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  1. Hello everyone! I'll be rehoming a greyhound in a few weeks time but am so confused regarding what to feed him for breakfast and dinner. My greyhound, Benny, is 3 years old and around 33kg. A few adoption sites in Australia, I'm from there, recommend mixing wet meat with kibble. So, the diet would look something like this- Breakfast: 250g chicken neck/ chicken frame/ chicken wing Dinner: 1.5 cup kibble + 250g mince beef. I'm unsure of whether it'll be okay to mix wet meat with kibble from some sources though. My friend recommended me the PMR raw diet and has calculated this for me- Split between two meals: 1050g red meat (beef, roo) 130g raw bone (chicken neck, chicken feet- keep the nails, duck neck, wings) 66g (cow liver) 66g (giblets, kidney, spleen or lungs) Alternatively, could I just feed my greyhound solely kibbles? Would love some suggestions and advise on a diet that my greyhound can follow. Many thanks!
  2. I apologize for asking a daft-- and likely overasked?-- question. BUT! I will. I recently adopted a just-turned-4 year old female greyhound and an 18 month year old lurcher. The organization that approved me (there is a God!) recommended that I feed both Beatrix Kiddo and Sphinx 2 cups of dog food a day. Being guilt-ridden by Sphinx's impressively boney butt and wildly in love with Beatrix Kiddo (she gives me hugs and crazy toothy smiles!), I've been overdosing the dogs with 3 cups of dry Kibble, soaked in yogurt or mashed pumpkin or cottage cheese. I won't even venture into the snacks that I've been doling out.... I'm *that* ashamed. Needless to say, I'm aware that I'm overfeeding the hounds. Can anyone recommend a 'food dosage,' for lack of better wording? Is 2 cups of Kibble, twice a day, and limited snacks 'enough?' Sphinx, the young male lurcher, initially weighed around 63 lbs. despite his impressive height. My nickname for him was Skeletor. I could-- more or less-- pick him up, and I'm a weakling. Beatrix Kiddo, the female greyhound, was a rock solid 70 lbs. I could never lift the lass. She's a one-woman boulder! But she's noblely heavier than when I 'met' her 4 weeks ago. I feed both dogs 3 cups of beefy Kibble mixed with yogurt or something softening twice a day... at 4am and at 3pm. I also give them treats throughout the day-- anything from bananas to carrots to marrow-bones-- and Sphinx, as is his lurcher-nature, regularly poaches my dinner. How can I downsize their diets without upsetting them? Am I putting my hounds at risk for bloat? On the upswing, I don't let them exercise 1 hour pre-feed or 2 hours post-feed. I am, however, concerned that I'm putting their health at risk via over-feeding them.... God only knows (cheers Brian Wilson!) that they fight over my bed... their first night in my house, I pulled a naughty. I let them sleep on my bed. That I've been shoved off my bed several times now, landing upon the un-used beds that I bought for them, serves me right. They sleep hard and they kick hard and they're... well, they're getting kind of fat. Thanks to me. Any advice regarding food portions would be most welcomed! I dread disappointing the hounds... more than that, however, I dread killing them from bloat. Thank you for tolerating yet another dietary question! Luxy
  3. As of today, we are celebrating our 4-week anniversary of adopting our beautiful brindle greyhound. We were aware that there may be an adjustment period when it comes to stool softness when switching his diet, but I'd like to hear some opinions about how long that usually takes. Our boy is eating Nutro Max adult dog food (higher quality than what the foster home gave him) and he is still having very soft, mustard colored pudding poops (good luck eating pudding or mustard again!). We have tried giving him yogurt and that did not seem to help much. How long does the adjustment period usually last? Should his poops be more solid by now? He has been recently tested and does not have any worms, so that isn't the problem. Also, how frequently do greys typically poop? We've seen anywhere from 1 time to 5 times a day so far. Thanks!
