To address Vickie’s, Mom of Bark+Bite, comment:
“Penny, I need your help. Sam the boxer has a food digestion problem. I had him on Blue Brand Dog Food. Very good, but for budget reasons I changed to Natures Recipe. I have not had any problems this past year. The bag reads Easy Digestible Nutrition, No Beef Corn or Wheat. No By Products or Fillers, No Artificial Preservatives.
I went to buy a bag a few days ago. On some of the shelves at Pet Smart there were bags that had a whole new look. They did not have any of this information on them. They had change to telling you what -good- things were in the food. I think one line said something about tomatoes?
You keep up with this and I value your opinion. Do you know if they have change their product? I thought it was a good dog food but now I am not sure. A 65 lb. dog eats a lot.”
Here are the reviews for Nature’s Recipe: http://hubpages.com/hub/Natures-Recipe-Healthy-Dog-Foods-Reviews-and-News It depends which flavor you were feeding, as they range from 5/10 - 8/10.
Vickie, I do not know if they have changed their recipe, as I do not use it. But it is made by Del Monte, so maybe they are trying to use up any unused tomatoes!
Are you sure they were both Nature’s Recipe, there are several brands with similar names?
Believing the large print on pet food bags is like believing an RV salesman, or the packaging on people food! You have to read the fine print.
Sometimes the filler is disguised, they might have a small percentage of several filling ingredients, which added up would become the main ingredient. Meat or chicken should be the first ingredient percentage-wise. Not meat or chicken meal or by-products.
“Tomatoes, rhubarb, citrus fruits can be bad for pets.” From: http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_FoodAndKitchenSafety.php which also has A LOT more important information.
To help Sam get over this, here is a good remedy.
One thing that is good for people and pets when they have an upset tummy of any kind, is canned pumpkin. Not the pie filling spiced one.
I opened a can, and put it in several little plastic sealed containers, like the ones your condiments come in at a restaurant take-out, and froze them. Now I just have to defrost one if I have an animal with an upset digestive system, or diarrhea. If you have trouble getting it down them, put it in the side of their mouth. If you have a syringe, without a needle, that is an easy way to do it.
As with any animal, a change in diet should be done gradually over a week or more.
People and pets aren’t supposed to eat so much when they are on a better food, so often it is false economy to go to a cheaper food.
If you can’t get Blue Buffalo or Wellness for your dog, here are some cheaper ones:
Lassie is available at Krogers. Lassie Lamb and Rice gets the best review at 8/10: http://hubpages.com/hub/Natural-Way-Dog-Food---Lassie-Lamb-and-Rice-Review
Or Exclusive, find out where to buy near you here: http://www.pminutrition.com/main.html
Exclusive Lamb and Rice, their best rated one: http://hubpages.com/hub/Exclusive-Lamb-Rice-Adult-Formula-Dry-Healthy-Dog-Foods 8/10
Pet Food Reviews: http://hubpages.com/hub/Dog_Food_Review
The link to the cat food reviews is on that page, too
Here are people foods that are bad, or poisonous, even deadly, for your pet: http://www.petplace.com/article-printer-friendly.aspx?id=4773
I like this article because it also gives the symptoms of overdose.
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I bathed them with a whitening shampoo, but those pinky patches will really have to grow out. I clipped their face, feet, and tails, too, but left their body hair long, as we are going to have another cold spell.
So by the time I had groomed them, cut Precious’ nails, and fed everybody, I had enough for today.