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We were feeding our, now 10 month old, Golden, Diamond puppy formula labeled as Tractor Supply brand. He liked it, but it effected his behavior - made him psycho, running around like a maniac 15 minutes after he ate, and he scratched himself constantly. At night he chewed raw hot spots on his back end, and licked the hair off his forelegs and back paws till he broke the skin. His BMs were loose, he had control problems causing accidents in the house, and we saw blood in his stools from time to time.

I called the 800# and spoke with a Diamond rep. They said he was just being a puppy and was probably eating things he shouldn't that caused the blood in the stools. I searched the Inet for reviews and saw the high numbers of people that had the same symptoms, and some much worse with their dogs - such as hair actually coming out in chunks, and bloody stools every time, and as they all did, I took him off the food. He grew fast and gained weight on the dry food, but the negative effects were worrying.


BTW, that same company makes Costco brand, with exact same problems sited in their reviews.

I'm now cooking him chicken, we get a 10 pound bag of leg quarters at the grocery for $ .79 a pound. I boil it, pull out all the bones, add oatmeal, rice, and blendered (I know, I just made that word up, it doesn't exist) mixed veggies (because they just pass through whole if I don't). I make servings for him: 1/3 cup of clean, no skin, chicken, same amount of cooked brown rice, two heaped Tbsp. of oatmeal, and 1/3 cup of the soupy veggies and the same of the chicken broth. I'm feeding him the same volume 4 times a day that the dry dog food called for, with the added moisture. All the negative symptoms of the Diamond puppy formula are gone. He loves his new food, BMs are normal, he loves his walks and is much more obedient. He is not acting all hyper and totally out of control. There is no more excessive scratching and chewing with hot spots, and he now has hairy legs and paws again. I also noticed he doesn't drink as much water as he did on the dry food. He was constantly taking many long drinks before. We were constantly refilling his water, and he wanted out every half hour to empty his bladder - 24 hours a day!

All the negatives are gone, and he is a "normal" bright, attentive, active puppy. But, he has lost weight, and his hair doesn't have that glossy sheen anymore. He's not bony, just not filled out like he was on the dry food. I tried adding 1/4 cup of the dry food we still have half a bag of, because I thought there might be nutrients in it that he might need, but I'm not sure that's a good thing.

Am I doing something wrong, or do I just need to add some kind of additional nutrient to help him maintain his weight, or is his increased exercise of 2 or three walks plus play time with tug-o-war and fetch daily keeping him trim? He loves sweet potatoes and all kinds of fruit, especially bananas, but those things are not a part of his daily meals, instead they are more like treats. Should I give him maybe the same recipe with canned Alaskan salmon a couple times a week?

He's my fifth dog. I never had these kinds of symptoms with any of the others, and he is such a good, loving boy that also loves his new food. I just want to make sure I'm not hurting him in the end. He gets regular vet care, he's on a health plan through that Smart Place, and he gets his regular exams and treatment for heart worm prevention, etc. He was just under 80 pounds at nine months in the picture, a multiple person lap dog taking up more than half the couch, much bigger than the little guy he started out as. He is now down in the low 70s after a month on his new diet.
Advice will be appreciated.


September 1, 20160 found this helpful

Losing so much weight! Dogs eat many of the same foods as humans, however, they have specific requirements that are different than required human nutrients. Your dog may not be getting enough of or the correct type of nutrients he needs.


If you plan to continue making meals, please check with your vet ASAP regarding exactly what and how much you must include to meet the requirements for puppy to adult growth.

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September 1, 20161 found this helpful

Sounds like you've got him on a healthy diet now.

First of all, most dogs you are seeing and comparing him to are overweight, if you live in the US. Use this chart to figure out if your puppy is actually underweight or just slim.

10 month Goldens vary quite a bit in weight, since the adult dogs vary in size so much. If your puppy is doing as much exercise as you say he is burning calories and gaining muscle mass. So you may need to feed more.
Keep in mind that the food you are feeding has more water, therefore less actual food. The kibble you were feeding before had less water. So you may need to feed more to make up for the percentage that is water. I'd suggest not feeding any more of the food that was making him sick, though. He is obviously allergic to an ingredient in it.


You can also try a non-allergenic, soy-free, grain-free food to supplement his diet.

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April 29, 2016

I have a 6.5lb Pomeranian who abruptly woke up on April 8th looking sick and symptoms manifested quickly. She is only 6 yrs old very high strung and full of anxiety and has separation anxiety. Now she is lethargic, doesn't want to play at all, sleeps almost all day, she squints her eyes especially the right one and often cocks her head to the right, she jumps on furniture, but is apprehensive about moving from one piece of furniture to the next and doesn't like to jump down, and she isn't very responsive when you call her. The only time she gets excited is when she thinks someone is coming home and she starts barking or when it is time to eat people food cuz she will not eat her hard Nutro dog food up to now.


Right now we've seen two vets and have taken her to a neurologist who gave her Gabapentin .5 2x daily and recommended an MRI of her brain and a spinal tap which we can't afford and he understands. The specialist says there is no guarantee if we do it that he will find something, so right now were using trial and error. The other vet prescribed Doxycycline for 2 weeks to see if it will treat whats going on if it is in the brain or spinal chord fluid. If it doesn't work then we will try steroids next.

Has anyone ever had a small dog with these symptoms? Next, I am needing help in knowing how much food and what kind of food to feed my Pom for her size. Currently, I have been feeding her 2x daily either tuna fish, boiled chicken, 1 egg with cheese, coconut oil, and green beans. I've been giving her approximately 1 oz of protein. She used to get 1/2 cup daily of venison Nutro dog food recommended by a vet. Thanks.


August 16, 20170 found this helpful

If you are giving your dog eggs it is not a good idea to feed her egg whites. Only use the yoke of the eggs for your dog.


The slow cooked oatmeal is another excellent food for your dog. When my dog was sick, I had to prepare and feed him oatmeal.

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August 16, 20170 found this helpful

Boiled rice is another food good for a sick dog.

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June 5, 2012

I have a 3 month old Pit Bull. What type of food can my baby Pit eat if I run out of dog food?

By da kidd


June 6, 20120 found this helpful

I have a 10 week puppy that I am feeding rice, chicken, cottage cheese, turkey, all meat and cook with no salt also vegetables like carrots, peas. No onions or garlic. Hope this helps.

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June 11, 20120 found this helpful

In a pinch what you eat or cornbread or biscuits or light bread from the store. It is your pet and as long as you care for it and it doesn't go hungry then you can't go too far wrong except for candy and choc.


Those will kill him/her.

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March 11, 2012

We are making our own recipes for our dog. Will rice be OK as his basic food mixed with finely diced chicken or beef with just a little gravy?

By Ted


March 12, 20120 found this helpful

It is okay to use rice in dog food, although I would recommend brown rice instead of white. Dog food should contain 16% protein, 10% fat, 44% carbohydrates, and 10% vitamin and minerals. The calories from protein should equal 20% of the dog food. Here is a list of foods that are good for dogs:
Organ meats, liver (don't overuse)
Cultured dairy products such as yogurt, buttermilk, cheese
Complex carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes, beans, legumes
Fiber sources such as bran, fresh vegetables, whole-grains.

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March 14, 20120 found this helpful

Yes, it is okay to include rice in your dogs diet. I give my dog rice quite often and she loves it. If you look on dog food labels you will see they have added it to the food. Also it is very good for puppies a lot of puppy foods will say chicken and rice or some other meat but always include rice, brown or white I have only ever given white rice to my dogs, and they are thriving. Also my dog loves sweetcorn so when I open a can for my family I will pop some in my dogs meal she loves it.

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February 18, 2012

I would like a homemade dog food recipe for my two dogs. Thanks.

By Sue


February 19, 20120 found this helpful

This ThrifyFun posting has alot of great ideas for you!

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February 20, 20120 found this helpful

I have been making my dog food like this:
I cook beef bones or chicken bones for a couple of hours in a large stock pot on low heat. When all bones have cooked down in the water it makes for a very nice broth, then I remove all the bones and add all the odds and ends of vegetables I've been cooking with all week (for ex. carrots, celery ends, potatoes with skins, green beans etc.)

I do not add any onions or garlic salt or pepper to this. I will also add a handful of lentils, quinoa, brown rice I may have leftover and a cup or 2 of rice to the broth and cook until all the veggies are soft. I have noticed that my dog doesn't take well any broth left on the "mush" so I try to leave it pretty dry.

I mix this with his regular dog food, I try to buy my dog a good dog food so he gets the necessary nutrition from the dog food that may be missing in the homemade food but I notice that I save a lot of dog food by supplementing with homemade food and my dog certainly likes it. I hope this helps.

It has certainly has helped me save some money on dog food, and I know what my dog is getting too. Oh and by the way I got this recipe from "the Hillbilly housewife"

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November 21, 2016

I have a 9 yr old Pug and have started making her dog food. She's very picky about what she eats if it has vegetables in it she will not eat it. She has gone 3 days without eating it. I started her with chicken (whatever is on sale) with yellow and white rice. I have even used turkey breast and hamburger and I mix that with some dry food as her evening meal. In the mornings I give her wet dog food.

I'm moving in with my mother who has 2 kittens around 5 months old and when I feed my dog I take her to a room and shut the door for her to eat. I stay in there with her and we feed the cats up on a desk, that way they don't get each others foods as they all throw up and get diarrhea if they eat the others food.

So my questions are is there anything different I need to be giving my Pug and is there anything that I could add like fish and make enough for all 3 of the animals so they can be fed at the same time and in the same area without them getting sick?


January 14, 20170 found this helpful

Why are you making her food? Does she have allergies or are you trying to avoid chemicals and such that are in the commercial food? Often, people food is too rich for animals. Dogs are not supposed to be given a lot of fat. What kind of vegetables and how are you fixing them? Are you giving them whole or diced or pureed?

