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  • I had 3 diets made for our dogs, our shihtzu's skin get itchy and red when we give him the Chef's Canine Complete supplement. I am worried that he is not getting a complete nutrient profile without it, he is eating. Can you give us some options based on the diet you created?
  • Food allergies can only occur to a food protein, not a fat, carb, vitamin or mineral.

    The only protein in the Chef's Canine Complete is about 5% chickpea which is a novel protein source for the majority of dogs so it is unlikely to be the cause of the skin issue.

    It is necessary to feed a novel diet for 12 weeks exclusively in order to diagnosis a skin related food allergy.

    Additionally you purchased turkey based diets but turkey is not usually a novel protein source. Yes we can make other suggestions.


    If you are seeing rapid changes in the skin day to day changes, then mostly the dog has atopy and not a food allergy.

    If you want some help with this, please consider a nutrition consultation with us.

  • I have just recently adopted a rescue cocker spaniel. He is about 7 to 8 years old and tests show that he has poor kidney function. He doesn't appear sick to me. When we first got him he was drinking a lot of water and peeing more than my two senior dogs. Now that he has been with me and has had access to fresh drinking water and has been eating proper food, he doesn't drink or pee any more than my other dogs. He loves going on walks, is very energetic and alert. He has occasional fluid therapy at my Vets and and he is now on Hill's Prescription k/d kibble and canned food. Is this the best food out there for him and should he be on supplements as well? (Also, I still feed him treats because what the heck - you only live once)!
  • Yes this food has been shown in clinical trial in dogs with naturally occurring renal disease to extend thier lives by many months compared with renal dogs not feed a renal diet.
    No supplements needed this diet is specifically designed for dogs with renal disease including nutrients thought to be helpful.

  • Is it safe for a dog to remain on Hill's prescription cd dog food for life?
  • You can call the Hill's 800 number yourself but yes the product carries the following statement:

    Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that Prescription Diet® c/d® Multicare Canine pet
    foods provide complete and balanced nutrition for maintenance of adult dogs.
  • Hello, I have 10 months old maltese. I've been thinking about switching her on ziwipeak air dried Food. My question is about the percentage of protein. Many people say that little dogs don't need more protein than 26% because they can have issues with their liver, I really like the ingredients in ziwipeak but I'm afraid of the protein level which is over 30%. Can you please advise. Thank you
  • Honestly 30% is unnecessarily high compared with their actual requirement but feeding high protein does not cause liver or renal diseases.
    Feeding a high protein diet does make it more difficult to feed them a lower protein diet later in their life if needed for a medical condition.
  • Hi there,

    This is an ingredient list for a dehydrated dog food. Should I have any concerns with these ingredients?

    Chicken (Cooked NAE Mechanically Separated Chicken, Rosemary
    Extract), Creamer (Coconut Oil, Soluble Corn Fiber, Sodium Caseinate, Sunflower Lecithin, Silicon Dioxide), Cranberries,Apples, Spinach Powder, Celery, Apple Powder,Cabbage Powder, Pumpkin Powder, Beef Protein Isolate, Rosemary, Basil, Vitamin Blend (Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Biotin, Folic Acid, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K1, Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Selenium, Zinc.)
  • Contrary to blah blah blah about ingredient on the package, only those allowed by regulation can be used, so there should not any ingredients not already approved for pet foods in the product. If the product is contaminated or adulterated, that will not be written on the label for you to see. You have to trust in the manufacturer to produce a safe and nutritious product which is quite the leap of faith for some manufacturers. You can see previous posts if you are interested in why rating dog foods by the ingredient list is a waste of time, effort and bandwidth.


  • Our 4-yr old Bichon recently had some significant digestive problems. The vet prescribed Hill's I/D kibble. When I looked on DogFoodAdvisor (I know they aren't nutritionists, but they do a good job of analyzing dog food), they don't rate the food very high. If it is low fat that is needed because of the digestive problems, there are others that are highly recommended - like Wellness Core Reduced Fat, From Gold Coast Weight Management, Royal Canin. Our dog seems pretty much back to normal, but he sure doesn't relish his food like he used to (then on Acana Grasslands), and he seems hungrier than he used to be. Advise?
  • Rating foods based on ingredient list is simply foolish ....  Hence he is known as the Dog Fool Advisor. See previous posts if you are interested in why rating dog foods by the ingredient list is a waste of time, effort and bandwidth.

