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Old 02-10-2013, 11:04 AM   #136
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If he lost 30 lbs, seems like you could have started by just feeding him less of his regular food and he would have had less poo, lost weight, been healthier, with more energy.... Sometimes the answer is pretty obvious. ;)
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Obvious as it seems, some dogs just can't lose weight on conventional high carb content dog food.
He was 128 and muscular in his unnuetered state. this was on mostly Pinnnacle or Dick Van Pattens Nautural kibble. He had a bad reaction to a rabies shot, had an emergency surgery to remove two softball size testes ( which were growing so big there was concern his scrotum would split open)

He was sluggish for a few months after that, I didn't blame him, and he no longer had any testosterone to burn off the fat. His weight crept up slowly, he just could not lose the weight on his previous diet, no matter how little of it he ate.

He is now back to his former weight.
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:07 AM   #137
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If he lost 30 lbs, seems like you could have started by just feeding him less of his regular food and he would have had less poo, lost weight, been healthier, with more energy.... Sometimes the answer is pretty obvious. ;)

what's wrong with big poops anyway? When my guy takes a big dump, he looks back at it and acts so proud!
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:40 PM   #138
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Forgo to add, I'm feeding my 57 pound labradoodle Iams Simple and Natural chicken, etc.

I looked for Taste of the Wild, but the local Petco doesn't carry it in store...although their website said they did. Tractor Supply has it but its not convenient. Price wise, TOTW is only about .20 cents a pound more than Iams.


Follow up: Our dog is working his way through his Iams Simple and Natural bag. There are days where he lets it sit for hours before eating. I don't think he likes it. And the gas! He's squeaking out "Silent But Deadlys" all day and night. I thought maybe his anal glands were full, but that's not the case, he's just farting all the time. The UPS man just delivered a 30 pound bag of Taste of the Wild. I'm going to start mixing it into his bowl until the Iams is gone. I sure hope it stops up his methane leak!

We decided to just order Taste of the Wild from Amazon, $46 shipped to our front door!
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:25 PM   #139
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If he's anything like mine he'll scarf it down.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:11 PM   #140
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Yeah, I mixed some TotW into his Iams tonight. He wolfed it down, then licked the bowl clean after he finished. This morning, he did not finish his bowl of Iams, and let it sit for several hours. I think he's liking the taste of the 'Wild" Bison and Venison. I'm just now hoping his farts ease up!
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:29 AM   #141
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My dogs get Old Yeller + occaisional table scraps + whatever they can kill on the farm.
If you have to buy gourmet brands to get your dog to eat, it's not the food , it's the lack of exercise. Dogs are decendants of wolves, that that ran down dinner and only ate after they killed or found a kill. A short walk around the block before dinner doesn't cut it.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:42 PM   #142
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my Dals have always gotten a home maid lamb and veg stew with some kraut lamb and rice blend, they seem to like it. The really agressive girl we had calmed down a bit with the fresh lamb.

4 rescues later down to only one, but she likes the menu.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:01 PM   #143
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I've been feeding my dog Taste of the Wild for the last year or so now. I used to also have a boxer, and my boxer was a very picky eater. I started feeding him whatever crap the pet store sent me home with. Iams I think. He simply wasn't eating it. He wasn't putting on weight and just didn't seem to care for it. I then made the switch to Taste of the Wild and haven't looked back. He loved it. He would scarf it right up, which he never did before. He no longer had the constant terrible gas, and his coat became much softer and healthier feeling. Switching from the crap bulk pet feed to a quality dog food really made a world of difference.

My boxer died. When I got my Olde English Bulldogge I fed him TOTW from the get go. He was a rescue and was fed 'Ol Roy (I think was the name of that 'food'). Within about two weeks of getting him, his coat looked a hundred times better and his noxious gas was cut way down. To be fair, his gas could have been caused by the sudden change from his old dog food to TOTW. I didn't buy 'Ol Roy just to ween him off of it. I just immediately made the switch.

Bottom line, I can't recommend a real quality dog food highly enough.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:58 AM   #144
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My dogs get Old Yeller + occaisional table scraps + whatever they can kill on the farm.
If you have to buy gourmet brands to get your dog to eat, it's not the food , it's the lack of exercise. Dogs are decendants of wolves, that that ran down dinner and only ate after they killed or found a kill. A short walk around the block before dinner doesn't cut it.
So as long as he runs a lot I can feed him propylene glycol,phosphoric acid,glyceryl monostearate and titanium dioxide?

I don't think so. I don't treat my friends that way.
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So as long as he runs a lot I can feed him propylene glycol,phosphoric acid,glyceryl monostearate and titanium dioxide?

I don't think so. I don't treat my friends that way.


This serves the old saying "you are what you eat". I don't give a fuck how much the dog gets to run, they are still composed of whatever they ingest. Their lives are already too short and I care about them way too much to feed them anything less than the highest quality food.
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Okay, so on the subject of dog food/what they are eating, how the hell can I get our new rescue to stop eating his own crap? His regular diet consists of Blue Buffalo Wilderness adult duck recipe, dry. He was eating Newman's Own organics when we got him from the rescue group and we weened him over a couple weeks. He gets fed three times a day, about 1 cup per serving. He's a 43-ish pound poodle mix.

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Okay, so on the subject of dog food/what they are eating, how the hell can I get our new rescue to stop eating his own crap? His regular diet consists of Blue Buffalo Wilderness adult duck recipe, dry. He was eating Newman's Own organics when we got him from the rescue group and we weened him over a couple weeks. He gets fed three times a day, about 1 cup per serving. He's a 43-ish pound poodle mix.

Dogs often eat their own crap because they have nutritional deficiencies. With a good diet this may go away on its own as your dog 'fills' its body stores of whatever vitamin/mineral it may have been lacking prior to your rescue. There are a ton of other reasons why they do it, to include that some dogs just like to eat their own crap.

I'd give it a few weeks and see if it goes away. If it doesn't, ask your vet.
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Dogs often eat their own crap because they have nutritional deficiencies. With a good diet this may go away on its own as your dog 'fills' its body stores of whatever vitamin/mineral it may have been lacking prior to your rescue. There are a ton of other reasons why they do it, to include that some dogs just like to eat their own crap.

I'd give it a few weeks and see if it goes away. If it doesn't, ask your vet.
The vet's response during the initial post-adoption visit: "I'd love to have a dog that cleaned up after himself."

I'm hoping it subsides in a few weeks. We'll see.
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The vet's response during the initial post-adoption visit: "I'd love to have a dog that cleaned up after himself."
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Mine have always been fond of deer pellets, left in the yard. They've been known to sniff out goose poop too!
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