a big change in their hounds' hunger once the worms are gone. Do the hooks cause the higher volume of poop/poor absorption? Even as their numbers wax & wane during the treatment period? Or is the volume more likely the result of a food full of fillers? Both? Does it make any sense to try to change food while we're still dealing with hooks? And, if he's doing this well, does it make sense to try to change it at all? Any and all insight and opinions are appreciated
  5. We all know that Greyhound farts will peel the paint off the wall. Lola was eating Wellness CORE, no gas, but it gave her pudding poo. I switched her to Merrick and poops are great but gas is horrid. She does get a probiotic once a day with her dinner and the vet suggested Beano. Yogurt doesn't help. Can anyone suggest a kibble or supplement that helped their hound with the toxic fumes?
  6. Hi all, I feed the pup (raced at 71 lbs and now hovers around 72-74lbs) 3 times daily, 1 cup per feeding + a Kong once daily packed with 1/3 cup kibble and a bed time snack of 1/3 cup kibble. Stanley approaches every meal as his last and his internal clock is spot on for every meal. I take him out at 11pm and administer the bed time snack right after.....he is up at 5am crying to be fed. Sometimes earlier. Here is my dillema.... I don't want to feed him too much but I'm wondering if the only way to get him to sleep later than 5am and to have his finger generally satiated is to feed more. The problem with that theory is that after I feed him at 5am, he will lay on his couch roaching for literally 7+ hours without a peep. This leads me to believe that he just knows he gets fed when we wake up and has learned to anticipate his morning meal to the point of anxiety, which causes whining until he gets fed. I'm at a loss, but certainly want him to A. Not be starved and B. I'd prefer to sleep past 5am once in a while. Has anyone experienced this?
  7. Hello, Maybe this one should be in the food forum, but I kinda suspect it's more of a behavioural issue.. I've had my grey Ghillie almost a year (and have had lots of help from this forum along the way!) and I feel like he's almost totally settled in now. One issue that has got a lot worse recently is his food obsession. When I got him, he was a little underweight and VERY food driven. After a few weeks he started to respect boundries a little more and learnt he can't snatch etc (still a thief if food was left within his reach, but I grew up with other counter-surfers so that's no big deal) I was clearly spoiling him as a new (and underweight) dog so he put on a little too much weight (only 1.5kg too much) so I upped his walking and cut down a little of his treats (but not his meals). He's now the 'correct' weight, but his thievery has become awful. He cries and tries to snatch every time anyone else is eating - it's really like he's starving. I know a lot of greys are super food orientated, but is it normal to see such a link between him being a little tubby and more relaxed vs being a normal retired (ie not racing) weight and behaving as if he's starving to death? I've read a lot about how bad it is for them to be overweight at all, so I guess I'm also asking how much attention people pay to the prescribed weight of their hound as well? He is a fairly average sized (??) 4 yr old and I'm told he needs to be 35kg. He wasn't sluggish or anything when he was heavier, but I did notice less rib-y than other greys we know. Is it better to let him be a little heavier and more relaxed about it? Is there such thing as a husky-grey?! He has Burgess Sensitive lamb biscuits (which are complete) and whole pilchards, plus cod liver oil (he has really dry sore skin, hence the heavy oil content) so there shouldn't be any nutritional issues. He has a super sensitive stomach, so I hope it's not a problem with his food as it's the only combo I've found that helps his skin and coat and doesn't make him poop gravy Any wisdom would be gratefully received His starving puppy dog eyes are giving me the worst guilt in the world!
