Sick Puppy

I have a 20 week old Alaskan Malamute/Husky mix puppy. She is a spunky little thing, but lately(about the last 3 weeks) after she eats she’ll either throw up or get diaherra. It doesnt matter what she eats this happens. We asked the vet about it and he said that she seems happy and healthy and that we shouldn’t worry too much unless we start seeing blood. Well, honestly I am tired of having to clean up the messes on my carpet(although I will because I love her so much and I know she cant help it) just because he didnt know what to tell us and didnt give us anything. We have tried giving her Beneful(all flavors), Ol Roy(all flavors) and Science Diet: Small Bites with Lamb and Rice. Is there anything that I can try to see if maybe I can get her stomach settled until I can take her to another vet for a second opinion?

Answer #1

Well…for absolute SURE, I’d dump the Old Roy…

My gut feeling about feeding a premium food to your dogs…all their lives…is that it keeps a dog healthy for when old age starts to rear it’s head…Dogs don’t eat corn…but if you look at old roy or benefil or Science Diet…you’ll see it listed as the first or second ingredient…that means that it’s the largest part of what you’re feeding…Dogs eat meat…so when buying a dogfood, the first two ingredients should always be from a meat source. Buying one brand for both dogs is easier…and I think even tho your older girl is doing fine, you’ll see a difference in her coat and skin health…

My dog MoJo has itched since the day I picked up at the airport 4 years ago…I can’t tell you how many foods I’ve tried, to get him to quit chewing himself (no different than if he had fleas…which he doesn’t!)…It’s taken me four years to finally, drop ALL grain out of his diet…I started feeding “Taste of the Wild”…which tho it has other things like sweet potatoes, carrots, eggs, and blueberries in it…the first three ingredients are meat source. There is not a single grain (no oats, no barley, no corn, no soy, no bran, no gluten)…and he has STOPPED itching…completely!

This isn’t necessarily what your puppy needs, but just an insight into how to go about finding what she does need. The one rule of thumb tho…only buy kibble with a meat souce for the first 2 or three ingredients on the list at the side of sack…and sticking to that list…using only the A’s and B’s.


Answer #2

PS…If you have a Costco card, that Kirklands is VERY inexpensive, yet it’s scored an A+ on the list…Also the Eagle Pack Holistic is pretty inexpensive for what you get…it’s also rated an A.


Answer #3

I was just reading up on natural good food for siberian huskies the whole of yesterday (the whole no artificial preservatives, no by-products, wheat, soy gluten, corn, etc) and came up with a few brands, Solid Gold being the best, and then the ones after that are the next best:

  • Solid Gold
  • Blue Buffalo
  • Canidae
  • Origen

Between Solid Gold and Blue Buffalo, a vet tech said that Solid Gold is better, even though BB is good. For Blue Buffalo, I would try the Life Protection puppy range, or the Blue Buffalo Wilderness range (it’s formulated for active types of dogs like huskies and other working dogs).

Answer #4

PS…don’t let the Vet try to talk you into Prescription Diet…It’s also a product made by Science Diet…and chock full of corn…Frankly, I’ve wondered if one of the pre-requisits of graduating from Vet school, is if they HAVE to buy stock in Science Diet…LOL…It always seems incredible to me, that they push it like they do, when it’s so crappy and at the same time…so expensive!


Answer #5

Well, I third what phrannie said. Old Roy, crap dog food. Sounds like allergies to me also.

Answer #6

I second what phrannie has told you. We don’t even give Ol’Roy to our shelter dogs =)

Answer #7

yeah I think so, sorry im not up to date with dog food brands lol, but yeah try her on those :)

Answer #8

She only eats dry food. Like saltines? I never thought of that.

Answer #9

maybe dry food? is she a fussy eater? if she isnt maybe give her some plain crackers, see how she goes.

Answer #10

What about my other dog? Should we ease her on it as well? She is fully grown and has nerv had a problem with the food. Thank you so much for this list and all the information you provided, it is very helpful. =]

Answer #11

Well, going thru the list of foods you’re feeding…lets start by easing her into a good dog food…every one of those…especially the Ol Roy and the Benefil are crap! I’d be scared to death of how many ingredients in the Old Roy that came from China!! All the above foods are packed with grain. Time to start getting your dogfood at Petco, or Cennex, or another feed store you have locally. My guess is that your pup is allergic to some additive in these commercial foods.

Here’s a list of “graded” dog foods…kibble food. Premium food is NOT necessarily that much more expensive. Because they lack all that grain, the dog utilizes more of the nutrients in the food…You feed less, and they poop less…

Also, call and ask your vet if when they did the stool sample, did they check for Coccydia?? They always check for worms, but not necessarily for parasites like Coccydia or Giardia…Coccydia is a parasite that lots of dogs can carry but it raises havoc in the gut of a puppy. (I’d never heard of it, until I got my last puppy, and the Vet finally checked for it…and voila! He had it).

The list…it’s graded by the ingredients…My gut feeling is that she simply needs a premium (higher scored) dogfood…Many people here at FunAdvice have truly benefited when they changed their pup over to a better food. Remember to change her over gradually…like 1/2 and 1/2 the first day…taking the next couple days to get her on some good food.

Dog Food scores: Alpo Prime Cuts / Score 81 C Artemis Large/Medium Breed Puppy / Score 114 A+ Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+ Authority Harvest Baked Less Active / Score 93 B Beowulf Back to Basics / Score 101 A+ Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F Blackwood 3000 Lamb and Rice / Score 83 C Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice / Score 106 A+ Burns Chicken and Brown Rice / Score 107 A+ Canidae / Score 112 A+ Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+ Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A Diamond Performance / Score 85 C Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+ Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Venison and Brown Rice / Score 106 A+ Dick Van Patten’s Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+ EaglePack Holistic / Score 102 A+ Eukanuba Adult / Score 81 C Eukanuba Puppy / Score 79 C Flint River Senior / Score 101 A+ Foundations / Score 106 A+ Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 B Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D Innova Dog / Score 114 A+ Innova Evo / Score 114 A+ Innova Large Breed Puppy / Score 122 A+ Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+ Member’s Mark Chicken and Rice / Score 84 C Merrick Wilderness Blend / Score 127 A+ Nature’s Recipe / Score 100 A Nature’s Recipe Healthy Skin Venison and Rice / Score 116 A+ Nature’s Variety Raw Instinct / Score 122 A+ Nutra Nuggets Super Premium Lamb Meal and Rice / Score 81 C Nutrience Junior Medium Breed Puppy / Score 101 A+ Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B Nutro Max Adult / Score 93 B Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice / Score 98 A Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Wheat Free / Score 86 B Nutro Natural Choice Senior / Score 95 A Nutro Ultra Adult / Score 104 A+ Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F Premium Edge Chicken, Rice and Vegetables Adult Dry / Score 109 A+ Pro Nature Puppy / Score 80 C Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach / Score 94 A Purina Benful / Score 17 F Purina Dog / Score 62 F Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F Purina One Large Breed Puppy / Score 62 F Royal Canin Boxer / Score 103 A+ Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+ Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+ Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A Solid Gold / Score 99 A Summit / Score 99 A Timberwolf Organics Wild & Natural Dry / Score 120 A+ Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+ Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A

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