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October 6, 2014

I have started making dog food for my dogs- a Springer Spaniel and a Shih Tzu. The recipe calls for a large amount of water, hamburger, chicken liver, peas, green beans, sweet potatoes, and brown rice. You boil all the ingredients, mash, cool well, and place in fridge - freezer in individual containers until time to use. The dogs love it and go to the bathroom (both kinds) regularly. Both dogs around the same time have stopped drinking water. Is something in the homemade dog food making them sick?

By Carla


November 13, 20140 found this helpful

Your dog isn't getting sick. They are simply in need of less water as they are now getting more water in their food. Well done for giving your dogs what they need :)

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July 22, 2012

Are there any recipes using deer meat for a Lab mix with bladder stones? I have a Lab mix that has bladder stones. The vet has her on Hill's Prescription Diet C/D and she does not like it and its ingredients do not seem to be very healthy for her. I also have 2 Pitbull mix, 4 beagles mix, and 1 other mixed breed. I would like to start making their food using deer meat instead of beef. Are there any recipes for bladder stone prevention using deer meat?

By Michel J. from Statesville, NC


December 13, 20130 found this helpful

My lab mix had a bladder stone that had to be removed, and we fed her salmon and sweet potatoes and anything that was by-product free and no grains, for the first year. She is absolutely healthy now, but I am still cautious though about what she eats.

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February 26, 2012

I was watching your videos on how to make your own dog food, but unless I'm crazy, I didn't see anything about the types of vegetables to use in the dog food. Can you suggest what can be used? Thanks.

By Carolyn


February 27, 20120 found this helpful

I use sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, pinto beans... avoid onions. I also add fruit: apples, bananas, whatever is in season. I also add oatmeal, barley, brown rice, & wheat germ. Make a stew. My dog loves it! Sometimes, make a fish stew... dog & cats like.

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February 15, 2012

I am making dog food with chicken, organic brown rice, and veggies from the garden. Is it OK to put beaten eggs in while I am cooking the rice, like "egg drop soup"? I freeze the food in canning jars. My dogs are large breed, 6 years and 3 years old. Thanks.

By SueP


March 31, 20120 found this helpful

Yes, it is OK.

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February 6, 2012

When including potatoes in homemade dog food, should skin be on or off?

By Lizzie M.


February 8, 20120 found this helpful

I always soak the potatoes in a little vinegar water, then scrub them or even better is to scrub and then soak. Seems all growth mediums are being polluted by Monsanto poisons. I want as little poisons in my food as possible. My animals deserve the same.

There are certain nutrients in potato skins that are good for all of us, minus the poisons. Careful of your chicken ingredients. Latest chicken jerkey recall (Not all brands) for pets was a product of China and caused lots of dog deaths. Easy to Google dangers in dog foods like our own chicken is raised with arsenic to make them grow fat faster. Plant chemicals and poisons are nasty as well. Some can make you sick, some can make you and your pets fat faster, some can ruin your lands forever and your waters as well.

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August 6, 2011

I looked at recipes for my toy Poms, but many use corn flour and some fish. According to the breeders and vets corn and fish are bad for them. Where can I find proper recipes?

By Johann


August 8, 20110 found this helpful

Love your dogs. Beautiful.

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November 28, 2010

I am looking for a homemade recipe for a dog that has pancreas problems. My dog is 15 years old and the food that the veterinarian gave me is not working for my dog. She is still sick some times. I would like to try a homemade recipe to see if I could make her feel better.

By trudy from Nephi, UT


January 29, 20130 found this helpful

Black beans are great for dogs with pancreatic issues.

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Is there another cereal you can substitute for Total it's only available in the states and you need a binder besides oatmeal as well as flavor. I thought rolled Captain Crunch for calories, sugar, and flavor, but what do I know lol.

By Debbie T.

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January 29, 2017

Oatmeal is a good source of fiber and can be fed to dogs with issues such as gas, diarrhea, or constipation. It is also beneficial for pets allergic to wheat or corn. This is a page about feeding a dog oatmeal.

A spoon full of rolled oats or oatmeal.

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January 22, 2017

Adding green beans to your pet's diet, replacing higher calorie foods or snacks, is healthy and can result in weight loss for dogs that are too heavy. This is a page about feeding dogs green beans.

A pile of green beans on a light background.

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September 5, 2019

Some dog owners choose to make their own dog food rather that serve commercial brands. This can be tricky as sometimes the ingredient proportions in the recipe may be inaccurate. Do your research, talk to your vet, and create away. This page focuses on homemade food recipes for Yorkshire Terriers.

A Yorkshire terrier licking his lips.

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August 11, 2017

If your vet has recommended a low protein diet for your dog, you can either purchase commercial food or make your own. This page contains low protein dog food recipes.

A white dog waiting for dinner.

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January 31, 2017

Colitis is an inflammation of the colon. Special diets high in fiber or that are hypoallergenic are good choices to help alleviate the symptoms. This is a page about homemade food for a dog with colitis.

Dog watching a woman cut meat and Veggies.

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