  8. So the title says it all really. I've had my grey for over 2 weeks nearly and she's great in a lot of ways, I've had good advice regarding my adoption group but this is something they said I'll really need to work on, however because she was not fostered beforehand I think they underestimated how serious the problem is. She's SO food motivated it's a bit too much, when we're cooking she stands by the babygate and watches and if I instruct her "bed" meaning to go and lie on her bed she just totally ignores me and can't tune out from anything else but the food. When we're sat down at the dinner table she gets extremely distressed and rams herself into the gate, she's done it with so much force she literally took it off the wall the first time. The worst of it though is she wakes me up at 4am whining for breakfast. At first I thought it was a need to go to the toilet, so I'd get up and take her into the back but she wouldn't do anything, so I'd take her back to bed and she'd settle down for a while and then start whining again. I live with other people so it wakes them up and they are really not happy about it, which is causing me added stress. I know it takes greys a while to settle in but this is something I really can't deal with for much longer due to my own anxiety issues, she's so great in so many senses but this at the moment is just causing me so much anxiety I've had to take time off from work due to lack of sleep affecting my anxiety. I know she's waking me up for breakfast because everytime we go downstairs she practically runs over to her foodstand with her tail wagging manically and then gets confused when it's not there. But I should probably explain the routine: Supposed to wake up at 7am, take her outside to let her relieve herself, and then as I take her outside, my housemate does her morning feed for me because he wakes and goes to work not too much longer after. I don't ask my housemate to do the feed, but he started doing it to feel a bit involved with my dog which was really awesome of him. However because my grey is awake she's started reacting to the sounds of my housemate heading downstairs and turning the alarm off and she can him him in the kitchen and that sets her off whining again. As days have progressed her whining has gotten worse and I have no idea how to curb it. I'm lying in bed whilst she whines and the only thing I can really do is say "No" firmly to her as I can't ignore it due to my housemates/neighbours. We can't crate her because she gets way too distressed in crates and there's limited space/money on our side anyway. We give her kongs when she's been left alone for short periods but as soon as she finished the kong the whining and distress starts again, so she's got some form of seperation anxiety too, I feel like a prisoner in my own home at the moment, and I know it's only been 2 weeks, but the whining and scratching she does is slowly getting more and worse. Please somebody help a first time dog owner out!
  9. Hi all, New member here! It's been a complex journey for our 5 year old girl, and we're hoping for some advice from this wonderful forum! Warning: novel ahead. We adopted our girl Clover in early July. After 1 week of pudding poop streaked with blood, room-clearing gas, and a rumbly tummy despite a decent appetite (was eating about 2 cups of Blue Buffalo wilderness salmon or chicken flavored moistened with water once at night because she either hates her food and refuses to eat it until she's starving, or she only eats after her last walk of the day - we're not sure which), a vet checkup told us she had hookworm, which was treated with 2 rounds of Drontal plus and a 5 day course of Panacur. During the time of her first Drontal plus dose, she proceeded to have slightly more formed poops, but still extremely soft as we continued the Blue Buffalo Wilderness food. She had less gas and less tummy rumbling around this time, but still present. We found out during this time that she refused to eat pumpkin or yogurt. After 2.5 weeks, she started having loose pudding poops again, and we figured it was close enough time to deworm with Drontal again (technically we were supposed to give it after 3 weeks). She also got into the trash and ate several cooked ribs and chicken bones. She had horrible liquid maroon diarrhea which brought her back to the vet. We were never sure whether the liquid diarrhea was a reaction of the Drontal/hookworms dying, or irritation from eating too many cooked bones. The vet prescribed a 5 day course of 500mg 2xday metronidazole, and we put her on a bland chicken and rice diet again. Since running out of Blue Buffalo, the bland diet was slowly transitioned to a new kibble, Diamond Naturals grain free chicken and sweet potato flavor. She seemed to like the Diamond grain free chicken food well enough, and would occasionally eat 2 cups 2x a day if I bribed her with add ins like sardines, boiled chicken, or cheddar and parmesan cheese (usually dinner and midnight snack - she's not a very enthusiastic eater of kibble in general, and always skipped breakfast/lunch). I also started giving her Fortiflora each day mixed in with cream cheese or peanut butter (she refused to eat her kibble with it), and her poops were AMAZING for about 2-3 weeks. We were also attempting to train her basic commands with cheese, and she was enjoying bully sticks, beef trachea, or greenies as her daily chew treat. She went from her racing weight of 52 to a healthier appearing weight of 55 during this time. After these 2 weeks of perfect tootsie roll poops, no gas, and no rumbly tummy, the vet told me Diamond naturals food used to be the worst kind of food back in the 80s and made lots of dogs sick, and recommended changing foods after the current bag, so I did some research and found Fromm, which sounded like great food. During the transition to Fromm Holistic Gold (grain inclusive) she started having pudding poops streaked with blood again. We panicked and tried to put her back on Diamond grain free, the whitefish flavor because of the great reviews here. We were not sure if it was the grain food transition or the cyclical loose stool happening again. Two fecals done within a week apart showed no parasites, but I was encouraged to deworm again, this time with a 5 day course of Panacur. She deteriorated scarily fast during deworming, refusing to eat and pooping a variety of tiny blobs of orange mucous every few hours, as well as having liquid maroon diarrhea again. The vet put her on a 4 week course of 250mg 2xday metronidazole with a different brand of probiotic, and did a variety of blood and stool culture/fecal exams, which all came up negative except for one test for pancreatitis that was mildly elevated. She also dropped back down to 53 pounds at this time. The vet told us she definitely had some kind of colitis, but was unsure if it was from hookworm or a food/treat sensitivity. She told us again that Diamond was a bad brand of food and advised us to stay away from it. She also warned us that dogs cannot have cheese or any other fatty foods, which may (she didn't sound very sure) have set off a mild case of pancreatitis which could lead to EPI, necessitating pancreatic enzymes for life. We decided to cut out cheese, and tried a new high fiber, low-fat, different protein-based food, Blue Buffalo Healthy Weight Red Meat, which is 33% protein mostly beef, 9% fat, and 10% fiber. We transitioned Clover to this new food from a bland diet of cooked/drained ground beef and rice along with the metronidazole, probiotic, and Olewo carrots, and after 3 weeks, her poops ranged in color from light brown to orange, and from pudding to formed but soft. She refused to eat more than 2 cups a day of this food, which was definitely not enough to maintain her weight, but she still ate bully sticks and beef trachea with gusto. After 3 weeks of this, we had friends sing the praises of a raw diet, and decided to add 1 Primal beef patty each day to her 2 cups of kibble. She loves the raw patty and wolfs it down greedily any time of day I put it down instead of after her last walk of the day. However, after 1 week of the Primal, her stool has not improved, and is getting stinkier, with horrific gas, tummy rumbling, and grass-eating. She does not appear to have gained back the lost weight despite eating about 1200 calories/day in 1 meal. At this point, we are completely out of ideas, and dangerously low on money for additional vet testing. We don't know whether to finish off the bag of beef Primal since she's not had any improvement in 1 week of it, despite her LOVING to eat it more than any kibble. We don't know if we should try the chicken flavor of Primal since she seemed to do so well on a chicken based diet in the past. We don't know whether to ask the vet for more of the 500mg 2xday dose of metronidazole because she did so well after that first 5 day course rather than the second 3 week course of 250 mg. We don't know if we should try a different antibiotic such as Tylan. We don't know whether to try Olewo beets instead of carrots, since apparently beet pulp is the miracle worker in Iams Green Bag. We don't know if she actually had pancreatitis and need to continue a low fat, high fiber diet (I bought 5 different other brands of low fat, high fiber foods to try with various protein sources after the Blue Buffalo including Merrick, Wellness Core, Canidae, Annamaet, and Fromm). We don't know if she now has EPI and needs to be on pancreatic enzymes. We don't know if we can switch her back to Diamond Naturals grain free chicken, since it's not a low fat/high fiber food, and the vet seems to have a vendetta against it. We don't know if maybe we should try Iams green bag. We are just lost as to what would be the next best step to try, and would appreciate any advice going forward. Thank you!
  10. So my nearly 8 year old Polly got adopted by me in September. She started on IAMS and she didn't seem to mind it but then suddenly just did not want it. She would eat maybe once a day or every other day. After some bloodwork and other tests we found out she's fine. I asked around the local Grey club, and I switched to Taste of the Wild (the one with salmon). It was okay but she only ate one bag before the same thing happened. Next came Natural Balance. Petsupermarket had a sample of the salmon and potato, and she seemed to love it. The food reeks of sweet potato and we got through a few days and she did not want it anymore. Last week I bought a couple of cans of Wild Calling food. I've been able to get her to eat some of it by adding half a can of Wild Calling Hoppy's (96% Rabbit) with chicken broth and water. The "stew" seems like its okay with her enough to eat. She just licked the canned duck off of it when I tried that one. Is this normal? The rescue she is from did not give me a name of the food she was eating there.They get it from a distributor and he said they get duck and lamb. Any suggestions? She seriously will wait until she is so hungry she has to eat it. She eats her full serving (2cups) every two days or so.
