When I told the vet that I was feeding rocky with chicken quarts and some gizzards the vet said that rocky might not digest fat very well and prescribed PancrePlus to see how it goes......Rocky seems better now, less eye gunk, fur less oily, stool is firm but larger quantity. I'm not sure if its PancrePlus or kibble with chicken backs.
I apologize for misunderstanding. When you first mentioned the PancrePlus, I mistakenly thought you were referring to Panacur Plus, which is something totally different. I understand now you're giving him pancreatic enzymes.
Also, you mention the improvements you are seeing, but how is his weight? Whether he seems hungry or not (many dogs just love to eat, whether they need to or not), is he at an appropriate weight for his breed, age, etc.?
Yes its for pancreatic enzymes, sorry I should have mentioned that.
Rocky is 3 years old, he's about 90 lb +/- for a rottweiler he's not stocky but over all he looks better to me.
I'm not sure if feeding kibble with chicken backs is a good idea in the long run, I'm still transitioning rocky to kibble and want to go slow.
What do you feed your dog with sensitive digestive tract?
I understand there is a certain school of thought that it is not a good idea to mix raw food with kibble, due to the different digestion rates, but I want to be clear that I'm not a raw feeder, so I'm not offering raw feeding advice, and I hope you won't suddenly change anything you're doing just on this paragraph. Hopefully, somebody who does feed raw will chime in with more information on the subject of mixing raw with kibble.
For my own dog with the sensitive digestive tract, it was a very long process of trial-and-error. I actually fed a homemade (cooked) diet for about a year. I gave it to both of my dogs, and they did very well, but I could not keep up with the work of cooking and mixing food for two large-breed dogs. So I gradually resumed feeding kibble, mixed it with the homemade for a while, gradually increased the kibble and decreased the homemade, to make sure they were doing okay, until I was back on kibble.
My feeding habits have evolved over the years, though, and I do mix or top off with many different healthy choices that I know my dogs will tolerate. They may get a half of a high-quality canned on top of their dry in the evening meal. They may get a topping of The Honest Kitchen dehydrated, mentioned upthread. I may split a can of sardines or mackerel between them, or give them each a scrambled egg, etc. (One of my dogs gets a lot of pills, and I always hide them in a spoonful of yogurt or cottage cheese, so the other dog gets the same thing, too -- the yogurt, not the pills.) My theory behind all of this is that I do not want to trust my dogs' lifetime nutritional needs to one brand of commercial food, or one variety of commercial food, or one mixture, etc. I know we have AAFCO, and they are supposed to ensure uniform adherence to canine nutritional requirements, but stuff happens, and dog foods get recalled.
Some dogs have sensitivities to grains and there are grain-free foods. I don't use these, because, usually, these days, the grain is replaced with peas or chickpeas or lentils, and these are things I know will give my dog mushy stools. So mine do fine on commercial foods that contain good-quality grains like oatmeal, barley, whole grain rice (not brewer's rice), etc. Sweet potatoes also work as an ingredient for mine.
Some things that I will never feed my dogs: Corn, wheat, soybeans, gluten of any kind, anything that says by-products, any meat or fat ingredients that are not from a named animal source. These are just the few that come to me at this moment, but the list is longer. As I mentioned earlier, I believe in reading ingredient labels and learning what each ingredient really is.
I also want to say that there a lot of high-quality premium dry dog foods, including a brand you mentioned earlier, that have a higher protein content, in the 30-something percent range. While I do believe these are good foods, my experience is that my own dog does not tolerate them and does much better with a protein range in the mid-20s.
Sorry for the long post. When you asked what I feed my dog, I knew I could not cover it in just a paragraph or two. I'm currently feeding Holistic Select chicken and rice. It gets a four out of five rating on the Dog Food Advisor site, and I'm okay with that. I have tried many of the five-star foods but, again, most of them have a higher protein level or are made with peas as one of the first few ingredients, and both of those are known triggers for my dog. But that doesn't mean they won't be great for somebody else's dog!
It can be a long process to find out what works for your dog, and I would urge you to keep in close contact with your vet to keep monitoring Rocky's pancreas, blood work, fecal samples, etc.
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