  4. I have been stalking the forum lately, racking my brain as to what to do with my 11.5 year old big boy. Ralph is my beautiful boy in which age is starting to creep up on him, a little faster than not lately. He still tries to jump, do figure 8's, all the stuff he could do when he was younger but walks are starting to go from 1-2 miles to 1/4 and 1/8 of a mile. His hind is getting shaky and seems to have a harder time getting comfortable. But this is all beside the point. He has become quite the problem pup as of late when it comes to meals. He eats his treats just fine, but goes on hunger strikes for breakfast and dinner. After some experimentation, we have come across a few meals that he seems to tolerate...for now. My two concerns are that he has pills that must be taken within 12 hours of each other and must be with food. I have been able to slip a few pills into some whipped cream cheese and sprinkle some meat shavings around it (whatever meat I have on hand basically). As for his meals, I have been able to concoct a few scrambles so to speak of egg, mixed veggies, meats, cauliflower and sweet potatoes (riced from Green Giant). I tried many different slops before. He hates pasta, doesn't care for rice (and neither does my lawn...thought he had worms one time-rice looked like maggots-gross I know). He did okay with gizzards, hearts, livers and whatnot, but he got bored of it and will knock his bowl over in protest. It's hard to be mad a dog when that happens He has also mastered the art of fake swallowing his pills. The smart little boy he is forced me to pry his mouth open. Stood with him while he was trying not to take it. He swallowed several times, showed me an empty mouth and not even 5 seconds after I left his side, he coughed them up and grinned...little punk. As for cooking his food, he is 83lbs and is just starting to lose his muscle mass due to not being able to walk farther and without the playtime with his brother Lou (he misses him greatly). How much should he get when I cook him food? I don't want to do too much protein as that is not good, but I also don't want to short him either. I am able to throw in 1/4 cup of dry and he won't flip it, but too much and I am out of luck with a hungry hound. Stubborn might as well be his middle name...Ralph Stubborn Breeden Any suggestions?
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    Hello, my new boy is coming soon, and I'm thinking about diet. I want to do an at least mostly raw diet eventually(and there's a great supplier in Portland!). But I don't have the money to do a 100% raw food diet (the meat in particular is too expensive for me). So I'm wondering, would it be better to feed kibble or something like rice with the raw food? Most affordable (for me) kibble has less than 20% protein anyways, so would trying to do 75% raw food and 25% rice diet be better than doing 50% raw and 50% kibble? Then it has less additives and I can control the portions? What are your opinions? Thanks!
  6. First, I apologize for the long post. We are desperate to help our boy feel better and I wanted to make sure I provided all the details... In the 3 months we've had him, I can count, on my hands, the number of times Puddy has had a solid #2. He's been to the vet 4 times now and we're still at a loss. Before I take him back to the vet, I want to make sure I'm able to bring them enough information to work with. I'm hoping you can help. Here's a synopsis of what's been going on: Meds & Tests Puddy came to us half-way through a course of Heartguard, which we finished during his first dinner. At the time, he had pretty runny #2s, but we figured this could be attributed to any number of things. A week after being with us, Puddy was Rx'd a 6-week course of Drontal at the vet after a stool sample tested positive for hookworms. For about 72 hours after the last pill, poor Puddy was literally howling in pain every time he pooped, which was actually more like explosive diarrhea. Stools were a bit bloody (hematochezia) and very, very runny. Like melted ice cream. A couple of weeks went by after the last dose of Drontal and Puddy continued to have diarrhea pretty much every time we took him out. Sometimes it was bloody, too. Figuring it couldn't be the after-effects of the Drontal anymore, we were concerned and took him back to the vet. They did another fecal swab and determined that he still had hookworms. He was Rxd a second round of Drontal for the hookworms and metronidazole for the diarrhea and suspected colitis. Round 2 of Drontal had very similar effects to the first round- howling Puddy, explosive diarrhea, a little blood. The effects subsided after about 72 hours again, but the diarrhea remained. The metronidazole did not seem to have much of an effect of Puddy other than firming up his poop to the consistency of mashed potatotes (at best). Food Puddy was eating Purina One Chicken when he arrived at our house. We transitioned him slowly over to Acana Wild Prairie over the course of a couple of weeks. His poop was never solid, though we weren't sure if it was the worms, the dewormer, stress, or ??? Our vet recommended we switch to a different protein to see if perhaps his diarrhea was related to his food. We switched to Acana grasslands and had maybe a week of pretty good poops after 2 weeks of being on his new food. Then, without warning or any changes to his diet, those lovely poops eventually went back to diarrhea. Thinking his Acana was too rich, we recently switched to Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream, which has a lower protein content. He still has diarrhea (with blood occasionally), though the first couple of days on the new food produced some nice poops. Other things: We've played around with his portions, giving him anywhere from 4 cups total to 2 cups total (he's 80lbs) per day. It didn't seem to make much of a difference, unfortunately. Puddy has had a couple of stints (one weekend, one 12-day stint) in a boarding kennel while we were out of town. He is very happy there and I do believe that the people take great care of him, but he always seems to come back home with tummy issues. We've eliminated all treats. He only eats his kibble and two .75in pieces of string cheese (I shove his daily meds in those) a day. He has maintained an appetite and weight through all of this and drinks a seemingly normal amount of water His coat is shiny and soft, so it seems like he's at least getting those nutrients Even when he has diarrhea, he can typically wait to go until we're on our normal walks. There have been, however, about 8-10 instances where he's stood politely by the front door or whined so we would take him out to go. In those instances, it was pretty clear that it was urgent. He has had one accident in the house, and that was about 24 hours after his last Drontal pill. We've given him rice and ground beef and it seems to clear him up for a little bit, but several days after going back to his regular food, it starts up again We were giving him a couple of TBS of pumpkin with his breakfast (man, he loved that stuff), and it seemed to be firming things but, but I'm not sure if that's just masking his other issues. Questions: 1. Are we switching his food too quickly? Is it common to see improvement followed by a period of decline? Can we expect to see things bounce back? Are we not being patient enough? 