  11. Chai's favorite thing in the world is food. We usually feed her at 7AM (or whenever she wakes us up on the weekend) and 6PM. But lately, instead of gobbling up her food in the morning with her usual excitement, she won't eat it for hours and/or needs coaxing. I know she's hungry because I can literally hear her stomach growling loudly!! Nothing has changed about her food or our routines (other than storing the food in a can in the kitchen instead of basement but she started doing this before that). So what's up with her sudden lack of interest with breakfast? Do greyhound eating habits change on their own or is something wrong that we should be looking for? As far as we know she's in otherwise good health, 4 years old, no other previous eating issues.
  12. We adopted an ex-racer about 5 months ago. As expected, he initially had very loose stool every time (not liquid but very soft like mud). After an extensive deworming treatment, then another dewormer a few weeks later, he solidified a little but never entirely. His first poop in the morning is usually fairly solid but progressively through the day he gets looser. At night or directly after physical activity, he usually releases a big soft mudpie. I'm concerned because last night, we woke up and he had pooped in the house after pooping three times throughout the day and directly before we went to bed. Because of his deworming treatment I'm assuming it isn't an issue with worms. Is this soft poo normal for greyhounds? If not, what are things I can do to help solidify his stool? I tried switching from a chicken/rice mix to a lamb/rice mix but that hasn't seemed to help. Any suggestions welcome!
  13. Hello, Does anyone have any suggestions on good, hypoallergenic food to feed a greyhound with possible food allergy? One of my girls has been dealing with an allergy for over 6 months now. It started off in early May 2015 so we initially thought it was pollen related. She developed sores around tear duct area and the side of her mouth and would scratch herself. We placed her on Benadryl and Steroids and it did clear up, however she had a relapse in the late summer and we needed to restart the treatment. There were no issues in the fall and recently (late October 2015) she developed the same symptoms again. I called her dermatologist to set up allergy testing but would like to try some solutions in the mean time as well. Currently, we feed her Acana, butternut squash and pork. I do not give her any chicken or treats for fear of worsening the symptoms. I read somewhere that they recommend a kangaroo based food for suspected food allergies but it is rather expensive. I would certainly give t a try if it was worth a go - does anyone have any experiences with food allegries and what type of food proved beneficial? Thank you
  14. As I was giving Mercury his heartworm tablet I said to him, "y'know plenty of houndies take their pill without having to have it coated in peanut butter." He said, "why would you eat anything without peanut butter ifn you didn't haff to?" That got me to thinking about the 4 Food Groups for Greyhounds. For Mercury, they'd be kibble biscuits and treats plate likkies and handouts peanut butter But, then I started to wonder about other greys. For example, I'd expect Rocket to have french fries on his list. Others would have ice cream. Paddy Mayhem might want peeps. What's your list?
  15. Hi there! I'm about a week and half away from bringing my new racer home from his foster Mom's. He's super affectionate and I'm looking forward to bringing him home. Unfortunately he's been having some loose stools - I'm not sure how well he's taking to what he's being fed at the fosters, and am looking for suggestions for good healthy food. He's a 4 1/2 year old male. I've done some reading (retired racing greyhounds for dummies) and am aware of some suggested parameters, such as protein between 20 to 25 %, fat between 10 - 15 % and 5 % fiber. With that in mind I've found a few, and was hoping I could get some feedback or orther suggestions. This is what I've come up with: http://www.petvalu.com/dog/food/product/10328/adult-large-breed-formula-performatrin This has the required amount of the aforementioned levels of protein / fat / fiber with plenty of healthy ingredients including pearl barley which is listed at Number 2 on the healthiest ingredient list. http://www.petsmart.ca/dog/dry-food/blue-trade-life-protection-formula-adult-dog-food-zid36-3322/cat-36-catid-100032?var_id=36-3322&_t=pfm%3Dcategory%26pfmvalue%3Dfaceted This seems to get rated highly - and has lots of vegetable ingredients. http://www.petsmart.ca/dog/dry-food/iams-proactive-health-large-breed-adult-dog-food-zid36-3469/cat-36-catid-100032?var_id=36-3469&_t=pfm%3Dcategory%26pfmvalue%3Dfaceted This has a decent balance of protein etc, though it’s got chicken meal as it’s second ingredient - It’s cheaper but I think the first two might be better. http://www.petmax.ca/product_families/view/933/Eukanuba_Dog_Large_Breed_Adult This might be ok also, but has “meal” listed a little to high on the ingredient list for me. What do you think? Thanks! Sean.
