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  • Hi. I have a 5 year old boxer that has been diagnosed with mast cell tumors. I've been reading a lot about raw food diets and believe this is the healthiest option for her right now since the nutrients have not been depleted due to the cooking process. Do you believe that a balanced raw food diet is superior to a dry dog food diet since it hasn't been cooked? How much nutrients does dry dog food have in it after it's been cooked and processed? Is it tested at all after being cooked to ensure the nutrients are still intact? I'm very confused since there is so much information on the internet. Also I was wandering what your opinion is on synthetic verses natural vitamins. Is one healthier for my dog than the other. Thank you.
  • Do you believe that a balanced raw food diet is superior to a dry dog food diet since it hasn't been cooked?  No .....  often said but never has been demonstrated

    How much nutrients does dry dog food have in it after it's been cooked and processed? The legally binding claim of a food being nutritionally complete and balanced is not only applicable to the day it was made but must also be true on the stated expiration date. So none is the answer.

     Is it tested at all after being cooked to ensure the nutrients are still intact? Yes the better dog foods are FED to adult as the sole food for at least 6 months under a veterinarian's supervision. All those have to be analyzed to prove the claim.

    Synthetic verses natural vitamins. Is one healthier for my dog than the other? No. It has been clearly demonstrate many times over that liver does not care if the vitamins came from a vegetable, fruit or synthetic compound as long as the form of the vitamin is usable. Natural ones are actually more dilute and some are bound up in fiber, which first must be removed before the vitamin is absorbed. So many times more of the natural form must be added to the diet and then the digestibility of the diet should be measured or fed to dogs for 6 months.

  • My daughter has a 5-6 month old Lab puppy. When she got the puppy she was eating dog food but the puppy had worms. Once given the dewormer from the vet, her puppy continued to have loose stool. My daughter has now been giving her puppy cooked rice, cooked chicken, and cooked carrots. In hopes to limit the loose stool. I am very concerned the puppy isn't getting a balanced diet. Her puppy is skinny, I can count the ribs and her fur doesn't look healthy like it did as a puppy. I am having a hard time trying to figure out what to say to her about her puppy & its diet. There is so much information out there about home made diets but it seems like you really need to know what & how much of something to give your puppy to make a balanced diet. Any suggestions on nutrition of a home made diet? Or how to switch the puppy back to dog food? Thank you!
  • There is NO creditable evidence the homemade is better than commercial. I feed my dog a commercially made food. You can feed the puppy a homemade diet but it has to be specifically formulated by a Vet Nutritionist for large breed growth. We can do that work if needed.

    If she wants to feed a good quality large breed growth dry food, then I suggest Hill’s, Purina or Royal Canin. These companies despite the rhetoric on the web, have done the original research work on large breed growing dogs, and have put that knowledge into their foods. Every other company slams them verbally but then copies their formulations.  

    It is confusing out there, because you do not have to be a trained nutritionist to voice an option about what to feed a dog …. So the best advice is to check the credentials of the person before following their advice.
  • Hi, can you please tell me if it is safe to feed my 65-70 pound, 7 year old neutered Weimaraner the following supplements? He has allergies (red, itchy eyes and ears) and hip dysplasia with arthritis. He takes Dasequin and Fish Oil capsules (1200 mg a day).

    Organic Hemp Hearts
    Chia Seeds (soaked in water)
    Turmeric Powder
    Ginger Root - fresh shaved
  • There are not nutiritonal supplements but herbals given for pharmacological reasons.
    Please contact Veterinary Botanical Medicine Assoc
  • What dry dog food do you recommend for my 1 year old (45 pound) goldendoodle?
  • I would suggest you go to: Just Right by Purina.

