Dog Food

Sea-SquatchSea-Squatch Posts: 1,628 Captain
My wife normally buys the dog food, but today I was shopping. When did pumpkin become become dog food? It's really a joke what they put in all of these dog foods.

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  • mindyabinessmindyabiness Posts: 4,996 Captain
    I'm not sure but I think pumpkin supports proper dew claw growth.
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  • cadmancadman Home of the Gators Posts: 27,483 AG
    Pumpkin is good for dogs.

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  • toomertoomer Posts: 334 Deckhand
    But only if it is organic
  • FinfinderFinfinder Posts: 9,877 Admiral
    My wife normally buys the dog food, but today I was shopping. When did pumpkin become become dog food? It's really a joke what they put in all of these dog foods.

    :huh

    so they don't eat their poop
  • ncdeadncdead Posts: 545 Officer
    I worked with this chick that bought a corgie...nothing but health issues. The vet had her convinced that he was allergic to everything except buffalo meat and sweet potatoes or some such. Ten thousand dollars later they still had him back at the vet with problems.....back in the day we gave our mutts dog food and table scaps and they seemed to turn out just fine.
  • BallaCoiPersiciBallaCoiPersici NW Italy (Laveno Mombello)Posts: 4,746 Captain
    Perhaps they are trying to get vegan dogs
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  • Tarpon65Tarpon65 Posts: 6,399 Admiral
    If our dogs have diarrhea we give them a couple heaping tablespoons of canned pumpkin to help firm up their stools. It is also suppose to work as a laxative if they are constipated. 100% pure pumpkin, not any sweetened pie filling. We always have a couple of cans in the pantry.
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  • mustang190mustang190 Posts: 10,104 AG
    What about some **** cream to go with it??
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  • PROFINITYPROFINITY Posts: 248 Deckhand
    Here's some information I learned years ago, the expensive way, about dog food. I had a chocolate lab who developed an allergy. I took her to the University of Pennsylvania to see what they had to say. After several doctors (top shelf), we had a dermatology consultation. She had a skin assay performed to determine what she was allergic to. The dermatologist informed me the only KNOWN food that was non-allergic to ALL DOGS was sweet potatoes. He put her on a strict sweet potato diet. In her case, it turned out she tested positive to dust mites. The house was kept very clean, however, as the doctor explained, this is not a matter of replacing your house carpeting. Dust mites are there no matter what you do, you can not get rid of them. They live on all of us. In my dog's case, the cure was a Dyson vacuum. I researched vacuums and found Dyson had public support concerning allergies. I used two household vacuums with a new bag in each and thoroughly vacuumed the living room floor. Then I used a Dyson animal. There was significant grey dust collected. Within 24 hours, the dog had shown significant improvement. Two days later, she was no longer licking her paws and that issue was then forever remedied.

    My two labs now eat dog food by Fromm and Orijen. The stuff is pricey, however, they like it and appear to be very healthy. The vet says you can't buy better dog food. I also make them cooked hamburger meat, chicken and vegetables. They look great and **** like rock stars.

    Allergies are not necessarily food related and can be caused by environmental conditions. The only true way to determine what a dog is allergic to is to perform a skin test. If you suspect it is food, you can eliminate that specific food from the dog's diet and see what happens. If I ever encounter such a situation again, I would skin test the dog in a New York minute. The Dyson vacuum has been a fantastic tool and should not be discounted as BS. It has no bag. I did some drywall work a few years ago and used the Dyson to vacuum up the drywall dust. Drywall dust is extremely fine and when using a shop vac, you are supposed to use a liner in the collection bin that is specific when collecting drywall dust. Otherwise, you will have significant drywall dust particles in the air, etc. I used the Dyson (no bag) and collected a lot of drywall dust and did so with strong sunlight shining through a window. There were no particles whatsoever in the air, which was not the scenario using a shop vac even with a drywall dust liner. I have no affiliation with Dyson.
  • Tarpon65Tarpon65 Posts: 6,399 Admiral
    Profinity, I recently switched my bulldog and the wife's lapdog over to Fromm's. Both dogs seem to like it and they are doing good on it, so it's worth the extra money to me as well.
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  • BallaCoiPersiciBallaCoiPersici NW Italy (Laveno Mombello)Posts: 4,746 Captain
    Demere wrote: »
    I'm offended!
    :huh