2. Recently, his poops have gotten much darker in color. I am afraid there is something wrong higher up in his GI tract since it appears to be blood. Any thoughts? 3. Is it possible that he still has worms? With two complete rounds of Drontal under his belt, I'm wondering if we need to move to something stronger? But I'm also concerned about the havoc it could wreak on his tummy since he had such an uncomfortable experience on the Drontal... 4. Are there other things we aren't considering? 5. How long does a food typically stay in their systems? In other words, if we gave him boiled rice and ground beef for several meals and then switch him back to his regular kibble, would solid poops on day 1-3 back on his kibble be residual effects from the rice and beef? Or does it move quickly enough through their systems where we can confidently say that he's having good poops on his kibble? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! We just want Puddy to be comfortable and happy. We're willing to try pretty much anything but I want to make sure we're going about it the right way and not just making things worse for him. Please help!
  7. 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. .
  8. Hey everyone, Joel and I have been stalling, we've reached a point where a biopsy has been recommended for Maya and neither of us want to do that to our little girl. Below is just a synopsis of what her condition is and what we've tried so far. I guess we're just looking to hear from folks that have gone through the same thing and how the recovery was. I think we'll do it soon so she can heal while it's still too hot outside and be all set for camping season once it cools down. Previous posts on this topic can be found here http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php/topic/299770-good-poop-bad-poop-what-on-earth-was-that-poop/, here http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php/topic/299927-food-changes-have-begun/, and here http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php/topic/300775-update-on-mayas-stool-issues/. Maya's Condition: Maya has always had soft stool. When we adopted her in 2004 (18 mo) we found that Science Diet Sensitive Stomach yielded the best results (not great but acceptable) out of many other brands. Probably within the last 6 mo her stool has become worse. Usually the first poo of the day is the best with any additional poos being the consistency of chocolate milk. She is now just over 10 yrs and is quite lethargic, developing arthritis, has a dull coat, and is very skinny. We believe she is not getting the nutrition she needs out of her food and are assuming this is the cause for the previously listed conditions minus the arthritis. Steps taken so far: 1) Stool: tested for parasites and came back negative 2) Diet: We tried to change her diet and tried all of the vet options (about 5 different types) and also the Iams green bag because so many on here have had luck. None of these options yielded firmer poop. 3) Ultrasound: An ultrasound was performed and a portion of the small intestine was observed to be inflamed. 4) Urine Test: Histoplasmosis is common in this area so we tested for it as that was an easy/non-invasive test to perform. Results were negative. What's Next?: 5) Biopsy: This is the next recommended step in an attempt to diagnose the cause of the inflamed small intestine. The portion that is inflamed lies smack dab in the middle of the digestive system and a biopsy is recommended to access this area over other methods. We are stalling. This test is going to cause her a lot of pain. Maya has a low tolerance for pain and I fear a long road to recovery from the incision. Thanks for listening.......... leigh
  9. Hi, all -- I'm a new forum member, though I've read dozens of posts over the past several months searching on topics for our grey, Senna. What a great community -- and thank you! : ) My question is kind of a blend of food and diet discussion, and health and medical, but I figured I'd start here. Senna is 2.5 and has had off and on (mostly on) GI issues since we got her in December. Three to four months ago, she was diagnosed with mild pancreatitis, which the vet believes is a result of irritable bowels due to a food allergy. (She's had any number of fecal samples, diarrhea panels, etc., all of which turned up nothing as far as bacteria and worms go.) Since we've had her, she's been on several foods, including two hypoallergenic foods, one of which she eventually refused to eat (Royal Canin sweet potato and venison) and one she did not do well on (HA, with constant, kind of scary diarrhea). The vet's last option was to put her on a high-fiber, low-fat veterinary diet, and she's been on Prescription Diet w/d for the past three months. Surprisingly, and happily, she seems to be doing really well with it -- solid stools, good appetite, good energy, nice coat. But it isn't a long-term solution for us (it's too low-calorie for a greyhound who needs to put on a few pounds, and prohibitively expensive), and we're now looking for one. Next week, I have a vet appointment to discuss transitioning Senna to a new diet, one that can hopefully work long term. The vet has said we'll exhaust all options (w/d was the last) before having to do a colonoscopy, but of course no one wants that. But if Senna backslides with a transition, I fear it's going to come up. If the vet says we must do a colonoscopy, we'll likely get a second opinion. I also am planning to do more bloodwork next week and see about the pancreatitis levels, which could help guide us. Given all that, my questions are these: 1. Do you have any recommendations for a high-fiber, low-fat, high-quality dog food that isn't prescription? I think limited ingredients will also be key. 2. What can we do to help Senna transition to a new food, trying to avoid a relapse into diarrhea? Pumpkin, yogurt, probiotics and Fresh Factors seem to make only very middling differences, if any, with her. 3. Are there any other considerations with mild pancreatitis and diet in general that we should know about? Thank you for any advice! We're keeping our fingers crossed at finding a good food she transitions well to.
  10. Hello everyone! Already searched the forums and didn't find anything on this subject, so hopefully no one minds the new topic. Here's my issue: I'm picking up my first grey in a week or so, as soon as she gets spayed, and as far as I know, the adoption kennel does not use a grain-free food. However, I have EXTREMELY severe and sensitive celiac disease, which means if I so much as bring a food with gluten into my home, I'll get sick - I already know this from my cat's food, and no matter if I wash my hands, wear a face mask when opening the food, whatever, I still get sick if the pet food contains gluten. This means that the only possible pet food I can have in my house is grain-free, which means that she's going to have to start eating it as soon as I get her home. I know this isn't going to be good for her, and I care about her health just as much as mine, but I know that if I end up in the emergency room for a half-day because of gluten contamination it's going to affect her settling in a lot more than the inconvenience of bad elimination or gas on her part. So! If anyone has any recommendations on how to ease an abrupt change in food, I'd really appreciate it - I already know pumpkin's supposed to help with constipation, if I remember correctly? And rice to firm up, and I'm going to start off with a food that is at least from the same protein source (chicken, game, fowl, whatever) as the non-grain-free food she's getting at the kennel. I also thought of adding a dollop of organic/hormone-free pro-biotic yoghurt. But, like I said, if anyone has any other recommendations, I'd super appreciate it
  11. I haven't seen this mentioned yet on Greytalk so thought some of you might be interested. A new study by a US/Swedish team suggests that, compared to wolves, dogs have many more genes for metabolising starch - and so for scavenging and digesting the kind of waste likely to be produced by early farming settlements: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21142870
  12. Hello all my greyhound was just diagnosed with Osteo and had her front right leg and shoulder blade amputated on Wednesday. She is doing well and will start chemo in 2 weeks. I have been doing a lot of research on cancer killing diets herbs and supplements. Have any of you tried a new diet for your dog with osteo that has helped fight the cancer? I have read about switching to wet food that is high in protein low in carb since carbs feed the cancer cells. However, I hear that greys cant have only wet food because of gum disease. I also hear that raw diets are good but not for dogs undergoing chemo. So I am reaching out to you for help, with your experience. My Daisy is 2 years old and deserves a long happy life. Thank you in advance for your help
  13. so i have recently adopted a 9yr old retired racing greyhound which means im a new momma and i am new to the breed so i am really trying to figure everything out to be the best mom possible to her. 2 questions. is anybody currently using pet insurance and if so what are your thoughts and opinions? and secondly, my dog is underweight (i not just saying that bc i just adopted her and its a common misconception, she legitimately is) but she is a SUPER picky eater.. the longer she is with us the more she was eating. she has kind of evened out i think but she is just maintaining weight instead of gaining any. i thought about making her eggs (like 1 or 2 a day) and so i made her one and she seemed to enjoy it and it spurred her on into eating more of her dry food as well. are eggs good for dogs? i know its protein and its in their dry food but is a whole cooked egg too much? thoughts, opinions, and suggestions are welcome
  14. I have had my wonderful 4 year old boy for almost 6 weeks. I switched him from Blue Buffalo Wilderness to Natural Balance lamb & rice because it's a little cheaper ... but now it seems like his poops are even worse than they were on the Blue Buffalo. Some are normal, but more diarrhea. Maybe half and half. I've tried giving him some brown rice with his food which doesn't help consistently. My question is - should I just try another food, or does he need to be seen by a vet? He doesn't seem sick but surely it's not normal?
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