Since we've brought up dog food......My Vet recommended Hill's R/d for Riley....(for those who haven't read her story....Valley Fever, hypothyroidism, and hyperlipidosis all under "control" at this time)
The high tri-glicerides, and cholestorol prompted this recommendation, she was slightly overweight when started on Hills. (She's always been a big girl...Dad was 120 lbs...Riley averages, fit and trim around 90lbs)
She has lost the weight, about 8 lbs, now, but the food is very expensive, and causes extremely large...uumm, "waste product" if you know what I mean.
She likes the food, but I would like to put her on something a little more healthy..Vet has no recommendations besides Hills...(He doesn't sell the food, by the way..)
She has become very active latley, now that her Thyroid is under control, and temps have dropped below 100 degrees here in the desert. Vet says absoloutly must keep her on "low fat" due to the hyperlipidosis, so I'm kinda stuck....
I get very hesitant to mess around with prescription diets, normally I'd say no to diet foods, but you're in a unique situation. It's not solely for weight loss, but to control certain medical problems. In this instance, I'd probably go with the Hills R/D for now until you can discuss with the vet other alternatives for low fat foods.
Premium Edge does has a weight control formula (assuming it's available in your area) with only 8% fat. Perhaps you could ask your vet about this (and it has what I consider better ingredients than the average "diet" food). http://www.premiumedgepetfood.com/pe_hw2_page.html
That's kinda what I think, the crap fillers are not what she needs! since she is "on the road to recovery" she will need the proper nutrition to keep her active, etc. She doesn't have the stamina that she should have, but she is pretty active, all things considered. So she needs proper nutrition, in which Senior food, I don't think will have all she needs! Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction!!!
Thanks Nick, I have a very good vet, but he seems to be lacking in the "nutrition" department!!(What doctor isn't?!?!?)
I will check out the websites to see what I can find..I just want to keep her as healthy as possible, after all she's been thru!!!!
I totally agree with Enders Mom. NO to the senior food and NO to the weight management food. The reason she is pooping all the time is because weight management foods are a big con. They are stuffed with crappy fillers and contain extra fibre to make the dog poop more. The fact they are pooping all the time makes them appear to lose weight.
If you want to keep her on a low fat food you can do but there are MUCH better low fat foods then Hill's. I can't give individual recommendations because I am not in the USA but others can.