    You will have several options that are appropriate for your dog.
  • What is your opinion of the new Purina Pro Plan Bright Minds dog food? Is it any better than any other senior food in helping with cognitive dysfunction? And is there any point to feeding the other Bright Minds formula for dogs 1-7 years of age? Are senior formulas in general helpful or are they a gimmick? Thank you.
  • Specifically formulated senior foods like Purina Bright Mind and Hill's b/d do have clinical trials in older dogs put through behavioral and new learning tests. Some of this work as been independently published, but most not to my knowledge.
    In fact Hill’s b/s was formulated with human neurobiologist on the team and won the 2002 Innovation Award. I do not know about any other "senior" foods that have clinical trials demonstrating improved cognitive functions.

    Given there is no "senior" category defined by AAFCO or NRC, the food could therefore be whatever the "manufacturer" thinks a senior dog food should have in it. Some companies have nutritionists, some have vets but a few  innovative companies like HIll's, Purina and Royal Canin have AVMA Boarded Veterinary Nutritionists on staff.

  • I have put a down payment on a Sheltie. The breeder is pushing NuVet vitamins. They are filled with a long list of ingredients which I am wondering are toxic . Among some are: alfalfa, blue green algae, brewers yeast, cats claw,copper, evening primrose,iron, phosphorus,pine bark just to name a few. She says she's giving them to the puppies. My concern is how toxic are they. Based on my own experience with taking human vitamins, I myself have become overcome with toxic symptoms that force me off vitamins.
  • Chances are very good the product contains very low concentrations of nutrients, so probably of very little benefit to the dog.
    Toxicity is a different thing from nutrition. I suggest you go to and look up individual ingredients on their Animal Poison Control web page.

  • I have two female litter mates about a year old. One is normal weight but the other has turned into a ball. I am feeding them 2-1/2 cups of Max Cat Indoor Adult dry food daily and a 3 oz. can of wet food 4 days a week. The "ball" spends a lot of time going back to the dry food. I can't feed them separately, logistically and because I am away one or two nights a week during the summer (I use an auto feeder for dry food). Should I feed less dry food, hoping the normal girl will learn to get her share? Or cut out the wet food?
  • Canned food usually has more fat.
    Considered a timed feeder.
  • I have a 7 month old Irish wolfhound who currently weighs 98 lbs , I am trying to feed him the best diet possible to keep him healthy . He was eating Fromm large breed puppy, which he was eating for a few months and then he began not eating the food so I gradually have been introducing Holistic select adult health . However I have been considering a home made diet because I feel this would be the best way to be sure he is getting the proper nutrition to keep him healthy. Would you suggest keeping him on a dry kibble or changing to a homemade food diet?
  • There are no known nutritional difference or advantages to feeding a complete and balance kibble vs a homemade diet. There are several differences in time, cost, quality control and consistency which only you can decide.
  • I would like to know what your opinion is of the Kirkland dog foods sold by Costco. Both grain free and with grain. They are manufactured by Diamond. They appear to be good products and are certainly cost effective. I usually stick with Purina due to the feeding trials, but the Costco food is tempting. Would like your thoughts. Thank you!
  • The Diamond Manufactured products have appear too often on the FDA Pet food recall list for my liking.
    Grain / no grain is irrelevant to canine nutrition. It is simply another marketing ploy.

  • I am a veterinarian looking for information to provide my client. My client has a 10 week goldendoodle who is estimated to be 25# at full maturity. The dame was 75#, and the sire was 5# (yes this is correct information). Their breeder insists that this 5#, 10 week old puppy be fed a large breed diet. Do you have an opinion on this? I have advised that they switch to a regular puppy food. I want to make sure I am not overlooking something with this breeder's recommendation. I cannot find any information on feeding a large breed formula to a small-medium sized dog. Any help is greatly appreciated!
  • It has been generally accepted that large breed dogs have a mature weight of 65 lbs or more.

    So I would agree a Large Breed Growth diet is not necessary - probably harmless to feed - but not necessary.

    There are some growth studies comparing large breed puppies with small size poodle puppies and there were very few (if any) clinical signs in the poodles, hence growth rate and weight were thought to be a major players in the problem.

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