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by meginok
Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:38 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Food allergy problem, need suggestions
Replies: 24
Views: 1769

If you are concerned with food allergies, I would try a limited-ingredient food. I know a lot of folks are on the fence about Natural Balance, but they offer two decent limited ingredient diets. I think Wellness may offer one with fish? Good luck! I have a girl who had MAJOR (i.e. chronic vomited) f...
by meginok
Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:12 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Dog In Labor Rght now 5 hours has passed
Replies: 75
Views: 5300

Glad to hear that you'll be checking out the spay/neuter resources! I just want to say that I've found this forum to be full of GREAT dog lovers. They can be AMAZING resources and incredibly supportive. Don't let the initial harshness scare you off. Just stick around, read, learn, fix those pooches ...
by meginok
Mon Aug 04, 2008 4:50 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: throwing up and extremely under weight..help?
Replies: 8
Views: 580

I brought home a (possible pit-mix?) dog from a shelter who was about 33% underweight. She weighed 36 pounds, and now, healthy, weighs right around 60 pounds. With MY girl, the vomiting didn't start for a couple of weeks, but it ended up being food allergies. There are about one thousand and one thi...
by meginok
Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:50 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Science Diet WTF.
Replies: 92
Views: 10498

I don't think SD (or Iams, or Royal Canin, or Nutro...all foods I would consider in that "mediocre, widely marketed, and widely available" bracket) is the worst thing you could ever throw into your dog, and what works well for one doesn't work at all for another. One of my dogs would strai...
by meginok
Sun Mar 23, 2008 2:26 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: What do you spend on Dog Food per MO.?
Replies: 65
Views: 4522

I *think* I feed about one bag of Healthwise (Natura) Lamb and Oatmeal about every three weeks to two 60-ish pound mutts. About $27/bag for 30 pounds. They stay nice and lean on 2/2.5 cups a day, respectively. I cut out canned food (long story, but the EVO I'd been buying seemed a bit different than...
by meginok
Fri Dec 28, 2007 10:29 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: complicated food issue--cat with multiple health issues
Replies: 8
Views: 721

I have nothing helpful to add, really. Sounds like you're pretty on the ball with her (I'm a bit of a kitty food nut, and a huge proponent of wet food exclusively). I want to wish you the best. There's probably even more "just" a cat people out there than "just" a dog people. Kit...
by meginok
Sun Dec 16, 2007 1:15 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Emma's Tummy
Replies: 14
Views: 860

If you were just feeding once a day, I'd say there's a good chance that feeding twice a day will help. After getting my second dog, we had to move our second feeding to much later in the day. I used to feed right after I got home from work (around 6:30 most days), and at least once a week, Shamus wo...
by meginok
Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:29 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Skinny Piper
Replies: 43
Views: 2245

If he was maintaining weight better on the Canidae (I noticed you said you had to overfeed some...to me, not a problem, as doggy metabolisms differ just like humans), is there a possibility of going back to the Canidae just for him, if the others are doing well on the NV? He may just not do as well ...
by meginok
Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:21 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: neuter early, dog size
Replies: 94
Views: 5298

I find this a valuable discussion to illuminate reasons why a responsible owner might consider waiting to speuter. In a conversation with a cat vet about my youngest cat (neutered at 3-4 months, not sure on age), she stated that his "Nermal" state (looks like a perpetual 10 month kitten, n...
by meginok
Sun Dec 02, 2007 10:52 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: I'm going to be calling the vet today.
Replies: 45
Views: 2282

Sorry to hear Ella was all poopy. :frown: Hopefully you're past it now! *knock wood* the last three months or so have been GOLDEN, but prior to that, I had more than my share of fun with stinky bodily excretions (Abbie Lou's a puker, and Shamey's belly didn't firm up for the first three months or so...
by meginok
Sun Dec 02, 2007 10:35 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Petsmart and food selection
Replies: 20
Views: 1439

As others have said, most of the food brands' websites will have a store locator link. Do a google search for some of the top brands in which you are interested, and go to each brand's website. I was able to find two feed stores, one just about 15 minutes from me, and one a good bit further but stil...
by meginok
Thu Oct 11, 2007 11:00 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: for those w/dogs that have food allergies
Replies: 15
Views: 894

There are two foods on which my allergy-prone mutt has done well (we did do the ELISA blood serum allergy test - known as being notoriously unreliable for food allergies, but we've had great luck using those results as a guide). We know for a fact that she's allergic to/intolerant of rice, egg, and ...
by meginok
Wed Oct 10, 2007 4:53 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: UGH!!! He STILL has diarrhea!!
Replies: 31
Views: 1915

I have a dog (adopted as a GSD mix, though there's really no telling what he is other than 100% muttly) who get intermittent and recurrent diarrhea. What we've found that works for him is a probiotic supplement given about once every other day. The supplement I use now is kefir, a cultured milk beve...
by meginok
Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:56 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Sick little puppy, ... something off anyway.
Replies: 16
Views: 986

I had to do a very abrupt food switch (learned chronic vomiting was due to rice allergy/intolerance, so we COULDN'T switch slowly off the food with rice in it, or she'd just vomit it up again), and just that fast food change resulted in mucousy and even slighty bloody stools. They went away over a w...
by meginok
Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:10 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: crap crap crap
Replies: 124
Views: 8522

*fingerscrossed* that it's something minor!!!!

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