My labador retriever/pit bull (she's a mix) is on the canned food, on a brand called Alpo. She's okay with it, but we wanted to try someting new. We gave her Benenful, and the right amount the bag told us to, and she ate it, and it looked like she liked it! But then right after, as she she was about to scratch on the door to come in the house, she vomitted it all right up! We were wondering why... does anyone have an answer to share?
Most likely, she threw up because dogs bellies are sensitive and you shouldn't just switch food in one shot. If you really want to keep feeding her the Beniful (there are much better brands out there, IMO) try doing it gradually. Try adding a 1/4 cup of it to the Alpo and gradually increasing it every day for about a week.
Changing food slowly is the best way. Others are now leaning toward changing Dog food every three to four months to give your dog a varity of food and different meat sources. Makes a bit of sence. Feeding Raw I don't feed the same thing everyday.I switch it up and give them different things.
Thank you sooo much everyone...! Were going to to try a different dry food brand... does anyone know anything on Science diet? That's what my dog's vet recommended for her. I'm taking all of your suggestions... I will post how they work once I finish. If anyone has anything else to say, please post it here!
Your vet says Science diet because they get a kick back from it.It is not a good quality food. Here is where you learn the language of dog food bags. Learn it and then go looking for a good food.You will soon learn how bad most food are... http://www.the-natural-pet.com/dogfoodingredients.htm
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ Remeber all this sites are tools for you to be able to find the best food possible for your dog. Science Diet Adult dog food. This food receives a 1 star rating simply because there is nothing lower.
The primary ingredient is Corn meal, another low quality ingredient. Corn is a problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. We prefer not to see this used in dog food.
The second ingredient in the food is by-products. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is “a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.”
Animal fat is a further low quality ingredient and is impossible to determine the source. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as "obtained from the tissues of mammals and/or poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative". It is a concern to see a fat as the third ingredient. Research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of a dry food as a factor that increases the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.
Beet pulp is further filler and a controversial ingredient – it is a by-product, being dried residue from sugar beets which has been cleaned and extracted in the process of manufacturing sugar. It is a controversial ingredient in dog food, claimed by some manufacturers to be a good source of fibre, and derided by others as an ingredient added to slow down the transition of rancid animal fats and causing stress to kidney and liver in the process. We note that beet pulp is an ingredient that commonly causes problems for dogs, including allergies and ear infections, and prefer not to see it used in dog food. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.
This food contains chemical preservatives (BHA, BHT and propyl gallate) that are believed to be carcinogenic.
I would not feed Alpo or Beneful. Both are low grade foods. A good rule of thumb is to not feed your dog anything that can be found at a supermarket or walmart. Check out your local feed stores. Where they sell farm supplies. They carry the better quality foods, such as Innova, Natural Balance, Canidae, Wellness, Chicken soup, Etc. And as another poster stated. Anytime you switch foods, mix them gradually over a couple of weeks time until you are strictly onto the new food. A sudden change can be a jolt to your dogs digestive system and the reason behind the vomiting.
"No Matter how little money and how few possessions, you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin
I fed SD for years and I don't think it's any better than most big name brands like pedigree or purina. It's really sad that we now have to worry about our vets' motives. They're almost as bad as MD's.
I actually switched vets just because my vet gave me a "sample" bag of Science Diet. I was all like "What's this?" And he goes "I give that to everyone." "Oh, so you recommend this s%^T to everybody? Yew's gotta pay for that ugly-ask yellow Dodge Ram somehow huh," I said. He replied "Well, if you're not happy with my suggestion then perhaps you should find a different vet because I'll always have someone to fill your appointment slot." I haven't gone back since. Although I did receive a postcard that stated my 1 year checkup was coming up. So I had to go back and cause some ruckus about taking my "file" out of their system.
It's kind of funny because my wife is a manager at a local restuarant and a while ago she says to me "Hey, I saw Dr. so-and-so today." And I was all like "Oh really!? Did you pee in his soup then?" She replied with a shocking "No." Then I said "You're a bad wife."
Sourpup- check out this list. I switched my dog from science diet to canidae after reading it and getting some advice here. he's doing great- his coat is amazing and he's more active! Good luck with your search. It can be confusing when your vet recommends crappy food, but mine did too! most people don't ever look into feeding their dogs outside the major brands- so it's awesome that you are! you will definitely notice a difference!!!
It is not the best idea to switch foods right off the whim with dogs. There bellies can't adapt to food just like that. Alpo and Beneful are not the best foods either. They are great, and dogs love them, but it doesn't leave the best effect and it isn't the healthiest either. Science Diet is OK, but not what I would recommend. Good look on your food journey! God Bless,