My puppy "Mia" just turned one at the end of MAY! She has been sick since March. We have taken her to the vet, now she is a very hyper active dog, she has park jack russel in her! The vet said she has ADHD LOL! Anyway she started with this certian kind of dog food and she stopped eating it. She gets into these modes where she shakes, give u that puppy face, tail between her legs, and then throws up. She has been better. The vet put her on NEW food that we are weening her on, and its the kinda dry dog food thats already digested or something like that. But she is being a little stinker and only picking out the new food because she likes it better than the old. But this dogs still has modes when she just is all mushy and not feeling good. She has been okay with the throw up thing for a bit. And the gurgling in her stomach, you don't even need a stethascope to hear it, because it is SOO LOUD!! But i was wondering if anyone else had this problem and maybe could help my mother and I!
Maggie (2 yr old Beagle) went thru a similar experience last year. We had opened a fresh bag of dry food (good brand too) and she kept throwing it up! Since then after lots of research on what goes in dog food I have given up on it. Maggie now only gets homecooked. She was also having allergies and other problems that caused the big switch.
When Maggie doesn't feel well she does do the shaking and tail tuck. That does mean "Hey I don't feel so good".
Beagles are very energetic dogs. Even at 2 she is very active. Try to find a good quality pet food and once her stomach settles and she is feeling better start exercising her dailey. A good walk 1 or 2 times a day will help a LOT!
Maggie never had problems with switching dog foods or eating homecook food. Her stomach is really good at the switching. When she kept having the problems with the dry I knew there was a BIG problem. If your dog picks out only the new brand don't worry about it.
Now when you say homecooked, what exactly do you feed your beagle?? My mom wants to know how do you make sure you are giving them all the nutrients the dog needs?? Because Mia does have a sensitive stomach, when she was really sick, the vet had us put her on bland chicken and noodles!
I hope you read this message Beagle/bassethound because im new at this whole replying bored thing! HAHA i hope to hear from u soon!
We started off with a basic chicken, rice, and veggie combo. I try to include all sorts of veggies (orange, green, yellow).
Now we do a multi-grain mix instead of plain rice and include yams as well for the carb portion. We do chicken and chicken liver for the protein. I also make beef liver treats too! Yogurt mixed with fresh ground flaxseed (sometimes with banana or pumpkin) is another fun treat!
I give her a diet that I would normally eat myself. It includes all different kinds of veggies, moderate amount of fruits, low fat meats. Yogurt is given almost dailey. Cheese, eggs, cottage cheese is given a couple times a week. Sometimes I use ground sirloin and beef liver instead of chicken and chicken liver- maybe once a week per month.
Supplements are also given to be sure she gets all the stuff she needs. Alfalfa, kelp, wheatgerm, vit B complex, vit C (if she is having a bad allergy day), apple cider vinegar (organic- lots of minerals in it) to name a few. I do NOT give her supplements (a multi tab) every single day. I can usually judge what she has consumed and add a vitamin IF I think she needs one- though alfalfa, kelp and wheat germ is given dailey.
I know a LOT about human nutrition so the transfer of knowledge is not as difficult. I know what vitamins are in most foods (and how to prepare the foods to keep most of the nutrients) and then supplement according to what is missing. I use certain foods everyday since they contain vit E and other trace minerals. Vit. B complex is given on days where the grains she consumed did not supply enough. I also lightly cook her veggies and then add the veggies (with the water) to the grains and meat.
I hope that answers some of your questions. There are many "recipes" available as well as great books on the subject. I happen to read books a lot on many subjects - nutrition, dogs, dog health, vitamins, things like that. Your library might be a good place to start and if you find a book you like then you can always go purchase it.
My vet is aware of what Maggie eats and agrees that she is getting what she needs. Your vet could probably help you if you brought in a few recipes you thought you might want to try. It is best to start with your vets help until you become more familier and confident!