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05-01-2014 03:09 PM
shepherdmom
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Originally Posted by krisana627 View Post
My 6 month female shepherd won't eat. She was eating fine but over the past several days I have noticed she has not touched her food. She will eat her treats, but nothing from her bowl. Trainer wants me to hand feed her once a day, I have tried that too, but she won't eat. I am afraid she is going to get sick. I've been reading the diet & nutrition thread for advice so I see there seems to be a lot of opinions. I just would like to know what the best dry food for her is.
Look in her mouth... Is she teething? That can be painful and cause them to not eat for a couple of days. Otherwise if not, I would think about getting her checked out by a vet. If she was eating fine and suddenly isn't, there might be a problem.
05-01-2014 02:53 PM
krisana627
Help! Picky Eater

My 6 month female shepherd won't eat. She was eating fine but over the past several days I have noticed she has not touched her food. She will eat her treats, but nothing from her bowl. Trainer wants me to hand feed her once a day, I have tried that too, but she won't eat. I am afraid she is going to get sick. I've been reading the diet & nutrition thread for advice so I see there seems to be a lot of opinions. I just would like to know what the best dry food for her is.
04-24-2014 02:24 PM
Heidigsd
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Originally Posted by shepherdmom View Post
You know what I'm good with Science Diet. I know there are a lot of haters out there, but he does well on it. Yes I tried switching him slow. Yes I gave pumpkin. I waited quite a while before trying again on a different food. He just gets itchy and miserable on the other foods. He is almost 6 months now. I'm going to wait until I switch him off puppy to adult food before I try again.
If your dog does well on the food, I really wouldn't care what other people have to say. My Heidi never did good on any of the so called high quality kibbles. She was on Eukanuba most of her life and did great on it. She lived to be 14 years old
04-24-2014 01:36 PM
gsdheeler My first trip to the Holistic Vet, she told me she thought there was more nutrition in the packaging than in the food itself.
04-24-2014 11:14 AM
shepherdmom
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Originally Posted by LaRen616 View Post
Did you switch kibbles very slowly, like take a week or week and a half to make the full switch? Did you attempt to add canned pumpkin to help firm up stools? Was he switched so often that his belly never had the chance to adjust to a kibble?

When I got Draco he was on Purina Pro Plan Select, we tried switching to Solid Gold Wolf Cub but it didn't agree with him, then we tried Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream and that had too many purines for him (Dalmatian issue) and caused skin issues so we switched to Natural Balance's Lamb Meal and Brown Rice only to find out that that was also too high in purines so we switched to Wellness Complete Health and he is doing amazing on it. We didn't give up on good quality kibbles, we kept trying until we found one that agreed with him.

If you are in an area where dog food selection is limited then try ordering from Chewy, their prices are decent and they will ship to you.

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You know what I'm good with Science Diet. I know there are a lot of haters out there, but he does well on it. Yes I tried switching him slow. Yes I gave pumpkin. I waited quite a while before trying again on a different food. He just gets itchy and miserable on the other foods. He is almost 6 months now. I'm going to wait until I switch him off puppy to adult food before I try again.
04-23-2014 03:49 PM
LaRen616
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Originally Posted by shepherdmom View Post
I've given up. Puppy does well on science diet. I have tried several other supposedly better brands and every single one gives him either diarrhea or the itchies. He does well on Science Diet. So that's what we will stick with for now.
Did you switch kibbles very slowly, like take a week or week and a half to make the full switch? Did you attempt to add canned pumpkin to help firm up stools? Was he switched so often that his belly never had the chance to adjust to a kibble?

When I got Draco he was on Purina Pro Plan Select, we tried switching to Solid Gold Wolf Cub but it didn't agree with him, then we tried Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream and that had too many purines for him (Dalmatian issue) and caused skin issues so we switched to Natural Balance's Lamb Meal and Brown Rice only to find out that that was also too high in purines so we switched to Wellness Complete Health and he is doing amazing on it. We didn't give up on good quality kibbles, we kept trying until we found one that agreed with him.

If you are in an area where dog food selection is limited then try ordering from Chewy, their prices are decent and they will ship to you.

Dog and Cat Food, Treats, and Supplies | Free Shipping at Chewy.com
04-23-2014 03:27 PM
LaRen616
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Originally Posted by Lucy Dog View Post
I know people that smoked for 50 years and never got cancer either. Does that make smoking ok? Obviously smoking for 50 years and feeding science diet to a dog are two completely different things. My point is just because it worked well for your one dog does not make it a decent food compared to it's competition. Dogs will probably get by on science diet, but i'd prefer a little more than just getting by. Just me though.

Just look at the ingredients. Little meat and full of fillers and the stuff isn't cheap. The calcium is probably low in that food because there's not much meat. It's just corn, rice, soy, etc.

It's been discussed a thousand times on here. You're on here enough to have the time to do a 10 minute search and you'll find a huge list of affordable kibbles, that have better ingredients than SD, and around the same price range.

Here's two similar kibbles and both ok for LBP's. Fromm is a much better food. Keep in mind that the fromm is 33# and science diet is 30#.

Hill's Science Diet Puppy Large Breed Dry Dog Food

Fromm Gold Holistic Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food
04-23-2014 02:41 PM
wyoung2153 Only my opinion and experience. I don't like it. Titan was suggested to try it for his allergies, different ones, and became completely lethargic on it. No interest in playing, no spunk, no anything. It was like the lights went out. Took him off it, and clearly he is back to himself. lol.

I have known others to do very well n it, but I try to stay away from it if I can. I now look at ingredients, not necessarily brand anymore, though.
04-23-2014 01:39 PM
Castlemaid As with many things, it depends. If it was the only food that my dog did well on, then I would stick with it. Otherwise, I don't consider it a good food. The prescription diets can help in some instances, but not always.

My experience with Science Diet: One of my cats developed UTI a few years ago. To help clear it she went on the Science Diet Urinary Tract health food for the duration of a bag - it worked great for her, and no more recurrences. She is back on regular cat food.

My dog started having seasonal allergies a couple of years ago. Now the allergies seem to be year-round. I was looking into allergy testing when the vet thought we should eliminate the possibility of food allergies before moving forward, and recommended the Science Diet analergenic food. Gryff is fed raw, but in the big scheme of things, I felt that a couple of months on kibble won't do any harm, so agreed to try it.

Well, two weeks into the SD his back broke out in the most horrible, pustulating, oozy, ugly hot spots! At least a dozen, in huge clusters. Seems to have happened overnight.

Took him off the SD immediately and his back is healing up nicely one week later.

So it worked fine for my cat, caused a nasty reaction on my dog - as a prescription diet for specific conditions, it is worth a try.

As a regular diet, I won't go near it again!
04-23-2014 11:27 AM
shepherdmom
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Originally Posted by Lucy Dog View Post
It's not brand new. Pretty sure it's been out at least a year. It's the stuff my current puppy was on from the breeder that i got in the summer, so it's been out since then at least.

If they don't carry it, maybe you can ask if they'd start to order it. If they already carry the regular stuff, I'd think it wouldn't be that big of a deal. It's worth asking.
I've given up. Puppy does well on science diet. I have tried several other supposedly better brands and every single one gives him either diarrhea or the itchies. He does well on Science Diet. So that's what we will stick with for now.
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