    Why ?
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  • mustang190mustang190 Posts: 10,104 AG
    Dogs around here enjoy a nice serving of cat every now and then. :)
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  • CyclistCyclist Posts: 23,346 AG
    My dog eats pretty much everything. Kale, lettuce mustard green stems, oranges and tangerines, loves squash and almonds and recently has developed a taste for mulberries. I take apples in the field hunting as his snack.
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  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 10,885 AG
    Our dog goes nuts over sweet potatoes and pumpkin, i had no idea until recently that it was good for him. He eats an adult formula food from Tractor supply, and any time we switch his food up he gets an upset stomach so we never switch from it but the sweet potato and pumpkin dog snacks he absolutely loves.
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  • cadmancadman Home of the Gators Posts: 27,483 AG
    mustang190 wrote: »
    Dogs around here enjoy a nice serving of cat every now and then. :)

    You do a raw food diet? :)

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  • mindyabinessmindyabiness Posts: 4,996 Captain
    Cyclist wrote: »
    My dog eats pretty much everything. Kale, lettuce mustard green stems, oranges and tangerines, loves squash and almonds and recently has developed a taste for mulberries. I take apples in the field hunting as his snack.
    Next time you have rutabagas....flip the dog a piece, raw. My dogs love them. They smell them and start sitting and staring at me.
    I don't think they would go for citrus fruit but I have seen dogs eat oranges before.
    They get carrots every morning with breakfast, they eat just about anything green and even like grapes.
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  • ncdeadncdead Posts: 545 Officer
    I hear grapes are not good for dogs but cannot vouch for that from personal experience. Take that with a pinch of salt.
  • CyclistCyclist Posts: 23,346 AG
    Next time you have rutabagas....flip the dog a piece, raw. My dogs love them. They smell them and start sitting and staring at me.
    I don't think they would go for citrus fruit but I have seen dogs eat oranges before.
    They get carrots every morning with breakfast, they eat just about anything green and even like grapes.

    I'll give rutabagas a try. My dog loves carrots too. Watch out with the grapes (ncdead is correct), they are known to be toxic to dogs and cats, not sure whats in them. My coonhound would eat grapes off the vine and never seemed to bother him.

    My GSP will nearly take your hand off for a juicy tangerine plug.
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  • TampaTarpon5TampaTarpon5 Posts: 808 Officer
    God daaaaaaamn millennials!!!! Get your hands off my dogs food!!!!
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  • mindyabinessmindyabiness Posts: 4,996 Captain
    Cyclist wrote: »
    I'll give rutabagas a try. My dog loves carrots too. Watch out with the grapes (ncdead is correct), they are known to be toxic to dogs and cats, not sure whats in them. My coonhound would eat grapes off the vine and never seemed to bother him.

    My GSP will nearly take your hand off for a juicy tangerine plug.

    I recently learned that onions are really bad. I guess they can kill a dog, even after being cooked.
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  • mplspugmplspug Palmetto FloridaPosts: 8,639 Admiral
    Careful with table scraps. Our dog when through a bout of pancreatitis. Apparently vets see an influx of dogs with it during holidays because they get fed fatty table scraps which their bodies aren't used to.

    Our dogs get Blue Buffalo. One trip we ran out of dog food and we couldn't find anyone that carried it. We picked up some fancy organic dry food for them and that stuff smelled so good I wanted to eat it. It had oregano and a who bunch of other herbs, veggies and fruit, besides the meat.

    I started giving them the raw treats. I am kind of regretting that since now I can't open up the fridge without them storming me like the Seminole on Major Dade.