  16. My boyfriend and I are bringing our first grey home this Sunday and we are very excited!! We have been having difficulty deciding what food brand to feed them, however. I feel like I have been reading so much different information that my head is just crammed! We have narrowed it down to the Kirkland brand chicken and rice vs the Walmart brand Pure Balance chicken and rice. I've seen a lot of horror stories online about dogs getting really sick and having to go to the vet from the kirkland brand- but have also seen some very positive review. What are your thoughts from personal experience? Thanks!
  17. Does anyone have food suggestions or lessons learned for hounds that have undergoone tie back surgery. We are currently feeding our GH a combination of shrded people food, along with Kirkland Super Premium Canned / Wet. Our 11.5 year old senior appears to do better with a softer texture. Prior to surgery we were feeding Taste of the Wild Dry with water added. We tried breaking up the TOTW, but found this to be very difficut. Any and all suggestions are welcome. Thanks. .
  18. Chai's favorite thing in the world is food. We usually feed her at 7AM (or whenever she wakes us up on the weekend) and 6PM. But lately, instead of gobbling up her food in the morning with her usual excitement, she won't eat it for hours and/or needs coaxing. I know she's hungry because I can literally hear her stomach growling loudly!! Nothing has changed about her food or our routines (other than storing the food in a can in the kitchen instead of basement but she started doing this before that). So what's up with her sudden lack of interest with breakfast? Do greyhound eating habits change on their own or is something wrong that we should be looking for? As far as we know she's in otherwise good health, 4 years old, no other previous eating issues.
  19. We've been feeding Sam Orijens Six-Fish dry food... it's high-quality stuff, and he seems to be doing well on it. It's the only brand we feed him for now and put him on it because he has some dandruff issues. Yesterday at the pet supply store, an employee/maybe the owner (who has seemed a little "off" before) told me I shouldn't be feeding it to him because it contains tuna and salmon and can give him mercury poisoning. I know big fish can become dangerously contaminated, but is this a serious concern? Should we switch to another food, or alternate foods, or stick with it?
  20. Hi all - New greyhound owner. We've had our retired racing greyhound for almost a month now. She's our first family dog so a lot of things are a learning experience. She's been settling in and is given lots of love and attention. However she's been having some looser stools the last week or so but nothing too bad (although I was wondering why that was happening). But on Monday my daughter had a bath and left a bar of soap on the bathtub. The dog got ahold of it when no one was looking and ate part of it. Not the whole bar but she definitely got a few bites. Yesterday, she still had some loose stools and she's been burping a lot. This morning, she had full on runny diarrhea. I'm assuming this is from the soap. Is this something I need to take her to the vet for? I looked it up online that night and it didn't seem like we needed to do that which is the only reason we didn't. So now her tummy has soap on top of already having loose stools. So my questions are: 1. Should we have taken her to the vet? 2. Is there anything I can do for her now? 3. Is there anything I can do for her in the future to get her stools from being loose? She is currently eating the green bag of Iams on instruction from the foster family she had been staying with. She also likes carrots and I will cut some up and put them in her food sometimes too. Any advice you have would be great! Thanks for your help.
  21. So I was prepared for my greyhound wanting to eat people food, I grew up with labs. I was even understanding of him eating things on the living room floor, after all the floor is where food goes right? I was not prepared for him going after my stash of nice teas that sit on a shelf in the living room. They are tea and they are not on the floor. Even my labs didn't eat my tea. I guess this is like any other 'counte-eating' dog issue. Advice?
