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  • My dog is a very picky eater which is why she eats mostly homemade people food. Our Vet gave us this site so that we could continue a homemade diet but assure we are not missing nutrients. Her general diet has been salmon, chicken and rice or ground beef and rice. Rice is not always included. She has not wanted to eat any vegetables when I add them. She is 9 1/2 and has not had any problems until now. We moved 2 months ago and she has been vomiting. Vet has done blood work and x ray then gave her Pepcid which is not helping. I plan to call Vet today or tomorrow as she will not even eat any food I give her the past three days but would appreciate any suggestions you have for a balanced homemade diet when she will eat again and anything now that I may try to get nutrients. I have spent a lot of money over the years on dog food and rarely eats it. Thank you.
  • I understand ... I can help balance your homemade diet ... but first must know whether the dog has a medical condition or not ... and if so what is the diagnosis.
    If not, then you can use our automated Homemade Diet module to select the foods you are currently feeding and a balanced recipe ($25) with a supplement will be prescribed.
    If yes, then you will need a Nutrition Consult ($300) for me to do the recipe formulation manually specific to the diagnosis.
  • If a dog is given a 50 calorie treat on a certain day, should the amount of dog food given for that day be reduced by 50 calories? Thank you.
  • Yes if the 50 kcal is more than 10% of the daily energy need.
  • Do you have any knowledge of the supplement U-Stew? The website for this product is I have been making homemade food for my dog consisting of ground turkey, eggs, and frozen peas and carrots and then adding this supplement. My vet said that he is not versed well enough specifically in canine nutrition to tell me if this is filling our dog's nutritional needs. We have a 6 yr old neutered Welsh terrier weighing 24.5 lbs. Thank you very much for any insight or help you are able to offer.

  • This is not a supplement.
    This a pre mix meant to be mixed "with water, cooked meat, and optional vegetables in the amounts and proportions stated in the literature."   "It is not....... meant to be a sprinkle-on vitamin supplement."

    Made in Canada - where there are no regulations regarding whether a pet food is nutritionally complete or not.
    I cannot find any nutritional adequacy statement on the web site or the qualifications of the person responsible for designing this mix and recipes.
    Yes the nutritional profile (as fed basis) is available but there is no comparison the US AAFCO or NRC dog or cat daily nutrient intakes.
    $55 for 2 lbs is way overpriced for all that it is not ..... 
    I would say unless you can have your recipe with this product nutritionally profiled, compared with the US redceommendations/standards, and guaranteed .... you do not know if your dog's nutritional needs are being met.  
    Yes there less expensive, nutritionally complete options from US Veterinary Nutritionist. 

  • Hello. I have a 14 week biewer yorkie puppy and would like to switch his food. I currently have him on Royal Canin puppy dry food but he has thrown up quite a few times on it & after researching it I am not happy with the ingredients & would like to switch him to something more high quality. There are so many dog foods out there that it is overwhelming. I was interested in Orijen but have read that too much protein may not be good for dogs so I am not sure if I should get it or not. Do you have any recommendations for a good puppy food for my little guy? Thank you!
  • I do but Royal Canin is one my list. Apparently you are reading too many wanna-be-nutritionist web site that profess they can evaluate a pet food by reading the ingredient list = no so!

    So I am going to send you to ...... Scroll down to "Tools for Pet Owners"

  • I have 2 field bred active healthy golden retrievers whom I have been feeding whole raw food from a reputable supplier locally since last May. They are doing well & upon visiting our vet she suggested that their diet may not be balanced & I might find more information here. One does have an elevated ph in her uruine but has had one urine infection prior to feeding raw and had no infection present with the elevated ph level. We treated with a round of antibiotics for precaution which she has just finished today. Do you have suggestions.
  • Simple.
    Ask your reputable local supplier if the diets you are feeding meet the "AAFCO adult maintenance" claim.

    If they say 'yes'  - you are ok to feed the products from a nutritional stand point.

    If they say 'no' or 'no but' or have no idea what you are asking them  ....... . you should be concerned.  

    High meat diets as most raw products are will cause a very low pH highly concentrated urine.

