This was scary the first time it happened, and I over-reacted by yelling no & spanking Casey. He didn’t yelp, but I read that hitting dogs is unacceptable. It can cause fear biting, insecurity, loss of trust, & is misunderstood.
Food Guarding vs. Food Aggression . . . .
☆ Our Vet asked if I had gotten bit. I said no, and he advised not to get in the middle of them if a fight broke out. Instead, grab a chair to put between them and yell at the top of my lungs.
☆ The Feed Store suggested stress and/or not paying attention as a cause and suggested feeding them in separate rooms. At the time, I was packing for us to move from Oklahoma to Washington.
Slow down your dog’s eating . . . .
elevated feeders for dogs and cats because they:
(1) Promote hygiene and cleanliness
(2) Provide easier eating and drinking for dogs and cats with arthritis or neck or back problems
(3) Aid cats and dogs with megaesophagus, that have difficulty swallowing, or other digestive problems
(4) Help owners who have physical disabilities
When we were going thru food trials for Casey, I opted to buy his dog food from an independent pet store or feed store vs. prescription dog food. Our Vet had good advice. He asked me if I would rather spend $100 on prescription dog food or have more costly trips to the Vet.
Fromm Four-Star Pork & Peas Recipe (Grain-Free) was our 4th food trial, and the one Casey is currently eating. I love that Fromm offers a Buy 12, Get 1 Free program. It is very palatable, but Casey has always eaten too fast. We tried the slo-feeding bowl as a puppy, but it didn’t slow him down at all. He started throwing his head back still chewing. And now, he’s getting sores on his paws from licking them so much, so we have to wrap them to keep him from licking.
Is Fromm still the right food? I’m thinking about trying Victor Yukon River Canine Formula (Grain-Free). A plus is that it’s more reasonable.
Fromm vs. Victor (First 8 ingredients):
Fromm – Pork, Peas, Chickpeas, Pea Flour, Pork Meat Meal, Pea Protein, Pork Fat, Dried Whole Egg
Victor – Salmon, Ocean Fish Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Peas, Canola Oil, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Potassium Chloride, Dried Kelp
Fromm vs. Victor (Guaranteed Analysis):
Fromm – 29% Crude Protein, 17% Crude Fat, 3.5% Crude Fiber, 10% Moisture, 0.5% Omega 3 Fatty Acids, & 2.5% Omega 6 Fatty Acids
Victor – 33% Crude Protein, 15% Crude Fat, 3.8% Crude Fiber, 9% Moisture, 0.7% Omega 3 Fatty Acids, & 2.4% Omega 6 Fatty Acids
Here’s a guide on how to safely switch your pet’s food, and pumpkin helps with any digestive upset. This is the brand I’ve used: