I believe that you are the one with the Pitbull facing hair loss. Now that you mention that you feed Purina Kibbles and Chunks, that could be the reason. It is not a quality dog food and your dog could be allergic to the ingredients.
Many dogs cannot handle corn in their diets. Here is a list of the first dozen ingredients in the food you are using... Ground yellow corn, ground wheat, soybean meal, beef and bone meal, corn gluten meal, beef tallow preserved with BHA and mixed-tocopherols (source of Vitamin E), sugar, water, sorbitol, animal digest.
Corn is the first ingredient and also the 5th ingredient. Please consider getting your dogs on a better dog food.
You can't stay young forever. You can, however, remain immature, always.
There are two threads at the top of this section with excellent information on foods with problems and excellent food. Both of these threads are "stickies"...they remain at the top of this section at all times. Perhaps you will find something that works better for you and your dogs if you check out the information in those threads.
"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful".
I was talking to Albie's trainer the other day and she told me about this pit puppy the was brought in a few weeks ago. Being a pit lover herself, and trying to drum up interest in a puppy class I'm sure, she went over to meet the puppy and his family, started a conversation. The puppy was only 10 weeks old. While she was loving on him, she noticed a spot on one of his feet and pointed it out to the owners, who hadn't noticed it before. She recommended they take it to the vet to ask about it and they did. They can back earlier this week to thank her - turns out it was a tumor. The vet said he was probably born with it, but the reason that it had grown so quickly - from unnoticable when that got the puppy at 8 weeks to the size it was a 10 - was due in part to the dog food they were feeding it... Old Roy.
I dont know much about it but that its cheap and usually you get what you pay for.I had a guy tell me to try Exceed and also Maxximum I think both at Wal Mart also but you may want to check around because I asked also about the 2 I just mentioned but for some reason I cant post threads or send messages so I dont know if either are worth switching to. I have to switch real soon as well (local feed mill shutting down)
Ol Roy: has basically the same ingredients. I can't find it on the web so I would have to go to a Wal-Mart. Anyway its not good for dog
Here is what you want in a QUALITY Dog Food: a- turkey, chicken, turkey meal, chicken meal b- deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, russet potato c- salmon meal, brown rice, oatmeal barley, canola oil d- lamb meal, ground whole brown rice, oatmeal, rice bran
Stay away from food with Corn as it not good for dogs. How often do you see a dog eating ears of corn out in the cornfield ? Anyway and unfortunately most dog food especially the heavily advertised varities of dog food are poor quailty. Really it can be difficult to find quality dog food. Do yourself and your Dog a favor and do some research in to dog feed and you will quickly realize that most dog food is very bad for our dogs
I hear a lot of "well he has done fine on it so far" or "he won't take to or gets the runs with other foods." You may have to try several brands before he likes it. You have to mix the new food in slowly with the old taking a few weeks to get your dog switched over.
I think that Maxximum Nutrition scored in the high 90s on Wiley's dog food scale. It's not a great food like Innova, Canidae or Chicken Soup, but it's better than most foods you can get at Walmart and other chain grocery stores. I've personally fed it and my dogs liked it and did well on the food before they started carrying Chicken Soup for hte Pet Lover's soul in our area. That's what I feed now.
I haven't heard of the other food.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
Thanks Min. The Exceed is at Sams Club only I found out so maybe its thier brand or something. I dont know what I am gonna do GRRR. I guess Ill try Maxximum.I gotta do it fast before I run out of the stuff from the feed mill so I can mix it with the new stuff.Thanks again. By the way sorry I looked at Wileys chart and didnt see the Maxximum.
Pedigree has way too much hype for no better than it is. They run all those enticing TV commercials during the dog shows and leads everyone to believe its an A+ food but its really about as bad as Ol' Roy. Beneful also has a good commercial and the front of the bag looks all wholesome and even has a picture of an ear of corn on it, I guess they think uneducated people will say "oh look, a piece of corn on the bag so it must have nutritious veggies" not realizing corn is a big no no. But that is so far from the truth. Everytime I am in Wal-Mart and see someone with a bag of Ol'Roy in their cart I alway say to my self, poor dog.
if i see someone with ol roy dog food i educate them on the fact that the dog food they are feeding theirs dogs is unhealthy and they switch their dog food right there. now people say that pedigree is bad cause they sell it at grocery stores and walmart well they also have it pet food centers. im not implying that it is a good food but there is really no good dog food out there for your dogs. i believe that feeding ur dogs wat u eat is better than dog food.
Pitbulls only attack my heart and thats one thing that they wont let go of.
Kibbles and Chunks or Bits or whatever contains propylene glycol and hydrochloric acid. I emailed the company and I was told that propylene glycol was acceptable in certain amounts but the rep didn't refer to the hydrochloric acid. I'm sure it's not in a concentration that will dissolve your dog's insides, but would you eat hydrochloric acid? Beneful is full of garbage and artificial colour - they colour it so it looks healthier but if you go by the food rating, it get a mere 17.(to be considered good food, the food must rate at least 100 points).
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland
Pedigree has "Ground Yellow Corn as the main ingredient in some of (maybe more)of their types at least the ones I looked up also it has animal fat in the top 4 ingredients which the Purdue StudyŽ said may lead to bloat in some Large Breed Dogs. Also IMO it has low quality ingredients overall and I would not recommend it.
It wont kill your dog per se, but it does not provide proper nutrition. There are many opinions on what adog food is or should be, my opinion is to first be sure that the foods first ingredient is meat. From there choose one that best fits your budget and what you can acquire in your area.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
I really hate to rain on everyone's parade with the whole "corn" issue, but I would like to know what kind of medical training anyone has in nutrition for pets! Corn = energy...it is not bad for your dog! On the other hand, everyone who is preaching for more protein in their dogs diet...do you know which organ filters protein? Do you know that too much protein in a dog's diet can cause kidney failure? Do you know that dogs do not need a lot of protein in their diet unless they are a "working dog"? For those recommending garbage like Nutro, Diamond foods (which by the way is the most recalled food in the United States, they have more recals then all the other companies put together), Innova and so on, what is the digestability of your food? In other words, if you feed 1 cup of your food, what percentage of that food can actually be absorbed by your dog's body? For those complaining about Purina and Iams, you need to check the research...they are two of the only companies with documented research to back up their foods. They have studies that can be viewed by the public at any time because they are not afraid of what they put in their foods. By the way, you know how people feed their babies DHA in their milk? Purina Pro Plan is the only dog food on the market that has that same ingredient in their puppy food, because it helps with brain development...IN ALL SPECIES! And by the way, the digestability of Purina Pro Plan and Iams is 90-95%! For those who think it's garbage, I would love to see your medical research or reliable sources for your information. I do agree with the Hill's ban tho. They do force their foods down your throat in vet. med school...it is pretty ridiculus.
You have to realize dogs are not and never have been vegitarians...they are supposed to eat meat. If you can't afford a quality food like Innova, research any food made by Natura. This company makes Innova, Evo (which is recommended if you can't feed a raw diet), and several other good foods...all better that Wal-mart etc. brands. Evo has the same quality of food that is consumable by humans, no by-products. I have heard if you have to buy at a supermarket the best there would probably be Purina One. Just read labels for yourself, you'll see.
Ashley2002s, If I feed my dogs a food containing corn, they IMMEDIATELY experience explosive diarrhea. I don't appreciate your arrogance in suggesting the members of this forum don't know the very basics of animal physiology. There are many people on this forum with many years of experience, in rescuing dogs, with severe food allergy problems,as well as owners and breeders. To answer your question, yes, MANY of us know which organs filter protein.
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