  • Hello I have a dilemma (at least in my mind I do). I have a dog that cannot tolerate poultry in his food. When he eats food containing poultry or poultry by-products, his belly becomes inflamed and rashy, his head develops sores, his muzzle gets red, and then he starts to throw up. Repeatedly until there is blood in it. The vet pinned it as food intolerance/allergy. I discovered that he does very well on fish based food. For a couple years I fed Purina Pro Plan Sensitive with salmon and also Purina One Sensitive with salmon. The dog did great! I didn't even realize how bad his hair and skin had become until it improved. No more vomiting, all was well. Well, about 6 months ago, he decided he no longer liked the Purina. I figured maybe they had changed the formula and set out to find another fish based food. He will not eat any fished based food anymore, regardless of manufacturer, regardless of whether it is salmon or whitefish, or any other. So I have tried lamb, beef, venison foods. You name it. Different companies, different formulas. He might eat a particular brand for a few days or maybe even a week, but then decides no more. Any time I reintroduce a food with poultry in it, he loves it. but then all the problems start again. He loves Pedigree and Purina Dog Chow. But there's poultry. He wants to eat poultry! I have recently discovered he loves Purina Dog Chow Healthy Morsels. He really likes it. There is no poultry in this blend. But here is my dilemma. I have no problem with the corn and wheat and even soy. What I DO have a problem with is the propylene glycol, sugar, and phosphoric acid. Not to mention the fact that there is so little meat in it. I really like Purina products over all, but this one worries me. I have a much larger food budget and really could buy any other food if he would just eat it (except the $80/bag stuff, I do have 4 large dogs). Do you have any other suggestions? Could this food really be healthy for him long term? I feel like this is just so bottom of the barrel when he could be having better. I don't want to go the home made route. I have 4 dogs all between 60-80 lbs and that would just be out of control with regards to both time and cost. Thank you!
  • Understandable ..... and honestly this is my suggestion.

    Call the 800 Purina number and specifically ask the person why "propylene glycol, sugar, and phosphoric acid" are in that food.

    Listen to the answer, ask more questions if the response is lacking in your opinion.


    If the answer is reasonable to you then stick with the food.

    If the answer is not sufficiently reasonable to you in the end then I may be able to help you find another food.


    Do not read/listen to what some self-proclaimed pet-food-guru with a web page said.

    Ask the manufacturer directly why those ingredients are in the food.


  • I was wondering what the nutritional requirements would be for a 3 month old 30 pound Great Dane male puppy. To be more specific I am looking for the recommended percents of protein, fat, fiber, carbohydrates, calcium, vitamins, omegas, phosphorus etc.

    - Thank you
  • You can find the current recommendations in the:L
    1.  2016 AAFCO manual
    2. 2006 NRC Nutrient Requireemnts of Dogs and Cats

    The AAFCO manual is far less expensive than the NRC and probably all you would need if you are familar enough with nutritional terminology and calculations.
  • I expect to get a Cattle dog pup in about 4 weeks. Researching puppy food and after many hours I am totally confused. So much information is contradictory. Breeder has them transition to Purina puppy chow and I wanted to upgrade a bit. Thinking about Royal Canin medium breed puppy food and would appreciate your thoughts.
  • Purina Puppy Chow is a great product but if you think otherwise then at best I should direct you to:
    Royal Canin does make some very good products also.
  • I am looking for a reputable resource for pet safe human foods and the benefits/nutrients they can offer. I know the internet is not a reliable resource for this information in general and I cannot seem to find a consolidated list anywhere. Thank you in advance!
  • Pet is a pretty broad term - I will assume you mean dogs or cats.

    I know of no such list. There are over 8,789 foods found in the USDA human food database ( with their nutrient content as we currently know it.

    Most (not all) of these can be fed to dogs and cats, but please see animal poison control site for updates on foods that should not be fed.

  • Are there any over-the-counter dry dog foods that help prevent tartar build-up? I know nothing will take the place of regular brushing but if there is an effective OTC product that helps I'd consider using it. My dogs currently eat Pro Plan. My 4 year old is probably going to need to have his teeth cleaned soon and even my 1 year old has traces of tartar on her molars, despite daily brushing.
  • For products independently evaluated to promote oral health, please see the products listed by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) at

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