about 8 months ago salty started drinking tons and tons of water. i took her in and had bloodwork and a urine done on her and everything came back perfect except for a large amount of protein in her urine. we ran further tests on the urine and it was determined that it is a dietary issue and not a kidney failing issue. so i needed to switch her food to something lower in protein than the canidae which is 26%.
so i switched her to wellness senior and she ate it for awhile and then refused to eat it, i guess she prefers the canidae. so the headache of having 3 different food types in the house, cuz max was still on puppy food and scout doesnt need senior food, was eliminated cuz i just switched her back to the canidae. well now she had a growth removed from her eyelid back in april and all her bloodwork and urine was fine then, but the water drinking issue has returned within the last month. since all her bloodwork was normal, i sent out just a urine on her and voila the same issue again.
so now i need to get serious and put her on a low protein diet forever ( good thing i don't pay for water based on how much is used).
my issue is that i am having a seriously hard time finding any senior foods that have a low protein content. seems all the pet food companies are on this idea that higher protein levels in senior foods is a good thing. while in one respect, maintaining muscle mass, it is, in another aspect, as you can see, it isn't.
so far i have found 2 foods that are low in protein .... wellness and blue buffalo. i was thinking about trying the blue buffalo. ingredient wise it looks decent, fat content is actually slightly lower than wellness which may be a good thing.
any of you guys know of any other foods that i can look into that may have a low senior protein content food ? and also, since scout is only 5 is she still too young to be placed on a senior food or will it be determined by the quality of the food more so than her age ? i have to get max off the canidae because he poops more than my 3 bigger guys combined when he is on that food so to avoid the pain in my ass of having 3 different foods in the house again i am thinking of switching thunder scout and salty all to the senior diet and max to something geared more for just him.
i went through wileys list of some of the good foods but i cant for the life of me think of any decent food companies and the ones i have looked at already have too high a percentage.
thanks for all the help you can give me
(should also add that the food needs to be inexpensive.somewhat comparable in price to the canidae)
***Edited By: scout1 on 6/12/2008 11:50:48 AM*** Reason: .
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This is probably the last topic I should respond to(I don't know a thing about nutrition). We (us and the vets) figure Bailey is at least 6-7 years old, if not older. She and Pebbles both eat California Natural chicken and rice, and if I understood the nutrient analysis correctly, that type would be too high for your household. I browsed their other foods and saw protein around 21%. I'm not sure if that's enough to make a difference.
I never really thought about "senior" food for Bailey until I read your post.
Petco carries Diamond low fat/senior formula. It is 16% protein. It is reasonably priced too. flint River is good, but its about 57 dollars for a 40 pound bag. The Diamond is about 24 dollars for a 35 pound bag.
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thanks guys for the suggestions. flint river looked good until i read there is lamb in it and salty is allergic to lamb. innova was my first choice but the protein is 28 % not 18. dusty, the senior formula of diamond also has a protein content of 25% which is too high. even the cruddy foods on the market all have protein levels that are too high.
i love my dogs but i am not cooking for them. i barely have enough time to cook a decent meal for the humans in the house let alone the dog(s). i will research the hell out of finding them a good dog food to eat but i will draw the line at cooking for them.
i got a bag of the blue buffalo food and mixed some in with their food last night. pray they will eat it. max seemed to like it so i may switch him over to their small breed formula if they have one.
the ingredients for the blue senior don't look too bad do they ?
There's this dry kibble called PetGuard Organics which is a vegetarian dog food. It has 16% protein, 9% fat, 7% fiber. If you feel that a little added protein (meat) is needed you could add it yourself. I don't know which retailer sells it but the company would probably help you if you contact them.