  22. Hey everyone. Nemo has always been a pro eater. Then, about a month ago we purchased a 40lb bag of his normal food (Annamaet for adult dogs). He ate it for a few days, but started to get less and less enthusiastic about it. Eventually, he patently refused to eat it. But the weird thing was, if my fiancee offered him a treat, he would still eat it with a ton of gusto. So, we tried a sample of a different type of food, Merrick chicken and sweet potatoes. He chowed down like he always had before. Problem solved, so we thought. We finished up the small bag, and ordered a larger one. About 3 days in - same thing. He won't eat it. At this point, we think something may be weird, so we try adding a little browned hamburger. Boom, appetite restored. He eats through that, and we run out of burger. We try beef broth at this point along with the food - eats it up, no problem. But now a week later, he won't eat the food with the beef broth. So, I am realizing that the dog is ok, no weird behavior change, nothing seems wrong. He simply doesn't want to eat the dry food we are putting in front of him. If we put anything else down, he eats it. We picked up another bag of his original food, ate it for 2 days, and he stopped. At this point, I am putting out the bowl of food and letting him decide whether to eat or not. All treats have been cut off. We have a vet visit scheduled for friday (emergency visit would have cost a ton, and since he seems to be just fine outside of the occasional resistance to eating his dry food), and are hoping to get him checked out on the offhand something is weird. It's not bloat, or he'd be a goner by now. He is due for a tooth cleaning, but I don't think that's the issue or else he'd be more continuously fussy. Anyone experienced this before? Any advice?
  23. Hello, I recently got two beautiful greyhounds (about 4 weeks ago) called Lexie and Luther. I've never owned greyhounds before or any dogs for that matter so I'm very new to it all. Lexie is 3 and Luther is 5 and up till now everything has been great- they are well behaved and have been settling in well. However, recently Lexie was spayed and since then she has had the most awful dandruff. It's not all over- just around her legs and the base of her tail. She scratches a lot (when she's not sleeping!) but is otherwise in good health; shiny eyes, wet sniffy nose, waggy tail and curious. I've no idea what may be causing the dandruff- after some rooting about online it may be diet, it may be because she's just been spayed...? Both dogs have 2 weetabix and 2 slices of wholemeal bread with milk and water in the morning. They'll have a treat in the middle of the day just to keep them going and at night they are getting two cupfuls of Harrington's adult dog complete topped with either tuna in sunflower oil or Pedigree dog food or leftover bits from our dinner. I have read online that retired greyhounds enjoyed weetabix for breakfast and that they enjoyed bread when living in kennels but somewhere else online suggested that greyhounds with dandruff may suffer grain/wheat allergies. I am confused!! I'm looking for experienced greyhound owners to point me in the right direction with regards to food and how much food is enough food- mine are always looking for titbits! Also, today I spotted two large tapeworms in Lexie's poop. Again, I searched online for some answers and came up with worms can be caused by fleas. Maybe this ties everything together- the itching, the dandruff and the worms...? Having a look at both dogs, there are no signs of fleas skipping about, but last week Lexie did have a tick which had fallen off by the time I was getting tweezers to pull it out. Where it came off I have no idea! Luther has recently started scratching and seems to be shedding large clumps of fur. Lexie had this when she first came to us and her coat is now sleek and shiny whereas Luther's is quite thick and fluffy still. Do tapeworms mean fleas? And what treatments are greyhounds not allowed to treat fleas? So many concerns and I don't want to get things wrong! I want my hounds to be happy and I am willing to spend money to achieve that. They do seem content but the scratching is frustrating me, I can't imagine what it must be like for them! Any advice on these topics and any other amazing gems of info would be much appreciated.
  24. Just posted by our local GPA on Facebook: http://www.iams.com/en_us/data_root/_pdf/8-14-13%20Iams%20Product%20Information%20Dog.pdf (If the PDF link doesn't work, go to iams.com; info's on the lower right.) Unfortunately, it looks like the Iams green bag could be affected. ETA: Doesn't sound like anyone needs to hit the panic button, as no illnesses have been reported yet, but just wanted to pass along the info!
  25. I was wondering if anyone knows of any good online guides or calculators to help determine what an appropriate caloric intake for Lady would be. I know that it varies quite a bit from dog to dog, but I have no idea where to start. I saw one comment here once that someone's 70 lbs hound needed 1,100 to maintain weight, but have read some credible sources that say more is needed. Lady is about 65lbs and is quite active.
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