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  • stc1993stc1993 Albany, GA Carrabelle, FLPosts: 5,646 Admiral
    Yep no onions & no pork fat. Pancreatitis is bad on a dog. They can die from it & vet bills are $800-$1000 for IV fluids.
  • mplspugmplspug Palmetto FloridaPosts: 8,639 Admiral
    stc1993 wrote: »
    Yep no onions & no pork fat. Pancreatitis is bad on a dog. They can die from it & vet bills are $800-$1000 for IV fluids.

    Yep, that was what it cost us and she had to stay at the vet over the weekend.

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  • TampaTarpon5TampaTarpon5 Posts: 808 Officer
    mplspug wrote: »
    Yep, that was what it cost us and she had to stay at the vet over the weekend.

    I see you're not getting as emotional in this thread.
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  • mplspugmplspug Palmetto FloridaPosts: 8,639 Admiral
    I see you're not getting as emotional in this thread.

    I appreciate your concern. When noting my replies, please be assured that nothing on Florida Sportsman gets me emotional.

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  • TampaTarpon5TampaTarpon5 Posts: 808 Officer
    mplspug wrote: »
    I appreciate your concern. When noting my replies, please be assured that nothing on Florida Sportsman gets me emotional.
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  • mplspugmplspug Palmetto FloridaPosts: 8,639 Admiral
    :blowkiss

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  • FlashFlash Posts: 11,166 AG
    Tarpon65 wrote: »
    If our dogs have diarrhea we give them a couple heaping tablespoons of canned pumpkin to help firm up their stools. It is also suppose to work as a laxative if they are constipated. 100% pure pumpkin, not any sweetened pie filling. We always have a couple of cans in the pantry.

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  • JohnnyBanditJohnnyBandit Posts: 8,302 Admiral
    My wife normally buys the dog food, but today I was shopping. When did pumpkin become become dog food? It's really a joke what they put in all of these dog foods.

    :huh

    Some of it is a joke....

    The Biggest jokes are what they have been putting in dog food for 50 years... Corn, wheat, rice, etc.

    Beet pulp is the biggest joke... Has no nutritional value for the dog, is an irritant to a dog's digestive system, and even though the sugar is supposed to be rendered out, this is still a significant amount remaining.... What it adds up to is a CHEAP filler, that irritates your dog's digestive system and has enough Sugar to cause the dog life threatening medical issues... When you see a 9-10 year old dog with the beginnings of kidney failure, look for beet pulp in the diet...

    In general there is a lot of CRAP in the cheap foods, and a lot of stuff that will not harm the dog but do not really need to be there in the good foods... Things like Chicory, blueberries, melons, etc.... And never feed a dog you plan on breeding chick peas.....

    In general dogs are carnivores... They can get by on a bunch of crappy stuff... But if it is not part of an animal they do not need it...All the vitamins, minerals, trace nutrients are there....


    That being said... you mentioned pumpkin... Pumpkin is one of the VERY FEW vegetables I advocate feeding to dogs on a regular basis... Raw, cooked, pureed, etc. ..... It is one of the VERY few vegetables that a dog's digestive system can process and utilize in just about any form.

    1) It is high in vitamin A and has a good amount of Vitamin C. Limit if you are feeding a lot of lung and liver.

    2) It acts BOTH as a laxative as well as a an anti diarrhea agent.. Does not matter which the dog has.... Pumpkin will fix it.. Fast..

    3) It reduces gas... your dog farts a lot? you would be amazed at what a little bit of pumpkin will do...

    4) Great for weight loss.... Hardest part of slimming an overweight dog down is getting them used to a reduced volume of food. You can work on this by replacing part of its normal diet with pumpkin... Low in calories.

    5) Got a poop eater? Give it a little pumpkin every day... It will stop eating poop. Pumpkin works better than anything on the market.

    6) It is a natural de wormer.... Pumpkin contains cucurbitacin, which will expel tape worms and round worms...


    So yea there are a lot of crazy nonsense items in dog food.. But Pumpkin is not one of them.
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