05-02-2010, 07:42 PM
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Originally Posted by greenpenquills
Hi everyone - Zephyr and I are back with another question. I took Zephyr to the vet again because of a cough, which turned out to be nothing. I asked the vet about his having bad breath even after getting a professional teeth cleaning, and he said it's being caused by stomach acid. He told me to stop giving him treats, which hasn't helped. I think it may be some kind of problem with his food, especially since he often makes strange burping type noises after eating. I feed him Wellness Small Breed. The vet mentioned some expensive-sounding sensitive stomach dog food I could buy through them, but I'd rather avoid that if possible. He also mentioned giving Zephyr Pepcid, but again, I'd like to avoid medication if possible.
I've been doing research for over an hour but can't seem to find a good dog food for acid reflux problems that has solid ingredients. The closest I got was Natural Balance L.I.D. Lamb Meal and Brown Rice, but I'm worried about the low protein and high carb dynamic. Zephyr is also afflicted with seasonal type allergies (red eyes, licking paws, runny nose) and dry skin. I've been giving him allergy meds from the vet that seem to help, but I wonder if switching food could make a difference in that as well. I'd also love for his skin to clear up and his shedding to go down a little.
Any suggestions or ideas are greatly appreciated! FYI, Zephyr is a 14 lb. long-haired doxie/spaniel mix.
I had the same problem with my foxhound. The vet told me the same thing I came home and did some checking and if you give pepcid for a prolonged period it will do damage to the stomach. I used to sell dog food and you dont want to use those special vet diets. The are full of junk. It turned out that my hound is meat intolerant. any meat at all causes problems so I now cook his food and have a vegetarian recipe if you are interested. I tried the pet store vegetarian but it did not help. The red eyes and licking paws are food allergies. Maybe start with a limited diet like **** van Pattens duck and sweet potato It is less he will be allergic, the lamb did not work for me plus it made his skin dry and flakey. Sometimes a limited diet works great. My poor guy started almost every morning eating grass and throwing up. His stomach was better in a week after changing him to a vegetarian diet and that was 8 months ago. He also lost weight which he needed. Good luck.