    If a low fat diet works and one OTC seems to be working for the dog for now .... that's fine although it does seem like you are just guessing at what the dog needs at this point.
    Hopefully for you and the dog it will continue to work. However, if and when you need a significant consistent low fat diet, you will have to come back the Veterinary therapeutic market. 

  • My dog has elevated liver enzymes, my vet says not emergent levels. Is there a good food to feed her that will help, not considering the prescription which in my opinion are overpriced trash bags.
  • Yes you might want to consider change to the usual OTC food if the liver is compromised or dysfunctional. There is more than one type of liver disease. And what needs to change in the food depends on the disease.
    The nutrient profile changes recommended for certain types of liver are not allowed in OTC foods. So if you are objecting to commercial therapeutic foods, then you're left with a homemade diet for the rest of the dog's life unless the liver disease resolves.

  • I am a young veterinarian from Nigeria. I've been thinking if compounding dog meal, but i don't have an idea of what ingredients to use and in what proportion of each to use, for both puppies and adult dogs. I will appreciate any useful information. Thanks in anticipation.
  • You should be able to download the Canine Nutrition chapters 12-18 from the Small Animal Clinical Nutrition 2010 from the MMI Bookstore (
  • I read a pet industry digest called Looked at an article dated today about horse meat and phenobarb found in Evanger's canned dog food.This company has come under fire from the FDA before, if memory serves. I've included the link for you. My cats have been eating dry and canned Purina ProPlan for awhile (switched from Royal Canin because of formulas changes). Do you think Purina would knowingly use horse meat in their cat foods? Do I need to worry about phenobarb in my cats' food, as well? Do you know if Purina actively screens for such chemical contaminants? This kind of stuff feeds the furor that deceased pets are actively used by the pet food industry. It's all very distressing.

    My cats are my kids, so of course I worry. Thanks as always.
  • Understandably – this is wrong on several levels. This is where the quality control procedures of the manufacturer come to light. Such information is NO where on the label.

    If this “adulterated” ingredient was sold to other pet food manufacturers and went un-checked, or if Evangers has their products co-packed, unfortunately, there may be more recalls.

    If any manufacture knowingly used horse meat in the USA, it would have to be declared on the label. Horse meat in pet foods in the USA is not illegal, but it is not in the generic “meat” definition so it must be declared on the label, just like venison or alligator, etc. To have it in the food knowingly and not on the label, is a violation of the pet food regulations in most US states.

    I can attempt to address your concerns based on what I know and have seen at Purina over the last 30 yrs about their procedures for accepting or rejecting ingredients, independent testing and vetting of ingredient vendors; however, I would suggest you call and ask them directly.

    Tell them about your concerns with controlling ingredients and that you would like to know how they test their incoming ingredients and the final product before releasing from the plant.

  • You have a lot of faith in the AAFCO, yes? You said dry food will help prevent tarter on pets teeth!!! I eat dry food , my teeth still have to be brushed. So tell me, how does pentobarbital get in canned dog food, what a mystery!!! You must be a player, in the money making, lying pet food industy!!
  • “Faith in AAFCO” - that is a strange statement.  AAFCO is not a mystical being .... just an organization of with reps from all aspects of the FEED (everything but human food) industry.

    Some US states have fully, partially or not at all adopted their suggested rules into their code that regulates pet food within that state.  If you do not like the AAFCO rules in your state, speak to your state legislature who has the final decision ... not AAFCO.

    Eating dry food helps dog with tartar but as I have said many times, even when O feeds VOHC documented foods - there is nothing better than brushing the dog or cats teeth several times a week.

    Pentobarbital has appeared in certain pet food products on several previous occasions - it is not a new occurrence. Each time previously, the FDA has investigated and found that cattle, sheep, goats or pigs euthanized with the drug were incorporated into the pet food product.

    It really is not a mystery .... but does speak volumes about the lack of quality controls exercised by those particular manufacturers at the point of accepting or rejecting ingredients .... which in turn speaks to the importance of knowing your manufacturer and NOT being fixed on the label ingredient list. 

    In my 30 years as a veterinary nutritionists, I have never worked for a pet food company.

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