Gilroy Veterinary Hospital

9565 Monterey Hwy
Gilroy, CA 95020

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Dr. Greg's Dog Dish Diet for Pets with weight, skin, ear, stomach, bowel, or seizure problems

 

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The dietary needs of our canine friends can vary greatly from dog to dog. Many will go through their entire lives without any problems, whereas others need some modifications to their diet because of one of the problems in the title never being cured with medication.
I have found that diet can be the key to helping skin, ear, stomach, and bowel problems in dogs. Over the past few years, I have been following some very simple feeding rules, which yielded positive results to these medical problems. If you follow the suggestions below, you should notice improvement in about 2 months. Medical treatments may help these problems, but if they keep recurring, dietary changes may be needed 

1. Do not feed food or treats with any beef or wheat gluten products in them (such as rawhide chews, doggie biscuits, or dental chews with beef and wheat ingredients)

2. Chicken rice or duck potato are great hypoallergenic ingredient blends to use

3. Add 1 tsp to 1tbsp olive oil, canola oil, or use fish oil capsules daily.(one capsule for every 30lbs)

4. Add 1 raw egg yolk up to three times per week.(the white makes some dogs puke on occasion)

5. Supplement diet with our healthy foood ingredients such as carrots, green beans, squash, apples, bananas, melon, chicken, fish, shrimp, or pork leftovers

6. For healthy teeth you can also use smoked pork bones,beef knucle bones, and frozen chicken thighs, wings, and necks.These can be purchased at pet shops or stores.  These are good because dogs can chew on them for long periods which helps to clean their teeth.
7. Reduce or eliminate dry dog food (kibble) if your canine friend is overweight, or has moderate to severe allergy problems.  Kibble is fattening because it is 40-60% carbohydrates, which is just like eating a super size order of fries daily.  Obesity can cause arthritis, diabetes, and heart problems. 

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Your dog will get used to various things in the diet. When adjusting your canine friend to a new diet, he may leave his food at first. Do not worry. Over time, when he gets used to his new diet, there will be less left in the bowl. If your dog gets sick several times, try another type of food (poultry, fish, venison, lamb).

Your dog may have diet-related problems if you notice any of the following:

 

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· Excess gas
· Diarrhea or chronic bowel problems
· Scooting on the floor (chronic anal gland problems)
· Loss of hair, excessive shedding
· Itching at face, ears, or butt
· Chronic ear problems (waxy, irritated, or infected)
· Shaking head
· Seizures

 

Most dogs can eat just about anything without any problems (e.g. Garbage, dead material, and poop), while others cannot tolerate some common foods. Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, Labs, Rottweilers, Boxers, and terriers in general tend to have the most trouble. We own dogs that have been selectively bred for their wonderful characteristics, but also have numerous immune disorders and digestive problems associated with the breed.
Think of the pug as a descendent of the wolf. Imagine all the changes on the outside, and it isn't hard to imagine the changes that occurred on the inside.

"Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food" Hippocrates 400 BC

--Dr. Greg Martinez

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