Somebody on one of the diabetic-dog forums I'm on gave us this link:
When Camellia came to me, she was on Eukanuba Small Bites. I KNEW that food had ethoxyquin (bad stuff) and BHA and BHT (bad stuff) as preservatives. The woman who sold me Camellia gave me a two-weeks supply, and I began to switch her over to another food before the supply ran out.
Now I can't remember details, though they're all recorded in Camellia's journals, but it would take me a long time to look them up, so I'll just talk about general principles.
Although I'm using Dick Van Patten's Lamb Roll (NOT grain-free) for training treats, and at the time, I was using a lot of those, I thought using a grain-free food might be wise, though Camella hadn't shown any signs of allergies yet (that didn't show up until about April 2011).
I counted calories, and kept weighing Camellia on my vet's scale.
I changed her food several times, especially as she started showing some signs of allergies. I stuck, for a long time (relatively speaking) with grain-free foods, and used:
NOW (for adults), GO (salmon and oatmeal), and Acana Wild Prairie (the less-rich form of Orijen). All are very high (relatively speaking) in protein.
Eventually, when my vet diagnosed Camellia with atopy (25 October 2011), we talked about food. Dr. Amanda said she didn't like those high-protein foods, not that Camellia would suffer any for now, but she was concerned with effects when reaching old age, being a big load on the kidneys.
Dr. Amanda said I could use any high-quality kibble for feeding Camellia.
When I mentioned "Natural Balance," Dr. Amanda's face lit up. So I went to the site I just pointed to, and looked up the food.
They have a regular formula for puppies and adults, and I ended up buying that; it's called Natural Balance Original Ultra. It has only four, rather than five, stars, and the two questionable ingredients are Canola Oil (I'd seen reservations about that), and tomato pomace (I'd seen reservations about that one, too).
It has 26% protein, which is still quite high; I was thinking of trying for lower, say, 21-24% protein; all the same, I went ahead with it.
Camellia is thriving on it. I'm now using the canned as well, but only to put Camellia's pills in (Benadryl for now).
While 26% protein strikes me as still being a bit high, I hope this food will serve her well long-term. It's too much fat (14%) to choose specifically for diabetic dogs, especially if they've had pancreatitis; all the same, on the magnificent forum I still frequent on diabetic dogs
we discover that diabetic dogs can be well-managed on almost ANY food!
Well, that part is a bit away from the subject, but I found the Dog Food Advisor site extremely helpful, and it would be my first choice of places to study if I were investigating foods again.
And if anybody's dog shows up with diabetes, I suggest you run, do not walk, to that forum on diabetic dogs. The site owner and administrator is fabulously well-educated, and writes extremely responsibly - and the forum members follow her lead.
THIS forum seems to me to have similar features - very responsible stuff.
There's also a Yahoo group on canine nutrition that I'm a member of, but don't read often; still, it too can be a useful forum; its owner, Monica Segal is currently a guest on the DogRead Yahoo group:
and Monica Segal's K9Kitchen group is here:
Gosh; as usual, I'm overboard on links!
Sat, 25 Feb 2012 07:05:15 (PST)