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Old September 8th, 2011, 03:21 PM
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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.
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Old September 8th, 2011, 06:35 PM
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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??
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Old September 8th, 2011, 11:29 PM
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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.
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Old September 8th, 2011, 11:37 PM
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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
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Old September 14th, 2011, 05:31 PM
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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.
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Old September 15th, 2011, 12:01 AM
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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! Might be worth a try, anyway.
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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.
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