Discussing Questions And Answers About Cooking For Dogs With Ibd

Carol asks…

Why is my dog vomiting?

Also these were cooked chicken pieces with no bones. I always make sure they don’t get any bones. So tehre’s no need to worry about that… Though I’m sure someone will mention it :)
Why are you talking about swine flu and chocolate Ricki? Did you even read my question? lol
She’s nine months old, as is her sister. She’s been vomiting for the past day. I noticed first when I saw some grass and spit on the kitchen floor, I thought it was a once off, but it kept happening. She vomited twice more after that yesterday and she has vomited about four times today. She’s usually a greedy little thing and tries to steal your food, but now, if you give her a snack, she ignores it, and she never tries to steal her sisters now. I am planning to take her to the vet this evening when I get the car back. But I was wondering if anyone could help me, or give me advice about this. My dogs have vomited before, but never this much, and I’m worried it might be very serious. A couple of days ago I had some real chicken for them for dinner which I got from my mothers house, she wrapped it up in tinfoil an I put in in my bag. When I got home I left my bag on the table in the kitchen, and locked the dogs into the sitting room (It was raining outside) when I came back, somehow they managed to break into the kicthen, get my bag off the table and eat all the chicken, wripping the tinfoil to shreds. I’m pretty sure, seeing as this dog I’m talking about is really greedy, she probably rushed to eat as much as she could before the other one, eating some tinfoil in the process. I know tinfoil is very bad to eat. Has anyone ever experienced their dog eating tinfoil and what was the outcome? I really don’t think she ate that much of it, as loads of it was scattered all over the floor, but I’m still worried this could be the reason for her vomiting.

Jimmy answers:


Potential causes for chronic vomiting include gastritis, gastric ulcers, partial GI obstruction (blockage), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), infectious disease, cancer, allergies, and pancreatic, kidney or liver disease. Your veterinarian will begin by discussing your dog’s history with you, followed by a thorough examination of your dog. Your vet may feel that the vomiting is of no concern and advise you to keep an eye on your dog. Here’s more info:


Mandy asks…

Can I give my puppy something besides dog food?

I have a male 2 month old pit bull. I just want to know.

Jimmy answers:

In all honesty, dog food is the worst thing you can give your puppy. Dogs are carnivores and do best on a diet of raw meaty bones, raw meats, raw organs, and whole prey.

It would be a waste of time for you to give him vegetables, fruit, and yogurt. Dogs are not omnivores. Dogs ARE very adaptable, but just because they can survive on an omnivorous diet does not mean it is the best diet for them. The assumption that dogs are natural omnivores remains to be proven, whereas the truth about dogs being natural carnivores is very well-supported by the evidence available to us.

Dogs and cats have the internal anatomy and physiology of a carnivore (Feldhamer, G.A. 1999. Mammology: Adaptation, Diversity, and Ecology. McGraw-Hill. Pg 260.). They have a highly elastic stomach designed to hold large quantities of meat, bone, organs, and hide. Their stomachs are simple, with an undeveloped caecum (Feldhamer, G.A. 1999. Mammology: Adaptation, Diversity, and Ecology. McGraw-Hill. Pg 260.). They have a relatively short foregut and a short, smooth, unsacculated colon. This means food passes through quickly. Vegetable and plant matter, however, needs time to sit and ferment. This equates to longer, sacculated colons, larger and longer small intestines, and occasionally the presence of a caecum. Dogs have none of these, but have the shorter foregut and hindgut consistent with carnivorous animals. This explains why plant matter comes out the same way it came in; there was no time for it to be broken down and digested (among other things). People know this; this is why they tell you that vegetables and grains have to be preprocessed for your dog to get anything out of them. But even then, feeding vegetables and grains to a carnivorous animal is a questionable practice.

Dogs do not normally produce the necessary enzymes in their saliva (amylase, for example) to start the break-down of carbohydrates and starches; amylase in saliva is something omnivorous and herbivorous animals possess, but not carnivorous animals. This places the burden entirely on the pancreas, forcing it to produce large amounts of amylase to deal with the starch, cellulose, and carbohydrates in plant matter. Thus, feeding dogs as though they were omnivores taxes the pancreas and places extra strain on it, as it must work harder for the dog to digest the starchy, carbohydrate-filled food instead of just producing normal amounts of the enzymes needed to digest proteins and fats (which, when fed raw, begin to “self-digest” when the cells are crushed through chewing and tearing and their enzymes are released).

Nor do dogs have the kinds of friendly bacteria that break down cellulose and starch for them. As a result, most of the nutrients contained in plant matter—even preprocessed plant matter—are unavailable to dogs. This is why dog food manufacturers have to add such high amounts of synthetic vitamins and minerals (the fact that cooking destroys all the vitamins and minerals and thus creates the need for supplementation aside) to their dog foods. If a dog can only digest 40-60% of its grain-based food, then it will only be receiving 40-60% (ideally!) of the vitamins and minerals it needs. To compensate for this, the manufacturer must add a higher concentration of vitamins and minerals than the dog actually needs.

Many pets today are suffering from unnecessary, easily corrected, and/or manageable ailments. The root of common issues such as behavioral problems, clogged anal sacs, diabetes, “doggy odor”, excessive litter box odors, excessive
shedding, FUS, FLUTD, IBD, itchy skin, periodontal disease, some cases of hip dysplasia, tear stains, and yeasty ears are a result of a poor or improper diet.

Thomas asks…

My dog has been miserable please help!?

Every now and then my small jack russell terrier gets very sick and is miserable. we first thought that he ate something bad and we keep a very close eye on him so we know he is not eating something. we bring him to the vet and they have checked him out multiple times and have done surgeries and he is still undiagnosed. he is always pooping blood and throwing up all throughout the day and is only about 3 years old. if there are any answers you may have please help him.
also we got him a breeder that imports them from Ireland…we do give him all organic food with boiled chicken and rice and walk him and play with him often the surgeries he had were colonoscipy or however u spell it and other exploratory surgeries

Jimmy answers:

You don’t say what he was operated on for, but if the diagnosis is Irritable Bowel Disease, very common in terriers, the only real help is to find a diet that is easy on his intestines. Some manufacturers are now producing diets for sensitive stomach because of so many dogs with this problem, but I found with my IBD dogs that home-cooking worked the best. I worked with booklets from Monica Segals site on the internet, belonged to her K9Kitchen yahoogroups list and found out what would be the safest ingredients to use and to make sure the diet was nutritionally correct.
It worked very well, and even my vet was impressed with what I learned from Monica.



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