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ktj001 September 8th, 2011 03:21 PM

Greyhound Feeding Advice
I have an 18 month old Greyhound cross (90% Greyhound and 10% Scottish Deer Hound) and am having a lot of trouble finding a food that agrees with her. The only information I can find is directed at ex-racing dogs.
I was wondering if anyone out there has any advice on what to feed her, I have tried Go!, Now! and are now on A Taste of the Wild, lamb variety but she suffers from boughts of loose mucasy stool, vomitting, and not eating anything but grass. There is nothing physically wrong with her, she's been checked out at the vet so I'm assuming it must be the food.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Winston September 8th, 2011 06:35 PM

Welcome to the site! youll find lots of great info and friendly folks as well!

We switched a number of years ago to Orijen. Its a little bit more expensive but I think the quality is there. Its a break down of 80% meat 20% fruits/veg etc. There are no by products in it and no grains. My dog has loved it since I switched him over and it has agreed with him very well. He was on vet food for yrs for gastro issues and this changed all of that. Maybe purchase a small bag and see whether your pup likes it??

3iggys September 8th, 2011 11:29 PM

I have 3 italian greyhounds. For years I had them on a holistic kibble you could buy from Walmart called Actrium. It is cheaper than most kibble but has all the ingredients that matter. I also mix a big batch of satin balls and add a small bit to the kibble along with a TBSP canned pumpkin (not the canned pumpkin pie mix.) It keeps their tommy settled and they don't get runny stools. Can give that a try.

growler~GateKeeper September 8th, 2011 11:37 PM

Have you only had her on lamb variety or have you tried other flavours?

How long is she on a brand/flavour of food before changing to something new? and are you doing a slow transition to the new food or a full change all in one day?

Generally it is recommended to try a new food for at least a week or two unless the reaction is far too severe to continue.

A gradual food transition usually goes like this:
Week 1-2 1/4 new 3/4 old
Week 3-4 1/2 new 1/2 old
Week 4-5 3/4 new 1/4 old
Week 6 -7 all new

schedule can be adjusted to smaller increments/longer time frame as needed

ktj001 September 14th, 2011 05:31 PM

Thank you all for responding.

My concern with Orijen is the high protein content as I've read that Greyhounds should have a lower protein diet.

I have only tried the lamb variety of Taste of the Wild. She has been on each type of food for several months and I have done a slow transition to all the foods I have tried.

I am now considering a raw or homemade diet, but there is so much information and more opinion out there both for and against that it's hard to make an informed decision.

Cost isn't an issue, I'd rather have her healthy and happy than save a few dollars.

hazelrunpack September 15th, 2011 12:01 AM

Have you tried a probiotic, ktj001? Sometimes evening out the balance of fauna in the intestine can help with digestive issues. And you can pick up some acidophilus pretty cheaply at places like WalMart! :thumbs up Might be worth a try, anyway.

mastifflover September 15th, 2011 11:00 AM

I would suggest a venison or bison based food. I had a dog with a very sensitive tummy and these meats really made a difference for her.

ktj001 September 20th, 2011 12:55 PM

She gets a probiotic and salmon oil in her food everyday.

Rgeurts September 20th, 2011 02:14 PM

I know I'm a bit late on this one, but our old boy had all the same symptoms... for YEARS. They kept telling us he was perfectly healthy, nothing physically wrong with him. He had a really bad bout of diarrhea with a lot of blood a couple of years ago, so we rushed him to a vet in the new town we had moved to and they diagnosed him with Colitis! They said he likely had it since he was a puppy, and it's not easy to diagnose. In fact, none of the blood tests that we had done over the years indicated anything at all.

We now have to feed him smaller amounts more times a day and make sure he has something in his tummy before bed. He also gets yogurt daily along with a probiotic. He hasn't had a bout of colitis in awhile now. He still has them occasionally, but nothing like they were before. Good luck and I hope you can figure out the issue!

Oh, one more thing... Thorin can't take Salmon oil at all. It gives him loose, mucousy poops. He has cancer, and just finished his chemo. Salmon oil is very beneficial to cancer dogs, but again, his tummy can't take it. I do feed him a cup of fresh cooked wild Salmon daily and he seems to be fine with that.

Jumajum October 17th, 2011 12:55 PM

I have my greyhound-pointer crosses on Inukshuk dog food (26/16) mixed with a puppy stew of ground meat, brown rice, organ meats from whatever got hunted that week and veggies (peas, carrots mainly). Occasionally, I'll give them some non-fat cottage cheese or yogurt.
I've noticed that my girl is predominantly greyhound is more prone to digestion issues (loose stool, flatulence) and is a pickier eater.

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