Gn greyhound dog food
Can I feed my greyhound dog foods that you've found to be good for the dog?
I have a 5 year old greyhound who has had 3 serious intestinal flare ups, one of them in the last year and a half. I am afrd she may have a life time of problems. I feed her Purina Pro Plan and I feel she needs more nutrition than she gets but I am not very good with foods, I have lost count of how many I have tried and not sure what to do. She has to eat 1 1/2 times a day, so 4-5 meals. She gets about a cup a day and sometimes less. Does anyone know of good foods for her?
You don't have to feed 'only' good foods. You can feed anything in moderation and good foods are only a small part. As far as I can tell, she doesn't need 'extra' energy. I would try to figure out what is going on with her stomach.
It could be her teeth need to be cleaned out. It might be her stomach or her intestines are just worn out. You really have to work hard at figuring out what is wrong with your dog.
It is easy to get the wrong food. There are all kinds of things that can go wrong, even with the best of foods.
When you feed it, check the poop. Make sure it has no blood in it.
As a pet owner, it's your responsibility to know what your pet needs, to see that they have everything they need, and that they don't have anything else. A good dog food is not the only answer. Your dog may need a different kind of food that doesn't have wheat, barley, or corn.
A dog can live with just about any kind of food. But it's your responsibility to get the best one. That's why I prefer Purina over other people's brands. I can tell you, it's better than the commercial stuff that your pet can get.
Do not use a commercial brand that your dog gets to "eat" as a treat. They can actually harm your dog.
You can mix any grn. We like it with the 'sugar' and 'fiber' in the grns. We feed this as the base of the dry food.
Dried fruit is great as a treat for dogs.
We use Purina, but there are other good brands of dog food. You might want to try and get it online and get it shipped. If the dog food is not in your county, you might have a hard time finding it.
Another thing is getting your pet to eat the dog food. Dogs like some of the other foods you give them. It's up to you to convince your pet that their food is the best food.
When we eat out, we eat a lot of "treats" with the food. If you want your dog to eat some of your food, get a box and some of the commercial treats. They work great.
You could also make some of the food into "food balls." This is a quick recipe.
Dried egg, dried bread, dried liver
Mix these up and roll it into balls. These can be fed as a treat. You will need to be the chef.
These food balls are good when we are traveling.
This next item is for those of us who get "food balls" from the restaurant. I use the egg and liver ball as a treat. We have had cats and dogs both eat them. Dogs seem to enjoy them more. They will try to roll them around in their mouths.
I like to use dried liver. If your dog is going to get liver, dry it is the best form. You can use beef or chicken liver. Chicken liver is also better.
Some dogs have a hard time eating their "food balls" due to gas. You can rub this on their tummy.
You can also rub this on the area on the dog's abdomen where they normally eat.
The dried egg is a good treat as it is not a high fat content.
These are great for when we are on the road.
The problem with all of the above is that they can be hard to make.
What about some of those chicken meatballs you can buy at the grocery store? They are easy to make and they will give your dog something delicious to eat. I mix it up and store it in freezer bags.
Mix up 2-3 cups of ground beef, 1-2 cups of ground chicken, 1/2 cup of oats, 1 tsp. of minced garlic, 3/4 tsp. of basil, 1/2 tsp. of oregano, 1/4 tsp. of parsley, 3/4 tsp. of paprika, and a couple of shakes of chili powder. If your dog doesn't like ground beef, use ground turkey or chicken. You could also use ground lamb.
Put it all together and form it into 1 inch meatballs. You can use the meatball mixture to put on the dog's bed when you don't have anything else to give it. Freeze the meatballs individually in a freezer bag and use for quick and easy meals later.
I don't like to use the premade meatballs from the store because you are not sure of what is in them. If you get meatballs that say 100% ground chicken breast, you know it is ground chicken. But you don't know what else they use.
Chicken is an excellent food for a dog with the exception of a dog with sensitive stomachs. Make sure you give them something that will help the digestive process to process their food. I use chicken liver because it is more tender. However, it is a high fat food. Use less if your dog has a sensitive stomach.
If you want to give your dog something that is nutritious, but also fun to eat, you can give him a meal of liver, cooked eggs, diced up carrots, and rice. This combination is great for keeping your dog's teeth healthy.
You can also add dried fish and nuts for additional flavor.
If you are on a low fat diet, you can use ground turkey instead of ground beef.
You may use a combination of any of the items mentioned. Mix and match and enjoy!
If you have more time and want to make something more elaborate, you can mix the chicken liver with the ground beef and then shape the meat mixture into shapes to look like hamburgers.
Just mix it all up and shape it into hamburger patties.